The day has finally come! It was years in the making, but we are finally sharing the kitchen makeover!
Remember when we attempted to finish it for the One Room Challenge TWO years ago?! So much has happened since then, but I am so dang excited to finally be sharing all of our hard work with you.
Here’s a before of what it looked like when we bought the house. This is from the real estate listing but the colors and everything were the same when we moved in.
Once we moved in we made a few small changes, like painting the walls and adding a DIY ladder pot rack.
Then came the One Room Challenge where we were crazy enough to believe we could make over a kitchen in 6 weeks right before the holidays. That was a major fail as far timeline goes, but we did mange to make a few neat improvements like, extending the cabinets to the ceiling, extending the island, and adding butcher block.
As you can see, in between those projects we managed to paint the cabinets white and install new stainless steel appliances.
It stayed like that for quite a few months until we had finally had enough with a half finished kitchen. We got our butts in gear and completed the rest of the projects………just in time to sell the house! We did get to enjoy the kitchen for a couple months but not nearly as long as I’d have liked. In the end, an opportunity to make our dream move presented itself and who turns that sort of thing down, right?
That’s a story for another time though. Right now let’s get to the good stuff. Here’s the before again.
Are you ready for the after?
Insert about a million heart eye emojis.
Cue the angels descending from heaven.
Release the cracken!………wait, what?
The cabinets were a builder grade, orange stained oak with a darker stained island that looked like a DIY from a previous owner.
Painting the cabinets white was a must. It opened up the space so much and let the light from the solar tube skylight bounce around the whole space. Extending the cabinets made the ceilings appear taller, which was great because the ceilings are only 8 feet in here.
We created even more visual space by replacing the cabinet door panels with a glass alternative.
Y’all know I had to have a farmhouse sink! We replaced the gross stainless steel one with this single basin farmhouse sink from IKEA. Even though it’s the smaller version they carry it still fits All. The. Things. It was the perfect size for this little kitchen.
We had originally installed an industrial style pull-down faucet but had to replace it due to a malfunctioning sprayer button. I’m not mad about it though, because I am so in love with this gooseneck beauty!
The original counters were an interesting speckled beige laminate with huge brown seams that screamed, “Look at me! I’m cheap and out of date!” The laminate went along the counters and up the backsplash in one continuous piece. It was a sonofayouknowwhat to get off the walls, and when we pulled it up we were met with the even more atrocious looking sight of the glue splotches. I couldn’t cover that crap fast enough.
We opted for a faux carrara marble laminate with a seamless crescent edge. This ain’t your grandma’s laminate. It looks amazing, holds up well to abuse, and doesn’t break your dishes upon the slightest contact like stone will. I’d definitely consider it for a future kitchen.
I know laminate isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but it was the best choice for this house and it was a lot easier on our pocketbook. Our home is very much a starter home and is one of the smallest in the neighborhood, so we couldn’t justify spending the money for real stone counters.
For the backsplash, a classic white subway tile with a medium gray grout was the way to go. I love how the gray grout adds that lovely contrast but isn’t as stark against the white tile as black.
I had big dreams about having a stained wood range hood cover and boy did the hubby deliver. I sketched out a design and he brought it to life. It turned out so much better than I imagined. Thanks babe!
I was worried that the range hood and butcher block would compete but I think they add the perfect dose of warmth to all of the white.
Extending the island and relocating the microwave from above the stove was one of the best decisions we made. Grabbing hot bowls of soup or oatmeal is so much easier when you aren’t reaching above your head.
Another great area of contrast between the white kitchen and white shiplapped dining room was the dark painted pantry doors. I love how they give a slight visual separation to the two rooms without taking up any actual space.
This little kitchen has come such a long way! Even though we didn’t get to spend as much time in it as we would have hoped, we fully enjoyed the time we did have and soaked it up as much as we could.
I’ll be posting tutorials for most of the projects in this makeover, so look out for those.
A huge thank you to Hickory Hardware, Build.com, and Wayfair.com for helping to provide some of the beautiful products that made this makeover possible. I only share brands and products that I truly love and use in my home. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
- Cabinet paint color – Sherwin-Williams Alabaster (oil-based, eggshell finish) $44 on sale
- Cabinet pulls & knobs – $0 (sponsored)
- Butcher block – $130
- Subway tile – $70 includes other needed materials
- Faux marble countertops – Wilsonart White Carrara Velvet Finish $200
- Pantry door paint color – Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore (oil-based, satin finish) $16 on sale
- Pantry door knobs – $0 (sponsored)
- Farmhouse sink – $195
- Gooseneck faucet – $0 (sponsored)
- Gas range – $1806
- Range vent hood – $169
- Microwave – $70
- Under cabinet lighting – $69
- Towel bar – $10
- Tea towels – $8 for two
- Under cabinet paper towel holder – $12
- Small white wire baskets – $45 for three
- Medium white wire basket – $25 for one
- Large glass canisters – $28 for two
- Small glass canisters – $20 for two
- Wood crate boxes – $22 for three, similar here
- Boxwood planter – $0 (already owned) similar here, here, and here
- Hydrangea planter – $0 (already owned) similar here
- Galvanized planter – $0 (already owned) similar here and here
- Mercantile sign – from my Etsy shop
GRAND TOTAL: $3000-ish (including miscellaneous supplies like the laminate glue and outlet extenders, etc.)
$3000 sounds like a lot of money, and it is, but for for a kitchen makeover I think that is a pretty great number. The bulk of it came from the new range, which was expected. Opting for inexpensive finishes, like the laminate and then doing all of the labor ourselves really helped to keep costs down.
All in all, I’m really happy with how it turned out and would do it again in a heartbeat. But maybe not drag it out so long next time. 🙂