Home Remodel/ Living/ Home Decor / 20 Mar, 2018
Our Kitchen Makeover
I am so excited to share our kitchen makeover with you today! So much time and effort was put into this makeover and we couldn’t be more pleased with how everything turned out. Our kitchen was probably the room I hated most in our house and now it’s my favorite place to be. We spend so much time in our kitchen – we often work there throughout the day. It’s really the heart of our home. Finally pulling the trigger on the renovation felt so good and the process was smooth. We were lucky to work with such great teams at Cambria for our countertops and Painterati for our cabinets and Warners’ Stellian for our appliances.
We finally decided to move forward with redoing our cabinets when we found Painterati and saw the quality of their work. We found them through a contractor while doing our master bathroom makeover. The original plan was to paint our cabinets, but after closer inspection, the cabinet doors were not in the best shape so we decided to replace them and do a complete refacing. I’m so glad we did because by remaking the doors, we were able to shorten them to accommodate crown moulding along the upper cabinets – which really elevated the space and made the cabinets feel more custom.
We had always planned on replacing our countertops because we knew it would make a big impact. We previously had black countertops (keep scrolling to see the before pictures) – which made the kitchen feel dark and outdated. By replacing them with white countertops, they not only brightened the space, but made it feel much more modern. I love the look of marble, but with two dogs who love to jump up to the countertop (still working on that part of training) and a husband that loves to cook (and is pretty messy when he does), I knew we’d have to go with a manmade material. From the time we bought our house, we started researching every manmade brand out there to find one that most closely resembled marble and we kept coming back to Cambria because their designs were beautiful and their quality was unmatched. Cambria is harder than granite so it’s more durable and less likely to scratch, chip or stain.
Right around the time we were wrapping up our master bathroom remodel and started on our kitchen, Cambria released it’s new marble collection – which had an updated version of the design we loved most, Brittanicca. The new design, Brittanicca Warm more closely resembled the color palette we envisioned for the kitchen. We decided to cover the kitchen in it to make a big statement. The Cambria team was amazing and they were able to create a waterfall edge on our island while still preserving the movement in the design (see how it wraps over the edges). They were also able to utilize one giant slab for the backsplash on the wall where the oven is. That’s the first wall you see when you walk into the kitchen so it’s really the focus of the room.
We got this dining set from Z Gallerie last year. We replaced a custom made farm table and bench set that Luna got her teeth into when she was a puppy. This set is a mix of real acacia wood and acacia veneers – which is actually more ideal because it’s easier to clean and the dogs haven’t wanted to chew on it. The tufted upholstery really adds a glam touch to the kitchen. It’s one of our favorite pieces of furniture in our house!
I love having floral in every room in our house, but there’s no way I could keep up with the maintenance of real flowers so I’ve put a faux arrangement from NDI in every room. Their floral is so beautiful and everybody thinks they’re real. The cherry blossom stems by the kitchen sink add the perfect pop of color to the kitchen (our exact version is sold out, but this one is super similar) and this bouquet of white roses feels so luxurious on the kitchen table. They are a bit pricey, but if you consider how long they last they’re really worth it.
Although our old appliances were in great shape, we decided to upgrade to more industrial versions to elevate the kitchen. We stuck with the same brand, Frigidaire, but we went with their professional line for a higher-end look. We purchased them from our local appliance store, Warners’ Stellian – they have the best selection of brands at all price points – plus their delivery and installation process made everything so easy we were up and running the same day.
From the moment that we found our house for sale online (we bought it before we even saw it in person!), we knew that we’d want to redo the kitchen asap. Of course once we actually moved across the country and started to settle in, renovations were the last things on our mind. Fixing up the exterior and furnishing our house were the main priorities that first year of living in it. In hindsight, it was probably a good thing that we lived in the kitchen for a while because our design ideas definitely changed with time. We always knew we wanted a white kitchen, but we leaned more towards a rustic farmhouse aesthetic at first, but eventually migrated to something a little more glam. We still want to redo the floors eventually, just not quite yet with two puppies running around.
Cambria Quartz Countertop (in ‘Brittanicca Warm’)
Painterati Kitchen Cabinets
Cabinet Color (SW Pure White)
Island Cabinet Color (BM Kendall Charcoal)
Restoration Hardware Cabinet Pulls (lowers)
Restoration Hardware Cabinet Knobs (uppers)
Restoration Hardware Cabinet Pulls (around refrigerator)
Frigidaire Professional Oven (from Warners’ Stellian)
Frigidaire Professional Dishwasher (from Warners’ Stellian)
Frigidaire Professional Refrigerator (from Warners’ Stellian)
Pottery Barn Pendant (over kitchen sink)
NDI Faux Cherry Blossom Stems (exact sold out, similar here)
Haverhill Pendant Lights
Restoration Hardware Barstools
Restoration Hardware Desk Side Chair
Z Gallerie Table
Z Gallerie Bench
Z Gallerie Tufted Bench
Z Gallerie End Chairs
Nema Home Embroidered Pillows (on bar stools)
Thank you to Cambria, Painterati and Warners’-Stellian for partnering on this post.