Kitchen Tour | Fall 2017

At long last!  I feel like I’ve been talking about our kitchen updates for months now and I am so excited to finally be sharing a look with you.  We had the bulk of the work done while we were traveling this summer, but the details were what took the most time to sort out this fall.  Everything is finally in place and ready for the reveal!

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I wanted to share a few images of what our kitchen looked like before its big face lift.  As you can see, it was very warm in tone with mostly cream and brown accents.  It served us well for the past 10 years, but I’ve felt for awhile now that going white for the primary color would give new life to the space that we spend so much of our time in.

We didn’t feel like we needed to do a complete renovation, as we really love the layout of the kitchen.  We’ve replaced the appliances with time as necessary and everything is currently functioning properly (knock on wood!), so the main work only involved aesthetics.

I didn’t have the wherewithal to snap photos of the kitchen before we had the hardwood floors refinished to a much darker stain earlier in the summer.  I popped in a few photos above from last spring that hopefully give you a sense of what the floor looked like before.  It was quite warm and almost orange in tone.  We decided to go darker with the floors and lighter with the wall paint throughout to brighten things up.  It’s made a huge impact on the vibe of our home!

Ta da!  The completed look turned out even better than I had imagined.  We kept our existing cabinetry and lacquered it in white.  Lacquer is a great alternative to paint for kitchen cabinets because it is so easy to wipe away drips.  Plus, it is quite hardy and holds up to years of heavy use in my experience.  We replaced all of the hardware with simple brushed metal pulls in two sizes, a shorter size for drawers and longer for cabinets.  The cabinetry has a lot of detailing on it already with the moulding so we wanted to keep the hardware simple.  I just love how it turned out!

The biggest change is the counters.  We decided to replace our brown and cream granite counters with a beautiful white quartz that features grey veining throughout.  I was very skeptical about this choice at first, as I thought maybe it was too modern to fit into the traditional aesthetic of our home, but the designer who worked with me on the space convinced me it would be beautiful and she was spot on.  I have nothing but good things to say about these counters now three months in.  Not only are they beautiful, but they’re quite durable and easy to keep up with.

We also swapped out the backsplash to a soft grey crackle subway tile.  It took us quite awhile to settle on this decision, which I wanted to be sure we took our time with as I felt I really messed up my last foray into kitchen backsplashes.  We decided going all white would be overkill in the space.  This light grey is the perfect soft contrast to the white cabinetry and complements our new greige walls beautifully.

Another big change we made was swapping out our stainless steel sink for a white apron sink.  This has been a major component of my kitchen dreaming for years!  It required us to cut down the under the sink cabinets a bit and add extra moulding around the sink.  We also decided to get a new faucet fixture in a brushed metal to match the other elements of the kitchen.  I love the look of this simple, streamlined design.

We had the window above our sink pushed out five inches to make space for another dream of mine: a greenhouse window.  While it’s not technically a greenhouse, the extra space made room to add in glass shelves that hold little pots of plants.   As much as I love our house, I do not love looking right out onto our neighbor’s driveway every time I am standing at the sink (which is quite often!).  Having the little plants offers a nice distraction from this view and adds a fresh touch to the space as well.

Lastly, we replaced the three stone pendant lights we had hanging over the kitchen peninsula for these beautiful shades.  We actually replaced all of the pendant and flush mount lighting on our first floor with similarly designed fixtures to create a more streamlined and updated look.

I picked up some accessories to complement our new kitchen design, including a two-tiered fruit bowl from Home Goods, and a beautiful wooden tray to corral my few decorative accents (which are generally a vase with fresh flowers, a plant, and a candle).  I replaced the deteriorating brown mat I had by the sink for the past 10 years with a beautiful grey trellis design.  I spend a lot of time at the sink and having the support of a Wellness Mat makes a big difference.  We also got a kitchen tower for our almost two year old daughter, CC.  This is a great aid for little ones to safely participate in the kitchen at counter height.

I give a detailed tour of our new kitchen in this video if you’d like to see more:

We are very much enjoying our updated space.  Giving it such a big facelift without doing any major renovations worked out great for us.  It’s like having a brand new kitchen at a fraction of the cost!  The whole space feels lighter and brighter.  It fits in very well with the other cosmetic changes me’ve made to the first floor this year, which I’ll share more about soon. I hope you enjoyed seeing the changes we made to our kitchen!

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28 thoughts on “Kitchen Tour | Fall 2017”

  1. It looks so beautiful! I love all the finishes. My favorite touch is the shelving for plants in the window- that little pop of green really makes the whole space!

  2. Looks lovely. A lot like Tiffany D’s kitchen remodel. Also At Home With Nikki did her kitchen all white. Must be the year of kitchens.

  3. What a transformation, without the headache of having to replace the cabinets! Really updated the look of the space and the feel…. although I really adored the old kitchen too! We have an enormous kitchen and would LOVE to update it (It was a parade of homes home we bought in 2004) but because of the size, and the cabinets going all the way up (10 feet ceilings in the kitchen area) it is WAY too costly and hubby said “learn to love it again” BOOOO!! Our quartz is black with some brown. Yuck. I’m over the dark kitchen but at least I can look at your gorgeous updated, fresh white kitchen while “learning to love” my dark kitchen! Its just lovely, Jen!! Thanks for opening your home and sharing it with us!

  4. Thank you for the kitchen tour, Jen! What a difference! You made great choices, it is really lovely. Can you explain what the process is for lacquering your cabinets? Is lacquer just a more durable form of paint? And was it done in place or were your cabinet doors sent out to be done? I would love to do a similar refresh to my kitchen and am thinking about my cabinet options. Thank you!

    1. I’m not really familiar with the process myself. My contractor took the cabinet doors and drawer faces to his workshop to lacquer them there and just did the trim in the house.

  5. Hi Jen! Your new remodel is stunning. I was wondering what the new color of your walls is, I’m looking to paint and didn’t really want to go Grey. I really enjoy your channel. Blessing to you and your family

  6. Hi Jen,
    Just curious – a LONG time ago, when you had your new fridge installed, the upper cabinet was blocked by (I think!) the hinge mounts on the top of the new fridge, thus making access into the upper cabinet a bit difficult. At the time, I remember you saying you were going to ask your handyman to raise the cabinet. Did that ever happen?
    You may have mentioned it in a different vlog, but just curious!
    All the best from Calgary!

    1. We did have the handyman shave a little off the bottom moulding of those cabinets when they worked on the kitchen. Good memory!

  7. Ah the kitchen looks beautiful, it looks much more open and airy now it’s so bright! It’s amazing how different a space can feel just with a lick of paint and a few small updates. Must admit, I think the sink and window area are my favourite!

    Sarah 🙂

  8. Hi Jen,
    Your kitchen is beautiful! I was wondering if you will put up the white shelves in your breakfast area, that you displayed all your cute holiday plates?

  9. What a great way to kick off the holidays… white kitchen for a white Christmas! Hope you have a fantastic December. Would love to hear more about your @december_daily project if you care to share!

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