Welcome to the transformation of our kitchen from separate from the rest of the house, to bright and open! 

kitchen remodel before and after

Our new kitchen is finished and I can’t wait to share all the details with you. After several years of planning and Pinning white kitchens to Pinterest (seriously, there are 275 pins on my board!), and months of using my laundry room as a kitchen, my dream kitchen is ready to be enjoyed. Side note, you can make anything – anything- with a toaster oven and a grill.

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen my grilled pizzas. My main objective with the remodel was to get rid of the wall that separated the kitchen from the family room. And having that wall down has been life changing.


Here’s the wall that enclosed the kitchen. The kids are usually playing in the family room, and I am usually cooking/cleaning in the kitchen. The wall had to go.


The first thing we did was rip out the cabinets and countertops. I sold almost all the appliances and old cabinets on Craigslist or to friends which was fantastic because it meant less waste in the landfill and a little more money to offset the cost of the remodel. My handy hubby and I took down the cabinets ourselves which we thought was a sizable contribution to the demo…


Until we saw what “demo” really entails and realized we had hardly made a dent. Above, the wall is gone, floor has been jackhammered to move the gas line, and the ceiling has temporary supports until the beam is placed. marble backsplash tile

Now comes the hard part – making the final decisions on the backsplash and countertops. I thought I knew exactly what I wanted, but there were just oh so many options. The tile above is Carrara on the left and Stautary on the right. I also considered herringbone marble, but in the end decided the brick pattern would be better for us in the long run. Even after making the final decisions I was really nervous it wouldn’t all really work together.

What if the tile clashes with the marble countertops? What if the countertops look different in the kitchen light than they did as slabs in the sunny stone yard? It was hard to envision the final result when all I was going from was a drawing of the layout and small samples of tile and marble. Eeek! All these decisions seemed so permanent.

kitchen island
Things started getting really exciting when the cabinets showed up. The installation took a couple of days, and a week later we had countertops and tile installed. I could not be happier with the result. It’s even prettier than I had expected. All the hard work was worth it. Having my kiddos at the island while I’m in the kitchen is priceless. In the picture above, the wall that was removed was right about where the counter stools are.
kitchen remodel
The dark old kitchen is now light and dreamy.

white kitchen

I love the look of glass front cabinets but am not organized enough for them. So one on each side works well for us. The messy kids’ cups are hiding behind the solid cabinet doors.

perrin and rowe faucet
One of my favorite kitchen splurges is the faucet from Perrin & Rowe. It truly is kitchen jewelry. I’ll leave the link at the end of this post.

open kitchen

I love looking at kitchen remodels and I hope you enjoyed this little tour of ours.


Architect: Eleven Modern
Contractor: Below Magid
Cabinetry: Hayward Design
Cabinet Pulls: Restoration Hardware Gilmore Pull  
Countertops: Polished Carrara Marble
Backsplash: Rue Pierre  Carrara Marble Tile
Pendant Lights: Pottery Barn Rustic Glass Pendant – Large
Counter Stools: World Market French Bistro Counter Stools
Range Hood: After many requests I’m adding information about our island range hood. Over an island, you’ll need to make sure to use an island hood, as opposed to a wall mounted hood. To cut costs I ordered ours on Amazon. I think this is the newer model of the one. We did not love the exact model we ended up with. Update: I found the old order on Amazon and it’s from Golden Vantage 48″. Again, I would not recommend that one and would probably order the one I’ve linked to if I had to do it again, or saved up for the Viking.  Please be sure to check with your contractor to be sure it will work before ordering. Also please note these two are affiliate links, which means I earn a small commission if your order through them.

Faucet: Perrin & Rowe

Island dimensions: Approximately 8×4 feet.
Bar overhang: 1-foot