Kitchen Remodel

It’s been busy in the Blanner house the past few weeks – planning beautiful weddings, enjoying Fall fun with the girls, and completing the kitchen remodel we started last year.  Prior to moving into our home, we replaced the white carpet in the kitchen {yes, you read correctly} with hand carved hardwoods, painted the exterior of the cabinetry, replaced the hardware, added stainless to the dishwasher, removed the blue stain glass above the stovetop, and replaced the light fixtures.

With the exception of paint and floors we have only invested $305 to date, including these pendant lights from Pottery Barn.
I have been anxious to eliminate the blue striped corian countertops, sink and backsplash.  Ready for the before?
So last year, I started pinning, and saving.  I knew exactly what I wanted, I have just been waiting to have the budget and patience to have my kitchen inoperable for a few days.  Clean and simple – white subway tile backsplash paired with carrara marble countertops {photo}.
Everyone has tried to talk me out of the marble countertops, but I just can’t stray from them!  They are classic, timeless, and a baker’s dream! {below photo from BHG}  I have compromised from my original hope of a farmhouse sink, to keep the original cabinetry in tact.  I have selected a beautiful, basic white sink with a faucet that compensates for it!
I’m also looking forward to adding additional functionality without adding a lot to my remodel costs.  I love my secret trash chute that eliminates the need for us to take out the kitchen trash and have an invasive can in our kitchen – it goes directly to the large trash can in the garage.  With a little modification for the subway tile, that feature will definitely stay!
Once the interior of the cabinets have been painted, I plan to utilize this idea from Martha Stewart for my skillets and bakeware.  
I have a space to the side of my sink that will be perfect to incorporate this towel rack idea.  It provides and area for them to dry that’s convenient when you’re doing dishes!
Here’s a photo of it’s current status {7/15/13}. Countertops, backsplash, sink & faucet are coming soon!
and the breakfast nook. I’ve always wanted to paint this white, but to date, have not been able to convince Chris.

Julie Blanner is the voice behind the stylish lifestyle blog filled with do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving.


  • Reply October 18, 2012

    Julie @ The Family CEO

    We’re just embarking on a kitchen remodel. The painters are removing the wallpaper as we speak. I like the same look as you: white cabinets, glass fronts…very classic. The thing I’m most looking forward to is a reworked island with pull-out shelves for pots and pans. Our currently has no functionality at all. Good luck! Looking forward to your before and after pics.

    • Reply October 18, 2012

      Coordinately Yours

      Lucky you! I desperately wanted an island, it just wasn’t feasible with the layout. I can’t wait to see yours!

  • Reply October 18, 2012

    Erin Volante Floral

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  • Reply October 18, 2012

    Erin Volante Floral

    I have seen pics of your kitchen many times now, and I JUST noticed those little windows under the cabinets- I’ve never seen a kitchen like that, too cute! So are you including your new counter tops in that budget? How exciting!

  • Reply October 18, 2012

    Julie Blanner

    Thanks Erin! I love the added light and charm they provide. I am including countertops, tile, paint {interior of cabinets}, sink and faucet in the phase 2 budget of $1,750. It’s tight, but you know I’ll be sharing my tips!

  • Reply October 29, 2012

    HGTV Home Furniture

    Wow it’s hard to imagine that is the same kitchen! The white cabinets make it seem bigger and definitely brighter. Great job!

  • Reply October 29, 2012

    Julie Blanner

    Thank you! I am anxious to complete it!

  • Reply November 27, 2012

    Idella Garza

    I only have a few storage ideas but I suggest you should browse the internet for cabinet storage compartment. It can really help you save space and organize things very well. The kitchen design in Perth that I saw in a magazine is really cool and I cannot forget the design because it is one of my dream kitchen design.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Wayne Bledsoe

    It is great to have a kitchen as elegant and refreshing-looking as yours. I want to have this kind of kitchen if I were to renovate my home. In my opinion, it still needs a little improvement. I wish to retain my alder cabinets, but sell all the other stuff. Buying some modern-looking appliances can further enhance my dream kitchen. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply December 10, 2012

    Mazie Gentner

    I want to have self storage Perth soon for my kitchen. I am planning to renovate it for the reason that I’ve been using old kitchen cabinets and countertops for a long time. These pictures inspire me to do well with the renovation that I am planning.

  • Reply January 9, 2013

    Vicki Tower

    This is amazing. I’m picturing the whole house now. I can see kids bedding sets with pink motif for girls and a mixture of green and blue for boys.

  • Reply January 24, 2013

    Grace Johnson

    Wow! You are really good at mazimizing the space of your kitchen, I love it! How I wish I could also do the same. I bought several daniels furniture to manage all my frying pans and kitchen tools, I’m aiming for a more organized kitchen.

  • Reply January 28, 2013

    Ryan Donovan III

    I know a company that sells overstock office furniture and if given the chance I would like to purchase from them cause some of the furniture looks like that ones that you posted and I like your designs so I would be making your design a copy of mine.

  • Reply February 1, 2013

    Louisse Campbell

    That’s what I’m looking for!, a “classy and timeless” touch of a kitchen. This gave me some design ideas for my apartment in salcedo village!

  • Reply February 2, 2013

    Julie Blanner

    @Louise I can’t wait to finish my kitchen. I’ve found lots of new inspiration in St. Helena, CA as well that I can’t wait to integrate!

  • Reply April 25, 2013


    I have to say that the information here was the most complete that I found anywhere. I can’t wait to read more from you. Thanks for the great content…

  • Reply July 22, 2013

    Frank Philipps

    That looks totally different, I really like what you did with your renovation.

  • Reply July 23, 2013

    Julie Blanner

    Thanks Frank!

  • Reply July 29, 2013

    Alexandra Banks

    Color, texture and correct pieces does affect the overall look and facade of any room in your house. Say for example,the color white in here created an illusion of space in here. Also it produces, a refreshing feeling in its overall appearance, this includes the cabinets, stove and everything else in here.

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  • Reply October 28, 2013

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  • Reply November 25, 2014


    Love what you did with your kitchen! I am obsessed with that champagne bucket! Do you know who made it? I have been looking for a vintage champagne bucket and I would love to find one like yours. Thanks!

    • Reply December 2, 2014


      Surprisingly, there isn’t a name on it anywhere! I’d look on etsy!

  • Reply December 9, 2014


    I was wondering if you could tell me which paint you used for the kitchen cabinets. I am researching and deciding which paint to choose for mine! Thank you
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    • Reply December 9, 2014


      No problem! Just untinted Sherwin Williams semi-gloss.

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