We did it! Our Kitchen Remodel

LAST UPDATED: Jan 15, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Mar 25, 2014 | By:
a classic white kitchen with marble countertops & white subway tile

We did it! We survived renovating nearly the entire house & our marriage is stronger than ever. Yes, it took us some time, but our kitchen remodel is {almost} complete! We purchased our home in August of 2012, moving in late October.

A classic kitchen - before & after.

The recipe for this kitchen remodel was simple: an abundance of wine. In reality, our kitchen remodel began with removing the white carpet {yes – crazy, right?} & replacing it with hardwoods.

hand carved custom hardwood floors via julieblanner.com

Cabinets were painted white & new hardware was added. The unsightly black dishwasher was given a stainless makeover & we completed the first phase with new light fixtures before taking a year hiatus. When we started the kitchen, I dreamed of brass light fixtures & pulls, but they were nowhere to be found or over $1,000 each . Still, the kitchen had a completely different aesthetic with just a little renovation.

brushed nickel pulls & classic white painted kitchen cabinets via julieblanner.com
Pottery Barn pulley light fixture - adding character to a kitchen

The next phase, was appliances. A great Black Friday sale made them possible & we finally took the leap, deciding that we would not tear out existing cabinets, completely redesigning the kitchen but make the most of the kitchen we had. I looked at ways to make every inch functional & found we did not only not need additional space, but we had spare cabinets after the organization transformation.

a classic white kitchen with stainless steel appliances

Fast forward another 8 months & we enter into the countertop & backsplash. This phase proved to test my sanity, but a second countertop & another 5 months later & they were installed, unbroken. Read more about our marble counters.

A white and gray marble countertop.
a classic white kitchen with marble countertops & white subway tile

We worked to make the most of our countertop space, removing the old convection oven & building a shelf that now hosts a small microwave & toaster. We installed new cabinet doors to match the originals to conceal the space, creating an appliance garage .

diy appliance garage

I can proudly say that we don’t have to take out the trash thanks to this little chute tucked into our subway tile backsplash. It keeps cleanup quick & easy while eliminating the need to take out the trash. It goes directly into our main trash can in the garage!

Tips & tricks for a small kitchen | maximize space & light via julieblanner.com

The vintage champagne bucket doubles as a utensil holder & conceals the trash chute.

a vintage champagne holder doubles as a utensil holder in this functional kitchen from julieblanner.com

The cutting board is a worry free work space when cutting or working with oils. My stand mixer is located in the corner, near the flours & sugar & just below the spice & baking pantry for convenience.

a classic white kitchen with lots of charm & innovative ideas for creating functional space

The windows offer bountiful light. The all white kitchen is my sanctuary. Aside from the countertops, my favorite element is the bridge faucet. Isn’t she pretty?

A beautiful bridge faucet adds character to this timeless all white kitchen
tips to make a small kitchen work for you via julieblanner.com

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