Thursday, April 11, 2013

Kitchen Before & After

The kitchen is one of my favorite rooms in our house for a number of reasons. I LOVE how it is fresh, clean, and has a nice mix of modern and traditional touches and it is always a gathering place for parities and family dinners. It is truly the heart of our home!



As you can see we had a lot of work to do, not only was it outdated, but it was also appliance less, except for the stove which came in handy for my job, so I am grateful for that!

We began the process by having our amazingly talented trim carpenter, Sean Jones, add a box above the sink,crown molding to the existing cabinets and additional legs to the island to extend it out. Isn't his work amazing?? You'll see much more of his expertise throughout our house!

Next, we had the cabinets professionally sprayed.  We painted all of the trim in our house ourselves, but for the cabinets we thought we should leave it to the professionals and for that I am thankful. They have held up so well.  We used Benjamin Moore, White Dove Satin Impervo for all of our trim. This is an oil based paint which can be a little harder to work with but puts a really nice hard coating to the trim and cabinets that can be easily washed.

We chose a black granite, I am not sure of the exact name, but it is a pretty solid black. I knew I wanted to have a somewhat busier backsplash so I felt like keeping a solid granite would ground the space.

The last large item was the back splash. We laid this ourselves with the help of my very talented mother-in-law, who knows her way around a tile saw. Thanks Barbie! 

When I began the hunt for this I thought I would never find what I was looking for on my budget. The look I was going for was a very Candice Olson inspired kitchen.  Guess what, after a lot of online shopping and samples ordered I found this wonderful multi stone and glass backsplash. It was a bit of a splurge, but 4 years later I still think it's worth it! 

So you don't have to scroll back through below is a before and after!


Anyone else re-doing their kitchen or have any big spring projects they are working on?

Cabinets painted- Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo in White Dove
Wall Color- Benjamin Moore Hot Spring Stones
Granite- Black Galaxy
Back splash- Glacier Mountain- Rectangles (avalanche)
Pendants- Ikea



  1. I didn't realize that those were the old cabinets, I would have never guessed!! Wow. I might need the name of your painter in case we need this :)

  2. Fabulous Heather! You have gorgeous taste! We are getting ready to stain our kitchen cabinets dark, but unfortunately can not add molding at the top because of soffits. :( You know, you are going to have to start making lists of where everything in your house is from so we can copy! :)

  3. Beautiful!!! I normally do not like white cabinets, but this wonderful!

  4. AMAZING. How did you find your painter? We're looking to have our cabinets painted but I'm not feeling confident with any of these painters who also do cabinets. I want a cabinet pro!

  5. Thanks Alli! My mother-in-law has used him before. Have any of the painters supplied references?? Thanks for stopping by the blog!