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It’s been in the works for months and I’m excited to finally show you my finished kitchen. I am so pleased with how our white kitchen remodel turned out in the end. Take a little tour with me in our new space. I’ll share the product information below so that you know where we got everything from.
Let me remind you of what our kitchen looked like before:
And here is the after:
I walk down the stairs just to look at the space because it makes me so happy. The amount of light and brightness now in there is incredible. (also makes it tricky to photograph properly) Before I walk through the whole I thing I want to make sure you know you know who to go to if you are looking for cabinetry of any kind – CliqStudios. They’ll send you a sample, give an estimate and get the process going.
- Create an account
- Order a sample
- Start a quick quote or get a more detailed one
- Jump in and get started on the design
Some of the things I love about CliqStudios- they are high quality cabinets. The soft close is life changing – no more slamming kitchen cabinets! They look beautiful and clean easily. I like the layout that we decided on with our designer. I couldn’t be happier with the cabinets.
As mentioned in my last kitchen post, I knew all along that I wanted a farmhouse sink. I wanted plain white but Josh really wanted stainless steel. We compromised with a stainless farmhouse sink. It’s really nice but it does show stuff right away. I chose a 33″ Kraus undermount apron front sink and I love the quality of it. I got a matching Kraus faucet and soap dispenser.
Having a trash can cabinet was high on my priority because we’ve always had a nightmare with regular trash bins. We have a dog that gets into the trash all the time. Yuck! This new cabinet has 2 spots for trash/recycling. It’s next to our fridge and by the sink, the perfect spot.
One of the most stressful decisions to make was what type of counter to get. In my dream of dreams I would’ve loved to get marble but after researching and talking to a lot of people, that seemed really unreasonable in the kitchen and with kids. I searched high and low for granite that would go well with the overall feel and look marble like. I finally decided on “white ice” granite. We had rounded, bull nose edges with our last granite that I didn’t like at all and knew that I wanted a more modern look so ours is now squared off. I made 2 trips to the granite yard and seriously had nightmares about the granite (SO expensive!). But as it went in, I was SO relieved. I love love love it.
I also had a hard time picking out the drawer and cabinet pulls. Both Josh and I agreed on the cup pulls as the main pulls but we disagreed on pulls or knobs for the others. I wanted knobs, he wanted pulls. Guess you know who won that argument!
Before our island was one big cabinet and we practically had to crawl in to reach to the very back. It now has front cabinets and back cabinets. On one side I have utensils, appliances and measuring spoons. On the other I have baking dishes and 2 whole cabinets of Pyrex. It’s my dream! While I don’t have them on display with glass or anything, they are super accessible and I can actually use them every day.
We have an awkward corner space that was previously wasted space – aka another junk spot for things to go and die. I discussed this with our designer and we decided on a Lazy Susan for that space.
I wasn’t sure what I’d put in there but knew it needed some containers. I brought them home and Drew asked if it could be his cabinet to put “his” cookie ingredients in. (He has taken over for chocolate chip cookie making these days – love it!) Why not? I put snacks on the bottom lazy susan for kids to choose after school.
I have seen people putting in USB outlets in their homes and knew that I wanted to do that in our kitchen. It is the heart of our home and not having to find the boxes to charge things is so awesome! One of them is near our phone and the other in the desk area of the kitchen.
We have recessed lighting in the kitchen but wanted to add something more to the space so we went with overhead pendant lights. I searched high and low for a good compromise (do you see a theme with this post? Josh and I have different styles – it makes it tough!). I like the ones we ended up with. I am also planning on a chandelier for over the kitchen table. I’d like to get a new kitchen table that isn’t so country-ish. But for now it’ll have to do.
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I love the look of subway tiles and am so happy with our white subway tile. Previously there was granite carried up into the backsplash and it just made everything so much darker. I didn’t like it at all but it’s perfect now!
Two other spots that I really wanted to make happen were deep drawers for pots and pans and a spice rack cabinet. In our previous kitchen we just had regular cabinets to put pots and pans in and I’d be digging around in there to find the right one. Now the drawers are so convenient and easy to see where everything is.
The spice rack slider needs some better organization but it’s so cool. I love that it’s right where I’m cooking so I can easily add in more spices.
This area before was our “desk.” Another spot just collect piles of things. The desk was never used and it was kind of wasted space. I have been in other homes similar to ours that had upper cabinets and knew that I wanted that for ours. We had storage before but now we have MAJOR storage. There are only a few things in each cabinet because there is so much room. Our contractor did a nice thick crown molding from CliqStudios to finish off the look. The sign is from my dear friend Kristi at Barn Owl Primitives. It reminds me that we can do hard things!
I quickly added some of my binders to one of the uppers. They fit perfectly in the spot. Now I just need to add the spines to a few of those. ;)
Full Product List:
White Dayton Shaker Style Cabinets, CliqStudios
Kraus 33″ Farmhouse Sink
Kraus Soap Dispenser
3 inch white subway tiles
Brushed Nickel Pendant Lights
Satin Nickel Cup Pulls
Satin Nickel Knobs
We Can Do Hard Things Sign, Barn Owl Primitives
Note: in doing this total kitchen overhaul we decided not to get new appliances. We got a new fridge because our old one was broken and gross but had we redone all of them it would’ve increased the price significantly. They all function well and it would’ve only been to change the face of the appliances. It just wasn’t worth it to Josh or me. We also didn’t redo our flooring. Because of the layout of our house, if we wanted to redo the kitchen flooring, we would’ve had to redo most of the flooring downstairs and it was also not in the budget (hello $10-$15,000).
You made it all the way through this long picture/text heavy post – yay! So… what do you think?
This post is part of a series sponsored by CliqStudios.
I love the transformation you have done. Right now I live in a rental one of these days I will get a home again. My daughter is a kitchen designer in Toronto she is amazing so of course I would get her to design for me and get every thing wholesale. I know what I love all I need is the house lol
The kitchen looks fantastic! It was fun to watch the process unfold on instagram and thanks for introducing me to CliqStudios. Ultimately I am going with Barker Cabinets because I need more custom size options, but the samples (and service!) from CliqStudios was fabulous! I love the pendant lights and the cup pulls. I think it’s funny that your husband has such strong opinions about all these design choices. My husband gets VERY little say, lol. I’m super jealous you got to reuse your appliances and floor, unfortunately mine all need to be replaced but I’m trying to keep the cost as low as possible. Thanks again for your inspiration and ideas.
Absolutely beautiful!!! I love the trash bin cabinet. I want one too! Love the cabinets, pulls and countertops. I love it all!! It’s stunning!!
oh it’s beautiful Mique!! I wasn’t planning on doing our cabinets (only our counters, sink and backsplash) but we do have the dark cherry cabinets and you are really making me think i should just go for it and get new cabinets too — just not sure our budget will allow all of that right now.
I bet you just smile every time you walk in!!
Beautiful! Love your Pyrex!
What a beautiful result! I absolutely love the white cabinets, but if I could ask… What made you choose white? it seems to me you would be cleaning it constantly… We also did a complete remodel of our kitchen, and while I love all the white kitchens I see, I knew with 4 dogs the cabinets would never be clean. I’m just wondering what went in to your thought process in choosing the white? Thank you for sharing your remodel!
I was afraid to look, because of the envy that would rise, but the truth is that I am just happy that ANYONE has such a lovely and functional space in which to work! Enjoy!
Thanks so much Amanda. I know exactly what you mean… ;)
diane @smartmoneysimplelife says
LOVE the kitchen! Especially love the pop of colour with the Tiffany blue Kitchenaid.
Thank you Diane! I searched high and low to find the KitchenAid I wanted!
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Love the makeover! Looks so clean and bright! The cabinets look fabulous!
Thank you Jamielyn. We are so happy with them!
Lisa @ Wine & Glue says
It turned out amazing!!! It is so bright and beautiful!
Thanks Lisa. It’s so much lighter now!
Desiree @The36thAvenue says
Oh my goodness Mique looks GREAT… I love the white!!!!
Thanks Desi. That means a lot coming from you. xo
Jennifer Fishkiind says
Thank you Jennifer!
Holly Homer says
I loooooove this so much!!! It is so airy and light. So fun to see your project finally completed…and adore the cabinets!
Thank you Holly! It’s been in the works for a looong time. I love it. And am so happy it’s done. ;)
capturing joy with kristen duke says
Looks FAB,my friend!!!
Thank you, my friend. xo
Beautiful!! We just redid ours white too, and I LOVE IT! I love that you guys stayed true to your budget and weren’t swayed to get new appliances just because you’d be featuring it on your super popular blog. Classy! I love that you guys compromised on some things because that’s so real… (We did too.) Overall, thanks for sharing your beautiful kitchen and life with us! I love following you!
Thanks Rachel! If I had extra money laying around we would’ve done the extra stuff but it wasn’t in the cards. And yes, I love the way it turned out but compromise isn’t always fun. Ha! ;)
Beautiful! Do you mind sharing the cost of what it took to do this?
Ballpark for cost?
Love how the kitchen turned out. It looks amazing. We are in the middle of doing ours. 1957 kitchen is going away!
Reading through this reminded me of something. I found this company that will put a protective coating on your stainless and it’s supposed to not show smudges and finger prints. Maybe something like that could work for your sink.
Just beautiful! I especially love the desk area. The pendant lighting comes a close second; )
We are currently remodeling our kitchen. Yours looks amazing! Why did you not like bullnose counter? Thanks for sharing!
What kind of fridge did you get? Is it white with stainless handles?
I love your new kitchen. At first I thought there was nothing wrong with your original kitchen. I didn’t understand why a remodel was a necessity, but after looking at the pictures carefully, I could see the improvements. I think the old kitchen with the darker colors used to look too enclosed. It’s the same space, it just appears larger. The white cabinets and counter tops opened up the space. The cabinets seem to have more storage space, and that is very nice. I like the lighting too. Great work.