I am so excited to share our kitchen renovation reveal on Life as Kait with you today! Bobby and I dreamed of building a new kitchen in our first home since the day we purchased it. It took two years of saving, patience, and a lot of planning to pull it all together. But, it is finally ours! Scroll below to see our before and after shots.
As you can see, much space was wasted in this kitchen, cabinet-wise. If you look above the cabinets, there was just hallow wall. The flooring also drove me crazy because dirt instantly was trapped in the light-colored grout (no matter how many times we cleaned it!). Obviously, the appliances needed some updating – they were about 10-15 years old.
You can’t see it here, but we had a bowl of fruit, dishwasher rack, and a microwave sitting on the counter. Left about.. well.. NO counter room for any food preparation. Drove me crazy!
To help with the counter-space issues and lack of cabinets, my mom gifted us with this rolling island. Honestly, it helped A TON during those first few years. But, what an eyesore…
We were also excited to rid of the window and 80’s looking farm-style door that is totally not our style. As you can see, both barely even let any natural light in and the walls that were up along the kitchen completely blocked off the space and made the kitchen feel cramped.
In general, my husband and I are fans of fresh, neutral colors throughout our home. So, we knew that we wanted white cabinetry throughout our kitchen. We also decided to go with the tallest cabinets we could find that finished off at the ceiling. The moulding work along the top of most kitchens were too traditional for us. So, since we are tall anyway, we decided to opt for 40″ cabinets in order to have more space for storage.
We knew we wanted light counters, as well. Photos that inspired our kitchen ideas typically included marble counters. But, after talking to some professionals and doing some research, we quickly realized that marble wasn’t the smartest choice for us.
Marble is porous and needs to constantly be treated and sealed multiple times a year. We just didn’t want to deal with that. So, we opted for quartz that looks almost identical to most marble. It is man-made, looks natural, and never needs to be treated!
Since we typically like to cook at home instead of eating out, we knew we wanted a sink that was large enough to wash pots and pans in. So, we opted for this deep sink. My favorite part is that this one is an undermounted sink where the edges are hidden beneath the countertops. Makes for insanely easy cleanup when any crumbs are left behind on the island!
Also, this faucet is pretty ideal since it has a motion sensor. When our hands are covered in food while we cook, it allows us to turn the water on and off without touching the faucet at all. We also chose this one since it allows you to pull the head down into the sink for deep cleaning.
I have to say, I am absolutely OBSESSED with the chairs we picked! I must have looked at over 1,000 kitchen island chairs online. We knew we wanted a modern vibe. Once I found these online, I crossed my fingers and prayed I would love them in person. Honestly, they look and feel better than I thought they would!
A must-have feature for our new kitchen was a sliding back door. We wanted more cabinets and needed to rid of the window we had. So, in order to get more light in the kitchen, we decided a sliding door would be the best fit for us. It makes a huge difference!
Even on cloudy days, it lets a good amount of natural light into our house. We really only use the kitchen lights early in the morning or when the sun goes down.
A feature my husband was excited about was our heated flooring. We didn’t want kick board heaters, so this was our next best option. For almost the same price, WOW… such a cozy addition that makes a world of a difference.
I cannot wait to wake up every morning (especially on cold days) and make my cup of coffee while my feet are warm and toasty!
Another great addition for early mornings and late nights are the lights we installed under the cabinets. There are only 3, yet they create a good amount of light. It also just adds a fancy factor to the kitchen, even though they are very reasonably priced.
SHOP THE LOOK:
Cabinets: Home Depot Custom Cabinets
Backsplash: White Bevelled Subway Tiles
Cabinet Handles: Richelieu Hardware – Contemporary Stainless Steel Cabinet Pull
Countertops: Quartz Custom Cut Countertop
Flooring: Provenza Perla Porcelain Floor Tiles