Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Kitchen Reveal

Alright.  Let's talk about my kitchen.

Like I mentioned a few days ago, my kitchen is finally finally done!  And it only took a year and a half.  But the end result is totally worth it, right??


Just to remind you of what it looked like before-- here's what my kitchen looked like when we first moved into this house.  It had a lot of bright colours going on, but was still dark and dreary.  It felt cramped, small, a tad depressing, and really didn't work for me :)


Fast forward 4 years, and here's what it looks like today.  When I walk into my kitchen I can hardly believe it's the same room.  Here's what it looks like now (when it's clean).








Now let's get into some of the details.

This was NOT a "go big or go home" kind of kitchen... but it also wasn't an extreme budget kitchen.  We had one major, MAJOR factor working in our favour-- my husband builds and designs custom kitchens for a living.  So... when it comes to the cabinetry, we got the best cabinetry possible and only paid for the materials since Doug was able to build it all with his own two hands.  But even though we were able to get the cabinetry we wanted for a great deal, we still were very conscious of our budget.  Here's a quick break down of the saves vs. the splurges in this kitchen:

SAVE:

kept existing appliances
kept existing layout-- for the most part
ikea faucet
inexpensive backsplash tile choice
used reclaimed wood for shelves
bought inexpensive knobs for cabinet doors
did ALL the work ourselves.  ALL.

SPLURGE:

quartz countertops (BUT, were still a bit of a save... as you'll soon find out!!)
expensive (and beautiful) bin pulls on all drawers
Closed up an existing window and made another one taller
Removed bulkhead

Okay.  So that was the summary.  Here are the details.

To save money, we didn't remove the wall that separates the kitchen from the living room.  People renovating with a similar floor plan typically do this, but it would have required considerably more time and cash-- two things we sure don't have a lot of these days!!  I still wanted that space to feel unique, so we added some open shelves between the upper cabinets to display some pretty stuff and tiled all the way up to the ceiling.  The lower cabinets are the same depth as the upper cabinets which keeps the room feeling spacious but still gives us added storage and counter space.



This next area of the kitchen required the most amount of work.  When we moved in there used to be a floor to ceiling window right where those open shelves are located.  While I loved all the natural light the window gave, the kitchen really really needed more counter space and more room for drawers!  Previously I had 3 really teeny tiny drawers-- now I have these 6 big ones plus three more on the other side of the sink.  And I can't tell you how much of a difference the extra three feet of counter space makes when I'm working in the kitchen with all my little "helpers".  It really makes this room so much more functional.

  
While this spot of the kitchen is definitely more functional, I also wanted it to be pretty.  Isn't that what we all want?  A kitchen that's both functional and pretty??  So... bring on more open shelves!  My kitchen is a very white-- and I love it-- but to keep it from feeling too cold and clinical I added some natural wood.  These natural wood shelves turned out to be my absolute most favourite part of the kitchen.  They turned out way better than I ever thought they would.  They were also a money saving solution-- the wood was free as it was just sitting around the shop taking up space and we didn't have to pay to have them sprayed like other finished parts.


These shelves hold all of my everyday dishes and glassware.  It's the perfect spot-- I unload my dishwasher right up onto those shelves-- no opening cabinet doors and moving things around-- everything gets stacked right up on these shelves and is used every, every day.


I've had a lot of people email asking about our countertops.  Even though I love marble, I knew that it could be a risky choice for my kitchen since we cook and live in this room all day long.  So, I decided to go for quartz since it's a much more durable option.  I was going to go with Misty Carrera by Caesarstone, but in the 11th hour I discovered that the countertop company we were going to work with sold a generic brand of quartz that had a colour that I liked even better than Caesarstone's Misty Carrera.  The spots and colour variation is more subtle than the Misty Carrera and is a tad less "grey".  And the best part was it was 40% cheaper than the Caesarstone option.  Pretty much a no brainer if you as me!


Others have asked about our cabinetry hardware.  The bin pulls on all of the drawers are from Restoration Hardware and were a splurge.  To save a bit of money I ordered knobs in the same finish (polished nickel) from an online supplier that were considerably cheaper than the matching ones from RH.  And, I really really love them.

Our faucet was a major save-- Ikea.  $79.  And I was like... WHAT!!?  Seriously.  It has the look I wanted and for $79??  Again, a total no brainer if you ask me!  I love the handles-- they have a vintage vibe that I totally love.




And the backsplash.  We saved money using a standard 3x6 white subway tile from Home Depot.  Even though our backsplash tile choice was cheap, it's still a classic look and I really love the way it looks all the way up to to the ceiling behind the open shelves, and around the kitchen window.  I also really love the light grey grout we selected.  It is subtle, but really makes the tile a feature in the kitchen.


Next week I'll do a special post listing the sources.   I bet you can't wait!!  If anyone has a specific question they want answered leave one in the comments or feel free to email me directly.


To conclude, I'm just going to brag about my hubby for a minute.  Doug designed/built/installed this kitchen with his own two hands.  ALL OF IT.  I knew he was good at what he does-- but even I was amazed at how GOOD he is at building kitchens... and how GOOD he is at all the little details that most people miss and don't notice.  I could explain my vision to him knowing that he would and could create exactly what I dreamed up.  Every little detail is perfect.  Exceptional.  Every day I walk into my kitchen and I can't believe Doug made it.  What would I do without him!!


So, if you live in the lower mainland and are looking for a cabinetry guy-- I know a really really good one!!  Shoot me an email if you want some info.

And, that concludes the long awaited (almost thought it was never going to end) kitchen renovation.  I love it.  Hope you do too :)

ps:  sorry 'bout the amateur photos-- still learning!
pps:  don't you just love how those pink peonies made it into almost every shot??
ppps:  pink peonies are my absolute favourite flower.  And a bundle for $5?  Score.
pppps:  wish I could have each and every one of you over for an awesome party so we could enjoy this kitchen for reals!!

108 comments:

kelly ens said...

so delightful. both the kitchen and the peonies (a fave of mine too)

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Oh my gosh. It is outstanding!! I love every bit of it.

Amy said...

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful! Next project my house? Its a disaster zone.

Bonnie said...

I would (almost) get on a plane from Thailand to come party in that kitchen... for reals! ;) Its honestly stunning. Every single detail of it.
And I have to say, the pop of pink peonies really do take your pictures from "amateur" (as you said... and I don't agree with), to "style @ home-esque." Lovely, lovely, lovely.

Kathryn Humphreys said...

Gorgeous. We're redoing our kitchen now and I was lusting after those pulls. Too bad I don't have a Doug, we had to go with Ikea cabinets.

Anna said...

Very random question after such beautiful kitchen revel but where is your white utensil crock from?

Kristin@bliss-athome.com said...

I just love your kitchen!! So light and bright and that hand towel is perfect! xo Kristin

Kirsten said...

So beautiful! I love cooking, and I think I would love it even more if I was in your kitchen : )

kathryn pow said...

Everything about this kitchen is amazing! I have to ask where your hand towels are from!

Meg {lovingalbany} said...

So beautiful and fresh! Love the countertop. Great choice!!

Flowers2boys said...

Looks Stunning & great photos!
I think the best part of your kitchen is that you shared the design work with your husband - those are the best projects to work on ever!!

Fiona said...

Stunning! So light and airy. Would you mind providing more info about the quartz you used and where it came from? I love yours, and I can't stomach the cost of the countertops (I am on an extreme budget renovation, since we'll probably move in a couple of years, but I can't take our kitchen!)

christine, just bella said...

So beautiful!! Light, bright and amazing!! I'm moving in.

I'm saving this away for my future white, bright one day kitchen! Dreamy!

Andrea said...

AAAAAAHHHHHH! SO gorgeous. What a transformation!! I am starting to wish that my husband was a cabinet maker instead of a plumber... ;)

Shelley | Crazy Wonderful said...

I'm going nuts over this kitchen! Gah, it's so gorgeous!!! And how incredible that your husband BUILT it! Stunning.

Anonymous said...

Your kitchen looks great and must feel even greater to have it finished! Just wondering where the white mugs with the bumpy outside are from?
Shannon

JTay said...

I love it! I love it! I love it!! So fresh and pretty, relaxed and perfect! And how cool to live and work in a kitchen built by Doug! Well done. Enjoy!!

Trev and Rebekah said...

Those pics don't look amateur to me. LOOKS SO GOOD! Way to go Doug!

robyn said...

I love everything about it! I remembered you saying misty carerra but then i was always surprised in the photos because it looked so different from others i've seen. I would REALLY love to know the brand and style of quartz you chose. We've been having such a hard time selecting our countertops and cost is definitely a factor. If i can get quartz for less than the quote we've got for ceasarstone, it would definitely be a winner in our home...

Nicole {thelovecrush} said...

Wow your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous! I'm about to start studying interior design, and your kitchen is like my ultimate inspiration! Props to you and your hubby, it's gorgeous!

Barbara Matson said...

Gorgeous! Now I know who to contact if and when we buy a house and if and when I renovate a kitchen! I love your kitchen, it would be exactly what I would want!

As for the photos, they look amazing!

KDees said...

Straight out of a magazine! Your photos are great-they don't look amateur at all! But I bet the kitchen is even more amazing in real life!

Kat said...

Man, girl! Love it all! You can't beat a white kitchen, can ya? I love the grout color you chose. It's just enough to accent the individual tiles. Great choice. And how awesome is it to say that your husband built your kitchen?! So so cool. Oh and your photos are just gorgeous too:) Thanks for taking the time to share your beautiful kitchen with us:)

Julie said...

it is absolutely gorgeous! I'm so glad that Christine (from Just Bella) told me the source of the photo I pinned! I'm going to be showing our tiler the photo of your backsplash, the grout colour is exactly what I'm wanting for ours. Thank you!

Corinnea said...

I would relally love to know what your source was for your counter top. I desire yet cannot justify marble. Quartz is still pricey but the color you chose is awesome and if its that much cheaper....

Pudel-design said...

Aaaah, this looks so beautiful!
So crisp and bright!
You`ve done a real great job on this room!
Love!;)
I`m your newest follower!
Love and hugs
Lydia

Leanne said...

Your kitchen is a DREAM! Love it!!

Melissa said...

Gorgeous! So crisp and clean with the white. Love the open shelves. Bet you're going to love cooking in there!

JULIA said...

We JUST bought our first house yesterday and the kitchen needs a makeover. I was wondering if Cloud White and white white subway tiles would look good beside each other....so naturally, I googled it. Came across your blog and WOW! Do they ever look good together! Your kitchen is exactly what I'm going for - butcher block tops for us though. Thank you for sharing!

Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be spending the next 2 hours going through your archives.

Megan Marie said...

my husband and i are about to redo our kitchen right now and i searched kitchen on pinterst and saw yours! it's so wonderful. i've been wanting to do reclaimed wood for open shelving. how did you hang yours is my question?? any tips!? thanks so much. and enjoy that kitchen!

Caroline @ The Home Depot said...

Elissa,

I love the way your kitchen turned out! So crisp and happy. I'd love to pin this to the Home Depot Kitchen Pinterest board if you don't mind.

Cheers!
Caroline
Senior Editor, homedepot.com

Elissa said...

Thanks Caroline! Go ahead and pin away!!

Elissa said...

Hi Shannon! From target!!

Elissa said...

Thanks Megan! I posted about it here:
http://dougelissa.blogspot.ca/2013/03/sometimes-i-call-him-bearcat.html?m=1

Elissa said...

West elm!!

marta said...

dying. i adore this kitchen and saw something similar in a magazine once. i loved your details and am so happy you shared your choices with us. way to rock the DIY homedecor and renovations!!

natasha {schue love} said...

What are you talking about with your photos!? These look straight out of a magazine! Such a gorgeous kitchen...love the subway tiles with the light gray grout and the quartz counters, Aso love the open shelving in the natural wood...definitely warms up the space. Amazing job!!

My Little Bungalow said...

Hi there, I just discovered your blog via Cottage and Vine. Your kitchen is amazing, and just what I'd like to have one day. I love all the details you chose, especially the open shelves! Your husband does fantastic work. You are very lucky to have him! I look forward to browsing the rest of your blog. Meanwhile, I'll be pinning photos of your kitchen for future reference.
Claudia

My Little Bungalow said...

Oh, one question. What kind of toaster is that and where did you get it? thanks,
Claudia

Nita Stacy said...

Absolutely adore your kitchen. I'd love to see it linked up at my weekly party - Mod Mix Monday at ModVintageLife.com

Vintage Home said...

We live in the lower mainland, and I love your kitchen. Would love to know the source for your fabulous countertops!

Lisa Mende Design said...

Beautiful job!!!

Elissa said...

Claudia-- it's a Cuisinart and I got it from Costco!

Marsha Martinez Eye Candy said...

So beautiful...Time to paint!

Crystal@The Hollidays at Home said...

New follower here. Love, love, love the way the kitchen turned out! Will definitely use this as inspiration when we can finally tackle our kitchen. So happy for you!

Erin Southwell said...

Just gorgeous!!!

SHERRY HART said...

Gorgeous....clean and classic.

Chrissy said...

I love the gray color on the walls. What color is that?! Thanks.

Chystal Russell said...

Beautiful! All of it; just beautiful!!!

Sara Mueller said...

It looks amazing! Beautiful!

Jessica said...

I absolutely LOVE what you did with your kitchen!!! I'd like to know more specifics about the countertops. What is the generic brand? Are you able to give an apx amount spent on the total renno? We are looking to redo our, but a little afraid of what the total cost will be.

Thanks for sharing!!!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

This is such a beautiful kitchen makeover!!! Love every aspect! I'm going to dig to see if I can find the color of quartz you used :)

Rebecca Nestingen said...

Your kitchen turned out amazing! Cheers to having handy husbands who can build amazing cabinetry. We're in the midst of a kitchen remodel ourselves, I'm blogging all about it here. We'll be building some inset doors and getting quartz countertops installed soon hopefully!

Rasonda @ Lake Cottage Dreams said...

I absolutely love this kitchen. I love the white with the pops of natural. Popping over from Cozy Cottage Cute and now following.

Peonies are my favorite flower as well!

Courtney said...

Beautiful! Could you provide more info about your generic quartz? Thanks!

Jodi said...

absolutely gorgeous!!

Ashley Doran said...

saw this on pinterest today.... the all-white, the subway tile, the open wooden shelving!! swoon.

Taylor Hoit said...

Love the look of your kitchen! I am wanting that exact color grout for our backsplash. Do you know the color's name and brand? Thanks!

Forma Living said...

I'm in love with your kitchen. This may be a question for your husband... how are the floating shelves installed? I don't see any brackets and yet the plates must be heavy. Thanks!

Lily from Birch + Bird said...

What an amazing renovation, absolutely love it! Just saw that you're in the Lower Mainland too...very cool :)
Your counters are amazing...off to check out your sources for the brand!

Sarah @ Simply Sarah Style said...

I absolutely love this! I'm pinning for my next home. Well done!

Polly said...

Thank you so much for all of your inspiration, and the beautiful photos! Considering I'm in month seven of our own kitchen renovation it's making me feel so good to hear how long yours took. My husband has completed all but our glass tile backsplash and quartz countertop installations. I absolutely love the results of your renovation! (The peonies were gorgeous, too!)

Quartz worktop said...

Oh I love your kitchen decor. Everything looks amazing.Its so pleasant...

Anonymous said...

Can I ask what color you painted your cabinets? They look gorgeous.

randy cox said...

Its really outstanding and looking elegant. I like your kitchen very much. Thank you so much for sharing. Granite Countertops.

Angela Humphrey said...

I am replicating your kitchen at my house!! Where are those beautiful handle pulls from?

Alissa said...

Did your hubby build the cabinets himself or did you order them? I love the style.

Jessica said...

I was wondering what size RH pull you got. Are they the 3" or 4"? Also, where did you order your knobs from? Thanks!

missy moss said...

AMAZING AND VERY INSPIRATIONAL. I have pinned about half your picture for future reference for wortop, tap and tiles lay outs.

Krista said...

Your kitchen remodel turned out AMAZING!!! WOW!! I love. And the shape is so much like ours... so it's great inspiration. I am going to be tile-ing my kitchen, and building a surround around the refrigerator... and I'd really LOVE to see how your kitchen looks from this angle: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_bVnkA0WASJo/TO2NNUD4_TI/AAAAAAAABa0/gfqC9AL5nO4/s640/IMG_5629.JPG Do you have a finished photo of this angle? :) Pretty please??

Krystal Ahmad said...

How did you put the shelves up with no brackets? I am trying to do the same thing in my bathroom and I'm unsure

Christa Almand said...

Hi, I am also looking at the misty Carrera counter tops and am concerned with the grey color. I didn't see your comments back on the type/color of quartz that you used. I would love to know this info if you wouldn't mind sharing it:) Thank you! Christa

Petti said...

Your kitchen is so pretty!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful kitchen! Can you please tell me what color of grout you have used on your white subway backsplash? Also, is it 1/8" grout between tiles?

Sharon said...

Love the subway tiles with the light grey grout:) Question: Did you put spacers or no spacers between each tile?

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Emily Miller said...

Wow, what a huge kitchen! I like white color kitchen cabinets. White color gives fresh. I really like pink color flowers to decorate kitchen which looks very pretty. I must save this blog link for upcoming updates. Thanks for sharing this blog.

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Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful kitchen! Not sure if you responded to the previous inquiries regarding the quartz countertop brand and color. I am interested in the one you used. Also, what color grout did you use and where did you purchase it from? there are so many gray color grouts out there but I love the one you chose. Thanks!

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Jennifer said...

Very pretty and inviting kitchen with open shelving idea. Open shelving makes the room look and feel bigger. I will always have some open shelves. I love them. :)
Great transformation.
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