A builder grade kitchen gets a new look with classic features like gray cabinets, Quartz counters and subway tile. A truly inspiring kitchen before and after reveal.
You guys, I am so excited to talk with you today! I’ve been waiting forever to finally show you the finished kitchen. You know, that makeover I started back in June. After seven months of tearing out, installing, painting and waiting the space is finally done. Well, a couple more little tweaks like under cabinet lighting and a couple appliance changes…but for now, I’m calling it.
Can you even remember what this space looked like before? Well since you don’t live in my house on a day-to-day basis, let me remind you:
My favorite spot in this house is now my kitchen. I could sleep in here. This was the biggest remodel I’ve ever experienced. We kept the original cabinets and left the layout the same, but everything else changed! I learned a ton throughout the process, mostly how to be patient. 😉 The remodel started with the laminate counter tops and tile backsplash being removed to allow for the new Moen sink and faucet to be installed.
I debated on getting one with a divider but I’m so glad I didn’t. I can fit almost anything in this sink making that not-so-fun task of doing dishes a little easier. The bottom grid is also great for protecting the sink from scratches and gives me a nice place to set hot pots to cool. The motion sensor faucet comes in handy every single day. When I’m trying to cook with a toddler on the hip, I need all the help I can get.
Once the new sink was in, the new Quartz counter tops from Wilsonart were installed. I went with the Haida design. It’s a bright white design with fine, short black veining that looks very similar to the carrara marble look. We waited over a month for these beauties. A month of cardboard counters and lots of frozen pizzas. But friends, it was soooooo worth the wait! They turned out gorgeous and instantly brightened the whole kitchen. Both my husband I feel the counters made this kitchen what it is now…beautiful.
After the counters were in, it was time to install the subway back splash. (Find my full tutorial HERE with all my tips and trick on installing tile!) I’ve loved the look of subway tile for a long time and I’m so happy that it is now in my very own kitchen. I chose the Manhattan in glossy from Cypress South. I decided to go with a grey grout called Mist that had a sealer already built in. Score! I have never tiled anything before, so this was a first time experience using a tile saw. I did some praying and away I went. After a few chips here and there… I got the hang of it. I love the look of it next to the Quartz counters. 🙂
One of my sisters favorite features of my kitchen make over is those stainless steel outlet covers. Once I finished installing the tile, the old covers just didn’t look right. I love the look of these and it was such an easy, inexpensive update to do. Why not?!
After the tile was in place, I could install all the wood trim to add height to the cabinets. I hated that empty space. By filling them in, I instantly gave the whole room the feeling of higher ceilings. It was wonderful! (See my tutorial on how to add height to your kitchen cabinets HERE.)
With all the pretty changes happening in here, those old chipped floors needed to go. I loved Cross Sawn Chestnut by Pergo and knew it would go great with the gray cabinets. I’ve already shared with you how I picked this color and how I installed it. My knees liked to died after installation day, but you know what? I love these floors and I would do it all over again in a heart beat. I am so proud to say we installed them ourselves! 🙂
Now that the new floors were in, I was left with painting the cabinets. I knew I wanted to paint them gray, but there are so many gray choices! Wow. I finally decided on Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray because it was a pretty neutral gray with a hint of some brown undertones. Since the living room has vaulted ceilings with walls painted in a soft brown (that I will not be painting any time soon), I wanted the kitchen to compliment. I’m not gonna lie, that first swipe of the paint brush had me a little scared. But once I got most of it painted…I was in love. I used a Wagner spray painter for the doors and hand painted the frames. UPDATE! The tutorial on how to paint your kitchen cabinets is available (click here!). I included everything you need to know to do the job right!
After I got all the doors reinstalled, it was time for the last step…adding the jewels! That’s what I like to call the hardware. I picked out stainless steel pulls in all different sizes. My favorite are these little t-pulls on the lazy susan doors…
You can see how I organized kitchen counter with a few accessories HERE. (pictured above)
A HUGE thank you to my sponsors that made this whole kitchen makeover possible:
If you are wanting to know the how-to on all the changes I made to this kitchen, tutorials are coming. After the holidays I will be sharing with you how I installed a farmhouse sink into a regular kitchen cabinet, back splash installation do’s and don’ts, raising the height of the cabinets, tips on spray painting kitchen cabinets, and more. If there is something you want to know that I didn’t mention, just leave me your question in the comments and I will try my best to answer it. 🙂
Do you like the new look?
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray
Sink Grid: Moen
Sconce: Lamps Plus
Appliances: all new are Whirlpool
Counters: Haida from Wilsonart
Trim: Home Depot
Flooring: Cross Sawn Chestnut from Pergo
UPDATE!!!! I have finished the tutorial on How I Painted the Kitchen Cabinets found HERE…
And if you are looking for ways to organize your kitchen, be sure to check out this post on the Five Organizers Every Kitchen Needs!