I’m finally revealing the gray and white kitchen makeover. Alternate titles for this post would be DIY kitchen makeover and BUDGET kitchen makeover! This is hands down my favorite project I’ve ever completed. I’m so proud of how it turned out.
There are a few tiny details that we have to finish like um, painting the toe kicks but for now, I’m calling it done since I’m already working on three other half painted projects ha!
Okay, to refresh your memories, we bought this house back in October. It had been empty for years and really needed a lot of TLC. The kitchen was our first major project after laying floors throughout the house and painting the entire thing.
After having the countertops installed we installed this gorgeous Carrera marble backsplash in a herringbone pattern. When I look at this kitchen the backsplash is what I’m most proud of. You guys, Matt and I installed this ourselves with zero idea what the heck we were doing. We were totally flying blind relying on online tutorials (this is a good one) and YouTube videos. How we ended up DIYing a project we most definitely didn’t intend to DIY was interesting. Our contractor who had done a few other projects for us totally bailed, like didn’t show up and didn’t call. We had already purchased the tile so we kind of looked at each other and shrugged, then decided yeah, we can do this. Then we went straight to Home Depot and bought a tile saw and a bunch of supplies, got home and thought, we definitely should not DIY this but what the heck, let’s try it anyway.
Guys – we felt like absolute rockstars once it started coming together. I won’t say this project went without hiccups or that it’s perfect by any means (ehm, there’s a reason why there’s no tutorial on this specific project) but it turned out better than I could have imagined and now Matt and I think we can pretty much DIY anything – I mean, tiling the shower and refacing the fireplace are next up on our list!
Remember, we opened up the “drive thru window” to make this opening to the living room nice and big. It now offers a breakfast bar, which I love. This was the biggest game changer for me. A galley style kitchen is not my favorite but redesigning the entire layout was not an option for us so this was a great alternative.
We also replaced the sick and faucet. I opted for a stainless steel, under mount, single bowl sink. I have always had a double bowl sink and switching to a single bowl is a dream. Being able to fit large pans in the sink is heaven.
Another fun feature of this kitchen is that little pocket door. It opens to the “formal” dining room which I’m considering using as a office. Folks with form dining rooms do you use them?
On the opposite side of the galley kitchen is a small set of cabinets, our fridge, and our teeny, yet newly organized, pantry. (Please pretend you don’t see those bits of orange play doh on the floor :))
I love this section for making lunches and food prep since it’s close to the fridge and right across from the stove.
Then of course, you’ve seen the breakfast nook before but it’s part of the kitchen and it completes the space!
Here’s a run-down of what we did in the kitchen:
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- Painted Walls
- Replaced Floors – Allen + Roth Toasted Chestnut Laminate
- Replaced appliances
- Replaced Countertops – Quartz Viatera Celeste
- Replaced Sink
- Replaced Faucet – Moen Indi Faucet
- Painted Cabinets – Behr Still Gray
- Installed New Cabinet Hardware – we bought these and these
- Enlarged Existing Opening
- Created Breakfast Bar
- Installed Marble backsplash