Today is the day!! It’s finally time to reveal my new earthy coastal white kitchen, you have waited patiently long enough. This makeover began in September if you can believe it. Which, if you have been through any kind of renovation you probably can. There are so many moving pieces to a kitchen renovation, and although we didn’t replace the cabinetry, it takes time if you would like it done right. I oversaw this entire project and made every decision, girl power! I am kind of proud of myself, a kitchen reno isn’t for the faint of heart.
Overseeing this project meant being in charge of the overall design plan, coordination with companies, finding the right contractors, scheduling and resolving issues when they arose. It was a learning experience that is for sure but one I really enjoyed. I was very lucky work with some incredible brands, one of which is HanStone, a quartz surface company. They were easy to work with and very accommodating. Once I made my final selection from the gorgeous samples they sent me, it was time to find a fabricator. I used their website to find local dealers and began the search. The tough part was calling different fabricators, be sure to do your homework and be diligent, this is a large financial commitment.
Ok, are you ready? There are a good amount of before and afters so be sure to take your time. I will be sharing more about the sources in up coming posts. If you have a question about anything before those posts go live, please leave me comment and I will get back to you.
The surface color is Montauk, very fitting since it’s one of our favorite summer destinations. This hue is from their Boutique Collection. One of the biggest misconceptions I had was that I could go see the slab before I bought it. Because they are fabricated there isn’t the inconsistency of natural stone. I made my decision based on the sample alone. Once I found a fabricator, the template was made and the correct amount of slabs were ordered.
Would you like to see my messy desk area before shot?
The after is much, much better, wouldn’t you agree?
The stationary cabinets are in Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace and the island is Sherwin-Williams Cast Iron.
You can see how much brighter it feels already. I really wanted to take the cabinets to the ceiling but because we have 2 support beams running across it wouldn’t have looked right. The DIY wood beams now give a really nice, earthy contrast with the cheerful color scheme.
These counters are a dream to maintain & clean, I had a few freak outs early on while we were still getting used to them but because every stain has come out I am completely cool about it.
Before it felt cold and dark and now it just feels happy.
One of the very best things we did was add batten board sides to the island. It now feels like a focal piece. The green hue (Cast Iron) just felt organic with all of the blues. I was a little nervous in the beginning but once it went on I could exhale. It is perfect!
The break down of what we did…had new counters installed, changed the lighting & back-splash, painted cabinets, changed hardware, got new sinks and faucets, added onto the island, painted the walls, added accessories and art. If we would have ordered new cabinets it would have cost us double or triple the price.
The counters have a warmth about them with areas of gray, beige and tan. Tip-when designing your own white kitchen add colors or surfaces that are warm that way your space doesn’t feel cold.
More before and afters, I still can’t believe how much brighter it feels.
When I went about designing this space I wanted the accessories to feel personal and purposeful. The canvas was painted by Jack and absolutely love having it on display.
Another horrible before, yikes…
My contractor Michael from MRZ Contracting was so spectacular! He was the 4th call, prior to that I had many no shows and no call backs. He was on time, swift and went above and beyond.
I love this before and after, you can really see the change the makeover made.
It just goes to show you that you don’t need to do a full on gut job to make a design difference in the kitchen.
I hope you enjoyed the reveal! Please ask me any questions, always happy to answer!
Have a happy day,