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Plans for a Kitchen Update

Monday, January 13, 2014

As I mentioned on Friday, we're about to start a kitchen renovation/update. Let's take a little stroll down the kitchen memory lane, shall we? :)


This is what I saw the first time we looked at our house. You may be thinking "wow! you have an eye for fixer uppers!"... let me stop you there. When we first looked at our house I told Ben there was NO WAY I could ever live there. We made the decision to move forward after I got advice from my mother in law and uncle in law (haha!) that it could be made beautiful. After going through the whole process with our home, I think I have really trained my eye in how to transform spaces and would love to have other opportunities to transform homes! (More photos of our original home can be found here.)

Let's first look at the incredible features of this kitchen. Yellow tile with a brown border. Portable dishwasher chill in in the middle. Random sticky-outy lights. A large fluorescent light strip. Ooh baby!


This is what our kitchen looked like when we moved in. (December 2012.. just a month after we had closed!) During that month, some very hard workers made my dreams for our first home come true. I just showed these other photos in my last post, but let's look again. :)



We put in new flooring and appliances. Tore out the nasty existing lighting and put in some recessed can lights. The cabinets were painted and new hardware was added. We knocked out some cabinets that were kinda funky. We removed the doors from a few cabinets so that I could try out the open cabinetry look.

The kitchen came so far, and has truly been a place I've loved. I'm not too much of a design snob for the yellow tile. But what I will say is that it is awful to clean. The grout is already permanently dirty because of being around for so many years, the sink is stained and has no disposal, and the faucet fixture has permanent goop and grime around it. Again, all things that are livable and have been for the past year.. but we decided that a new sink, countertops, and backsplash would really simplify my kitchen cleaning. I've always said to Ben that one day in the far away future when we have children, I imagine a baby smashing stuff into the grout. I imagine that as a parent I'll have other things on my mind than scrubbing grout. Now seemed like the perfect  time to prevent that vision from ever coming to life. :)

If you follow me on instagram, or even just on this blog... you might know that I'm kind of a neutrals girl. I like color. I really do. I even purchased a bright pink shirt recently. But especially in design... neutrals win every time. Times I've strayed end up being regretted. Bring on the beige, people!! This clearly influenced my design decisions when daydreaming about the style I wanted to bring into the kitchen.

Here are some images that really inspired me:







Look! Even my girl Tory Burch loves the all white kitchen. We're basically twins. In celebration, she should give me all of her shoes!! :)

These images are in fact a little shwankier than what we're working with.. but this image gave me a really realistic look at what our kitchen could look like.

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Luckily, the blog that housed the lovely photo above had a full and complete source list. As of now, we're planning to move forward with white quartz countertops, and a white subway tile backsplash with gray grout. EEEEEE! 

What do y'all think? Speak now or forever hold your peace? Do you hate me for hating color in my kitchen? I'll add some greenery, promise! :) Any kitchen reno advice? Help a sister out, friends! :)

16 comments:

  1. SO, SO, SO smart to stay with your comfort zone with neutrals. That way you can change accessories without breaking the budget whenever you feel like a change. I think your kitchen is coming along nicely and I can't wait to see the finished room! You go, girl!

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  2. I think it will look amazing, especially with you in the picture! And I'm not a huge fan of those yellow tiles either but have loved seeing what you have done to it! Can't wait to read updates! Good luck :)

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  3. I so love white kitchens, as an interior designer I was about to tell you to go with quartz and then I read the bottom section of your post...right on girl! Can't wait to see it!

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  4. I actually like the yellow- but I do think white counter tops and a backsplash will be gorgeous! Especially with the stainless steel appliances.

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  5. haha I always laugh about how "beige" our house is! but I can't help it--I really do not like color. neutrals win out every time for me, too. I'm so excited to see this reno take place!! good luck xO

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  6. This is going to be GORGEOUS. The thing I love about crisp, white kitchens is how you really get to feature your fab dishes, the meal and the dinnerware ;) I can't wait to see how it all turns out! Mercy girl, you make me eager to find my own fixer upper, but I'll leave that down the road a ways.

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  7. I think white kitchens are so classy and timeless- I love your choices!

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  8. I think the white is beautiful and so clean looking! But I will say, I've had a white kitchen before, and they're a pain to clean too. You can clean 1 minute and turn around the next and it will look dirty again, because EVERYTHING shows up on white. If your countertops are marble in design, that should help some.
    If you pick up any tricks to keeping the white looking squeaky clean, please let me know! I love me some white countertops too :) But as of right now I don't think I would ever do it again.

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  9. SO exciting! And yes, you're not alone in the white kitchen wagon :)

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  10. SO exciting! And yes, you're not alone on the white kitchen wagon :)

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  11. Ohhhh, I LOVE an all white kitchen! Can't wait to see how it turns out. And I must say, you have a magical touch in creating a gorgeous space!

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  12. LOVE the white...it's so crisp! But in all fairness, you have made your current little kitchen so quaint!
    Can't wait to see the finished product!

    P.S. I nominated you for the Liebster Award! All the details are on my blog! (it's really fun!)

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  13. I love it! I totally am a neutral person myself. White, beige, black, tan, cream, gray...those are my go to colors! You can always dress up any neutral room with a splash of color like a pot to put your kitchen utensils! I am obessed with the color white and I cant wait to see the final picture of your kitchen!!

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  14. I love the change! Great job. We recently renovated our kitchen by painting all the cabinets with home made chalk paint. It turned out wonderfully. Neutral living space is the best - you can always add pops of color with towels or tea pots.

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  15. I followed the rabbit trail somehow and ended up at your blog, and I love it! My sister and her husband are doing kitchen renos right now, and I'm absolutely in love with white/off white kitchen cabinets (marble countertops would be nice, too)! Can't wait to read more!

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  16. beautiful kitchen! I came over from Anchored in Love. I couldn't help myself when I saw the picture of your kitchen! It is so pretty! I'm sure it is a dream for you to cook in. Also, I'm pretty sure my weekends are identical to yours. I love doing all of those same things! :) I'm excited to follow along!

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