Kitchen Progress Update {THE REVEAL!!!}

Updating a kitchen without gutting it | suburban bitches

The day has finally come when I can put a nail in the kitchen remodel coffin. The day actually came about 3 weeks ago when I gave up on the backordered grasscloth to put in the back of my glass front upper cabinets and decided to just paint the inside. And really, I should have done that a long time ago! Anyways, I am excited to share some pictures of the kitchen after taking on a mini-remodel of the space over the past 6 months. Just to highlight, here are things that were changed in the space:

  1. Upper kitchen cabinets were built to fill the space previously left unoccupied.
  2. Surround kitchen cabinets were painted Benjamin Mooore Northern Cliffs by Summit Cabinet Coatings.
  3. This amazing herringbone backsplash from E & S Tile replaced the travertine subway backsplash.
  4. New lighting was installed over the kitchen island.
  5. Granite countertops on the kitchen island were replaced with White Macabus Quartzite.
  6. Kitchen island knobs were changed over to these gold pulls from Schoolhouse Electric.
  7. This Blanco gray sink replaced the two basin white sink.
  8. More gold entered the kitchen with this gold faucet.
  9. The old bar stools we had from World Market were recalled leading us to replace them with these from Restoration Hardware.

After all these changes I can say the kitchen feels like a completely new space. Leaving the original cabinets and surround countertops saved money and also made it so we weren’t without a kitchen for more than a couple days during the remodel. I can’t say that the whole makeover was super inexpensive. We ended up right under 10K for the whole thing- not a drop in the bucket but certainly less than starting from scratch. Now let’s get to it and take a look at the lovely pictures captured by my friend Rachel at Rachel Olsen Photography.

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While Rachel was over shooting pictures I had the crazy idea to actually shoot the kitchen with people in it! Because really people, the kitchen never looks like this. Usually there is tons of crap on the countertops, the floors are covered in crumbs, and there’s a pile of dishes in the sink. And since I had my kids around on the afternoon of pictures I let them enjoy summer and get watermelon juice all over my beautiful quartzite countertops (no worries, cleans up with no problem). But these kids totally don’t have the knack for eating naturally while being photographed. You should have seen them trying to smile and shove watermelon in their face at the same time!

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Look at that girl- so naturally washing her hands. I do love these pictures because they show the kitchen with life in it. There will always be a dog hovering around for crumbs on the floor and my kids will always leave watermelon rinds directly on the countertops. I can now easily say how glad I am that I didn’t go for marble on the island. It would have been covered in stains and etches that would have broken my heart over and over again. If I could go back in time one thing I would do differently is the color I painted the cabinets. In certain lights I love the color but when there is a lot of light on the cabinets the color just screams green at me and I lose all the gray in the cabinets. And I probably would have gone slightly darker to get more contrast against the white kitchen island. Paint again is such a tricky thing to get right but for now I’m going to say that the kitchen is 100% more my style and I’m happy with the end result. For old time’s sake let’s take a look at the Before and After:

Kitchen Before and After remodel | suburban bitches

And there you have it folks- the kitchen remodel is complete! If you missed any of the steps along the way or want to see more about ways I’ve updated my kitchen, check out some of the past posts:

Herringbone backsplash

Sliding French doors off the breakfast nook

Initial design ideas

Lighting decisions

Countertop dilemmas

Lighting installed

Cabinets are painted!

New kitchen island countertop


Island pulls ||  Island lights ||  Barstools || Cabinet Painting || Reclaimed wood herringbone backsplash ||  Clock  || Breakfast nook light  || black wire chairs  || gray midcentury chairs || kitchen table  || gold faucet ||  gray composite sink

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14 Responses to Kitchen Progress Update {THE REVEAL!!!}

  1. Emily says:

    Love the stools! We are in the process of a kitchen remodel and I am looking at those Restoration Hardware stools as an alternative to some similar, but more expensive ones. Are they comfortable? We eat almost every meal at our island, so I want them to be comfortable. Thanks in advance. Your kitchen is beautiful!

    • Erin says:

      Hi Emily,
      I think I know which more expensive ones you are looking at- I looked at those too but couldn’t spend that much on our stools. I would say that they are comfortable- they have a bit of an indented area that fits a butt pretty well :). And one of the stools we received was wobbly on the floor and Restoration Hardware sent a new one and paid to ship back the old one without a problem.

  2. WOW. What a stunning makeover! I’m loving everything about it. The backsplash is amazing, the lighting, the countertops – great job!

  3. Gail says:

    Really beautiful Erin! I love the look of the upper cabinets. Great job!

  4. Liz says:

    I love the kitchen! What a novel idea to makeover the kitchen without gutting it. I wish I could do that! Love the stools, the lights, the table, the sink, the everything.

    • Erin says:

      Thanks Liz! We were lucky that our kitchen had a good footprint already and the cabinets were in great shape- otherwise it would have been a full gut job. And I’m pretty sure my husband would not have agreed to fully gutting the kitchen!

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  6. Meg says:

    This is so gorgeous! I have been looking at using summit cabinet coating, your cabinets look amazing!
    May I ask who built your upper cabinets? They are perfect for the space.

  7. Renee says:

    Just discovered your blog and LOVE. We are currently building a home and I am going back and forth and back and forth about hardware/light finishes. I tend to want to be matchy-matchy but notice you have a little of everything and it looks fantastic. Thoughts? Thanks!!

    • Erin says:

      Hi Renee,
      So glad you found our blog! And regarding the mixing or matching of hardware finishes, here’s my thoughts. I think mixing is great as long as there is a clear distinction between the two finishes. For example, I don’t like to mix brushed nickel with chrome in the same room. The two are different but close enough that you’re not sure if the mixing was intentional or a mistake. But mixing brushed brass with chrome or black is good because the two are clearly different, therefore it is clearly intentional. I thinking mixing is great and opens up so many possibilities. I would keep door hardware all the same finish throughout the house to have some cohesion but cabinet hardware and lighting totally ok to mix up throughout the house. Good luck with building- sounds fun!

      • Renee says:

        oh my gosh THANK YOU SO MUCH!! These were kind of my thoughts because I am doing white cabinets and love the look of brushed nickel with them, however it so so hard to find nickel light fixtures that I love. Thanks again for your input!