Hey y’all! I’m so excited to share our kitchen reveal! A lot of time and planning went into this project and I wanted to share some of the details from our updated farmhouse kitchen. One of the things I loved most about our kitchen when we bought this house was the ample storage and drawers galore. I also loved that it looked out into the living area so I knew it would be great for entertaining.
I think the biggest change we’ve made is the color pallet. Our kitchen doesn’t get a whole lot of natural light from our sliding door and windows since our backyard is pretty shady with the tree line. I thought by giving it some life with fresh white paint and some new lighter quartz counters it would really brighten the space. We of course set a budget, because little did we know that most contractors wanted to charge $20 Grand just because it was a kitchen. Like that is somehow the going rate no matter what you do just because its a kitchen. Crazy right!!!?? So we did our homework and shopped around for the best fit. We knew that the scope of work was way past our talent level and honestly even though I’ve painted our bathroom cabinets I just wanted them to look more professional with a spray finish. The cabinets were in really good condition so we thought it was best to just update them with new paint instead of completely ripping them out. We also decided to keep our black appliances because honestly there is nothing wrong with them. I also kind of like the contrast it gives the kitchen with the stark white against the black appliances. I’m starting to see the transition out of regular stainless steel into other styles like glossy white and stainless to black stainless so we didn’t want to invest in something that is going to be phased out in a few years.
Here are some of the before pictures of the kitchen from the day that we bought our house. Not terrible by any means…just a little outdated since our house was built a little over 10 years ago. No backsplash, dated hardware on an angle (so strange), and laminate gray counter tops.
So now for the after…
I think I was most excited to get a new sink. Ours was very dingy and scratched and not very functional with the small entry for the disposal. Our very first purchase for the kitchen was back in January and it was for this IKEA Domsjo sink. I had my eye on this for a little over a year. Every time we went to IKEA I lusted over it. I knew I wanted a farmhouse sink but I also knew that I didn’t want to pay $800 + for one either. The little baby was only $312.98. I love it because it has a 50/50 split so it’s easier to get rid of waste down the disposal and you can still have the other side to soak dishes in. It is quite a beast so be sure to take a buddy when you go pick one up for yourself!
Later on we did decide to go ahead and purchase the IKEA Vimmern Faucet as well since we knew it actually fit this sink. I like that it gives an industrial style to the kitchen.
I scoured the internet for the best price and Floor and Decor took the cake. They had the beveled white subway tile that I had been looking for. The big box stores were about .49 a tile and Floor and Decor had theirs for .29 a tile. And when you need 48 square feet of tile…pennies matter! We went with white grout because I wasn’t completely sold on the gray grouts with the counters, and I think the dimension of the beveled subway tile gives it some contrast just so its not completely white.
I debated and debated but I finally decided to pull the trigger and buy hardware on Amazon. I found these knobs in a flat black finish to tie in the black appliances and gray tones in the quartz counters. They were in a pack of 25 for $28.95 so at $1.15 each it was the best deal by far of what I had found in store or online. They also had really good reviews so I took a leap and I’m really happy I did.
The pulls where a little tricky since the holes drilled in our drawers were 3 3/4 inches apart and of course hardly any supplier sells 3 3/4 inch hole spaced hardware. I wasn’t about to pay $20 per pull so the best cup pulls I could find were from the same vendor on Amazon. They were $34.95 for a pack of 10. I’ll share the links below.
Quartz was our first and only choice due to its versatility and its ability to take a beating! Who wants a counter you have to worry about staining or having it sealed every year? Not this gal! Yes you pay for it but for us it was worth the extra cost! We made a little trip out to the Titan Quartz showroom in Norcross, GA one day so we could see the slabs in person and decided that the Titan Quartz in Carrara White was our counter! Its got the perfect amount of veins, not too big, not too small, not too faint, not to redundant…just right!!! Because there wasn’t a huge amount to choose from that made the decision much easier as well. I love the contrast between the white cabinets and backsplash to the counters. I suggest to always see the counters in slab form because the samples aren’t a very good representation of the design since its a man made material. Some of them we really liked but once we saw the slab we didn’t like it at all.
We also extended the width of the bar top to 18 inches giving us a little more surface space to work with on the bar which we are really happy with!
I picked up a few LED light strips on Amazon and tacked them up above our cabinets to give the kitchen some light and dimension. And if you want to get crazy for a party you can change the color of the lights. I don’t know how often we will use this feature but hey..if you are feeling frisky you can make your kitchen purple if you want.
$26.99 easy lighting DIY
Night time shot below with the LED lights:
Still working on the styling aspect of the kitchen. I just want to keep it simple and functional not cluttered and over styled. I do have a DIY project planned for our island and it involves some shiplap. Stay tuned for that project coming up soon!
Quartz Counters: Titan Quartz Carrara White
Backsplash: Bright White Ice Beveled Ceramic Wall Tile
Hardware: Cosmas Flat Black Round Knob
Faucet: IKEA Vimmern Faucet
Cabinet Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Pure White
Cutting board: Hobby Lobby
Citrus and Gardenia Candle: Hazel Candle Company
Candle stand: Target Dollar Spot
Mugs: Rae Dunn found at TJ Maxx, Homegoods and Marshalls
Mug Holder: World Market
Thank you little birdies for flying by my nest!