The BIG Kitchen Reveal!


First, I’m alive! Yay!

I know some of you have been holding your breath and imagining that our home renovation came to a screeching halt because the roof caved in…or something like that.

But no. We finished our major renovation in the planned six weeks and we moved into house mid-July. Since then, we’ve been working like mad men (and women and children) to unpack. And my oldest also started Kindergarten so I’ve been on that emotional roller coaster for the last month. 🙂

So, where did I leave you? Oh yes, the kitchen looked like this.


Without further ado, here are pictures of my brand new kitchen.

The Big Kitchen Reveal

Kitchen 4

Kitchen 1

My view from the fireplace.


My kitchen view from the other angle.


 I painted the built-in shelves by the fireplace white to match my kitchen cabinetry. 


The new coffee bar.


Do you see the swing set through the window? Now I can see the kids from the kitchen!


A closer view of the granite counter tops. 

We are EXTREMELY happy with how everything turned out. Minus the cabinet representative who helped with the different cabinet placement and options, my husband and I picked out every single detail in our kitchen ourselves.  So far, there is nothing that I would have done differently.

Here is some more information on the options that we picked out:

  • Countertops: Granite in Giallo Ornamental Light
  • Cabinets: Timberlake Sonoma in Linen
  • Cabinet hardware: Martha Stewart Collection at Home Depot
  • Flooring: Wood tile from a local discount home supply store (dark tan grout was a MUST!)
  • Sink: We opted for one big tub sink in stainless steel
  • Wall color: Behr Ultra Satin paint in “Toasty Gray”
  • Appliances: They are all GE appliances. I bought the counter-depth fridge and dishwasher off craigslist and the microwave and stove I combined coupons and discounts to purchase new at Lowe’s.

I’ve also pulled together some great before and after pictures for you to get an idea of how much the house has transformed.

Day 1 vs. Now


A Closer View


The Family Room vs. Eat-in Kitchen Area


The Sink Area and Kitchen Work Space


The Kitchen Office Space vs. The New Coffee Bar


What’s still on our to-do list? Well, we still want to pick out a back splash and update the fireplace mantel. It would be nice to have everything 100% complete, but our back and our wallets need a break. We hope to have everything finished within the next year. 🙂

There you have it! It was a true labor of love and we’re so happy to say that it’s (for the most part) DONE!

What do you think?


  1. ANN FOLEY says:

    Awesome! Yay! Love it!

  2. Taryn says:

    Love it so much! Beautiful work!!!!

  3. Laurie Gates says:

    Gorgeous! I love it. I love that you are keeping some of the original house and changing other things. Great job!

  4. Brenda Rezac says:

    You guys have done a tremendous job. I love that you show the before and after. It is stunning. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. I would love to see it the next time we get down to see Ross’ folks. The “old” house with the new face has such character.

    Brenda & Randy

  5. Mary Mead says:

    It looks fabulous! So happy to have someone renovating in the neighborhood! Love how you painted the built-ins too. Nice work- can’t wait to see it in person too!

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