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Plans for Our Kitchen Renovation

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Now that you’ve seen our house (downstairs + upstairs and outside), I’d love to let you in on the plans for our kitchen renovation! Our kitchen is truly a focal point of our home–it opens up to our dining nook and living room and, unsurprisingly, we spend almost all of our time within view of it. Even though I think we have gotten it to a pretty good state with wall paint and new light fixtures, our plan has always been to transform it into our dream kitchen down the road. We didn’t anticipate being able to touch it for years, but last summer, we received an incredibly generous monetary gift that we were encouraged to use toward something special that would bless our family. I share that because I know it can be a little disheartening to see things like this when you’re in the saving phase for a project (at least, it sometimes is to me) and I want to be clear that this is an unusual circumstance! We were floored, and once the surprise wore off, we brought the gift to prayer to try to decide the best way to use it. Ultimately, we decided to move the timeline up on our kitchen reno, since we know it’s something we and our family will appreciate every single day. I also think it will be a great continual reminder to be generous in turn, by opening our home and kitchen to others.

Serena and Lily Riviera Counter Stools

Our home updates have never gone further than wall paint and light fixtures, so we decided to bring my dear friend Callie into the project. Callie is a construction designer with tons of experience creating beautiful, fresh, modern, and airy spaces–I truly love every home she has worked on! Callie’s expertise has been so helpful, and the fact that working with her means I get to hang out with her a little extra is a sweet bonus! With her input, here’s a peek at the inspiration we’ve landed on:

Photo sources left to right: Life on Cedar Lane, second two Livingston Interiors

I love the layout of our kitchen and am thankful that our demo (and hopefully, therefore, the amount of time our kitchen will be under construction) will be relatively minimal. Here’s the list of changes we’re making!

– Order counter stools (check! Currently $100 off and I can’t recommend them highly enough, if you’re in the market!)
– Swap copper pendant lights for these woven light fixtures
– Remove backsplash (going to attempt ourselves…)
– Remove upper cabinet over dry bar nook
– Have counters removed and new counters (in Everest White quartz) installed
– Have this gorgeous bridge faucet installed
– Install white subway tile backsplash with light gray grout (again, attempting ourselves!)
– Add open shelves above the counter in the dry bar nook
– Paint dry bar nook lower cabinet blue (TBD on a specific shade)
– Have kitchen cabinets painted in our favorite white, Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace
– Switch out cabinet hardware for these knobs and these pulls

Of course, I will keep y’all posted along the way and can’t wait to share! Have you ever tackled any of these projects? Especially if you’ve done backsplash, we’ll take all your tips ;)

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  1. Mary Wilmot says:

    Patrick and his bro did our backsplash!! I’m sure you guys can do it! He even used the leftover tile for our bathroom backsplash!

  2. Rhiannon says:

    I can’t wait to see the end result! Already your kitchen is SO lovely so any new upgrades will only be that much more stunning. What an exciting project for 2021!

  3. Dana says:

    It’s going to look soo good!

  4. Em says:

    Sooooo exciting! A kitchen backsplash project is in our future but I am currently too chicken to attempt it ourselves – perhaps if yours goes well it will change my mind! :)

  5. So lovely and light & airy!! We’ve contemplated a backsplash upgrade but we are not very handy (or patient), so I’m very intrigued to hear/see how yours goes. Our backsplash is brand new as of buying our house 2.5 years ago but simply not our taste at all… they were actually installing new backsplash during our first showing (and it was ours mere hours later), and I so badly wanted to beg them to stop putting up that backsplash and do something I loved instead!

  6. Ashley says:

    This is gorgeous! Our kitchen is definitely on the top of our todo list as well. I can’t wait to see the end result!

  7. emma says:

    I think open shelves above the dry bar will be so perfect! Plus it makes a lot of sense: you need to be able to get that glass down, pronto!

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