Ok, so it’s not a totally white kitchen. It’s so much better. It has wonderful deep midnight blue lower cabinets, and beautiful texture in the backsplash tiles, a fun thrifted island — and I’m going to share it all. But first, of course, we have to take a peek at the before. I mean, what is a good reveal without the tragic BEFORE PIC.
THIS WAS THE BEFORE. This kitchen did alright, but it wasn’t great on flow, and the storage space was a little awkward. We knew we wanted to change it but it needed to wait until we had our entire renovation vision in place before we made any big moves. (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).
First, we knew we wanted to keep the cabinets, but change the colour and the layout. We said goodbye to the peninsula, and removed an entire wall that separated the kitchen from our side entrance door. We wanted to use our side door as our main entrance, but between the kitchen and the adjacent closet, we were left with this teeny tiny, narrow, hallway — which really became a nuisance coming inside with bulky winter gear or groceries.
Generally through our entire home renovation we tried to make our home less like a long bowling alley filled with doors and hallways, and more like a modern open concept home with large great room and a ton more flow. The catch? We did not want to expand the space AT ALL. Keep the same square footage, but get all the openness we could hope for.
Above, you can see the old kitchen and dining room layout. What was once our dining room is now our living room, and after that blue wall on the left got removed, we added a lot more width to the entire space (stolen from the old hallway on the other side). And that led us to this…
Umm, I think the word is, “BAM!”. Our lovely white kitchen with a twist. Notice how you can see the access to the side door now? We left a partial wall there just to seal in the new Frigidaire fridge (the new glorious family-sized, counter-depth, fridge — yay!).
Oh, and our old kitchen never had a working hood fan. What was there was broken, and it didn’t vent anywhere anyway, so needless to say, cooking could get smelly. But there’s no more nose-holding for us with a freshly installed (and vented) chimney hood fan (similar to this one). We ditched the useless cabinets over the fridge and stove to make more room, and the extra breathing room really adds that dose of freshness the kitchen needed.
Our backsplash was a DIY special. All the tile came from The Home Depot, and because we did almost everything with affordable subway tile (purchased on sale – yay!) with just that little hit of special hex marble above the stove, the entire thing cost less than 300 beans. If it was all marble (trust me, I priced it out) we would of been looking at closer to 900. A great savings for a really fun detail!
And my oven. We actually bought this Samsung Dual Convection Oven over a year ago after the last one tanked out on us. So I’ve been enjoying it for quite some time. But holy moly, it’s a good one. Looooove it! And, those front controls with the chunky knobs are everything. I love having that full height backsplash, it looks so clean!
Here you can spy a little bit of our new expanded entry way beside the fridge. I’m keeping that side of the room under wraps on purpose as it’s not quite ready for the world to see. But we’re getting there! Lots of small details to finish up, but I couldn’t wait to share the kitchen any longer!
Speaking of details… I think my sink area is my most favourite part of the white kitchen. Maybe because I feel like I’m constantly standing there washing veggies for snack-time, and scrubbing dishes. But I don’t mind any of it anymore. Not with that view and my new pretty workspace.
There’s even an golden-oldie touch or two hanging around. Like these DIY labeled soap dispensers. I think they may have been one of my first DIY projects I ever posted on the blog. Five years later they are still holding strong! (The blog post could use a little work though ;) ).
If there was a jewel of the kitchen it would have to be this Blanco Urbena faucet from Blanco Canada. It is divine! I love myself a single hole faucet. It is soooooo fresh and so clean. And the bottom portion of the faucet is the matching white silgranit material to my sink. The upper portion has the perfect curve, and the hidden pull-out hose is amazing. You’d never know it was there. See that little black button? It slips downward to reveal the hose. It is so modern and pretty. I was so excited to finally install it after looking at it in the box for months!
Not to mention the sink. I really wanted to go white. I was so tired of my scratchy, marked-up old stainless steel one. I fell in love with the line of Silgranit sinks from Blanco Canada. White with a slight grain for that modern farmhouse feel. Clean and streamlined for the compulsive “counter-wiper” in me. And such pretty, price-saving, top-mount options! My morning routine feels so fresh with all this bright and white goodness!
It all goes perfect with our counter-top choice. We went with a laminate product (Arctic Snow by Arborite), but you’d almost never know it wasn’t quartz. The strides they have made with the photographic quality of these products is amazing! I’m so happy with our choice and in a world of everyone going to more expensive hard-surface options, I would highly recommend taking another look at your laminate options!
The white carries up to the subway tile that surrounds the entire kitchen, but I chose to make it pop with a dark “pewter grey” grout — and I’m never looking back! It took a good long while standing in the hardware store trying to make my choice — do I go white? Or do I make the grout lines pop? Popping was the way to go!
And then there are the lower cabinets. This perfect, almost-black blue, is maybe my favourite cabinet colour ever. Paired with some brushed nickel cup hardware, and crystal knobs, it creates the perfect modern farmhouse vibe as soon as you walk in the room.
My cabinet colour choices? Lowers – “Lights Out”, Uppers – “Pearl”, in CIL’s Smart3, Melamine paint line.
You can check out my fun decoupage stool project, here!
I mean look at that paint colour and this cupped hardware together! Totally killer!
I went all crystal up top. The morning light hits these knobs and bounces light all over the place. It’s so pretty!
We picked up this Ikea island on a buy and sell site for less than half the retail cost, and there were two others just like it on there. So it goes to show, check out your local buy and sell sites before dropping cash on the big decor items. We saved $300 in that single move. We actually plan on building something a little bigger in the future, but it’s not in the budget just yet. This island in the future will make an excellent craft and work centre in our office when the time comes.
There you have it. The first look at the kitchen. My dreamy white kitchen is the first major reveal. We kicked down walls, changed layouts, installed all new floor and prettied her all up without ripping out the kitchen, and without an addition on the house. Challenge accepted and won!
STEAL MY DREAMY WHITE KITCHEN LOOK!
- Lighting, Allen + Roth Mission Pendants, Small & Large.
- Fridge, Frigidaire Counter-depth
- Stove, Samsung Dual Convection
- Hardware, Cupped & Crystal
- Paint, CIL Smart 3 Melamine
- Island, Ikea “Stenstorp”
- Tile, Marble Hexagon & White Subway
- Sink, Blanco Vision 210 – Top-mount Silgranit
- Faucet, Blanco Urbena
- Countertops, Arborite – Arctic Snow
- Flooring, French Oak, Vinyl Plank