Our Kitchen Makeover is Complete!

Yay! It’s finally done. We are thrilled with how it turned out. After pouring over a ton of dreamy kitchen pictures, we picked little elements from a few that made the whole look come together (on a much much smaller budget).  It now has the fresh and clean look we were going after. I have to say that we were lucky to inherit the white cabinets and black counter tops when we moved in. Here a couple of before shots (excuse the randomness of the cookie making and the Easter egg dying . . . working on getting better at taking before shots!)

So we had great basics to start with. But it seemed lacking in personality and charm. Here is a list of what we did:

  • new appliances
  • subway tile backsplash {see inspiration story below}
  • new Moen faucet
  • bin pulls from here
  • under cabinet lighting
  • glass front cabinet doors

When working with a smaller space, remember to stick to design techniques that can trick the eye. We kept the backsplash simple and consistent even behind the cooktop. This makes the counter space look longer. Also, using a reflective back splash causes more light to bounce around the room and ultimately look larger. We chose to do one glass cabinet door on either side of the kitchen to lengthen the look of the kitchen. Lastly, don’t under estimate the power of under cabinet lighting. It really transforms a kitchen and is so much more enjoyable to cook under.





story on the pink towel later . . a mommy tip!

I will forever by grateful to Janell over at Isabella & Max Rooms. When I saw her kitchen remodel, I picked up the phone immediately and ordered the same backsplash from here. The subway tile is classic but the beveled edge provides a terrific reflection of light and adds dimension to the space. I love it! And as she pointed out, Sarah from Sarah’s House used it in her farmhouse! It’s a keeper. Thanks, Janell. Here are some shots from her kitchen. It’s beautiful! 

And here is an up close and personal of our backsplash

One last look of our new kitchen


  1. says

    I saw your kitchen makeover at Emily's blog, and I'm in love with your "new" kitchen! So pretty, and I love how you only did (relatively) small changes, and it made such a huge impact on the space. Thank you for inspiring me today =)

    xo Linda

  2. says

    Beautiful!!! I have white cabinets and black counters and am struggling to take it to the next level and make it pulled together…right now it's very blah. I'm going to be studying your photos over and over as I try to get the details to come together. I would love to know what your paint color is!

  3. says

    Hi there. I just wanted to say hello and tell you how much I adore your kitchen makeover. I was especially touched by the quote on your chalkboard. I will be linking to this post in my inspiration post today.


  4. says

    I love it SO MUCH! In my last house, we had a very similar backsplash! We still have a white kitchen, but a different/natural stone backsplash. I LOVE yours!! It's just "me"! Beautiful kitchen!

  5. says

    Wow what a beAutiful blog, and kitchen! I am your newest follower, I came over from emily's blog, which I found through nester, I have been doing some serious blog hopping!
    You know sometimes we bless and help each other out and we don't even know it? Well your quote from Pres Hinkley reminded me of something important and it has inspired me when I was feeling particularly down. So, thanks, I needed that :)
    Feel free to come over and visit me sometime, alpinepoppy-Sarah.blogspot.com

  6. says

    I just found your blog but had to stop and say I love your kitchen. I have been going over many ideas to change our kitchen, when I saw yours I showed it to my husband and he loved it also. We will not be able to start redoinging our kitchen until next year but thanks for some great ideas.

  7. says

    Hi Courtney! I found you over at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia and had to come say hi and tell you that your kitchen is fabulous!! You did an amazing job and I love the subway tile!!!

  8. says

    Found you through My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia and am a new follower. Love what you did with your kitchen. It's gorgeous!! Your master is so serene too. lovely!!

  9. says

    Thank you so, so much for sharing your house with us! I have been trying to figure out what my "style" is, and this is EXACTLY the look I've been trying to figure out — classy, uncluttered, and fun! I absolutely love it.

    One quick question — did you ever explain the pink towel? :) Thanks!

  10. says

    Your kitchen is beautiful! Love it all! I have a question about adding the pulls. I want to switch our knobs to pulls as well, but I'm nervous about drilling 2 new holes and what to do with the single one. Did you just leave it hidden by the pull? We have cherry cabinets, so I don't think I could fill it with wood putty and have it match?? I'm just to chicken to drill new holes, but love the classic look of the pulls.

  11. says

    Hello.. Great job on the kitchen remodel. Everything is just beautiful. One question. What color did you use on the wall. Sorry if you posted it already. Thank you..

  12. says

    Very impressive. Good call on the under the cabinet lights with the beveled subway tile. I'm redoing my kitchen now and I'd love to know where you got the coffee/espresso machine.

  13. Trisha says

    Do you remember the name of your kitchen paint color/brand? We also have a white kitchen and want to update with dark, possibly black counter tops. I'm looking for a nice, light neutral and your color looks great. Beautiful kitchen!

  14. says

    I know you said you inherited the cabinets and counter tops, but do you happen to know the manufacturer/style/color of either?! Getting ready to remodel, and this is exactly what we want.

  15. says

    Hi Kristin and Kendall! Gosh . . I wish I could say they are some fancy cabinet . . but they are builder white. I can't find the maker listed on them anywhere. But I do know that if you a cabinet person come out, they will show you sample cards. Even if that are not pricey cabinets, you can get them in warmer whites. Hope that helps. The granite is "absolute black." Have fun with your makeovers!

  16. says

    Hi Courtney, I just found your blog and love your kitchen remodel. Your before photo looks exactly like mine (same exact backsplash, white appliances) and I am just waiting for my oven to die (it is 18 years old!) to replace the counter and put up white subway tile. Yours is beautiful! I love the quote on your chalkboard too. 😉

  17. says

    I just popped over from I Heart Organizing, and I love your kitchen! It looks like you also added moulding to the window above the sink. We have that same type of window, and I would love know how hard it was to frame it out. Did you DIY, or have a contractor do it? Also, how did you do the under cabinet lighting? Is it the pop in kind that you have to turn on individually, or is it hardwired to a light switch? Sorry for so many questions! :) Your kitchen is beautiful! -Jenny

  18. says

    Hi there! Your site is lovely and I'm especially loving the kitchen. I just wanted to tell you that your quote in the kitchen (Get on your knees and pray, then get on your feet and work) is exactly what I needed to read. I've been feeling a bit blah lately and your little message is just the reminder I needed to keep moving and stop sulking lol.

    Thanks a bunch!

  19. says

    Hi – Beautiful kitchen. As we've been planning our new kitchen both yours and Jannell have been inspiration for me. We are also doing the beveled subway tile, but are thinking about doing it in a herringbone pattern, as the kitchen is 21×9. The 21' wall is where most of the tile will show, and the rest of the wall is all glass cabinets, windows and an open hood. Do you think herringbone pattern along with the detail of the bevel is too much? Thank you much!

  20. says

    Hi Courtney,
    I love your kitchen? Can you tell me about the window treatment above your kitchen sink? If you made it, can you tell me how? And if you bought it, can you tell me where? Thank you so much!

  21. says

    I just stumbled upon your blog today! I love what you have done to your kitchen! I'm looking forward to browsing through some more of your blog now! Thanks for sharing!

  22. says

    You did such a fantastic job on your kitchen. It's quite beautiful, as is the rest of your home. I have a very similar style going in our kitchen. We just bought a small tv and I was wondering how you mounted yours. Is it attached to the backsplash or the bottom of the cabinet? I have purchased a mount that swings/flips the tv down from the cabinet but the rod is too long and I have to figure out something else. Just curious…
    Thanks so much!
    P.S. I really enjoy your blog

  23. says

    Just stumbled across your blog through pinterest, Love this kitchen! We are getting ready to purchase our first house and have to remodel the small kitchen, i love the layout of this, do you happen to know the size of your kitchen?

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