August 2016

Kitchen Reveal – Finally

A brand new kitchen…

I’m back from a little summer hiatus and finally I can unleash my kitchen reveal! I was waiting for our backsplash and oven hood to get installed first, and they are both DONE! Finally! Yippee! I was also waiting for the kids to go back to school and they started on Monday of this week.  I’m doing the back to school happy dance over here. Whoot whoot.  My boys are in 2nd and 4th grade now.  What?  How did that happen?  Time sure flies!  Anyway, now I will have way more time to decorate and blog.  🙂

Before I reveal how my new kitchen looks, I thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and I’d show you how it looked when we first bought this house. Those of you who have been following me since the beginning might remember these.  For those that are new here, take a look at this 1980’s gem.

As you can see it was very outdated and quite small.  Everything was original including the formica cabinets and countertops, linoleum flooring, bad lighting, etc.  I had a vision to open it all up and add a HUGE island.  Here are the plans the kitchen designer and I came up with.

And this is how it looks today. It is pretty much unrecognizable.  I included ‘before’ pictures (all taken from the same angles) so you could see the dramatic results.

More details…

Our backsplash is from Lunada Bay Tiles.  They were on the pricey side but so worth it as I think the colors in them really tie everything together. We used white grout and it came out perfect. It is really pretty and these pictures don’t really do them justice.  It is much nicer in person.

Our counters are Pompeii Quartz and are called Cloud Nine.  I love them so much.  Easy clean up, no staining, they don’t scratch and are very durable….so far.

Kitchen Countertops
Kitchen Countertops

Our cabinets are custom made by Kitchens by Clay in Naples.  They are shaker style in bright white.  My husband thought the white would be hard to keep clean, but it isn’t.  Things just wipe right off of them. We selected mostly drawers for the lower cabinets and they are awesome!  I haven’t even come close to using up all the storage space yet. The island has four cabinets (where the barstools are) for even more storage.  Can I just talk a little more about my island for a sec? It is 11 feet by 5 1/2 feet which is HUGE and I love it.  They say everyone always gathers in the kitchen during parties and it’s true.  This island has plenty of room for everyone to hang out. We purchased the barstools from and they are nice quality and very solid and the best part is they are on sale now for only $84.99! That is cheaper than when we purchased them.  🙂  If anyone is looking for barstools, check these out.

Our appliances are all Jenn-Air which is Whirlpool’s top line, and we have been happy with them so far. We are loving the ice maker that my husband insisted we have.  We use it everyday and it has been great for when we have people over.  We weren’t sure if we’d like the under counter microwave, but we do.  We really do.  We also LOVE our wine fridge.

The paint color on the walls is Topsail by Sherwin Williams. It is a very pale blue.  Those that know my well know I love blue.  You’ll see a lot of it throughout the House house.

View from office door, kitchen reveal
View from office door and of the ice maker in the island.

(Side note – I have to say that my kitchen counters are usually never this clean.  I wish I could keep them this way all the time.)

the bar
the bar

We have had these wine and wine glass holders from Pottery Barn for years, so we decided to hang them in this little nook.  I might paint them white eventually but think the black looks ok for now. There is just never a good place to put the cat food dish and our Zephryhills water dispenser so they both reside in this area.  Hey, the cats gotta eat too, right?

Well, that is about it. I tried to cover everything about my kitchen reveal but I am sure I am missing some details.  Overall, I love my new kitchen.  It makes me happy everyday and it is a joy to cook in.

I hope you all enjoyed my first ‘room reveal’ in our new house!  Any questions? Comments?

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