Kitchen Remodel Reveal

Dark and Dreary to Light and Airy
White + Gray with Pops of Color
Cookbooks as Decor
Open Shelving FTW
Subway Tile + Simple Shelf Brackets
Pantry Staples as Decor
Aqua Bar Stools
Custom Cabinetry + Massive Pantry Expansion
Pantry Space Galore
Spice Rack Bliss
Range Love
Light Bright
Bench Seating + Storage
Dining Nook
01/14
Dark and Dreary to Light and Airy

When we moved into our home nearly three years ago, I was thrilled that we had acquired a kitchen that was functional, but I would have no qualms about tearing apart. Finally, this summer, the time was right and we did it! I am in love with my new space and can’t wait to show you around!

White + Gray with Pops of Color

After doing some initial searches to determine the overall aesthetic I was going for, it was clear that I preferred a white and gray color scheme. I love color though, so I was determined to incorporate pops of color throughout the decor. The overall layout of the room stayed pretty much the same, but the island was significantly enlarged and the oven was moved off of the wall and underneath the stove.

Cookbooks as Decor

I am an avid cookbook collector and our old kitchen did not have a good place to store or display my cookbooks. Since I use them so frequently and because they could double as a pop of color, we decided to kill two birds with one stone by adding shelves to the end of the island.

Open Shelving FTW

I knew that above all else, the new kitchen needed much more light than the old one. We couldn’t change the layout of the windows however, because it would require structural changes outside that weren’t within our budget. Previously, aside from the hideous and dark finishes, the cabinetry was sucking so much light from the room. I opted for open shelving on either side of the window, and it is amazing what a different it makes in allowing light in (not to mention all those white surfaces bouncing light back at me!) I also truly adore the farmhouse sink and the simple lines of the faucet.

Subway Tile + Simple Shelf Brackets

Subway tile is nothing fancy but I just love the simplicity of it. Shelf brackets were a slightly tougher choice, because they were a tempting area to add another pop of color or visual interest, but in the end I preferred the simplicity of these plain metal ones (and so did my budget.)

Pantry Staples as Decor

We decided to add some additional open shelving near the stove for visual interest, as well as an option for surplus cookbooks (a distinct possibility in my world.) For now these shelves double as storage and decor, holding dry pantry staples like grains, pasta, and beans. An added bonus of this is that I always know when we are running low on these items!

Aqua Bar Stools

I played with the idea of four different colored bar stools but felt it would risk looking too chaotic so I kept them uniform. I love the brightness they add!

Custom Cabinetry + Massive Pantry Expansion

Oh hey, our builder did the custom cabinetry themselves! That is pretty freaking awesome if you ask me. Previously, this wall was an utter waste of space. It had a wall oven (yuck, and stupid because every time I opened it I had to tell the kids to stay put lest they hurt themselves) AND one of those stupid desks that are in kitchens but no one ever uses because you can’t pull a chair up to it and it basically just collects clutter and is worthless. Matt had the brilliant idea to use this to expand our pantry space (previously the tiny closet to the left of the fridge.) This was the best decision! So much space, so neat looking, and no place for clutter to collect.

Pantry Space Galore

Just a quick shot of the pantry interior. The shelves at chest level (or maybe face level for shorties like me) slide out for easier access. PS – Anyone need some passion fruit juice? I’m pretty well stocked (and bad at ordering things on Amazon.)

Spice Rack Bliss

For years, the clutter of a spice cabinet with fourteen jars of coriander, a giant old container of Old Bay, and probably spices I had in my first apartment has driven me absolutely nuts. This slide out spice rack right next to the range has been organizational bliss! I will share a little more about the specifics of this project in an upcoming post.

Range Love

Friends, I can’t even tell you how thrilled I am with this range I chose. I hated everything about appliance shopping. Going to showrooms stressed me out, the price tags stressed me out, and I just couldn’t get a sense of what I needed. I researched and measured and agonized and researched some more, and eventually I ordered this range, sight unseen and hoped for the best. I LOVE IT. It is powerfully hot, has six glorious burners, and the oven has just enough extra width to allow plenty of wiggle room. I am really glad I didn’t go with something massive just because it was branded “professional” or so that I could tout a 10-burner range (seriously, I’m not a restaurant.) This is a charged up version of just what I need, but not over the top.

As a side note, part of the hang up for me was initially trying to buy appliances of a single brand. We kept our existing dishwasher because it was in fine shape and I saw no need to replace it. I couldn’t find both a range and refrigerator I loved in a price range I approved of with good reviews, so I ended up just choosing different brands. I thought it would bother me but it doesn’t and I love my selections.

Light Bright

Yellow, true bright yellow, is my favorite color, and I knew without question it needed to be somewhere in my kitchen. These pendant lights were the perfect way to incorporate yellow without it being just too much.

Bench Seating + Storage

Due to expanding the footprint of the island significantly, I was nervous about crowding the kitchen dining area. I thought that adding a bench on that wall would provide seating while saving space (as opposed to the room required to scoot back chairs). We chose to leave the bench hollow and open for additional storage if needed. I will probably buy or sew a cushion for the bench eventually, but haven’t gotten around to that yet.

Dining Nook

I knew I didn’t want a completely plain white wall in the dining area. After tossing around many ideas for adding a bit of interest, we opted for shiplap on the wall to match the custom range hood. I love the way it turned out and I think it is an ideal background to display a favorite painting. Also, despite my extremely discerning opinions about nearly every light fixture that has ever been made, I was happy to find one that 1. I did not hate, and 2. I actually really LOVE.

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  • Dark and Dreary to Light and Airy
    Dark and Dreary to Light and Airy

    When we moved into our home nearly three years ago, I was thrilled that we had acquired a kitchen that was functional, but I would have no qualms about tearing apart. Finally, this summer, the time was right and we did it! I am in love with my new space and can’t wait to show you around!

  • White + Gray with Pops of Color
    White + Gray with Pops of Color

    After doing some initial searches to determine the overall aesthetic I was going for, it was clear that I preferred a white and gray color scheme. I love color though, so I was determined to incorporate pops of color throughout the decor. The overall layout of the room stayed pretty much the same, but the island was significantly enlarged and the oven was moved off of the wall and underneath the stove.

  • Cookbooks as Decor
    Cookbooks as Decor

    I am an avid cookbook collector and our old kitchen did not have a good place to store or display my cookbooks. Since I use them so frequently and because they could double as a pop of color, we decided to kill two birds with one stone by adding shelves to the end of the island.

  • Open Shelving FTW
    Open Shelving FTW

    I knew that above all else, the new kitchen needed much more light than the old one. We couldn’t change the layout of the windows however, because it would require structural changes outside that weren’t within our budget. Previously, aside from the hideous and dark finishes, the cabinetry was sucking so much light from the room. I opted for open shelving on either side of the window, and it is amazing what a different it makes in allowing light in (not to mention all those white surfaces bouncing light back at me!) I also truly adore the farmhouse sink and the simple lines of the faucet.

  • Subway Tile + Simple Shelf Brackets
    Subway Tile + Simple Shelf Brackets

    Subway tile is nothing fancy but I just love the simplicity of it. Shelf brackets were a slightly tougher choice, because they were a tempting area to add another pop of color or visual interest, but in the end I preferred the simplicity of these plain metal ones (and so did my budget.)

  • Pantry Staples as Decor
    Pantry Staples as Decor

    We decided to add some additional open shelving near the stove for visual interest, as well as an option for surplus cookbooks (a distinct possibility in my world.) For now these shelves double as storage and decor, holding dry pantry staples like grains, pasta, and beans. An added bonus of this is that I always know when we are running low on these items!

  • Aqua Bar Stools
    Aqua Bar Stools

    I played with the idea of four different colored bar stools but felt it would risk looking too chaotic so I kept them uniform. I love the brightness they add!

  • Custom Cabinetry + Massive Pantry Expansion
    Custom Cabinetry + Massive Pantry Expansion

    Oh hey, our builder did the custom cabinetry themselves! That is pretty freaking awesome if you ask me. Previously, this wall was an utter waste of space. It had a wall oven (yuck, and stupid because every time I opened it I had to tell the kids to stay put lest they hurt themselves) AND one of those stupid desks that are in kitchens but no one ever uses because you can’t pull a chair up to it and it basically just collects clutter and is worthless. Matt had the brilliant idea to use this to expand our pantry space (previously the tiny closet to the left of the fridge.) This was the best decision! So much space, so neat looking, and no place for clutter to collect.

  • Pantry Space Galore
    Pantry Space Galore

    Just a quick shot of the pantry interior. The shelves at chest level (or maybe face level for shorties like me) slide out for easier access. PS – Anyone need some passion fruit juice? I’m pretty well stocked (and bad at ordering things on Amazon.)

  • Spice Rack Bliss
    Spice Rack Bliss

    For years, the clutter of a spice cabinet with fourteen jars of coriander, a giant old container of Old Bay, and probably spices I had in my first apartment has driven me absolutely nuts. This slide out spice rack right next to the range has been organizational bliss! I will share a little more about the specifics of this project in an upcoming post.

  • Range Love
    Range Love

    Friends, I can’t even tell you how thrilled I am with this range I chose. I hated everything about appliance shopping. Going to showrooms stressed me out, the price tags stressed me out, and I just couldn’t get a sense of what I needed. I researched and measured and agonized and researched some more, and eventually I ordered this range, sight unseen and hoped for the best. I LOVE IT. It is powerfully hot, has six glorious burners, and the oven has just enough extra width to allow plenty of wiggle room. I am really glad I didn’t go with something massive just because it was branded “professional” or so that I could tout a 10-burner range (seriously, I’m not a restaurant.) This is a charged up version of just what I need, but not over the top.

    As a side note, part of the hang up for me was initially trying to buy appliances of a single brand. We kept our existing dishwasher because it was in fine shape and I saw no need to replace it. I couldn’t find both a range and refrigerator I loved in a price range I approved of with good reviews, so I ended up just choosing different brands. I thought it would bother me but it doesn’t and I love my selections.

  • Light Bright
    Light Bright

    Yellow, true bright yellow, is my favorite color, and I knew without question it needed to be somewhere in my kitchen. These pendant lights were the perfect way to incorporate yellow without it being just too much.

  • Bench Seating + Storage
    Bench Seating + Storage

    Due to expanding the footprint of the island significantly, I was nervous about crowding the kitchen dining area. I thought that adding a bench on that wall would provide seating while saving space (as opposed to the room required to scoot back chairs). We chose to leave the bench hollow and open for additional storage if needed. I will probably buy or sew a cushion for the bench eventually, but haven’t gotten around to that yet.

  • Dining Nook
    Dining Nook

    I knew I didn’t want a completely plain white wall in the dining area. After tossing around many ideas for adding a bit of interest, we opted for shiplap on the wall to match the custom range hood. I love the way it turned out and I think it is an ideal background to display a favorite painting. Also, despite my extremely discerning opinions about nearly every light fixture that has ever been made, I was happy to find one that 1. I did not hate, and 2. I actually really LOVE.

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Gratitude for our Builder

I would be remiss if I didn’t profusely thank our builder Emergent Construction for the amazing job that they did with this project. I don’t know about you, but I don’t hear most people raving about their contractors. Quite the opposite. However, I have nothing but great things to say about Matt, Alex, Dax, and everyone at Emergent that worked with us. Not only did they do a superb job with the renovation itself, they clearly take pride in their work and it shows in everything they do. From planning every detail, meeting deadlines, working within my budget, excellent communication along the way, and sending me pictures of my cats while I’m at work, they took care of everything. They were respectful of our time and space and understanding of how hard it is, especially for a family who loves to be in the kitchen, to be without a kitchen.

In addition, Natalie of Natalie Troyer Design (and Matt’s wife) is the most kind and patient human on the earth. She was able to search high and low to find finishes I like at prices I can afford, understand my very vague reasons for disliking nearly every light fixture ever made, and helping to trouble shoot every little challenge that arose over the course of the remodel.

These are wonderful people and I can’t imagine trusting anyone else with our future home renovation projects!

Oh, were you wondering about the “Before” photos? Well all I have are these. Insert about 20 scream face emojis. Treat with a gin and tonic.

One More Thing

I feel it is important to note that no portion of this renovation was sponsored. I had considered reaching out to companies to partner up but ultimately felt it was a disservice to my readers. In the past I had even arranged partnerships for a large portion of the kitchen remodel, but ultimately felt like it was disingenuous and not something I felt comfortable with. This was our home renovation, and I didn’t want to turn it into an ad spot. So, I didn’t.

  • Angela

    Love it! You and I have such similar taste. I did my kitchen 4 years ago and mine looks pretty similar and I still am in love with it. I also had the same feelings on wall ovens, desks, etc. Due to dog hair issues (our dog sheds and as neat as I am I would freak out to find hair in my dishes so I need closed doors) I had to forgo open shelving so added skylights to help with light but agree if open shelving is a possibility, it is a winner. Love the new blog. Looking forward to reading more!

  • Angela

    I love white, shiny subway tile so much that I want to take it on a date and see how the night goes. :) It turned out wonderfully. It is so bright, clean, and such a great use of space and storage. Aside from the tiles, the light fixtures are my favourite part. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sarah_EH

    absolutely stunning! i love the picture of the chairs with rosemary in the background on top of the island (crying laughing emoji). our cat is always on the counters too! loving the new blog look and looking forward to more posts like this!

  • Tiffanie

    This is amazing Annie!! We are at the beginning stages of our kitchen remodel (demo is done) and I am preparing my speech now for the necessity of a bookshelf in the island! Love all your pops of color and clean lines.

  • Annie

    Hahaha I love this comment!

  • Kathy Miller

    What a huge difference from old to new! Looks beautiful and elegant. I have a spice rack similar to yours, but not as uniform with the spice bottles :/ Where did you get your spice containers?
    Love the style of the new blog site too.

  • Jessica Hinson

    we just finished our kitchen earlier this year and have the same pulls! I also subway tiled to the ceiling…hubby thought I was crazy…love it!

  • Looks amazing! We have a very similar style kitchen (we just renovated a bit over a year ago) and I still stare at it with love every single day. What we do NOT have is that extra wall of pantry so we are a bit tight on cabinet space and couldn’t do any open shelving – it looks so awesome in yours, I love it!

  • Teresa Copeck

    Annie, I love the new site. But I wanted to let you know I have not been receiving blog posts in my email box for a while now. I know you’ve posted on the old site, but I did not get the last 3 or 4 recipes delivered to my inbox. I only saw them when I visited your site. Now I am worried I am not going to get new posts on the new site. Can you please look into this for me. I also sent you this problem via your “contact” section on the new site, but thought you may see this one first here. Thank you.

  • SallyT

    I love, love, love your kitchen – it’s classic and stylish and current. Congratulations!

  • Annie

    Thank you so much Sally! I am in love with it too.

  • Annie

    Hi Teresa. Yes, the old blog feed stopped working before the relaunch and we don’t really know why that happened. Now, there is a new feed available if you decide to use one. http://everydayannie.com/feed/

  • Annie

    Kathy, I will be doing a post within the next couple of weeks with more information about the spice jars. They are from Amazon, but I will include links and everything in that post.

  • Annie

    Thanks so much Tiffani!

  • Annie

    Thanks so much Sarah

  • JD

    Annie, I can’t tell you how much I value your content because it seems so genuine, honest, and unsponsored. I feel so many bloggers and Instagrammers are so heavily #sponsored #ad #liketoknowit that I don’t find the content valuable because it all feels like a giant commercial. I really appreciate your approach!

  • Alice

    I love your new kitchen. I think my favorite part is the bench!

  • Laura

    Love your kitchen, Annie! Did you keep your cabinets and add new doors/drawers? Upon first glance the kitchen looks deceivingly spare and simple, but as I continue to look at it I see your attention to detail; it’s beautiful, a space I’d find to be calming and inviting.
    I think your new blog is magnificent! Thank you for sharing your life with us.

  • Melissa Brooker

    i LOVE your kitchen!!! it looks amazing! so much brighter than before and so much more functional! I love the pops of colour,and especially the light fixtures! Congrats on your dream kitchen my friend!

  • Tiffany

    This looks amazing! Where did you get your dining room rug from?

  • Ashley

    Love so many things about the new kitchen! It’s very in-line with my style so I really appreciate all the choices you made. Really hoping I can incorporate a cookbook shelf like that in a kitchen someday, it’s always been a favorite detail of mine!

  • Alice Coombs

    Loving the new site! Quick question, I’m obsessed with that rug in your dining area, where is it from? Oh and also, where did you previously take all of the gorgeous photos for your blog that I thought were in your kitchen..? They always seem so light and airy!

  • Annie

    Thanks Melissa!

  • Annie

    Thanks Alice!

  • Annie

    Do you mean my food photos? Those are taken on a variety of portable backgrounds I made for the purpose of food styling.

  • Annie

    Oh! And I just added a link for the dining area rug to the sources section of this post.

  • Annie

    Thanks Tiffani! I just updated the sources section in this post to include a link for the dining area rug.

  • Annie

    No, they built entirely new cabinets for us since we changed the overall layout. I’m so glad you like it!

  • Cara

    “This was our home renovation, and I didn’t want to turn it into an ad spot. So, I didn’t.” <— LOOVE and this is why you have been so successful over the years: you stay true to you. Congratulations on kitchen reno and the new site, my friend! You have worked hard and both are beautiful. Enjoy!

  • Annie

    Thanks girl! I appreciate the support :)

  • Annie

    Thank you SO much for this feedback! I feel really strongly about it. It’s SO easy to become sponsored like crazy, but it comes with a compromise of integrity. I want my readers to know that when I do collaborations with companies and brands, it is totally genuine. I’m glad you like the approach.

  • Alison Scootee

    If I hadn’t met you in person I would swear you’re not a real person! You’re too perfect for words. This is absolutely gorgeous, and I love your emphasis on a budget. I HATE reading posts where everything was free; it doesn’t inspire anything but rage. Real people have to worry about money, even beautiful yoga-teaching-blogging-doctor-moms!

  • sommer lindsey

    Hi Annie! Can I ask where you purchased your artwork that hangs above your kitchen table? I love the colors!

  • Claudia

    I’m so in love with your kitchen. I know I don’t know you personally but somehow it feels like this kitchen it’s totally you!! The difference between the before and after it’s incredible. I was wondering, did you remove your microwave? In the new pictures I saw no sign of it. Just curious :) Btw, the new bathroom also left me speechless! Are we expecting any new renovations soon? Cause each one is so amazing I feel like we (your readers) need more. Congrats on the lovely renovations! :)

  • Allison Boer Van Sloun

    Hey Annie! Love the kitchen! Quick question for you-did you paint the legs of the Eames chairs at your dining table yourself-or did you order them like that? I love the subtle color!

  • Emily Kalanithi

    Love it! Do you have a spot for a microwave? Redesigning or kitchen now and I’m trying to figure out if it makes sense to have a lower microwave hutch.

  • Kara

    I love your kitchen remodel! It is similar to how I want to do mine one day. :) The spice storage is awesome, and I like the pops of light blue and bright yellow against the white.

  • Annie

    Thanks Kara!

  • Annie

    No, that was one thing we kind of overlooked but to be honest, we haven’t really missed it. We have our old one currently in the mini kitchen in our basement, but we don’t use it much.

  • Annie

    Hi Claudia! Thanks so much for the kind words and sorry for the very delayed reply. I agree, the kitchen ended up feeling very much like me which is a relief because when you’re making all those small decisions, it’s hard to know if it will all come together that way. Yes, we did remove the microwave. It was initially overlooked in design plans and we haven’t really missed it. It is in our basement in case we need it but we haven’t been using it much.

    I wish we had more renovations on the horizon but it will be a little while before we do more. I think up next will be our deck/backyard and possibly the house exterior, but our budget needs to bounce back before we embark on that.

  • Annie

    Hello! The painting over our dining table is an original that I purchased at a local art gallery. That artist has unfortunately passed away but I am lucky enough to own a couple of her works and I truly cherish them!

  • Annie

    I did paint them! I have a post about it here http://everydayannie.com/lifestyle/color-dipped-dining-chairs/ (and SO sorry for the extremely delayed reply!)

  • Allison Boer Van Sloun

    Thanks for your reply, Annie! I did see that (after the fact) that you showcased that project! D’oh!