Our Life in Northern Michigan

Kitchen Renovation | Before and After

The day is here! I finally, finally get to share a room in the house that is complete! Well, complete enough for a blog post. This kitchen renovation process has been a long-time-coming. However, a lot of people say that we’ve come as far as we have in a pretty short amount of time.

Paul deserves so much credit for the transformation that has taken place in this kitchen. He is truly a “jack of all trades.” He painted the cabinets and he moved and replaced cabinet pieces. He also installed lighting, flooring, trim, appliances and the back-splash all himself. We are so thrilled with how the finished product turned out. The space functions perfectly for our family.

As a quick reminder, here is what the kitchen looked like when we first purchased the house. This blog post is all about the house and how it looked before we got started on any renovations.

And today, October 18, 2017, here is the finished product!

Can you even believe it!? Almost unrecognizable. Thankfully, this kitchen was already structurally sound before we started our kitchen renovation. The island was the only big change we made as far as the layout goes. Even this change wasn’t difficult because we were able to re-purpose the peninsula from the original configuration. The only other noticeable change in structure was removing the cabinets from above the refrigerator and installing them over the oven so that we could install an over-the-range-microwave. (By the way, we got our bar stools on Amazon and we love them so much!)

Highlighting a few of the things I really love about this kitchen…

The back-splash. This might actually be my favorite thing. Originally, we knew we were going to use a subway tile for this part of the kitchen. We thought about using grey or classic white in a horizontal pattern. However, I had been seeing herringbone in different Pinterest posts and magazine articles and I fell in love. Paul took a little convincing due to the fact that this style would be much more tedious to lay. Eventually, he gave in to my pleading and actually admitted that he liked the style best, too. We couldn’t be happier with the finish. Thank you, Paul!

A close second favorite is our single-basin sink by Elkay. We went with a black quartz which really ties in with the black accents of the appliances and the black hardware on the cabinets. I absolutely love the single basin feature! In my opinion, it makes so much more sense for usability. Plus, Kinley LOVES to take her night-time baths in there! (Side note: I’m also obsessed with the faucet we chose.)


We are so happy that we chose stainless steel appliances! These days there are a lot of options on the market but we feel that this worked the best in our space. We purchased all of our appliances through our Sears Hometown Store. The finished product looks so clean and classic. Also, please ignore the room next to the kitchen that is filled with random junk and has no doors. Actually, none of our rooms have doors right now because painting them is a project that has sort of taken the back burner at this time… That’s just real life.

Our white quartz counter-tops are the final piece that really brought our kitchen to life. At first we weren’t sure about having an all-white kitchen, but I really couldn’t love the look more! This picture doesn’t do the counters any justice… They’re beautiful in person!

Seeing our dream for our kitchen renovation come to life has been so rewarding! Remembering what it was like before, I’m so impressed with the amazing work that Paul has done. I wish I could take more credit for it all, but I really can’t! It was just my vision and Paul made it a reality for us!

Lately, I’ve been thinking about attempting to film videos/start a YouTube channel. Would anyone be interested in that? Blogging is great and I love writing but I also feel that I could share things more personally and more thoroughly in video format. Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Up next, I’ll be posting about our great-room, which is also almost all finished!

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