The Reveal: From Dated, Dark and Brown to Bright, White and Gray
Hi Interior Collective readers! I’m Whitney Jones, an interior designer and stylist that loves coming up with creative solutions for small spaces. Today I’m taking you into my own kitchen renovation- just wait until you see the transformation.
The home was built in 1983 and was well taken care of. We’re actually the third owners – the first owners built the home and the second ones were related to them! But, even though our home was in great shape, many of the finishes were outdated, especially in the kitchen. We knew when we viewed the home that the kitchen would be the first room we’d tackle.
Our kitchen could definitely benefit from a full gut job, but at the time we were not prepared for a full renovation. The cabinets are solid wood they’ll hold up well with fresh paint until we’re ready to completely renovate this kitchen by moving some walls and adding natural light.
The first thing we did was remove the drop ceiling and cabinet that was meant to go over the fridge. I’m a huge color lover and would love to have added color to the lower cabinets, but because I wanted to brighten our small space, I painted the cabinets in a semi-gloss white finish (Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace). The white is a temporary fix, but looks amazing and will be perfect for the next couple years until we’re able to make more structural changes to the kitchen. I updated the hardware to these long nickel bar handles that help modernize the kitchen.
One of the biggest changes we made to the kitchen was switching from ugly beigey-yellow laminate counters to beautiful creamy gray quartz Caesarstone counters. We wanted countertops that were durable, beautiful, and neutral (in both style and color). The Caesarstone London Grey countertops are absolutely amazing! They’re easy to clean, scratch-resistant, stain resistant, and non-porous, perfect for preparing a quick meal right on top of the countertop!
I dreamed of a penny tile somewhere in my home and thought it would be on a bathroom floor. But, I found this really pretty gray penny tile and had to have it for my kitchen backsplash. It was the perfect accent to bring some contrast to the cabinets and countertops.
One of the other great things about our mini-reno is that I was able to update our sink to an extra deep 11” sink from the 6” depth sink that was original to the kitchen. Seriously, our new sink has been a GAME CHANGER! Things like this might seem small to most people, but if you’ve gone from a 6” sink to a 11” sink, you’d be excited as well! Our dishwasher, vent hood and range that were already installed were new, but we did get a new fridge that I love.
The floors were updated from the brown speckled epoxy finish to gorgeous (and inexpensive) gray, glazed porcelain tiles. We thought about bringing in the laminate wood floors that we installed in the rest of the home (especially since we found out they were safe for wet rooms) but knew that we’d rather a less fussy floor that works well with a messy Husky and Maltipoo.
I’ve been searching for a while for a wide runner for this space, but in the meantime, I’m working with this cute little rug in front of my sink that brings in a some much-needed color to kitchen.
Did you notice that I’ve also removed the cabinet doors from the two upper cabinets to the left and right of the window? This was really important to me as I feel like all the uppers made this small kitchen feel closed in. I love being able to display my dishware and glassware. Having this open storage makes me want to collect pretty pieces to put here- and makes me want to keep my kitchen extra clean!
I fell into a lot of issues during this little renovation, which mostly related to contractor issues, but now that it’s done, I’ve been having a blast in my “new” kitchen. I’ve cooked more these last few months than I’ve done my whole life because I love being in here so much. I look forward to more updates in the future, but for now, my kitchen is really pretty and works perfectly while we update the rest of the home. I can’t wait to see where this kitchen evolves in 2 years.