Our Bright, White Kitchen Remodel – Three Daughters Home

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When my husband and I first walked our house, one of my first thoughts was, “If we buy this house, the kitchen has got to be updated.” Not that it was horrible; it just wasn’t my taste. It was brown on brown on black — brown cabinetry, brown flooring, black/brown countertops and black/brown backsplash (say that 3x fast). It was so dark and in desperate need of lightening up. Knowing kitchens and bathrooms are the most expensive rooms to remodel, we didn’t plan on re-doing the kitchen right away. But as we evaluated the projects we wanted to do, a kitchen remodel made the most sense because of its added resale value to the house. So for our very first big home project, we decided to go big or go home!

Getting Started

Before you start any major project, definitely do your homework. Get multiple quotes and make sure any company you hire is legit with good references. My advice is don’t go with the most expensive quote, but don’t go with the lowest quote either. Get a feel of the going rate in your area and try to find a company that charges in the average range. Also, check out testimonials and review their work. While we were in the middle of our remodel, the painting company asked if it was alright for a potential customer to call and to speak with me about our experience. I thought this was so smart. If you’re going to make that big of an investment, definitely do your research!

Backsplash & Countertops

The first step of the process was having a contractor remove all the backsplash and existing countertops. I was so happy to see them go! (See ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya!) For countertops, we decided to replace the existing granite ones with a white and grey quartz. Quartz tends to be easier maintenance and more durable compared to granite while having the look of marble (minus the hefty price tag of marble). So far, both have held up great! No complaints.

Adam and I actually didn’t see eye to eye on the backsplash. I wanted something crisp, clean and simple while he wanted something unique with some color. We ended up choosing a classic white subway tile with a dark gray grout, which I think he would now admit was the right choice for the style we were going for. The backsplash alone lightened up the room immensely! Also, subway tile is timeless and extremely affordable.

Sink & Faucet

I realllllly wanted a farmhouse sink. Like, really bad. But because under the sink would have had to have been completely gutted, the added cost just wasn’t feasible to our budget. Such a bummer; BUT we did ditch the double sinks and put in a ginormous one. The pic here doesn’t do it justice. It’s a monster. Our faucet we actually found on major deal off Wayfair, and I love love love it! It is matte black and makes such a statement!

Appliances & Lighting

In between the contractor and the painters, Adam worked on replacing all the yellowed outlet covers with new white ones (with USB plug-ins, too, for phone/tablet charging). He also added shiplap to our island as well as our peninsula to tie-in the shiplap we have throughout our home. Adding something like this adds texture and dimension to your kitchen, and there are so many fun ways to jazz up a kitchen island!

While my Mr. Fix-It worked on the shiplap, I picked out new dark bronze pendant lights to replace the existing silver ones. I chose a darker finish because I really wanted them to pop against all the white we had going on. We also decided to replace the current range and later also replaced the fridge and microwave to dark stainless steel.

Painting the Cabinetry & Island

Since our cabinets were in good shape, we decided to just paint them vs buy new ones. This saved us a lot of money (probably an additional $4-$5k)! We hired a painting company to sand, prime, paint, and install new hardware on all our cabinets and drawers. (If you’re local, I highly recommend them! Shoot me an email if you’d like their info.) TBH, this was the most lengthy part of the whole remodel process. Priming and painting take multiple coats, and while it was frustrating to not have a kitchen for a couple weeks, the end result was way worth it! They took the drawer faces and cabinet doors back to their shop for painting, and since some of the doors needed minor repair, it took a little more time. (Patience is a virtue, right?) For an extra $500, we had our island painted a different color to make it pop. If you followed along on IG, you know I was highly torn on the color, haha. But ultimately we chose the darkest swatch, which is Peppercorn by Sherwin-Williams. For the cabinet color we went with Bright White by Sherwin-Williams.

Finishing Touches Once the drawers and cabinet doors were put back on, all that was left was the hardware. We purchased our knobs and pulls from Wayfair. They are heavy and extremely well made, adding a modern touch that contrasts the white.

Then all that was left was decorating! I didn’t want too much clutter on the counter, so I kept it simple yet functional.

Final Thoughts All in all, we are so pleased with how this remodel turned out. It’s been a little over a year, and aside from normal wear and tear (mainly on the cabinets and island), we are still happy with the results. I hope you liked seeing our dark kitchen go from drab to fab!

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  • Raquel Raquel on Jul 02, 2021

    What state do you live in? How much did it cost to have the doors and drawers and cabinets sanded and painted?

  • Teresa Teresa on Jul 03, 2021

    Beautiful!! Now 3 questions - except for the shiplap and the hardware, was all the work contracted out? And what did it cost? where do you live?

  • Gretchen Hoenecke Gretchen Hoenecke on Jul 24, 2021

    Love this look... What is the quartz you used for your tops? I'm searching and searching for that look and coming up with only fake looking stuff trying to "be" marble but clearly NOT the real deal. Your's looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!


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  • Linda Abate Linda Abate on Jul 02, 2021

    WOW, way to go. You definitely have a designer kitchen. Your cabinets and peninsular and island are gorgeous. I love the shiplap look. Using a different color on the island and peninsular really makes this kitchen pop. A job well done and one to be proud of. I would also say one that should be featured in a home decorating/refurbishing magazine. LOVE IT.

    • Amy Amy on Jul 06, 2021

      Omg, Linda, thank you so much! That is so kind!!! I WISH I could get it featured, haha!

  • Bgray Bgray on Jul 07, 2021

    BEAUTIFUL!!! When we re-did our kitchen about 3 years ago, we also did the lighter wall cabinets (ivory) and darker island (java) and I love the contrast. We were on a very tight budget so other than the countertop install, we did it all ourselves and am happy with the way it turned out. One thing I am surprised about is that you don't have any brackets supporting the overhang on either the bar or the island...when we had our countertops installed, we were told we would need (4) brackets to support the weight of the overhang on the island (about 10")...we went from tile to granite and the builder had put in cheap wood ones that we switched out for cast iron. Must be different building codes for different parts of the country...Maine vs. Washington? But again, looks AMAZING and I bet it makes you smile every time you walk in there! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Amy Amy on Jul 08, 2021

      Thank you! Yeah we don't need brackets but I think it's because we don't have much of an overhang. So far, so good! Thank you for the feedback and compliments!