Our Imperfect White Kitchen

Okay, I’ve been promising our kitchen “reveal” for ages. We have lived here for over a year, so fair enough. This was a really strange reno for us though because we found that after we added storage and got the kitchen to a functional place, the urge to do all the little finishing work sort of disappeared. 

kitchen from side door

We are pretty much finished now though. I’d like to put crown moulding on the bulkhead. And I really should paint the new baseboard. And…well, a few other tiny little odds and ends could get done. But it’s okay as it is, you know?

Who here remembers what our kitchen used to look like? You  know, when we first moved in.

Kitchen before

It was a little ways from the white farmhouse chic kitchen I pictured it to be. This is the photo almost made me almost not even consider this house. The kitchen just looked so small. But Dean convinced me to look and when we got here we realized that all that floor space (in the bottom of the photo above) was actually meant to be an eat in kitchen! Which meant there was lots of room to add additional storage and workspace.

So we did. Add storage and workspace, I mean. We painted the existing cupboards, added a few new lower cabinets and a bank of drawers.

We kept the sink, but added a new goose neck faucet and a warehouse style pendant light. And we removed all the brown tiles and replaced them with my favorite white subway tile – all the way to the ceiling!

sink window

The breakfast bar is a beast. It is perfect for putting out food when company comes. It’s great for breakfast and snacks. And it has two huge cupboards that house all the pots, pans, slow cookers, etc. and large pantry items like potatoes, bags of rice and flour. And we trimmed it with glazed beadboard.

breakfast bar

One of my favorite parts of the kitchen has to be the open shelves and the coffee bar. We LOVE having people over and those coffee machines get used a LOT. The mini fridge was added to hold pop, bottled water and milk for tea and coffee. It’s really nice to not to worry about the state of the main fridge when a friend comes for coffee! And of course the drawers beside the mini fridge are home to a plethora of teas and such.

coffee station

The fridge was here when we moved in. The previous owner said she bought it at Home Depot, although I cannot find a similar model anywhere. It is actually quite large and holds a ton of food. We get a lot of comments on its vintage design.


We swapped out the previous range hood for a microwave and Dean finally had time to finish up the pretty range hood cover just before the holidays. It does come off should we ever need to access the venting or microwave electrical outlet. I didn’t do it this year, but I look forward to hanging a wreath up there during the holidays.

over the range

Also, the first thing we did in the whole renovation was swap out the apartment sized dishwasher (that we were running a couple of times a day) and install a full sized version. Dean had to reconfigure the lower cabinet and we could barely squeeze the stove back in its spot, but we made it work. And now we only have to run the dishwasher once a day!

oven range dishwasher

Part of our storage solution was to utilize our Restoration Hardware Inspired Shelves in the space. They add a little industrial chic and keep everything airy, open and easily accessible.

industrial shelves pantry

And of course we covered the old counters with stainless steel counter tops that Dean had made. The breakfast bar/coffee station area got matching stainless too. And last fall we extended the laminate flooring all the way through the kitchen too. I’m thrilled with how it looks and it’s held up incredibly well with all the use our kitchen gets daily.

side door pantry shelves clock

Now I am in love with our kitchen.

It’s  not perfect – the painted cupboards are a little scuffed from almost a year of hard use and I imagine they will only get more aged. Truth be told we haven’t painted the quarter round yet – it’s still just primed straight from the store. Dean only just wiped all the grout haze off of the backsplash last weekend. Life just happened. But we have more counter space, more storage and more light than a year ago.

And that makes me happy. 


  • Floors – Sandy Hills Hickory Laminate from Lumber Liquidators
  • Faucet – Hanover by Pfister
  • Chandelier – Homesav
  • Warehouse Pendant – Galaxy Lighting Warehouse Pendant at Lowe’s
  • Stools – Dalfred by Ikea
  • Industrial Shelves – our own, tutorial here
  • Giant Glitter Eat Letters – tutorial here
  • Numbers Canvas Art –
  • Giant Clock – Bravur by Ikea
  • Knobs Wall Hooks – tutorial here
  • Side Door Paint – Muddaritaville’s Sea Breeze
  • Cabinet Paint – White Heron by Benjamin Moore
  • Wall Paint – Crushed Ice by Sherwin Williams

What do you think of you imperfect white kitchen? Do you love your kitchen? Would you change anything about it if you could?

P.S. I’ll try to take better photos another day. This room has so many shadows it’s really tough to photograph!

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  1. 2

    Lucinda says

    Really like your redo. Proved to be very inspiring. My jump off was your husbands exhaust hood. But the more I browsed, the more I dreamed. Though my eventual “design” for finishing our kitchen may only hint of yours, I couldn’t have done it without your posting the pictures of your labors! Thanks so much.

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    Your kitchen is really beautiful! I love all of the personal touches like the countertops and the breakfast bar. That mini fridge is genius. My absolute favorite has to be those shelves. They are perfection!

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    I’m drooling! Your kitchen is gorgeous! I love every single detail, especially those shelves and that sweet little coffee bar. You guys did a fantastic job!

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    I love the white! It makes it look clean and bright, not to mention white makes a room seem bigger! You did a great job, thank you for sharing with us.

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    Dawn says

    Love, love, love this chandelier and your kitchen!! I clicked on HomeSav and got nothing. Where can I find?? Thank you

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      Ugh! Unfortunately Homesav is restructuring and isn’t open for business right now. :( I don’t know where else to get this chandelier. I’m so sorry.

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    I love everything you have done! It’s so charming, and most of all, unique. How do you like the stainless counters? Are they fussy? Never thought to cover existing counters like that! Love the look!

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      I ADORE our stainless counters. When we first got them they were a little fussy because every scratch and scuff showed – but now that they are “seasoned” (well-used) they are fabulous!

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    Darla Oskam says

    LOVE the island want to do mine just like that! What did you use to paint or glaze the island, color, brand etc.? How did you achieve the worn look. Also where did you purchase the stainless steel for the top, absolutely amazing !! My island is just two large oak cabinets, real wood on the front but not on the sides, with large piece of countertop. It was here when I bought the house, and matches all of the kitchen cabinets and counters, I just had the floor redone similar to yours and am going for a rustic country look. Saw your island and instantly fell in love, any advice you can give is greatly appreciated. You and your husband have amazing taste and talent.

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    I’ve been gawking at all of your before and after photos but thought the kitchen was the most draw-dropping transformation of them all! You’ve done a fabulous job. I especially love that you kept the vintage looking fridge and have the super functional island for coffee with friends. I would never have the guts to have open shelving though! Amazing work!

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    Shelly Wutke says

    Wow, I LOVE your kitchen! I’m just in the middle of redoing mine and I’ve changed my mind from a light grey to white. The little touches you have around your house are so beautiful!

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    Carrie says

    Love your kitchen! Did you make the open shelves, I noticed they were also in your bathroom design? If you did, where did you get the hardware for the project? Thanks.

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    Sue Tait says

    It is SO perfect, the only thing I might change is to paint the blue door black (just a personal preference…). Love your articles, love your sense of style, love all your decorating changes… KEEP ON DOING what you do So Well, and be sure to show us Everything!!

    Thank you so much for sharing,


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    Ann says

    Did you paint the hinges as well or were you able to find white ones? I am about to undertake painting of old wooden cupboards as well and I’m planning on white knobs & pulls but don’t know what to do about the dark hinges that are on them now.

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      We could find white ones, BUT we couldn’t get the old hinges off! They’re pretty old and used a really odd screw that no one could figure out the screwdriver for! So I painted the old ones. :)

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    Terri Culy says

    Hi, love your kitchen transformation! Do you mind sharing where you purchased the brackets for your coffee bar shelves? Thanks, Terri

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    Leslie Snyder says

    i love it! You never said what paint method you used after you had to start over. Follow directions on TSP bottle, prime? Paint? Protect? And what kind of paint and primer etc? Thank you.

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    Penny Warren says

    With more time having gone by are you still a fan of your stainless steel cabinets. Did your husband use a machine or special tool to bend the metal?

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    DeAnna says

    Good morning! Just took a look at your “kitchen redo”… it’s awesome!! I have a question on your floors. I’ve had laminate before (previous house) and it had a tendency to “bubble” if any water fell between the cracks. Have you had that issue now that you’ve had it down for awhile? I’m now in a new home trying to decide if I should do laminate again (hesitant from the issues from my prior home) but not so sure I want hardwood as I have dogs and I’m not hearing great reviews on the vinyl planking. Any feedback would be wonderful!!

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      We have had ZERO issues with these particular floors. NONE! We have a small dog and three kids and visitors all the time. I’ve spilled hot and cold water and other things, the puppy had numerous accidents and the floor is still amazing!