Kitchen Renovation: The Big Reveal

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You’ve likely seen pictures of our kitchen renovation on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. I thought I’d share some of our progress and experiences along the way. To follow along with us, just check out the hashtag #diylikeachampion on Instagram. This is Part 4 of our renovation series. You can find Part 1, the timeline and demo process, here; Part 2, painting and prepping the cabinets, here; and Part 3, the countertops, here.

DIY Kitchen Renovation Before & After

This is a little late, but surprise! The kitchen renovation is (mostly) done! Hopefully you guys didn’t think we decided not to finish; it just hasn’t been high on my priority list to write about with the other things we had going on (like getting ready for Clara’s party, renovating our half bath, installing new floor upstairs and painting the rest of the downstairs). It’s actually been practically done for a while now, other than painting, which we finished a few weeks ago. I say the kitchen is mostly done because we have a few more minor things to do: paint the laundry room doors and frame out the area around them and paint the toe kicks and baseboards.

Choosing the paint proved to be more difficult than I anticipated. After going through three paint samples, we finally decided on one we liked. I had my heart set on a sea glass color, but we ultimately decided against it after putting the sample up because we knew whatever color we put in the kitchen would also be in the living room, entryway, stairway and upstairs hallway. That’s basically every common area in our house, hence my indecisiveness on choosing a color. And really, with all the big stuff done, we weren’t in a huge hurry to paint.

We ended up choosing Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt, even though I was convinced I wanted Fleeting Green. Sea Salt ended up being a more neutral color, which I think was needed given the amount of walls that would be covered in it. It’s basically a gray with green undertones, but it looks cooler or warmer depending on the light. (You can see all of the colors I liked on this Pinterest board.)

Sorry for the picture heavy post, but I am so excited to share these photos with all of you and couldn’t resist sharing them all.

The details:

Since my last post, we’ve installed the cabinet hardware and toe kicks and replaced two light fixtures. The hardware and lighting made such a huge difference in really pulling the kitchen together. I’ve had this Whitney Pendant from Pottery Barn since late last summer, and I was so excited to finally get it installed. Our previous sink light looked like a UFO, so you can guess how happy I was to get rid of it.

Whitney Pendant from Pottery Barn | Cook Like a Champion Kitchen Renovation

The dining area light wasn’t as bad as the sink light but still didn’t match the look we were going for. I found a hammered pendant light that I loved, but I wasn’t ready to fork out the $100 for it knowing that it came with a plastic cord. Really? A fancy pendant with a cheap looking cord? No thanks. So I decided to make my own, and we randomly happened upon this hammered bowl at Target. It was $20 for exactly what we wanted. Score! Since it would be near the other pendant, I decided to spring for the matching pendant kit from Pottery Barn but ended up finding it cheaper on Ebay. Double score! We bought a hole saw for our drill and used that to drill the hole into the bowl to have an opening to attach the cord kit. I kind of can’t believe we made this ourselves, and I love love love it.

DIY Bowl Pendant Light | Cook Like a Champion Kitchen Renovation
We went from having no hardware at all to having really nice hardware, which has made such an incredible difference. When I first saw this hardware from Pottery Barn, I was determined to find a cheaper alternative. I couldn’t find any other hammered hardware I liked that cost less than this, so we ended up splurging on this set. Really, given the money we saved by painting rather than replacing the cabinets, we felt we could get away with buying the hardware we wanted (though I waited until I had a 15% off coupon before buying). The color we got is called Vintage Pewter, and it’s the perfect brushed look that we like – not too shiny and not too dull.

Pottery Barn Ella Hardware | Cook Like a Champion Kitchen Renovation
The kitchen as a whole:

The changes happened so gradually that it was hard to get the full effect of all of them, but I can totally see it looking at the kitchen now. It came together so beautifully, and we did almost all of it ourselves. I’m insanely proud of us, and I’m totally smitten with the kitchen.

DIY Kitchen Renovation This is our main prep area. You can see that there are some spots where the drywall came off when our old countertops were removed, but these will eventually be covered up with subway tile.

DIY Kitchen Renovation
Another view of our prep area. Hopefully we can replace this not-so-great dishwasher with a better, stainless front one soon. We are still loving our LG Hausys countertops, and I love the way they brighten up the kitchen, especially in combination with the white cabinets.

DIY Kitchen Renovation
You may remember that this was the area with the cabinet that had mildew under and behind it. Eric built this cabinet and used the existing door to replace the water-damaged one.

DIY Kitchen Renovation This is the view from the dining area into the kitchen and office/playroom, with a bonus shot of Abby resting in a sunny spot.

Dining Area with DIY Bowl Light and Painted Curtains | Cook Like a Champion Kitchen Renovation This is the dining area, complete with IKEA curtains I painted. The wall here is the same color as our office, Sherwin-Williams Hazel.

Kitchen Panoramic This is an iPhone pano shot. Not the best quality, but it helps give you an idea of what the kitchen looks like with all the changes.

Sources:

Lighting: Whitney Pendant from Pottery Barn
Hardware: Ella in Vintage Pewter from Pottery Barn
Wall Paint: Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt on main walls and Sherwin-Williams Hazel on accent wall
Cabinet Paint: Benjamin Moore Advance in Cloud Cover
Flooring: Pergo Max in Vera Mahogany from Lowe’s
Countertops: LG Hausys HI-MACS in White Quartz

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  • Alyson

    Wow! That looks wonderful. We have Sea Salt in our kitchen as well. I love it! The lighting fixture you made from the bowl from Target is fantastic!

    • Isn’t it a great color? I love how it looks different depending on the time of day and what kind of light we have coming in. Thanks – we love that light and were so happy to find that bowl when we did!

  • Alyson

    Wow! That looks wonderful. We have Sea Salt in our kitchen as well. I love it! The lighting fixture you made from the bowl from Target is fantastic!

    • Isn’t it a great color? I love how it looks different depending on the time of day and what kind of light we have coming in. Thanks – we love that light and were so happy to find that bowl when we did!

  • everything looks great! The hardware and the new hanging lights defintiely are the perfect touch…they really tie everything together!

    • Thanks! I am obsessed with the lights. And the hardware. And all of it, really. It’s so great to see it all together.

  • everything looks great! The hardware and the new hanging lights defintiely are the perfect touch…they really tie everything together!

    • Thanks! I am obsessed with the lights. And the hardware. And all of it, really. It’s so great to see it all together.

  • Your new kitchen is beautiful! I love white kitchens because they look so bright and cheery 🙂

    • Thanks, Brandy! Bright and cheery is exactly what we were going for, so I’m glad to hear you describe it that way.

  • Kylee Durant

    Beautiful! I love the white/chrome combo!

    • Thanks! I was afraid right before we did it that the space would look too sterile or something, but I think it ended up working out perfectly.

  • Kylee Durant

    Beautiful! I love the white/chrome combo!

    • Thanks! I was afraid right before we did it that the space would look too sterile or something, but I think it ended up working out perfectly.

  • ellysaysopa

    It looks so awesome, Courtney! I love the Sea Salt color – it’s so easy to go overboard with green hues, but it’s just perfect. Also, please come to my house. We have a lot of work for you and Eric to do because we #diylikelosers

    • Even though shades of green are my favorite, I was definitely worried about having too much of them. I think this color definitely toes the line of neutrality and makes the whole space look airier. And you know if we lived nearby that we would totally come help you guys with your house projects!

  • ellysaysopa

    It looks so awesome, Courtney! I love the Sea Salt color – it’s so easy to go overboard with green hues, but it’s just perfect. Also, please come to my house. We have a lot of work for you and Eric to do because we #diylikelosers

    • Even though shades of green are my favorite, I was definitely worried about having too much of them. I think this color definitely toes the line of neutrality and makes the whole space look airier. And you know if we lived nearby that we would totally come help you guys with your house projects!

  • Meagan Lamey Meier

    this looks so great! i love everything you chose! the colors are soft and inviting and fresh and calming and and and and gorgeous! 🙂 great job champions! you make me want new hardware…and new lights…and new paint. dang it courtney! i want YOUR kitchen 🙂

    • Thank you so much! It’s amazing what a difference paint and hardware can make. It wasn’t what I would’ve called dark before, but it definitely is so much lighter now. It changes the whole mood.

  • Meagan Lamey Meier

    this looks so great! i love everything you chose! the colors are soft and inviting and fresh and calming and and and and gorgeous! 🙂 great job champions! you make me want new hardware…and new lights…and new paint. dang it courtney! i want YOUR kitchen 🙂

    • Thank you so much! It’s amazing what a difference paint and hardware can make. It wasn’t what I would’ve called dark before, but it definitely is so much lighter now. It changes the whole mood.

  • Thanks, Brandy! Bright and cheery is exactly what we were going for, so I’m glad to hear you describe it that way.

  • Absolutely gorgeous! I loved watching this unfold on instagram and so it’s wonderful to see it come together so beautifully! I’m super impressed with the two of you DIY-ing like Champions, especially with that repurposed metal bowl-turned light! Genius!

    • Thanks, friend! We are so incredibly happy with how it turned out.

  • Absolutely gorgeous! I loved watching this unfold on instagram and so it’s wonderful to see it come together so beautifully! I’m super impressed with the two of you DIY-ing like Champions, especially with that repurposed metal bowl-turned light! Genius!

    • Thanks, friend! We are so incredibly happy with how it turned out.

  • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    I’ve been following along on IG and it’s great to see the finished product. It’s amazing!! You guys are truly CHAMPIONS! I love the paint colors, the details on the cabinets and most of all that light. Chic!! Tres chic! Ok…now could you do mine please? I wish I had your skills.

    • Aw thanks! It was definitely a “learn as you go” process, but I’m so proud of what we accomplished and learned along the way.

  • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    I’ve been following along on IG and it’s great to see the finished product. It’s amazing!! You guys are truly CHAMPIONS! I love the paint colors, the details on the cabinets and most of all that light. Chic!! Tres chic! Ok…now could you do mine please? I wish I had your skills.

    • Aw thanks! It was definitely a “learn as you go” process, but I’m so proud of what we accomplished and learned along the way.

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    I LOVE it, Courtney! It’s so refreshing and bright. And that bowl as lamp thing? Genius.

    • Thank you! I didn’t know if people would think it was weird or cool, but we love the light. It’s definitely one of a kind!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    I LOVE it, Courtney! It’s so refreshing and bright. And that bowl as lamp thing? Genius.

    • Thank you! I didn’t know if people would think it was weird or cool, but we love the light. It’s definitely one of a kind!

  • Love the reno, Courtney! Everything looks so fresh and welcoming. My favorite part is still the bowl lamp!

    • Thanks, Ashley! I’m so glad you like the light; it’s one of my favorite parts, too!

  • Love the reno, Courtney! Everything looks so fresh and welcoming. My favorite part is still the bowl lamp!

    • Thanks, Ashley! I’m so glad you like the light; it’s one of my favorite parts, too!

  • Autumn Makes & Does

    CONGRATS! I’ve been so impressed w/ you while watching this process on instagram 🙂 So bright! I absolutely love the light fixtures and those dark wood floors are so, so gorgeous.

    • Thanks, Autumn! It’s a totally different space now. It’s kind of unreal how much it’s changed. Now, we just need to figure out a time for you and Kelly to come see it in person, okay? 🙂

  • Autumn Makes & Does

    CONGRATS! I’ve been so impressed w/ you while watching this process on instagram 🙂 So bright! I absolutely love the light fixtures and those dark wood floors are so, so gorgeous.

    • Thanks, Autumn! It’s a totally different space now. It’s kind of unreal how much it’s changed. Now, we just need to figure out a time for you and Kelly to come see it in person, okay? 🙂

  • Isabelle Boucher

    Oh my gosh, you guys… I knew it would be a beautiful space just based on all the little snippets you shared on Instagram along the way, but this is just spectacular.
    (Now someone please stop me before I go ahead and paint my whole dang house in Sea Salt. Love that colour, especially with the white cabinets and light counters.)

    • Thank you, Isabelle! Pretty much every common space in our house is now that color. It’s just so pretty and is neutral enough to let me add other pops of color where I want them. Go for it!

  • Isabelle Boucher

    Oh my gosh, you guys… I knew it would be a beautiful space just based on all the little snippets you shared on Instagram along the way, but this is just spectacular.
    (Now someone please stop me before I go ahead and paint my whole dang house in Sea Salt. Love that colour, especially with the white cabinets and light counters.)

    • Thank you, Isabelle! Pretty much every common space in our house is now that color. It’s just so pretty and is neutral enough to let me add other pops of color where I want them. Go for it!

  • Mallory Fay

    I love this kitchen makeover. I have been following along on Instagram and you have sold the whole painting my cupboards white to my whole family – who thought I a tad bit crazy for wanting to in the first place, but once they saw how much it opened up the space, they couldn’t deny the difference it will make. And that hazel color of walls…going on a wall somewhere in my house. LOVE!

    • Oh yay! I’m so glad to hear that. It’s hard to argue with it once you see what a difference it makes.

  • I love this kitchen makeover. I have been following along on Instagram and you have sold the whole painting my cupboards white to my whole family – who thought I a tad bit crazy for wanting to in the first place, but once they saw how much it opened up the space, they couldn’t deny the difference it will make. And that hazel color of walls…going on a wall somewhere in my house. LOVE!

    • Oh yay! I’m so glad to hear that. It’s hard to argue with it once you see what a difference it makes.

  • atlmichelle

    SO IMPRESSED! Can’t believe you guys did it yourselves too for the most part. My husband and I would be lost doing anything beyond painting the walls! Hope you plan to post pictures of your other projects as well. I know this is a food blog, but most of us own homes too and love seeing the changes! Congrats on the new space!

    • Thanks! I may share some pictures of the other updates we’ve done, either in a post of their own or scattered throughout recipe posts. It has definitely crossed my mind, so I appreciate your input! 🙂

  • atlmichelle

    SO IMPRESSED! Can’t believe you guys did it yourselves too for the most part. My husband and I would be lost doing anything beyond painting the walls! Hope you plan to post pictures of your other projects as well. I know this is a food blog, but most of us own homes too and love seeing the changes! Congrats on the new space!

    • Thanks! I may share some pictures of the other updates we’ve done, either in a post of their own or scattered throughout recipe posts. It has definitely crossed my mind, so I appreciate your input! 🙂