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our new gray and white kitchen–before and after

This post has been over a year in the making, and it’s quite the understatement to say that I am so glad to finally be able to share it!

At the same time, though, it’s a difficult post to write because how, (how?!) can I adequately explain all the time, decisions, paint swatches, trips to IKEA, gallons of paint, demo hours etc. that went into redoing this kitchen? It’s hard to do it justice, so we’ll let pictures speak for themselves…

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Is it enough to say that I love (LOVE!) our new kitchen? Here are a few before pictures so you can see where we started…

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gray kitchen

Go ahead, you know you want to pin ’em. 🙂

We started in January (that’s January 2014, mind you) by tearing down the two walls that separated the kitchen from the living and dining rooms. When I say, “we”, I mean my husband and his father. I just tried to keep out of the way and not complain about the dust.

Just over a year later, we were finished!

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Some of the highlights and sources:

– The cork floors were put in about a year prior, and we really wanted to keep them

-Farmhouse sink and counters are from IKEA

-Light fixture over the sink is from Lowes, the semi-flushmount fixture is from Home Depot, and the two pendants over the island are Pottery Barn

-The white subway tile is MINI! I love it so. The grout is dark gray.

-We’ll eventually switch over all appliances to stainless, though I’m in no rush.

-My husband and his dad built ALL the cabinets. And installed them. And removed the old cabinets. Plus they demoed the walls.

-Did I mention how much I love it? And how we’re not {ever} doing this again?

Thanks for reading!


Tuesday 28th of July 2020

Hello Love your new kitchen, but no mention of your countertop. I am having a hard time trying to decide. Thank you for your input


Tuesday 28th of July 2020

Our countertops are butcher block from ikea. Hope that helps!

Kim Trask

Sunday 4th of February 2018

I love the freshness of this kitchen. I’d like to know the colours you chose for the cabinets and the walls?

Lisa B.

Sunday 17th of May 2015

I love how light and cheerful it looks! It turned out beautifully!