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White and Gold Kitchen

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Over the weekend, I shared some videos on Instagram Stories of our kitchen, and what are plans are to remodel it on a budget. You guys were so excited about the project, that I thought I’d share more details with you today as well as some inspiration photos that I’ve been staring at for months now.

When we moved into our house over a year ago, one of the things we talked about doing from the very start was updating the kitchen. As you can see from the photo below, it’s a pretty good size but dark and uninviting, and we want to change that before the baby comes. We took this in the brightest time of the day so you could see what it looks like, but normally it’s even darker!

Before Photo

Kitchen Before

What we love

The great part about it is that everything is brand new, including the appliances. The layout is great, and there is plenty of space for cooking and eating at the counter. Plus there is a ton of cabinet space.

What we don’t love

While having all new appliances is amazing and will save us a ton of money in this project, we have a lot of issues with the kitchen, most of them aesthetic. First, we only have one window in the whole room which makes it one of the darker rooms in our otherwise bright home. We don’t have the budget to add more windows, so we want to brighten the space using other techniques. The black granite countertop and dark backsplash add to the darkness of the room. Those have got to go! Second, the cabinets are painted a really weird yellow/beige color that looks incredibly dated. They also have dental crown molding along the top that looks like teeth. Everyone who walks into the room comments on it so those are out too. Third, we need more counter space for when more than one person is cooking in the kitchen, and we figured the most affordable way to remedy this is by adding an island in the middle of the room. We’re lucky that there is a big open space for it.

The challenge

Brighten and update our kitchen with a $6,000 budget from our friends at Lowe’s. This will cover the cost of countertops (and installation), a new backsplash, cabinet paint, new hardware, a new sink and faucet, a garbage disposal (finally!), and brighter lighting. Because we are working with a smaller budget, we immediately decided to skip big changes like knocking down walls and moving things around, which we’re totally fine with.

The timeline

Last weekend we went to Lowe’s to pick out everything mentioned above. We brought most of it home, but have to wait for the countertop to be installed in the next two weeks. In the meantime, we’re going to paint the cabinets and install the backsplash on our own.

The inspiration

I’ve had a kitchen inspiration board on Pinterest for years now, so I started there. That’s where the photos in this post come from. As you can see, we’re going for light, bright, and happy! While most of these spaces have marble countertops, that was out of the question for what we wanted to spend, so we ended up going with a quartz called Blano Orien, which looks similar to white marble. I really wanted to do all of our hardware (including faucets) in polished brass for that gold look, but Anel ended up convincing me to go with polished chrome instead so it would be easier to match everything and so that it would feel current for longer. We both agreed that the gold will probably go out of style soon. I love the cute chrome doorknobs we picked up for the cabinets.

The backsplash was probably the hardest decision we had to make because there are just so many choices that would look great. We ended up going with a smaller subway tile that we’ll install with white grout for a really clean look.

I seriously cannot wait for all of it to come together!

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Thank you to Lowe’s for working with us on this project. They are gifting us product, but all opinions are my own.

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16 Comments

  1. What fun! You’re going to love your new kitchen! We updated ours last year and did white painted cabinets with black hardware. We also did a gorgeous gray marble — which I’m not sure I would ever do again. It is beautiful and I love it, but it shows water spots, which is annoying. Can’t wait to see your finished photos!

  2. So exciting! I love your inspiration images – I can’t wait to see how this all comes together!
    Isn鈥檛 That Charming.

  3. Tammy Walden

    Same here, I did gray and white in our bathroom and thought gold would be a perfect pop of color. But finding fixtures was hard. There was one brass/gold shower head option in our price range and two faucet options (compared to hundreds in chrome or brushed nickel). We ended up using chrome on everything and it still looks updated and fresh without the gold. Excited to see how your kitchen turns out!!

    If you like the acrylic/lucite look that’s another option to help tone down the abundance of chrome hardware. I used the attached and they weren’t $50+ per pull, so that’s always nice to find ha ha 馃檪

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  4. Julia Dzafic

    Seriously, it’s such a bummer! But a fresh coat of white paint can make a huge difference… I hope!

  5. Julia Dzafic

    I know. I’m so torn! I love love love the brass but it’s hard to find nice yet affordable fixtures. It might have to be a last minute call!

  6. Julia Dzafic

    Thanks! So excited to figure it all out too 馃檪

  7. Julia Dzafic

    Thank you! I’m excited to see how it turns out too. For the island, it’s definitely going to be a small one. I found one on Crate & Barrel that I like with a butcher block top. So many people keep telling me to get that Katie Kime one. It’s definitely gorgeous but I’m not sure if it’s practical! Looks like it will get scratched up, right?

  8. Julia Dzafic

    That makes me so happy to hear! I really had my heart set on gold, but coming around to chrome. Did you do chrome as well?

  9. Tammy Walden

    Exciting!! I agree about the gold/brass. I wanted to use gold accents for our master bathroom and it was really hard to find (affordable) bathroom fixture options in that tone. My husband had to do the same convincing. But it worked out and looks great, sans gold 馃檪 I’m sure your kitchen will be beautiful! Bye bye dental crown molding!!

  10. Virginia Merati

    Can’t wait to see the finished product! Your home decor posts are absolutely my favorite. I have to say, you’ve got some great bones to work with that many people would love to have! I’d love to know your plans for the island. The kitchen appears a bit space constrained, and I think you mentioned on IG that you were considering a mobile island. I’ve been in love with these custom lucite islands from Katie Kime for some time and think they’d look great in your space! They add that counter and storage space you’re looking for, while not impeding on the light, bright & airy feeling. I’m dying for someone to install one so I can see what it looks like in real life, and I think the right person for it is you! 馃槈 https://www.katiekime.com/c

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    Love the direction you are going in! Bright and happy! I think the new countertop and paint job will totally give you a brighter look! Can’t wait to see what you do island wise! Perhaps you will go with an accent color here! So exciting!!!

  12. i TOTALLY disagree that brass will be outdated soon – i think it is amazing! Also, If i recall, you have brass furniture throughout the house so i actually think brass hardware would match great!

  13. Alyssa Loring

    Can’t wait to see the “after”! My kitchen is pretty dark, too – that one-window thing really hinders the light!

    Alyssa | feathers and stripes

  14. Krystal // The Krystal Diaries

    I really like your kitchen they way it is now so I can’t wait to see it all when it’s done.

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  16. Elizabeth Oliveto

    Can’t wait to see it all come together!
    Xo, Elizabeth
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