Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Kitchen remodel

We've been busy updating the home we recently bought the past couple months. We still have a lot to do, but it is coming along nicely. Below are some before and after pictures of our kitchen and breakfast nook. I absolutely love my black and white kitchen. I went back and forth on whether to do white counters or black. I really love white marble counters, but they are so porous and chip so easily that they weren't practical and Caesarstone was out of the budget so we went with beautiful black pearl granite and I am really happy with it. It is a happy room and I love cooking in it.

For those interested (I really appreciated blogs that told me where they bought everything) here is what we did:

-White cabinet paint is called Kelly Moore Swiss Coffee (using color match w/Behr paint)
-Brushed nickle knobs and pulls from Lowe's (sold in bulk pack)
-Franke black granite composite sink from Lowe's
-Kohler Simplice Stainless steel faucet from HD
-Hickory Flooring (yes, i went with the Hickory over the bamboo because it has a matte finish and is already distressed, so any dings the kiddies give it will blend in better) from Simple Floors
-Whirlpool clean steel fridge and GE cleansteel dishwasher (no fingerprints!) from Lowe's
-Whirlpool stainless steel stove with five burners (love it!) from Lowe's
-Wall paint: Haze by Behr (sold at HD)
-New pantry cabinet (we bought unfinished at Lowe's)
-Granite is called Black Pearl (We extended the counter tops so we can have bar stools)
-New window (middle one in bay)

I love my kitchen and am so happy how it turned out. I still have a list of decor projects, but the bulk of the work is done in there. More rooms to come as I finish more projects.


  1. Looks great! Can't wait to come see it!

  2. Erika, it's beautiful! You have a great eye for design! I look forward to seeing more. :o)

  3. gorgeous! i am also painting my oak kitchen white this weekend using Swiss Coffee. looks great! did you paint yourself? can you let me know what process you used? thanks! julie

  4. We did not, but I can tell you the process the painter used. He sanded and then put on a primer called shellac primer. He then did three coats of the swiss coffee paint. Hope that helps!

  5. Wow. We are doing almost exactly what you did!!!! Our kitchens even look the same in the before pictures. Glad I found your post. I'm not so tentative about our choice after seeing your kitchen. Thanks for the post!!!

  6. Looks great. Curious, what color did you paint the trim? Same color or another "white"? Having my perimeter cabinets done in KM Swiss Coffee, just can't decide on trim color. HELP