After months of planning, and years of dreaming, it has been an absolute joy to see the kitchen of my dreams come together. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I’ve been redesigning our home to a bright white and neutral palette and the kitchen is the first of many projects we tackled (stay tuned the next few weeks as I reveal other rooms in our home that have been transformed!). After almost 7 weeks of construction, I am thrilled to finally get to show you phase one of our white kitchen remodel. Keep reading as I take you through the remodel process and all the sources we used!
OUR WHITE KITCHEN REMODEL: BEFORE & AFTER
A huge thank you to my partners for this white kitchen remodel project: Triton Stone | Sherwin-Williams | Kingston Brass | Capitol Lighting | House of Antique Hardware | Nadeau | This post contains affiliate links, click here to see our full disclosure.
Let’s start with a couple of before and after photos. the kitchen cabinets were painted a cream color with a dark wash over them, the walls were painted beige, and the countertops were a brown and gold granite. The original kitchen had a bookcase over the range that we replaced with a custom built decorative hood. It also had two ceiling fans and can lights over the island, and a darker light over the kitchen table. All beautiful finishes but very popular in the early 2000’s when the house was built, and I wanted a bright, white and neutral kitchen.
One of the only downfalls to our new home was the space for the kitchen table and great room area was too small for our family of seven. A table for eight would not fit in the space as is, and I have been dreaming of having a large island where I can have space to cook, space to entertain, and my kids have room to gather around. We had the idea to remove the wrap around bar section of cabinets to open the kitchen up to the breakfast area, the great room, and the formal living room. This resulted in a much more open space with more room to enjoy the rooms we spend the most time in.
With any large remodel, there are delays and potential problems that can arise. I have the utmost respect for contractors and sub-contractors because there are so many components and moving pieces when it comes to remodeling a space. I was involved with the entire process of our white kitchen remodel, from initially drawing a sketch of the new kitchen design on a scrap piece of paper, to scheduling the counter top and backsplash install, to picking out the paint wall color and trim, to working with vendors to select new lighting, hardware, faucet, and sink. With the exception of two walls of existing cabinets and the existing appliances, everything in the kitchen is new, and oh so beautiful! I’m so thankful for our contractor, Chris Neumann for doing an exceptional job! I can’t believe the difference between the before and after!
It’s so rewarding to have a vision and get to create a plan, implement the steps, and see it all come together. This kitchen has been a labor of love and took over our lives for a little while, but the wait was so worth it. Our family will live in the space so much better, and we will enjoy the beauty for days to come!
Let’s dive into the details of this white kitchen remodel!
COLOR PALETTE FOR OUR WHITE KITCHEN REMODEL:
As I’ve mentioned before, I am transitioning our home to a neutral and white palette with touches of gold, blue and pink. Since the formal living room, kitchen, and a great room are all connected and open to each other, I wanted the main rooms in our home to have a cohesive look. We painted the entire bottom floor of our home in Sherwin-Williams Dover White. I chose Dover White because it was the perfect creamy shade of white and I love it. Once we painted, I realized our trim really needed to be painted as well so we chose Pure White for the trim and crown molding and the kitchen cabinets as well (the same color we used for the playhouse). For the ceiling paint, we went with 50% Dover White.
We used the Sherwin Williams Emerald paint because it’s a paint and primer in one, which saves both time and money. It’s formulated to block dark colors, and prevent staining, water spots and streaking, which is obviously a huge win for this mom of five! It’s held up to its name and is easily washable! The finished product is stunning, and I’m so glad I went with these colors and this paint. I can’t wait to show you the rest of the house as we finish each project!
WHITE KITCHEN REMODEL: OUR NEW COUNTERTOPS
I have to say, I’m in love with the countertops. I was initially planning to go with marble, which would be a beautiful choice in the future. However, with young children at home and a very busy lifestyle, I didn’t want to worry about apple juice stains or upkeep. I went with quartz countertops from Triton Stone, which has a location in Little Rock and 23 locations across the U.S. They have so many options it was hard to choose, but they helped me select the Vicostone Misterio which is a beautiful white polished quartz with a light brown and gray veining. It is so elegant but has an overall natural appeal as well, and I have to say it goes so well paired with the farmhouse sink and gold faucet and hardware! From afar, it really looks white, but I love that the veining brings a lot of character to it. Triton was so kind to have the quantity I needed brought in from their main office quickly, so we could get started right away. I can’t say enough about my experience in working with their staff, I will go back again and again for future home renovation projects!
WHITE KITCHEN REMODEL: BACKSPLASH
I wanted a white backsplash so I could achieve this bright white kitchen remodel. I also wanted something with a curvy shape for an overall elegant feel. I found this white porcelain arabesque lantern backsplash at Triton and it’s perfect. I was so impressed with Elsa and Jake from their sales team. Once I described what I was looking for they searched for me and presented me with several options. This was a huge gift of time for a busy mom, and as you can see the tile is absolutely perfect and it is a show stopper.
SINK AND FAUCET FOR OUR WHITE KITCHEN REMODEL:
I have been wanting a farmhouse sink for years. I love the apron front look and the white stone and I knew it would be the perfect finish for the overall look we were going for with this white kitchen remodel. This Gourmetier 30 inch sink from Kingston Brass is durable, stain-resistant, and it’s a smooth surface, and it has a 1-year warranty. I love the one-sink bowl which has made cleaning up the kitchen so much easier to clean up after meals and it’s perfect for a family kitchen. Kingston Brass has a huge selection of bathroom and kitchen sinks, fixtures, and accessories.
We chose their Heritage bridge faucet in polished brass and it is stunning! I love the vintage feel and the bright gold shine! With the combination of the farmhouse sink and the polished brass bridge faucet, it’s another show stopper and I feel like it stops me in my tracks every day! Ha! We’ve already heard so many compliments on it.
LIGHTING FOR OUR WHITE KITCHEN REMODEL
With adding a larger island, I wanted to choose lighting that would compliment the overall color palette and finishes, but not be distracting. After looking at hundreds of pendant lights, I chose the 10″ Darlana Pendant Light in Gilded Iron because it has clean lines, a brighter gold finish, and I love the lantern shape. I went with the 10″ because I wanted two of the lights to frame the new decorative hood and sink, and we needed one more light to frame the entire island. There is a 17″ and a 13″ option but both would’ve been a bit overwhelming to fit three across the island.
With the kitchen now open to the breakfast area, I wanted the light in that space to compliment as well. Capitol Lighting has so many choices it was hard to decide! I was looking for simplicity, but I wanted to stay within the gold palette and add a little bling. Their wonderful team helped me select the Chesterfield Chandelier. They are a family owned company and their customer service has been top notch. The 6-light chandelier is beautiful and provides the perfect amount of light and compliments the lantern-style pendant lights perfectly!
WHITE KITCHEN REMODEL: THE HARDWARE
I was initially planning to use a solid gold hardware, then I came across these GORGEOUS glass polished brass pulls and knobs from House of Antique Hardware. I fell in love with them, they bring such elegance and class, but they are durable and functional. They are exquisite and I love seeing the sparkle as the light catches them. It’s upgraded our kitchen in a major way and it’s another touch that people notice immediately when walking in the new kitchen. This hardware offers five different finishes that will go with any kitchen, and they have a wide selection of other options as well.
WHITE KITCHEN REMODEL: OUR NEW BREAKFAST NOOK
Now that we have space for a table that will fit our family, I went on the hunt for a 68-72″ round table. I’m still scouring online and shopping locally, but I was elated to find this 60″ table on the local Facebook marketplace. It’s a little damaged and just a bit too small for our table so we will continue to look for the right size, but this table gives us a little bit more space right now, and I think it the round shape looks so great in the new space! I found these cane-backed ivory upholstered chairs and I’m so pleased with the look and quality of them, and with how they look around the table.
This new buffet is from Nadeau, a local treasure that has 42 locations across the country. I’m so glad they have a location in Little Rock! The cabinet is perfect for storing my blue and white serving pieces that I use often and I love the design on the glass doors. I can use the table top for serving during meals. They had so many options I had trouble choosing but Joey was so helpful and knowledgeable about their selection, and I love the quality of their furniture and decor. I’m working on another room reveal with them for my son’s room and I can’t wait to share it!
One of my favorite aspects of the preexisting kitchen was this quaint little coffee bar. We use it daily and it’s so great to have a little to keep our coffee cups, bar accessories, and prepare things when hosting a party or get together. I decided to fully tile the space and I am in so pleased with how it turned out!
SHOP MY KITCHEN ACCESSORIES FEATURED IN THIS WHITE KITCHEN REMODEL:
Stay tuned for Phase 2 of this white kitchen remodel that includes refinishing the hardwood floors and we are considering getting new appliances. Our refrigerator has a couple of broken shelves and drawers, and our dishwasher fell over during the remodel and is now impaired. I’m still deciding if we should go ahead and upgrade! But I can’t wait to share the full finished product with you.
I hope you enjoyed this bright white kitchen remodel. I learned a lot during this process, let me know what questions you have. Stay tuned for our playroom and boy’s room reveal that is coming up next week, and here’s a pin to save this for later!