I’m so excited to share my kitchen reveal with you. I love it, really, really love it and I hope you love it too.
The One Room Challenge
My One Room Challenge is finally finished! I joined in on a 7 week challenge where bloggers make over one room of their homes and share their progress each week at the host blog Calling It Home. Be sure to check out all the other participants big reveals too.
If you missed any of my updates you can catch up here:
I never really liked this kitchen even way back when we bought this house about 10 years ago. It was always on my wish list to re-do it.
But, there was nothing really wrong with it, and lots of other priorities so it was pretty low down on the list. My dream kitchen was a full reno, but as the years passed by I started thinking that maybe we could afford a facelift and that it could really help. This makeover was on a budget, but what a huge difference it’s made. I thought I’d need a full reno to really love it, but this makeover has me all heart eyes over it.
My main desire with the makeover was to have white cabinets, and from there the rest kind of unfolded. I partnered with Smith Sprayers to make my white cabinet dreams come true. Smith Sprayers did an amazing job –read about the process here. I just love how the cabinets turned out, and what a huge difference having the cabinets painted has made to the feel of the room!
And on the cabinets and drawers we added the prettiest hardware from Lee Valley Tools. They have a huge selection of cabinet hardware so when I decided to add brass and gold metal accents to the kitchen to add a little warmth, they were the first place I looked. The knobs are from the Milan Suite in Antique Brass and the pulls are Zinc Shell Pulls in Antique Brass. Both the knobs and the pulls are so beautiful; they have a lovely weight to them, and are such excellent quality. The new pulls and knobs are like jewelry for the new white cabinets -making the perfect outfit. 😉
Once I decided on white cabinets, I knew we’d have to replace the stone looking back splash. I thought white subway tile would be a good inexpensive and classic option, and then I decided on dark grout to tie in the black countertops. I knew I couldn’t change the dark granite counters, but now I actually love them. The beautiful and timeless white subway tile is from Home Depot and so is the pewter grout -read about the process of removing the old one and installing the new tile here. I had a steep learning curve as a first time tiler -and I could not have possibly done it without the help of brother-in-law Shaun from Benjamin Woodworks. He was a patient teacher and hard worker through the whole project which seemed to grow as the weeks went by as these things sometimes do. 😉
Because, once I decided on the new black splash during the planning stages, my next big idea was to remove the glass front cabinets beside the range hood, add tile to the ceiling and put up open shelves to replace the cupboards. This is one of my favourite elements of the new kitchen. It adds a real updated feel to the space -with a bit of rustic charm.
I love a place to display lots of favourite things along with our dishes.
I partnered with Minwax for the open shelving project. Shaun came up with a great inexpensive way to make our own brackets, and then he made and installed the shelves. I stained and sealed with Minwax and I love how they turned out. Read how to make your own inexpensive large farmhouse floating shelves here.
I’m already thinking about how to style the new shelves for Christmas. I know every part of the kitchen can’t be my favourite, but these shelves are a definite contender.
Another real contender would have to be our beautiful new fridge and range from GE Appliances.
This Fridge is the beautiful French Door Fridge with Ice and Water. I love the way the ice and water are integrated inside the fridge and not in the door, making it look nice and clean lined. The water dispenser also filters the water with the Advanced Pharmaceutical Filtration (APF) water filter. It’s one of the most advanced water filters out there and removes 94% of top pharmaceuticals found in the water – which most people are unaware of. I also love how big the fridge feels, especially with its adjustable shelving -so perfect for entertaining!
The new Gas Range is also amazing. Our old stove was electric and we brought it here when we moved in. But, the previous owners had gas so when it was time for a replacement I knew I wanted to upgrade to a gas range.
I love the new gas range -it’s truly the nicest one I’ve ever owned. I’m enjoying and getting used to cooking with gas, and I love the gas convection oven. It also includes the industry’s largest integrated griddle -I see lots of Saturday pancake breakfasts in my future!
I’m also looking forward to its self cleaning setting, including a steam clean feature.
It was great to add some amazing little details to the room too. Early on in my planning stages I was out shopping one day and found this lovely little broom. I already had a perfectly functional but rather ugly broom. I don’t really care for red and 17 years ago when I first got married we bought a little red broom. I’ve always kind of disliked it, especially since we don’t have a broom closet so it’s always out. I saw this pretty little wood broom and thought to myself that at 43 years of age, that it was time to replace the ugly yet functional with something functional and pretty. The new broom was under $10 and I kind of heart it. Sometimes it’s the little things. 😉
Another beautiful detail in the room is the new tap and soap dispenser. I partnered with Delta to add this beautiful Trinsic Faucet with Touch20 Technology in the Champagne Bronze finish, along with the matching Contemporary Soap Dispenser with Touch20 Technology also in the Champagne Bronze finish.
When we moved into this house there was a hot water tap. We never used it -it wasn’t hot enough to make a good cup of tea, so we never really saw the use of it, in fact it was unplugged. Since we already had a hole in the counter top we replaced it with the hands free soap dispenser and use it all the time.
I love the convenience of the hands free faucet and soap dispenser. It’s so handy when you’re cooking and have messy hands and especially for the kids. Want your kids to use soap every time they wash their hands? Get a hands free dispenser and they’ll love using it. 😉
Over the sink, in the pass through window I added some pretty planters.
I love the way they add a little green to the space.
We also were in need of a new coffeemaker and tea kettle. We partnered with Hamilton Beach for a coffee maker, tea kettle, and toaster.
It’s nice to have a little tea and coffee station in the kitchen, with all the supplies together since we use them so many times a day. I love the beautiful stainless steel finish on the Hamilton Beach 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker. We also love that the coffeemaker is programmable, so we’ve been able to wake up to freshly brewed coffee -what a treat! We also got the Stainless Steel Kettle. I tend to have a coffee in the morning and then drink tea all day long. I love that the kettle is cordless and has a pop-up lid -so convenient.
There are few greater simple pleasures in life than hot buttered toast. I love the huge range of settings available on this Classic Chrome Toaster -to make your toast exactly how you want it every time. No more kids complaining of burnt toast, or waffles that are still frozen in the middle. I also love its classic retro style and beautiful chrome finish.
Cooking in the new kitchen has been so much fun already. The whole space just feels so bright and welcoming.
I’m also in love with my new Lagostina Cookware Set. The white Bianco Forged 10 Piece Ceramic Non-Stick Cookware Set is so gorgeous. Why shouldn’t functional be beautiful? These pots are certainly both. I love the white colour but also the ceramic non-stick interior. It allows you to cook with very little butter or oil, and is so easy to clean. The heavy gauge tempered glass lids are so great, because you can see everything as it cooks. I never thought I could love cookware, but I love this gorgeous set!
This light is the perfect complement to the gold and brass touches in the room and to the beautiful chandelier over the dining table -the Brayden Studio Wunsch 6-Light Cascade Pendant, also from Wayfair.
I worked on the dining area of the room for the last One Room Challenge, since the living room, kitchen and eating area all flow into each other.
I had fun dressing up the eating area to match the new kitchen. I used my DIY’d macrame table runner to add a little texture to the table.
My other DIY additions to the table are the Black Paint Dipped Brass Candlesticks. I worked with Krylon to add the touch of black to these thrift store candlesticks and update their look. You can see the DIY tutorial here.
I kept the colour scheme on the table black and white to match the rest of the kitchen. The real show-stopper of the table has to be the gorgeous Hampton Forge Signature 20 Piece Flatware sets from Wayfair.
This beautiful flatware is like jewelry for the table. It adds so much sophistication.
We are so pleased with how the kitchen turned out. I knew an update would help make it a prettier space, but I really didn’t think I’d ever love it without changing everything. But these changes have made such a big impact, I can now honestly say I love it.
It was a lot of work but so totally worth it!
I’ve always loved to cook, so I’m so grateful and happy to have a kitchen that’s so beautiful now.
With a new Modern Farmhouse Black and White Kitchen life really is a party!
I’ve been working with some amazing brands on my One Room Challenge Kitchen Makeover, and I’m so grateful. I’ve received products or discounts, but as always, all opinions are my own. I’m so happy to be partnering with Home Depot, Wayfair Canada, GE Canada, Benjamin Woodworks, Lagostina, Smith Sprayers, Lee Valley Tools, Delta Faucet, Krylon, Minwax, and Hamilton Beach.
A very special thank you to all my sponsors -I couldn’t have done it without you!