It’s Done! : The Full Kitchen Reveal

The day has come! Our kitchen renovation is finished 7 weeks after we started tearing out our old tile countertops and I can’t wait to share with you photos of what it looks like today. I’ve put all the sources at the bottom of the post for your convenience. When we moved into our home two years ago (almost exactly!) we immediately started making plans to transform the kitchen. At first, we just talked about it, and then we started drawing out plans. They changed over and over. We moved the pantry cabinet out of the dining room and rearranged what we had to tide us over. It was all a part of the process.

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Here’s where all that dreaming, planning and the past 7 weeks of work has landed us:

The Full Kitchen Reveal | Chris Loves Julia

There were a few major floor plan changes, including moving the laundry room so we could add a walk-in pantry to the kitchen (and accompanying pocket door!). Recessing the wall where our all-refrigerator sits really keeps the whole kitchen feeling open, and adding new windows floods the room with light.

The Full Kitchen Reveal | Chris Loves Julia

The Full Kitchen Reveal | Chris Loves Julia

Nixing upper cabinets for reclaimed open shelving keeps the kitchen feeling light even though we opted for black Ikea cabinetry (the LAXARBY finish). The DIYed white concrete countertops for the perimeter of the kitchen juxtaposed with the warm, chunky black walnut island top is one of our favorite parts.

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The Full Kitchen Reveal | Chris Loves Julia

The Full Kitchen Reveal | Chris Loves Julia

In our last home’s kitchen, we went for one big deep sink tub, but since we regularly hand wash knives, certain pots and a few serving dishes, I missed having two tubs!  We love this sink, where the left side is just barely larger, mixed with Delta’s Touch2O Trinsic faucet–it’s a match made in sink heaven.

I love injecting a few sources of light into every space. In here, we added recessed lights, two pendants over the island, a sconce over each window and come evening, we even turn on the hood lights. They all work together so well and make everything feel comfortable.

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Of course, the real stars of the kitchen are the appliances. We have a whole post scheduled for next week (including video!) highlighting them, but we couldn’t be happier with the way the Frigidaire Professional collection made our vision for a home chef’s kitchen, a reality.

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As it turns out, putting two 30″ gas ranges side by side could have been our best idea yet. It really has amped up the look of the kitchen and Chris is already cooking up a storm. We’ll give you a peek into the pantry where our all-freezer sits next week, but we love so much space in our all-refrigerator, to store the food we use most, right at arm’s reach.

The Full Kitchen Reveal | Chris Loves Julia

The Full Kitchen Reveal | Chris Loves Julia

Growing up, my Grandma Capone always rang the dinner bell when it was time to come eat. Now that it feels like home here, I wanted to include one in our kitchen, too.

I thought I’d include a couple real-life evening shots in this post so you can see what dinner prep looks like on an ordinary night in the new kitchen.

The Full Kitchen Reveal | Chris Loves Julia

The Full Kitchen Reveal | Chris Loves Julia  The Full Kitchen Reveal | Chris Loves Julia

Lastly, we wanted to say how grateful we are for all of your support and encouragement during this 7-week process. We feel so blessed to be able to completely renovate our kitchen and add on all of your good vibes and comments–we’re over the moon. Thank you, thank you for letting us share this with you.

To see more photos of the kitchen, the breakdown of the layout and functionality and even a video of everything in action, see this follow-up post!

Sources:

All Refrigerator, Frigidaire Professional | All Freezer, Frigidaire Professional | Dishwasher, Frigidaire Professional | (2) 30″ Gas ranges, Frigidaire Professional | Microwave, Frigidaire | Sink, Frigidaire | Flooring: Faux wood tile in Nordic Brown, The Tile Shop | Cabinetry: Sektion cabinets in LAXARBY finish, Ikea | Hardware: Mission bin pull in unlacquered brass, Rejuvenation | Plank-style black walnut island top, Craft Art | White concrete perimeter countertops, DIY (concrete and forms from Z Counterform)| Counter stools, AllModern | Salt Container: New Norm Jar, AllModern | Runner, Ebay | Paint Color: Hazy Skies, Benjamin Moore | 4×5 White Subway tile, Mission Stone and Tile | Pocket Door, Home Depot (stained with Minwax English Chestnut) | Pocket Door handle, Amazon |Shelf brackets,BlueStoneShelves | Sconces: Alto Sconce, Cedar & Moss | Island Pendants: Mist Corded Pendant, Rejuvenation | Towel bar, Rejuvenation | Dinner bell, Rejuvenation | 250 series low-E triple pane Pella Windows, Lowe’s | Knives and magnetic bars, Wusthof | Faucet: Trinsic Touch2O, Delta Faucet | Pot Filler, Delta Faucet | Stainless pots, pans and Navy bakeware, Anolon | Fruit bowl, Target | Dish towel, Target | Flower vase, Target | Flowers, The Bouqs Company | Cookware, Anolon | Knives, WÜSTHOF

Miss a part of the process? Click here to see all the posts covering this renovation!

 



181 Comments

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Shannon

    Beautiful. Your kitchen shows incredible vision, great execution, and a perfect blend of aesthetics and functionality. I have really enjoyed following your progress through this entire renovation, and you guys have given me lots of inspiration. Enjoy your new kitchen!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Casey

    Oh. My. Goodness. It looks amazing!!!! You guys did such a great job – gorgeous!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Emily @ Table & Hearth

    “Holy sh*t, they’re already done?!” was my first reaction, then I got real excited to settle in and see all the gorgeousness. You guys are seriously amazing and this space is just perfection. I love the mix of textures rather than colors and it truly is a chef’s kitchen. I bet Chris is on cloud nine cooking in there :) Beautiful job you guys!!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Heather

    You did it! And not only did you do it but you DID IT!!!! This is absolutly stunning! I love the gold accents, am thrilled with the tiling and those appliances…swoon! It’s the perfect balance between beauty and function. It’s a cooks kitchen all the way but so stylish it looks like you had a professional design it (but let’s get real here, at this point you are professionals). You have inspired me to look at my home in a totally new light. I really think I can do this!!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Annie

    Your kitchen makes me emotional. It’s that pretty. Cheers to you for all the hard work, for including us in so much, and for staying true to your style!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Michelle (4men1lady.com)

    Looks FAB! Really classy. I’m so curious about how you end up liking your concrete counter tops. You’ll have to give a one year review in the future. They look gorgeous and so does everything else. Happy cooking!

    • Reply September 23, 2015

      Julia

      I love your “review my house” posts, so I’m definitely following suit down the road. :)

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Sarah C

    I FREAKIN” LOVE IT!!!!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Jeanna

    OMG, it’s just stunning! I love every single thing you did! So efficient, and so beautiful at the same time. It must be a dream to work in, after not having a kitchen for 7 weeks! You guys rock :)

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Stephanie

    I am so damn excited this is an Ikea kitchen! My hubby totally didn’t believe me and he is impressed how high end it looks! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! For blogging the entire process and keeping your readers inspired!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Lindsey

    This looks absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! I love it, your vision was implemented perfectly. A question… You had originally mentioned four bar stools at the island, there’s only two pictured. Did they not fit? Just curious. Great job guys!!!

    • Reply September 23, 2015

      Julia

      You can see all four in the evening, real-life photos. For photos, all four in place drew too much attention to the stools I thought.

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Lexy | Proper

    I just swore like a sailor. From delight, of course! This looks too fabulous to accurately put into words. You guys have totally outdone yourselves. What a great and relaxing space! You deserve it! Enjoy!

    • Reply September 23, 2015

      Julia

      Hahaha! Love you, Lexy!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Elaine - Visual Meringue

    wow wow wow! Such an amazing space! Thank you SO much for including us all along the way. It’s breathtaking and it was super fun to follow along. Absolutely beautiful!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Abby J.

    It’s AMAZING. Utterly stunning. Congratulations!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Samantha

    Oh.my.word I LOVE it so much! You guys did an amazing job! It is stunning!!!! I read this on my phone when I woke up, but totally had to come back and read it again on my computer to get a bigger view of the pictures. I could stare all day! :)

    • Reply September 23, 2015

      Julia

      So sweet, thanks so much!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Jen

    Overall: GORGEOUS!! Way to go! Your best idea by far is the 30” ranges next to each other. We just built our house a year ago; where were you with that idea then??!! Love the all-fridge idea. We have a typical fridge/freezer combo in our kitchen, then an all-fridge in our laundry room, and an all-freezer in our garage. So I guess I shouldn’t be envious since we have plenty of space, but I love the idea of just a fridge in the kitchen. Ours are so spread out. You are so lucky to have a nice walk-in big enough for fridges/freezers so close that it’s really part of the kitchen. Love the walnut island. Love all the lighting in the evening shots. Great job on customizing the island; from the pictures, it looks very professional, not DIY. Although you guys are practically professionals. Recessing the all-fridge was brilliant as well. Love the pocket door. The dinner bell works; so cute!

    Some things that I personally would have done differently… I’m still not on board with the gold trend. I’m trying, but I’m just not there yet. Those pulls are a little too office-y for a kitchen in my opinion. I would have made the range hood walnut to match the island and floors and inject a little color into the space. It’s so much white. Another trend I’m having trouble embracing. And I was so excited for the big backsplash reveal, then it ended up being typical white subway tiles. I would have loved to see some color, something truly different. But it is definitely timeless, and that’s important. I’m not a fan of open shelving for practicality purposes, but yours really open up the space.

    But like I said, overall, looks great. Much better than where you started, that’s for sure! Enjoy your new kitchen.

    • Reply September 23, 2015

      Julia

      Thanks for sharing your thorough review, Jen! I really appreciate it and it made me think about how we all consciously and subconsciously do that when looking at kitchens (or any space) online. I know we did the same thing when looking for inspiration for our own kitchen remodel–“Ooh I love those dark cabinets!” “But I prefer this hardware” “Something more classic for the backsplash.” We definitely don’t expect everyone to love every detail, just as long as we do. It’s what keeps life interesting!

    • Reply September 23, 2015

      Heather

      Jen, you did a great job of articulating your thoughts and I agree with you so much about two things.
      1. I feel like Chris and Julia would get so much more out of a different paint color or even stain on the range hood facade
      2. I, too, do not like these pulls on these cabinets. I have the same IKEA cabinet doors and drawers in white and found myself limited in what hardware we chose because there is just not enough room for some of the fancier options. In a different situation, I love the pulls Julia chose.
      Things that I LOVE about Chris and Julia’s choices are definitely the choice to recess the wall around the cabinets, the changes and additions in windows (fabulous light, totally jealous), and the wood countertop on the island. I do wonder though, how the barstools are working with the type of legs that you’ve built since you have just two of the stools pictured in many of the pictures. I have thought about adding a bigger overhang in our kitchen when we redo the countertops soon, but worry about the need for legs and how that will affect our use of barstools.

      • September 23, 2015

        Julia

        We have four stools tucked under perfectly in real life–check out the evening shots to see that. For these photos, it just looked a little cluttered so we removed two to not draw attention to the stools. There’s plenty of leg room and we love how the casual seating doesn’t interfere with the three working sides of the island.

      • September 23, 2015

        Kelly

        You know, I’ll bet it’s difficult to really understand this room from the photos. I remember Julia saying that the ceiling height is a standard 8′ and that she and her husband are both tall people. I can imagine that keeping the range hood white (the same color as the ceiling) really helps to make the room feel taller and helps them feel more comfortable in it. Remember that this room is actually really long when you consider the living room, dining space and kitchen together. A range hood that was more of a focal point would have probably made the room feel rather squat. I for one LOVE that the range hood kind of recedes into the wall/ceiling; my guess is that whatever the view is out those windows (green leaves!) is very much a part of the design plan, even though it doesn’t translate in the photos!

      • September 24, 2015

        Jen

        Well, I certainly can’t say much about height! I’m 5’3″ and hubby is 5’6″. :) And our kitchen is two stories tall. I didn’t think about trying to make the space look taller and feel taller for tall people.

      • January 31, 2016

        Camille

        I’m so so glad I stumbled across this awesome site. My husband and I are seriously considering an Ikea kitchen for our new home (building a farmhouse in VA this summer) and Jen, you pretty much have me convinced. And the double 30” ranges?! Brilliant. I’m copying. But do you have any more information on how you built your hood frame? This is the only thing troubling me…I don’t want the hood to take over the look of the kitchen. We have 9′ ceilings and I’m worried it will dwarf the room. But you are a foot shorter in ceiling height and the hood blends seamlessly! Can you provide a little more detail on your selection and the basics on construction (just wood type, if you used a template, etc). If/when you have the time! Until then I’ll keep staring at all your gorgeous kitchen photos/videos. You guys are incredibly talented!

      • January 31, 2016

        Julia

        You’re so nice! We didn’t do a blog tutorial about the hood, but I did a quick instagram tutorial covering what we did:

        1. Original supports Chris built to house the vent hood. 2. After the vent hood insert was in, we built out the supports in the shape we wanted the final hood to be. 3. We picked up 1/4″ birch plywood. It’s smooth, lightweight and doesn’t show grain when painted. 4. We cut the plywood to size and attached it directly to the studs with a nail gun. 5. We used the same pencil trim we added to the legs of our island to the hood. 6. Caulked all the seams and primed everything. 7. Gave it a couple coats of Valspar’s Soft Wool in eggshell.

  • I think my favorite part of this room renovation is the juxtaposition of light and dark. The dark lower cabinets make the space feel grounded and substantial, while the white counters and walls make it feel open and wide. I can see how much you love this kitchen by your action shots, and all the fun photos you’ve been Instagraming. Finally, the finishing touches like the hardware and lighting and rug really infuse this room with your personality. Love it all!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Amanda

    beautiful and inspiring–I want some longer shots of the whole open space from living room to dining room and kitchen and am curious how the laundry room door fits in too!

    • Reply September 23, 2015

      Julia

      Those are coming, Amanda! :)

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Kim // Yellow Brick Home

    Knowing that your kitchen reveal was coming today, I excitedly brewed my coffee and made my breakfast so that I could sit in front of my computer screen and ease into the day in the best possible way. It was so worth it! I don’t know who’s more excited at your beautiful space – me or CC! (Jack already went back to bed.)

    The dinner bell = perfect quirk. And what is the photo above the knives?

    You maxed out the space beautifully, and I only wish we lived closer so I could sit at that island and catch up with you! I imagine Greta and Faye doing their homework around the island or throwing their book bags on the counter after soccer practice. Is that weird? I think it’s a testament to how inviting and cozy the space looks. xx

    • Reply September 23, 2015

      Julia

      Aww, yes! The island is already proving to be quite the work horse and gathering space. It feels like home. Thank you for all of your inspiration and support, Kim! xo!

    • Reply September 23, 2015

      Julia

      Oh! And the art above the knives is by George Nick. It’s a print of his oil painting “Kinfolks Corner”. I just love old buildings. :)

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Jess

    Looks gorgeous, guys! I can’t believe you were able to pull it all off in 7 weeks. For me the star of the show is that amazing island! Hope you enjoy this kitchen for many happy years to come :)

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Karen F

    wow – your kitchen turned out SO beautiful! Makes me want to redo mine (which is only 6 years old!) great job executing your vision!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Carol

    Absolutely stunning! Do mine next ;)

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Michaela

    I love your kitchen! I can’t believe you did it in seven weeks! I love the black, white, and wood finishes and the way you mixed your metals. Those pulls and lights are just beautiful! Great job! I’ll be coming back for more inspiration!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Kirsten

    Gorgeous!!!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Rachel

    This is absolutely stunning. Such a handsome kitchen!!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Sarah

    That’s sooo amazing! I love everything, but the tile is definitely my favorite. I have always loved a classic subway, but lately I am loving the square tiles in a brick pattern. So sweet! I love how they look patterned on the wall and not completely flat. It looks like a professional kitchen!! I would die to get that built in microwave, too. :)

    Sarah

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    kristy

    Stunning. I can’t pick a favorite part – I love every detail!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Dana

    You guys really outdid yourselves on this one! It looks so posh and high-end but not over-the-top. I can’t believe how quickly it came together. Your execution is amazing! Love the layout and the finishes. Here’s to many, many home cooked meals with your family and friends. Congrats, you two!! xx

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Aymee

    Absolutely beautiful job. So on point, design wise.

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Kim

    So beautiful – seriously. I think the windows really were a game changer in here! I’m a sucker for symmetry and light – you guys rocked it. Amazing vision! (And that dinner bell is genius.)

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Kimberly

    So good. So so sooooooo good *heart eyes*.

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Elizabeth

    Absolutely breathtaking! I love every single choice you made! You stayed so true to yourselves and your style! Congrats guys

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Renée

    I have loved reading and watching your kitchen come together! I have major kitchen envy right now, haha. Enjoy it guys!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Leena

    It’s beautiful! God Bless.

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Kelly

    This is completely incredible! Every single detail is perfect!

    I also must to say thank you for NOT “styling” your open shelving. Function and beauty CAN intermingle and your commitment to that is one of the biggest reasons your blog is my favorite! Congrats on a gorgeous remodel!

    • Reply September 23, 2015

      Julia

      I’m so glad you said that. We originally hung some art above the shelves and it just didn’t sit right. This kitchen really is all about aesthetically pleasing function.

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Corine Pugmire

    Marcums for the win! You guys never never cease to amaze. It’s one thing to have great style and vision, but to execute it as perfectly as you do puts you guys on a whole other level. And you DIYed this space!! Talk about impressive! So inspired, so so happy for you! I want to cheer out loud when I see pics of all the work you’ve done!!

    • Reply September 23, 2015

      Julia

      You’re the sweetest, Corine! Come over for dinner every night!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Lelia

    Looks amazing! One of the best kitchen makeovers I’ve seen!!!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    janine

    Wow! So so beautiful. And I may have to borrow the dinner bell idea for my home :) I still can’t believe how quickly the reno was completed. Bravo!!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Michelle | Birds of Berwick

    It’s absolutely beautiful!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Ashley

    Looks amazing!! I love the colour scheme, the layout and especially the rug! You guys did a fabulous job!

    Cheers
    Ashley
    Blessedmess.ca

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Jennie

    I mean. This is breathtaking. It’s like you took the dream kitchen from inside my head and made it real.

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Gaby {lifeineight.com}

    OMG We used to have tile countertops with gross black grout in our first house and I hated them with all my being! (I’m not exaggerating ;) ) I was so naive that I unsuccessfully tried to clean it with a toothbrush and some explosive concoction of bleach and bicarbonate of soda. Needless to say the worktop was one of the first things we ended up replacing lol . Now, your new kitchen… (insert massive sigh here). I’m in love. If your kitchen were a man, I would be seriously re-considering my marriage ;P . Joking aside, amazing work you guys! xx

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Tasha

    Looks so warm and inviting, looks great! I love the idea of an all refrigerator and we were considering a similar arrangement but the freezer would be a bit out of the kitchen. I see you have an all freezer in pantry, how does this affect grabbing ice, etc. throughout the day. It may sound silly, but we used a LOT of ice daily :) Curious on your thoughts. Thank you!

    • Reply September 23, 2015

      Julia

      It is really just a couple steps away, so grabbing ice or anything when we need it is no big deal. In fact, you’ll see that in the video next week!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Noelle

    So so gorgeous! I’m so jealous. I’d love to hear more about the pocket door installation. We wanted to do some in our house, but it was in an addition that was up against an exterior wall, so we opted for barn doors instead. Really, such a fabulous kitchen! ENJOY!

    • Reply September 23, 2015

      Julia

      Since we were tearing down walls and such, it was pretty simple to add a pocket door frame. We picked ours up from Lowe’s. But leading into the laundry room, we have a sliding barn door–so we’re fans of both options!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Shell

    Absolutely gorgeous! Great job guys. Enjoy : )

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Lisa

    So awesome! Looks amazing and seems so functional as well. Enjoy you guys!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Megan

    I love this and I love how you kept us in the loop along the way! The only problem is that I REALLY want to redo my kitchen.

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Jessica

    WOW! I love how everything came together so perfectly! Is your microwave from ikea, or does it match the other appliances? We have a space in our pantry cabinets for one, and I am trying to decide which built-ins are best. Also, a suggestion for a future post is cabinet organization, and how the inside of the cabinets are configured. I know the sektion line has lots of possibilities, and there is not a lot of examples online for those of us that live a long way from an ikea showroom. Thanks so much for sharing your kitchen with us…so much inspiration!

    • Reply September 23, 2015

      Julia

      The microwave is Frigidaire as well. I’d love to do a cabinet post! We are actually still moving things back in so look for that in the future.

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Cami

    Wow, wow, wow, that’s all I can say. Fantastic job, so beautiful!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Izaskun

    Kitchen envy¡¡ Congratulation, good job.. now I want to see the pantry

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Kevin M.

    Looks amazing!

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