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!


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!



  • Reply January 18, 2016


    Hi Chris and Julia – I love the minimal details on your range hood and I’ve looked but am not seeing a post specifically on it. I’d love to see one if it exists!

    The kitchen looks fantastic – I know you are enjoying it!

  • Reply January 24, 2016


    Sorry if this has already been asked…. But can I have the island sources?


    • Reply January 25, 2016


      Definitely check out this post about customizing our island:

      Hopefully that will help!

  • Reply January 27, 2016


    We have a magnetic knife rack, also. In our current house, I have all these tears in the latex paint from the knives being pulled off or put on. I don’t remember there being a problem in our old row-house back east. We are about to remodel our kitchen and I was wondering if you had any problems with the knives nicking the paint? and if so, have you a solution?

  • Reply January 28, 2016


    Hi Julia,
    We’re in the middle of a remodel of our Farmhaus and plan to do dark/black cabinets. How do you like the black on the Ikea doors? Technically, I think they call it brown/black. I’m looking at other cabinet options to find a more true black, but I love the price and ease of assembly of Ikea cabinets. Now that you’ve been living with your kitchen for a while and have seen it in different light settings, how do you feel about the color? Black enough?

    • Reply January 28, 2016


      I don’t even know why they say Brown/Black. Haha. Truly! They are black. They are a warm black, which I love, but 100% black. For sure.

      • August 7, 2016


        Do you happen to have a suggestion for a paint color that would match well with Laxarby cabinets?

  • Reply February 16, 2016


    My wife and I are building a new home and were going to do two wall ovens next to each other with a cooktop above them. That was unique enough and we’ve had a lot of weird looks from sales people when we tell them what we’re doing. Then we saw the same Frigidaire ranges as you put in and had the same crazy idea as you. I’m so glad I found your blog. It has made me think we’re more genius than mad scientist. Any thoughts on your ranges now that you’ve had time to use them?

  • Reply February 22, 2016

    Naomi (Mrs. Fancee)

    I was so jealous when I saw your kitchen because I’ve been pining over the laxarby IKEA cabinets ever since they came out! And you are the first blogger I’ve seen to put them into a kitchen reno :)

    My husband was concerned that the door and drawer fronts weren’t sturdy enough with only the thin panel in the middle. Have you found the Laxarby fronts to be solid and sturdy or do they kinda wobble?

    I would love to put them in our kitchen, but he prefers the Grimslov (formerly Adel) because they are thicker and feel sturdier… :/ so any input would be greatly helpful ;)

    • Reply February 22, 2016


      These are extremely heavy and sturdy cabinet fronts. No concerns or issues whatsoever.

    • Reply May 16, 2016


      Naomi, my husband said the same thing — I was completely set on LAXARBY (based on this blog) until we opened and closed the drawers and cabinets in person at the IKEA showroom. My husband kept “knocking” on the doors to demonstrate how hollow they sounded compared to the other doors. I wonder if their manufacturer or production line changed? We were sad and disheartened as well since we were ready to pull the trigger until discovering this. (Seems that no one else has the same complaint online though(?) Every mention of LAXARBY seems to be positive).

  • Reply February 25, 2016


    Beautiful kitchen…can I ask, did you purchase the 3 inch or 4 inch pulls from Rejuvination?

  • Reply March 8, 2016


    Your kitchen is beautiful! Can I ask what your overall budget was for the renovation? I’d love to see a budget post showing where the money was spent. I wouldn’t normally ask that kind of personal question, but I just love this and am wondering if we could do something similar in our home. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Reply March 8, 2016


      We got that question a few times just today! Although it’s 6 months later, we’ll definitely put together a budget breakdown in an upcoming post. It was around $25K though.

  • Reply March 13, 2016


    What a beautiful kitchen! Can I ask what kind of hood fan you used?

    • Reply March 13, 2016


      We used a 48″ Electrolux remote blower (the fan is up in the attic) so it’s not too loud.

  • Reply April 22, 2016


    Amazing Kitchen!
    Just wondering the dimensions of the kitchen as well as the dimensions of your island?

  • Reply May 28, 2016


    Love it.. I am in the finishing stages of my Family Room and kitchen addition/remodel and my budget was running low for my counters, started doing research on the concrete and came across your page, thank you for sharing and for making it easier for me to complete this huge project. As far as the kitchen cabinets i also went with IKEA, its the second kitchen remodel i have done using their cabinets and to this date never had a problem, trust me i have 3 young daughters banging pots and pans all over. maybe i can share my project with you so i can have some pointers. Thank you soooo much.

  • Reply May 31, 2016


    Love your kitchen, and especially the brass pulls! It looks like your faucet is stainless steel instead of brass. Can you take me through this decision? I’m currently thinking debating which color to us on my own kitchen.

  • Reply July 7, 2016


    Beautiful kitchen makeover! What was the sealer you ended up using on the concrete countertops?

  • Reply July 25, 2016

    Kaylyn Blum

    Where are the soap dispensers from

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  • Reply July 31, 2016

    Chelsea Garza

    Oh my goodness!! I am so in love with your kitchen! I have searched the Internet for months going to Houzz, and other sites, but yours is the perfect blend of what I like! Bravo!! It’s ALSO the only kitchen my husband and I agree on, and that’s a miracle! I am going to be using your kitchen as inspiration for our future reno project.

    • Reply July 31, 2016


      Awesome! Best of luck to you in your reno!

  • Reply August 2, 2016


    HI! I just wanted to say that your kitchen is gorgeous! And so is the rest of your home!! :)
    My boyfriend and I bought a house a couple months back and we decided to do a gut job in the kitchen (The before was….quite something!). We didn’t wan’t to spend too much on the project because it’s our first house and we don’t have that much money on hand. For that reason, we decided to look at Ikea. At first, I wanted a white kitchen. Yet, I was unhappy with what I saw….and that’s when I stumbled across the Ikea Laxarby cabinets! Wow! Such an eyestopper. I started thinking about it, changing my plans on the ikea kitchen planner, and I also started look for pictures online. I think I can say that stumbling across your kitchen design convinced me that I was making the right decision with the Laxarby cabinets!
    We’re almost done with the project and we’re also very happy with the result! Here are 2 snaps from our version of it:

  • Reply August 8, 2016



    Can you provide some dimensions of the kitchen?

    -Prior to renovation, wdth (from mirror wall to opposite wall)?
    -After renovation; from back wall of range to end of island (where two stools are)?


  • Reply August 30, 2016



    how thick is the counter and what is the overhang?

    • Reply August 30, 2016


      Which counter?

      • September 2, 2016


        around sink/ stove.

        Also, how thick is the countertop? 1.5 inches?

  • Reply September 19, 2016

    Crazy reader

    Please add this to the house tour!!!!!!! Yes I’m begging haha. I went to the young house love podcast page and the new one hadn’t dropped yet. So I remember they said “Chris Loves Julia” has a podcast – so I ran to check it out and promptly listened to the no money no problems podcast where you discuss cheap or free ideas – like your cost effective white concrete countertops, so I run to your home tour page (we are sitting on the materials to do our kitchen) and it’s not there :-( I finally find it after searching but then have to get back to work, so I finally found this one – the reveal – after more digging, 6 hours later!

    Please update your house tour page. You can even do a post about crazy demanding readers like me. We’d all love it!

    • Reply September 19, 2016


      Amazing! Hahahaha I’m on it.

  • Reply September 26, 2016


    Hi Julia,
    Beautiful kitchen! Just curious, where did you put your freezer?

  • Reply October 9, 2016


    Where is the kitchen sink from?

    • Reply October 9, 2016


      It’s a Frigidaire sink.

  • Reply October 14, 2016

    Shane Richardson

    Did you have to do anything special for the installation of the two ranges side by side. I am in the process of building a new home and have designed my kitchen with these ranges installed side by side exactly like in your awesome kitchen. The frigidaire rep is telling my salesman that these ranges are not UL listed for sid by side installation, and that they can not recommend installing them next to each other. Are you still happy with the ranges and have you had any issues with them installed side by side?

  • Reply October 22, 2016


    SO beautiful, Can you share any info on your range hood?

  • Reply October 28, 2016


    Hi I love love this kitchen please tell me where are the hardware from????

  • Reply November 23, 2016

    Dayna Bronzino

    Hi! This is so beautiful! I can’t find much info about WHITE concrete countertops. Just curious how it’s holding up now and if you have staining from oil, water, acids, etc. All the feedback I’ve found is regarding gray but I’d prefer to use white and just want to compare what I should expect and to see if the dealer you used makes a big difference considering it’s much more expensive than other options. Thanks in advance!

    • Reply November 23, 2016

      Dayna Bronzino

      SEALER* (not dealer)!

  • Reply February 16, 2017

    Herry Hermawan

    Beautiful kitchen, with white, make the kitchen became more bright and clean. Fabulous job!!!

  • Reply March 2, 2017


    This kitchen is gorgeous! Every detail. And I soooo want side by side stoves. One seriously isn’t enough. Quick question – that is literally my dream rug on your floor. The perfect level of wear and fading on it. Do you remember what ebay seller you worked with? If you could share the deets, I’d be so grateful. Thank you!

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