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!

 



179 Comments

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Kimberly

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I didn’t originally love the hardware but seeing the whole reveal makes me totally love it!! And the double ovens are awesome too, great idea!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Carol

    I love everything about this kitchen. Wouldn’t change one thing. I don’t think I’ve ever commented before but this sent me over the edge (which is amazing because I absolutely love everything you do!) Thanks so much for sharing the step by step process and always providing me with inspiration!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Jackie

    Man – if this isn’t a benchmark for how to do mixed metals right, I don’t know what is!

    Congratulations on executing your vision so successfully. I think you easily have the best kitchen of all the DIY blogs that have come before you (not that that was your goal).

    The side by side ovens was genius. And thanks for not being a slave to styled open shelving. I can do without whatever the latest Nate Berkus for Target gray accent vase is and just enjoy a kitchen that is beautiful for being perfectly functional.

    Best,
    Jackie

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Megan {twofeetfirst}

    Loving your kitchen makeover!!! I can not wait to see how your concrete countertops hold up over time because I really want to add them in my home. I think the island brings the whole space together! Wish I had the space for double stoves and an island…Great work, your kitchen fits your style now and I LOVE it!!!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Val

    Dead. I’m dead. This kitchen has slain me. If the police show up at your door, you’ll know why. Tell them I said it’s okay, I died totally happy.

    Stunning, absolutely gorgeous! And 7 weeks! I’m completely amazed.

    I love the evening shots, thanks for including those.

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Erin @ whalingcitycottage

    A million heart eyes for this kitchen!!!! You guys killed it.

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    brittanyMakes

    FIST BUMP!!!! Love every single detail, and what a fantastic idea to put two ovens side by side!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Whitney

    This looks absolutely fantastic! It’s been so fun to follow along through the process–thanks for posting the in-progress shots and keeping us updated. Amazing job, I love every bit of it! Can’t wait to see the pantry. :-)

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Lindsey F

    Once again, I am amazed and inspired! Great job Chris & Julia!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Abby

    so beautiful! i love, love, love how it came together! dying over those rejuvenation pendants.

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Brooke

    Holy cow! That is one gorgeous kitchen! Well done!!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Theresa

    wow, it’s just tremendous! Great job planning and executing. Wish you and your family so many happy times in the kitchen. It’s just stunning.

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Arielle

    So so beautiful! Thanks for all of your detailed posts about this project – I know it’s not always easy to stop for a photo shoot mid-project, but these posts were so informative and inspiring. Congrats on a job well done!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Valerie

    I have loved following this progress! Every touch is just stunning! Can you share the dimensions of the kitchen space and the new pantry. It reads so much bigger than the old space and I love the new layout! Amazing!!!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Alexis

    Wow, that is gorgeous, and making me seriously have second thoughts about the whole upper cabinets vs shelves thing. Shelves look so open and light but they would have to go next to the cooktop and I’m worried that my dishes will constantly be sticky. My current plan is cabinets with glass fronts but hmmmm…

    Also, seven weeks?! Totally amazing. I’m resigning myself to months of microwave meals while we redo our kitchen!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Steph N

    I have a dinner bell too! But only because I thought it was cute, no family nostalgia for me (sad face).
    Love the kitchen, your taste is mine that I cannot articulate (smiley face).

    • Reply September 23, 2015

      Julia

      It’s YOU that’s starting the family nostalgia. ;)

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Allie

    Yay! So excited, it is gorgeous! I love how it falls kind of masculine but chic. Would love closer up detail shots like of the shelving, knife wall with art, stuff on both sides of the double ovens!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Dara

    Absolutely stunning. Y’all made it look so cozy and welcoming but still a chef’s kitchen. Love all of your choices you made on the finishes, it totally suits your family and the look y’all have been achieving throughout the house.

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Stephanie

    You guys! This is absolutely amazing! Love the way it all ties in, the wood on the open shelves with the island, the dark lower cabinets. The changes you made to the layout and the additional windows are perfect. I particularly love the photos of the kitchen in use at night.

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Kristen

    I can’t stop looking at these pictures! It’s AMAZING! I was so sad for you guys when you left your beautiful kitchen at your last house and moved to the odd kitchen at the current house, but I think this shows it was worth it! So, so excited for you guys!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Jen

    As much as I am a die-hard fan of the classic white kitchen, I do love how you’ve executed dark cabinets while keeping it light. Looks great!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Adriana

    Hi. This is a beautiful reveal. The double stove and all-fridge are great ideas. It really takes a lot of thought to put good together.

    Quick question: are the bulbs in the pendants bright enough since they look like Edison bulbs? I thought the lumens are lower compared to the usual globe bulb. What kind did you use?

    Enjoy!

    • Reply September 23, 2015

      Julia

      These are 40 watt edison bulbs. Because they are right above eye level, we didn’t want anything too bright or blinding. These give off a nice ambient light for the island, and work with the recessed lights, sconces above the window and hood lights to make sure the whole kitchen is well lit.

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Sherri

    Sheer perfection! How is it possible to get so much awesomeness into one space? You guys did it. I love the black cabinetry and the island. They make such a statement against the countertops and backsplash. Every detail has been masterminded and accomplished. The best looking kitchen that I’ve seen in a long time!

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Lori

    Most beautiful kitchen I’ve ever seen. Love everything about it.

  • Reply September 23, 2015

    Melinda

    The reveal made me emotional. I FEEL the love and warmth in the space. It inspires me. It moves me to create something that well executed in my own home. Bravo!

  • Reply September 24, 2015

    BeccaS

    FANTASTIC! I love everything about it! I am not a gold person but I must say that I think you have converted me :)

  • Reply September 24, 2015

    Patty (your sister)

    My biggest concern/question with this kitchen reveal is: Do those stools swivel? ; )

    • Reply September 24, 2015

      Julia

      They swivel like there’s no tomorrow.

  • Reply September 24, 2015

    Brooke

    Love the kitchen and your blog! I found it just in time, as we start our kitchen remodel this weekend… we are also planning on doing concrete counters in white and your post has convinced us that the z countertop’s white mix is the way to go. Although it still comes in at a good price, our quote for shipping matched the cost of product. Were they able to work with you at all on the shipping prices?

  • Reply September 24, 2015

    Kristen

    Wow! Your kitchen is gorgeous! I’m still totally impressed with how fast you finished the renovation. Happy cooking!

  • Reply September 24, 2015

    Jess

    Love this! Especially digging the black cabinets; we’re planning on going navy so I like seeing other dark cabs.

  • Reply September 24, 2015

    Julia@Cuckoo4Design

    It’s so so so good! Drooling over here

  • Reply September 24, 2015

    Julie

    It looks so good!!! I actually said I was jealous out loud to myself while reading your post lol! I just love the timeless look but also the functionality. Can’t wait to see the pantry! I bet you are having fun filling it up!

    • Reply September 24, 2015

      Julia

      I think I composed the sentence about the pantry wrong in this post because so many people have reached out excited to see the pantry. We actually haven’t even started the pantry yet. I mean, it has walls and baseboards and it’s painted, but I was just planning on sharing a photo of how the freezer is in there. We are starting in there now, but wanted to wait until the kitchen was done to give it our full attention.

  • Reply September 25, 2015

    Amanda

    Beautiful! It has such a warm and cozy feeling to it!

  • Reply September 25, 2015

    iLa

    Stunning!

  • Reply September 25, 2015

    Kensley

    Love love love!! I have come back probably 10 times a day to just stare at how pretty it is!! I LOVE the mixed metals! We are currently doing a mini kitchen reno and I’m doing brushed brass pulls with a stainless sink and black appliances (we wouldn’t get our money back from upgrading to stainless and we wont be here long enough to care. sigh.) I absolutely love the island, but the concrete counters have my heart! We did a concrete overlay on ours and sadly the seal didn’t work 100%. So now I’ve got to do some more layers and seal it, and then do wax over that and then they will be shiny and again, ugh. Everything turned out perfect for you guys! You are professional! My question, and it’s so random, is what happened with the grout? I know it was lighter than you had wanted, but in these pictures it doesn’t stand out at all!

  • Reply September 26, 2015

    Judi

    I’ve been working on a huge project and saved this to read when I was done. W o w. Congratulations is inadequate, but…congratulations! What amazing beauty and function…and I love seeing all this in the home of a family who (like us) has food, family and friends at the center of their lives and who will USE their kitchen. We chose much the same colors for our kitchen refresh, but I dream of, someday, an actual redo…making many of the same choices right down to the double range idea (although I will never give up white Corian at this point [well, actually, maybe I will after seeing your white concrete ones], and after three years of living with induction, I can say that for me, I wouldn’t go back to gas…not a popular statement, I know, but there you are). I’m particularly enamored of the huge fridge in main working area and freezer in pantry choice and am eagerly looking forward to the appliance post! Meanwhile, would you be willing to share the name of the eBay seller from whom you got that amazing rug? Thanks!

    • Reply September 28, 2015

      Julia

      Appliance post Wednesday!! The rug is from a shop called our_favorite_shoppe on ebay. :)

  • Reply September 26, 2015

    Judi

    And gosh, I hope my Corian/gas range comment didn’t sound snarky. It wasn’t intended as a criticism; just meant to be part of the conversation…sorry!

    • Reply September 28, 2015

      Chris

      Not at all, Judi! There are things about gas I don’t prefer, and it’s all about the trade-offs. I’m a huge advocate of loving the cooking equipment that makes most sense for you, and that fits your cooking style. :)

      • September 28, 2015

        Judi

        If you’re ever in VT, come visit and try our GE profile all-induction range. I too have spent time in professional kitchens, and swore I would never leave gas, and now I’m a total convert right down to the instant responsiveness. (They don’t pay me to say this stuff, either.) But that’s after years in Brooklyn where gas in the summer was Just. So. HOT. You don’t have that problem. And I have to admit, looking at your setup, I wondered whether I could get away with a gas range next to an induction range… Grilling indoors plus no heat from burners when necessary – a girl can dream! Congrats again on the gorgeous and well thought out space.

  • Reply September 26, 2015

    Amanda

    Wow, looks amazing! What a difference. Love that rug too? would you mind sharing the source?

    • Reply September 28, 2015

      Julia

      It’s from a shop called our_favorite_shoppe on ebay

  • Reply September 26, 2015

    D. Pike

    Lovely inviting kitchen!
    Hope your family makes many warm memories in it!
    The dinner bell is charming — would you share the resource for it?
    Thanks

    • Reply September 28, 2015

      Julia

      It’s from Rejuvenation! Check out today’s post for a direct link and a giveaway!

  • Reply September 26, 2015

    Amy B

    Wow! Gorgeous, love it, finding it hard to put a complete sentence together! Might just be my favorite kitchen ever :)

  • Reply September 27, 2015

    Bebe

    Beautiful, Beautiful kitchen! What a great job!

  • Reply September 28, 2015

    Danielle

    We are dreaming of our full kitchen remodel, but for now trying to make phase 1 updates. There is carpet in the kitchen and dining room (ugh I HATE IT), and I want it gone now, but worry about making ti work later when we eventually rip out the kitchen. I don’t want to pay for something twice. How did you go about doing tile in your kitchen and then changing the floor plan? you were able to make the necessary updates when you ripped out the old cabinets and then put the new cabinets on top??

    • Reply September 28, 2015

      Julia

      When we did the floors, we removed the island, tiled and then put it temporarily back in place. But we didn’t remove the perimeter cabinets until this renovation started. We patched the flooring there and where we took the walls down during this final renovation phase.

  • Reply September 28, 2015

    Nicole

    INCREDIBLE!! I love every single material, layout, accessory, styling choice you guys made. It’s absolutely stunning!!!

  • Reply October 5, 2015

    Zoe

    Found your site on another, those black cabinets look incredible! Wish I had the time for a kitchen makeover. I’d probably follow yours to the tee. Love the pendant lights as well!

  • Reply October 20, 2015

    Gina

    Oh my goshhhhhhhhhhhh I love it. My husband and I are 2 weeks into massively renovating a 100 year old farmhouse, and are in the kitchen design phase (among other phases). I will die and go to heaven if my before and afters are as amazing as yours!

  • Reply December 27, 2015

    Abby McAllister

    I just love your work! I just found you and spent the whole weekend devouring each room and project. I am so thankful for how thorough you are in giving details for each step of your projects. It really makes me think “we could do that!” So, our kitchen is an almost identical layout and we have some money set aside to start a remodel soon. I had already planned to do ours very similarly to yours so you can imagine how excited I was to find your kitchen to use as an inspiration kitchen!

    One question I have as I do my planning is how much room you left around the island (between it and the wall cabinets, fridge, etc). I want my island as big as possible but don’t want to be banging doors against each other or have too little space for two cooks to pass by each other. Your spacing looks very functional for that sort of thing. Thanks for all your inspirations!

  • Reply January 4, 2016

    Amy Franklin

    LOVE your home and this Kitchen!!! So beautifully done! Wondering where your kitchen pendant lights are from! Would you mind sharing?:)

  • Reply January 7, 2016

    Nicole

    Julia,

    What size did you chose for your cabinet hardware? It look bigger than the 3 inches that you link brings me to.

    • Reply January 8, 2016

      Julia

      These are the 4″ ones. You should be able to select size on that same page.

  • Reply January 14, 2016

    Susanne

    I am amazed by your kitchen! I love Ikea, being a swede and all, but I never knew an Ikea kitchen could look this good :) I renovated my parents kitchen this summer and used the same style, black lowers and white uppers, mostly because it meant I could reuse the cabinet doors already in place. Found your blog while researching concrete counter tops and realized that this kitchen is like the prettier big sister to the kitchen I built!

    • Reply January 14, 2016

      Julia

      Aww, thank you so much!

  • Reply January 15, 2016

    Nicole

    Incredible! I am blown away by your talent! We are in the process of planning a new kitchen. Would you mind sharing your original kitchen dimensions? Thanks for the inspiration!

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