A Kitchen Renovation for the Books

7 months in the making and the day is finally here. Our kitchen renovation is D-O-N-E! I am doing a big ol’ happy dance… partially because I’m excited about the renovation, but also because I no longer have to cook in a half-finished kitchen. LOL.

Let’s get started by taking a step back in time…

Kitchen at Move-in

I remember thinking how uuugly this kitchen was when we moved in (I mean, compared to my dream kitchen – LOL). The cabinets had an outdated wood finish and everything was a blah-colored tan. The laminate countertops felt cheap and the black appliances were… dirty. Barf.

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The First “Renovation”

This was the state of our kitchen for the next 2 years. Definitely an improvement with a little color and a couple new appliances, but I still had a lot of sad feelings about the wood cabinets.

I didn’t have any craaazy requests for the kitchen. I just wanted some granite countertops, subway tile, white cabinets, and maybe some butcher block. Is that too much to ask?!

Apparently not! Over the course of 7 months, my husband worked his behind off to create this masterpiece!

The BIG Kitchen Reveal

Yaaaasssssssss Queeeeeen!

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Kitchen Renovation Tasks

  1. Painted kitchen cabinets white (all that info is in this post)
  2. Replaced outer countertops with granite
  3. Framed the kitchen windows
  4. Installed subway tile from the countertop to the cabinets
  5. Extended the island with an additional 15″ cabinet
  6. Installed paneling, faux columns, and baseboard on the island
  7. Installed butcher block countertop on the island



transformed kitchen with white cabinets, gray granite countertops, butcher block island, blue walls



white cabinets with dark gray countertops, DIY framed windows and etsy decor

The Kitchen Island

I’m so, so, so excited about our new huge island. The countertop is about 1.5x bigger than it used to be, so we can use it as a breakfast bar! We added a 15″ cabinet to the outside end and installed a trash can drawer insert to hide the trash bins. We wrapped 3 sides in the most easy-to-use paneling from Home Depot and installed some corbels for design purposes + support!

butcher block countertop on a kitchen island with white cabinets and subway tile
This kitchen island is so unique! I love the paneling on the kitchen island as well as the warm butcher block countertop and dark gray corbels. The colors contrast nicely with the white cabinets, subway tile, and stainless steel appliances. #kitchentransformation #diyproject #subwaytile #diykitchen

The Butcher Block Countertop

The new butcher block kind of feels like a pet. No joke! The wood has to be taken care of so it stays healthy and strong. We started by covering it in mineral oil 7-8x, and now we’ve switched to a butcher block conditioner that gives it a light waterproof barrier. The wood does not do well getting wet, so it’s been an adjustment to keep from setting wet dishes on it, etc.

details of the kitchen island with the side paneling, butcher block countertop and dark gray corbels

Kitchen Decor

blue walls in a kitchen with subway tile, gray granite, and butcher block

I’ve been on a mission to organize my kitchen, but I want to do it tastefully. I found some vintage mason jars at a local antique mall to hold my grains and cereals and I used a chalk marker to label them. It’s nice to have easy access to my most-used grains AND add some cute decor while I’m at it! If you’re in the market, here are some similar vintage mason jars on Etsy for a good price.

Also, how cute are the canvas signs?! I designed them myself and I’m selling the printable versions (as a set) on Etsy for just $5! The listing includes 4 print sizes + a transparent version for all your Cricut and Silhouette crafting. Seriously, a bargain! 😉

Little Upgrades with a Big Impact

There were a few little things we added in that also helped elevate the look and feel of the kitchen…

Shop the Kitchen

Wall Paint ColorCloverdale by Sherwin Williams
Cabinet Paint ColorWhite Dove by Benjamin Moore
Cabinet PaintBenjamin Moore ADVANCE
Cabinet KnobsAmazon
Cabinet PullsAmazon
Subway TileHome Depot
Grout Color - Polyblend Non-Sanded
Home Depot
Butcher BlockHome Depot
Island PanelingHome Depot
Island BaseboardHome Depot
Corbel Paint - Rust-oleum Chalked
Spray Paint in Charcoal/Gray
Kitchen SignsEtsy
Outlet CoversAmazon
Vintage Mason JarsEtsy
Mineral OilAmazon
Butcher Block ConditionerAmazon
Trash Can InsertAmazon
15" CabinetHome Depot

Alright, friends. That’s a wrap! I’m so excited that I could finally share our kitchen renovation since it was a long time in the making. If you have any questions, feel free to leave it in the comments! Happy renovating!

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diy kitchen renovation with subway tile, dark gray granite countertops, etsy decor, cabinets painted white

15 thoughts on “A Kitchen Renovation for the Books”

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  6. What is wall color paint, can’t find cloverdale by Sherwin Williams thanks

  7. Good choices. Well done. Did you consider cabinet replacement vs painting over? Too expensive? That’s where we are… ugh.

  8. Sheila Osman

    You didn’t mention where you got the black countertops from. Are they granite or quartz?

  9. Ellen M. Callahan

    Thank you for your response. Love your kitchen makeover.

  10. Jennie Smith

    Just found you through HomeTalk. LOVE the kitchen. It was probably a ton of work but totes paid off! I like your style so I’ll jump on your blog. Cheers!

    1. Hi Jennie! Thank you so much! It was soooooooo much work, but it feels like we’re living in a different house. Thanks so much for following along! 🙂

  11. Such an improvement! I’m always impressed with Andrew’s work! One of my favorite things you did is the window trim! Looks like it’s always been that way!

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