All the Details on our Kitchen Remodel

Alexandria
Lifestyle
November 3, 2023

I want to start off and let you know I had to google what the difference between a ‘remodel’ and ‘renovation’ is for this post. A remodel is making changes to the structure, while a renovation is more like a restoration. Now that we’re all in the know on that, I’m sharing the before, the after, and everything in between our Kitchen Remodel.

Our house has a very open floor plan, which makes the kitchen our central hangout spot and truly the heart of our home. The kitchen is where all the kid’s sit to do their homework and eat all their meals. It doubles as an office and living room sometimes as well! It’s where everyone gathers when we have guests over. You’ll always find someone in the kitchen!

When we first built our home in 2015 we did everything we wanted, inside our budget, but the kitchen was definitely our “this will work for now” space.

Before Picture - All The Details on Our Kitchen Remodel
Fast forward a few years and it was time to do exactly what we wanted. It turns out that basically just meant a new cabinet system! We kept the layout exactly the way it was, so we didn’t have to change any plumbing, other than adding a line for the new ice maker. We hired a company who did the project in its entirety from start to finish. (I just found out they’re no longer doing residential services and I wouldn’t necessarily recommend them either way.) One of the best parts of the company was my project manager. She made the process so much easier and organized. The remodel went a little longer than expected and she definitely kept me and the project on track! If you hire a company for a big project, a good project manager is so helpful!
Design Picture - All The Details on Our Kitchen Remodel
Design Picture - All The Details on Our Kitchen Remodel

Our New Kitchen “Wants” List

Ice maker
Waterfall Countertops
One slab Island
Ceiling high cabinets
Panel Ready Refrigerator
Drawer Cabinets Under Range

During Picture - All The Details on Our Kitchen Remodel
During Picture - All The Details on Our Kitchen Remodel
During Picture - All The Details on Our Kitchen Remodel

The Cabinets

The cabinet style sets the tone for your entire kitchen and is the biggest decision of the project. Our old cabinets were off-white, varied in heights, and had decorative aspects with raised paneling. We had a very bulky range hood and spice cabinets that took over a lot of counter space. The kitchen was only a few years old but it already felt outdated. We tore it all out and had custom cabinets made. The new cabinets are sleek, sexy, clean, and modern with gold hardware! We used white cabinets everywhere except the island, where we did a natural wood stain. We added a wall to the right side of the kitchen to make the cabinets and hood look like one big unit and go all the way up to the ceiling. My favorite part is the spice racks behind the sliding Camrbia. We used Cambria because it was the thinnest cut of stone we could get for the sliders. On the other side of the kitchen, we did a glass door shelving system that went down to the counters, with standard cabinets underneath.

Cabinets and Countertops - All The Details on Our Kitchen Remodel

Some Ideas:

Use an eye dropper or squeeze water bottle with warm water to melt the ice.

Hammer it with a small kid-friendly wooden mallet.

TIme how long it takes the egg to melt sitting under the sun.

If your kids are complete animals like mine, they’ll find the best way to get their dinosaurs out was to blast the eggs on the pool deck and watch the ice egg explode.

Cabinets and Countertops - All The Details on Our Kitchen Remodel

The Countertops and Island

We picked Cambria Swanbridge to use as our countertop and backsplash. These quartz countertops are durable, nonabsorbent, and so easy to maintain. Perfect for a family of six! We also chose Cambria because we needed a very thin cut of stone to make the sliding spice rack doors.

Our old kitchen has a lot of open storage space on the island that would always seem to fill with junk. It was such easy access for the kids , they made it their own personal toy chests and I’d constantly be cleaning them out, but it never looked clean to me. We chose to do waterfall countertops to get the clean sophisticated look we were going for.

Cabinets and Countertops Before Picture - All The Details on Our Kitchen RemodelCabinets and Countertops After Picture - All The Details on Our Kitchen Remodel

The Appliances

We kept our stove, oven, microwave, and dishwasher, but needed to purchase a refrigerator and ice maker. We went to Famous Tate for all of our appliances since we’ve always had a great experience there in the past.

Refrigerator - All The Details on Our Kitchen Remodel

Some Ideas:

Use an eye dropper or squeeze water bottle with warm water to melt the ice.

Hammer it with a small kid-friendly wooden mallet.

TIme how long it takes the egg to melt sitting under the sun.

If your kids are complete animals like mine, they’ll find the best way to get their dinosaurs out was to blast the eggs on the pool deck and watch the ice egg explode.

Stove - All The Details on Our Kitchen Remodel
Sink and Hardware - All The Details on Our Kitchen Remodel

The Hardware

All cabinets and drawers have the same gold hardware from Northwest Hardware here in Tampa. I wanted it all very uniform and clean.

Top Knobs Square Pull

All The Details on Our Kitchen Remodel
All The Details on Our Kitchen Remodel
All The Details on Our Kitchen Remodel
All The Details on Our Kitchen Remodel

Some Ideas:

Use an eye dropper or squeeze water bottle with warm water to melt the ice.

Hammer it with a small kid-friendly wooden mallet.

TIme how long it takes the egg to melt sitting under the sun.

If your kids are complete animals like mine, they’ll find the best way to get their dinosaurs out was to blast the eggs on the pool deck and watch the ice egg explode.

After it was all said and done, it was time to get it organized!

Check out my Amazon List for all things Kitchen Organization.

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