Greige kitchen with slab marble backsplash and large windows.

Kitchen Renovation Part I

After two years of saving and a ton of planning, we are finally beginning our kitchen renovation! I’ve shared a lot of behind the scenes during planning on Instagram. It’s time to put our final plans down on “paper” here on the blog. I’m sure I’ll change my mind a few more times, but key items have been ordered and the contractor has been secured. Last week, you saw the final dining room design. As a reminder, the kitchen is directly adjacent in the open floor plan concept, so flow is imperative. I wanted something that felt as bright and airy as the living room, while providing contrast and visual interest. Scroll down for our kitchen renderings and complete breakdown of sources.




What’s not working so well


  • I hate our dark cabinets that stop 3 feet below the ceiling.
  • The peninsula has a 10 inch elevated “bar” without an overhang, which blocks the sightline from the living spaces.
  • The kitchen sink is split into two basins, which pots don’t fit in.
  • The fridge sticks out six inches past the lower cabinets, and 18 inches past the uppers.
  • I hate the ugly black side of the fridge showing.
  • The microwave over the oven – it just looks like an apartment.


What is working right now


  • Our huge walk-in pantry.
  • Our efficient kitchen “triangle”.
  • The painted travertine subway tiles – although, I don’t know if we’ll be able to save them.
  • Crown + floor moulding.
  • Our fridge + dishwasher (but if Samsung is reading this… hit your girl up)





Tonal, layered, textural and open. Those are my key goals! The inspiration below has been tucked away on a private Pinterest board. I’m so thrilled to finally share the look and feel of the space with you.


greige kitchen with white counters and large windows

Design by Amber Interiors | Photography by Tessa Neustadt 


White and black kitchen with large industrial pendant lights

Interior Design: Jean Stoffer Design | Photography: Stoffer Photography


white kitchen with shiplap and no upper cabinets


white and wood kitchen with vertical shiplap paneling

Design by Studio McGee






Our kitchen is relatively small – it measures 10 feet by 12 feet. Its immense ceilings (they’re 11 feet downstairs!) make the current kitchen design feel a bit detached and super dark. By removing the upper cabinets, we brighten and lighten the space immediately. Long, custom floating shelves display dishes and glasses used daily. Besides the obvious color differences, I think the most significant change will be lowering the false bar height bump on the peninsula, so you can see straight through the entire first floor. Bonus points for added usable surface space. Can I get an amen?

What’s we’re doing:


  • Removing upper cabinets
  • Painting lower cabinets with Clare Paint
  • Running vertical shiplap from backsplash to ceiling
  • Moving the microwave to our walk-in pantry
  • Building a simple hood range to the ceiling (possibly wrapping shiplap around – thoughts?)
  • Installing open shelving on back wall with hidden shelf lights
  • Hanging sconces above open shelves
  • Repurpose one upper cabinet to build custom fridge box
  • Building a hidden spice cabinet in fridge box
  • Lowering the “bar” so the peninsula is one even slab
  • Replacing granite counters
  • Replacing cabinet hardware
  • Wrapping shiplap paneling around peninsula and painting it



Kitchen remodel rendering with greige cabinets, vertical shiplap and open shelving


product roundup of kitchen sources


The sources: rangecabinet color, paneling color, counters, backsplash, shiplap, hardware, vintage painting, sconces, sink, faucet, dish towels, stoneware, terracotta bowl, brush, recycled glasses, planter, vintage rug


Planning the kitchen remodel was particularly challenging because you can never figure out how much renovating a kitchen is really going to cost. We weren’t moving plumbing. We aren’t getting new cabinets. How much was an update like this TRULY going to run? Here’s the numbers broken down so far:


  • Construction bid from contractor: $9,045
  • Materials, shiplap, hardware + fixtures: $2,300
  • Countertop slabs, fabrication + installation: $3,700
  • Range: $2,450


I hope this helps with any kitchen plans you have coming – we feel so grateful to be in a position to update our kitchen in our first home. I’ll keep you posted with progress + can’t wait for the final reveal! In the meantime, check out more kitchen inspiration here with open shelving, our favorite cabinet paint colors here, our favorite non-marble counters, and the bold look of slab marble if that’s your thing.


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  1. Erin Lepperd says:

    holy crap, this is so beautiful Anastasia! Can’t wait to see the finished product. Also, love the budget breakdown. We are contemplating a kitchen renovation and seeing what real-life costs are for these gorgeous spaces I see on the interwebs is so helpful.

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