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Kitchen Remodel Overall Plan

At long last the kitchen I’ve been making over in my head for eight and a half years is underway!! As life has taken lots of twists and turns through our years here, so have the kitchen plans, and today I want to share with you what direction we’re finally going.


Our kitchen when we first moved here and I painted the cabinets and walls until we could fully remodel. It doesn’t look bad from afar but the cabinets are original to the house, built in 1985, and are not quality cabinets to begin with.


Two or three years ago I put together this design board when we were planning on taking out the wall between the kitchen and dining room (the room through that doorway above) and changing the layout to include a huge island. The original plan…..

My long time vision for this makeover was a navy or wood-toned island and white perimeter cabinets, with lighting over the island to coordinate with the large linear light that we already have over our table.

As I mentioned in my last post about the kitchen in October, to make this remodel do-able in this season of our life (two kids in college and another going next year), instead of opening up the kitchen and dining room into one big open space with a huge island, we’re keeping our existing U-shaped layout. I mulled over where I could use a contrasting cabinetry color (navy lowers and white uppers? navy on the refrigerator wall cabinetry?) but I didn’t really love any of those scenarios. After literally YEARS of thinking this all through,

Here is the current plan for the BIG DECISIONS



I know you’re shocked, no one does these! HA. White shaker cabinets are simple and timeless and work with so many different designs. They were a no-brainer for me.



Out with the vinyl sheet flooring and in with solid white oak hardwoods to match the adjacent rooms. Our floor project is going to be a huge undertaking and I can’t wait for this part the most!! I’ve tried a bunch of different stains and stain combinations on samples and we’re loving some of the lighter stains. More on this topic coming soon!!!


Although I really, REALLY wanted to do cabinet panels on our appliances to integrate them into the cabinetry, part of tightening up the budget from our original plans was ix-naying this custom feature. This saves us on not only those custom cabinetry panels, but also on panel-ready appliances which are often more expensive than the stainless steel version (ridiculous considering they come without a finished panel on the front!) Our appliances are all slowly dying (we’ve already replaced the dishwasher and stove) and I can totally live without the cabinet panels!!!


We’ve been using the kitchen table space for this little seating area for a few years.

With the remodel we had originally planned to install a beverage center with a sink, wine fridge, dishwasher drawer and cabinetry for all our barware, coffee maker, etc. on this wall.

Instead we’re keeping the seating area as is for two reasons – 1/since this space is typically where a kitchen table goes, if we ever sell this house, the kitchen would still be considered an eat-in-kitchen without cabinetry here, and 2/taking this wall of cabinetry/plumbing/electrical out of the plan saves us at least $15,000! We use and enjoy the seating here on a daily basis so we’re fine with letting that part go.



Since I tiled the fireplace surround, hearth and bathroom floor with marble I always envisioned using marble in the kitchen somewhere as well – either as the backsplash or the countertops.

Marble is not impervious to stains and etches easily, and we’re red-wine-drinking, red-sauce-eating, low-maintenance-loving people, so we’ve done a lot of thinking on whether marble is right for us, and are also considering quartzite and quartz. One way or another it will be light, bright and not baloney colored!!!!!



Remember the weathered finish I gave our existing pantry doors to try out the look of antique doors in our home?

One of my plans to bring a unique element into our new kitchen is to add some real salvage doors to this wall. The wall in the middle will be removed and reframed to accommodate double doors that have some patina and SOUL! We’ve been looking at local architectural salvage places online and tomorrow we’re taking a road trip to check some out! I’ll let you know if I find any treasures. I have in mind something like this, what do you think??

Check out my pantry board on Pinterest for lots of gorgeous salvage doors to bring some character to new interiors.



The cabinets, floors and countertops are all the major elements that I wanted to be pretty classic and timeless. Lighting, hardware and accessories really differentiate one kitchen from the next, and I’m so looking forward to all those details! Our cabinets arrive at the end of February, and in the meantime I’ll be diving into all the decisions, demo, DIYs and pretty things of this kitchen remodel! 

Thank you for your encouragement and ideas, and for sharing this long awaited renovation journey with me, my home-loving friends!  I’m so looking forward to hashing this all out with you!


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Friday 25th of January 2019

Lisa, I see you've done a really good job planning every single detail. I have no doubts about the outcome... It's going to be a gorgeous kitchen! I would go with quartz for the counters, it's such a great product, the one that looks like marble is beautiful too.


Saturday 23rd of February 2019

I've warmed up to the idea of quartz - there are so many pretty options out there and you're right, it's such a great product - so resilient!

Devlin DuVall

Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

Hi, Lisa! Can't wait to see this awesome kitchen come to fruition! I wanted to let you know what I used to refinish my woof floors. I used the Rubio Monocoat system. It's a one coat system (stains and seals). I did it myself and it really is easy. It's environmentally friendly too. It does have a matte finish (I think it actually has more luster than a matte), but you can get a top coat that will give you a satin finish. This may be a con to some, but I think it looks fabulous! Kind of old-world European! Anyway, wanted to let you know about that system as it comes from Europe and I don't think it's really well known in the states. Good luck! (P.S. I made a custom blend of colors to get exactly the right stain. They sell samples to try.)


Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

Thanks for the recommendation on the floors Devlin, I'll look into that brand! Love the sound of old-world European, that would be right up my alley!

Debbie - MountainMama

Monday 21st of January 2019

What fun, planning a kitchen remodel!! Your choices are the ones I would go with also, classic and elegant and most of all timeless. Looking forward to following along!!


Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

I'm hoping for timeless Debbie! A lot of these choices are ones I would have made 10 years ago so hoping in 10 more years I will still love it (if we're still here!)

cassie bustamante

Sunday 20th of January 2019

i LOVE this plan, lisa! i can't wait to see your kitchen dreams come true!


Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

Thanks Cassie and I can't wait to follow along with your progress too!


Saturday 19th of January 2019

Lisa, I love your plan. I am sure you are so excited to get moving on's going to be beautiful! Cheers! Shelley


Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

Thanks so much Shelley! It was so fun to follow along with your kitchen renovation....I'm hoping I can handle the house upheaval as gracefully as you did!