Hot and Fresh Out the Kitchen

I recently shared with you the transformation of our fireplace. Today, I am walking you through our little kitchen reno.

When we moved in, the kitchen cabinets were oak, the countertops were laminate and the colour of cat barf (oh look, I am talking about cats!), the backsplash was the same porcelain tile as what was previously on the fireplace, and all the walls were, you guessed it: Builder’s Beige.

Here’s a few before photos:

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The first thing I did was hire professional painters to paint the walls (Benjamin Moore’s “Coventry Gray”) and spray the kitchen cabinets. I horrified everyone over the age of 50 when I decided to paint the cabinetry – sorry Boomers. I chose the colour “White Ice” by Benjamin Moore.  It’s a stark white with a blue tinge to it. The bronze hardware was replaced with glass knobs and silver pulls.

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We then replaced the laminate countertops with Caesarstone Quartz. The colour is Nougat.

I chose quartz because it’s low maintenance – easy to keep clean, stain-resistant, scratch resistant, and doesn’t require sealing, polishing, etc. I would have loved marble countertops, but, after a little research, I discovered that marble is not very practical for the kitchen. We also replaced the sink and faucet.

The porcelain backsplash was ripped out and replaced with marble and glass mosaic tile. The tile per square foot was pricey, but it’s a very small area so it was worth the splurge.


And…(insert drumroll)…here is the finished product:

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Thanks for reading (and please do not judge me for using the lyrics of an R. Kelly song for the title of this post)!

4 comments on “Hot and Fresh Out the Kitchen

  1. Carly says:

    looks awesome Sharah! We used similar backsplash and I LOVE it! Nice work 🙂

  2. Sarah says:

    Hey Sharah – Was it pretty pricey to get the cabinets painted? We also have oak cabinets and they aren’t my fav! Who did you use? Thx

  3. Lisa Jervis says:

    That is fantastic Sharah!

  4. sharah says:

    Thanks so much ladies! I really appreciate the encouraging comments 🙂 Sarah – I will email you with the details of who we used, etc.

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