Sharing my kitchen makeover from dark to light, along with before & after pics and all of my sources~from paint color to tile to countertop stone and more!
After being in our home for more than a decade, I decided it was time for a kitchen makeover~from dark to light. My kitchen is the busiest room in the house. After more than a decade of a dark look, I wanted to lighten up.
In a nutshell, here are the major things involved in our kitchen makeover from dark to light.
- Painting the glazed kitchen cabinets (I was SO tired of glazed and ready for light).
- Changing ornate cabinet trim (bottom only) with plain.
- Replacing dark countertop stone with lighter stone.
- Installing new tile backsplash.
- Changing light fixtures over island.
- Adding under counter cabinet lighting and above cabinet lights.
- Removing plantation shutter from kitchen window to open the space.
- Replacing black appliances with stainless steel.
- Adding white and gold counter stools to replace dark wrought iron ones.
Since my blog isn’t a “design blog,” I’m just sharing a few photos with references for anyone who might want to see what I did or find similar resources. But first, here are some before photos of the dark kitchen.
Now, some photos of the kitchen after the changes. You’ll see that my kitchen is MUCH lighter and more airy, but it is far from stark. It still has warmth but it woven throughout with cooler pieces and greys that blend in with the warmer tones.
Many thanks to the talented Ashely Lauren (click here to see her work) for all the after photos!
Below are some details on the materials used in the project, with links where applicable.
The countertop stone was the hardest decision. I initially planned to use Imperial Danby marble for the project but changed last minute to Caesarstone London Grey quartz. Although I love and appreciate the beauty of marble, my personality can’t take the worries about scratching, staining, etc….
Why I Love London Grey quartz:
- It is a warm (as opposed to stark) greyish white that seamlessly blended with my existing Manchester Tan walls.
- The honed London Grey looks very similar to marble but without the worries and upkeep.
- The stone has the “solid” look from afar and soft, muted “veining” closer up that gives a bit of interest without being busy.
I chose Storka Lyon 2 x 6 Gris Mosaic for my backsplash. This is a unique glass tile that has variations in color ranging from grey to taupe to clear. I get so many comments on this tile; it is kind of off the beaten path. I purchased my tile here at southcypress.com.
Why I love Storka Lyon Gris Mosaic tile:
- The price is very reasonable.
- I love the variations in color (clear~grey~taupe) and both solid glass and smoked glass tiles.
- The tile looks especially good with stainless appliances.
I chose a Kohler Enameled Cast Iron sink in white. Overall, I love the sink. After years of stainless, I was ready for enamel. Although it does scratch easily, it polishes up perfectly with Kohler Cast Iron Cleaner.
My choice of sprayer was based on spray strength. I chose the Kohler pull down sprayer that had a nice goose neck and a strong spray strength.
Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color
Because my whole house is painted Manchester Tan, I couldn’t go stark white or too grey. The cabinet paint that I used blends perfectly with the rest of the house, and I love it. It is Fossil AF-65 Benjamin Moore.
The West Elm single fixture that was above the island was ok, but I wanted to move to individual pendant lights. I found mine at Home Goods; some similar ones that I also like are below, all at a great price.
Lighting changes~especially when moving from one box to two or more~require making new holes in the ceiling and patching old ones (then painting). While I had my electrician on the job, I paid just a bit extra to have him put dimmers on most lights. It is a small expense that makes a big impact.
Gold & White Counter Height Bar Stools
I first saw these Chi counter stools on the cover of an Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle magazine and fell in love with them immediately. The white and gold stools are perfect transitional pieces for those who are incorporating modern or glam touches into traditional decor.
Below are my barstools and some similar that I also considered for my kitchen.
I am loving the lighter look and feel of my kitchen and hope that something I shared might help any of you who may be planning a similar project of your own.If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to ask anything! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Have a joyful, blessed and savvy day!