White & Elegant Kitchen Remodel

Do you know how long I have been waiting for this day to jump up and down with joy and shout from the top of my lungs THE KITCHEN IS DONE!!!  It has been a LONG 22 months since the day we found the mold.  So to say I am just a tad excited to bring you today’s post is a huge understatement! So here it is, our white and elegant kitchen remodel.

White and Grey Elegant Kitchen remodel

 Let’s take a step back in-case this is your first time here, if so, welcome!
15 years ago we bought our house and this is what our kitchen looked like (minus the floor).


6 years ago we took the builder grade kitchen and upgraded it by painting cabinets, adding molding, changing out light fixtures and hardware, rebuilding the island, you name it we did it.  We were so proud of all of our work and I absolutely loved how our kitchen turned out.  If it weren’t for our kitchen, I wouldn’t have this blog.
kitchen hood diy

 Back in January 2013 we found something that completely devastated us, MOLD, and it was everywhere.  Almost our whole kitchen was a complete loss and insurance would not give us a penny.  Lets be honest my husband is as handy as they get and I can paint cabinets but we sure can’t build a complete kitchen. Over the next year we sealed off the cabinets, refinanced the house and began rebuilding in January 2014, 1 year later.

kitchen airing out

The most difficult aspect of designing our kitchen was keeping it cohesive with the rest of our home and to make the old work with the new.  Anything that was salvageable we kept to save us money.  It would have been a heck of a lot easier to start from scratch but there was no way our budget was going to allow for that.

I remember in the beginning, a design lady had told me there is no way I was going to pull off what I wanted with all the warm tones we already had going on.  You guys kept me motivated and told me not to listen to her and I did.  I’ll admit, I had breakdowns, I doubted myself, their might of been a few tiffs between Ray and I but you know what it worked and we couldn’t be happier!

Kitchen island and backsplash

Our cabinets are Kraft and we purchased them from Lowe’s. The cabinet panels are square and recessed in the color Dove, we then added hardware from  D Lawless.

Next we painted over our existing black island with a warm coat of grey.   (You can find that story here)

Kitchen Island Painted

While the drywall was out, we had a plumber install the pipes for our future pot filler.   We were able to keep our existing backsplash except over the stove as mold had crept up. Ray installed a glass border to bring out the countertops and then added 2 pieces of pre-painted tiles to pull the whole kitchen together. (tutorial coming soon)

Kitchen Backsplash and Wolf Hood

We had our counter tops and farmhouse sink installed and Ray installed our faucet. The countertops are quartzite (not quartz) in the color Taj Mahal.  I absolutely love them, they are durable and elegant all at the same time.  It has a vertical veining, a polished finish and I was able to find 2 slabs with warmer colors vs the cooler colors, perfect!

Kitchen Farmhouse-Sink Kitchen Faucet and sink

We saved ourselves hundreds of dollars by having the glass cut at a local company and installing them into the cabinets ourselves. You can read that tutorial here. 

White and Grey Elegant Kitchen remodel

Lastly, my husband framed out the window and we added a roller shade to block the sun  in the late afternoons.

White and Grey Elegant Kitchen remodel

White and Grey Elegant Kitchen remodel

Hopefully I will have the time soon to snap some pictures of the inside of the cabinets.  They are deep drawers, pull out trays, spice drawers, knife drawers, and everything keeps me organized!

White and Grey Elegant Kitchen remodel

Quartzite in Taj Mahal is a great countertop when you can't pull off carrera marble and need warm tones to match the rest of the kitchen elements.

We are so thrilled to have this behind us, thank you so much for all your support and advice over these past 2 years!

I have everything listed below but if I am missing anything feel free to leave it in the comments.

Pot Filler:  Lita from Pfister

Faucet: Hanover from Pfister read more about it here.

Countertop: Quartzite in Taj Mahal

Island: Painted in Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain

Cabinets: Kraft from Lowes/paint color Dove

Hardware: Provided by D Lawless Flat Black Contemporary Pull & Flat black turned knob

Floor: walnut travertine versi pattern

Backsplash: Durango Crem tumbled travertine

How we made our island look custom found here and here

You can find all of our kitchen tutorials for the new kitchen and our old kitchen in my project gallery.

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      1. Thanks so much. The pendants we purchased when a business was closing, they were not in the box and they don’t have a name. So sorry, wish I could be of more help.

  1. It was beautiful before and you topped that! Hard work that paid off in the wake of the bad mold news. My favorite thing is the new back splash over the range. Now get cooking, Thanksgiving is coming.

  2. Your kitchen is gorgeous Kristin! You must be over the moon to have it completed. Everything is beautifully done. I love the countertops. What a wonderful holiday gift to have a fully functioning kitchen. Enjoy!

  3. Your kitchen is gorgeous Kristin!! I know it’s been a long journey for you and you must be over the moon to have it finished. Beautifully done throughout. I love your countertops. What a wonderful gift to have a fully functioning kitchen in time for the holidays! Enjoy!

  4. The kitchen is simply stunning Kristin! What a nightmare you all have been through. I love every choice you made! I bet you all are so proud of your accomplishment! I wish we lived closer so we could pour a glass of wine and hang out in that beautiful kitchen! Great job girlfriend!

  5. What a beautiful tranformation. Sorry to hear you had a mold problem. This kitchen must be a delight to cook in. We also have the versaille travertine in our kitchen. Enjoy the holidays.

  6. It’s beautiful! Y’all did a fabulous job! I know how thrilled you must be to finally be finished. I didn’t realize insurance wasn’t paying anything. Isn’t that why we pay insane premiums??

  7. It is absolutely beautiful! How wonderful that it is finally done, and now you can enjoy it for the holiday season, and beyond!

  8. You did a terrific job. This kitchen will be classical for years to come. We, too, need to renovate but are limited by budget and size of kitchen. What are the floor and island dimensions? You managed to get lost of extras within your original kitchen.

    1. Our island is 65 inches by 28 inches

      The kitchen is 18 1/2 feet long by 13 1/2 feet wide, this includes where the table is. If you just measure to where the refrigerator ends it is 12 feet long.

  9. Kudos to you both! It’s really elegant.

    Can you please tell me what is the height of your wall cabinets (the ones with the glass inserts)?

    Thank you.

  10. I’ve been “waiting” for this! And, WOW … I’m beyond impressed … beyond gorgeous! You guys did an amazing job and have created such a beautiful space with fabulous features (from the gorgeous cabs … awesome backsplash and, of course, your island)! You did it (and, just in time for the holidays, too)!

  11. What brand are the light fixtures over the island and the other one you can see on the picture and where did you purchase them? Thanks so much; your kitchen is amazing.

  12. Your kitchen looks great; what brand are the light fixtures over the island and the one in the room next to them and where did you purchase them? I love them!

  13. It turned out so amazingly beautiful. Every last painful hour of it. 🙂 I had forgotten we shared the same insurance story. Our kitchen mold wasn’t covered either and we ended up doing a complete gut – floor to ceiling down to the studs – on our own dime. We’re a wee bit jaded when it comes to insurance companies at this point. Debt smedt, a beautiful kitchen came out of the deal, right? 🙂 Congratulations on hitting the finish line. It really is gorgeous.

  14. Kristin, it came out beautifully, second time around!! I loved the first renovation too and now you have gotten rid of the mold and added those beautiful countertops, I love how you were able to tie into your warmer backsplash and flooring with that element and still go with with cabinets. Love love love! Enjoy!

  15. Hi Kristin! This is gorgeous! I was wondering if you could tell me where you got the rug in front of your kitchen sink? I absolutely love it! Thanks and great work! 🙂


  16. Good looking kitchen.

    I’m interested in knowing @ cause of mold & refusal of your insurance co. to pay for repairs. Did you have a pipe leak or faulty plumbing or was water intrusion that caused mold not related to plumbing ? Why did insurer refuse to cover damage ? Did you change insurers ? What provisions/language must be included in one’s policy to know that if one’s plumbing fails, damage like yours will be reimbursed by homeowner’s insurance ?

  17. Oh Kristin I am so happy for you! Yippee it’s done and it looks fabulous. You guys make such a good team, and I’m so glad you kept your vision despite the ‘designer’ feedback. As I write this we have our bathroom torn up because of a pipe leak and they found some lead and asbestos so it’s been fixed and hopefully the plumber comes tomorrow so we can have water again. It’s life with an older home I guess. The good news is I can fix up that dark awful bathroom at least.

  18. Love the way you put everything together! Your sink is FABULOUS. Where did you find it? Is there a model or style name? Thank you & congratulations on a beautiful job!

    1. Thanks you so much! Wish I could give you a brand/name. Our installer purchased it for us,we told him what we wanted and he found it for cost. If I find the brand I will let you know 🙂

  19. Wow! What is the dimension between the island and the base cabinets? We are trying to decide if we want an island in our kitchen but not sure if there will be enough room to maneuver around it. Amazing job.

    1. Hi, it is 39″ on each side between the island and sink same on the other side. Between the Stove top and the end of the island it is 33 inches. When it is the two of us there is plenty of room. Hope that helps 🙂

  20. Hi! Loving your site! You might’ve already said, but where did you find the light fixtures that are over your island? What brand are they? Thanks!

    1. Hi Stacey, thanks so much. We purchased the lights when a store went out of business. It was not in a box and there is no name on the pendants. Sorry I can’t be of much help

  21. Your kitchen is amazing, and the colors look beautiful together. I’m sorry you had to go through so much stress and craziness, but the end results are awesome!

  22. Oh, you guys did a great job!! It’s beautiful….I’m new to your site, but I know how hard just doing a kitchen is, let alone dealing with mold….
    What a great job!!

  23. Oh honey, as I scrawled down and read and saw your AWESOME kitchen rebuilding I got excited, as we did exactly this five years ago and I still can’t believe how gorgeous it looks. Congrats, your kitchen turned out stunning and it’s the heart of the home and you did a FABULOUS job! Enjoy it for ever.
    God bless you.

  24. Dealing with mold is so scary, but your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous! I think all of the tones and colors work beautifully together! Thank you for sharing with Merry Monday 🙂

  25. Gorgeous and I do feel your pain with so many projects under our belts as designer/contractors that is our family business. Going to feature this as one of pics from the Share It One More Time Party next week.
    Janet from Shabbyfufu

  26. You must have been devastated when you found the mold, but you have certainly done a fantastic job putting it all back together. It is beautiful and you will really be happy with the quartz countertops. I have them too, instead of marble and even though I think marble is beautiful, the quartz is also and so easy to take care of..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  27. Wow – what a difference!! That is beautiful!! I saw this post at the #HomeMattersParty and now I want to do some of this to my home! 🙂

  28. Oh that evil blue machine! I had one in my kitchen for a few days and celebrated the day it was gone, even though there was still the rebuilding to do. Your new kitchen is lovely. Congratulations on your #HomeMattersParty feature.

  29. Wow, great kitchen. You did a great job, what colour are the backsplash tiles and walls. Thank you

    1. Thank you Carole. The Backsplash in kitchen is a Durango Cream tumbled travertine. For the paint, we mixed 2 of our leftover gray’s and painted so I can’t give you a true color match.

  30. Wow,Kristin.Thank you so much for having a great eye for beauty.I love that blend of colours.Thanks for the determination.

  31. Kristin, I just found thus post and you did a fabulous job! I was wondering your thoughts on having a microwave drawer. I a about to do a kitchen reno and that has been presented as an option.

    1. I love the concept of the drawer, they were just not in our budget. The accessibility of the drawer is what I love about it the most and how easy it would be to pull food in and out. Maybe when we need a new microwave they will have come down in price. 🙂

  32. Stopping back in to revisit your remodel and ask now that it’s been a few years how you’re feeling about the quartzite counter tops? We are in the depths of remodel helll and decisions will soon need to be made. I keep coming back to taj mahal because like you I have warm tones I need to incorporate. My island is where I do the most of our prep, plus my stove is in the island white means cooking. Will I be sorry when I splatter spaghetti sauce or grease?

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