Our Kitchen Reveal

Thanks for being here for my “Posts from the Past” week! All five posts I’ll be sharing this week are ones I’m really proud of… from room reveals to DIY projects, I hope you still love these old projects as much as I do. It has been fun taking a trip down memory lane. Some of you were here for these posts, and some may be new to you. First up- our previous kitchen reveal, which I initially posted in June 2018. Enjoy, and have a great week!

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to FINALLY reveal the kitchen! We started this project back in December and it has been a long time coming. We literally just finished the final details last week, so that goes to show just how long renovations actually take if you’re tackling it yourself. Emmett and I both worked on the space after business hours and it has really been a labor of love. Click through for a ton of photos! I have SO much to share and I can’t wait to chat about our latest finished project with you… 

Let’s start with a before image, shall we? Just to remind you how this space used to look before we ripped it down to the studs and started over… yucky green paint, original metal cabinetry that was rusting, an ugly “cosmetic” bulkhead, duct taped countertops, linoleum flooring with rotten subfloor underneath, the list goes on and on. You can check out all of the before images in this post.

Room for Tuesday Kitchen Reveal - roomfortuesday.comHere’s what it looks like today! A world of difference, right? This view is looking into the space from our living room and it doesn’t even look like the same kitchen. I’m also convinced that photos don’t do it justice.

Our previous kitchen looked like this. While it would’ve been easy to opt for white shaker style cabinetry and hand glazed subway tile once again (BTW: I still think that’s a classic look even though it’s “trendy” right now), I’m thrilled that our current kitchen feels original and is representative of our style and personalities. Emmett and I really poured our heart and soul into this space and I hope you enjoy seeing it finished as much as we do. We’ve also pinched our pennies and saved for this project since moving in, so this is pretty special moment to see it totally finished.

First, let’s chat about the cabinetry because I’m very proud of it! I sketched my vision for the cabinetry and had it custom made at Emmett’s work (he does accounting for a custom cabinetry / millwork shop). We went through multiple samples, stain colors, Sherwin-Williams paint colors, and I tweaked it until it was absolutely perfect. I landed on a custom color somewhere between Sherwin-Williams First Star SW 7646 and Big Chill SW 7648 for the perfect color on the upper cabinets. Even the toe kick vent covers are custom stained to blend seamlessly with the design. I’m a details person, so I try to think about every little thing- even the ugly parts, like exhaust panels.

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Room for Tuesday Kitchen Reveal - roomfortuesday.comAs always, I like to take the backsplash tile all the way to the ceiling, if possible. I saved on the floor tile and splurged on the backsplash. I’m happy to report I think the decision paid off because that marble is absolutely gorgeous! It’s difficult to capture just how beautiful it is in photographs, but take my word for it…. it’s textural and sophisticated all at the same time.

I pulled out my paint deck and color matched the warmer tones in the backsplash to select a wall color. I opted for Sherwin-Williams Alabaster 7008. It’s soft, creamy, and inviting, while complimenting the cool gray upper cabinetry color to perfection. I also feel like it ties the wall tile and floor tile together nicely.

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Room for Tuesday Kitchen Reveal - roomfortuesday.comI designed a recessed niche to fit perfectly under the range hood, behind the cooktop. This is convenient for salt, pepper, oils, and other cooking items. It gives us a place to sit things of that nature without taking up precious counter space. I had Emmett trim out the sides of the niche with marble slab remnants and the finished look is absolutely stunning! It turned out even better than I had hoped, and I wondered why kitchen niches aren’t a common thing? I think about the convenience of our shower niche and believe it is equally as functional in a cooking environment.

Room for Tuesday Kitchen Reveal - roomfortuesday.comSpeaking of cooking, we opted for an induction cooktop this time around. I really wanted gas, but Emmett talked me into this option and I’m SO happy he did. It’s easy to clean, boils water in an instant, cooks evenly, and is much safer. Do any of you use induction for cooking? I’m pleasantly surprised and am wondering how I ever survived without it? I’d make this decision over and over again- solid choice!

Room for Tuesday Kitchen Reveal - roomfortuesday.comOn the sink wall, we kept the window (and sink) in the same location, but the replacement is obviously a vast improvement from the existing vignette. It’s really nice to do dishes and look out into our beautiful backyard. Speaking of the sink, I’m all about a classic, apron front farm sink. I don’t consider it a “trend”, but rather a timeless staple that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. I love the way the white fireclay ties in the window trim, which I intentionally painted Sherwin-Williams Extra White 7006, rather than making it match the custom gray trim in the rest of the space. I think it adds depth and creates a nice, bright focal point. I just shared the DIY for the sconce above the window in this post.

Room for Tuesday Kitchen Reveal - roomfortuesday.comI granted Emmett’s request and also ordered the stainless grid that fits into the bottom of the sink. I wasn’t sure how I would like it, but it’s actually very nice. We ended up scratching the bottom of our previous fireclay sink (of a different brand) and this makes me feel better about protecting it. I’m also into the industrial aesthetic.

Room for Tuesday Kitchen Reveal - roomfortuesday.comThe soapstone countertops might be another one of my favorite things about the kitchen. When I shared our laundry room reveal, they were a popular topic and I can’t wait to devote an entire post to the countertops! They’re rich black, have a nice velvety touch, and include all of the charm and charisma natural stone offers.

Room for Tuesday Kitchen Reveal - roomfortuesday.comSee the beautiful veining in the soapstone? I fell in love with this material during my quarry visit to select marble for our fireplace…. the moment I laid eyes upon the Alberene soapstone, I knew I had to have it for our kitchen. It’s safe to say, I’m not disappointed with that decision.

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Room for Tuesday Kitchen Reveal - roomfortuesday.comAlso on the sink wall, we have a ginormous pantry to the left side of the dishwasher. It’s coming in super handy for all of our food storage. Check out how I selected that stunning pantry hardware in this post. Would you guys be interested in a pantry organization post? I figured you might want to peek inside eventually?

If you’re curious about the dishwasher, it’s integrated into the cabinetry- this is also referred to as “panel ready”. We had a cabinetry panel made to disguise it, so it blends with our lower cabinetry. Surprise!! There’s a dishwasher in there…

Room for Tuesday Kitchen Reveal - roomfortuesday.comLet’s step back (literally) and I’ll show you a view looking into the kitchen from the hall (which we’ve already started renovating). We widened the doorway and it feels so much more spacious. To the left is the living room and obviously the kitchen / breakfast nook is straight ahead. Read more about the matador art and its meaning to me in this post.

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Room for Tuesday Kitchen Reveal - roomfortuesday.comIn regards to appliances, I scored everything on Black Friday and saved quite a bit of money! Emmett is pretty particular when it comes to refrigerators, so he picked this one out and we both love it. It’s very convenient, super smart, and I love the way it looks. It adds a nice industrial vibe to the space and ties in the deep black countertops. I know water dispensers on the front of a fridge is not for everyone, but we use it SO often, it really comes in handy and is the best fit for our family.

Room for Tuesday Kitchen Reveal - roomfortuesday.comI’m also in love with the black stainless finish! It doesn’t fingerprint as easily as regular stainless and I feel like it’s a modernized version or new take on industrial design. Are you guys into it? It’s funny because readers have messaged saying I designed the color palette around my dogs. Ha! Maybe that was a subconscious decision? Either way, Finn’s new favorite spot is in front of the toe kick registers on the cool tile floor.

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Room for Tuesday Kitchen Reveal - roomfortuesday.comMoving to the other side of the kitchen and appliances, you’ll find the coffee / espresso bar. I pretty much use this area twice a day and run on caffeine. I’m trying to learn how to be a barista and impress house guests… so far I’m just average and have yet to master espresso art with frothed milk. Someday, someday.

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Room for Tuesday Kitchen Reveal - roomfortuesday.comBeneath the coffee station in the lower cabinetry are two custom slide out trash bins- for trash and recycling. They come in super handy and I love that there isn’t an ugly trash can sitting on the floor taking up additional, valuable space.

I feel like I also have to mention the pot filler! This was my brightest idea because I HATE carrying water to and from the espresso maker. Anyone else with me? I think it’s a really practical place for a pot filler. This one matches our smart faucet and I couldn’t be happier about the pair!

Room for Tuesday Kitchen Reveal - roomfortuesday.comTo the right of this area, I’m sure you’re wondering what’s in the gigantic cabinets that span from countertop to ceiling? That’s our bar cabinet, which I’m sure will come in handy when entertaining!

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Room for Tuesday Kitchen Reveal - roomfortuesday.comI’m going to make you wait until tomorrow for the breakfast nook reveal, because this post is already realllllly long, but I can tell you… I had to switch up the light fixture from the original design plan. It was a bit of a debacle and I was heartbroken at first, but I’m very excited about the replacement– dare I say it’s even better than the original option?

Room for Tuesday Kitchen Reveal - roomfortuesday.comIf anyone is curious about sources, I’ll link everything in the roundup below! Please let me know if I missed anything…

01: ceiling medallion // 02: soapstone countertops // 03: faucet // 04: wall paint: alabaster SW 7008 // 05: pendant light // 06: sink // 07: sink grid // 08: cabinetry paint: custom mix from Sherwin-Williams, but it’s somewhere between… first star SW 7646 and big chill SW 7648 // 09: floor tile // 10: sconce // 11: backsplash tile // 12: canister // 13: vintage poster art // 14: dish towels // 15: spice jar // 16: tea towel // 17: soap set // 18: ceiling paint: ceiling bright white SW 7007 // 19: espresso maker // 20: pot filler // 21: refrigerator // 22: oven & microwave wall unit // 23: induction cooktop // 24: cutting boards // 25: white planter // 26: cabinetry pulls // 27: cabinetry knobs

There is LOTS of kitchen related content coming, so stay tuned for that. Look for a soapstone Q&A, patterned floor tile roundup (basically the contenders I didn’t use), the breakfast nook reveal tomorrow, and much more! I also wanted to ask… are you guys interested in the budget and what we paid for everything? I can work on a post for that as well, or just shoot me a message and I’ll be sure to answer.

Regardless, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below. This project has been ongoing for half a year and you guys have been a big part of it. Thank you SO much for all of the support and encouragement along the way! It means more than you know. Hop over to Instagram tomorrow for a live tour after the breakfast nook reveal at 8pm MT. xox

*This post is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams®. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that allow us to create unique content while featuring products we actually use & enjoy! 

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  1. I’m not sure that I can see a single thing that I don’t like! The room as a whole is just gorgeous – the wall tiling in particular is sensational, somehow managing to be both low-key and classic and the absolute stand-out at the same time. The pot-filler by your coffee area is also a fantastic added extra – I bet it makes you happy every time you use it! Lovely.

    1. Thank you so much, Sally!! You always have the sweetest compliments. I really appreciate them and they make my day. xox

  2. Wow. Seriously, wow. Your attention to detail warms my heart. (Is it weird that the first thing I noticed was the matching vent cover??) A kitchen niche! Genius & beautiful. That soapstone! Sigh. The tile combo is inspired; on trend, but I can imagine it feeling just right in 10 years too. The coffee station and um…epic bar cabinet! You are my kind of people. Speaking of cabinets. Shazam! They are gorgeous. I would love a post about that design process and the pantry organization. Now I’m intrigued about the induction cooktop too. A beautiful gas range has always been a dream, but I bake so much that the idea of wall ovens seems ideal. And, even though it’s gauche, a budget breakdown would be interesting. I don’t know that a to-the-studs reno is in my future, but I do enjoy mulling all the details of a project.
    Truly though, you are a talented duo; the design and craftsmanship of this kitchen is impressive. Kudos.

    1. I can’t tell you how happy I am you noticed the vent cover! Those little things drive me crazy if they’re not perfect. Haha! Thank you SO much for the incredibly kind words, Peggi. I really appreciate your input :) xo

  3. Looks so good Sarah. Attention to detail is something is your strong point. Love the lighting choices & those tiles are gorgeous! You must be thrilled you can entertain in this space now.

    1. Thank you, Holly!! I can’t wait to have people over. We have house guests coming into town this week and I’m pumped to put the space to good use! xox

  4. ashley@biggerthanthethreeofus says:

    It’s absolutely glorious!! I’m itching to use that floor tile somewhere in my house too!

    1. Thank you, Ashley!! It’s so pretty and surprisingly very budget friendly. I’m working on a giant patterned floor tile roundup as we speak… I had 14 other contenders. Haha! xox

  5. Wow! This is so impressive, so so impressive. It’s hard to pick just one thing, but the lower cabinetry stain might be my favorite. I LOVE it! I have to say though I’m a little sad it’s over (even though I’m sure you aren’t!) – I’ve really enjoyed reading about this project every step of the way! Are post design blues a thing?! Because I think I have it ;)

    1. Ahhhh, THANK YOU Amanda :) Don’t worry our house is already in shambles again… the hallway is down to the studs and we have house guests arriving on Friday. I guess they shouldn’t be surprised because the last time they were here the bathroom project was wrapping up. Haha! I’m pretty sure we’re not capable of sitting still. So happy you followed along with our kitchen reno. That means so much! Thank you!! xox

  6. That was worth the wait! I love the soapstone counters, hardware, tile, and how everything goes together.

    1. Yay!!! Thank you so much, Amanda! xx

  7. Love the details! Your kitchen looks very high end! Great job to the both of you!
    Yes, to the pantry reveal!! I don’t think you should share your cost breakdown. But of course it’s up to you. Well done again!

    1. Thank you, Traci! I’ll definitely work on a pantry post after I start filling the space. We still have empty cabinets and I’ve run out of things to put in them… that has never happened in my life. Haha! xox

  8. Melanie Thielke says:

    My favorites: the tiles, natural stone counter and how everything meshes together. So easy on the eyes. I also had an induction cooking conversion and will never look back to gas. Induction is as responsive as gas, but so much easier to clean up cooking spills, and safer as you mentioned since the surface doesn’t transfer heat.

    1. Thank you, Melanie!! That makes me so happy to hear you also love induction cooking. I have to say- I was skeptical, but I’m very happy that’s what we landed on. I have nothing but positive things to say about it thus far! xo

  9. Cathy | the Grit and Polish says:

    Another beautiful room! Nice job, guys! I bet you are both LOVING having a functional kitchen after all those months. And I would definitely love a budget post if you’re inclined to share. Can’t wait to see the breakfast nook

    1. Thanks so much, Cathy! You know how it goes… it’s amazing to actually cook a meal and not have fast food for a change. Haha! The big renovations are always worth it though. xox

  10. Wow! Your kitchen Sarah is stunning. So many beautiful features but I love how smartly its designed. The most functional kitchen I have ever seen. The pot filler at the coffee station, the bar cabinet, concealed garbage bins, cooking niche, are all design features that bring the function of a kitchen to the next level. Just fabulous! Cheers to you guys and enjoy 🥂

    1. Thank you, Colleen! That’s such a great compliment… I feel like I’m growing as a designer in terms of thinking functionally. So happy you appreciated them and took the time to comment on those little details. That made my day! xox

  11. Laurie Anne says:

    AHHHHH! What an amazing transformation!! Cant wait to see the breakfast nook!

    1. Thanks girlfriend!! As much as I love the kitchen, I think I might love the breakfast nook even more. I can’t wait to share it tmrw! xo

  12. Sarah, your kitchen looks amazing! Love the hood, the farmhouse sink and the niche! Its all so very pretty… Very clever design! So glad I found your blog… Can’t wait to see the eat in kitchen reveal! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much, Terri! I’m so happy you’re here and are having fun following along. I really appreciate your sweet words and that you took the time to leave a comment :) xx

  13. Forgive me if this is too personal, but how much did you budget for this renovation? And how much of that did SW cover through your sponsorship? Your kitchen is beautiful!

    1. I’ll work on a budget post! Thanks, Lexie! xo

  14. Absolutely stunning, Sarah!! This space screams “The Gibsons!!’ and it is perfect in every way. So proud of you and all the hard work you and Emmett put into your home!

    1. Awww, that’s the best compliment! Thanks girlfriend. Love you!! xx

  15. Your kitchen looks A-Mazing! You guys are so talented! You are a genius with that extra coffee filler. Ive seen the niches on the sides but doing it on the back wall, well that is just brilliant. Counters and backsplash are such a fantastic duo! Every element is just sooo good. Your kitchen is small but mighty! Five stars!

    1. Thank you so much! The coffee filler is really coming in handy, as well as the backsplash niche. Really appreciate your kind words!! It is a small space, but we’re pretty stoked about how it turned out. xo

  16. Love! This is beautiful and approachable. I would really like to see a pantry and budget post, please.

    1. Thank you, Kelly! I’ll add those two posts to the calendar :)

  17. Looks amazing!! Awesome work! I bet it’s so nice to settled and functioning in that pretty space!!

  18. joanna // jojotastic says:

    Sarah!!! This is absolutely STUNNING!!!!!!!!!

    1. Thank you!! Can’t wait for YOURS next :) xo

  19. First, your kitchen is beautiful! I soaked in every single picture! Im sure everything is even more beautiful in person. The vented hood….awww!!! Ive been wanting to paint our natural stained cabinets because every picture you see is painted cabinets (white, off white, grey, etc) but you have me rethinking I should just leave them. Second, love your blog and your content. Its my first stop in the mornings. Last, your design eye is incredible!

    1. Thank you, Danna! I love that you stop in every morning- you have no idea how much that means to me! I vote leave your cabinets natural… maybe swap the hardware if you’re craving an update. The world has enough white and gray cabinets for now ;) Wood feels special. xx

      1. Amanda Ramey says:

        What stain did you use for your cabinets? Are you cabinets white oak?

        1. The cabinets are clear alder, and we mixed the stain in the cabinetry shop, so it ended up being a custom mix.

  20. This looks amazing! And I would love to hear about the budget!

  21. Morgan Cross says:

    LOVE IT ALL. Absolutely stunning. Please share the inside of the pantry and budget details as well!

  22. Looks amazing! The wood tone keeps it warm, and you made so many practical upgrades! We are just wrapping up our own reno and i just sent my husband your kitchen niche. Very clever.

    How about links for the salt & pepper shakers and the mugs & saucers?

    1. Thanks so much, Colleen! Congrats on wrapping up your own kitchen renovation. You have a good eye… the salt & pepper, as well as mugs & saucers are all vintage (estate sales). xo

  23. Basically hyperventilating this kitchen is so freaking beautiful. I have no other words, except could you post more photos/details of the breakfast nook??

  24. Absolutely beautiful! …and this is the reason why you are my favorite designer.

    1. Nicest compliment ever!! Thank you so much, Morgan! xx

  25. Kim @ Yellow Brick Home says:

    This is all SO good. Like, SO so good.

    The pot filler for the coffee? Dead. You’re a genius!

    1. Haha!! Thank you, Kim! Can’t wait to see how your treehouse kitchen unfolds- it already looks stunning :) xx

  26. I’ve been looking so forward to this post and it did NOT disappoint! The niche behind the cooktop is GENIUS!! I love your attention to detail and how you think everything out. Excited to see the breakfast nook!

    Would love links to the salt and pepper shakers and the mug and saucers as well.

    1. I was nervous about that, Lacey! We’ve spent SO much time on this the past 6 months, there’s always the fear it won’t live up the hype. Obviously we love it… but I’m ecstatic to hear it was worth the wait. The salt, pepper, saucers, and coffee mugs are all vintage- I’m sorry. I grabbed them at an estate sale! xo

  27. WOW! Your renovation is absolutely stunning! The attention to detail is outstanding. I have absolutely loved following your renovations. Thank you for sharing it with us!

    1. Thank you, Ashley!! xox

  28. Incredible! I too am thoroughly impressed by your attention to detail. I bet those floors will be a dream to keep clean (or looking clean, haha), and let’s not forget the design they bring to the space. Really nice job here, LOVING it! Overall, I just adore your style.

    1. Thank you, Karen! The floors hide everything and it’s SO nice! Ha, which reminds me I should probably mop soon. Thank you again… really appreciate the nice words! xx

  29. It looks so amazing Sarah! been waiting for this for ages. would love a budget post. I’m about to dive into the world of kitchen reno here in England and would love a travel guide.

    1. Thanks so much, Rebecca! I’ll definitely work on a budget post. xox

  30. Lauren Christel says:

    Oh goodness, absolutely stunning!!! I cannot even imagine how excited you guys are to cook in this gorgeous space! Thanks for continually posting content that is so fun to read and so beautiful to look at. Yours is one of very few blogs that I religiously read every last word. Keep up the fabulous creativity and sharing! xx

    1. Thank you so much, Lauren! We are definitely pumped to cook and finally have a kitchen again. I love hearing that you check for content and actually read posts. That truly makes my day and I can’t even tell you how much it means to me. THANK YOU! xoxo

  31. Girl!!!! I dont even know where to begin with this room. Let’s see….first of all soapstone is my absolute FAVE surface material for countertops followed by butcher block in a close second. I LOOOOOOOVE that you use soapstone in your kitchen. Its rarely seen but its so so beautiful. I also love that cute niche behind the stove for spices. SUCH a great use of space! I also love the black stainless steel appliances and the natural wood cabinets. This space is just absolutley beautiful and you should be so so proud!!!

  32. This room was SO worth the wait (and I had to wait an extra day for internet access)! I love the little niche, I love the stained vent cover, that soapstone is absolutely beautiful, the backsplash is just way too pretty, and I can’t get over that floor tile. I think I would just lie down on that tile with Cash and Finn and just admire the view. You two did such a great job!

    1. Thanks so much, Robyn! So funny, we actually did that the other day… lay on the floor with the dogs. They thought that was pretty fun. Haha! xo

  33. I know I’m a bit late for this reveal but I just had a chance to actually read the post. I love it! I’ll be honest, not 100% my personal style but I can totally appreciate how well-designed it is and you can tell that every detail was thought of. My favorites are the niche behind the cooktop, the backsplash and that coffee/bar area!

    1. Thanks so much, Rochie!!

  34. So worth the wait! I appreciate that you take time out to still blog when many of my favorite bloggers are more IG focused now – I suspect that blogging is a LOT more work with much less instant/positive feedback compared to IG. But wanted you to know that many people still enjoy sitting down to enjoy a well written article.

    1. Thank you so much, Anne! I’m really happy you’re still visiting the blog. I know readers are sort of doing the same thing (flocking to IG instead), but I feel like this is the space I can be myself and share the knitty gritty. It is a lot of work, but this is the outlet I’m most passionate about. I hope that shows! I also wanted to say, I really appreciate you taking the time to leave the comment, because it really is validating :) Hope you have an amazing week! xox

  35. Madeline Polton says:

    Wow! What a great kitchen. We are about to file for town permits to start our own kitchen renovation. While we have the basic layout down, one thing that I would love to learn more about is effective storage. We are working off a smaller side footprint but I know that we can make it work and would love to hear your thoughts of storage innovation, whats worth the extra money, and what maybe isn’t. Thanks!

    1. Thank you! That’s a great idea for a post, Madeline. Until I can get that drafted, I’ll share my favorite storage components in our kitchen: food storage in the “pantry”, deep drawers for pots and pans under the range, storage under our banquette, functional storage like the pull out spice rack (takes advantage of tiny negative space), as well as cabinets that run all the way to the ceiling. We have SO much storage, we haven’t even filled all of our cabinets. I’ve never had that problem in my entire life. Ha! xo

  36. Absolute perfection!!! I love all of your choices and then espresso machine pot filler….brilliant! I apologize if you answered this question and I missed it but can you please share the wood cabinet species, stain and finish that you went with? They are gorgeous and the perfect warmth…

    1. Thank you so much, Susanne! Great question… the cabinetry wood is superior alder (also called clear alder)- not to be confused with knotty alder (which looks really rustic). Hope this helps! xox

  37. Ashley - The Gold Hive says:

    Giiiiiirl I’m sorry I’m so late to finally comment on this majesty you’ve created! Nailed it – yet again. Seriously killing me with that soapstone.

    I just looked through some of your older posts in search of a floorplan with all the dimensions. Did I miss it? Can you share it? I love floorplans and I’m still trying to perfect my kitchen so I’m constantly looking for ways to measure finished spaces and apply them to my planning.

    1. Thank you!! I need to make a revised floor plan. I only shared the “before” one… adding it to my to-do list now. Yay for YOUR upcoming kitchen renovation!! xox

  38. Love the renovation and all the details! I especially like the niche. The colors are stunning and look fantastic together. And great picture of Finn, too!

    We are almost at the end of our kitchen reno (we hired it out). Right now I’m listening to the new refrigerator purring in the kitchen; it was installed this morning. We had a backsplash fail when the brown tiles I picked out turned a mauve color when installed on wall! Looked HORRIBLE with the granite countertop and the chevron accent behind the stove, so I had them remove it and then went on a 3-day search for new backsplash. It has arrived and will be installed by early next week. Not my first choice, but it spoke to me when I saw it, so all will be well.

    1. Thank you so much, Becky! It sounds like things are moving right along for you, and you’ll have a shiny new kitchen soon too!! Good luck wrapping it up. xox

  39. Hello – Quick question, and I am sorry if I missed the answer somewhere else. What did you do for the grout on those floor tiles? It looks like one tile is made to look like 4, but did you do a grout between the actual pieces? Thanks! (Love the entire room – nailed it!)

  40. Hello.
    This is my first time on your site! Your kitchen drew me in I am getting new cabinets. What is the stain color you used on your cabinets. Do you also know the brand of stain? Also are all your knobs and pulls Chrome? So pretty!

    1. Hi Anne, so happy you found your way here! Hopefully you’ll return often for more design inspiration. My cabinets are custom. I custom mixed the stain color in a local custom cabinetry shop, therefore it doesn’t have a brand or color swatch / number. My cabinetry hardware is polished nickel! Hope this helps. xo

  41. Brianna Gavio says:

    Hello! Have really enjoyed following along the last couple months. I love the look of your cabinetry hardware–do you have a formula for calculating the pull size on wider drawers? For a 36″ wide drawer base, I’m thinking we either need 12″ pulls, or maybe two 6″ pulls (though I prefer the look of one)–does that sound right to you?

  42. Hi Sarah- I happened upon your page from Pinterest and have enjoyed reading your kitchen updates from start to finish. My husband and I are currently renovating a 100 year old home in Virginia, and I wanted to let you know that I had the chance to visit the Alberene quarry in Schuyler, VA to pick out my own soapstone slabs only last week. We are so lucky that they are local to us here near Harrisonburg, it’s such a gorgeous stone. The kitchen has been a long time coming and we can’t wait to see everything come together the next few weeks! I now need to go find your post about soapstone… all the best! Kelsey

    1. So excited to read your comment Kelsey!! You are so lucky to have been able to visit the quarry. I haven’t been the Alberene location, but I visited the marble quarry in Georgia a couple years back to source a slab for my fireplace and it was absolutely beautiful. Polycor is such an amazing company! I’d love to see your finished kitchen :) xox

  43. Michael Bardwell says:

    What kind of wood are your cabinets made out of? Love it!

    1. They’re constructed of maple!

  44. Anjanee Rotolo says:

    I think I may have previously commented on the wrong post. This is the post with the beautiful light brown base cabinets I would like to know more about. Where they custom stained? What color? What finish? Any information you could share would be much appreciated.

    1. The cabinetry was a custom stain, therefore I don’t have a swatch or number to share. I’m sorry! It was a visit the cabinet shop and say- 1 more drop of yellow, 1 more of red, etc situation.

  45. Hi! I am in love with your kitchen! I am starting the process of renovating ours, and I’m looking for a spot to put our espresso maker. We have the same one you have. (Genius idea for the water filler btw!) Right now I have it next to our sink because I find it to be so messy but I’d like to get it off of my main counter area. I’m wondering how you deal with the mess from the drip tray and when you froth milk. I can’t see myself walking back and forth from the sink to the coffee machine every time there is a mess (which is pretty much every morning lol). Trying to find a solution to this problem. Thanks!

    1. Hi Gwen, thank you! Congrats on your own upcoming renovation- that’s so exciting! I haven’t found that mine is super messy when I froth milk. I’ve been toying with the idea of sharing a tutorial on how I use my espresso machine and make coffee each morning. I’m just trying to determine if there is enough interest for that! I like to keep a dish towel folded on top of the machine and I wipe everything after use. Have you seen it in our new kitchen? Check it out in this post for more ideas: https://roomfortuesday.com/our-dark-moody-kitchen-reveal/

  46. Gwen wanda says:

    Wow, those cabinets are beautiful! I love the color! I don’t always make a mess frothing, but sometimes it happens. It’s more the drip tray. Do you just empty it before it getS completely full? Also, a wet rag is needed to wipe done the froth wand every time, so there’s another trip to the sink. Thanks for helping. I’m just trying to think it through before I place it in a permanent spot. I considered the Miele built in machine but I’ve been reading that the daily maintenance might not be worth it.

    1. Ahhh gotcha, Gwen! I do empty it before it’s totally full.

  47. Julie Carty says:

    Hi! Love love your kitchen. I tried the link to the tile but can’t find it. Do you remember the name of it?

    1. It looks like they’re not making it anymore or it’s discontinued. Sorry Julie!

  48. Angie Jacobs says:

    Hi! I found your post and love the stain color you used! What kind of wood and what was the stain recipe?

    1. Thank you Angie! The stain color is totally custom (I mixed it in the cabinetry shop), so I don’t have a specific name, brand, or formula for that. The type of wood is clear alder!

  49. Hello! This is a beautiful kitchen. I love the color of the wood cabinets. Could you tell me what kind of wood that is and what color stain you used on it?

  50. Zulma Troche says:

    Hi Sarah!! I know this is an old thread, but I am I love with this room. While I cannot redo my kitchen to mimic yours, I thought I’d do it to my entryway area. I would love to use the tile but the link is not showing up the tile. Do you by chance have the name/maker/ design of the tile so that I could try to locate it somehow? Thank you so much for taking the time to read this!!!

    1. Hi Zulma, thank you! Unfortunately, the tile has been discontinued. I’m sorry!

  51. Angie Waylett says:

    I’ve noticed you mentioned in your questions your bottom cabinets were maple and another time clear Alder. I really do like the grain in them & are in the process of beginning to work with our cabinet maker. Can you confirm which wood it is, please?

    1. Hi Angie! Our current kitchen is maple. Our previous kitchen (which is this blog post) is clear alder. We’ve renovated a few homes and sometimes it’s difficult to tell which kitchen someone is referring to in the comments on the backend of my site. Apologies for the confusion!

  52. Good morning! Yup. I still just adore every single thing about this kitchen. I hope you have the most rewarding and productive week!💜 I’m off to decorate birthday cake!

    1. Good morning, Peggi! Thank you :) Happy cake decorating. I hope you had a fun weekend celebrating! xo

  53. Okay….2020 has been crazy and for a few minutes I thought I was losing it.
    Way to get my heart rate up! Lol!
    So thankful I’m not going crazy. Still love that kitchen years later.

    1. Haha!! Sorry Traci :) I announced last week that this week is going to be “Post from Past” week, sharing my previous favorites. Don’t worry- you’re not going crazy! I also still love that beautiful kitchen! xo

  54. Such a gorgeous kitchen and one of my favorites (hard choice between this one and your present one)! I love the backsplash tile. The wood cabinets and black countertops are the best too! There’s so much thought and clever details in this kitchen.
    Hope you are having a productive day. So glad your store will be online…just giddy over here! Hello holiday gifts!

    1. Thank you, Danna! I loved so many things about both of them. I definitely miss this one, but I think our current kitchen fits us best :) It has been the MOST productive day over here. I hope your week is off to a great start, too. I can’t wait to show you all the holiday goodies… I found the best decor and gifts! xo

  55. Ok, so I was here for this but you didn’t know it, lol. This was before I ever commented on any posts. I think I followed your blog for a full year before I actually left a single comment! I still love this kitchen: the backsplash tile still stops me in my tracks; that stove top niche for the oils is still genius; the pot filler in the coffee bar-even more genius; the marble trim around the niche; the cabinets from countertop to ceiling…that was the first time I had seen it done and my mind was completely blown!! I think this week is going to be super special to look back at all these. So fun! Cheers to vintage posts! Btw: someone commented on last weeks posts about not being able to receive. Indeed, they are not making it into my email this week. Doesn’t bother me at all to come directly here, but I know you were going to try something out to see if it would work. Catch you in the morning! Xo

    1. Haha! Incognito! I’m so happy you decided to comment and took the time to say hello and chat design with me! It has been fun becoming friends over the years, Lauren :) That kitchen will forever be a favorite of mine. We packed SO much functionality into that tiny space. This week has been fun, trying to choose an eclectic mix of past posts that are helpful and still relevant! I have no idea why the posts aren’t going out in email this week (with the recycled posts). I changed the dates and everything. I’m totally stumped on that matter! I’m sorry. Thanks for still coming over to chat with me!! Hope you’re having a great week so far. xo

  56. I love everything so much!! May i ask what the wood species is for the lower cabs? White oak, maybe? (They’re beautiful!!)
    Thank you for sharing it.

    1. Thank you, Lydia! The lower cabinetry is clear alder with a custom stain :)

  57. Oh, awesome. I hadn’t considered Alder – this is beautiful. Appreciate the response!

  58. megan hanson says:

    hello! i love everything about your kitchen refresh and attention to detail! i’m a rural mn mom in the middle of a kitchen remodel myself and i’m having a hard time finding the right stain on clear alder to give it that neutral wood look without it looking too warm. i know yours is a custom stain but any help or tips you could share that i would be able to pass along to my custom cabinet maker would be so appreciated! brand of stain, ones to try in the mix etc.

    1. I believe we used the brand Minwax, Megan! Weathered Oak is a nice similar color they make :)

  59. This is an absolute beauty, Sarah. Loved the gorgeous and stunning design. The photos were just awesome. Your designing skill is just exemplary. I appreciate it very much. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much, Daniel!

  60. Love your kitchen and your blogs! The pot filler at the coffee station is genius! Would you possibly share how high the pot filler is from the counter? The height of the pipe that cones from the wall to the counter is the measurement I’m looking for & would you use that height again? Thanks! Nancy

    1. Thank you so much, Nancy! We’ve actually moved into a different home, so this is no longer our current kitchen. I wish I could measure for you- I’m sorry.

  61. Julie Moor says:

    This Kitchen is absolutely fabulous. I admit, i’m inspired by it (Sorry, my english is bad, i speek french). Were you satified with the handle ? Solid ? Not too messy ? We have 3 children…and i’m not an “house fee” ! Thanks… Julie

    1. Thank you, Julie! Yes- we’re very satisfied with the finishes, materials, and it’s holding up great.

  62. Katie Denney says:

    Is there any chance you could relink this floor or is it just maybe not sold anymore? I LOVE it but the link just takes me to the wayfair site.

    1. Hi Katie, it was sadly discontinued awhile ago and is no longer available. I’m sorry!

  63. I love your marble wall tile and would like to use it in our walk-in pantry, but the link isn’t working. Do you have the name of the brand/style or a new link I could connect to? Thank you!

    1. I’m so sorry, Julie… that tile has been discontinued.

  64. Hello Sarah! Beautiful kitchen! We are planning to put clear Alder cabinets in our new build house and will be finalizing that decision soon. My only worry is that Alder’s hardness rating is very low for a hardwood and I’ve read a lot of articles and posts that mention it wouldn’t hold up very well in a busy household. How have your cabinets held up? I have two kids (7 and 10) and a dog. Thank you!

  65. Hello! Could you tell me what kind of wood and wood stain is used on the lower cabinets?

    Also, I’m looking everywhere for the backsplash tile, the link at the end of the article did take me there.

    Thank you so much— it looks amazing!

    1. Hi Mindy! The wood species is clear alder and we custom mixed the stain. Sorry- I wish I had a swatch name or number for you. The backsplash tile has unfortunately been discontinued, as this renovation was years ago. I’m sorry! I hope that helps to answer at least one of your questions.

  66. Lovely! Do you have any details on the floor tile. I love it and I’m looking for something similar.

    1. Thanks, Beth! I wish that tile was still around, but sadly- it was discontinued a few years ago. I’m sorry!

  67. I love your cabinet! Do you know the stain color and what kind of wood it is! I have maple cabinets and I am wanting to restrain them! Thank you so much

    1. Thank you! I custom mixed the stain, so unfortunately I don’t have a color swatch. The cabinets are clear alder though. Not sure if that’s helpful?

  68. Looks so lovely. What stain did you use for your cabinets? It’s a very nice color.

    1. Sarah Gibson says:

      Thank you, Terica! I wish I had an exact color to share, but I custom mixed this one. I’m sorry.

  69. Love your lower cabinets! Would you please provide the manufacturer, stain color, etc? TIA!

    1. Sarah Gibson says:

      Thank you, Denyse! I actually custom designed those and mixed my own stain color (my husband works for a cabinetry shop), so the possibilities were endless. I wish I had specifics to share with you. I’m sorry!

  70. Did you mention what stain you used on your bottom cabinets? We are doing a similar look.

    1. Sarah Gibson says:

      I custom mixed that stain! I’m sorry- I wish I had a specific color number for you.

  71. What species of wood are the cabinets? They are beautiful.

    1. Sarah Gibson says:

      Thanks, Julie! They are clear alder.

  72. I absolutely love this kitchen. We want to do a similar coffee setup with a pot filler, we have the exact same espresso machine. Any chance you can tell me the height from your counter to your upper cabinet to accommodate the espresso machine and pot filler?!

    1. Sarah Gibson says:

      Thank you, Samantha! We’ve actually moved and haven’t lived in this home for awhile- I wish I could grab the measurement for you. I’m sorry! I don’t remember the exact height at which we installed that.

  73. Beautiful!! The island is stunning, can you please tell me the stain you used? I’ve been struggling to get the right tone and your amazing island is has the perfect tone!

    Thanks, Katie!

    1. Sarah Gibson says:

      Thank you, Katie! Unfortunately, I mixed a custom stain. Sorry- I wish I had a specific swatch to share!