Our Next Big Project : The Kitchen

Our Next Big Project : The Kitchen - roomfortuesday.comIf you follow along on Instagram, you found this out yesterday, but I’m excited to officially announce (here on the blog), our next BIG project…. the kitchen! Some of you guessed this when we put my office on hold after finishing the gorgeous herringbone hardwood floors. The only thing that would keep us from finishing the office renovation this spring & summer would be a giant project like the kitchen. When Lowe’s called me to chat about our future plans for the space, I got SO excited, sat down at my computer, didn’t move for 6 hours, and whipped up the entire kitchen design plan. In my entire design career, I’ve never pulled together a room of that scale so quickly. It just kind of poured out of me and I couldn’t be more proud to share the before images, the design plan, the pre-renovation video diary, and alllllll the details about our upcoming kitchen project in this post. Things are already underway. Click through to read all about it!

*This post is sponsored by Lowe’s. 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!


I’ll begin with a little project intro. Emmett and I are always saving for our next project and we guessed the kitchen would be the big one to tackle in 2020- especially after just finishing our intense guest bathroom renovation. The call from Lowe’s was such a game changer that really shook our schedule and I basically burst into tears hearing they wanted to work together again on the kitchen- and SO soon. There were a number of emotions and thoughts that flooded my mind… excited was the obvious one (as you’ll later see in the video).

Our Next Big Project : The Kitchen - roomfortuesday.comAfter selling our previous home with a newly renovated kitchen that we only got to enjoy for 6 months, this was welcome news! Tackling our current kitchen sooner means we get to enjoy it for years to come. Partnering with Lowe’s is also a dream come true because we shop there ALL the time anyway- and I love being able to share well-designed spaces with you that are actually attainable. Much like the guest bath, I love showing and sharing that you CAN achieve designer results at a DIY price. Their wide variety of products in-store and online was really invaluable during my design process this time around. Speaking of process- I’ll break down and share all of those details with you in separate posts. Lastly, Emmett and I have never been more ready to take on a project of this caliber. I feel like our teamwork is on point lately and this one is going to be challenging for both of us, in a good way. Ready?!


Our Next Big Project : The Kitchen - roomfortuesday.comLet me give you the before tour! These were taken right after we emptied out the space to kick off the renovation. This is our current kitchen and what it looked like upon moving in (we haven’t touched it). The peninsula really closes in the space and makes it feel much smaller than it actually is.

Our Next Big Project : The Kitchen - roomfortuesday.comThe cabinets were originally cherry, but the previous home owners painted them this gray color. They’re really not bad, but the door style is dated, the layout doesn’t work well, and the organization isn’t optimal. That bulkhead above the uppers has to go… and don’t even get me started on the GIANT florescent light. Wowza.

Our Next Big Project : The Kitchen - roomfortuesday.comIf you’re wondering about the blue painters tape on the floor, we’re planning to extend the kitchen out that far and build a wall in between the kitchen and formal living area / entrance to the backyard. I’d like a little more separation between the two spaces, as well as division between the back entryway and kitchen. It will also give us the opportunity to create some architectural interest in both rooms.

Our Next Big Project : The Kitchen - roomfortuesday.comIn our typical fashion, this is an “everything must go” scenario. I want to start from scratch… new floors, new cabinetry, new appliances, new lighting, new countertop, etc. Luckily, the existing stuff is in great shape and we were able to find future homes for the appliances and cabinets.

Our Next Big Project : The Kitchen - roomfortuesday.comSo there you have it… the kitchen before we tear it all to pieces! Like I said- this space has so much potential, the design just poured out of me and I think it might surprise you.

Our Next Big Project : The Kitchen - roomfortuesday.com


Given the floor plan is currently very closed off, I wanted to remove the peninsula / breakfast bar and really open up the space. Emmett and I decided to keep the plumbing where it’s at to make our life easier, so the sink and fridge needed to stay put. Check out how the basic floor plan will change below…

Our Next Big Project : The Kitchen - roomfortuesday.comReady to see a little visual? I’ve inserted the design plan below! You can shop all of the sources from Lowe’s using the numbered links listed at the bottom of the collage.

Our Next Big Project : The Kitchen - roomfortuesday.com01: rohl widespread kitchen faucet with side spray // 02: bedrosians cloe grey subway tile // 03: rohl pot filler // 04: amerock cabinet pulls // 05: amerock cabinet knob // 06: kohler whitehaven black sink // 07: GE cafe gas range // 08: bruce hardwood flooring (see this herringbone DIY post) // 09: GE profile microwave // 10: diamond cabinets (lisette door in maritime)

What do you think? It’s going to be moody, bold, and hopefully really beautiful once it’s all said and done! I can’t wait to show you renderings with the cabinetry- it’s gorgeous. I landed on custom Diamond cabinets from Lowe’s and Emmett is most excited about the GE Café Range. My local store actually has a kitchen design center, so it was nice to be able to touch & feel product, create flat lays, and choose everything all at once in store while looking at it… but I’ll save that design info for another post!

Our Next Big Project : The Kitchen - roomfortuesday.comI’ve been keeping this secret for a little while and as items have been rolling in, a mountain of boxes in the formal living room has definitely accumulated. That’s our cabinetry, appliances, lighting, hardware, and everything in between.


l’ll wrap things up with our pre-project video diary. You’ll hear all about our goals, things we’re most excited for, a few things we’re nervous to tackle, and more:

I’m planning to cover every single detail of the renovation here on the blog- and social media too, of course. I have a BUNCH of blog post ideas that will hopefully be helpful and fun to follow. You can expect to learn more about:

  • our demo process
  • how to choose appliances for any budget
  • the cabinetry design & ordering process
  • my favorite cabinetry colors
  • the cabinetry installation process
  • how to choose the right backsplash (+ some classic favorites)
  • creating a kitchen lighting plan
  • tips for designing a functional kitchen (that is very organized)
  • things every kitchen needs that you wouldn’t necessarily think of

Our Next Big Project : The Kitchen - roomfortuesday.comI’d LOVE to know if there is anything specific you want to see or learn throughout the process? I’m going to hop on Insta LIVE tonight at 8pm Mountain Time, feel free to tune in, ask questions, tell me what you want to see, and chat! Otherwise, if you can’t make it… please leave me a comment below! You know I love hearing from you. Did you guys see this project coming or was it a total surprise? I’m honestly terrible at keeping secrets. I’ve been trying to drop big hints the past month!

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  1. Woohoo!! So exciting and beautiful! The cabinet color is amazing, and I love, love, love the idea of the countertop cabinets (is there a name for that?). Of the topics you listed above, I’m especially interested in the choosing appliances, cabinet design/ordering and designing an organized kitchen. I’ll be interested to see the panel-ready fridge situation too; no pressure, Emmett.😉 All the details! Architectural interest, an extended wall, do I spy black marble counters? I’m curious, too, about how the kitchen will flow with the room opposite? Is it the dining room? So. Much. Good. Stuff!!💪👏👷‍♀️🛠💖

    1. Thank you so much Peggi!! I think they’re actually called counter cabinets :) I’m a little nervous about the panel ready fridge… it’s currently sitting in our living room and I have no idea how the panels attach to the face of it. Haha! That sounds like an Emmett project. Speaking of Emmett- he had ONE request for this kitchen… soapstone countertops. He loved our last ones so much, he asked for them again. I couldn’t argue with that. haha! I actually haven’t seen the slabs yet, but I’m hoping they have some veining this time around. It all depends on where it came from in the quarry. We shall see! The room across from the kitchen is indeed the dining room.

  2. It looks gorgeous and I can’t wait to read your posts! One question I have is in regard to the black stainless steel appliances. I recently read a post from another blog where someone put a magnet on their black stainless steel o hold a recipe. Later, when they attempted to take the magnet off, the finish on the frige came off with it. The writer stated that somewhere in the fine print of the appliance, it was recommended not to use magnets but they had not seen it. The brand maker also had no solutions for repairing as the dark finish was laid over the stainless steel. It was not a cheap frige either ($2000). I was interested if you found this with the appliances you purchased?

    1. Thank you Linda! We won’t have any black stainless appliances in this kitchen, but we did have them in our previous kitchen and I absolutely loved them! I never had any issues with the finish, magnets, or even fingerprinting. They were so nice. You can see them in this post: https://roomfortuesday.com/our-kitchen-reveal/

  3. How exciting! I can’t wait to see everything come together. I love the cabinet color!

    1. Thanks Allie! I’m really happy with the cabinet color- I’m pretty tired of white & gray kitchens, and I think this color is going to feel like a breath of fresh air to us :) Can’t wait to see the cabinetry installed!

  4. Looking forward to this!!!

    1. Thanks for following along Liz! I can’t wait to document every step of the renovation :)

  5. So excited to see the final product! That tile is absolutely gorgeous :)

    1. Thanks Megan! I’m also eager to install that tile- I think it’s going to be gorgeous!

  6. Emily Villejoin says:

    I love everything! Only worried about the blue note cabinet color with all of the dark colors but you never disappoint, so I am extremely excited to see it all!
    Are you doing this for the oneroomchallenge?

    1. Aw thanks Emily! I was ready for something bold, colorful, and different- I hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised once everything is installed. Nope- no ORC this time. I don’t think we could complete this in the timeframe. Maybe we’ll hop on board and join this fall with a different room.

  7. So excited to for this project! I’d love to know the dimensions of the kitchen before and after. The upper cabinets and appliance storage sound so cool, can’t wait to see it all come together!

    1. Thank you Anne! The before dimensions were 12.5 ft wide by 10.5 ft long, and the new footprint will be around 12.5 ft wide (the width didn’t change) by 14.5 feet long. We’ll gain about 4 feet in length. This will allow for a floor to ceiling pantry, the larger gas range, and a larger refrigerator. I’ll be sharing cabinetry design plans and renderings soon so you can get a better feel for it :)

  8. Well, you fooled me! Very excited for you, and for we, your followers! Love the plans.

    1. Ha! Jumping to the kitchen was a big (happy) surprise for us too, Jennifer :) I can’t even express how pumped I am for this project! It’s going to be a good one.

  9. Great job on the video! I love following you guys and I’m very excited about the kitchen remodel because I have to redo my kitchen and I know you will inspire me. Unfortunately mine is a bit smaller than yours.

    The only bad thing about following you is that I spend more money but ….that’s not all bad….at least not for your sponsors ha ha. Still debating the hairdryer bag but my guest are definitely going to notice some extra goodies the next time they visit. And the ceiling to floor shower curtain turned out really well. Thanks for the ideas and especially the links!

    1. Thank you Kathy! I can’t tell you how much that means- I really appreciate you following along on our renovation journey. We’ve definitely had our fair share of small houses and kitchens- I think a space can be gorgeous and functional, no matter the size :) Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration regardless. I’m excited to hear your shower curtain turned out really well and you used some of my guest bathroom tricks for visitors!! xox

      1. The shower curtain is looonnnngg…I have 9 ft ceilings! Unfortunately the tile doesn’t go all the way up so i’m hoping the dramatic curtain distracts. Once I get the right accessories, I think it will be good to go. A lot better than the “before!” I need company to push me over the finish line.

        1. It should definitely distract away from the tile :) It sounds like it’s going to be beautiful.

  10. Exciting! I think your new floor plan is really good and yeah, no need to be moving the sink and stove as they’re functionally placed already and will have enough counter space to the side of them. After you take off the shutters I hope there is a lot more light in there! It will help the moody colors not to feel dim and dirt-hiding lol. Of course you will have excellent lighting plans as well :) Kitchen reno blogging is always fun to follow along and I like to see what people with some experience under their belts have to say about function as well as form.

    1. Thanks Julie! My thoughts exactly… no need to reinvent the wheel, especially if things look balanced and are functional. Removing the shutters make a big difference upstairs in the guest room window nook, we’ll also be replacing these windows for more efficient ones. I’m thinking we should have adequate natural light :) Thanks for following along! xox

  11. Very exciting to see the bold colors and also to see how you reconfigure the layout. We have a somewhat similar reno that we are saving for, so will be following closely. Exciting!

    1. Yes!! I’m equally as excited, Angela :) I was ready for COLOR.

  12. So excited to see this process unfold!! You do such creative and unique work—I too am sick of the white and gray kitchen. One question for you—are you able to donate the granite countertops? can they be reprocessed for smaller vanity or something? Just curious 😊 love that y’all are finding new homes for the existing cabinets and appliances.

    1. Thank you!! We’re going to try to salvage and save as much as we can so items can be re-homed. The plan is to “demo gently”… we’ll see how it goes! I’ll definitely share the process on here. xo

  13. Ashley - The Gold Hive says:

    You mean you don’t love the spaceship lighting? hah! I can’t wait to see what you do, it will be a showstopper as always :)

    1. Haha!! That light really could suck a person into outerspace. Maybe that’s the key to teleporting. lol! Thanks so much friend :) xox

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Exciting! Can’t wait to see the project unfold! One quick question — is there a reason why you’re opting to install a gas range, after using induction in your previous kitchen? We’re currently trying to decide between the two!

    1. Thanks Elizabeth! The gas range versus induction was purely an aesthetic preference this time around. The induction cooktop felt a little more modern and I wanted to go super traditional and classic in this house. I really did love our induction cooktop in our last house though!

      1. Elizabeth says:

        Good to know! Thank you!

  15. Loved watching the video & hearing more about your plans Sarah. Dark & moody sounds exciting..love the cabinetry colour you’ve chosen.

    1. Thanks so much Holly :) xox

  16. Brittany R. says:

    I can’t wait to see all of this unfold! I always love your designs-they are so classic yet fresh, and just beautiful to stare at. I’m really excited to see the floor to ceiling pantry- I’ve been trying to figure that one out in my own kitchen. Side question-is your interior design work focused only locally to you, or do you work from a distance or online as well?

    1. Thank you so much Brittany! I really appreciate that. Did you see our previous pantry? If not, definitely check out that post! As for interior design work, I used to take on client projects (locally and e-design), but have since stopped because I’ve gotten so busy with my business and our own renovation.

  17. your kitchen plan is stunning! I can not wait to see it all come together. I LOVE the cabinet style and color. I am so over white kitchens as well. So glad yall are doing the kitchen now. We need to do reno ours and want to steal all your details and planning.

    1. Thank you, Amy! Perfect timing then :) xox

  18. I love all your spaces, and I can’t wait to see this one come to life! I do have to say, though, it seems a little disingenuous to say that this is “actually attainable…at a DIY price.” It is a sponsored project, so of course it is a great price for you! The rest of us aren’t so lucky and have to do the work AND pay for our DIY renos. :)

    1. Thanks so much! I’ll start by saying, we’ve been shopping at Lowe’s for over a decade for all of our home renovations (for that exact reason)- long before we ever had brand partners or sponsored posts. We also do all of the work ourselves. I 100% stand behind my statement because Lowe’s products ARE attainable, they have a great price point (and even price match), and their products are accessible (you don’t have to shop through an interior design to gain access). I’m honored to work with them and luck has nothing to do with it… I work incredibly hard. Are some products sponsored? Yes. Do I pay for lots of items myself? Yes. I always try to be totally honest here. So that’s why saying I’m being disingenuous really strikes a nerve with me… adding a smiley face at the end of a comment doesn’t make it nicer or constructive. Please remember there is a person on the other side of this blog.

  19. I would love to hear your thoughts on different types of cabinets – full overlay, inset, etc. It seems like I have seen inset touted as the best quality cabinet handsdown, but noticed you have used full overlay (I think?) in your kitchen renovations. I love your style and trust that you’re choosing the best products for your home so I would love to hear your pros and cons!

    1. Great question Danielle! I definitely don’t think one or the other, inset or overlay, is the “best quality”. It all depends on the construction and manufacturer. They’re two totally different aesthetics and they even functional differently. We typically use full overlay because Emmett works at a custom cabinetry shop and is very picky. He seems to prefer overlay because you’re able to use more of the space and they’re a bit more functional. From a design perspective, I really love both! I’m sure eventually, we’ll use inset someday (if I can convince him). Until them, I’m perfectly happy and smitten with our new overlay cabinets. I’ll do a cabinetry tour once they’re installed :) xo

  20. Hi Sarah, your designs are inspiring! Thank you for sharing your progress, it must take alot of your time to document everything! My question is in regards to the backsplash, what is the size of it and is it white or gray? We did just have our cabinets painted revere pewter (darkened) and are trying to decide on backsplash. Your choice is beautiful!

    1. Thanks so much, Marie! It definitely is a labor of love :) The backsplash is grey and each tile is 2.5″ x 8″.

  21. I have a quick question about flooring. I am doing a dark kitchen as well and your pictures have provided so much inspiration!! We have two outdoor entries (garage and backyard) leading onto our kitchen very high traffic so we are leaning towards tile. if you were to put tile in your kitchen what would you pick(loaded question I know!!).

    Thanks again for all of your transparency in your blogs, it really helps out.

    1. Oooh! Exciting Jess! That is a loaded question. Ha! I don’t blame you for going with tile- that’s definitely the right choice given the traffic. If I had to choose tile… I’d go with a mosaic of some sort. That’s a tough question though because I never really had to think about tile knowing that we would have hardwood. Hmmm.

  22. Hi Sarah. I love that cabinet color and am considering it myself. I was wondering if you know if there’s a paint color to match it? I’m just thinking of painting some furniture I have to match. Thanks!

    1. Thanks Brandy! Unfortunately, I don’t have a color match. It is “Maritime” from Diamond Cabinets. I’ll have to pull out my swatch books someday and see if I can find something close. Sorry!

  23. Hi Sarah! :)
    May I ask what did you use to design your kitchen plan? I’m having trouble designing my own kitchen.

    1. Hi Keah! Of course- since I worked with Lowe’s on this project, their in house kitchen design team used their own software and I sat in and told them where to place cabinetry. You can do the same at your local store! Otherwise, I typically use Microvellum to design custom cabinetry (because my husband has access to the software through his work).

  24. What are the dimensions of your kitchen? Thank you!

    1. Sarah Gibson says:

      Roughly 12 foot x 16 feet (guessing)!