Our Colorful Kitchen Remodel Reveal: Before and After

Last Updated on March 3, 2022

Our colorful kitchen remodel is done. In this post, I'm sharing all the details as well as lots of before and after photos. The wall removal and big island make such a dramatic difference!

colorful kitchen after wall removal
Well friends, I can hardly believe that it's kitchen reveal day! I know many of you will just be here to see the before and after photos, which is cool! I totally get it. So I'm going to try to keep the writing to a minimum, but know that I am going to be writing a whole series of posts about our kitchen renovation timeline, tips for staying sane during a kitchen remodel, etc. So more details will be coming!

If you missed all the details, floor plan changes and renderings of the kitchen remodel that I shared a couple of months ago, you may want to start with that post by clicking here.

Today's post is just about the dramatic transformation :) If you like what you see, I be so grateful if you could take a moment to pin your favorite image to Pinterest!

I've added in sources throughout the post, and you can find the complete source list at the bottom of this post as well :) 

A very special thanks to Build.com, Article and Select Surfaces for providing us with some products for this kitchen renovation. We are so grateful for their support! 

The Kitchen Before the Remodel

Before we dive into all the photos of the new kitchen, let's travel back in time for a bit. This is what the kitchen looked like when we moved in.

orange oak cabinets in outdated kitchen

outdated kitchen with orange oak cabinets

And this is what it looked like after we painted the kitchen cabinets, painted the floors, moved some cabinets around, added this DIY herringbone wall and a whole lot of other inexpensive changes (we only spent about $700).

gray kitchen with painted and stenciled floors

gray and aqua kitchen with painted floors

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The Kitchen After the Remodel

And here's the kitchen now! You'll notice that the wall removal between the kitchen and dining room makes a HUGE difference. Removing that wall not only allows sooooo much more natural light into the kitchen, but it also allows for the much larger island, which was a must for us! 

white and teal modern kitchen

white and teal kitchen open to dining room

white and teal kitchen open to navy blue dining room

white and teal kitchen with modern stacked tile backsplash

This before and after shot gives you a better idea of just how much taking that wall out impacted the space.

kitchen remodel before and after photos with wall removal

Ripping out the old pantry not only allowed us to add counter space to BOTH sides of the oven range, it also allowed us to add far more functional pull-out pantry space to this wall space where fairly useless base cabinetry used to be. This new pantry storage is such a game-changer. More details on that in a future post!

kitchen remodel before and after image

kitchen remodel with large pantry cabinets

modern kitchen remodel after photo

The New Flooring

Okay, now that I've given you some after photos to satisfy your curiosity, let's go into some of the details. Aside from the wall removal, I think the flooring had the next biggest impact in this space. The first floor of our home used to have THREE different types of flooring (bamboo, tile, and carpet). We had replaced the flooring in the room that is now my office Select Surfaces laminate flooring before I even started blogging! Needless to say, it was not a sponsored project, lol. But we completely fell in love with the flooring, so when it was time to replace the flooring in our family room and master bedroom, we used the same product. 

So naturally, we wanted to finish off the entire first floor with Select Surfaces as well. We used Select Surfaces Canyon Trail to replace the flooring in the kitchen, dining room, hallway and foyer downstairs. You know what that means?! Now we have one uniform type of flooring downstairs. Wooo hooo! You can tell what a difference in makes in the before and after shots below.

before and after kitchen remodel with laminate flooring

The New Island

Y'all, the new island was what the entire kitchen design revolved around. We wanted a BIG island. And this sucker is over 9 feet long and is 4 1/2 feet deep. Mission accomplished! Why did we want it so large? Three reasons. First, I wanted to be able to put the sink in it. I was sooooo sick of staring at a wall while cleaning up after dinner. Second, it was vital that we be able to fit the trash can on one side of the sink and the dishwasher on the other PLUS fit the microwave. Third, we wanted to actually be able to sit at our island. To fit 4 stools comfortably, it needed to be big. 

And y'all, this is now the island of our dreams! Not only can we sit at it for breakfast and sometimes lunch (we eat dinner in our dining room every night), but cleaning up after meals is sooooo much easier. We have trash and recycling to the right of the sink and the dishwasher to the left. Perfect workflow. 

large teal kitchen island silken peacock by Sherwin Williams

I cannot even tell you how obsessed with the sink & accessories I am! We got it from Build.com and it's the coolest sink I've ever seen. It includes modular pieces so you can use it in so many different ways. We use the colander, drying racks and washing bin A LOT, but it also comes with a cutting board. So cool. 

Kohler prolific sink

kohler prolific sink

kohler prolific sink in white and teal kitchen

And the beautiful contemporary faucet and soap dispenser that we also got from Build.com compliment the sink perfectly. 

kohler purist faucet in kitchen remodel

The New Seating Area

One of the goals of the new, much larger island was to be able to sit at it for breakfast. I'm thrilled that it comfortably fits all four of us with room to spare. Seating at the island means that we no longer need a table and chairs in our breakfast nook. So after debating lots of ideas, we decided to create a comfy seating area where Joe and I can sit and drink our coffee in the mornings and tea at night (yep, we love our Sleepytime Tea). 

I fell in love with these  velvet lounge chairs and leather ottoman from Article and reached out to them about partnering with us for this project. I was SO excited when they said yes. This seating area turned out EXACTLY how I wanted it to. 

I know ordering furniture online freaks a lot of people out. But Article.com makes it pretty painless to order. It offers FREE ground shipping on orders over $999 and for orders under $999, it offers a flat shipping fee of $49 (or $19 for small shipments). And if you are nervous you won't like what you order, fear not. Article offers a 30-day satisfaction guarantee so you can try out your new furniture in your home. If you’re not completely happy, they’ll pick up the furniture and provide a refund, minus the delivery and pickup charges which is only $49. 

We have been FLOORED by the quality of our Article pieces. I've never seen quality like this at the prices that they offer.

colorful seating area in kitchen

colorful seating area with furniture from Article

It's such a big change from how it used to look. Check out this before and after comparison.

kitchen remodel before and after comparison of breakfast nook

The “Jewelry” (a.k.a. hardware and lighting)

We've covered most of the big changes in the kitchen, but let's talk about those seemingly “little” details that make alllll the difference. Our kitchen wouldn't be what it is without the new pendant lights and hardware from Build.com. They give our kitchen that modern vibe that we wanted. 

The pendant lights are EVERYTHING. It took me forever to find the perfect lights, but I'm glad I was so persistent because I am so obsessed with these lights!

modern gold and white pendant lights in kitchen remodel

And the hardware is perfect. We knew we wanted bar pulls because they are so comfortable and easy to use. And I definitely wanted a yellow metal, but I wanted a soft, subtle tone. I have to tell you, it wasn't that easy to find hardware that fit the bill. But these bar pulls in a golden champagne finish are exactly what I was looking for.

Amerock golden champagne bar pulls on pantry cabinets

Phew! I think that pretty much covers it. I'm going to wrap this up with some more photos and then you can scroll all the way to the bottom for the complete source list for our kitchen. If you have any specific questions about the kitchen remodel that you want me to cover in future posts OR on our podcast, just head over to Instagram and shoot me a DM!

white and teal kitchen remodel after photo

command center in modern kitchen remodel

family command center in modern kitchen remodel

Kitchen Remodel Source List

Wall Color: Falling Snow by Behr

Trim Color: Midnight in the Tropics by Behr

Island Color: Silken Peacock by Sherwin Williams

Backsplash Tile  |  Countertop  |  Leather ottoman  |  Blue Velvet Lounge Chairs  |  Flooring  |  pendant lights  |  sink & accessories  |  faucet  |  soap dispenser  |  cabinet hardware |  gas range  |  refrigerator  |  dishwasher  |  bar stools  |  velvet lounge chair | leather ottoman | laminate flooring | rug  |  garbage disposal  |  range hood insert

No budget for a huge kitchen reno like this one?

It took us YEARS to save for this renovation. If you want to see a $1,000 kitchen makeover that will seriously blow your mind, click here to check out what I did in my friend Thea's kitchen. It's a seriously budget-friendly kitchen makeover that will leave you feeling inspired!


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  1. What a beautiful transformation, Tasha! The barstools and the pendant lights are my favorite. Beautiful job! Way to survive a kitchen remodel!