Kitchen Remodel Details

Before I share all of the kitchen remodel details, I want to take a moment to thank you for all of the sweet comments and emails from the reveal. I’ve always known that I had the best readers and you all proved it again and again during this whole process, by sharing words of encouragement and cheering us on when we felt like we would never get done. I am truly grateful.

Turning a small, dark galley kitchen into a light, bright space. Get all of the kitchen remodel details from paint colors to tile and countertops.|

This is a long one so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy. If you make it through to the end you’ll find all of my sources and projects with links, along with an announcement.

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I shared the reveal a few days ago and only showed a few before shots and a lot of afters, so today I wanted to give you a quick summary of the projects that we did and try to answer some of the questions I’ve gotten.

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When we started the remodel on our small galley kitchen in January 2015, we had 3 main goals we wanted to accomplish. We wanted to lighten up the space, add more storage and do it all on a budget. Our plan was to complete everything in 6 months but…yeah, that didn’t happen.

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The project that started it all off was the removal of the two soffits. A messy and dirty job but it really opened the space up.

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After we patched the ceiling and walls, we installed a plank ceiling. A couple of coats of paint later and our first big project was complete. Wow, talk about changing a room. I love it!

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The next project to get tackled was the custom cabinet we built around the refrigerator. It added a ton of extra storage and toned down the look of the fridge (if that’s even possible when you have a large gray box in a small room).

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Once the fridge was done we worked on the DIY range hood. I wanted to change the small stainless steel one that was there, so we took it apart and used the insides to make our own custom hood. I think the one that we built is a much better fit in our new kitchen.

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The other side of the kitchen got some attention when we raised the window sill and built a custom cabinet that would give us more countertop space and more storage, which is what we needed most in here.

Kitchen remodel details and info on adding more storage with a custom cabinet| chatfieldcourt.comKitchen remodel details and info on adding more storage and counterspace| chatfieldcourt.comI had a few items on my “wish” list for the kitchen and built-in garbage/recycle bins was at the top. Now they are hidden away and I’m so happy with the way it turned out.

Kitchen remodel details and info on adding more storage | chatfieldcourt.comWhile all of the cabinet building was going on, I was working on the one thing that made the biggest difference in this small space, painting all of the kitchen cabinets. If you’ve ever done this then you know that it’s a monumental task. I will admit that, because of my back injury, it took me almost a year to finish, but I did it.

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The kitchen sink was the next project. We had a double stainless steel sink before and I wanted a change so we went with the DOMSJÖ from IKEA. It’s just a single bowl but it’s nice and big to work in and I love it!

Kitchen remodel details and info on adding a farmhouse sink and photos |

Once the sink was installed and all of the cabinets were built, it was time to choose tile and countertops. I always knew that we would have a subway backsplash but choosing the countertops was a more difficult decision. We finally decided on granite and began the most difficult project of the whole remodel, cutting and installing the granite. We were on a budget with this whole remodel so we chose to do it all on our own, a job we’ve never done before…ever. It took us two weekends to finish and it was nerve-wracking until the end. All we kept thinking about was all the money that would be wasted if we cut wrong or cracked it while working on it. Thankfully it all worked out and we got beautiful countertops on a budget.

Kitchen remodel details and info on granite countertops and photos | chatfieldcourt.comThe subway tile backsplash with gray grout was next and, once it was all done, we knew that the end was in sight.

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One thing that we did that really opened the space was to remove a cabinet between the two windows on the sink wall. We added a barn wood shelf, for a little texture and to break up the white, subway tiled wall, and I think it may be my favorite thing in the kitchen.

Kitchen remodel details and info on adding a barn wood shelf and photos |

Because this is a small space there are only 2 walls that we can paint to add a little bit of color. After much debate, and a lot of swatches, I went with the same color I used in the adjoining living/dining area, BM Gray Owl at 50% strength. I also painted the back door a pretty dark gray, BM Wrought Iron. There’s a little gray in the countertops that I loved and the wall and door colors really bring it out.

Kitchen remodel details and info on paint colors and photos |

We still had a couple of big projects to finish though and one of them was lighting. The only working light in the room before the remodel was a center ceiling light. It took me 3 tries to find the perfect one  but, in the end, I found a beautiful pendant light.

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One pendant light was not enough for this space so we added recessed lighting. This project was the one that the hubs dreaded most, and kept putting off, but they really look great and made a huge difference, especially when we’re working in the kitchen at night.

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The final project was to add new cabinet doors to the custom cabinet we built on the sink side of the kitchen. Months ago we were lucky enough to find 2 similar cabinet doors, at the right size at a local ReStore, but we needed 3 more. We discussed making them but, by the time we bought the correct tools and wood to make them, we could order 3 already made and ready to paint. So we went the least expensive route and ordered them. Once they arrived I did a quick sanding, a coat of primer and 2 coats of paint and they were ready to hang.

Kitchen remodel details and after details and photos |

After 418 days and a ton of projects, our remodel is complete and I truly love it all!

One more before and after, because this post isn’t long enough already. 😉

Kitchen remodel details and before and after photos |

Small kitchen remodel details and reveal photos | chatfieldcourt.comSmall kitchen remodel details and before and after photos | chatfieldcourt.comKitchen remodel details and reveal photos | chatfieldcourt.comPhew, that took almost as long as the remodel did (almost). Thanks for sticking with me through this long post and the last 418 days of our remodel. If you have any questions about anything we did, feel free to email me or leave a comment.

Now go take a nap, you earned it. 😉

Projects (with links to the posts)


  • ceiling paint – BM White Dove, pearl finish
  • cabinet paint – BM White Dove Advance, satin finish
  • wall paint – BM Gray Owl, 50% strength
  • back door paint – BM Wrought Iron
  • pendant light – West Elm; love this one too! (affiliate link)*
  • recessed lights – Lowes
  • subway tile – Floor & Decor
  • granite countertops – Floor & Decor
  • kitchen sink – IKEA DOMSJÖ
  • cabinet hardware – Pottery Barn; similar (affiliate link)*
  • chalkboard w/ calendar – a DIY project by me
  • Mason jar lamp – a DIY project by me
  • wall brackets for shelf – Signature Hardware
  • barn wood for shelf – local flea market
  • cutting boards on shelf – HomeGoods

In case you missed it, here is the reveal…

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Kitchen Remodel Reveal

Two days after we finished the remodel we put the house on the market and sold it to move to  North Carolina (totally unexpected). You can see our new house, with a video tour, here.

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New House Reveal (with a video)

*You can find my disclosure here.

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35 thoughts on “Kitchen Remodel Details

  1. Thought it was awesome at last week’s showing, but going through it entirely, seeing each step and the changes – well, it’s simply amazing. The granite you did yourself looks very professional – well done! Can’t wait to find out what you’re doing next. Kudos to you both!

    • Thanks so much Margaret, I really appreciate it. I think that ignorance was bliss with the granite. If we had known how nerve-wracking it was going to be, I’m not sure we would have tried it. It did turn out well though. 😉 Happy weekend!

  2. Great article Kristi. You nailed it. I was interested from start to finish and I had alrady read most of the individual
    blogs. Can’t wait to hear the news LOL

    • Thanks, I appreciate it! It was one of the most difficult posts I’ve written but I wanted all of the info on one page so it could be reference quickly. I don’t know, maybe Monday’s post will be more difficult…we’ll see.

  3. I love your kitchen. Oh man. It’s so bright and cheerful! But man, does it look (and sound!) like it was a lot of work! I’m guessing it’s super rewarding, though, to see it all done (and to have a complete kitchen again) and say “hey look, I did that!” 😀

    • Awww, thanks Jessica! It was a lot of work but I really loved doing it (not that I want to rush right into another one, you understand) and we saved a ton of money so that’s always a plus. 😉 It’s been a very rewarding experience but now I have to find another one that lives up to it.

  4. I some how get the feeling you are moving to another house to remodel. If that is your announcement I am excited to see it. You did a fantastic job on this house. Can’t imagine how you could top it. Look forward to Monday’s announcement. Debbie

    • I’m so sorry Debbie, I thought I responded to your comment. Thanks for your kind words about the house. I’m just getting ready to update you all on my big news, and hoping it will go over well. Hope you had a great weekend. 🙂

  5. Great job. I see you used the BM Advance paint for your cabinets. Was it easy to apply..that is, did it glide on or did it set up quickly? Also, although I hear great thins about the paint, I hear it takes forever to cure. How did you find it?

    • Thanks Melanie. I love BM Advance and have used it all over my house. I found it to be very easy to apply but it does take up to a week to cure. With that being said, I was able to sand and apply another coat the following day, it was dry to the touch. I love it because of the beautiful finish, almost like the finish of oil-based paint. You don’t see any brush marks and I love that. It did take me a little while to learn how to work it, you don’t want to spread it too thin or work it too much, but the finish is beautiful. Definitely worth the time and expense. Hope this helps.

  6. BEAUTIFUL upgrade and job well done IMO! Nice to see that you chose raised panels on your cabinets as well in lieu of the oh so trendy Shaker style you are now seeing every where. -Brenda-

    • Thanks Brenda! The cabinets were already here when we moved in, I just painted them. I don’t mind the raised panels, it’s a nice style. Thanks for visiting and sticking through that really long post. 🙂

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    • Awww, thanks so much Glenda! Your comment put a smile on my face. 🙂

      P.S. We love to take things apart and use them in a new way. Sometimes it works out and it’s awesome and sometimes…not so much. 😉

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