Nona’s kitchen: FULL REVEAL

December 3, 2014

small kitchen remodel with island

We’re a bunch of lunatics over here at Znay trying desperately to wrap up a few major projects we’ve been working on so that, wait for it.. I can close  up shop for TWO WHOLE WEEKS for the holidays. That’s right, two WHOLE weeks folks!!! My stress level is at an ultimate high trying to tie up a million loose ends,  so you can imagine my excitement that my Mom’s kitchen overhaul we’ve been working on for the past few months is finally complete! Check it off the list! If you follow along here, you may remember when  pimped out her backyard here, and helped make a pretty outside area happen and now  has graciously donated a kitchen remodel to help make the inside just as purty!  We first shared it here and now I am ready to reveal the finished product.

Before the remodel, the kitchen and living room was a dingy, sad space.  I wanted to open the space up and give my Mom  a clean and fresh cottage kitchen to keep in line with the style of the house.

Here’s what we started with:

kitchen remodel before

kitchen remodel before

Can we get a collective cheer U.G.L.Y you aint got no alibi, you ugly, hey hey you ugly…

Ahem, anyways.. the main goal was to open the space and make it feel bigger, brighter and happier. We took to  and found some great inspo and came up with the clean, fresh color palette and overall vibe below:

kitchen remodeling designWe didn’t waste anytime and basically with the help of my entire family, got to work ripping out the old linoleum floors, cabinets and counters. We worked hand in hand with the lovely Lowe’s crew for the and I can’t say enough good things about them and their vendors. And not because I am being sponsored either.. they were literally amazing in every way, going above and beyond to help us complete this renovation in a crazy timeline!!

kitchen remodel with breakfast nook

open kitchen shelving

small kitchen redesign after picture

kitchen backsplash design and oven range hood

open kitchen shelving

modern kitchen design

kitchen with white cabinets

white mosaic subway tile

kitchen breakfast nook

open kitchen shelving

kitchen breakfast nook

Here is a breakdown of the process and a bit of what we did and why:

We started out by ripping up the 3 different types of flooring in the main living space and replaced it with .  This immediately made the room feel larger making the space read all as one, versus being chopped up into 3 different spaces.

We demoed the old counters and cabinets and updated the space with a simple shaker style cabinet from the . They came pre-finished in a nice white, which saved us the hassle and money to have them finished on site. We used and 6″ Pulls for the hardware which really elevated the look of the shaker cabinets on their own.

We ended up revising our original plan of using the butcher block counters and instead used  throughout because it’s a quartz material and virtually indestructible. Plus my mom really wanted the “marble” look but without the marble maintenance. BTW… I can’t say enough about using this Silestone as a marble alternative. It looks amazing in person, and if you are trying to get that natural stone feel… this is the way to go. For the backsplash I went classic with a simple 2″ x 4″ subway tile. I used   with “Pewter” grout also available through Lowe’s.

 I used a pretty pale gray for the walls. It’s called  from Valspar in a flat finish and then we painted all the trim in semi-gloss which was also by Valspar.

One of the things the original space was lacking was a designated dining area. We decided to extend the cabinetry to include a breakfast nook / dining area  which we completed with some  goods and a bench cushion that my mom sewed. She really can do it all!! To open up the space and make it feel even bigger and brighter we added a Pella Window over the new banquette seat which made the space so much brighter and cheerier!!

The original kitchen didn’t have a ton of counter space so we added an island for prep and to help divide the kitchen from the main living space. The island itself is actually a vintage piece that my mom had had for years and loved, so we slapped a countertop on it and added an electrical outlet and bam, instant island!  We added 2 accent lighting pendants by to add some character and give the space some personality..and obviously a little extra light!

Lastly we upgraded all of the appliances — a huge thanks to Broan for their donation, Whirlpool for their and last but not least, VIGO for the !

kitchen breakfast nook

open kitchen shelving

kitchen breakfast nook

kitchen window treatments

white mosaic subway tile

‘Tis the season of giving thanks and this project is no exception. A HUGE thank you to my Mom and Papa who worked around the clock doing a majority of the demo and remodel themselves which saved BIG on labor allowing us to splurge on other areas of the reno. I also can’t forget to thank Gordon, Granny, Auntie, Chris and Gwynnie. Your extra hands and tireless hours of help made this whole thing come together. Also a special HUGE thanks to  and each of the individual vendors mentioned above for giving my Mom a kick-ass kitchen she can be proud of, and a place where G and my nieces can share memories at Nona’s from here forward.

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  1. Hello,

    I was wondering what boarder pieces you used for the backsplash? Are these also from Lowes? They look like one long tile piece. Thank you for helping us!


      1. I would love to know the answer to this question too. Did the end pieces of the backsplash come from Lowe’s? I can’t seem to find a matching piece for my American Olean subway tiles.

  2. just wondering what spacing you used between your subway tiles in your backsplash. I’m getting ready to do mine and I like how yours turned out.

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