More Kitchen Photos

I couldn’t think of a witty title for this post so I went the literal route. Yep, you’re getting more kitchen photos today. In case you missed it, I revealed the kitchen cabinet makeover on Monday. There’s also a pretty awesome $1,000 Home Depot gift card giveaway in combination with that post so make sure you leave a comment and get yourself entered to win.

Monday’s post was already photo heavy, so I thought I’d share a few more photos with you today. I’m also sharing the rest of our plans for the kitchen.

The bookcase, which was added to the original island, is one of my favorite things about the kitchen cabinet makeover. It’s one of the first things you see when you walk into the kitchen. And it makes the kitchen look less builder-grade and more fancy and custom.

In case you’re wondering, the cow shaped creamer was a wedding gift (from Bed Bath and Beyond), the turquoise bowl is Kate Spade, apples are from Walmart, teapot was a wedding gift (from Bed Bath and Beyond), and the vintage pink coffee canister was a Goodwill Outlet find from a few years ago.

kitchen island bookshelf

These are just some of my hoard of cookbooks. I tried to display the prettiest ones.

island bookshelf

We plan to replace the countertops soon. There’s just not enough contrast between our current countertops and the new white cabinets. My brother’s friend does countertops so we’re hoping to get the family-of-your-friend discount.

kitchen island

Jack’s food and water bowls used to live where the bookcase is located. I couldn’t figure out where to put the bowls. Ultimately, I decided to re-home them to the space between the two island chairs. It’s worked out so far. I need to invest in a new mat for under the bowls because the color of the current one isn’t really meshing with the rest of the room.

It’s kind of hard to see in photos and in real life, but the three sides of island are beadboard.

white kitchen island

Like I said in the reveal post in Monday, Brad and I ran the electric and installed under cabinet lighting. Seriously, I am in LOVE with the under cabinet lighting. Like, I would marry it and have its babies. I mean, look how amazing it makes my KitchenAid mixer look.

I’m going to start a “Every home needs under cabinet lighting” campaign. Why? Because it makes the kitchen look so much fancier, and it’s easier to see when you’re prepping food.


I’ll post a tutorial soon on how we ran and installed the lighting.

Here’s the list of things we still need to address in the kitchen:
overhead lighting (sayonara, florescent light)

Fingers crossed we’ll have all of that done by spring.

Stalk away!

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  1. Great job! I agree under cabinet lighting adds something really special to kitchens or cabinets. I think I will need to do that when redoing the kitchen and add cabinets on either side of our fireplace.
    Isn’t finding a home for the dog bowl the hardest? Great job again! I hope you are enjoying your new kitchen!

  2. We’re moving into a new house next month, so I can’t wait for your under cabinet lighting tutorial!

  3. Bookcase is also my favourite part.

  4. What kind of sink are you getting? I’ve been seeing a lot of those apron sinks on hgtv and they are growing on me.

  5. Can’t wait for the tutorial of under cabinet lights! I want to do that in our kitchen…just need to get my hubby on board 🙂

  6. You are so funny! You mixer does look fantastic though and yes the food mat needs to coordinate with the kitchen colors! I love your final look, it’s beautiful!

  7. Under cabinet lighting is totally on my list for the next house. It’s the best! My mom and dad have it and it really does add a lot!

  8. Love the kitchen makeover!

  9. I know I said it once but I’m saying it again, so awesome! I love the bookshelves the best too, and you’ve styled it beautifully!!

  10. Your kitchen is really pretty! I love your cookbooks! They are adorable and look like they’d be very useful!

  11. OMG!!! It´s so beautifoul! I´m happy for you and I take a few ideas for my kitchen to =D
    Your blog is awesome, full of great ideas!

    My best wishes =)


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  13. The under cabinet lighting does make a huge difference! And the kitchen looks fabulous after the makeover!

    I live in Finland and here as long as I can remember (which is devastatingly close to 40 years…) the under cabinet lighting has been a standard feature in pretty much every kitchen from the cheapest possible to the most expensive ones. Happy to support your “Every home needs under cabinet lighting” campaign 🙂

  14. Your new kitchen is fabulous — love that your KitchenAid mixer has it’s own spotlight! We have under cabinet lighting in our kitchen and NEVER use it…however, my mixer might see those special spotlights sometime soon thanks to you!

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  15. I would love to hear more about the budget for your refacing. We are currently considering the same thing. I’ve had quotes from a few places for all new cabinets and then for one place that does a refacing. I haven’t had Home Depot quote though. Our kitchen is so similar to yours – very good honey oak cabinets with a nice interior, and we even have the same type of bookshelf on the end of our peninsula. Unfortunately we have a soffit above our cabinets. I need to brighten it up in there so want white cabinets, but have to decide which way to go.

  16. Love your kitchen! What color did you use on the walls?

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  18. Hi there, I love the kitchen reveal. I especially like the bookcase under the kitchen island. Did you do the bookcase yourself or hire a carpenter? The results look great!

  19. What is the color of your kitchen? I absolutely am in love!!

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