Kitchen Remodel: The Reveal

Our kitchen remodel has finally been completed.  Sure, there are minor things that need attending to, but oh man,this has been a long long long time coming.  We bought this house 5 years ago and I remember thinking about how I wanted the kitchen to look and I knew I would make it mine at some point. And I did it.   Not without hardship, of course, but I did it.  It is now my favorite room in the house and it is exactly my personality.  While it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it is mine.  And that is all that matters when you speak of kitchens.  We are the ones that spend our time in there.  We feed our children in there.  We make memories in there.  This is where I am proud to get my kids ready in the morning.  I am finally able to say that I am at peace with this space. kitchen collage

I had posted this photo of Ainsley a few months back and it had so many questions attached:  Show us your kitchen!  What is that backsplash? Where did you get that light fixture!hello2resized

I am so relieved to finally be able to take photos of the kitchen and share our hard work (and tears). This was a different renovation, in that we ran into contractor troubles and heartache (read more HERE).  By the way, we haven’t seen a dime in compensation and we are still trying to figure things out.  At this point, it would be a bonus.  Lesson learned.  We eventually found a fantastic contractor to finish the job (still had many setbacks), but it is done.  I refuse to focus on the negative when I can see the kitchen of my dreams.newkitchen22

We used to have a great kitchen, but it wasn’t our style.  (read more about our old kitchen HERE).  I spend 90% of my time in here, and I wanted to be happy.  I am so happy here now, I can’t even tell you.  The colors just make me smile.  I am also happy to report that some lovely family purchased our ENTIRE previous kitchen…. literally down to the kitchen sink, and they are fully enjoying it.  I am talking cabinets, refrigerator, sink, counters, EVERYTHING.  How cool is that?

We get amazing light on this side of the house and I love how it reflects off the white cabinets.newkitchen3

I replaced the light fixture with one from West Elm (found HERE)   I LOVE this and think it is one of the best things I have ever purchased.  There are hundreds of Capiz shells dangling and they make a beautiful sound when the wind blows.newkitchen4

The kitchen table is from Amazon, but I wouldn’t recommend because the quality of the finish isn’t great… we have had to reorder already and I have had to polyurethane multiple times.  Not cool when you are paying a lot of money. But it is a cool table.  I will update when I can find the link.kitchen2 kitchen1 newkitchen3

One of my absolute MUSTS was glass cabinets and oh… my…. word.  I am so glad I didn’t budge.  People told me that it was a bad choice because they would look messy, etc.  Nope.  I love them and feel that they add such a design element.  I love them. I love styling them and love that I can change them out and give a whole new feel to the room.newkitchen5

Okay, so I know you are going to ask about the backsplash!  This is again, one of those decisions that I was like… do I?  Don’t I?  And it was a very expensive decision.  My original plan was for white subway tile (which I still love).  However, I wanted to go for it.  I found this amazing turquoise glass Daltile whipser green on Cragislist and knew it was meant to be.  I figured if it was terrible, no harm done.  However, I feel that it absolutely makes the room and I am so incredibly glad I took the risk.  We used a crystal grout (SO EXPENSIVE) , which made me again, question what the heck I was doing, but at the end of the day, I love it.

It almost looks like a waterfall at certain times of day.  The wall changes depending on lighting and mood.  I just adore it.  newkitchen8

One of my next requests was a stove hood.  We previously had a microwave about the stove (see here) which is fine, but I wanted to showcase the tile and new slide in range.  Keep reading to see where the microwave is now!

We also added extra cabinet space by adding the corner unit.  I like how it softens the entrance into the dining room and there isn’t a jutted out countertop.newkitchen7

The new kitchen counters are quartz. I would not budge with this.  I didn’t want granite and I knew that quartz was the best option.  I researched until I found the very perfect quartz for us.  I found Silestone Lyra and knew it was perfect for me.  It has mostly white, but swirls of gray throughout, almost reminding me of marble.  I absolutely adore it.newkitchen9

The sink…. oh there was such drama on the sink.  We had originally ordered a farmhouse sink and it came in damaged.  At the time, I was so disheartened, but now I realize it was for the best. I spent a bit more money and ordered this incredible Kohler Farmhouse sink (I am not paid to say this).  It is so heavy, so beautiful and so worthwhile.  It is going to last us forever.

I made the roman shade above the sink using Candy Kirby Designs fabric.

Never thought I would say this, but I now enjoy doing dishes (once in a while).

Rug is Crate and Barrel.
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Here is the view into the family room (found HERE)newkitchen14 newkitchen13 newkitchen15 newkitchen17

If you are wondering where the microwave is…. we inset it into the island.  I am SO happy with this choice. It allowed up the hood above the stove.  newkitchen16

Styling the glass cabinets has been an ongoing project.  I am constantly changing things up.  That is what makes it so fun.I seriously love this part of the kitchen.
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While this hasn’t been the easiest time in my life or the most fantastic remodel experience, I have learned so much. I have learned that a smile will get you through anything.

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Hayley Crouse is a wife, mother and multifaceted designer. Her love of sewing, crafting, cooking and interior design infuses her daily life and naturally spills over into her online presence. She pushes the envelope of her creativity and hopes that others will be inspired to do the same. She currently authors the Welcome to the Mouse House Blog, is the pattern designer behind Mouse House Creations and is a collaborative designer with Willow & Co. Patterns.
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23 Responses to Kitchen Remodel: The Reveal

  1. Jody P June 29, 2015 at 7:07 am #

    Love it!! I have those same barstools and blue trellis rug!! We are building a new house and our kitchen has similar cabinets and similar quartz countertops; I looked at lyra when deciding, but we went with Cortina from LG Viatera because we have a cabernet-colored island we needed to coordinate with! I LOVE your backsplash! The color is amazing…Great job!

    • Rene July 7, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

      Where did you get the barstools?

  2. donna June 29, 2015 at 8:50 am #

    I love your kitchen and think you did a fantastic job!! The glass cabinets add to the kitchen and give it space at the same time. I can not say enough about the backsplash! It is beautiful! This kitchen is worthy of any magazine!! great job!!

  3. Pia June 29, 2015 at 10:15 am #

    We’re getting started on a remodel too and I’m thinking of moving the microwave to just where you have it. Can the kids use it? Do you find it annoying to reach down and grab things?

    Absolutely LOVE the backsplash. Gorgeous.

  4. RaeAnna June 29, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    Now you and Ainsley need to start a TV show on cooking and preparing fun kids meals in the kitchen! I love it!

  5. Maaike June 29, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    I am a HUGE fan of the all white kitchen…..but your backspace made me swoon!!! It is one of the most beautiful backsplashes I have ever seen! And it’s not just gorgeous, it would be so easy to live with over time – a peaceful color that won’t grow old and dated. Congratulations on a fantastic kitchen remodel!!! (I’m bookmarking this post for future reference!)

  6. Sara June 29, 2015 at 11:15 am #

    Very pretty! We are in the middle of a smaller kitchen update. We had the oak cabinets painted white and gray. It makes such a difference. I’m still changing out hardware and choosing art, but looking forward to finishing! The kitchen really is where everyone spends their time and it’s worth the effort to decorate the way you want! The tile is my favorite part of your kitchen!

  7. Courtney June 29, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

    Gorgeous kitchen! I was wondering what color paint you have used on your walls? I have been wanting more white in our home but my husband says no to white walls because we have white trim as well.

  8. Mindy July 7, 2015 at 12:07 am #

    This is so insanely gorgeous. Seriously. INSANELY gorgeous. I lived through a kitchen remodel, too. 100% DIY. NOT for the faint of heart. But it’s SO worth it in the end. I love everything you did. Congrats on a dream realized.

  9. Rene July 7, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

    Where did you get the barstools?

  10. Carolyn July 8, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

    I want to come over and hang out with you. Your house is beautiful, and I adore the light, bright kitchen! Fantastic job!

  11. jessica August 8, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

    HI! We just installed this exact tile because I saw it here. We are wondering what is the exact color of crystal grout you used. There are many colors and I’m not eager to experiment. Thanks!

    • Hayley September 19, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

      Hi Jessica! We used the regular clear crystal grout…. it takes on the color of the tiles around it.

  12. Gia August 14, 2015 at 9:34 am #

    Just LOVE your kitchen remodel. Simply gorgeous and serene! I love your window treatment and fabric choice and want to make window roman shades for my kitchen nook, any quick reference you could suggest?

    • Hayley September 19, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

      I totally made it up as I went along, but I am sure there are some great tutorials out there!

  13. Gokhan ertas November 29, 2015 at 9:31 pm #

    I was inspired by your kitchen remodeling and got the same backsplash glass tiles but it did not looks like yours since I used white grout. I would like to re-grout like yours. Could you please tell the grout brand and the color you used for your backsplash? Thanks.

    • Hayley February 6, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

      Hi, yes, Daltile in Lagoon, I believe, and the grout was the Tile Doctor Crystal Grout in clear.

  14. Jacob martin June 16, 2016 at 6:16 am #

    Fantastically done

  15. Jacob Martin February 16, 2017 at 4:15 am #

    Hi, Thanks for the informative post. I do appreciate the designs of your kitchen remodel. It Simply gorgeous and serene!


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