Today is the day! My new kitchen is finished and ready to share with the world. 

Kitchen Island Kitchen Makeover Reveal! #diy #homeimprovement #remodel

Kitchen Makeover in an Old House

It has been a process.

Through the weeks of running down to the basement to get to the fridge, eating out way too many times, and living in what looked like a warzone, I was reminded that 10 years ago we remodeled a kitchen in a different house and afterward I had said “Never Again.”

The Dining Room? During renovations

Well, there are some things in life that are worth eating your words. And this opportunity was worth any period of slight discomfort.

I feel spoiled.

360 Kitchen Reveal Animated Gif

Let me correct that, I AM spoiled.

Quite possibly, more spoiled than I’ve ever been in my entire life.

For the last week I’ve been standing in my brand-new kitchen, grinning from ear-to-ear and wiping away tears of joy.

With the help of Shenandoah Cabinetry, KitchenAid, Kohler, Barn Light Electric, and Salon Blue Ridge, I have, by far, the most beautiful and functional kitchen I’ve ever owned.

Overview of Kitchen Makeover Reveal! #diy #homeimprovement #remodel

This experience has improved our quality of life, and I’m so excited to share it with you.

So all week long, I’ll be revealing the ins-and-outs of my new kitchen, detailing what we chose and why. If you love home improvement as much as you love cooking, this is your lucky week!

Today I want to start with the basics of what we did. (Ahem… of course, when I say “we” I really mean the contractor. I can barely use a screwdriver.) Then I’ll divulge specific details over the next few days.

Some of the new elements in our kitchen do really cool things!

Overview of kitchen and dining room Kitchen Makeover Reveal! #diy #homeimprovement #remodel

Four weeks ago our kitchen was gutted, right down to the old raggedy hardwood floors.

Kitchen Makeover Checklist

Here’s what we did…

  • Refinished the hardwood floors.
  • Took out a window to create more usable wall space.
  • Installed new semi-custom maple Shenandoah Cabinetry.
  • Expanded the doorway into the dining room.
  • Added new top-of-the-line KitchenAid® Major Appliances.
  • Hung gorgeous porcelain LED Pendants from Barn Light Electric.
  • Installed a new exterior sliding door to the deck.
  • Installed fabulous glass backsplash tile, complements of Salon Blue Ridge.
  • And put in a new Kohler sink and faucet.
Refinished Hardwood Floors for the kitchen
New Shenandoah Cabinets getting installed Kitchen and dining room Makeover Reveal! #diy #homeimprovement #remodel
Stovetop on the island Kitchen Makeover Reveal! #diy #homeimprovement #remodel
Fridge, Sink, and dishwasher. Kitchen Makeover Reveal! #diy #homeimprovement #remodel

There were unexpected “situations” that occurred, because our home is almost 90 years old… hidden pipes that had to be moved, venting issues, dealing with the floors being raised, making the cabinets fit our uneven walls and ceilings.

Yet in the end, it turned out more beautiful than I had dreamed.

Clean simple lines, transitional in design, light and airy, and super functional.

I love it. Truly.

Kitchen island in use. Kitchen Makeover Reveal! #diy #homeimprovement #remodel

Other items in my kitchen that might interest you:

Reclaimed Wood Vintage Bar Stools from VivaTerra. Kitchen Makeover Reveal! #diy #homeimprovement #remodel

Ice Blue Stand Mixer from KitchenAid.

Pop Up Ipad/Cookbook Holder from OXO.

Ridiculously Beautiful (and Sharp) Knives from New West Knifeworks.

Pop Up Ipad/Cookbook Holder from OXO.

Decorative Serving Pieces from Villeroy & Boch.

Anti-Fatigue Wellness Mat from Wellness Mat

The last item may not be the most glamorous addition to my new kitchen, but is a huge blessing!

I found Wellness Mats on and knew they would be something my feet would thank me for, since I’m always barefoot. These ultra-cushy mats are ergonomically engineered (and medically proven) to help alleviate back and foot pain, when standing for long periods of time.

My feet

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