Friday, December 9, 2011

Kitchen Makeover Part II

Check out Kitchen Makeover Part I if you want to know more about the process and see pictures of the different stages.

Just to remind you, here is the before:

Here is the after:

We had the cabinets painted white and the walls painted a pale, soft gray. Then we had the ceiling, box light removed and replaced with pendants and recessed lighting. We also added under cabinet lights.

The countertops were replaced with white Silestone quartz, and all of the appliances were upgraded to stainless steel. The final step was replacing the old ceramic tile backsplash with Calacutta gold marble subway tiles.

The backsplash is my favorite part of the kitchen; I absolutely love this marble.

Here are the before and after side by side:





Thanks again to Caitlin Wilson for her help, advice, and ideas along the way. If anyone in the Austin area would like information on contractors, message me.


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Miss Charming said...

Love your kitchen makeover! It's amazing how different it looks. (I'm an Austin girl, too.)

Samara {The Dressing Room} said...

Well hello my fellow Austinite, and thank you! It is by far my favorite part of our house :)

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Your kitchen looks amazing.. What a difference!

Judy Bigg said...

Your kitchen make over is great. Live the painted cabinets and the backsplash. I once painted my cabinets too. Was never sorry I did it. Your Christmas mantel is very pretty too.

JennyM said...

Hi Samara, your kitchen makeover is beautiful!! Can i ask how you went about painting your cabinets?? I have oak cabinets that are in wonderful shape, I just want to paint them white and am not sure if they should be sprayed professionally or is it something I can do myself!!! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!! Thank you!!!! Jen

Samara {The Dressing Room} said...

Hi JennyM, at first we thought we could paint them ourselves, and we bought a sprayer from Home Depot for about $150. We started spraying the primer, and it was not going on very at that point we decided to call in a professional. They hand painted them and did not use a sprayer. I think one of the really big things is using a good latex primer. I hope this helps :) BTW - painting our cabinets white has been the best decision we have made so far!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Wow! That is a huge transformation! Just love everything -- especially the island lights!

Stopping by from Debbiedoos ...

Anonymous said...

Hi Samara...beautiful kitchen! Can you tell me if the calcutta backsplash tiles are polished or honed? Building a new house and trying to decide whether to go polished or honed...and love the look of your tile! Thank you!

Anonymous said... more question...what is the name/color of grout you used for the calacutta backsplash tiles? It lightens up the tiles and is a great choice. Thanks again!

Samara {The Dressing Room} said...

The tiles are honed. The quartz countertops are really shiny so we chose honed for the backsplash, and I really love it! As far as the grout, I want to say that it was an antique white, but I'm not positive. I know we didn't pick the bright white. I hope this helps!

Mindie Hilton said...

Looks amazing. We are getting ready to redo our counters and cabinets. I am not looking forward to it, but I know it will be nice when done. I would love for you to join my weekly anything goes linky, fri-monday at Bacon Time.

dee dee said...

Beautiful kitchen!
dee dee

Deidre said...

JUST STUNNING and so pristine! Job well done,Deidre~ Im following you:) stop over sometime and chat and follow me:)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

GORGEOUS transformation. Love those pendant lights and the marble backsplash. Great choices. Just wish your photos were larger. Thanks for joining Wow.

Modern Frills said...

oh my word! LOVE it!!!

the cape on the corner said...

gorgeous! absolutely gorgeous. i'm having major kitchen redo envy right now. love those pendant lights.

stefanie said...

oh!!!! it is soooooooooo gorgeous!!!!! great job!

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

So gorgeous, love the before and after....The stainless steel really pops against the white....

Thanks for sharing!

D @ The Shady Porch said...

Awesome makeover! I love that sybway tile too...beautiful! I would love to have you share your makeover at my party!

Aimee - said...

WOW! Amazing! AWESOME! You are totally cooking and cleaning in a magazine gourmet kitchen now! I'm so very impressed!!!

XO, Aimee

Krista-Artista said...

That is so pretty! I love the white and grey together. Such a clean look. It looks like an entirely new kitchen.

Cindy said...

That is an amazing transformation! It is really gorgeous now. Are you going to put pulls on the cabinet doors?
You have done an amazing job and you must be SO happy with it!
Hugs, Cindy

Marilyn said...

I absolutely ADORE this.. SOOO cute.. Very creative and PERFECT re-do's.. THANKS SO MUCH for linking via Pin'Inspirational Thursday today.. This ROCKS and its one of my fav's of the day.. Thanks again.. Wishing you an amazing evening.. xoxo.. Marilyn<--your newest happy follower here.. SO much inspiration..Off to read more of your posts.. :)) HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Honey at 2805 said...

Your kitchen makeover is really an amazing transformation! Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday!

Jen said...

This doesn't even look remotely similar! Wow! I'd be thrilled if you came to share this at the Head to Head Showdown, going live tonight at 10 at ~Jen

Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said...

I'll be featuring you tomorrow during Sticker Time... all I can say is WOW!

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

How gorgeous is that!? Love it. You did a fantastic job!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

GORGEOUS!!!Oh my, it's amazing what paint can do and that backsplash is dreamy!
I'll be feauting it tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

I found your site through and immediately loved your kitchen! Then I scrolled down to see you lived in Austin and could offer contractor information. Yeah! We are thinking of doing ours ourselves but may contract out a portion of the work. Could you possibly send me info on someone who could either sand, paint, or both? Many, many thanks for sharing your work! said...

This is amazing! new follower Samara!
Visiting from
via the linky party!


Marie said...

It turned out beautiful! I featured you this week so feel free to grab a featured button!


Jordan@the2seasons said...

Beautiful! I am in the process of paining my cabinets white. It is the first step to re do our kitchen. Quick question where did you get your bar stools? I love them.

Samara {The Dressing Room} said...

Jordan - the bar stools are from Crate and Barrel. They are called the Delta.

Holly said...

Unbelievable Transformation!!! Love the light & bright with stainless appliances.
Down to Earth Style

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

This is just gorgeous!! love love the white and grey!! hugs cathy

Sherry said...

Your kitchen is just gorgeous! I love that subway tile! All of the finishes turned out fantastic! Just beautiful. Thank you for linking it to Home Sweet Home!

Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

That is a beautiful kitchen! I LOVE those pendant lights. Caitlin did a great job!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Wow and wow! Beautiful transformation. And the back splash is my favorite too. I've never seen prettier. Just found your lovely blog via Kim's. Happy to follow!

Honey at 2805 said...

Hi! You are featured today on Potpourri Friday!

Katherines Corner said...

Beautiful. I love it. so bright and open. Well done. Hugs and have a happy weekend! I hope you'll stop by Katherines Corner and say hello and enter the Pink Poodle Giveaway too

KZK said...

I love what you have done! I have one question, can you still see the grain of the oak after painting them? I have oak cabinets exactly like your were, and lets just say I threaten every week that they will be white with glass fronts. Thank you for the info.

samara florus said...

You can't really see the grain of the wood anymore.

jeannie maxwell said...

Looks beautiful! Hard to believe it's the same kitchen! Nice work.

Katie said...

Looks amazing! Well done! Can I ask you where you found your Calacatta Backsplash tile? I'm nervous about ordering any, because I won't know what the batch looks like. Were you able to pick it out yourself? Thank you!

Traci Fuller said...

Hello! Looks great! I'm wondering about your countertops. Are they 2cm? Or 3? They look 2cm, which is what I'm considering right now, so I'm trying to find some kitchens where they are installed. Let me know! Thanks!

samara florus said...

Hi Traci,

I honestly do not remember…we sold this house over a year ago. I do remember choosing one of the thinner slabs.

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