I am so excited to announce that our kitchen remodel is DONE!!! I know it may have seemed finished from what I have shared on Instagram, but there was one last thing we wanted to do… update the lighting. After living in it for the last 6 months, I can honestly say that I love every inch of how this space looks, and the lighting was the icing on the cake. For those of you who followed along through our kitchen remodel process on Instagram, you may know the whole story. But for those that did not here are all the details of what we updated in our kitchen.

Why did you decide to remodel our kitchen?

Our home was built in 2003 and to our knowledge, no upgrades had been made to the kitchen. Like everyone else during quarantine in 2020, we were spending a lot of time in the kitchen and decided to try many new recipes. One of those was slow oven baked ribs that turned out absolutely incredible. Unfortunately for our 17 year old oven, they did it in. The next time I tried to preheat the oven, I heard a firecracker-like pop in the kitchen. The heating coil had busted, so having the handyman husband that I do, we ordered a new coil to replace it. After installing the new coil, boom, again the oven went out.

We had talked for awhile about remodeling the kitchen, but we knew the first undertaking we would need to do was update the floors in our house. The living room was carpet, the dining room was hardwoods, and the kitchen and back hallway was laminate. It was choppy and outdated and since the kitchen is in the middle of our home, we decided to update all the flooring at once, but you could say the oven was what triggered it all.

What was the timeline?

Over a six month period we researched, designed, and renovated our kitchen to be functional and beautiful. My three must haves were: light cabinets, quartz countertops, and to lower the split bar to be one level, but everything else came as we went. Like in Fixer Upper fashion, we had a few hiccups and additional costs along the way, but no set timeline in mind for completion. One of my favorite details we added was molding under the bar with the accent color and I’m still in love with it. Our timeline was flooring, bar demo, trim, paint, countertops, hardware, backsplash, then lighting.

What is your favorite part of the kitchen remodel?

Shane and I cook just about every evening during the week so transforming this space together was such a fun experience. We saved up for a long time to and really planned everything out together. I handled all the design and Shane tackled most of the projects. There were so many little things that went into this whole process, but my favorite part was doing it together.

Kitchen remodel before and after
kitchen accent color
Kitchen remodel grey and white
kitchen ideas, herringbone backsplash
Herringbone Backsplash

Our Kitchen Design Details

Countertops: Calacatta “Lasa” Quartz

Hardwood Floors: 5″ White Oak Character Solid Hardwoods

Kitchen Paint Colors: (All Sherwin Williams) Walls- “Agreeable Grey” | Under Bar- “Grizzle Grey”

Bar Pendant Lights: Black 7″ Pendant Light | Pendant Bulbs

Kitchen Nook Light: 5 Light Drum Chandelier

Backsplash: 4″ x 12″ Glass Subway Tile in “Dark Grey”

Cabinet Hardware: 5 1/32″ Pulls in Satin Nickel

Barstools: Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse

Sink Faucet: Moen Arbor Stainless Single

Appliances: Frigidaire Refrigerator, Microwave, Dishwasher, Oven Range

Local Contractors: We did all the demo, trim work, and backsplash, but we used Graniteman for countertops, Darryl Neil Painters for cabinets, Creations Electrical for light install, and C-Squared for flooring.

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Photos by Knox & Magnolia

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Hi Mattison
I just love your kitchen reno. Can I ask what color white you used on the cabinets?
Thank you


Hey Barb, thank you so much! We actually had them match the white to the current trim in our house and then get the color from Sherwood Williams. It matches perfectly and I would definitely recommend this if you have white trim already.


Kitchen looks great. I love the subway tile in the herringbone design. Does your glass subway tile create too much of a reflection ? I love the glass look but I am afraid the tile will look too much like a mirror and reflect.


Thanks Vanessa. There is a slight reflection, but nothing like a mirror. We love the glossiness and it is very easy to keep clean.


I absolutely love your kitchen update! Everything looks so bright and clean, job very well done!
I am curious if you have a photo of the end of your bar? I see that the back is gray and wondering about side and front of bar.
Thank for sharing this beautiful kitchen!


Hi Lisa, thank you so much! The side is grey as well and the other side is white. Here is a photo for a better look. I love how it turned out.


Hi Mattison,
I love everything about your kitchen remodel. The dark gray backsplash especially caught my eye and has been an inspiration for us as we are in process of a white cabinet kitchen remodel. The paint color, agreeable gray, looks great next to your tile. We’ve been testing paint colors for our remodel and agreeable gray looks more brown than gray on our walls and are concerned that the dark gray tile next to the agreeable gray walls will not complement each other. Do you have any thoughts as to why the paint color looks different in your picture ? Would love your input. Thank you.
Thanks, Kathy


Hey Kathy, thank you so much, It could just be the lighting in your home or the trim paint with it. Our trim and cabinet color is a bright white and we have a lot of natural daylight. I do love the agreeable grey color in here! Best of luck with your renovation.


Your kitchen looks so beautiful! Remodeling the Kitchen can add a lot of value to the home. Love what it turns out into!


Hi! What color grout did you use in the backsplash?


What a beautiful kitchen!! My husband and I went looking at gray backsplashes for our kitchen remodel and are so indecisive. May I ask where you purchased yours?


Hi Isabel, thank you so much! I linked the exact backsplash tiles in the article. Best of luck on your renovation!


Thank you so much for replying. I actually purchased this backsplash today so I’m super excited but if you don’t mind me asking, where and what color grout did you use for it?


Hi Mattison, your kitchen is stunning! I’m about to begin a similar reno but I’m stuck on whether to have my kitchen cabinets painted in a Satin or Semi-Gloss finish (they will be white like yours). Can you tell me what finish your white is on the cabinets please? Are you happy with the sheen level you picked? Thank you!


Hi Nicole, thank you so much! We did a satin finish and I LOVE it! Best of luck!


Hello! I love your kitchen remodel. If I may ask, where did you put your pantry?


Hi Rose, we have an off kitchen pantry in the hallway.

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