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Our New Kitchen

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Welp, I’ve been waiting MONTHS for this moment and I can’t believe its finally here! Friends, our kitchen remodel is finally done and we have a drop dead gorgeous kitchen. (Can you hear the angels singing?) I think most of you have been watching this whole remodel process unfold on my instagram stories and I’m just so glad that it’s done and I don’t have to keep updating you on what the heck has been happening because *it’s done*! Scroll to see all the before and after photos, but probably more importantly all the resource links at the bottom of the post. Hallelujah!

gutted kitchen
gutted kitchen
cabinets installed in kitchen remodel
husband and wife standing in renovated kitchen
whole remodeled kitchen
remodeled kitchen with sliding windows
on the counter cabinet with floating shelf and hood
on the counter cabinet with floating shelf and hood
range, hood and floating shelves in new kitchen
drawer microwave with counter cabinets and floating shelf
blue island with white counter
on the counter cabinet with floating shelf and hood


We were originally going to use Ikea cabinets, but after going back and forth on what we were willing and not willing to do, we opted for a local cabinet maker who made all our cabinets custom and I’m so glad we did! They turned out better than we could have hoped and everything fits perfectly. The custom range hood came out better than I could have hoped and I just LOVE the finished product. We would 100% recommend Mike’s Custom Cabinets (in a small town called Cornelius) here in Oregon.

Our cabinets that are around the edges of the kitchen are white, but the island cabinet color is called “Slate Tile” by Shermin Williams. It’s so pretty and I love the color we chose.

Our cabinet pulls are from Pottery Barn, from the Mercer Line.

  • Blue Island Paint Color: Shermin Williams Slate Tile
  • Drawer Handles: Mercer Bin Pulls in Matte Black by Pottery Barn
  • Cabinet Pulls: Mercer Cabinet Knobs in 1 1/4″ in Matte Black by Pottery Barn

Counters & Backsplash

We ended up choosing a white quartz for our counters and backsplash. It is called Calcutta Clara and we love the look of it! Our general contractor for the project used a local company called MSI for stone work. While we LOVE the finished product, we would not recommend using MSI. It took them six visits to get everything right. They measured our counters and backsplash incorrectly from the beginning and had to remove and replace a section of counter, plus the entire backsplash. This was the biggest headache of the entire experience. A 2 month project turned into a 5 month project because of their errors. It was extremely frustrating to say the least. While our contractor still swears by them, I cannot in good conscience recommend them. But we do love our counters, once they finally got it right. So, there’s that.


I partnered with ZLINE to give us our gorgeous range, hood insert, microwave drawer, dishwasher, sink and faucet. We bought our Pro Series Frigidaire column fridge and column freezer outright from a local appliance vendor, but they are available across the country.

Since our appliances were installed about 6 weeks before the kitchen was considered ‘complete’, I’ve had lots of time to test everything again and again and I am loving everything I chose. The fridge is great and SO big (I really do love all the space!) and the range is simple but works beautifully and looks stunning.

Floating Shelves

I have gotten SO MANY QUESTIONS about where I bought the floating shelves between the hood and the counter cabinet! Believe it or not, Gordon built those! We had some leftover butcher block in our garage that he cut to size and then used these brackets (from Amazon) to mount them to the wall. You just have to drill two or three holes in the back of the wood, depending on how many brackets you’re using and match it up to the back of the wood. It was a relatively quick process and they turned out so well!


We had can lights in our kitchen before the remodel started (which we have completely kept!) But we did switch out our old island lighting for these larger black lights from Home Depot. I had been going back and forth on a few different shapes of light fixtures, but when I saw these, they were perfect. The black lights over the natural wood shelves are actually meant for bathroom vanities, but clearly I didn’t care. I loved the shape, size and the style of them, and once they arrived I DIED when I pulled them out of the box.


I ended up purchasing Luxury Plank Vinyl Flooring from Cali Floors in color Seaboard Oak. We put this not just in the kitchen but across the entire first floor and I’m so glad we did! While at first it seems like it was too dark, it has since grown on me and I’ve certainly come around to them. The look and feel is phenomenal and I’m converted to plank vinyl. This stuff is legit.

Paint Colors

I painted the kitchen two different colors: Sea Salt by Shermin Williams (the walls above the shelves) and Fleur de Sel by Shermin Williams (the color in the rest of the kitchen and whole bottom floor). They are both cooler tones that work well with everything we remodeled.

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46 Responses
  1. Jeanne

    Wow!!!! What q transformation. First, I am not into white, but you made it look good. That kitchen could be mine anytime. Happy cooking in your new kitchen.

  2. Serena

    Just wanted to ask how your fridge/freezer have held up? I was looking into them and there seemed to be a few people that experienced issues with the fridge giving out and not being an easy repair.

  3. Sharon

    Hi Lauren. I’m totally in love with your kitchen….lucky you. I totally covet that 6 burner stove by the way.
    Your colors are great and I’m envious.
    I love your recipes. I use a lot of internet recipes but don’t usually compliment the cook. lol

    You recipes are delicious, I have made many. Keep up the good work. I’m sure it’s a lot of work, because anything tasty takes time. A natural gift to be a good cook, ask my hubby who is not.
    Thanks for the chance to look at your wonderful new kitchen.

  4. Judy

    Oh my word your Kitchen is fantastic. I love every aspect of it. You and Gordon chose everything so well. I am so happy for you and your family. Great job.

  5. Linda Student

    First of all congratulations on your new kitchen. It is really beautiful. I love the blue on the island. I did my Kitchen about 5 years ago.

    I love all your receipes and I have been following you for quite some time. You are terrific.

    Enjoy your new kitchen!!!

  6. Michelle Kochel

    I really like your kitchen remodel. However, I have a question about the space where your old sink was located. Is that area in the corner usable now like for a lazy Susan? Thanks for letting me know.

  7. Gina B

    What a beautiful kitchen. Love every thing but love the black lights and the flooring. You and Gordon did a wonderful job. I am jealous. Enjoy your new kitchen.

  8. Linda

    Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful!!! I know you will spend many hours cooking in this gorgeous kitchen. thanks for sharing all your photos

  9. glasslass

    Seriously Gorgeous! Love the blue but you will find that the quartz counter are the smartest buy for a kitchen. No maintenance and looks like new years later. Remodeled in 2006 and 16 years later they look like new.

  10. Kathy Noel

    Your remodel is beautiful. Love the cabinets … wished I had spent more on my cabinets. Thank you for the fabulous recipes , family stories, and love you send to us.
    Kathy Noel

  11. TinaMarie

    Absolutely beautiful, Congratulations! There is nothing like a gorgeous kitchen to cook in. You deserve it. Thanks for sharing everything with us from cooking to family and remodeling. Happiness sent your way.

  12. Carol’s

    I love it
    Very pretty and functional
    And thanks for posting what you used and where you got them from and the product numbers

  13. Grandma Lynn

    What a dream kitchen! Roomy and functional! I look forward to seeing what new recipes come out of the kitchen!

    I love the flooring! My kitchen is TrafficMaster Saratoga Hickory. Think dark chocolate & black licorice.

    Thank you Lauren, I’ve been following you since it was just 3 of you & I do enjoy you and your family. Hugs 🙂

  14. Tamzen Bright

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL, Lauren!! LOVE, the fresh, clean, crisp colors. open concept and LOVE LOVE❤❤ the Center island!! Great job! I know you will now HAPPILY create so many new and creative dishes for us to enjoy. Cannot wait to what the fresh “creative juices” produce!! Thanks for sharing and ENJOY!!

  15. peggy

    Beautiful kitchen, a lot of room for all your cooking thing. I wish my kitchen was that big, because I love to cook too. I have a tiny kitchen. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Terri Napierski

    Totally amazing! You deserve it! I cook and bake a lot, we are saving kitchen remodel for last, we know it’s going to be expensive, lol!!