Seven weeks & two days ago, we started demo on our kitchen. The kitchen was cute, but the cabinets had major termite damage. And functionally, there was much lacking- no dishwasher or disposal. And since we needed a drying rack, there was barely any countertop space. So we decided for a fresh start! And my goodness, I love it! Here’s my pink and mint kitchen reveal.
pink and mint kitchen reveal
Last December, we put an offer on this house. Here’s the listing photos from the kitchen.
Aesthetically, this kitchen offended me. No style and it was dark and depressing. There was a bit of the original character with the little shelves over the stove and sink. But what about that long fluorescent light?! And those dark countertops and appliances- no thanks.
So, I spent a day and $100 to make the room look more like me. And, of course, the new appliances made a huge difference too!
It was cute and I loved the little updates! Plus it was a great chance to try things out! Like painting the cabinets pink. I worried it’d be too much with the colorful appliances. But I ended up loving it! So that’s how it stayed for a few months until demo day on October 11th.
These pictures represent hundreds of hours of hard work. And cooking without a kitchen. They tell the story of pushing through and finishing strong. And my goodness, I’m so glad my kitchen no longer looks like that! Are you ready to see how it looks now?!?!?!??!?!!
After- dining room
Awwww! Look at this light and bright kitchen! I feel like who I am is 100% reflected in this room. This is what my insides look like. Girly and pink and happy and sweet. Do you know what? Living in a space that shows the best of you, it’s the best feeling ever.
I have to say, that one of my very favorite details of this room is the Lenox spice village displayed on those little shelves. That was a last minute addition. They are little vintage houses with spice names on front. And the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!!!
The dining table sits under the prettiest brass chandelier that’s super modern with a traditional ceiling medallion. That mix of styles makes me so happy! I think it keeps things current and interesting.
Note, at the end of this post is a link to every single thing in this room. So if you’re wondering on a source- keep reading! I spent forever gathering all of the sources for here and I promise each item is sourced below (if it’s still available).
The kitchen and dining room is right off the living room. You can see from this view that we added a beam to the entrance to really define the kitchen from the living room. This gave the wallpaper a spot to end. Speaking of, the wallpaper was one of the first things I put up in here and it’s chinoiserie goodness makes me so happy! The soft pink, the birds, it’s all just gorgeous.
Can you even with this view?! The subway tile that goes floor to ceiling! The little houses on the shelves! The pink with the white and the brass. These are a few of my favorite things!
After- kitchen stove
On the kitchen side of the room sits the stove. Isn’t the retro styling so pretty?! I’ve never had such a gorgeous stove. Over it, I hung some plates to add some interest. I figure they’re like little pieces of art.
I think that the details make the room! Like this brass bamboo pull on the lower cabinets. Since we’re in Florida by the beach, I’m embracing some of the coastal vibes. Plus, bamboo has a sophistication that I love.
Here’s a pulled back view of this corner of the kitchen. As you can see, we have a small kitchen, so upper cabinets were a must for us. Above the cabinets used to be a soffit with a huge fluorescent light. Those were removed so that the cabinets can go to the ceiling. Now, everything fits nicely inside and we even have room to spare!
I selected art that told the same color story as the room. And I love the nod to the beach in this image. We’re a 15 minute bike ride to the beach and we go weekly. So might as well celebrate that!
I wanted subway tile for a backsplash and wall tile because it’s classic and a great neutral. There’s so much going on in this room, might as well give the eye a place to rest. I LOVE subway tile because it’s affordable (we spent less than $250 on all the tile) and it feels so clean with it up.
Let’s talk about the peel and stick flooring! So one day, I’ll replace all the tile in the house (it’s old and damaged). But I knew I didn’t have the energy or budget to do it now. Instead, I put peel and stick decals over my existing tiles. They’re so pretty with the pink flowers and light colors. They absolutely make the room!
After- sink and fridge
Here’s the last corner of the room- the fridge. As you can see, we decided to move the fridge down the wall (there used to be nothing here). This gave us more cabinet and countertop space. I love open shelving so we built some floating shelves.
On the floating shelves, I placed some colorful dishes. I actually have a fun addition I’ll be incorporating here so stay tuned on that!
You can see the full wall of cabinets here. I haven’t mentioned my countertops yet. The quartz we choose is Navona from Quarella and they elevate the whole room. They have soft grey veining and it’s a joy to clean those babies. You know a splurge is worth it when you love wiping crumbs off it- lol.
Here’s some close-up shots of the dogwood pulls on the uppers. Can you get over these?! They’re brass- all handmade. And you get to choose the color of the stone. Of course, I went with rose quartz! They work beautifully with the wallpaper. Definitely a show stopper. I’m a flower lover and there couldn’t be a better pull for me.
Lucy came and laid in the kitchen and didn’t move from this spot- lol. She’s so sweet! I love how this shot shows off the ceiling details- we added shiplap to the ceiling with crown molding. It’s subtle, but feels high end and interesting. Note, I’ll have a blog post soon with a budget breakdown for how much this remodel cost.
Did you catch a glimpse of the mint sink?! Most of the time you only get a bit of the mint. I designed the whole kitchen around the sink. This was the first item I choose for in here and based the colors of the appliances off it. In a world of neutral sinks, isn’t this a fun option?!
I wanted to share one picture with the under cabinet lighting on. This is the first kitchen we’ve added it to and at night, it feels like a chef’s kitchen. I can see every inch of what I’m working on. I’ll never redo a kitchen without adding this. Note, I have a whole blog post planned soon for how it’s installed.
The corner has a large lazy Susan with all of my baking supplies. I can’t wait to cook with my son in here! We’ll make some good memories in this special kitchen.
before and after photos
And now, for my (and hopefully your) favorite part of the blog post. The before and after photos!!!
I think these images really show how far the room has come. In this shot, you can see that we upgraded to hurricane windows earlier this year. That touch made a big difference!
This corner is a big deal! I originally wanted to tear down the wall, but we decided that saving 10-15k on this project was more important. As a compromise, we wrapped the cabinet and fridge on this side of the wall. I’m so glad we did!
In this before and after of the sink, you can see where we added the dishwasher to the right of the sink (it’s covered in a panel).
Last, the dining room view. From hotel drapes to pink goodness!
Below are links to all products in the kitchen. If something isn’t listed, it probably isn’t available anymore. If you have any questions on the sources, please leave a comment and I’ll let you know.
Fridge and Stove– Pastel Turquoise
Kitchen Faucet– Champagne Gold
White Paint- Ultra Pure White (ceiling and trim)
I’ve always dreamed of having a pink kitchen. And now it actually happened! It took almost two months of hard work, but I’d say it was worth it!
I know this room isn’t for everyone. But that’s ok- because it’s my house- lol. That might sound mean, but my home is my haven. Especially right now. When decorating your house ask what do I want? What makes me happy? Go for that! Forget what everyone thinks. Create a house that feels like you. That tells your story. That has details that make you smile.
What is your favorite part of the room? What’s one idea you’d like to use in your space? I’d love to hear! Thanks for taking the time to read! And for following along. It means so much to me.
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