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Kitchen Makeover Inspiration

Serious question, have you ever been blinded by love? You know the kind of blind love that makes you look passed the cracks, chips and discolouration. The kind of love that makes you overlook what’s missing and even what’s already there. I know I sure have!


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Four years ago when “J” and our first toured our house, I fell head-over-heals in love with our kitchen. So in love in fact that I neglected to notice the house was lacking in a few essentials… like this biggest wish item on my list: a pantry. Maybe it’s just me, but I grew up in a house that always had a pantry. And you don’t know how much you value a pantry until you don’t have one! Our cupboards are now packed to the brim. We’ve even resorted to storing odds and ends in our basement. Need a roasting pan? It’s in my basement. Yeah, not ideal or convenient.

After four years I’ve learned what I truly love about my kitchen and what needs to change, stat! Over the next few weeks “J” and I will be going through the process of giving our kitchen a little makeover by incorporating new features to increase style, functionality and convenience. Here’s our to-do list…

Kitchen Makeover To-Do List:

Cabinet Refacing // While the base cabinets in our kitchen are still usable, the cabinet doors are in pretty rough shape. Kaitlyn, the very knowledgeable and helpful kitchen design expert at Home Depot Canada’s kitchen design centre, suggested rather than a complete reno we could install new cabinet doors using Renuit’s cabinet refacing program. It comes in at a fraction of the cost of a full reno and looks just as good!

Quartz Countertops // Confession time… I am completely, 100% over my laminate countertops! It’s time to upgrade to something more… beautiful. White quartz? Yes, please!

Black Granite Composite Sink & Faucet // The longer I looked at my scratched and dented stainless steel sink, the less I wanted it re-installed (it wouldn’t exactly look great with the new quartz counterops)! There are just so many beautiful options out there that are exceptionally resilient, like this Diamond U 2 SILGRANIT Sink in Anthracite. The non-porous surface doesn’t absorb any liquids, acids or stains, and is resistance to heat, scratches and impact! The matching faucet is also a work of art, mirroring the same black finishing as the sink, making it an ideal option for a faucet.

Backsplash // In my opinion, the easiest way to make a kitchen look complete is with a backsplash! Not only that, it make the space easier to clean and maintain. A new backsplash has been on my wishlist for this kitchen for a very long time. We’ll be installing classic white subway tiles and mixing it up with some dark grey grout!

Built-In Desk // The current eat-in area of our kitchen has served us well these past 4 years, but now that we converted our living room into a formal dining room the small space seems redundant! We’ll be using the space to create much-needed storage (hooooray for a pantry!!!) and a built-in desk area.

Open Concept Pipe Shelving // While adding an entire wall of cabinetry would be ideal for my hoarding ways, it won’t look proportionate and will overwhelm the space. Adding two custom DIY industrial pipe shelves will add a rustic touch to the area and give me ample opportunity to showcase items like colourful glassware and cookbooks.

Kitchen Pinspiration!

Clearly I’m excited to get this show on the road, so I’ve been pinning, pinning and pinning; saving inspiring kitchens and creating a “mood-board” (of sorts) for my soon to be kitchen! Head on over to Pinterest to catch a glimpse at what’s inspiring me!


Disclosure: This post was in partnership with Home Depot Canada. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. Tha sounds like a great plan! It’s going to look so different while still using a lot of what you already have. What you said about a backsplash is so true and if you don’t have an old one to demo that’s even better! Can’t wait to see it.