Kitchen remodel DONE


Well our kitchen updates are finally complete.  It was officially the longest remodel ever but that is okay.


It was worth the wait. You can see many of the befores and years and years of during in this post.

I have to say the undermount sink was a game changer for me..silly but true.  It’s not a farm sink but its HUGE and one opening and undermount, I already said that right?!..the little things y’all. And you can read about the fun of painting the cabinets here.  And you can see some of the original color scheme (or the 1970s layer)


Some things haven’t changed over the last 12 years.  We have the same black and white color scheme and same cabinets, nothing has ever been gutted but we’ve been through yellow walls and leopard print chicken prints and a stove that was older than us! Not to mention that flurouscent light I put up with for years. You can see mid way here.

The counters weren’t awful, they were 12 x 12″ granite tiles. I was just really over the cookies and cream granite pattern and the GROUT LINES, the blasted grout lines and sink. And that small backsplash..yuk. I underestimated the power of a nicer bridge faucet..high necks are wonderful regardless of price point but if you can’t splurge on sink and faucet, just the faucet helps so much in my humble opinion. A farm sink would required major tear out and we just weren’t up to the mess or gotta know when to stop (cue my husband laughing).


So basically we started in 2010 with the opening of the wall between our kitchen and dining, that changed my life, literally. Then we painted over the yellow and slowly replaced appliances and the lights, removed cabinet doors and finally did counters and sink and backsplash. When we orignally moved in (ca. 2000) the room was avocado green with dark stained knotty pine and pink lamintate countertops.  I started slapping white paint on things so fast we didn’t even get a very original before picture, just started painting and we’ve never looked back.  I actually painted the counters until we could afford the granite tiles  (photo above) we used for the first round of counters.  It’s been quite the odyssey as my friend Camille likes to say.


Originally we used peel and stick tiles from Lowe’s to get our black and white look on the floors.  We loved it so much I knew I wanted to go back with another black and white tile but I didn’t want to do marble since I was doing marble counters and our house is on pier and beam so I didn’t really want to use ceramic tile.  I ended up using VCT.  I really like the finish and I used a mop on wax I will do twice yearly, you don’t have to give it the industrial high sheen wax like in schools.  My wax is satin but makes it easier to keep.  So glad we made this change.  The peel and stick tiles had become AWFUL!


The stairs and numbers were done a long time ago but I still like the look . . . and I am not over the chalk wall either, it’s messy sometimes but good for memory work and I love the seasoned look of the chalk and texture.


Thank you Lord for cabinets that go to ceiling (at least on one side)


And the IKEA stainless shelf that was hanging on the wood backsplash functioned so well re-installed it on the subway tiles.  The 2 x 4 subway tiles are just from Lowes…so cheap and one of my favorite things we did!

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I can’t wait to share what I have learned about marble and staining.  Basically, it’s not an issue, there is some etching  but no stains. And no grout lines and the light they give off in my older home is amazing. My previous counters weren’t awful or super dark but the change and freshness and brightness has surprised even me… It’s hard not to get giddy over the marble and the honed really lends it a casual feel.

Bottom line, things can take time but it’s worth it even it if you have a vision and can peck away at it slowly.  I didn’t do everything, that would have been silly considering there are still other things we need to do that are more important.  We didn’t gut anything, I didn’t get a farm sink or new fancy cabinet drawers but I did choose things I love …it’s a trade off and as many of you with older homes know, it’s never over.  Thanks for letting me share;

Photos by Becki Griffin’s Curious Details


Becki and I had so much playing/styling and taking these photos, we call it “playing barbies! If you are a designer in Texas you really should consider her for portfolio photos, she is amazing to work with!

(Sources: Kohler faucet, Martha Stewart Sharkey Gray on walls, BM Black Jack on backdoor, Stair numbers by Leen the Graphics Queen, metal stool by Tolix, VCT tiles by Armstrong, Gilmore cup pull hardware by Restoration hardware and their Hanson knob in polished nickel, lighting by Rejuvenation, vintage sign from the Brown Shed, bucolic painting from Leftovers Antiques, vintage paintings from the Brown Shed, glass jars from Amazon, marble from American Countertop Fabricators in Houston, Texas, bamboo blinds from

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  1. I’m with you Holly the marble myth is just that…. so not a big deal and makes such a statement. I am so glad we finally did it! Everything looks great!

  2. looks beautiful! i too agree with you on the marble. we have it in our kitchen and have had no issues. yes, it does etch, but all the etching just gives it a nice patina.

  3. So beautiful!!

  4. Holly, it is no surprise that it turned out amazing! Aren’t the counters luscious? I’m an official marble counter lover now. Oh, and that last painting is perfect. Would you please replicate it so it’s twin can live in Canada? Please and thank you 🙂

  5. We just started planning a kitchen improvement. I love the look of the cabinets around your stove top. Do you have an exhaust fan somewhere? It looks so nice without a fan right above.

  6. Very pretty! I love all your little old paintings mixed in. Y’all did a good job styling it up.

  7. I really love everything about it. And, it is beautifully styled!

  8. So beautiful! Congrats, Holly! I know it was a lot of hard work and patience, but it all paid off. It’s really lovely!

  9. Your patience with the whole process paid off in spades, Holly! Everything is perfection. And not only does it LOOK great, but functions really well. The love and hospitality that you provide through that space is priceless.

  10. It turned out just lovely! So worth the wait 🙂

  11. Hadley Duncan Howard says

    When can I move in??

  12. Oh, Holly! I just love it!! It looks amazing!!!

  13. So beautiful! I love all of the charming details that you added such as the beautiful cups in the large glass jars, pretty vintage pictures, lighting and the wooden blinds and wicker jugs. And one more thing…’s amazing how you repeated the right amount of black, white, stainless steel through out the kitchen to make it such a cozy and warm kitchen.

  14. Anne Thomas says

    Holy Moly…it looks AMAZING! I’m so jealous — I want to come cook in that kitchen!!! Just beautiful.

  15. Your kitchen is beautiful! Are your flour, sugar glass containers from amazon 1 gallon or 2 gallons?

  16. Wendy Bass says

    Holly, It looks amazing!! I love the black and white floor. THat’s been a dream of mine for years. We have hardwood throughout but we bought a new construction model home so we get what we get. I’m still holding out for black and white tile somewhere. I also love the light colors. You can change out colors anytime because the white is so versatile!! You did a great job! I’m stealing your idea with the tea cup in the flour jar-that’s a clever trick! Blessing to you!

  17. Stunning! Really just beautiful. I love it all. I wish I had gone with a single bowl sink with my kitchen remodel. It’s my one and only regret. Enjoy your new space.

  18. So beautiful. I love it. I want to say more but I can’t because I. Just. Love it.

  19. Holly – I LOVE it!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited for you!!!!! It looks beautiful – and your photography is fabulous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! use it in good health and much happiness!!!!

  20. Holly, it’s gorgeous!!! The marble is so perfect in your kitchen. Love every detail!!

  21. Holly, it is just beautifully done. So classic and lovely, just like everything you do. Congrats on your new space!

  22. Your kitchen is really beautiful. The marble, ahhh! It may have taken awhile but I agree, it was worth the wait. I loved meeting you at Leftovers Marburger booth. You are as sweet and genuine in person as you are on your blog. Hope you get to show some of the house you are working on in East Shore! Your kitchen proves you know what you are doing!

  23. looks great! and you have sold me on the stainless, undermount, one big basin sink!

  24. It’s beautiful!! Everything feels so bright and airy! We are about to undergo a very budget-friendly reno, so I definitely took some notes 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  25. beautiful! thank you for sharing your ideas. The marble looks so bright and I love your faucet. I just painted a small patch of the chalkboard finally and agree its fun but love the look when its been weathered. I need to learn more about your flooring!

  26. Holly, your remodel is just beautiful!!! I love how crisp and clean it looks. The vintage touches really add to the timeless charm! ~Christy

  27. absolutely floored.
    oh my heavens. it looks like heaven indeed!!

  28. It looks lovely!!! I was also wondering about the lack of an exhaust fan? I love the look of the stainless shelf over the sink, but do you miss the exhaust fan?

  29. Your kitchen is beautiful! It turned out so well. It is happy, cheerful and classic. I appreciate your common sense approach to changing it into something you love and suits your family. Congratulations!

  30. Holly! Your kitchen is lovely! I have the honed marble as well and totally agree! The only thing I have been surprised by is brewed tea…I have found that it stains! Now, the stains tend to work themselves out eventually, but that is what thing to beware of : )


  31. I had to come back and comment again b/c I’ve been pinning pics :). I want to copy all this :). I agree about the undermount sink…..It’s one of my fave things in our kitchen, too!

  32. Hi Holly,
    I was in love with your kitchen before, but now it’s even more fabulous! Loving the new marble countertops. We have a 1920’s Craftsman bungalow and gutted our kitchen a few years ago and now it’s quite similar to yours…we have ceramic black and white checkered tile floors, white Shaker style cabinets with Craftsman-style mullion glass doors for some uppers, Kitchen Aid stainless appliances, and the same HUGE stainless undermount sink. That sink was a MUST for me…I wanted to be able to wash a cookie sheet easily and the depth is also great for hiding dirty dishes. 🙂

  33. I didn’t know I could love your kitchen anymore than I already did but I guess it is! Love everything about it! And I can definitely relate to the old house never done comment! Can’t wait to see your next project!

  34. So well done. LOVE the counters…and the sign above the window. So you! xoxo!

  35. I adore your kitchen! I don’t think I would ever leave that room!

  36. Beautiful! All of it!

    Do you happen to remember what color your blinds were?? They’re exactly what I’ve been looking for, and I like those prices too, but I can’t seem to match your color. Thanks!

  37. What a classic, gorgeous kitchen – just delicious 😉

  38. nicole toch says

    Looks amazing. You are my inspiration. What paint colors did you use? I love the white cabinet color and the wall color. Please tell????

  39. Beautiful! It was nice to see a remodel that was done over time and as you could. It’s easy to look at pictures and get discouraged because you can’t afford to do a complete huge makeover all at once.

  40. Really beautiful, Holly! It’s perfection with all the little details and vintage charm. It has been really encouraging to me to see how you have taken your time and have sought to be content with what you have. Enjoy the beautiful gift of your gorgeous kitchen as you serve and nurture the lives of those you love!

  41. Angie Womble says

    It is absolutely beautiful!! I love everything about it! I’m in love with those floors. Can you let us know what the colors are for the VCT tiles? I want those exact floors!!

  42. It’s wonderful! Light and bright, clean and fresh. Perfect for your darling home! xo, emily

  43. It looks wonderful! It is so simple and crisp but also has character. I’m going to be painting my cabinets white and I’m hoping to use white marble as well. Thanks for sharing how the marble is working for you.

  44. Love it! What paint color did you use?

  45. Beautiful kitchen! We installed honed marble cuontertops in out kitchen six years ago and they are my one kitchen remodel regret. 🙁 The etching drives me crazy! I wish there was a solution for the etching, because they are otherwise very beautiful.

  46. Your kitchen is amazing! Can you tell me what the name of your shade is and what color? I checked out select blinds but there are so many choices! Thank you:)

  47. Absolutely beautiful!

  48. Holly,
    I wanted to share with you….we recently put in a farmhouse sink and did not need a new sink base. We cut down the front of the base cabinet to match the apron. Then filled in with those cut our pieces of wood and ordered smaller doors. No manor construction and This was the easiest part of my kitchen remodel. They were able to cut the granite onsite using a grinder. It was 35 dollars for them to so that. I now have an over mount, farmhouse copper sink.

  49. What a gorgeous kitchen you have, absolutely beautiful!

  50. Gorgeous!!! So beautiful. Good for you for doing what you wanted. Really want to hear about the marble and staining as I was just talked out of it. Talk me back in?!

  51. Julie Johnson says

    Gorgeous! What is the paint color??

  52. Lovely, lovely, lovely! So light and cheerful! Does it make you want to cook more? 🙂
    Thanks for all your input about marble, etc. Maybe it will help me talk my own hubby into making some changes around here!

  53. Hi Holly!! Gorgeous per usual :). Quick question: is your tile solid black and white or does it have the flecks in it? Would you mind sharing the source?

    Many Thanks, analise

  54. Wow, what lovely updates! I thought your kitchen looked great before–I could have never imagined these updates, but they are perfect!!

  55. I love the way your kitchen turned out. I especially love your glass jars used for flour, etc. That cup you have in your flour jar is precious – can you tell me the pattern? I just love blue/white transfer ware and houses….Thanks!

  56. I accidentally split vinegar on my marble counter and it did in fact stain…. When you look closely you can see the spill marks…. Great post!!

  57. hi friend! i had to cut out all blog-reading because i suck at time management, but i just decided to head over here and catch up. this looks so great! and i’m kicking myself that i never thought of putting a cute little cup in the flour bin. that slays me.

  58. Sherri Cox says

    I LOVE your floors! Are these the Armstrong Alterna premium vinyl tiles?

  59. I want that stove!! What brand and model is that???


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