Uptown: A Look at My Kitchen

I have already shared photos of my main floor powder room. Today, I’m revealing the after photos of my kitchen. I took forever to finish up the last bit of grouting (there was a space that I was too lazy to fill), and I was putting off the photos until the backsplash was really fully complete. The before photos of my kitchen are pretty horrific. Honestly, I look back at them and I wonder what the heck I was thinking when I actually bought my house! They’re that bad!

So what did I do to my kitchen to get it white and bright? Here’s a list:
– primed and painted the walls and ceiling
– tore down a dividing wall beside the stove
– installed some new lighting
– installed some additional cabinetry
– installed a marble countertop
– installed a single basin sink
– installed a backsplash (I did it myself!)
– installed an over-the-range microwave
– changed the cabinet hardware

Yes, it was a lot of work! Still on the to do list? The floors are still on my wish list. I’d really love to install hardwood floors.

Okay, here are the after photos:

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In case anyone is wondering – I generally do keep my kitchen this tidy. I took everything off of my fridge and the stack of papers/books/magazines off of the table for the photos, but other than that, my kitchen looks like this every day. The stove and floor could use a scrub, but c’est la vie.

marble counter – Natural Stone City
sink – Vigo via Home Depot
microwave – KW Appliances
backsplash tiles via Kijiji (for only $10!)
toaster – Cuisinart
KitchenAid stand mixer
oil & vinegar bottles – Diane von Furstenberg
salt & paper shakers – Chapters Indigo
small tray – Crate & Barrel
large tray, milk glass, light fixture, embroidered cherries framed – vintage
tea towel, plant pot, table – IKEA
chairs – vintage, painted by me (inspired by Joan Miró)
black & white fridge magnet bottle openers – Alessi
watermelon art – painted by me (age 5)


  1. Vanessa March 4, 2015

    It looks great, Jordana!! I’m in LOVE with your marble countertop. How is it holding up?

    • Jordana March 4, 2015

      Thanks, Vanessa! The marble is working out well. I keep the extra slab of marble next to my stove, and I use it constantly when I’m cooking, which helps to keep the stains away. Overall, I’m very happy I went this way. I’ve had it for a year, and I haven’t regretted my decision at all.

  2. Silvia Del Rosso March 4, 2015

    amazing transformation! Loved the punch of coiours on
    the chairs.

    • Jordana March 4, 2015

      Thanks! I painted the chairs almost 10 years ago now and they’re doing very well!

  3. Rox-Anne March 4, 2015

    What a beautiful, bright kitchen. My jaw dropped when I saw the floor to ceiling pantry doors! It must come in handy to have that much storage space. Consider me officially jealous 🙂

    • Jordana March 4, 2015

      Loads and loads of storage! And everything is full. A girl can never have too much Pyrex or serving dishes. Food…yeah…I have coffee on two shelves in one of those cupboards. 🙂


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