Kitchen | The Renovation Reveal!

Yep, you read that post title correctly…after months of teasing and empty promises, I finally have our complete Kitchen Reveal for you!!

To refresh your memory…we did some basic updating on our 90s Kitchen before moving in, that consisted mostly of paint and a new backsplash (see that reveal here). I had bigger plans and ideas, but from a budget standpoint, they’d have to wait. Fast forward three years (can you believe we’ve lived here that long?!), and the Phase 2 Kitchen Remodel was ON!

I knew I needed professional help (in more ways than one, ha!), so I called my uber-talented friend Emily Hewett and begged her to help me. We met years ago and became fast-friends, and I’ve loved watching her success skyrocket. She does whole-house, major design overhauls all over the country, so I was shocked she agreed to step in on my smallish project.

But actually, she and her team at A Well Dressed Home, take on projects of all sizes and budgets, and can offer everything from full-service design and install, to just the design plans. The moment I stepped in their offices, I knew my Kitchen was in good hands. See the plans and design components here.

My rockstar contractor pretty much took over from there, but Emily and her A Well Dressed Home  team was there for all the questions and issues that seem to pop up throughout a remodel. It was so comforting having someone with so much experience helping me with the big decisions!!

Enough chatter…let’s get to it! Everything is sourced under the pics and at the end of the post.

Warning: I’m beyond obsessed with this space, so it’s photo overload!! 

kitchen after photo white countertops light gray cabinets gold hardware

mexican tilework backsplash light gray sherwin williams paint brass hardware
Drawer Pulls | Door Knobs | Jute Runner (similar with no fringe) | Backsplash Tile | Sconce Lights | Cutting Boards

cooking in kitchen after renovation at gas stove
Sweater | White Jeans (love these new raw hem crops) | Cookware | Tea Kettle | Wooden Utensils 

The biggest game-changer in my opinion was taking the tile all the way to the ceiling. We were definitely nervous it would be overwhelming, but the boldness paid off! I’ve learned over the years that the only home decisions I regret are the timid ones.

The biggest bang for our buck was adding the brass trim to the vent hood. Would you believe we paid less than $200 for that upgrade?! I ordered the trim here, then buffed it to the sheen I wanted, and my contractor glued it on!

after kitchen renovation brass hardware light gray cabinets

muffins on white kitchen countertop
Cake Stand

gas stove and teapot in kitchen after renovation photo sherwin williams mindful gray

serving and cutting boards on kitchen countertop
Cutting Boards

The brushed brass hardware added more warmth to the room, and the sisal runner and wood accents gave it texture.

after kitchen renovation black white puppy on jute rug
Mollie Sugarplum

The biggest expense was taking the cabinets all the way to the ceiling, but doing so makes the Kitchen so custom. I opted for solid fronts instead of glass for practical storage, as opposed to just a display area I’d have to keep clean!

If you’ll recall, our original cabinets were short with a cathedral shape. We simply replaced them with taller doors with an updated shape. That made it more modern, but also allowed for proper proportions between the upper cabinets.

after kitchen renovation ovens in cabinets

white marble kitchen utensil holder on kitchen countertop
Marble Utensil Holder | Basket Tray | Wooden Utensils 

dog on jute rug in kitchen
Maggie Sugarplum | Jute Runner (similar with no fringe)

hallway to dining room jute rug
Dining Room

To avoid awkward tile breaks, we also carried the tile to the ceiling and floor on this sliver of wall, and behind the fridge.

keurig coffee station on kitchen countertop

keurig station on kitchen countertop

coffee station on kitchen countertop keurig machine

coffee station on kitchen countertop
Coffee Canister | Sugar Canister

after kitchen renovation sherwin williams mindful gray cabinets
Pendant Lights | Bar Stools (Very Similar HERE)

kitchen after renovation sherwin williams mindful gray paint cabinets

mom reading at kitchen countertop
Sweater | White Jeans | Bar Stools (Very Similar HERE) | Pendant Lights

kitchen after renovation rustic bar chairs kitchen after renovation sherwin williams mindful gray paint sink with gold hardware
Palm Print Drapes | Beaded Chandelier | Woven Blinds

after renovation kitchen sink potter barn brass faucet

rustic high top bar chairs

To disguise the outlets, we had them moved down closer to the counter, and I painted them the same color as the tile.

glass jars for dry cooking ingredients
Glass Jars | Vintage Ice Bucket (thrifted)

glass jars for dry ingredients oatmeal and pasta

after kitchen renovation bar pottery barn brass hardware and wine fridge
Cabinet Knobs | Drawer Pulls

mini bar station on lazy susan on white countertop
Round Marble Tray | Gold Rimmed Wine Glasses (love these, too) | ‘Drink Please’ Bell

after kitchen renovation sherwin williams mindful gray cabinets pottery barn boulevard brass drawer pulls

after kitchen renovation lower countertop cabinets jute rug pottery barn brass boulevard hardware

after kitchen renovation cutting board cookbooks flowers on white countertop pottery barn boulevard brass drawer pulls and knobs

cookbooks and flowers on cutting board
Large Butcher Block Cutting Board | Marble Tray | Cookbooks

What’s a good After without the Before?! These pics should jog your memory…

Kitchen Before

kitchen renovation before photo

Kitchen Halfway Point

kitchen with graphic tile during renovation before

Kitchen After

after kitchen renovation sherwin williams mindful gray paint cabinets brass pottery barn hardware

after kitchen renovation sherwin williams mindful gray paint cabinets brass hardware

Kitchen Source List

Cabinet Color  //  Sherwin Williams ‘Mindful Gray’
Butler’s Pantry Cabinet Color  //  Sherwin Williams ‘Iron Ore’
Window Trim Color  //  Sherwin Williams ‘Iron Ore’
Cabinet Pulls  //  Pottery Barn 4-inch
Cabinet Knobs  //  Pottery Barn Knob
Backsplash Tile  //  Patterned Tile
Library Sconces  // Hancock Wall Sconce
Faucet  //  Pull-Down in ‘Champagne Bronze’
Vent Hood Trim  //  Online Metal Store
Jute Runner  //  Overstock
Kitchen Decor & Accessories  //  World Market
Contractor  //  Classic Kitchens & Baths
Decorator  // A Well Dressed Home

after kitchen renovation sherwin williams mindful gray cabinet pottery barn boulevard brass drawer pulls

Such a huge transformation, but all cosmetic! We didn’t move a single plumbing line, gas line or do any demo other than chiseling out the old backsplash tile! This just shows the power of paint and a good decorator! I can’t recommend Emily and A Well Dressed Home enough (they work everywhere, not just DFW clients)! Check out their Instagram to see the recent remodel they did in Exuma!

See the links below for the entire remodel process, from Before to Design to Finish, and every dirty step in between! Hopefully I answered any questions, but feel free to leave anything I missed in the comments.

Follow our Kitchen Remodel from the Beginning:
Phase 1 Remodel
Phase 2 Design Plan
Phase 2 Remodel

[Shop Our Kitchen]


*Photos by the darling and talented Mary Summers.*

Leave a Comment


  1. Cooking in your beautiful new kitchen must be so fun! I love how the way it looks. The decor is just so YOU, Cassie! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  2. Leslie wrote:

    Stunning! Great job and enjoy this amazing space!

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  3. Carrie Thomas wrote:

    Cabinets are pretty. But allllllll that gold. Yikes!

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  4. Victoria wrote:

    I wasn’t sure about the plan but seeing the midway photo next to the finished photo is amazing. It looks soooo good! The combination of taking the tile and cabinets to the ceiling makes it look very chateau in close shots. So cute x

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  5. What a stunning space… thanks so much for sharing all the details! Maybe some day, would you consider sharing where you put things in your kitchen cabinets? We’re moving next month and I’m at a loss at figuring out where to house things in our new kitchen. 😳 You creates a beautiful kitchen, Cassie… congrats!!

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  6. Shay Shull wrote:

    Holy cow! Cassie, it’s stunning!! I love, love, love everything about it!!

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  7. Sandy wrote:

    “Teasing and empty promises”, lol!
    Gorgeous! You could stash your whole house in those upper cabs-jealous!
    Nice job, SP!

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  8. Sandy wrote:

    C-One question. With cabinets today so outrageously priced, I recall your gifted contractor repainted the existing ones, correct? Sprayed on? Eggshell or Satin finish?? Thanks!

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  9. Marty Oravetz wrote:

    Oh wow, it looks amazing. The details make all the difference and it is absolutely stunning.

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  10. Sara wrote:

    Love it! I really like that you have things on your counters that you use! I’m not a fan of the stark style with nothing out. Who wants to take their coffeemaker out of the cabinet every day?? I love that your kitchen is practical and displays pretty and useful things!

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  11. Patricia Hall wrote:

    Who would have thought that just adding brass trim to the hood would suddenly lift it into kitchen heaven? Other than your talented designer. It must make you so happy to be in that kitchen you might even cook!
    It was a good kitchen originally if a little (a lot!) too beige for our color loving Cassie. I love your comment about only regretting timid choices.

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  12. Heather wrote:

    Everything looks gorgeous! I love the brass details!

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  13. Amanda wrote:

    Did you just tell your contractor what door profile you preferred and he ordered them all from somewhere? We have cathedral doors too and I want to replace them but not sure how to do that. Your kitchen looks super pretty and custom 🙂

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  14. Jenna wrote:

    This is SO BEAUTIFUL! Favorite part: the way the shape of the pendant lights mirrors the shape of the vent hood. On point. Great job!!

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  15. Angu wrote:

    Wow! What an impact. You have a great design eye!

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  16. LeeAnn wrote:

    Absolutely stunning! And thank you for including links to a lot of items. Those bar stools are a must have!

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  17. Kathy wrote:

    Absolutely amazing! The tile, the cabinets, the pulls and sconces!!! Gorgeous!
    I love how you are not afraid to go bold in all of your rooms and it works beautifully! I’m inspired!

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  18. Renee wrote:

    I love the change! The tile and brass trim are stunning!! I have cup pulls right now and have been looking at switching to very similar bin pulls. However, my cup pulls are made so that when the pulls are centered, the holes end up lower than center. So if I change out, the new bin pulls will not be centered. It looks like that might be the case with your new pulls. Does it bother you at all? Did your contractor have to change the holes? If so, what did he do–fill in and repaint then redrill? Sorry for all the technical questions, but I know you have an eye for detail!

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  19. Melanie wrote:

    I only have one word: WOW!
    That transformation is amazing; I can’t even believe it’s the same house!

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  20. Parker wrote:

    Gorgeous! What an amazing transformation from your original kitchen. One question- Did you have to order additional tile to extend your backsplash or did you have some leftover from the first renovation? We have similar tile on our bathroom floor. I’m thinking about changing the layout in the future, but wonder if a new batch of floor tiles would be a color match with the current tiles

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  21. Shannon wrote:

    This is so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Great inspiration. 😊

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  22. Turner wrote:

    Beautiful! Go bold or go home, hey? So lucky that tile was still available!

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  23. Jennifer Crochet wrote:

    Looks awesome!

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  24. Tamara wrote:

    It is truly gorgeous! I’ve wanted to add brass trim to our range hood and you’ve totally convinced me! Stunning kitchen in every way! Enjoy!!

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  25. Tawnya M. wrote:

    Such a stunning change from small things! (OK the cabinets weren’t small but you know what I mean!) The trim on the hood took something beautiful to over the top – gilding that lily! But I’m wondering – Did it bother you to leave the old Cathedral doors for the butler’s pantry? Was it a budget decision or a desire to make it seem more separate from the main kitchen?

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  26. Jen wrote:

    Wow it looks amazing Cassie! Your tile is everything and what a difference it made to go to the ceiling 😱❤️! All of our walls are painted Mindful gray, it’s crazy how different it looks in different settings. It’s all fabulous! Xo-Jen

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  27. Chantal wrote:

    Amazing!!! Thanks for sharing. I have been eagerly awaiting the reveal.

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  28. Haley wrote:

    The kitchen looks great! I’m currently building so thanks for the inspiration!

    Posted 6.18.18 Reply
  29. Absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the tile extended all the way to the ceiling!

    Posted 6.19.18 Reply
  30. Ginger Swail wrote:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE YOUR KITCHEN! Such a great transformation. Do your Jute runners shed?? Inquiring mind want to know.

    Posted 6.19.18 Reply
  31. Joan Saladino wrote:

    It’s a beautiful kitchen. Very classy!

    Posted 6.20.18 Reply
  32. Jalene wrote:

    Looks great! Did your windows go from white to black??

    Posted 6.20.18 Reply
  33. Susie wrote:

    It’s beautiful!!! Congrats and enjoy!

    Posted 6.23.18 Reply
  34. Erin Port wrote:

    Beautiful, painting those windows makes them pop and I love the gold accents!

    Posted 6.25.18 Reply
  35. Hollie Reyes wrote:

    So gorgeous! The flooring is beautiful as well!

    Posted 6.27.18 Reply
  36. jannay wrote:

    Amazing transformation!!! Love!!!!
    Just wondering what material the countertop is?

    Posted 6.27.18 Reply
  37. Chrissy Mathews wrote:

    Hi, Cassie! Love the entire reno!! Where did you get the glass topper to your cake stand?

    Posted 7.13.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you!! I think I found it at HomeGoods!

      Posted 7.13.18 Reply
  38. carole mccarthy wrote:

    What material are the countertops?

    Posted 7.20.18 Reply
  39. Ivory wrote:

    From top to bottom, and in between, everything is fabulous. Thans for sharing.

    Posted 7.29.18 Reply
  40. cj wrote:

    beautiful kitchen!!! Please, what are your counter tops?

    Posted 8.16.18 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you! They are white corian

      Posted 8.17.18 Reply
  41. Lorilee wrote:

    I have a desk and table painted in the Mindful Gray and LOVE the color. QUESTION – at night under artificial light it takes on a green/blue hue? I have seen that on my furniture pieces but have you noticed that in your kitchen? I would love to paint my kitchen cabinets the same color.

    Posted 1.22.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Lorilee…it’s likely your lightbulbs! Depending on if you have soft white, natural light, etc…those have yellow tints that can impact your paint color.

      Posted 1.22.19 Reply
  42. Donna A Arnold wrote:

    The update looks wonderful!!! You did a great job. I especially like the taller cabinets and the darker trim around the windows. What kind of trim did you use? Thanks

    Posted 2.15.19 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you! It’s just a basic wood trim, painted to match the cabinets in the butler’s pantry

      Posted 2.15.19 Reply
  43. Kelly Nett wrote:

    Gorgeous. Do you happen to know your grout color, manufacture and joint width?

    Posted 5.3.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Kelly, thank you! We color-matched the charcoal of the tile for the grout color. The joint width is whatever it is when you use a traditional spacer. The tile itself is linked in the Kitchen Reveal post! xo, Cassie

      Posted 5.4.20 Reply
  44. Fran W. wrote:

    I agree with you on every point. In many of the new builds in our area, the shower enclosures are the worst–even in very expensive homes–filled with multiple sizes and colors of tile. It ends up looking like a hot mess. Simple and classic is almost always best.

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
  45. Chhavi wrote:

    I really loved your back splash!!

    Is it cement or proclaim, I’m getting my basement wet bar finished and really want morocoon tiles but it all comes in cement.


    Posted 10.18.20 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      It’s a cement look-a-like…it’s Merola tile from Home Depot.

      Posted 10.19.20 Reply
  46. Jill wrote:

    Hi! How is the iron ore paint on your cabinet holding up? Love it! But worried it’ll show every spec of dust/water/etc. and won’t last with kids snd dog. Thanks!

    Posted 2.3.21 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Jill! The butler’s pantry cabinets are holding up great! Granted it’s not a super high-traffic area, but they’re hanging in there just like the rest of the kitchen! xo, C

      Posted 2.3.21 Reply
  47. Universal Stone wrote:

    Such a great transformation. You did a great job!!

    Posted 3.11.22 Reply