A Cozy Kitchen Renovation Reveal Part I

Adventures, DIY, Kitchen

OMG I can finally tell you that the entire kitchen is done done DONE. It’s an amazing feeling and I love the way it turned out. As you know, I started this process a long time ago!! There are a lot of bases to cover so I’m not going to cover everything in this post, instead I’m going to separate the posts into three or four posts.

This one is all about the reveal! I love dramatic before and afters and I have to say, the before photos show a pretty intense makeover.

This was my first ever renovation and I learned a lot. I also designed this space myself, which was another huge learning experience.

Let’s start with the inspiration. The house itself is an English-style cottage so I wanted to be true to the house. I wanted it to fit within the style of the house so I went with shaker cabinets. What I didn’t want? Was an all-white kitchen. I wanted something with a bit more style but at the same time, I wanted to make something that would be sellable and not too custom.

Here are some BEFORE photos that show the dramatic change:

And here is my mood board! I highly recommend making one of these before you start a demo project, especially if you’ve never done one before. It helps with seeing everything in the same place. I ended up changing some things as I went, but it was a good general idea.

I decided on the sage green the minute I saw this kitchen. It was the perfect soothing color for me. I decided to go with Ikea cabinets and Semihandmade fronts that were painted in Farrow and Ball’s blue grey. I will talk more about my experience with Ikea cabinets (hit and miss) and Semihandmade (flawless experience). Also, did you know getting cabinets painted was expensive?!?! The price almost made me fall out of my chair. I’ll share the price with you, too. This post is coming soon!

I chose black hardware because I think it’s beautiful with the sage green cabinets. The hardware (in total) was about $75 (not too, too expensive) so if the “black hardware” trend fades out of style, I can easily replace it with something that’s more current/classic.

I paired these black mushroom knobs.

They both feel super sturdy. My only complaint is that they get dusty very quickly so a quick wipe down once a week has become a habit. Other than that, the price is right and quality is really good.

Before we started demo, I started to speak to KitchenAid about collaborating on the appliances and to my delight, they said agreed to work with me on this project!

We decided collectively on the 30-inch 4-Burner Fuel Freestanding Commercial-Style Range in go with imperial black. I absolutely love this stove. As you know, I cook and bake a lot and needed something that was a workhorse.

I went with the black range to match the hardware and Im SO glad my-brother-in-law, Sean, convinced me to go with the imperial black. We were debating on white for a lil bit but the black adds nice contrast.

I went with the black range to match the hardware and I’m SO glad my-brother-in-law, Sean, convinced me to go with the black. We were debating on white for a lil’ bit but the black adds nice contrast.

Above the range, lives the 30-Inch Wall-Mount, 3-Speed Canopy Hood. Right when we got this installed, Josh decided to fry up a porchetta and this hood sucked all that smoke up and out! It worked like a pro.

The refrigerator is the most beautiful fridge I’ve ever had in my life. It’s the 36-inch Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator. There is a premium faux wood finish on the inside and the drawers slide and glide so easily and flawlessly. The Preserva Food Care System drawers prevent over ripening of my produce while also minimizing odors with the FreshFlow Produce Preserver and Fresh Flow Air Filter.

It’s also a really good size fridge, which is great for me with shoots and stuff. I bought a full cart worth of groceries right when we got it hooked up and there was still SO much room

The 24-inch Stainless Steel Wine Cellar with Metal Front Racks is magical because you can set one area’s temperature for white wine and another area for red wine so you can store both in the same fridge—genius! When I take a bottle of wine out of the fridge, I feel like a dang adult.

The 44 dbA Dishwasher with Dynamic Wash Arms and Bottle Wash…is my heart. I’ve had this blog for SO very long and didn’t have a dishwasher. Billy and I washed every single dish by hand, nearly every single day. I didn’t really even think it was that big of a deal but now that I have a dishwasher it is truly life-changing.

I’m super grateful to have a machine that’s sole job is to wash dishes! It’s a magical moment for me. It’s also SO quiet. I often times do all of my work at the kitchen table and almost forget that I started it—it’s that quiet.

We ended up deciding on this beautiful tile that looks like white-washed hardwood. Why did we do this? Because I’m hard on kitchens. While I wanted to create a beautiful space where I could shoot content for the blog, I also wanted a space that had a lot of function. I wanted everything to be durable and sturdy and actually work well.

I went with tile because spills happen and I know that I’m inevitably going to spill water or caramel or drop a pie. I wanted something that could take a beating and tile is it. This tile looks like white washed hardwood and so far so good! It’s really amazing. We got a medium grey grout so I’m not on my hands and knees trying to scrub the grout.

Here’s a link to the type of tile we used but seriously you can go to a lot of tile stores (I love Tap n’ Tile in Pasadena) and you can find all sorts of different “grain-finishes” and “stains” that look SO much like hardwood but are tile.

I decided to go with calacutta marble countertops. I knew that I would use the peninsula to shoot content on and I wanted the surface to be beautiful.

Once I settled on the sage green cabinets, I knew I wanted to find a slab that had a bit of green going throughout the marble. I found it, buried in a marble yard behind all of this other beautiful marble. It was forgotten about and had probably been there for months. I haggled with the guy and got it for about half off—-score!

I actually found the countertops and then picked the exact color of the cabinets based on what I thought would be complimentary. This order worked out for me and I would actually highly recommend it, especially if you’re going with a piece of marble or caesar stone that is super unique in color and design.

I treated this kitchen very much like how I dress: a mix of highs and lows. I knew the countertops would be a splurge so I had to chill it with the backsplash. Initially I found this beautiful scalloped backsplash but that added up QUICK. It ended up being too expensive so I searched low and far for this perfect white subway tile. I didn’t want it to be shiny but I also didn’t want it to be so matte that stains would set in.

This was the perfect in between and I bought all the tile for $150—pretty good. I ended up going with black grout to match the hardware and I loved how it turned out. Subway tile can be a bit boring sometimes but I think if it’s surrounded by other unique components it can be classic and chill.

Lastly, I want to give another big thank you to KitchenAid for supplying all of the appliances—they truly are a dream come true!! All of my opinions about their products are my absolute own.

I’m going to post a few other posts soon. I’m going to do a deep dive into the cabinets, working with a contractor for the first time and tips on designing your own kitchen sans designer! It should be fun!

Let me know if you have any questions or I missed any links below!

Welcome to the new and improved A Cozy Kitchen.


Here are all the links to the items that we used!
Appliances: Ikea boxes with Semihandmade Fronts) | Farrow and Ball Paint for Cabinets | Knobs + Pulls | Floor Tile | Subway Tile  (similar style online) |  Calacutta Marble | Sconce from Cedar & Moss in Matte Black/Opal | Sink from Kohler | Grey Kitchen Rug | KitchenAid Mixer in Pistachio | Tea Kettle | Cup Measures | Soap Dispenser (I truly love this!) | Wooden Dish Scrub | Center Kitchen White Lamp Shade | Espresso Cups from Hay Design

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  • Reply Natalie March 30, 2018 at 2:12 am

    wow. It’s truly an amazing renovation!!
    I bet you’re gonna make a lot of awesome recipes at here.
    It’s so cozy and inspring xD

  • Reply Caitlin Wallace March 30, 2018 at 4:20 am

    It is SO BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations.

  • Reply aimee March 30, 2018 at 6:29 am

    oh gosh it turned out SO GORGEOUS! you had amazing vision for what you wanted. I cant wait to see what you cook up in it.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme March 30, 2018 at 8:28 am

      thank you! im so excited to cook all the things in it!

  • Reply miss agnes March 30, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Totally awesome ! What a great work you’ve done, love the soothing color scheme.

  • Reply Sara @ Cake Over Steak March 30, 2018 at 8:55 am

    This kitchen is FLAWLESS and so on brand for you. I’m obsessed.

  • Reply Quinn March 30, 2018 at 10:02 am

    GORGEOUS. So worth all that demo craziness! You have a dream kitchen! 🙂

  • Reply Tina Morrow March 30, 2018 at 10:51 am

    SO very beautiful! The counters are my favorite!
    I baked your carrot cake this morning and I’ll let you know how it turned out later on. I have to wait until dessert time to cut a slice since we have guests!

  • Reply Annette March 30, 2018 at 10:58 am

    This looks gorgeous! So light and airy. The color on the cabinets is beautiful. I do love subway tile and doing the darker grout definitely makes it pop. My friend did the ceramic, hardwood floor and got it specifically because of her dog. No need to worry about scratches on the floor. Enjoy your gorgeous space!

  • Reply Leslie March 30, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Looks amazing. I’m using Farrow and Ball in my new house…love their colors.

  • Reply Mimi March 30, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Stunning. Just stunning. You will love that sink!

  • Reply Marianne C. Whitman March 30, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Have waited to finally see your new kitchen, even worried that I somehow missed it. I only just saw the first picture of part of the kitchen, and had to tell you immediately I love the color of your cabinets, the two windows and the cute open shelving. Now will go back and look, finally, and think going to love it. Maruanne

  • Reply Karen Hilliard March 30, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    I love it, but I’m sad that the tile ceiling and trim are gone. I’m just someone who loves the old tile.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 6, 2018 at 8:18 am

      i’m not haha. i’m a firm believer that just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s original or cool. the tile was heavily stained and scratched. it wasn’t in good condition at all. the house was built in the 20s and this was tile from the 60s so not original to the house at all! 🙂

  • Reply Daphne March 30, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    SO NICE!!! We’re weeks away from moving into our fixer house. I’m also designing the kitchen and bathrooms myself… we didn’t have the budget for custom cabinets, so we’re trying to restore a lot of it to its mid-century modern goodness. Can’t wait to see your full house tour! (p.s. looooove your book and recipes!)

  • Reply Stephanie J. Schiltz March 30, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    All of that remodeling and you still retained the cozy part! Can I say I love it? Love the sage green, my comfort color, love the sink and the windows. The flooring is perfect. The marble counter tops with the little touch of green Just perfection. Can’t wait to see future posts!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 6, 2018 at 8:20 am

      thanks, stephanie! my biggest goal was to make it clean and cozy all at the same time! 🙂

  • Reply Karen T March 30, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Just beautiful and functional! Enjoy!

  • Reply Michaela Fraser March 30, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    so beatiful! i live in LA and the 2 kitchens i’ve had here look so similar to your before pics hehe

  • Reply Jane M March 30, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    WOW-JUST WOW! I ♥️ Everything about your new kitchy! The countertops are stunning! Happy Cooking!

  • Reply Jamie March 30, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Where did you relocate the washer dryer??

  • Reply Felicia March 31, 2018 at 3:58 am

    Great job and choices. I love everything. I would cook all day in that fantastic space 🙂

  • Reply loisajay March 31, 2018 at 7:36 am

    the wood floor is actually tile? I need to get rid of my old linoleum kitchen floor and have been debating to use wood flooring (which is in my entire house) or go with tile for the kitchen and adjoining laundry room. Your choice would make my decision so very easy. Gorgeous renovation, Adrianna.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 2, 2018 at 8:52 am

      yep, tile! the rest of the house is hardwood floor and it doesn’t match “perfectly” but i think it’s ok because it’s its own room. i think if it was an open kitchen, we would’ve had to go another route. 🙂

  • Reply Kristin March 31, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Absolutely beautiful! I love sage green – would use it on my cabinets if I hadn’t already done the adjacent dining room in that color. Will be watching for more stories on the IKEA cabinets. I’ve been thinking about using them in our kitchen, but have heard a lot of hit and miss stories – curious about the details!

  • Reply Karen March 31, 2018 at 10:28 am

    SO GORGEOUS! Love the sage green (my foyer color,) the countertop, backsplash and the floor! Everything looks so ….cozy and cottage-y! I need to renovate my kitchen this year too and going through the same painful process of picking materials and colors. Your reno looks amazing! Brilliant idea to pick the countertop FIRST before picking out the cabinet color! Can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 2, 2018 at 8:51 am

      it’s such a beautiful color–i’m in love with it! it definitely takes a long time to decide on everything. they’re such permanent decisions so sometimes it’s hard!

  • Reply Cristina March 31, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Shit first time I participate or leave a comment. I have been waiting to see this kitchen.. It looks Fabulous x Good Job.

  • Reply Ricki Jill Treleaven April 1, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    You did a beautiful job with your kitchen renovation. I love all your choices, and your pretty color scheme is a nice compliment to your blog’s theme and branding.

  • Reply Codrut Turcanu April 2, 2018 at 5:24 am

    hey Adrianna, congrats! It looks so amazing, just like in the magazine 😉

  • Reply Dolly April 2, 2018 at 10:36 am

    The kitchen looks great! I’m in the middle of my own renovation. I love your kitchen faucet, would you mind sharing the make/model? Thanks!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 2, 2018 at 10:37 am

      thank you! at the end of the post, I link to the kitchen faucet. it’s by brizo!

      • Reply Dolly April 2, 2018 at 11:06 am

        oh perfect! somehow I missed it.

  • Reply rori April 2, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    perfection, where did you get the floor tile?

  • Reply Deanah April 2, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Can we see inside the fridge please?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 6, 2018 at 8:17 am

      ahh let me include a shot in the next post i’m doing about the kitchen 🙂

  • Reply Beth April 4, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Your kitchen is seriously gorgeous! It looks so professional, clean, and cozy 😉 We’re renting an old home with an 80’s kitchen, and it’s all I can do to put up with the ugliness! I dream of someday designing one like this to cook in. Lovely job!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 6, 2018 at 8:17 am

      i feel you! i lived with an ugly kitchen for a LONG time haha.

  • Reply Lauren April 5, 2018 at 5:03 am

    This kitchen is literally goals. It looks exactly how I would want my dream kitchen to look. We just bought a house last year and kitchen renovations are on my to do list! 🙂

  • Reply Allison April 6, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Beautiful! Curious where you got the wood tile from? I couldn’t see it linked unless I missed it. Considering going with a wood tile..

  • Reply Karen April 9, 2018 at 7:15 am

    Which green did you actually chose?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme April 10, 2018 at 5:08 pm

      I ended up going with Farrow and Ball Blue Grey 🙂

      • Reply Karen April 18, 2018 at 8:09 am

        Thank you so much! I was totally off on my guess as to which color it was. I want to do my master bath vanity in this color and hardware with subway tile. So pretty and not too frilly. Love it!

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  • Reply Dusty Bland April 12, 2018 at 12:28 am

    It looks exactly how I would want my dream kitchen to look. You did a beautiful job with your kitchen renovation. I also like your color combination that are you used. I’ve been thinking about using them in our kitchen. Curious where you got the wood tile from? Thanks for the sharing your informative article.

  • Reply Teresa April 13, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Love the final product! It looks seamless and beautiful. Great job!

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  • Reply kristin April 28, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    what an amazing transformation! it’s going to feel so good to work in a space that not only brings you inspiration but that you also worked so hard on! congrats!

  • Reply tina May 2, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Hi, I’m curious as to the price of the cabinets. We did get a quote for Ikea and Semihandmade and we are deciding to go with semicustom cabinets instead, although we haven’t purchased anything yet. I do love your cabinets and the color, so I’m just being nosy.

  • Reply Vanessa May 2, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Well done Adrianna, it is beautiful!

  • Reply HelenWatson July 3, 2018 at 5:35 am

    Your dog is so cute!) You kitchen is stunning! I adore it so much! Looking at it compulsive desire appeares to cook. I haven’t notice a lot of equipment at your kitchen, and I think it’s great, as I also don’t have many of them just a small fryer like this https://bestairfryer.reviews/ and some towels, if we can count them like equipment)) I’m joking! Thanks it’s amaizing!

  • Reply Edna Oneal July 9, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Nice work on the renovation! It must take you a lot of work.