My House: Kitchen

It is said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and this statement couldn’t be any more true in my house.

When Tim and I started our home search in 2010, the kitchen for me was the number one most important room.  It didn’t have to be a dream space or in perfect condition, but I did have to be able to see the potential it could become.  We loved the idea of an open floor plan and were blessed to find and purchase a house with a kitchen, breakfast nook, and living room that all opened up to one another.  Nothing is worse for the host or hostess when entertaining than being shut off from company.  While everyone is enjoying themselves and socializing in the living room, you are slaving away in the kitchen.  Hey, it is your party too so you better make the space as entertaining-friendly as possible!

The pictures are a little blurry, but I wanted to share with all of you what our kitchen looked like originally before we moved in so you can see how far we’ve come!

Before Kitchen 1

The tile was a dingy grey, the countertops were a vivid red laminate, the knobs were a dated gold, and the burgundy walls around the breakfast nook did not offer the most flattering look. 

Before Kitchen 3

Needless to say, the kitchen needed a little work to fit our style and home’s theme!

Before Kitchen 2

After a lot of time and hard work, here it is today:





We have brand new granite tile on the floor and countertop that has speckles of tan, white, brown, and yellow throughout.  We replaced the gold cabinet handles with updated stainless, and with that simple and cheap change we got one of the biggest bangs for our buck!





In the breakfast nook we are going to put a table and chair set that was my grandma’s after we finish updating it.  I also purchased these sea grass stools from Pottery Barn Outlet just a couple weeks ago.  They make a big difference in the bar area and I love the texture they bring to the space.


At Target last weekend, I picked out a farmhouse style pitcher that is a classic piece, and I also bought this cookbook holder.  It’s hard for me not to pick out a new home décor piece every time I go to Target!  Everything is just so cute it’s hard to pass it all up…Dangerous for the pocket book though!


I also purchased this rug that was 50% off, (only $12.98!), and I think it looks great in front of the sink.  I am in a big texture phase right now with decorating and the natural fibers and woven look of this rug made my heart swoon.


A few ideas for additional changes I have been toying with include:

  • A beaded board backsplash (Similar to the below picture, only in white)

Cottage Charm

    • A bamboo roman shade for the kitchen sink window
  • New Stove (!) and dishwasher

LG Electronics 30 in. Self-Cleaning Freestanding Double Oven Electric Range in Stainless Steel

 Top Control Dishwasher in Stainless Steel with Stainless Steel Tub

The kitchen is not 100% complete, but I am absolutely in love with how the remodeling has come together so far!  I have definitely found that when it comes to home remodeling, the projects should definitely be treated as a marathon…not a sprint.  It will take some time to get there, but until then I am going to just enjoy my kitchen exactly the way it is!

Talk to Me!

  • What does your kitchen look like?  Have you done any kitchen remodeling projects, or did you like your kitchen exactly the way it was when you moved in?
  • If you could change one thing about your kitchen, what would it be?
  • What is your favorite room in your house?
  • When househunting, what criteria is important to you?



  1. Gorgeous kitchen! I would say that the kitchen is most important in a house for me, too!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks girl! I 100% agree with you! I definitely think the kitchen is te most used space in my house too, not just the prettiest! Ha! 🙂

  2. LOVE your counter tops!! Great color choices, too! Everything looks so clean and cozy :).

  3. I’m obsessed with your kitchen! You did such a great job on the renovations. It looks impeccable. The kitchen is my favorite room, it needs to be inviting because it really is where the majority of activities and family time and “living” take place.

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you so much Charlotte! The kitchen is definitely the most loved and most used room in our whole house! It has taken awhile to get to this point, but I am really happy with how far it has come so far in the remodel! 🙂

  4. Your kitchen looks wonderful. I love the granite. I completely agree with wanting an open kitchen. I love our current apartment except for the kitchen. It is super tiny and closed off from the rest of the apartment. Can’t wait for a big, open, spacious kitchen!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you girl! We actually have the granite in the foyer and going through the entry hallway and Half bath as well. It also frames our fireplace to tie in the kitchen with the living room!

  5. Love your kitchen–especially the counters and floors! We definitely have some work we’d like to do in our kitchen. I’d love to add a backsplash and change out the countertops. It’s hard to justify the countertops though, since the house is technically new (we just didn’t get to pick that kind of stuff). We’ll definitely deal with it for a couple of years and hopefully upgrade them at some point!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks Erica! As you can see, the bright red laminate countertops that were there when we first moved in were obviously not my style… Lol! At first it through me off as a buyer, but it did have that one important element I knew I could work with- an open floor plan! Knowing how much I would like to do in the house, I am starting with the things that bother me the worst and working from there ha ha!

  6. What a gorgeous remodel you did! And I’m loving the stools you got at Pottery Barn; such a great addition! We also overhauled our kitchen because it was so ugly (especially the countertops) We now have nice granite countertops and a nice backsplash that we put in ourselves. The kitchen is now my favorite place to be because of the blood, sweat, and tears that we put into it! And I’m so with you on Target home decor…so hard to pass up!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you Michelle! I found the stools at the pottery barn outlet so they were on sale, which made me very happy! 🙂 I had been looking for stools since we moved in, but I wasn’t ready to settle on just any..now I am glad I waited! It sounds like you did some awesome remodeling as well! I just love designing so if I wasn’t building from the ground up, I knew I wanted a kitchen that I could customize a little! I agree that the blood, sweat and tears out into remodeling makes the end result it that much more special!

  7. Your kitchen is beautiful! Great job! And good find on the rug at Target! We are still renting but as soon as Brandon lands a permanent position we are hoping to buy a home that we can customize. I can’t wait for that day!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks Sarah! 🙂 whenever I go to Target I always try and find those hidden deals! That will be so awesome when you get to customize your home from the very beginning! I love design and that is definitely something I would love to do down the road as well!

  8. Beautiful kitchen! Thank goodness for a store like Target…It makes it easy to change the whole look of a room with just some inexpensive accessories!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thank you so much for your comment Joy! I agree with you, Target is the best for changing the whole look of a room, from season to season, on the cheap! 😉

  9. Nancy says:

    I love your story and your kitchen! I too just remodeled my kitchen….on a very limited budget and it turned out beautifully! All it takes is a little imagination and some elbow grease!

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