Kitchen Renovation Part III: The Big Reveal

So over the past several weeks we discussed planning for a kitchen renovation and how to make all of the tough decisions involved.  Well… one fine day the project will be over and you will have a the space of your dreams!  Good planning always pays off.  Here are pictures from my actual kitchen. We love it !




I wanted to share everything that I learned along the way, so I packaged it all up in a handy e-book for your reading pleasure.  The e-book is really a collection of helpful checklists designed to help you plan and execute your project with peace of mind.

Kitchen Renovation Planning Guide


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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: Kitchen Renovation Part II

Renovating my kitchen was a dream of mine for  seven years.  The experience was exciting, fun and often tremendously overwhelming. There are so many decisions that must be made whether you are approaching this alone or with a designer.  I will outline my overall approach to this process in future post as part of this series.  My hope is that by the time you go through my journey here @ Eat Breathe Travel, your journey will be less overwhelming and more enjoyable.

Before getting started and during the entire process I looked at so many kitchens in showrooms across Atlanta and online.

Here are a few that inspired me greatly, courtesy of Pintrest:

Thonet bentwood bar stools or cross back stools, colonial style

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Dining open to kitchen - love the white, the island, the dining room chairs and that wood table! (Note: I mirrored the original image to match my design)

Among other things, these kitchens encompassed my overall design aesthetic and gave me a springboard to work from to ultimately establish my must haves. One of my must have elements was replacing my old white cabinets with new white cabinets that extend to the ceiling with glass panels throughout.  I can’t wait to show you the pictures.

Speaking of decisions, selecting a back splash was one that caused me to have countless sleepless nights.  Marble, glass, ceramic….there are so many possibilities for materials.  I settled on marble because of its classic appeal and color.  Deciding on the back splash layout was a whole different series of decisions and sleepless nights.  Grout color is yet another selection that must be determined before your project can be completed and the color selection makes a huge impact.   Kasey with The Raw House Project  does a great job covering this topic.

Here are a few kitchen back splashes that inspired me.

Herringbone grey splash-back tiles | Little Things Interiors More

Backsplash · Carrara Marble in 3x6 subway with carrara herringbone pattern inlay above range

I ultimately opted to use individual polished marble subway tiles with bright white grout.  I had it installed  in a herringbone pattern above the cook top, as a special feature.  Here are some of the styles that I considered.

Ready to see my actual pictures? Here you go….

We used polished marble (3×6) tiles from Lowes. The price is great and the quality is amazing.

There is so much more to share as we walk though this project.  By the time we are finished you my friend will be a kitchen reno pro!

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The Seven Year Itch: Kitchen Renovation Part I

While cooking in my impossibly small kitchen in my first home, I often fantasized about how nice it would be to prepare meals in the beautiful chic chef’s kitchen that I would own “one day”.

Well… my husband and I bought a house seven years ago and although it had many elements that we loved, the kitchen was not one of them.  We agreed to purchased the house and I was promised that we would update the kitchen.   At that time I believed that we would get started on the kitchen right away.   However, we actually got started on something else when we moved in… less than a year later I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and a few years after that…and a basement project later, we welcomed another happy and healthy daughter.

Seven long years in a kitchen with outdated appliances and peeling cabinets.  Seven long years dreaming of a gas cook top.  Seven long years of stalking beautiful kitchens on Pintrest.




Well the kitchen is now complete!  I could not be happier.  So let’s take look back at how we began the process, survived the renovation and everything we learned along the way.


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