I have been dreaming of a new kitchen since the day we moved into our house and slowly but surely, it’s coming along!
So a little back story, my husband and I bought a fixer in Los Angeles, but one that someone had just come in with a generic contractor to re-do the kitchen before selling it. So we had brand new everything in the kitchen and bathrooms, but they were not at all our taste or what we wanted. It was totally doable though and new and clean so we lived with that kitchen for the last four years.
We knew once we had enough money, we wanted to do some sort of kitchen reno, but I had no idea how expensive it was to remodel a kitchen! And especially one that I would love! So we decided to tackle it in parts – countertops were the first to go because they were brown and ugly and the backsplash made me cringe every time I looked at it. I knew I wanted white marble, even though we were repeatedly told not to do it because marble is porous and stains so easily, but after exhausting all other options, I knew marble was the only thing I was going to be happy with. Picking an affordable but beautiful marble was a whole other story! I had no idea there were hundreds, if not thousands, of different types and colors of marble and ones that range from $1k a slab to $10k a slab and probably even more! So insane. I didn’t want a super muddy gray marble though and I was dying to have a bit of gold veining, so we compromised on an affordable one, but not the cheapest option. We also decided instead of dealing with tiles for backsplash, we would keep it simple and run the marble all the way up the back. It turned out so gorgeous – we are so happy and all of the painstaking trips to the marble yards were worth it!
Since we were getting new counters we knew we wanted to also replace the sink and get a single bowl white undermount one instead of the stainless steel double sink we had. I found one from Elkay.com and feel in love! We also got a new bronze-finished faucet from Elkay and are obsessed. It looks so chic with the white sink and white counters! I highly recommend Elkay for your kitchen sink needs – they have so many great options!
We didn’t have the budget to get new cabinets or even paint them just yet (who knew it costs around $5k just to paint them), but we did decide to get new hardware and bring in some bronze/gold in a more modern shape compared to our silver out of date hardware from before. It actually makes a huge difference and a very inexpensive fix! I am also obsessed with my new white Nespresso Latte machine since it matches
Here are the before pics to give you a comparison: