Our Kitchen Renovation Before & After

I can’t believe we finally get to share with you the complete kitchen renovation before & after!!!!!

I remember standing right here in this kitchen, middle of January, snow falling and just walking around this old house imagining our family here. The doorknobs and old built ins totally stole my heart, I could see our exterior painted white with the glass backboard basketball hoop, all the father of the bride vibes. I could picture us cozied up in front of the fireplace in the family room, kids playing in their sunny upstairs playroom & all the backyard hangs under the string lights.

The kitchen was going to be our biggest project ever. I twas daunting, but we really could see the possibilities, right from the beginning.

The day we moved to Kansas City, we walked into this space half gutted, smelling like paint and dust. We could barely breathe, some of that from the fumes, some of that from the gut feeling of “what have we done.” We lived in a hotel for a week watching our house get destroyed as they did new electrical, then lived with my parents for over a month as they rebuilt the entire thing, and then, for the last three months, we lived here with half of the existing kitchen & through the renovation while we dreamed up all the possibilities of what we wanted to do with this space.

We raised the ceilings by taking out the old soffits, we removed lots of upper cabinets for a more open, airy look. We chose inset shaker cabinets, antique brass fixtures, carrera marble for our countertops, and a little bit of shiplap just for fun.

We cannot wait for all the meals, gatherings & holidays in this space!!!

Sources: Faucet // Light above Sink // Farmhouse Sink // Glass Pulls // Antique Brass Cabinet Latches // Round Tray on Island // White Latte Bowls // Glass Canisters // The World is Your Oyster Print // Copper Utensils // Hoppy Beer Glasses // White Cake Stands

Books: Magnolia Table // Prune // Sweet Laurel // Home Baked // Healthyish // Thrilby // Love & Lemons // Nourish // The Year of Cozy

We still have a few finishing touches to add & lots of touch ups, but are so excited to have come this far!! You can see some of the progress posts here & here. Thank you all for following along this project & for reading, as always! XO



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    Laura Diiulio
    July 24, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Oh, Garvins! Simply STUNNING. Even that word does not do this space justice! We just went through a HUGE bathroom remodel, also daunting, as you described. I’d love for you to check it out here!


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    Allie Barr
    July 24, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Love it! It turned out so beautiful! I’m obsessed with the way the island looks against all of the white!

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    July 24, 2018 at 7:20 am

    It looks phenomenal!!!!! Love it, so inspired by your design:)

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    July 24, 2018 at 7:26 am

    wow! this is absolutely beautiful and classic! love love love!!!

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    July 24, 2018 at 7:32 am

    So gorgeous! It’s truly stunning. Father of the Bride has been my favorite movie since I was 8 years old and I always told my parents that I would like in that house someday!

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    July 24, 2018 at 7:37 am

    It’s absolutely stunning! Totally using this as inspiration for our kitchen update. Great job!

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    July 24, 2018 at 7:40 am

    So dang beautiful. It’s just stunning.

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    July 24, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Wow, it doesn’t even look like the same kitchen!!! I love all the white, but with just a little of the wood left behind. Absolutely beautiful!!!!

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    July 24, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Jess!!!! It’s gorgeous!!!! That island!!!!! Looove!!!! Your family is going to be so so happy in that space!

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    July 24, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Beautiful! Love it!

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    Chloe Vandahl
    July 24, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Absolutely stunning! I am smitten with your kitchen redo and FOTB inspiration! Just wondering the source and wood finish colour of your island, it is absolutely gorgeous! At first I thought it was the original hardwood, but looking at the before and after picture I see it’s new (to you). Can you please share? Thank you!

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    July 24, 2018 at 7:55 am

    FANTASTIC!!! I want you to come design my kitchen. Actually, my whole house lol!

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    July 24, 2018 at 8:01 am

    OH MY GOSH! This space is so dreamy! I see Father of the Bride home in all your posts but this! This Kitchen is out of this world! You did amazing and your vision proved right! Congrats on the finally livable kitchen. Many happy memories to come!

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    July 24, 2018 at 8:03 am

    This is stunning. The island is my favorite. And the sink and the stove 🙂

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    July 24, 2018 at 8:04 am

    It came out gorgeous! You must be so thrilled! Now I can’t wait to finish my kitchen Reno!!!

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    July 24, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Stunning Jessica! What an amazing space, it came together perfectly and stunningly and has your flair!

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    Tina Power
    July 24, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Just gorgeous! What paint Color did you choose for the cabinets? Chantilly Lace?

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      Jessica Garvin
      July 24, 2018 at 10:06 am

      yes, chantilly lace!

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        July 24, 2018 at 12:10 pm

        What color on the walls?

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          Jessica Garvin
          July 25, 2018 at 6:35 am

          Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore

          • JENA
            July 25, 2018 at 12:16 pm

            What a beautiful Kitchen!!! What paint finish did you use? Eggshell, matte? Can you also tell me more about what wood stain wax you used on the island please?

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    July 24, 2018 at 8:05 am

    It looks so good! I love the marble. I think the contrast of the warm wood of the island is a nice touch, but is it just the photos or is the stain application really irregular? I feel like I can see the swipe marks and the stain is not applied evenly. I hope it’s either just the photos or you can get it fixed.

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      Jessica Garvin
      July 24, 2018 at 10:06 am

      It is a wax application, and yes we feel like it’s really uneven as well, it’s on our punch list of things to address! 😉

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    July 24, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Jessica! It looks absolutely gorgeous! You are so inspiring, girl! Looking forward ALWAYS to your posts. Take care❤️

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    Katie Stalcup
    July 24, 2018 at 8:13 am

    It is so beautiful! You are amazing! ❤️

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    July 24, 2018 at 8:16 am

    How is this the same space?!?!🙀🙀🙀 It looks amaze balls!!!

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    July 24, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Eeek! It looks SO GOOD! I’m so inspired to start my own reno now!!! Your holidays will be so fun in this house!!! So excited for you!

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    July 24, 2018 at 8:27 am

    It looks SO good! Like a completely different space! Good job!

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    July 24, 2018 at 8:34 am

    This is one of the dreamiest kitchens I’ve ever seen!

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    July 24, 2018 at 8:43 am

    LOVE this space! Where did you purchase your island from? We’re getting ready to re-do ours and I love the look of it. Also, what paint color did you use in this house? I have total kitchen envy!!

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    Lisa M
    July 24, 2018 at 8:44 am

    The kitchen is dreamy. It is just beautiful. Was the flooring existing or is it all new. Is it hardwood. Was wondering about the details. It looks awesome throughout the house

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    Lisa M
    July 24, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Just left a comment and looked at the before pics of the kitchen and see the floor is existing. It’s beautiful

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    July 24, 2018 at 8:48 am

    I’d love to see inside your drawers! I am curious how you organized the items without the upper cabinets. I would love to rip out all our upper cabinets too 😊. Looks so beautiful!!!!

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    Tracey Crush
    July 24, 2018 at 9:39 am

    WOW!! What a beaut! I love the beautiful wood on the island and the crystal knobs, it seems like it really brings a beautiful modern yet traditional element to your home. Congratulations!!

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    July 24, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I’ve been following your blog since 2012, but this is my first comment. Love your style and incorporation of whites and open spaces into your renovations! I’ve been using your blog as inspiration for revamping my space and of course, love hearing about your sweet girls. I’m now adding KC to my list of places to visit this year!


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    July 24, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Stunning! I’ve been waiting to see your before and afters since you announced your new home purchase. I’m going to be renovating my kitchen in the Spring so I’ve been obsessed with seeing kitchen renos more than I’ve ever been.

    As always, you did a stunning job with your reno and decor. So happy for your family!

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    July 24, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!

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    July 24, 2018 at 9:53 am

    So beautiful!! Congratulations Jessica! Can’t wait to see how it looks with all the upcoming holidays!💗

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    July 24, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Looks absolutely beautiful!!! Random questions-where is your purse from in one of the before pics?! Thanks so much!! 🙂

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    July 24, 2018 at 10:31 am

    OMG it’s absolutely perfect, love it!

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    July 24, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!! Love this transformation!

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    July 24, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Absolutly amazing ❤


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    July 24, 2018 at 11:37 am

    SO BEAUTIFUL! What color stain did you use on the island?! Everything is perfect!!!!

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    July 24, 2018 at 11:51 am

    That island!! 😍😍😍 What color stain did you use?

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    July 24, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    LOVE IT!!! Random question…do you guys not have a microwave? 😉 Not sure if we could survive without one!!!

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    July 24, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    It looks beautiful ❤ would love to see how you organizes without the upper cabinets!

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    July 24, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Beautiful!! Can you please share the color name of counter tops?? Thank you:)

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    July 24, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Incredible job! And must feel so good to be finished!

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    July 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    This kitchen is simply to die for. Amazing job!! Love your style. This is the dreamiest kitchen ever 😍

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    July 24, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    The island, the hardware and the desk/open shelving area are all to die for. You have great taste!!

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    July 24, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    It’s so beautiful. Fresh, airy, and full of character. All of your styling touches make it absolutely perfect. Congratulations on having all of the hard work behind you. Now, time to sit back and enjoy!

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    Denise Hebert
    July 24, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Gorgeous! So bright and white!! 😍😍😍

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    July 25, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Absolutely stunning!!! Love everything about it.

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    July 25, 2018 at 10:40 am

    It is stunning! You did an amazing job with everything. Happy cooking!

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    July 25, 2018 at 11:07 am

    You have no idea how excited I am that you have this done in time for me to move into my house…major inspo for me!

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    Meghan Landers
    July 25, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Beautiful!!! We are remodeling our kitchen as well and I just love all the details you chose! What brand stove/oven is that? Is it a 30” or 36”?

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    July 26, 2018 at 5:15 am

    LOVING it!!! Beautiful details and finishing choices! Such a drastic change, it doesn’t even look like the same space! Beautiful work, as always!

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    July 26, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    It turned out sooooo good!! You guys do such a good job on your homes!! <3

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    July 27, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    So pretty! Where are your colored glassware from in the glass cabinets?

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    July 29, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Where did you get the island? I’m searching for someone to build one just like this!

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    Anna | Yes, Little Hummingbird?
    July 30, 2018 at 3:58 am

    WOOOOOWWW !!! This is amazing! It looks like a completely different space! Great job, guys <3

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    Ana Elliott
    July 30, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Found you from A Beautiful Mess, and I LOVE this kitchen reno! My favorite part is that you kept some dark wood with the island — what a statement piece!

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    July 31, 2018 at 7:24 am

    LOVE your kitchen!! we will be building a house soon and I am OBSESSED with your style! Where did you get your drinking glasses from, the green and pink glass ones? I have been searching your posts to see if there are any links to them. Also do you just use regular mason jars for your other glasses? Thank you for continuing your blog, I enjoy reading them. Hoping to start mine soon documenting our building adventures!!

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    August 1, 2018 at 6:46 am

    LOVE your kitchen renovation!! I am obsessed with your style. We will be starting to build our house this spring (our subdivision just went through). I am hoping to blog about our adventure building a new home. Do you remember where you bought your drinking glasses? I am pretty sure you use regular mason jars, but the green and pink stained glass looking ones? Thanks so much! Love reading your blog!

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    August 2, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Can you share where that sweet copper whisk is from? Love it!

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    September 7, 2018 at 7:40 am

    This is just simply amazing- a major transformation! I love all of your design choices – it has all come together so beautifully. You certainly possess incredible vision and talent.

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    Liz Beaver
    October 8, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Jessica!
    Your kitchen is so dang beautiful!! Good job on everything you chose, it’s so perfect!!

    We are finnaly finishing up our Kitchen, all but the island is almost done. I’m begging you to share the stain or wax color of yours! It is so gorgeous and I need that color in my life…… PULLEESE!!!!😘😘😘

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    Stephanie Poli
    December 20, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Love everything about this!!!! Where is the Dutch oven from/ what brand?

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    April 19, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Do you mind sharing who you worked with? We’re moving to Brookside in KC and will be remodeling an older home. I’d love recommendations for vendors.

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    July 20, 2019 at 2:08 am

    I would love it if you shared the stain color. I’ve been all I’ve read Pinterest and I can’t get yours out of my mind. So gorgeous!

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