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



  1. 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!

  2. 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!!!!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!!

  9. 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

  10. 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!!!!

  11. 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!!

  12. 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!


  13. 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!

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

  15. 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!

  16. 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”?

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

  18. 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!!

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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!!!!???

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. Hi! Gorgeous kitchen! I am hoping you may give us all the stain color and wood you used for the island. I see it has been asked many times, and I’m going to be the next to ask ?. Please share, your kitchen is inspiring!

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