Our Kitchen Remodel is Complete!!!

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I am THRILLED to announce that our Kitchen Remodel is complete!

As I mentioned in “Making His House Our Home,” I originally assisted in designing this home 6 years ago when my husband, who was single at the time, elected to build a rustic style home where him and a couple of his roommates would live in “bachelorhood” for the next several years. Little did either one of us know, we would eventually end up getting married and living in the home together!

Soon after we got married we discussed possibly selling the home and building in a neighborhood with a better school district…but because we love the area and do not yet have kids, we decided to stay in the house for the next 3-4 years….I agreed, under one condition of course…that we do a total home make over!

For the last year or so I have been hard at work converting my husband’s bachelor pad into a stylish, more sophisticated home for the two of us. Our latest and most substantial project was our kitchen remodel. In my recent post, “A Little Design Inspiration for Your Wednesday,” I introduced a few of my ideas and inspiration photos. I have been dreaming of white kitchen cabinets, Absolute Black honed granite counter tops and a backsplash filled with White Carrara marble, similar to this kitchen….

Kitchen Remodel Inspiration Photo

I am happy to finally have my dream kitchen become a reality! So with no further ado, here are the photos of our kitchen before….

Our Kitchen Before

Our Kitchen Before

Our Kitchen Before

And here is our kitchen today!

Our Kitchen Remodel

Not only did we paint our cabinets off white, we also added glass uppers to extend the cabinets to the ceiling (of course one of the upper lights went out right before I took the pictures…go figure). I am now on a mission to find the perfect decor for these fun little cabinets. I would love to incorporate the blue-ish turquoise color that used I in the adjacent living room

We replaced the tiled counter tops with honed Absolute Black granite. I am pleased that I selected honed rather than polished as it gives it a more casual feel…

Our Kitchen Remodel

The tile backsplash has been replaced with a 1/2″ x 1/2″ White Carrara marble which is polished, so when the under cabinet lighting hits it just right, it’s as if it sparkles!

We removed the stained shutter over the kitchen window and replaced it with a fabric shade which was my Friday night D.I.Y project……I’ll tell you more about it later this week!

Our Kitchen Remodel

As you can see from the before pictures, this bar was about 12″ taller before the remodel. We had it dropped to a more comfortable level and added a trash drawer (which I love!), 2 pot and pan drawers and wine storage…which in return added more counter top space. We also added 2 clear glass lantern pendant lights over the serving bar

Trash Drawer, Wine Rack, Pot & Pan Drawers

We selected these satin nickel drawer pulls for the drawers…

Drawer Pulls

And this satin nickel hardware for the cabinet doors…

Cabinet Hardware

Thanks for visiting today…I will keep you updated on what I find for the glass uppers…I have a feeling that might turn into a huge project of it’s own…!


  • Jenny Clapp

    Emily, Your Kitchen looks AMAZING! I love the nice clean look it has. You did such a great job. The pendant lights make a huge statement. It’s amazing how with just some paint and a change on the hardware how the cabinets look brand new. Can’t wait to see it in person.

    October 04, 2010
  • Amy Smith

    WOW!!! You did an amazing job!! What a huge difference that made. I love all the clean lines. And adding the upper cabinets makes the whole kitchen look larger. Great choice on the honed granite.

    October 04, 2010
  • Incredible! You did an outstanding job with this.

    October 04, 2010
  • marissa woolf

    Looks absolutely fabulous! Great job on the layout and finish selection!!! What I like most is how it reflects your personality! So how many dinner parties do you have lined up? Enjoy.

    October 04, 2010
  • Emily!
    Wow, what a great redo! I love white kitchens too! As soon as I get my window treatment done I’ll be posting my kitchen on the blog, you’ll have to check it out, it is all white as well :-) Great job!!!

    October 04, 2010
  • Sham

    Absolutely Beautiful! It just looks so much bigger and I LOVE the new light fixtures that hang!!!

    October 04, 2010
  • Stacie

    Amazing Emily!!!! I love it!

    October 04, 2010
  • Melody

    It looks amazing! It looks so much bigger. I want to see it in person now!

    October 04, 2010
  • Nan Hamlin

    Oh Emily…. I absolutely lOVE it! It is gorgeous! The lights are very cool! You are quite a talented girl! Wish you lived closer to me! I could use the help.

    October 04, 2010
  • Julie Coleman

    OMG….I absolutely love it!! You did such a great job with the remodel. I LOVE the cabinets and back splash. Now come and do mine!!!

    October 04, 2010
  • Your kitchen turned out GORGEOUS! I love everything you did, down to the shape of the cabinets. I’ve never seen lights like in your upper cabinets- such a great idea and way to use the space. The shade you chose is also fabulous! I can’t wait to see how you did it so maybe I can try it in our kitchen:)

    October 04, 2010
    • Thanks Megan! Stay tuned to see how I made the shades…I think you’ll be surprised to know how quick and easy it was!

      October 04, 2010
  • […] A couple of months ago, my good friend Tony approached me about doing a home makeover for him. Tony owns the most beautiful Mediterranean style home here in Dallas, so I was thrilled to take on this project! I immediately went to his home to take pictures of the space….and that’s when it hit me…this was going to be yet another Bachelor Pad Makeover!  […]

    October 11, 2010
  • Emily your kitchen is amazing. I found you through Megan’s blog. I love everything about it. The backsplash and shade are amazing. So impressed. Happy to have found your blog. And I share your love for mirrored furniture!

    October 11, 2010
  • I gasped out loud – saved every pic in my inspiration files. WOW – gorgeous! I’m a follower for SURE now! LOVE it. You should totally send the pics to Young House Love and other places too!!!

    October 14, 2010
    • Amy! Thank you so much for the compliments! We do love our kitchen! I hadn’t even thought about sending it in o Young House Love…maybe I will do that!

      October 14, 2010
  • Ashley

    Wow lady! That is a kitchen now! Can’t get over those pendant lights over the bar…What a statement! It’s sophisticated but not stuffy! LOVE LOVE it!

    October 15, 2010
  • Sharon Anderson

    Oh MY GOSH! LOVE this – so sophisticated and GORGEOUS!!!!!!! Your home is beautiful, Emily! Wow!

    October 22, 2010
  • […] out Emily Clark’s AMAZING Design Blog today, where she features our Kitchen Makeover and shares my tips on cost saving remodels! Stay tuned for more posts and pictures of the […]

    October 27, 2010
  • holleigh

    i absolutely love this kitchen!
    i would like to add some glass upper cabinets to my kitchen.
    did you build the glass uppers or have them professionally installed?
    how did you prepare & paint the cabinets?

    October 27, 2010
    • You know, I actually thought about taking on this project myslef, but decided against it as I would have been in WAY over my head! So I used a remodel company here in Dallas. They sanded all of the cabinets and primed them before painting. Let me know if you are in the Dallas area and want their number, I’d be happy to give it to you! Good luck!
      Emily Hewett

      October 27, 2010
  • AMAZING!!! Absolutely gorgeous!! Great job! Your home is beautiful!

    October 27, 2010
  • Amazing! You should totally send it in to Young House Love. I’m sure they’ll “swoon.” (their word). :)

    October 27, 2010
    • Thank you! I actually sent them the link several weeks ago…

      October 27, 2010
  • i really admire what you did here…we have the same cabinet style in our new place..they are standard looking cabinets. We were thinking of buying just cabinet doors and painting the cabinet boxes ourselves…
    Now after seeing yours…i wonder if it would be less pricier to get a remodel company to paint them as they are now instead and just spend money on upper cabinets. Although our ceiling height is 10 feet!.
    Any suggestions? What color paint did you use…? How much did the painting remodel cost?
    If you want you can email me the response: jen@madebygirl.com.

    October 27, 2010
  • Nicole

    LOVE this kitchen! Do you mind sharing what paint colors you used for the walls and cabinets? I love the color palette.

    October 30, 2010
    • Thank you! I was just explaining to another reader that we thought the paint color was Behr’s Dolphin Fin….but when we needed touch up paint for the kitchen remodel Dolphin Fin ended up much lighter! So….I have no idea what the color is, but my best advice would be to start with Dolphin Fin and go a shade or two darker.
      Same goes for the cabinets….they just matched our tim color, so we don’t have a specific color. However, I can tell you that Amazing Grace by Kwal is VERY close to this color…not too stark.

      October 30, 2010
  • […] I recently was introduced to a new blog via Emily A. Clark when she featured a kitchen remodel belonging to Emily Hewett of A Well-Dressed Home. Hewett, a fellow Dallas resident, is an interior designer and did a phenomenal job on her kitchen remodel!! […]

    November 06, 2010
  • Emily, I love your blog so much that I featured you on my blog!! Thank you for all your inspiration and keep the photos of your house coming!!! I would love for you to check out my feature on you at: http://lauraburciaga.com/ !!

    November 06, 2010
  • Your kitchen remodel is beautiful….I am actually moving to Dallas soon and am wondering if you painted the cabinets yourself or could recommend the contractor you used to do it. Our new home has a recently remodeled kitchen but I am thinking of having the cabinets painted and of course, have to re-build all of my sources now that I’ll be in a new city. Looking forward to following your blog!

    November 17, 2010
    • Hey Susie!

      Thanks so much! I actually did not paint the cabinets myself…we used DSS Remodeling. The owner’s name is Daniel and he was great to work with!
      Good luck with the big move!!
      Emily Hewett

      November 17, 2010
  • This is so amazing. I just love it. You did an awesome job! my cabinets are old wood and this is the transformation I needed to see to finally take the plunge into painting them white.
    Thanks for your inspiration!

    November 19, 2010
    • Go for it, Kim! You won’t regret it!
      Emily Hewett

      November 19, 2010
  • […] have received several compliments on the pendant lights that I used in our kitchen remodel. I found them for an amazing price, so I decided to feature them as this week’s frugal […]

    December 03, 2010
  • […] might seem like plenty of room for only 2 people, but it’s not…trust me. And because we just had our kitchen remodeled, we aren’t going anywhere anytime […]

    December 14, 2010
  • Jennifer

    Your house is to die for. I was looking at your rooms and you have a few things I gotta have! I love your living room lamps and the animal print pillows on your bed. Would you be willing to share where you found them? I love gourd lamps but I have tried Robert Abbey and they looked a little too modern/retro-ish for my getup. Also I have to tell you that I live in FL and I love those octopus panel prints too. I pondered getting them but instead I purchased a pair of framed indigo blue sealife prints from wendover art. Every room you feature on your blog is so tasteful and pretty. Thanks for sharing.

    December 18, 2010
  • Wow! I just found your blog through Emily A. Clark and your kitchen transformation has totally inspired me! Our current kitchen looks extremely similar to your “before” and seeing your “after” has totally convinced me to paint our cabinets white. Thanks and keep up the amazing transformations!

    December 20, 2010
  • Emily, your transformation is truly jaw-dropping! I also love that it really proves that you don’t have to drop $40,000 to have a kitchen worthy of it’s own magazine layout! I just found your blog but will reading more to learn more about you and your beautiful style. Happy New Year!


    January 01, 2011
  • Stephanie S.

    Hi Emily!

    I am absolutely blown away by what you have done! Our kitchen is so similar to yours (layout included) and I have perusing blogs to find inspiration. I stumbled on to yours, and I am speechless. I would love to duplicate it! :) Where did you find your kitchen hardware? They are just what I have been looking for! Also, do you know the name of the stain that you used for the kitchen floor? Did you ever post on how the make the kitchen shade? I am dying to know! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Thanks for sharing, and congrats on a job well done!


    January 05, 2011
  • Annie

    Hi! I found you off of Emily’s site! Love your kitchen! Where did you get your faucet? Make and model? I am redoing our kitchen as well and I love yours! Also, I see you have the soap dispenser, is it leaking on your granite? I hear that is sometimes a problem.

    January 12, 2011
  • Liz

    I love, love, love it! We’re doing our kitchen next month and this was pretty similar to what I had in mind. I decided to get that fabric before seeing this and now it’s a must! I was going to do the “roman shade” look using mini blinds but this is so much easier. Would you mind telling me where you got the light fixture? I didn’t see it mentioned anywhere. I don’t usually like this style but I really like this one. Thanks

    January 13, 2011
    • Hey Liz!
      I actually got the light fixtures at Overstock.com…and for a great price! Good luck with your kitchen!
      Emily Hewett

      January 13, 2011
  • Anne

    Your kitchen is beautiful, and is the primary inspiration for my kitchen in the house we’re building. I have a question regarding the kitchen cabinets…do you know who the maker of the cabinets is? I love the style!

    January 14, 2011
    • Hi Anne,

      I am so sorry, I have no idea who made the cabinets…however you can get Shaker style door panels with just about any cabinet manufacturer.


      January 14, 2011
  • Rebecca


    Luckily I stumbled across your blog tonight! Isn’t it funny how things like that seem to just happen…I am in the middle of remodeling the kitchen in a home I just purchased in the DFW area. I just had my cabs painted creamy white, I am thinking of going with an antiqued Black Pearl countertop an was unsure what backsplash I wanted until I say yours…I really love it!!! Would you mind sharing where you purchased the marble backsplash with me? Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.

    March 05, 2011
  • Hey Rebecca,

    We used a 1/2″x1/2″ White Carrara Marble for our backsplash. We purchased it at Floor & Decor over off of 635 & 35 for about $15/sf.

    Good luck with your remodel!
    Emily Hewett

    March 06, 2011
  • […] our kitchen! And thank you, Emily, for letting me hang out here today! Thanks so much, Courtney! My kitchen remodel was my favorite project, too! It seems that you and I both have a love for black and white […]

    April 12, 2011
  • […] To see more before’s and after’s of our kitchen click HERE…. […]

    April 23, 2011
  • John

    Wow!!!! This is exactly what I want. I have been looking and looking and this is it!!!!!! If you don’t mind, could you give me details on countertop make and color along with flooring. Very, very nice!!


    May 23, 2011
  • […] Our Kitchen Remodel is Complete!!!Thanks so much! I actually did not paint the cabinets myself…we used DSS Remodeling. The owner’s name is Daniel and he was great to work with! Good luck with the big move!! Emily Hewett… […]

    May 30, 2011
  • Emily, your newly renovated white kitchen looks stunning. The drawer and drawer pulls you have installed are awesome. Black granite is like an icing on the cake. You have rendered me speechless by your jaw dropping creativity.

    June 16, 2011
  • Julie

    Beautiful kitchen, Emily! I am looking into having our cabinets painted white. My husband is against it as our cabinets are nice wood, but I just don’t like the maple color. My question is, did the company paint only the outside of the cabinets or are the insides painted as well? Also, if you don’t mind letting me know how much it cost to have them painted, I’m just curious…. You can email me at carolinahokie2003@yahoo.com thanks so much :)

    August 27, 2012
  • Moira

    Where did you get the beautiful lights? Thanks for any info you can provide. Your kitchen is stunning!!!

    October 30, 2012
    • Thank you! We bought them at Overstock.com

      November 05, 2012
  • Greg

    Hi Emily,

    We are in the middle of a kitchen remodel inspired by yours. It looks like you used white grout for your Carrera tile. Is that correct?


    November 25, 2012
  • Isha

    Your kitchen is my inspiration kitchen. I love it, it’s so beautiful. Was originally going to go with a dark brown finish for our cabinets, but after seeing your kitchen remodel, we’ve decided to paint them white. Love it!!

    April 14, 2013
  • Sara

    Hi Emily, I have been thinking about painting our wood cabinets for about 5 years now and I keep getting cold feet because I’m worried they will just chip and look awful. Now that you have a few years living with your painted cabinets, how do you feel like they have held up?

    June 05, 2013
    • Hi Sara!

      It has been almost 3 yrs since we’ve painted our cabinets…we do not have a single chip anywhere! I do recommend having them professionally painted to ensure the highest quality.

      Good luck!

      June 05, 2013
  • WOW! the redesigned kitchen is way better than your previous kitchen.

    June 10, 2013
  • Kerri Hillis

    I love this kitchen! It’s my inspiration for my kitchen refresh! Can you please tell me what size bar pull you used for the cabinet doors? (Approx 3 inch or 6 inch?) thanks so much for your help!

    July 07, 2013
  • I love this kitchen! It is so big and everything looks super clean. Since I am in the middle of remodeling my kitchen right now I would love to use some ideas from here such as the cabinet styles to make it look more modern and fun.

    November 05, 2013
  • Great post! I’ve been looking around trying to find someone who knows how to do remodeling the kitchen in CA, but don’t know what to look for. Do you have any tips or insights? Thanks for sharing!

    November 06, 2013
  • Lisa

    How did you do the upper cabinets with the glass inserts? Where did you find them?

    March 15, 2014
  • Janet

    Where is the pantry? I have a similar layout but my pantry is on a 3/4 wall perpendicular to the fridge. I have been wanting to tear down that wall to open up the space and do and island similar to yours but I will lose my pantry. I am curious where you pantry is because I might be able to do something similar.

    September 27, 2014
    • We didn’t have a pantry in this kitchen….cabinets only

      September 29, 2014

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