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Whats cooking….an Update on My Kitchen

This kitchen is actually an add on to the house.  The previous homeowners added it on about 2 years ago.  When we first went through this house I fell in love with the kitchen.  I loved the farm house sink, the large bar, the pine plank flooring, and the light cabinets.


I am so happy with the transformation.  This kitchen was quite the journey, it really pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to take a few risks.  I really like high contrast so I thought I wanted dark granite.  When my husband and I went to pick out the granite I didn’t see a dark granite I loved, I was so sad, I took home some samples of light granite to see what I liked with the cabinets.  Trying to match cabinets with a sliver of granite is quite the task.  I stewed over it for a few days went back to the granite yard a few times and finally decided on this granite, and I couldn’t be more happy with it.  The best part about this granite is you can’t tell when it is dirty.  Very helpful with kids.

My next task was the backsplash.  I have always really wanted a glass backsplash.  Being that we have SO much area to tile complete glass was out of the budget.  I was determined to have at least a little glass, this is what we came up with and I love how it turned out.  The glass tiles bring in the color but doesn’t overwhelm the space.

My husband and I put up the backsplash.  Yes, this was our first time.  I thought we would just start it one night and be done.  Boy was I wrong, we got a row and a half done in one night.  I believe it took a week to get it all done!

I never realized there was so much to tiling.  Make sure it is spaced right, don’t put too much mastic on, don’t put too little mastic on…..etc etc etc.  I have a new found respect for people who tile for a living!  It was worth it I loved how it turned out!

We also put knobs on the cabinets.  I looked high and low for square knobs and ended up finding them on Overstock.  I am so pleased how they look on the cabinets.

I also repainted, I wanted to make sure my paint was lighter, as I didn’t want your eye to go straight to the paint I wanted the cabinets to stand out.


I love this light, the previous homeowner put it in.  I love that it hangs over the sink, at night when I am doing the dishes I turn off all the lights except this one and I love the mood it creates.  It KIND OF, notice the kind of, makes doing dishes fun!


We really wanted a new hood for the stove, but we ran out of money as they can be quite pricey, so I invested in a can of spray paint and sprayed it oil rubbed bronze!

I love how my kitchen turned out.  My daughter and I have made sure it is broken in.  We have spent many hours in there making treats.  We do share, what we don’t eat first!


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  • Beautiful kitchen. Great job! Wow, I'm envious of all the counter space!

  • the cape on the corner

    oh my gosh, i love that granite. what color is it? great job on tiling and the whole kitchen transformation. congrats on your "new" space!

  • What a beautiful kitchen! I love the how open it is! Great Job 🙂

  • Mariah

    Wow! It looks fabulous!!! I have big plans for giving my kitchen a facelift this year!! Come check out my blog if you'd like!

  • marissa

    this is absolutely stunning! I hope you'll add it to my What We Wore and Made Party over at

  • Vicky

    I just love what you have done. I can't get over how much bigger and brighter it looks now. Spectacular! I am a new follower visiting from Funky Polka Dot Giraffe. Vicky from Mess For Less

  • amy and jesse hudson

    I love to see people's transformations! The finished product is absolutely stunning. You must love using this new kitchen! I would love if you would consider linking this up to my "Drab to Fab" Link Party this Friday 🙂 The theme is turning the ordinary into extraordinary using a little creativity. This post embodies that, so I know my readers would love to see it! Here's a link for more info on the party.
    Hope to see you Friday!

  • Love your kitchen! It's amazing how much paint, tile and hardware can really transform a room. My mother in law has similar colored granite and she loves how it hides the little messes.

  • Your kitchen is stunning. Love it. Paint and a little hardware can work wonders. Yours looks amazing. Hugs, Marty

  • I love how your kitchen turned out! The granite really makes a huge difference. Well done! I am your newest follower from FNF!


  • At The Picket Fence

    Wow! It was a beautiful kitchen to begin with but you just took it to the next level. Well done! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  • Beautiful!!! Absolutely gorgeous kitchen!! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

  • Beautifully done! I'm putting your kitchen in the PoPP Spotlight. Thanks for linking up.

  • Honey at 2805

    Your kitchen is beautiful and the choice in granite and tile are terrific! Thank you for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!

  • Alison @ Oopsey Daisy

    Oh my goodness. This is absolutely gorgeous!! 🙂 I am very jealous. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  • Oh my gosh! Amazing kitchen!

  • This is so wonderful … and testing the boundaries of your comfort zone is exactly what the "Imagine the Impossibilities" challenge was all about.

    … would you like to share at our multi-blog "Imagine the Impossibilities" link party? I think everyone would really enjoy it as much as I …

    Here's the link:

    We stay live until Friday midnight (CST). Hope to see you at the party!

    [email protected]

  • thistlewoodfarm

    What an incredible transformation! I love the clean lines and those cabinets!!!!Perfection! Thanks for linking up to our "impossibles" party!


  • Honey at 2805

    Hi Brooke! You are featured today at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

  • At The Picket Fence

    Pure gorgeousness! Love every detail.


  • Coral and Coast

    What a lovely kitchen! Great job 🙂 xo K

  • [email protected]

    Beautiful! The tile looks terrific, and I adore those countertops!


    Your kitchen is fabulous! Just came from Potpourri Friday where you're featured by her and I'm so happy to see your beautiful and cozy kitchen. You did a magnificent job! Happy weekend.

  • Eclectically Vintage

    Great choices! You must be cooking up a storm in that fab kitchen! Love the granite color – isn't it funny how you have one thing in mind and once you get started, you end up with something much better! Love this knobs too – gotta love Overstock. Thanks so much for joining our Impossibilities Challenge. New follower

  • Oh my, so many great details. Those counters are to die for, and I love the pendant light! Beautiful space!
    Thanks so much for linking up to the challenge!

  • Um, that was just pinned as quite possibly the best kitchen ever! I love it. Love the cabinets and the light and the granite and everything about it. 🙂 kuddos.

  • Mariaelena

    good morning…and so nice to meet you…your kitchen turned out lovely…and I LOVE the neutral and beautiful….I came over to see your table and am now a follower and will be back often…pls come and visit me…check out one of my old posts on my dining room table redo and this past fall, we also painted our kitchen cabinets and got new counters…let me know what you think…have a great Monday, Mariaelena

  • Sarah Yoder

    I love that you sprayed the stove vent/fan! I sprayed some pendant lights in our kitchen the same color! 🙂

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