Kitchen Reveal : Before and After

It’s finally time to show you all the kitchen! We’ve been working on this for a pretty long time. We do all of the work ourselves and had to save for a couple of things so that equals time. We’re pumped about it being done now! It has been life changing to have our kitchen updated.

I’ll include some before shots of what our kitchen used to look like! It wasn’t terrible at a glance. It was updated-ish but nothing was taken care of. Plus the countertop was pretty awful. It had grease and oil caked on near the stove from never being wiped by previous owners. The cabinets and handles had the same problem.

kitchen before
full view after
corner view of kitchen before
corner view of kitchen after

We changed almost everything except for the actual cabinets. We saved those because the bones of it aren’t bad. I also debated open shelving but let’s be real… that means more dust. I’m good with our cabinets, ha!

Check out the tour below!


My favorite change is the countertops! We ended up going with Crossville porcelain countertops from Garden State Tile! We chose the State of Grace Polished countertop style. Porcelain is a little tricky to work with by totally worth it because it doesn’t stain, crack or yellow like other materials. The porcelain is extremely strong and non-porous. This material can even be used outside.

I decided to go with a thinner look. I didn’t want the new countertops to have a thick clunky look. Our old countertops had about an inch and a half over hang. You can also do that with the porcelain countertops if you’re going for that waterfall edge look or overhang.

If you’re going with porcelain countertops make sure you get a good fabricator because working with this material can be tricky. We used Premier Marble in NJ.

porcelain counter corner shot
porcelain countertops

Backsplash Tile

We went with tiles from Garden State Tile for the backsplash. They are the ceramic Maritime tiles in matte Clearwater white in size 3×12. They also come in a 3×6 size. I loved that they have a handmade style to them. I wanted to keep a classic look with the way we placed them but a more whimsy natural feel because of the shape. They come in 8 different colors, matte or polished.

corner view of kitchen

Sink & Faucet

I’m absolutely obsessed with our new sink and faucet situation! First of all, we have a touch activated faucet — and the cat knows how to use it. Don’t worry it has an automatic shut off or we would be in trouble. We got our sink, faucet and drain from Build.com.

I knew when I was picking our sink items I wanted the drain to be brass to match the faucet. I fell in love with the Delta drain pictured below. Its a nice delicate touch and it gives the sink area that extra character.

sink faucet and drain
flowers in sink

Wicker Cabinet Material

Another fun little DIY we did in the kitchen was the wicker/ rattan material in the corner cabinet. It used to have that foggy looking glass in it but I really disliked being able to see the mess inside. I was initially debating doing cane but I wanted something a little different. I think cane would’ve looked fantastic though. I ordered the material from Online Fabric Store. I used the open box weave cane webbing.

cane webbing diy
Cane webbing in cabinet
Corner with fruit bowl

Small items for BIG change — knobs!

If you’re looking to make big changes but not looking to do a total kitchen reno I strongly suggest changing your knobs and pulls out! Paint and a change in hardware can make a world of a difference. I love how our Top Knobs handles made a huge difference for us. They look really high end, trendy and timeless all at once. The brass is absolutely beautiful on any color cabinet but against that green makes my heart pump!! We went with the Kingsbridge pulls and Kinney knobs.

More Before & Afters

Corner shot before
Corner shot after
Fridge area before
Fridge area after


Cabinet Color (top) – Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore
Cabinet color (bottom) – At Ease Soldier by sherwin Williams
Knobs – Top Knobs
Pulls – Top Knobs
Countertops – Garden State Tile
Tile – Garden State Tile
Faucet – Delta, Build.com
Sink – Allia, Build.com
Sink drain – Delta, Build.com
Chandelier – Mitzi
Pendant Lights – Walmart
Art – thrifted
Rug – Etsy

Thank you so much to Chelsie from Flower Child Floral for helping me source some beautiful flowers for the shoot and helping me style!

I hope you all enjoyed this and got some ideas for your own kitchen! Please leave any comments and questions below! Love you guys!


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  • Mel
    February 19, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Where did you get the center/kitchen table? It’s gorgeous and perfect for the space!

    • goldalamode
      August 4, 2020 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you so much! I actually found it on facebook marketplace. It was a lucky find on there for sure!

  • Britten
    November 16, 2019 at 9:29 am

    This is beautiful! We’re redoing our kitchen right now and I’m looking for a kitchen prep table like the one you have. Where did it come from?

    • goldalamode
      August 4, 2020 at 4:06 pm

      Thank you so much!! Sorry for the super late response but I found it on facebook marketplace. I hope your kitchen has come along beautifully! xo

  • Sarah Adams
    November 9, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    This is gorgeous! I never heard of porcelain countertops before, it looks so good! Thanks for all the before and afters, it really shows it all!

    • goldalamode
      November 11, 2019 at 11:48 am

      Thank you so much! The countertops are great! Way stronger than I thought they would be. I appreciate you checking it out and taking the time to comment 🙂

  • Michelle Barreto
    November 8, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Omg it turned out beautifully, all the hard work paid off wonderfully

    • goldalamode
      November 11, 2019 at 11:49 am

      Thank you so much Michelle! I appreciate it 🙂 xo