I believe it when they say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Not only is it essential to daily life and food preparation, but it’s also a gathering place. Seemingly, it’s a place people often gather and linger in. Not to mention, the kitchen is literally the heart of our home in the sense that it’s smack dab in the middle of the house, and the first thing you see when you walk through the front door!

When Jordan and I moved into our home three years ago I started drawing up plans (and took on a second job to save up) for my dream kitchen. Renovating from the ground up wasn’t an option for us, but I was sure a few cosmetic changes could do the trick. I’m so happy with how it turned out and know we will enjoy so many wonderful family times here in the years to come.

Today I’m going to answer your questions about our kitchen renovation and source all of the products we used!


Here is what the kitchen looked like prior to the renovation! Jordan and I got pretty bold one day and removed the upper cabinetry. Even just doing that made such a big difference in how open and bright everything felt!



The countertops are a quartz slab from Modul Marble in Anaheim. After looking at their gorgeous selection of stone, I went with the Lincoln quartz made by Aurea Stone. It’s a high end quartz that uses a new technology which eliminates all the graining you’d typically see in fabricated slabs. It takes on the look of marble and is simply stunning! I honestly cannot say enough wonderful things about the quality of Modul’s products and customer service experience. Unlike many other stone companies I visited, Modul took the time to tour their warehouse with me, explaining every detail of the slabs I was looking at. They truly go above and beyond in every way!

Sink and Faucet

Our sink and faucet are from Wayfair, which is my go-to store for all things home! Their selection and pricing are both unbeatable. Not to mention, everything ships free over $49! I opted for the pull-down faucet because of its sleek appearance and easy-to-use handling. The single basin sink is also a game changer! It’s so nice to be able to fit large dishes in the sink when washing. I’m planning to keep our sink safe and clean by purchasing this sink grid.

Cabinet Hardware

Those pretty pulls are from one of my very favorite companies. Emtek offers so many gorgeous pulls and knobs for every door and cabinet in your home! Their products are the perfect blend of modern and timelessness. I originally mixed the brass bar pull and knob throughout the kitchen for a minimal, modern look. After installation I felt like the kitchen needed a bit more contrast and ended up swapping the brass out for black. I am SO happy with the change! Now I’m just trying to think about where else I can use Emtek products around our home! New door knobs perhaps? 😉

I wanted to elaborate a little more on the black cabinet pulls for those who are trying to make a hardware decision for your own home! My main reason for changing out the brass pulls was because I wanted a bit more contrast against all the white in the kitchen. Also, we replaced the cabinetry hardware throughout our whole house, and the brass was just a little overwhelming in all of those space. I realized I much prefer brass as an accent throughout our home rather than a focal point. The black ties in so nicely with all of the other pops of black throughout our house, including all of our door knobs! Another reason I opted for the black was because they are a bit more traditional and timeless. I always try to select pieces that I’ll love for years to come, and I was afraid the brass might get old after a while. Black and white, however, is always in style!


General Appliances supplied us with our gorgeous Café Series French door refrigerator. I’ll never forget the first time I opened the doors… I didn’t want to put any food inside because it was just so dang pretty! My favorite feature is the door-front cold and hot water dispenser. It’s making things easy this winter every time I go to pour myself a cup of tea!


I had a local company remove all our old door fronts and drawers and replace them with new, shaker style ones. This is a huge budget tip for anyone looking to give their kitchen a facelift! Unfortunately, the company is not nationwide, more of a family friend who has done work for my family for many years. If you are local in Orange County, feel free to message or email me for contact info! My advice for everyone else would be to look around and get lots of different quotes. We originally got a quote from Reborn Cabinets that came out to be about $20,000 for new doors, drawers, and cabinet wrap. Ultimately we only ended up paying about $5,000 when we went through our contractor. All of our cabinetry is painted in Sherwin Williams Pure White in a semi-gloss finish. The walls are the same color but in a satin finish.

Still in the Works

Still to come is a new sliding door between our kitchen and laundry room. I’d also love to add new floors one day. I’m thinking white oak flooring is in order! Thanks so much for following along with our kitchen renovation. All your input and excitement made the whole process that much more enjoyable!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! Can’t wait to hear what you think about the new kitchen! Make sure you subscribe so you stay in the loop on all the happenings here at Halfway Wholeistic.