The Great Remodel - Kitchen Deets

This is it. My fourth and final post on the kitchen remodel. It is time for all the juicy details on the products and vendors we used.

We started out meeting with Christ from Pearl Design Group in Bloomingdale, Ill. The experience was awesome. We had met with several other vendors before this, but Christ was the first that I got excited about working with. He really listened to my wants and concerns particularly about wanting seating at the island and came up with the solution to shift the fridge over to give us more space. Genius! 
After much discussion and a visit to the Pearl showroom we landed on a Merillat Classic cabinet. We chose a classic Shaker style, the Portrait w/ 5 piece drawer in maple with a Cotton (white) finish, and decided to go with a two toned approach for the island in Dusk (grayish black) finish. They all come standard with soft closes, and we are really enjoying the added features of a spice rack and pantry with roll out shelves.


Like I shared in my first post, Mike Titone of the Titoni Group Inc did our install and was amazing. He is so professional, reliable and most importantly does beautiful work. He involved us every step of the way so that we could make informed decisions about our kitchen.

For the countertops, we used Frank from Counter Source Design. We debated between granite and quartz, but ended up choosing quartz for its durability and uniform look. Although granite is sometimes perceived as higher end, they are completely comparable. Quartz is actually more expensive in some cases. We chose a ColorQuartz Stone in the 800 series called Oyster Shell. I love the fact that we don't have to keep resealing it like granite, and you can use anything to clean it.
gray quartz

For the sink, we chose a deep, single basin sink, the Eclipse Single Bowl 16 Gauge Sink in stainless steel. This thing is so big, we could bathe both kids in here. We also selected our faucet from Eclipse, the Poseidon in stainless steel.
single bowl sink

The backsplash actually came from Home Depot which was nice because we didn't have to make a trip to a specialty tile store. We really wanted the quartz to be the star of the kitchen so we went with a simple ceramic tile, Daltile Rittenhouse Square White 3" x 6" in white. We chose a gray grout, Polyblend Delorean Gray Non-Sanded Grout, to complement the countertops and add some interest to the plain white tiles.
white subway tile

Lastly, one of my favorite parts of the kitchen and honestly the hardest decision I had to make was the cabinet hardware. After countless hours searching the internet and visiting stores, we selected a mix of the Dakota Round Knob and Dakota Wire Pull from Restoration Hardware. For the white cabinets we used the Soft Iron finish and on the black island we used Rustic Pewter. All the knobs are the 1 1/4" and the pulls are a combination of the 3" and 6".
Restoration Hardware
Dakota Round Knob 1 1/4" in Soft Iron
restoration hardware pull
Dakota Wire Pull 6" in Soft Iron
Restoration Hardware pull
Dakota Wire Pull 3" in Rustic Pewter
Restoration Hardware knob
Dakota Round Knob 1 1/4" in Rustic Pewter
There you have it- our new kitchen. I am so in love. Please let me know if you have anymore questions on the products used in our kitchen or the vendors we worked with. I love to talk about the journey!

The Great Remodel - Kitchen Before and After Pics

So the big kitchen reveal was on Monday if you missed it. In this post, I wanted to share some before and after pics- HGTV style. I wish I had taken more pics when we first moved in before the floors and new appliances went in, but it is still a major transformation.





The bottom of this cabinet was rotted out and the sink was really thin and shallow. I must confess, I really wanted an apron front sink but my husband and our cabinet designer talked me out of it. In the end, I am really happy with this single basin sink we went with. This thing is huge and really solid, and we saved around $1,000 as opposed to going with a farmhouse sink.




This is the part of the kitchen that made the least sense to me. There was this little tiny piece of counter by the refrigerator that was only good for collecting junk, mail, toys and anything else we could stuff on there. We decided to box out the refrigerator and add a pantry cabinet with pull out shelfs. The amount of space we have gained over here is amazing. We also moved the fridge over to the right side of this space to allow more room for seating at the island.


So I believe all islands should have seating. It is just my thing. I had three different designers tell me I wasn't going to be happy with the room I had for seating at our island. I am glad I stuck to my guns because once we cheated the island a little closer to the sink and moved the fridge to the right of its nook, there is plenty of space. I even got to hear my husband utter those three magical words, "You were right." Victory.


Before our remodel, we only had five drawers in the whole kitchen. Now, we have a bank by the range and another by the sliding door. Not to mention, we had these two weird skinny cabinets and some huge fillers by the sink. Now, we have wall to wall cabinets with tons of storage and room to grow.  

Check back Monday when I will be sharing all the details on the products in our kitchen from the hardware to the backsplash. See you then.

The Great Remodel - The Kitchen Reveal

After patiently waiting, the kitchen reveal is here! We are so happy with the results, and I am so glad I don't have to make any more decisions for a while.

Like I said, I am so in love with this kitchen. There is so much to share, I will be breaking this up into several posts. I will be including details on all the products we used and sharing lots of before and afters- HGTV in the house. 

For now, here are some more shots of the finished project. Enjoy!







Update: Here are all the links to our kitchen remodel. Product Details and Before & Afters

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Vacation Time

Pretty Distressed will be taking a brief hiatus to escape the craziness that is my kitchen while we wait for our countertops to get rendered. It is the perfect time for me and the kiddos to escape to the South to visit the grandparents. I will see you in a week!

Until then, I will leave you with one small tease of the kitchen remodel progress...

The Great Remodel - Kitchen Demo

For those who don't know, my family relocated back to Chicago in early September from Indianapolis. Simply put, we had to downsize a little and sacrifice lots of finishes to make our dream of living near family again a reality.

For the past five months, our labor of love has been doing our best to upgrade our home as our budget allowed. Since we purchased the home we have put in hardwood floors and new trim, replaced light fixtures and door knobs, bought new appliances, and painted almost every wall in the house just to name a few things. I have dubbed this labor of love #thegreatremodel. 

During this time we have learned to do a lot of things on our own, but we have also learned that there is a time to throw in the towel and hire a professional. The kitchen remodel is one of those times. Not that I doubt my husband's ability to install cabinets, but with his full time job and two kids, I couldn't see us carving out the time to get it done in a timely manner. 

So once we were able to save up for the project, we headed over to Pearl Design Group in Bloomingdale to pick out cabinets and hired Michael Titoni from the Titoni Group Inc to do our install. 


Here is a picture of what the kitchen looked like before we moved in.


We have made quite a few changes on our own.


Light fixtures and paint

New appliances

More appliances and bamboo flooring

So long sink with a rotted out bottom and baby blue counter tops

We started demo this week. We are getting really creative with meals and washing dishes in the bathroom sink. It really isn't as bad as I thought it would be. Here are some shots of the progress.  

Bye, bye honey oak and hello white maple



I am looking forward to showing you the progress of the kitchen remodel, and I hope to get some crafting in as well over the next couple of weeks. No promises. See you soon!