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Rashida’s Totally Transformed Kitchen Reveal (That Includes One Of Our Favorite “New Classic” Kitchen Trends)

Today’s kitchen reveal marks some pivotal firsts for me… My first time making a reveal on the EHD blog, my first time designing a kitchen and seeing it from concept to real life, my first time ordering windows and doors, my first time managing such a large project… and my first time feeling like a true designer! Most of my portfolio consists of room makeovers/refreshes. But now I have a renovation under my belt and have learned so much about the dos and don’ts. For starters, it’s July. This project started back in late January, with an anticipation that the reveal would have been in April. Boy was I wrong! But nonetheless, after you’ve seen the reveal photos, I think we can all agree that it was worth the extra few months to get it just right! And I could not have done this without the help of my husband (who I nagged with my bajillion questions), and my amazing brand partners.

Cabinet Fronts | Cabinet Color | Vase (similar)

Let’s take a trip back in time to our old Tuscan-like kitchen. The cherry cabinets, the red grout, the old granite countertops from the early 2000s, and the busy backsplash all had to go. The only thing I loved about our old kitchen was the layout, our range, and the good condition of our cabinet boxes… everything else changed!

One of my first design decisions was narrowing down the cabinet color. Do I want off-white, creamy white, mushroom white, peachy white, or grayish warmish white (yes a color like that exists)? Initially, I wanted to do a two-tone kitchen, leaving some cabinets in wood and painting the others. But that idea quickly disappeared, when I realized how a two-tone kitchen in such a small space would disrupt my eye too many times, so I decided to go with Benjamin Moore’s “Creamy White” for all of the cabinets. It’s that perfect cream color that’s not too peachy.

my final moodboard

After addressing the cabinet color, I had a huge epiphany… I need to update my cabinet doors to a more modern classic style and go from partial overlay to full overlay doors. I can’t lie, that thought freaked me out, because it was yet another decision to be made, and a decision I knew very little about! However the decision to change the doors mattered a great deal to the overall look of the kitchen, so the hours of research began. I came across a company called “Nieu Cabinet Doors” (I think the name is quite genius). They specialize in making custom cabinet doors for any cabinet box. I fell in love with their door style called Super Shaker. It’s a modern shaker door with classic beveled seams that fit perfectly into my modern classic design style. Check out my blog tutorial here, on how to paint cabinets. However, you can order them to arrive painted already. To add some jewelry to the cabinet doors, we went with unlacquered brass knobs and pulls from Rejuvenation.

Countertops | Refrigerator | Hood | Knobs | Pulls

I already knew that I wanted quartz countertops with a fair amount of natural-looking veining. Caesarstone has so many quartz options to choose from and I went with the color “Statuario Maximus”. It’s the perfect amount of white in the space to balance out the warmth in the cabinet color, along with the perfect amount of veining to not compete with other finishes. With just one slab, my fabricator was able to cut out all of the counter surfaces and add a waterfall edge. I’m so glad I decided to do a waterfall edge at the last minute. It was an extra $700 well spent.

Another major change that’s not too noticeable, but has a high impact on the air quality of our home, was swapping out the over-the-range microwave for a range hood that vents outside. We have a gas stove and a range hood helps reduce the amount of toxins in the air from cooking with a gas range. Aside from the health benefits, range hoods just look more sleek. So, you’re probably wondering, where’s the microwave? It’s in the peninsula. I scoured the internet to find the smallest built-in microwave, and I got lucky on Home Depot’s site, along with finding a reasonably priced Bosch refrigerator on there as well. My dreams of having a freezer drawer came true!

Microwave

You all know how much I hated our old kitchen floors. It was a tacky yellowish stone with red grout to match the cherry cabinets (I’m still trying to figure out who is the responsible party for such an offense??). 

Floor Tile

The first store I stepped into for this kitchen renovation was The Tile Shop. My eyes fell in love with the 12 x 24 inch Aqua Nero Matte Porcelain Tile. The natural black stone, with the white and reddish-brown veining really redefined and elevated the feel of the kitchen. I decided to take it up a notch by laying the tile in a herringbone pattern versus a standard stagger pattern. As complicated as it was (I’m pretty sure my contractor had lots of colorful words for me in his head), I’m so happy we did. It brings a subtle interest to the flooring and again elevates the atmosphere of the kitchen. We topped off the tiled floor with a beautiful wool runner from Lulu & Georgia because they literally have some of the most stunning rugs I’ve seen!

Runner

Now there was A LOT of pushback about dark tile floors LOL. Some of you guys said DON’T DO IT! But, I’ve lived with my black tile floors for a few months now, and I have absolutely no regrets. The veining and the matte finish reduces the appearance of dust. I thought that I would be constantly cleaning the floors, but surprisingly I’m not.

There was a particular comment from my previous blog post that asked if we were changing the flooring in the dining room because there was a weird strip of tile under the peninsula. Honestly, it was something I didn’t think about, but I never liked the diagonal wood floors anyway, so we did end up changing that flooring. Great suggestion! Since we have 2 dogs, I didn’t want to go back to wood. I needed something waterproof and scratchproof but still looked like wood. Que in Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring from Flooret! My husband and I ended up installing them ourselves, which was quite easy. I mean… just look at the difference! And the beautiful cognac velvet bar stools from Industry West complement the flooring so well. They were meant for each other. 

Stools

Initially, I was going to only tile the backsplash and the back end of the peninsula. But something about it didn’t feel right to me, so I decided to carry the backsplash tile into the neighboring wall, and cover it from floor to ceiling instead. And it was one of the best decisions. Tiling a full wall is definitely an emerging trend that I think will be around for a while. It makes a statement in a non-traditional way that simply pleases the eye. And yes that’s vintage artwork suspended from the ceiling. I bought the hanging kit from Amazon. Very very easy to install. To finish off the tile area we upgraded our outlets and switches to black outlets from Leviton for a pop of visual drama. It’s a small detail that’s often forgotten, and I love that it comes with USB ports for charging our phones and other devices in a more minimal-looking way.

Wall Tile | Art Hanging Kit

Dutch Oven | Black Outlet

Let’s talk about mixed metals briefly. Our faucet is polished nickel from Elkay. I thought I wanted unlacquered brass, but then I realized that I wanted a break from all the warmth, so I opted for this classic faucet that’s really functional with a pull-down and spray feature. Because I went with a different finish, the warmth frames out the faucet, and allows it to have its own moment. The moral of the story is, don’t be afraid to mix metals. The faucet was paired with a deep rectangular crosstown sink also from Elkay. Quick question for you guys: Do you prefer a single sink or a double sink?

Faucet | Sink | Soap Dispensers | Pot Brush | Napkin

Another major change in the space is the oak door and black windows from Andersen Windows & Doors. Our previous door allowed some light in, but I wanted even more light to enter the space so we opted for Andersen’s Straight Line 181 door with custom grilles. As for the windows we went with the A series casement windows, black inside and black outside, which give a really modern, custom look. I can’t quite bring words to the feeling of opening my windows in the morning to let in the fresh air. Casement windows are just so charming to me. It’s like living in a fairy tale for just a moment. 

Windows | Door

Pendants

Can we just take a moment and appreciate all the details in the pendant lighting from Hudson Valley? The aged brass and the black shades were the perfect amount of contrast that the kitchen needed. It perfectly ties in with the floor. And the rounded shades break up the angular shapes seen throughout the kitchen.

KitchenAid Mixer

One of my favorite functions of the kitchen is the appliance garage Jasen (my husband) and I installed. It involved some math LOL, but we figured it out because one thing that I really wanted for the kitchen was a KitchenAid and we needed a place to house it. You might as well add that in as a line item on your budget. What is a kitchen without a KitchenAid?? When I saw this metallic finish in Williams Sonoma, I just had to have it along with a Breville for my latte’s in the morning (slight coffee snob here). Any other coffee snobs out there??

Breville Barista Machine

Since transferring all of our spices, cookware, storage containers, etc. back into the kitchen after many months of living out of boxes, I wanted to make sure that the insides of the cabinets were transformed as well. So we added some awesome pull-out drawer systems from The Container Store. The pull-outs just make navigating the kitchen that much easier, and organization just makes me happy!

Pull-Out Drawer

If you’re anything like me, you’re the kind of person who may pin inspiration photos for hours, days, weeks, years without moving an inch to execute (ugh!). Well, don’t beat yourself up too much. The reality is, renovations are scary sometimes. Take your time with it, map out everything you desire for your space, do it alongside a friend like I did with my girl Albie (who by the way will be revealing her kitchen soon!)… then, begin to execute! It will be sooo worth it. Home design is a form of self-care in my opinion. There’s nothing like coming home to a space that’s beautifully designed and works for your lifestyle. To get more behind the scenes and in-depth details about the kitchen reno, follow me on Instagram @rashida.banks and as always feel free to leave me a comment/question below! 

*Design by Rashida Banks
**Photos by Keyanna Bowen

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Katharina
3 months ago

It turned out amazing, Rashida!

3 months ago
Reply to  Katharina

Thank you Katharina! I’m so in love with it!

Jane
3 months ago

This is simply stunning. What an unbelieveable transformation! I love everything about it, esp the floor and wall tiles and their veining.
Congratulations!

HerselfInDublin
3 months ago

Wow, this is stunning. I love how you had a grand vision but also a finely-honed eye for detail.
I have always much preferred full overlay doors to partial overlay or inset doors and drawers, and your phrase “disrupt my eye too many times” made me realise why – it’s just double the number of lines in your kitchen and is visually quite busy, even before you add anything else like hardware and tiles and counter appliances and decoration.
Other details that made me catch my breath are the waterfall edge to the island (yes, absolutely worth the extra spend), the wonderfully shaped nickel tap, the fully tiled wall, the little *casement* window in black with the larger-windowed door in wood and the herringbone layout of the large floor-tiles (with tiles that large I wouldn’t have thought to do herringbone).
Finally, I also love that this kitchen is NOT GREY. I have been very depressed by the grey trend in everything for a long time now, and it’s wonderful to see a designer such as yourself break away from it. Hopefully it is a sign that the grey clouds are clearing!

YES YES YES to less gray. it’s depressing.

3 months ago

Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m totally with you on the grey cabinets and the color gray in general. The trends are leaning more into creamy whites and bold warm tones which I’m so excited about!

Kelly
3 months ago

I LOVE it! The warm white cabinets are very similar to what I have chosen. You are inspiring me with your details. We are ready to replace our one casement in our kitchen with several and I really like what you chose. Your styling is just perfect. And single sink all the way! Congratulations on hitting it out of the park on your first really big reno!

Megan
3 months ago

Rashida, thank you for sharing your kitchen. I love it so much. It is beautiful, but more than that, it is warm and welcoming and looks like that kind of kitchen I would love to actually cook and hang out in.

K
3 months ago

Beautiful, Rashida!!

Kristi
3 months ago

Those stools. Oh my. But then I noticed that door….oh my. Finally after more studying went to Amazon to put the art hardware on my wish list. There’s so much beauty here but these are the details that caught my eye and stole my heart.

Marisa
3 months ago

I literally gasped when I saw the EHD homepage – it looks amazing!!

Rachel C
3 months ago

Everything is so beautiful!! I am getting the Nieu cabinet doors to replace my current ones after your previous post. Scared to do it myself but your tutorial helped me take the plunge! Also I love the floor color, I think its gorgeous and different enough from what is so popular right now. Bravo.

Admin
3 months ago

SO SERENE, RASHIDA!!! the appliance garage and the hanging art are so special!!
and AHHH KEY!! photographer of the century!! what a dream team :)))

3 months ago

Your kitchen turned out to be a perfectly executed project which will delight your family for years to come! What a wonderful and skillful transformation you’ve pulled off – not a detail out of place.
I can commiserate with your dismay over the original tile floor. For some odd reason, the previous owner of my house installed white tile floors with red grout in two bathrooms. I have no idea why and I made it my mission to get rid of them which I did a few years ago. Never pleasant to live through tile extraction but it was worth it in the end.

Lisa
3 months ago

Omg this is AMAZING Rashida!!! I’ve been following along on Insta and this is just even more exciting to see a full post (even though I knew it was coming lol)!! Love everything about this new, reworked space!!
Quick question: Any particular reason that you made the soffit above the cabinets run straight instead of curve with that far left cabinet (the one to the right of the GENIUS hanging artwork)?

Sarah
3 months ago

Love it! Especially love that you ditched the soffit and trimmed space above to pull the eye up.

Billie Moloney
3 months ago

I LOVE Rashidas dark Flooret flooring. Exactly what I’ve been searching for. Clicked FLOORET link , but can’t find her flooring. HELP!

Lori
3 months ago
Reply to  Billie Moloney

It’s right here: https://www.flooret.com/luxury-vinyl-plank-flooring/kingswood-signature/ Kingswood Signature color. I want to see a bigger pic of the dining room because this also looks exactly like what I’ve been searching for for my house!

3 months ago
Reply to  Lori

Thanks for answering that Lori! The dining room is next! The darker tile floors are from The Tile Shop. The Flooret floors are more a light oak color.

Sara
3 months ago
Reply to  Rashida

YES!! More reveals, rashida! Can’t wait to see what you do next!

Carlee Dynes
3 months ago
Reply to  Lori

We also used LVP from Flooret in Kingswood for our basement renovation and I loved how it turned out. It’s a really great neutral but still warm wood color. I sampled lots of LVP and I’m really happy we landed in Flooret.

Lori
3 months ago

This is stunning! So many beautiful details. To be honest, my absolute favorite part is the art hanging against the tile wall. It takes the whole kitchen to another level. Amazing work!

Michelle
3 months ago

Wow! I love how you transformed the heavy soffit by painting it the same color as your cabinets and adding the crown. It really elevates the room! I’m purchasing a house with the same situation and I love the idea, thank you!

Angela
3 months ago

This is stunning!! Are you willing to share your budget?

3 months ago
Reply to  Angela

Thank you! I will be sharing budgets on my own personal blog. I’ll also suggest writing a budget post with EHD.

Sara
3 months ago
Reply to  Rashida

I requested the same in my above comment!!! Please please it would be be SO helpful!

Amanda
3 months ago

Gorgeous. That appliance garage is wonderful. Love it all.

Susan
3 months ago

Beautifully done, I love the mix of re use and new. My very fav detail is the new door. Any time I can, I’m always wanting to add more natural light. I love the dark floor top. Also glad you left the door wood. Bravo

Shannon
3 months ago

Especially love the balance of the cream cabinets and the white Island! But all of it is just gorgeous!!

Leann
3 months ago

I love your kitchen! Lots of lovely details, yet clean and simple. Perfect.

3 months ago

It’s gorgeous!!! I can’t even imagine how much you love spending time in the kitchen now. The dogs seem to love it too! The door and window are AMAZING 🙂

Kelly
3 months ago

That is a beautiful, gorgeous kitchen! Wow! I prefer a single basin sink, we moved 6 months ago and have a double basin and I’m not happy with it!

Shana
3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your thought process too! Already added some inspiration to my pin board from this 😉

3 months ago

This is absolutely stunning!

Erin
3 months ago

This so lovely! An amazing mix of classic and modern and so warm. I love the door, the little window, and the tiled wall.

Lori
3 months ago

It looks great! I love that you did a herringbone with your tile and also how the new door wood tones really warm everything up and tie it all together. The new windows are so nice, too!

Kim
3 months ago

Beautiful! Love all of it. Great work! Can you come do my kitchen? 🙂

Amy
3 months ago

Everything looks so beautiful! Love the dark tile floors too, very chic. I noticed in one of the before pics I saw 3 dogs, but then you only mentioned having 2… hope you didn’t have to say goodbye to someone in the last 6 months 🙁 I love the expression on the pup in the front of the before pic, with cute jaw sticking out. Adorable!! Again, great job on the remodel, would love to see more of your home!

3 months ago
Reply to  Amy

Thank you Amy! We have two dogs of our own and are watching our friend’s dog for a year while they’re away overseas for work. He’s still here with us and will be reunited with his family in September!

Amy
3 months ago
Reply to  Rashida

That’s great news 🙂 Thank you for the update from one design-loving dog person to another!!

Sara
3 months ago

Stunning!! I looooove how the wall tile extends past the cabinets as well!

Aru
3 months ago

We are looking at redoing our kitchen and this blog post is giving me tons of great inspiration! Beautiful job, Rashida.
May I ask, what brand is the range?

3 months ago
Reply to  Aru

How exciting that you’re redoing your kitchen! My range is the by Frigidaire. It’s their Air Fry Oven range. I love it a lot for it’s many capabilities and it’s semi built-in look. They may have some on display at your local Home Depot

Allison
3 months ago

This kitchen is so incredibly gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

Kelly Thimm
3 months ago

A whole lot of beauty in such a small package! Every detail is amazing!

Roberta Davis
3 months ago

We re-did the kitchen in our former home, and I got a huge, deep, single bowl Elkay sink that I just loved! Now moved to a new house and I miss it. Would definitely put it in again. Beautiful job on everything! And it also looks like it functions quite well! A+! I love your windows, too. Now all you have to do is enjoy it!

Crissy Perham
3 months ago

Awesome job! Trying to decide what my favorite addition is…the waterfall edge, the appliance garage, the new door and window…it all came together beautifully with the colors, hardware, art! Congratulations! Now, enjoy!!

Christina
3 months ago

So Beautiful! Well done! I second the Breville espresso maker-the grinder included makes it a one stop shop.

Stevie
3 months ago

Just when I think I’m over white kitchens… this feels so fresh and layered and just perfect

Cari
3 months ago

So, so dreamy! What a wonderful job! I might be copying everything…

3 months ago

What great work. That full wall of tile? Is there anything more beautiful this morning on the Internet? I think not:)
And what I’m enjoying, as someone who tends to the eclectic, and enjoys quirky, is imagining the ways you could change this kitchen’s mood so easily by using different pendants. If you wanted to stick with Hudson, for example, what about the Alyssa? https://www.hvlgroup.com/Product/H353701-PN How fun! Or the Aiko for something a little organic, picking up the light veining in your counter and tile wall.

Mel
3 months ago

Oh wow I am really loving this kitchen! I particularly love the cream and white mix. My cabinets are currently white and I can’t afford to change them in the near future. I’m wondering if cream walls would be nice with the white cabinets?

Rusty
3 months ago

Lovely. Fresh, clean and inviting. Your statement about opening the windows to let the fresh air in made me imagine how nice it must be to go into your kitchen first thing in the morning to make breakdast and coffee.
Great work – worth the wait, 😊

3 months ago
Reply to  Rusty

It is the most loveliest feelings. I look forward to my morning routine everyday!

Beth
3 months ago

I love it!

this is SUCH a gorgeous (like, INSANE GORGEOUS) kitchen for a small kitchen! i mean, it’s normal sized for normal people (whereas we often see huge aspirational kitchens for the richie riches), but the finishes are so high end. i love it and am totally going to steal ideas from here for my someday improvements to my kitchen. some questions/thoughts: i love a door with windows in it and always drool over them when i see them on design sites, but doesn’t anyone ever worry about break-ins? like, i live in a super safe area and stuff, but still. i would worry that someone could just easily break through the glass and open the door. Or is the glass break-proof? i’ve always wondered this. anyone have thoughts about this? when you put that vent hood in, did you already have the vent built in through the roof? or did you have to add that in as well? in our old house, we had the same kind of microwave, but a roof vent was already built-in, so it was easy to change out for a hood. but in our new house, we have this same above the range microwave situation, but… Read more »

Lisa H
3 months ago

We had a new front door installed, and I talked about break in worries with the Rep. He pointed out every window in my house, and said that those are the far more easily broken into window!

Sara
3 months ago

You can pay extra money on some doors for security glass, which you can’t shatter, but the odds of someone breaking into your house aren’t very high in most places. I’ve reported on crime for more than 15 years. Nearly 2/3 of all burglaries are committed by someone the victim knows.

3 months ago

Thank you so much! I love that my kitchen feels attainable and relatable… not too over the top. I totally understand your feelings around break-ins, and we actually do live in a neighborhood that’s gentrifying, so there are petty crimes here and there. Our door leads to the backyard that has bolted lock at the gate, plus cameras everywhere. And the door made by Andersen has a 3 lock system. SO I feel pretty secure even tho my neighbors can see in from time to time. I will eventually had roman shades and a screen door. The venting for the range hood is in the bulkhead. On my instagram page I have a picture of it: https://www.instagram.com/rashida.banks/

I wrote a post about partial and full overly cabinet doors here: https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/diy-painting-kitchen-cabinets

Reply to  Rashida

OOOOOOOHHHHHH yes, now i remember! okay, yes, i read that post and totally forgot. thanks for pointing that out. okay, cool. also, thanks about the door. that makes me feel better. i’m pretty sure we need a window door to let some light in. thank you!

Maggie H.
3 months ago

This kitchen is beautiful, Rashida! Well done! I have a similar layout for my kitchen. I noticed in the before picture, your garbage can was at the end of the peninsula. Where did you end up putting it after the remodel?

3 months ago
Reply to  Maggie H.

Thank you! I left it out of the picture for aesthetic reasons. But we have it on the side of the cabinet pantry. It’s the area on the refrigerator wall.

3 months ago
Reply to  Jess Bunge

She sure did! I loved loved loved working with her!!!

Suzanne
3 months ago

Rashida, this is amazing! I love all the details and finishes, and it feels so timeless! If I liked the layout of my kitchen, this is what I’d do. This is probably my favorite transformation that kept the original cabinet boxes and layout. I think I just love all the details. The black framed windows, black floors (this surprises me, but that herringbone layout is gorgeous), the light fixtures, the mixed metals, the creamy white cabinetry, the wall tile, the barstools, the extra tall crown molding, that door. I love it!

Erika
3 months ago

It looks amazing!

julie
3 months ago

P E R F E C T! In every way! LOVE the floors….honestly, love every choice you made. Congrats!

Gigi
3 months ago

This is stunning! There’s a lot to pin here.

Sunny
3 months ago

Gorgeous!!! The lvp in the dining room is beautiful. Did you think about just extending it thru out the kitchen, especially since it is waterproof? then no transitions strip between flooring types.

I’m asking because we are installing new lvp and ripping out the kitchen tile to have one surface thru out the public rooms of the house. Interested in your thoughts.

3 months ago
Reply to  Sunny

Thank you Sunny. The LVP flooring was a decision made after the tiling was installed. But even still I love how the tile floors elevate the space and brings more interest and character. I messed up with the transition though. I definitely wanted the two floors to join together. I should have done the LVP first and then the tile after. I’m not opposed to continuous flooring throughout. I see that done beautifully in other kitchens!

Sunny
3 months ago
Reply to  Rashida

Thank you for your reply!

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