Our Kitchen Renovation

Our Kitchen Renovation

Boy oh boy was this a long-awaited post or what?!  I feel like I’ve been in kitchen reno mode for ages!  But like most renovations, delays are always expected at some point or another.  However, it was all totally worth it. Using our kitchen now, I almost can’t even remember what our old kitchen ever looked like!

….Who am I kidding? Who can ever forget that orange range hood? 😂

Before I jump into this, let me just give you a little reminder of what we started with:


This kitchen had two good things going for it, its linoleum floors and its teeny tiny fridge. Just kidding! For real though, this kitchen had killer space and an awesome layout.  Even though it was hard to tell before, I think we have really maximized it’s potential now. (P.S. don’t let the picture fool you, I was taller than that fridge, and I am not tall LOL).

We started by gutting the kitchen.  We removed everything including the bulkhead that ran along the top.  This part was kind of scary, we really had no idea if we were going to open the bulkhead only to find that we could not remove it. Luckily, the renovation gods were looking down on us😇. All we needed was to reroute one small pipe and that was it! At this time, we also cut out a window into the dining room to open up the kitchen more.

Next, we patched up the walls and added drywall where needed.  At this time we added some additional outlets and lighting.  As you can tell the lighting previously was very minimal, so we added 4 recessed lights in addition to the hanging pendant light.  We found this awesome all-in-one recessed light set at Costco that are both budget-friendly and nice to look at.

Our next step is where it started to get exciting.  Mudding, sanding and priming the walls to get ready for installation! We purchased our flooring from Plaza Ontario in Windsor, ON.  Kim was awesome in helping us to find the perfect tile for the space we had.  We decided to lay the tiles in a straight lay pattern so we could avoid making the space feel super busy.  We ended up going with a thick rather than thin grout line to help pull the grey out of the tiles a little bit more.  Then the fun really began. Our cabinetry built by Darius Ghib and designed by myself and Mike was the icing on the cake.  We really wanted a kitchen that was modern but yet still traditional and timeless.  I kept saying to myself “will we love this in 10 years time?” and the answer I believe will always remain, yes. 

As you can tell, we didn’t waste time getting things back into the cupboards😂. I was more than ready to be back to an organized chaos LOL.

When we first decided we would be doing a kitchen renovation, I started to really focus on my time in the kitchen and my uses for it. Like, what am I using the most? Or how far do I want to have to walk for something? I know it sounds lazy but it’s really just all about efficiency to me.  I think coming from a restaurant background and having a husband in manufacturing makes efficiency top priority in our house 😂. Also, what small appliances do I want out and what do I want to make room to hide?  We aimed to make this kitchen as clutter-free as possible so that we would have lots of room for baking and food prep.  See that humongous package of plastic wrap? Hiding that thing while still having quick access to it was one of my major kitchen goals LOL….Spoiler alert, we succeeded 😎. We made the top drawer next to the oven deep enough to hold it. It’s the perfect spot! Anytime we need to use it, we just slide open the drawer and pull what we need.  Not having to take it out of the drawer-BIG BONUS.  Hey, it’s the little things right?!  I’ll go more in-depth into what else we did space saving and organizational-wise further into this post.

After installing the cabinetry, we installed our countertop and backsplash.  We had such a big dilemma with our countertops! Did we want quartz or granite? Both our hearts wanted quartz, and white to be specific.  We love the solid/non-busy patterns available with quartz but was nervous about is durability.  We heard so many mixed reviews about quartz and white tops in general.  Some said it will stain so easily and other said it withstands stains no matter what because it is not as porous as granite.  We ended up just taking the plunge and going with this Stellar White Quartz countertop from Universal Granite and Marble and I’m so glad we did! So far, the upkeep on it has been great.  It was so funny because when we first installed it, the big rule between myself and Mike was NO POMEGRANATES! Lol, have you seen that video?  If not you can watch it here and you will know what I mean 😂. But over time we realized that you do not need to cut pomegranates out of your life.  As long as any mess is cleaned up quickly, no stains are left.  We are careful not to leave anything on the counters that could leak and we don’t put hot pots on the counters either.  We were told it can discolour the white in the counter…sorry, I didn’t want to test this theory out 🙈. But like I said, absolutely no regrets! So if you want white counter tops, YOU GET white counter tops!! If you’re going to take anything away from this post, it would be that.

Okay, I’ve talked enough.  Time to show you the reveal!

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We purchased the spindles for the sides of the sink from Millers Hardware in Windsor Ontario.

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So remember the empty space in the previous kitchen?  Below the pendant, there used to be a small kitchen table. This is also where we cut the window so you could see into the dining room. To replace the old area, we added more counter/cabinet space.  We are really into baking so we designated this counter to the baking counter.  My mixer finally has a permanent home and it makes me sooo happy 🤗.

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This tap from Wayfair is just golden.

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I would just like to add that so far I’ve managed to keep these plants alive for a month, so… gold star for me!

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Orange Juice anyone? 😉

Okay, now let us jump into the little quirks of the kitchen.  Have you seen the hidden microwave?

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Or perhaps you would like some tea?

Still working on my tea selection…I feel now I can only buy the tea with super pretty packaging 🙈, but I’m working on it lol.  I picked up this sleek and clean cutlery tray from Ikea and I just love it.

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These containers from Williams Food Equipment are a necessity to the baking counter.  I have one in each drawer holding my flour, sugar, rice, and more flour lol.  I love being able to just open the drawer and scoop what I need.

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Is it a thing to be addicted to storage containers?  These OXO Containers also from Williams Food Equipment just make everything look ahhhhmazing.

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Just showing some love for this gorgeous piece from The Cross.  I searched forever for a kitchen rug and never quite found what I was looking for until I saw this one.

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And Last but not least, we were aiming for a clutter-free counter, so anything we could put in the drawers was a key.  I found these knife block inserts on Amazon.  They were so inexpensive and a great addition to our storage solutions.

And that’s it! I hope you guys enjoyed reading about our kitchen reno process :). I would love to hear your thoughts! If you have any crazy reno stories..I want to know!

I’ve linked some more of the items we purchased below:

Hanging Pendant Light / Knobs & Pulls / Apron Sink


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Kitchen Reno Pt.1

Kitchen Reno Pt.1

Happy Tuesday everyone:)

Summertime is among us and that has myself and Mike craving some home improvement projects.  We have decided this summer to tackle our kitchen… Our very very “stuck in the 70’s” kitchen.


 We both like a clean and bright look, so we are thinking to go with a light grey and white theme with brassy/gold accents. The image below is one of my favourite photos for my inspiration and the grey colour we will most likely go with.


I’ve also been adding to this list of features for the kitchen:

  • Im thinking these shaker style doors with beading.  I love how it kind of gives the door a slight traditional look while at the same time looking current.
  • This faucet I am IN LOVE with!  I’ve always loved the look of these vintage faucets. The detail and curves are so beautiful.  I just think they add such an elegant touch.
  • We have decided to opt out for a single sink without dividers.  We love the look of the apron sink.  Like the doors, I think it adds that rustic and traditional look while still being current.
  • We are choosing goldish/brassy elements for the hardware in the kitchen.kitchen inspo
  • As for storage, this is where I go nuts! We want everything to have a home in our kitchen. So far we have decided to have a cupboard dedicated for the cutting boards and baking sheets like shown above.  We also will be putting in a appliance garage (I think that’s what they are called…) for our blender, toaster oven, etc.
  • I don’t know if you have all seen those super giant packages of plastic wrap they sell at Costco?!? Me and Mike first bought one when we first got married.  Almost 2 years later and we are still working on it.  Talk about an investment lol!  Any who, It always annoys me when that big box is sitting on the counter and it’s even more annoying when I have to reach into the cupboards to get it. So we are designing the top drawers of the kitchen to be deep enough to hold the plastic wrap.  This way it’s super easy and quick to access.  Not going to lie, I know this is going to be one of my favourite aspects of our kitchen! 😂


  • Another design element we want to include is the placement of the apron sink shown above.  We loved how the whole cabinet holding the sink comes out slightly from the rest.  The decorative spindles in the corners also add the perfect rustic charm.  Something I also liked about this design is having that extra counter space behind the tap.  So far, I find the window sill in my kitchen is the only spot in the house that allows my plants to survive. 🙌  Maybe I’m not such a plant killer after all.


  • The opposite end of our kitchen is currently empty.  In this corner we will be adding more counter space and lower cabinets.  Instead of also adding upper cabinetry we will be doing 2 floating shelves like shown above.  I’m picturing this to be our baking/prep counter.  On the shelves I can store jars filled with baking ingredients and some pretty dishes too ;).

So far that is the direction we are taking our kitchen in.  What are your thoughts?! Or do you have any ideas/recommendations for us? We are all ears! I feel like a kitchen renovation is definitely one of those things you need the advice of those who have been there!

-Mona 🙂

Nursery Reveal – Before & After

Nursery Reveal – Before & After

Well it’s been a long time coming but Amel’s nursery reveal is finally here! While I was putting together the images of the room, I stumbled upon these before pictures.  So voila! Now this is a Before and After haha.

I know what your thinking… why on earth would I makeover such a pretty pink room, with a pink light… and a very clean looking pink carpet.


..Oh yes, and pink curtains.


It’s truly crazy what updated floors and a can a paint will do for you!  #ByeFelicia


 My goal was to create a very bright whimsy room with loads of colour.  I also wanted to create a room that Amel could easily grow into design wise.


My favourite part of the room has to be the floral wall. I was in between so many thoughts whether to do wall paper, paint a mural, do a gallery wall, or to do decals.  I decided to go the decal route and I am absolutely in love with this one from Urban Walls in Vancouver BC.  It was so fun and easy to install.  I always have people asking me if we painted the flowers on the wall.  So you can imagine how seamless it must look! Ahh just so in love.  I keep telling mike I want to put decals all over the house now hahaha.

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Okay I had to narrow down my stuffed animal options for Amel… it was so hard! But I think these cuties did the trick.  The pink bear was actually mine as a baby!  Needless to say it was probably a lot fluffier then.

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Our light fixture is an antique.  I have a couple other similar antique lights like this one, so when my aunt was cleaning her attic and came across this gorgeous mustard yellow lamp, she knew who to give it to. (I feel like right here I would want one of those cool sunglasses smiley face emojis….is it possible to add emojis into a blog post?!? )

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This mirror and potted artificial tree are from Home Sense.  Luckily it is artificial because I don’t think it would have made it to picture day if it wasn’t!

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Amel’s nursery is hands down my favourite room in the house.  I’ve listed all of the links to the items I purchased or similar below:

  1. Dresser
  2. Rug
  3. Giraffe Toy
  4. Artificial Tree
  5. Mirror
  6. Wall Decal
  7. Curtains
  8. Change pad
  9. Change pad Cover
  10. Crib
  11. Crib sheets
  12. End table


Hope you enjoyed the room reveal! Happy Monday 🙂

-Mona 🙂