Decorating & DIY

Our Tiny Kitchen Makeover Reveal

We finally accomplished our tiny kitchen makeover! And I am a happy camper.

You may recall from a previous post on our dining room makeover, we decided to hold off on further decorations and renovations until our three little grandchildren (and their parents) moved out. And when they did, we revived our kitchen makeover plans.

I’ve called this a tiny kitchen makeover because our kitchen is actually pretty tiny, 15′ X 15″, but also because it was not a huge renovation. We kept the cabinets. And instead of changing the paint color, I made custom valences for the adjoining eating area. (Picture of that project in this post.)


So here’s what we started with.

Hideous laminate countertop, right? And I loathed that black divided-bowl sink that looked dirty even when it was clean.

The dishwasher looks almost black in this picture, but it’s actually stainless steel. We had to put that in a while ago when the original black one started making awful grinding noises.

Now here’s the other side of the kitchen.

Even though they both worked, the black stove and overhead microwave had to go. We sold them on Facebook to help defray the cost of their prettier replacements.

The one thing I did like was the cabinets. They’re modest and builder-grade, but I’ve had white kitchen cabinets for the past 20 years and I like the change. And although they’re original to this 15-year old house, they’re in great shape. So they and their hardware stayed.


Out came the dark laminate countertops and in went some white speckled quartz. We also added a marble subway tile backsplash. And the beauty of that was I installed it myself – with tile cutting assistance from my sweet husband. First tile job ever! But we watched a YouTube video and took the plunge. We were pleased with how it came out and more pleased we saved ourselves $1,000 in labor.

And here’s the opposite wall.

The black appliances have been replaced with shiny stainless steel. Now all the appliances match. But  I’m especially pleased how the white countertops and backsplash make the space brighter. Of course, it’s because they reflect the light. And brighter makes it seem bigger too! You can really see it in this side-by-side comparison.


The single-bowl stainless steel sink and faucet are my favorite parts of my tiny kitchen makeover. You could bathe a 3-year old in it! Click To TweetThe single-bowl stainless steel sink and faucet are my favorite parts of my tiny kitchen makeover. You could bathe a 3-year old in it! And if my littlest grand, who used to live here, comes back for a visit before he’s too big, he will get a bath in it! Promise.







  • Sarah Belanger

    I love the countertops now! The lightness makes everything feel so clean, I’m sure! So happy for you!

  • MariBlacoCR

    Congrats on your new kitchen! You made it seem so easy, and watching YouTube tutorials is so clever!!

  • Ashley B

    I absolutely love looking at before and after renovation photos! We redid our whole house (cosmetically) when we bought it, and the transformation process is challenging, but so amazing! Your kitchen looks fantastic. The backsplash, countertops, and stainless appliances and sink really brighten the whole room (and they are gorgeous). Great job!

    • Wife Sense

      Thank you, Ashley! I’m a before & after junkie too – home reno, weight loss, anything really!

  • Leslie Morrison

    Such an awesome transformation! Good job!

  • Brittney Kubicki

    Love the backsplash!!