New Countertops in the Kitchen

Back on Labor Day weekend I ordered new kitchen countertops and you guys–they FINALLY got installed this week! Talk about a long wait, right?! I’ve been so excited for this day and I can’t wait to show you how they look. It totally changed the whole vibe of this space. Ok I have a lot of photos to share, so let’s start with a quick look at what the kitchen looked like right after were moved in (and after we changed out the floors).

And then how they looked this summer:

And here’s how it looks now, with the new countertops:

What a change, right?! It’s amazing how this seemingly small change made such a huge difference in the feel of our kitchen. It not only looks bigger, but it feels so much bigger too. I love it. This is a soft white quartz with light gray and gold veins.

It’s been a lot of fun to slowly take this builder grade house and turn it into something that feels more like us. I was doing a Q&A on Instagram stories last night and someone asked why I didn’t just choose countertops I loved from the start. Totally fair question! But we didn’t find this house until it was about 95% complete, so we had no choices at all when it came to finishes, layout, or design. And the truth is I was never crazy about the house. My husband and I really wanted the land and privacy that came with this 10 acre lot, so we went for it, know we’d change things over time. And I’ve actually enjoyed that process! It’s been awesome to see this place evolve in the last 18 months.

Well thanks so much for dropping by the blog today. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

SOURCES:

QUARTZ COUNTER TOPS

COUNTER STOOLS

EUCALYPTUS STEMS

FAUCET

CABINET HARDWARE

LANTERN PENDANTS

WREATH

CAFE APPLIANCES

PAINT COLOR: ALABASTER BY SHERWIN WILLIAMS

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The Comments

  • Linda
    December 22, 2021

    Sarah, it’s absolutely beautiful. I have white quartz with grey veins and I love it. You will too. My other house had beautiful granite but very very busy. I love the simplicity. Gotta admit I’m a bit jealous of that oven!! When I get more settled in new house I want to decorate washroom like yours. Makes it not such a chore to go in there. lol Hope y’all have a Merry Christmas with just the right amount of snow. 😘

  • Candy
    December 22, 2021

    Merry Christmas Sarah and to your family
    I have followed you all the way through your whole process and have loved every change that you have done. (Saved so many pictures too) God bless you and stay safe and healthy.
    Love Candy

  • Kim Shields
    December 22, 2021

    So so pretty, makes the kitchen look like a little slice of heaven!

  • Sharon Neighoff
    December 22, 2021

    I love your house! It’s hard to believe you have been there for 18 months already!! Thanks for sharing.
    Love the new countertops too! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  • Julie Struhs
    December 22, 2021

    Hey Sarah! Somehow Instagram
    Kicked me off your IG. I know u said it was doing weird things with your account?!? Anyway, always love seeing what u share! The counter tops are beautiful!!!!

    • Sarah
      > Julie Struhs
      December 22, 2021

      Ugh, I hate to hear that Julie. Those IG wizards just have it out for me lately! But thank you so much for following along here. I really appreciate it!

  • Suzanne Tower
    December 22, 2021

    Wow, what a difference. The old counter top looked good but the one new ties everything together. Great choice!

    • Sarah
      > Suzanne Tower
      December 22, 2021

      Thank you Suzanne. It really does tie everything together!!

  • Mary Evans
    December 22, 2021

    Sarah congratulations on the beautiful new quartz countertops. Your kitchen is gorgeous. Patience pays off as I see the results. Love the blog you write. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family.

    • Sarah
      > Mary Evans
      December 22, 2021

      thank you so much Mary, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. xo

  • Jill
    December 22, 2021

    Looks fabulous! It was a great choice. I have loved following along with all the beautiful updates to your home. Enjoy it all with your lovely family!
    Merry Christmas.

  • Kathy
    December 22, 2021

    Seriously looks SO.dang.good. What an evolution your home has gone through! Question: how do you decide which project to work on next? Do you go with the “problem” area that is bugging you the most, or do you go by budget- which project you can afford to do at the time, etc. ? Thanks! ✨

    • Sarah
      > Kathy
      December 23, 2021

      That’s a great question! There are so many projects running through my mind every single day, so I definitely have to narrow things down to what’s most important and what fits in the budget at the time! LOTS I’d love to do still, but way too expensive so I focus on smaller projects one at a time 🙂

  • Debbie Hibbert
    December 22, 2021

    Absolutely LOVE it!! What a great choice!

    • Sarah
      > Debbie Hibbert
      December 23, 2021

      thank you Debbie!

  • Marie
    December 22, 2021

    Sarah, you really know how to do it!!! Your home is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY HOME FEEL!
    Thanx for sharing! A very Merry Christmas to you and your family and a happy and Blessed New Year🎄❄️🎅🏻🤶🏻✝️

    • Sarah
      > Marie
      December 23, 2021

      I really appreciate that, thank you Marie! xo

  • Patty
    December 22, 2021

    Love the new look. I thought I liked the original but I really love the all white look!! Fabulous!

  • Bev
    December 23, 2021

    Countertops look lovely! I have something very similar in my kitchen as well.
    We have had chilly weather here in SE Pennsylvania but no snow yet
    Merry Christmas to you and family 🎄
    XO

    • Sarah
      > Bev
      December 23, 2021

      Thank you Bev!! And Merry Christmas to you. xoxo

  • Colleen
    December 23, 2021

    What a beautiful kitchen! Love the countertops and those floors 😍

    • Sarah
      > Colleen
      December 23, 2021

      Thank you Colleen!

  • Kara
    December 23, 2021

    I was just wondering do you have the information of your current kitchen backsplash?

  • Jody Jackson
    December 23, 2021

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah, you just amaze me. I love you. I love you joy for life, family, the Lord, your house and all things decorated. I have so much of your tastes in decor in my home now. lol Back to your countertops. At first I was like, the black and white countertops are beautiful, why change them? The black in them goes with all the black accents. Then I looked at the new countertops. Oh, my, goodness! Those are absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I’m so jealous. (But in a good way, of course. lol) They look so good and of course how you decorate them is beautiful. Your husband must be so proud of you. I am no way in your league, but my husband loves how I decorate and he gets so proud when others comment on it. One woman said that my home feels like a hug! Awww. To me, that was the best compliment I could get. Right? Thank you for being my inspiration. From candles to plants to furniture and decor. It’s fun going on this journey with you. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    God bless you all. xoxo
    Jody

  • Jody Jackson
    December 23, 2021

    P.S. I forgot to mention clothes. You inspire me with your clothes choices too. lol I’m a lot older than you and it’s hard keeping up with what’s in style, so I follow you. I don’t have any daughters so I have unofficially adopted you as my daughter. lol
    Merry Christmas again, Jody

  • Lisa Mothersead
    December 23, 2021

    I really like them!

    • Mary
      > Lisa Mothersead
      December 24, 2021

      What is the wall color in the kitchen? Thank you and Merry Christmas!!

      • Sarah
        > Mary
        December 26, 2021

        it’s alabaster by sherwin Williams

  • Carrie Sorenson
    December 23, 2021

    Hi I like it both ways but I was advised not to go white they show everything and STAIN!!!! I didn’t believe the designer so before I made the change I tested samples and she was right!!!! Mustard stained very easily and even with bartenders friend I couldn’t remove the stain.My daughter however loved the look got the same as your new one and has to constantly clean it and is freaking out every time something spills .Pretty isn’t always practical.

  • Sara
    December 31, 2021

    Love!! Talk to me about your hood vent! Is it custom? If you have plans, can you share them? Thank you!

  • Universal Stone
    April 5, 2022

    Beautiful! Your kitchen looks lovely! Soft white is a really great choice for choosing quartz countertops. Thanks for sharing these pictures with us.

  • Emilee
    January 5, 2023

    Beautiful transformation! We are actually finishing our basement very similarly. I went with alabaster for the wall color. Can I ask what color you did for the trim?

  • Jenn
    June 30, 2023

    So I see alabaster white listed is that your cabinet or wall color, because I love the combo and would like to try it. What’s the other color?

  • Greg
    September 27, 2023

    I love the floors. Where did you purchase the floor?
    Beautiful Kitchen!!! o.