The Final Step in Our Kitchen Renovation

Holy toledo, I can’t believe we did it. You guys, after four loooooong years of slowly fixing up our 1980’s kitchen, I am so happy to say the renovation is FINALLY done. Cue the happy dance and all the jazz hands!!! Eeeek! We just completed the last piece of the puzzle, which was getting a new oven. The one we had was from the previous owners and it was in pretty rough shape. A few of the knobs were broken and then a couple weeks ago it started leaking gas reallllly bad. I honestly though it was going to blow up our house one night when I was attempting to make dinner! We always planned to switch it out for a front control oven when we did the passthrough project a few years ago, but our budget was pretty tight so we decided to hold off. Thankfully, the time has finally come and I’m so excited to share how it looks with you guys today!!

Cozy cottage kitchen. A simple white kitchen with cottage vibes.
Cozy cottage kitchen. A simple white kitchen with cottage vibes.
Cozy cottage kitchen. A simple white kitchen with cottage vibes.
Cozy cottage kitchen. A simple white kitchen with cottage vibes.

Isn’t she pretty?! Who knew an oven could make me so happy. We actually planned on getting this oven a few years ago when we completed that huge passthrough project (check out this post to see that process) but at the time we just didn’t have it in the budget. I knew a front control oven would look waaaaay better than the one we had, but we had to wait patiently until we could afford it. And even though I’m not the most patient gal in the world, I can say it was definitely worth the wait!

Cozy cottage kitchen. A simple white kitchen with cottage vibes.
Cozy cottage kitchen. A simple white kitchen with cottage vibes.
Cozy cottage kitchen. A simple white kitchen with cottage vibes.

This new oven is the final step in our kitchen renovation project. We have officially updated everything we wanted to in this space and I gotta say–that’s a pretty cool feeling. It took us four years to do it, but we are finally done. From the new quartz countertops, the farmhouse sink, the passthrough, the new tile, and now the new oven. We did it! Here’s what this kitchen looked like when we started:

And how it looks now:

Cozy cottage kitchen. A simple white kitchen with cottage vibes.

It’s been quite the journey fixing up this little kitchen and I’ve had so much fun taking you all along on that process over these last four years. All the work, time, and energy was definitely worth it because I finally have my cozy little cottage kitchen. It may not be the biggest or the fanciest, but it’s perfect for us and I am so grateful for it! Now I just need to figure out how to be a better cook so I can get my money out of this oven.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! Here are a few other posts on our kitchen renovation process:

New Quartz Countertops

Installing the Farmhouse Sink

The Kitchen Passthrough Reveal

New Kitchen Tile!

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56 Comments

  1. Marty wrote:

    It looks amazing. You’ve done a fabulous job with the makeover and the new oven is gorgeous.

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thank you so much Marty! xo

      Posted 9.11.19 Reply
  2. Lindsay wrote:

    What an amazing transformation!!! Love your kitchenโค๏ธ

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thank you Lindsay!!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  3. The whole project was worth waiting on. It is beautiful. Now get in there and get to cooking. Maybe that can be your next project to share. Thanks for the Carmel Crumble recipe….

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      oh yes, hope you enjoy it!!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  4. Sheilah wrote:

    Wow it looks super.So hard to wait but so worth it.Enjoy!

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thank you Sheilah!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  5. Lisa L Duty wrote:

    Looks great! I prefer a gas stove also. I noticed that it’s not vented above…..I believe that is a code requirement in my area.

    Love the tile!

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Interesting! We were told we don’t have to have one here.

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  6. Cindy wrote:

    Where did you get your flooring?

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      it’s from a local shop here in Colorado!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  7. Joyce wrote:

    Can I ask, did you get rid of your microwave then or just move it? I’ve been thinking of moving mine, but I don’t know what makes sense.

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      We got rid of it! We didn’t use it very often, so we swapped it out for a toaster oven.

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  8. Faith wrote:

    What difference a stove can make!! I have always had these slide in types…looks built in without being built in๐Ÿ˜ฌ itโ€™s the finishing touch…now that itโ€™s done, has there been anything youโ€™d do differently?
    Itโ€™s such a happy bright space for you! To burn your new candle in! โค๏ธ

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      That’s such a good question! I honestly don’t think there is anything I would do differently. I would have loved to be able to take that entire wall out instead of just doing the passthrough, but that was the best we could do with all the wiring and plumbing in that wall!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  9. Jackie wrote:

    Did you cut that out (above the stove) to look into your living space?

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Vicki wrote:

      There is a link in the article you can click on to read about how they did the pass-through cutout.

      Posted 9.11.19 Reply
      • Sarah wrote:

        Yes! Thank you Vicki!

        Posted 9.12.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      yes we did Jackie!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  10. Gayle wrote:

    What a transformation!!! I just absolutely love it! I love that you guys took your time with the renovations and did things when you were able. I know people that did everything all in one go and ended up with so much debt!!! Crazy! I definitely think it makes you more grateful when you have to wait! Your eye for detail and design is truly a talent you have, well done Sarah โ˜บ๏ธ

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Yes!! I totally agree with you Gayle. It’s hard to wait, but definitely worth it in the end.

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  11. Pamela wrote:

    Hello, the transformation of your kitchen/nook area is remarkable. You have changed the space from a dark, dreary work only area to a light and cheery family area. It seems microwaves in kitchens are becoming obsolete and new show homes seem to be hiding them in lower cabinets. Have you relocated your microwave to a hidden area or are you opting out altogether? Thanks so much. Kudos on your lovely and finished kitchen.

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      We actually did away with the microwave all together. We didn’t use it all that much, so I don’t even miss it. We have a small toaster oven instead to re-heat things!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  12. Paige wrote:

    Kitchen looks amazing!! So much brighter! And love the tile!

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you so much Paige!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  13. Debi Padgett wrote:

    Sarah, your kitchen looks great! I think maybe the floor is the real game changer. And maybe the countertops. Itโ€™s all so cozy looking. Congrats!

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Yes I agree Debi! The floor total transformed this space!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  14. Judy Lewis wrote:

    Very nice!!!! We are and have renovated also,thanks for your posts. Your house is very lovely.

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thank you Judy!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  15. Connie Foster wrote:

    Beautiful!!

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
  16. Dianne G wrote:

    I love it. A perfect choice!

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thanks Dianne!!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  17. Debbie wrote:

    What a gorgeous transformation. The pass though adds so much light and joins the two rooms. The new tile floor makes the whole space. I love your new stove. Four years was well worth the wait! Gorgeous job my friend! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      ah thank you so much Debbie!!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  18. karla wrote:

    Your kitchen is great and so bright. Really like your new stove. Not sure about your floor tile however. I think I might get tired of that pattern after awhile

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thank you Karla!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  19. Jennifer wrote:

    Looks amazing! 2 questions … 1. where is the vent for the stove? I would love to do something like this but I always thought that you had to have a vent above the stove.
    2. Where do you store your microwave now that it isn’t above the oven?

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      We were told by multiple people that we don’t have to have a vent over the stove. it’s been like this for a while now and we haven’t had any issues. And we don’t have a microwave anymore. We do have a small toaster oven but that’s it! And to be honest, I don’t even miss the microwave.

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  20. Valerie wrote:

    Such a difference! So much brighter!!!

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      yes! SO much brighter now!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  21. Tammy Gravelle wrote:

    Your kitchen looks wonderful! Just curious, (and nosy I guess!), did you get rid of having a microwave altogether, or buy a countertop version, or relocate it in another wall?

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      We actually do have a little toaster oven, but we did get rid of our microwave. I don’t miss it at all to be honest!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  22. Donna Ryan wrote:

    This is beautiful I particularly love the four tile and what a great vision from that oven door I do love your style I too have an old farmhouse and it’s constant work changing out things figuring out where things look the best and that’s really the most fun of all of it. But I do find a lot of inspiration from you as well as a lot of other readers that you have keep it up we love your blog Happy fall !

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Yes so much work Donna! But it’s definitely worth it in the end. Thanks for stopping by!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  23. Misty wrote:

    You should be so proud of yourself! It looks amazing! What a transformation!!!!

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Ah you are so sweet, thank you Misty!!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  24. Hilary Calce wrote:

    It is beautiful! It’s light and bright, which I love. It also looks easy to keep clean. Love all of it- great job!

    Posted 9.11.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you Hilary!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  25. Katie wrote:

    What did you do with your old stove? Now you just need little shelves!!

    Posted 9.12.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      We paid $20 for Home Depot to haul the old one away when they delivered the new one!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  26. Kat wrote:

    Like I said before “BEAUTIMOUS ”
    It sure opens up your spaces to let the cozy flow!!!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    Posted 9.12.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you Kat! It does surprisingly feels more open in here with this new oven!

      Posted 9.12.19 Reply
  27. Sherry wrote:

    Sarah, Where did you get that dining table and chairs. I love the contrast between the white table and the black chairs. I could not find a resource on your page.

    You did an amazing job making the space over. You inspire me. Thank you.

    Sherry

    Posted 9.13.19 Reply
  28. Sherry McNeil wrote:

    What color paint are the kitchen cabinets? Thanks

    Posted 10.2.19 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      It’s called Hush by Benjamin Moore!

      Posted 10.2.19 Reply

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