Before and After: Jonathan’s Incredible Kitchen Renovation

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Last year, we visited Pottery Barn fan Jonathan’s lovely home with a brief look at a small corner of his home. Now, he’s back to give us a closer look at his kitchen, which he recently renovated. We caught up with Jonathan to ask him some questions about the incredible transformation of his kitchen space. Here’s what Jonathan’s kitchen looked like before the renovation. Keep reading for our interview with Jonathan and the incredible after photos!


Can you tell us a little bit about this kitchen renovation? 

“My kitchen only gets light from one window, above a built-in breakfast bench. The cabinets were the same color as the hardwood floor so it was hard to tell where the floor ended and the cabinets began. This combined with a lack of light made the kitchen feel cave-like. I spent October and November combing Cultivate, Houzz and Pinterest. I’ve always loved how clean and crisp a white kitchen looked and knew it would definitely help grab more light and open up my space. The actual reno took five weeks. Three weeks of that was waiting on the new countertops to be made and installed. I was able to use the cabinet maker who did all of my original kitchen cabinet work. This was also the case with the painter. The cabinet maker recommended the countertop company who then recommended a tile installer. It definitely took some project management skills, getting everyone scheduled at the right time. I needed to have everything done by Christmas. Everything fell in to place with the last piece of subway tile getting placed and grouted at 6 pm, December 21st.”

What were some of the most important elements of the room?

“I’d definitely say the sink and shelves. The sink and exposed shelves command such attention. To break up this mostly linear space, I decided to add the round, over-sized clock. I think it creates a really nice focal point.”

We love the mix of open shelving with cupboards with doors. How did you choose to mix them like this?

“I love exposed shelves, especially when combined with all white dinnerware. I decided I’d remove the two cabinets on each side of the sink and replace them with exposed shelves. I also hoped the shelves would help open up the space. The less boxy, the better. These shelves have also provided me with more storage space.”

What are the countertops made from?
“The countertops are actually a matte granite that resembles soapstone. You get the beauty of soapstone but the durability and less maintenance of granite. Brilliant.”

The farmhouse sink is gorgeous! Was this a must-have for you?

“I knew I wanted a farmhouse sink from the beginning. I love the character that is adds, especially with the bridge faucet, complete with hot and cold turn handles.”

How did you decide on the tile and backsplash?

“Subway tile is classic. I toyed around with a recycled glass tile but kept coming back to the white. It’s clean, crisp and bright. I felt reassured when the gentleman who installed the backsplash, with his 15 years of experience told me he’s seen all kinds of tile come and go, but subway tile never goes out of style.”

What are your favorite parts of the kitchen?

“Definitely the farmhouse sink and shelves and the character they bring. I decided to get a commercial range at the last minute and that’s definitely a close second.”

Which Pottery Barn pieces did you use?

“I knew pieces from Pottery Barn would make the finished kitchen feel more like home. I started with the paperwhite bulbs next to the sink. They bring life to the space and I love how the green pops against the white tile. I filled one of the oversized mason jars with lemons to add another pop of color. The PB White and Great White dinnerware collections helped to fill the exposed shelves. I also mixed in things like the Jus De Fruit glasses to add to the overall farmhouse feel. Lastly, I hung two of the rustic glass pendant lights over the bar. They give the kitchen even more character and with the filament bulbs, add a nice warmth to the kitchen.”

What do you love most about your new kitchen?

“What do I not love about my new kitchen?!”

35 thoughts on “Before and After: Jonathan’s Incredible Kitchen Renovation

  1. Lana

    WOW!!!! I am so impressed with the change! Just looking at the pictures makes me feel at home! Kinda makes me not want to go to my own house! lol

  2. Rae Lynn

    Thank you for your pictures. I have been wanting to do a white kitchen, which involves painting our golden oak cabinets. My husband has had a hard time visualing this; your photos demonstrate so beautifully how a white kitchen can be classic, gorgeous, and not at all boring. He loved it! P.S. – Thanks for helping me prove my point!

  3. Jessica S

    I LOVE IT!!!! I just put new floors in our kitchen and now have the same problem you had. Cabinets and flooring are too similar in color. My freinds have been suggesting painting my cabinets white but I was a little hesitant….after seeing your renovation I am sold!!!!!!
    What color white did you use for the cabinets?

  4. Mary Ann

    Beautiful! My husband and I are planning a kitchen renovation and your style is similar to ours. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Tagy

    I loved the new kitchen! such a great transformation!
    We have the same problem you had before, boxy cabinets being close to each other, but what I really hate more is our wall tiles!
    did you remove the cabinets to install the new tiles! or did you install them up while the cabinets still in their place?
    Thank you!

  6. Jennifer

    Could you tell me what the tile color name is? Is the tile a shiny or matte finish? I just paid someone to install my backsplash using your kitchen as my inspiration. The tiles ended up being much brighter than my cabinets. I can’t decide if it is easier to find a new tile or to repaint the cabinets. Either way, It is a bummer. I love your kitchen so much though!! Great job!

    1. Jonathan

      Apologies, Jennifer – I’m just now seeing your comment! I too looked at an off-white tile, but just the standard white subway tile with a shiny finish. My cabinets aren’t an exact match but I was fine as I didn’t want my cabinets to be TOO bright. Would love to see photos!

  7. monica

    So incredible! Love it!!! I’ve been leaning towards putting in a white kitchen in our new home and this seals the deal!

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  9. Indria

    What a timeless and beautiful kitchen you have created. I thought your before kitchen was nice, but the after results were just stunning. Thank u for posting the source for the sink, it reminds me of the one my mom had when I was growing up. How is it holding up after a year of use? Also, what is the name and finish of the granite? It looks so much like soapstone. Job well done.

  10. Aaron

    Amazing reno. It’s got a farmhouse, industrial, yet modern vibe going on. Great job on the color combination: not too dark and not too bright (white)….the dark counter tops would be too ‘heavy’ in a dark wood kitchen like the before. Really well done.

  11. Gina

    Will you email me the name of your local interiors store where you purchased the clock? I loveeeeeeee it!!!! Thanks xooxox

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  13. Katie

    Love this kitchen – great inspiration. Could you please email me where you got the clock too? I would love this. thanks


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