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Our Kitchen Renovation Reveal

December 12, 2017

Kitchen Renovation Reveal | Tropical, Modern, Bohemian Kitchen | Aqua Blue Hexagon Tile Backsplash | Unique Kitchen | Tropical Kitchen | Hawaiian Home Renovation Reveal | White Cabinets with Brass Hardware | Hexagon Brass Cabinet Pulls | Eclectic Kitchen Style | Shibori Towels | Open Shelving via @elanaloo + elanaloo.com

This kitchen renovation reveal post has been a long time coming! Here’s the backstory and ALL the resources featured in the countless snippets/videos/photos I’ve shared over the past ten months. Finally, it’s finished so I can invite you in for a cup of tea or a stiff cocktail, meaning, it’s finished enough to share with the internet!

If you follow me on instagram, you’ve probably seen quite a few snaps of our new kitchen along the way since I’m too impatient to really keep it all hush hush for the proper reveal post. But this is the first time I’ve shared the kitchen in it’s entirety +  it feels good to take some time to journal about the full space to share with you!

I honestly didn’t anticipate how long it would take me to write this post! While I put together this reveal, I was reminded how much we actually did to create our kitchen space and what a journey it has been! This space was just a glimmer in my eye a year ago – just design ideas, inspiration in the form of Pinterest boards + a dream of a unique space I could create in. It’s amazing to me how much can change in a year!

When we moved in, this was a kitchenette with a desk space nestled up next to it (hover over + click to the next photo on the slider below for the gross BEFORE photo)!  What a wild difference. We didn’t change the layout, we just ripped out the old cabinets (sold them, didn’t throw them out!) then installed appliances + new cabinets to fit the entire wall. It feels like an entirely new space!

HERE IS THE BEFORE & AFTER

THE PROCESS & PROGRESS…

 

Long story short, it’s been QUITE the process + it’s incredible to see it all finished and finally enjoy cooking meals in here. When I’m blending up my bulletproof coffee in the morning, I constantly think – I can’t believe this is my kitchen! I’ve never had a space like this. I spent so much time researching, finding inspiration, going to garage sales + thrift stores every Saturday morning, finding the right pieces online, running to the hardware store for the 1000th time (it became our second home) – and the kitchen we have now is even better than I imagined!

The process of redoing the kitchen, living room + master bedroom took about 6-7 months because we did them all at once! Yes, it was very stressful at times. This timeline includes the delays that happened with our cabinets and tile flooring (doing a renovation in Hawai’i is a whole different ball game!) and the time the last few weeks when our amazing friends wrapped up the backsplash and floating shelves after we left for Maine this summer.

We really wanted the kitchen to feel bright and airy, eclectic yet classic! I don’t know if that makes sense in anyone else’s mind beyond my own BUT I had a vision. I wanted the space to evoke a feeling, have pieces from all around the world and feel lived in and inviting.

Kitchen Renovation Reveal | Tropical, Modern, Bohemian Kitchen | Aqua Blue Hexagon Tile Backsplash | Unique Kitchen | Tropical Kitchen | Hawaiian Home Renovation Reveal | White Cabinets with Brass Hardware | Hexagon Brass Cabinet Pulls | Eclectic Kitchen Style | Shibori Towels | Open Shelving via @elanaloo + elanaloo.com

Gorgeous Kitchen Utensils | Wood Kitchen Accents | Pineapple Serving Platter from Anthropologie | Kitchen Renovation Reveal | Tropical, Modern, Bohemian Kitchen | Aqua Blue Hexagon Tile Backsplash | Unique Kitchen | Tropical Kitchen | Hawaiian Home Renovation Reveal | White Cabinets with Brass Hardware | Hexagon Brass Cabinet Pulls | Eclectic Kitchen Style | Shibori Towels | Open Shelving via @elanaloo + elanaloo.comKitchen Renovation Reveal | Tropical, Modern, Bohemian Kitchen | Aqua Blue Hexagon Tile Backsplash | Unique Kitchen | Tropical Kitchen | Hawaiian Home Renovation Reveal | White Cabinets with Brass Hardware | Hexagon Brass Cabinet Pulls | Eclectic Kitchen Style | Shibori Towels | Open Shelving via @elanaloo + elanaloo.com

Initially, we had planned to go with white subway tile but after much consideration, we decided to go with our hearts and ultimately decided on the ocean-inspired Aqua Hexagon tiles from Fireclay Tile for our backsplash! We thought, what better to inspire the space than the ocean? The aqua blue water here in Hawai’i is one of our favorite things in the world and we wanted to invite that color inside. This was totally out of my comfort zone but now I am SO glad we did it!

Beyond the switch in the tile, which really sets the tone, we kept steady with the design elements we had wanted from the beginning. An emphasis on white, brass + wood. We went with open shelving that was made from local jacaranda wood. We sanded and sealed the shelves ourselves + mounted the brackets to the studs to get a seamless look with the tile. We went with a shaker style cabinet in a slightly off-white and with geometric hardware to compliment the hexagon tile.

From the beginning, I wanted a farmhouse sink + was so thrilled to have found one on Amazon! We encountered a LOT of wonky shipping costs + delays, so you can imagine my surprise when the sink had reasonably priced shipping and arrived in THREE DAYS! Now granted, we got the wrong sink twice and had to send it back twice which was a pain BUT the third time was the charm and we love the big, open sink. We ordered a lot of the items for the kitchen on Amazon after pricing them out across multiple websites. The sink, faucet + drain can be found on there (linked below).

Open Shelving Inspiration | Kitchen Inspo | Kitchen Renovation Reveal | Tropical, Modern, Bohemian Kitchen | Aqua Blue Hexagon Tile Backsplash | Unique Kitchen | Tropical Kitchen | Hawaiian Home Renovation Reveal | White Cabinets with Brass Hardware | Hexagon Brass Cabinet Pulls | Eclectic Kitchen Style | Shibori Towels | Open Shelving via @elanaloo + elanaloo.com

Kitchen Renovation Reveal | Tropical, Modern, Bohemian Kitchen | Brass Kitchen Faucet | Champagne Brass Delta Faucet | Kitchen Renovation Inspiration | Aqua Blue Hexagon Tile Backsplash | Unique Kitchen | Tropical Kitchen | Hawaiian Home Renovation Reveal | White Cabinets with Brass Hardware | Hexagon Brass Cabinet Pulls | Eclectic Kitchen Style | Shibori Towels | Open Shelving via @elanaloo + elanaloo.com

Overall, we are really pleased with how the kitchen (and the rest of our space) came out! I’m excited to share all the hard work with you + welcome you into the final outcome! Hope you enjoyed the kitchen renovation reveal along with the before + afters!

Here are all the sources for everything photographed + what we stocked our kitchen with:

 

 

 
Our Rug Runner is vintage although here are a few of the shops I recommend:
 

 
Most of what’s on the shelves is vintage + for a basket similar to the large one up top, check out these stores:

 

Thanks for reading! I'm a photographer, writer & environmental advocate excited to be sharing regenerative solutions, ideas & concepts for our lives & businesses with you. 

I'M ELANA JADALLAH

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    This is fantastic! What a transformation! Ya’ll did a beautiful job; it is most definitely Pinterest-worthy and totally #kitchengoals

  2. Robyn gooding says:

    Omg looks so gorgeous!!!!! I hope one day we can sip on tea (or tequila) in that cozy kitchen! Love it ?

  3. Amber says:

    Looks so amazing, Elana! Love love that tile! Glad you went with your gut on that one – it paid off big time! xoxo

  4. I just found your blog today, and I am SO happy I did! I am sitting here dreaming up ways to make my own home even 1% as cute as yours. I also love your blog, photos, and writing style so much. You two seem like the sweetest people ever, and I am so happy for you both – to be in such a gorgeous location, living the dream. Wishing you all the best! XOXO

    • elanaloo says:

      Katherine! You are so sweet and your comment made my day :) Thank you for taking the time to look at + read my work. Hope you found some things on here that resonate with you and that you can relate too! Hoping you have an amazing week ahead of you!

  5. Kelsey says:

    Hi elana! What kind of counter tops are in your kitchen? Thanks :)

  6. KimberLy says:

    How where you able to get white kitchen cabinets? Lowe’s told us we shouldn’t do painted cabinets because of the humidity. We are remodeling and I have always wanted a white kitchen.

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