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Equestrian Estates Kitchen Remodel

Where do I begin?! I am so excited to share our new kitchen! I believe that the kitchen is the heart of a home. It’s the most important space where family and friends gather to create beautiful memories, cook amazing meals, and sip fancy wine. Who am I kidding?  Sure, it’s great for all of those things, but also, it is the place where I quickly whip up super simple dinners occasionally, and where half asleep I scramble each morning to make and pack the kids’ lunches. It’s where everyone goes to grab a quick bowl of cereal and it’s the science lab where my daughter mixes strange ingredients to make slime on a daily basis. Can you relate?  Whether you are leisurely making fancy dinners in your kitchen, or running through it to grab something last minute, the kitchen is the most important space in the house. It’s where people gather and connect at the beginning and end of a busy day. Whether it’s for your daily lifestyle or when selling your home, a functional kitchen is so important. If it’s beautiful too, that’s even better!

With all of the previous homes that we have remodeled, I have never had the opportunity to choose new cabinets. We have always either kept the existing cabinets as-is or had them painted. In this house, the cabinets were original from the 90’s and really scuffed and scratched. We knew they were not salvageable and that we would need install new cabinetry. Yay!  We also knew at first glance that we wanted to remove the hexagon soffit above the existing cabinets to raise the ceiling and add an extra row above the main cabinets. Yay again, I’ve always dreamed of that extra row!  We had the amazing opportunity to partner with MasterBrand’s Aristokraft Cabinetry line to design our new kitchen. We worked with an incredible MasterBrand designer, who had so many great ideas for the space. We chose the Winstead shaker style doors in white and they are absolutely gorgeous! We added awesome features like a matching wood range hood, crown moulding, glass door fronts (on the top row), open shelving, pull-outs and more. The cabinets and drawers all have the “soft-close” feature, so no loud bang when shutting them, which is fabulous.

Masterbrand Aristokraft Cabinetry

I can’t tell you how great it is to have brand new, fresh clean cabinets that have never been used. No weird sticky spots and stains, just clean and perfect! Let’s keep them that way, okay kids?

I know you all love before and after images, so here we go!

White Kitchen Remodel

We should play one of those games where you list all of the differences between one photo and the next. The list would be really, really long. Ha! 

White Kitchen Before and After

Quite a difference, right? I cannot express how happy I am with how this dream kitchen turned out! From the beautiful and functional cabinetry to the gorgeous wood floors, to the backsplash tile (I’m obssessed), to the apron front stainless steel sink and chrome faucet, to the open shelving (a stylist’s dream), to the lighting and hardware, it’s just perfect. Let’s talk about more details…

white kitchen

White Kitchen with Black and White Backsplash

In our past homes, if we have had a range hood, it has been stainless steel. When I saw that Aristokraft offers a wood hood that matches the cabinetry, I was all in. I was a bit nervous that if I went with an all white subway tile backsplash like our last house, it would blend in too much, so I chose this stunning patterned tile so the range hood would pop! This is the main focal point of the kitchen and really adds a custom look.

black and white patterned tile backsplash

I love the tall, deep cabinets we did in the island. They are super spacious and give the island such a simple, clean design.

Island Kitchen

On the wall with the refrigerator, we did tall pantry cabinets with these awesome pullouts! I have so much storage in this kitchen, it’s so wonderful. I still have empty cabinets and drawers to fill, which means I can move more linens, tableware and props out of the TomKat closet and into the kitchen for easy access. Yes, please!

Cabinet Pull Outs

I love this wood cutlery divider that fits perfectly in the drawer. Much better than the plastic version I used to have!

Cabinet Cutlery Tray Masterbrand Aristokraft

You may have been wondering where our microwave is? We had it built into the back end of the island to hide it! Genius, right?  The drawers around it are super functional.

Microwave in Island

White Kitchen with Open Shelving

Oh, oh open shelves! I’ve never had them before, but I have been in love with this trend for a long time! My husband was skeptical and felt like doing the open shelves wouldn’t give us enough upper cabinet space, but he trusted my judgement and I know I picked a winner. I am so glad we did this! I could style these shelves for days. (stay tuned for tips!) 

Blanco Stainless Steel Apron Front Sink and Chrome Faucet

We had the pleasure of partnering with Blanco to furnish our sinks and faucets throughout the house. This is the first apron front (farmhouse) sink that I have done, and again something I’ve been dreaming about. More details coming soon, but in the meantime, how gorgeous is this chrome Grace faucet?

Blanco Chrome Grace Faucet

If you follow me, you know this is my very favorite light fixture ever. So, I used it yet again. The first time was over the dining table at our vacation home, then in our last house over the kitchen table, and now over the island in this house! It’s such a winner. Every time.

Kitchen Lighting

For the first time, I purchased quite a few items for this house on Amazon. Who knew that they sell these darling black sconces? (and only $50 each!) I love them so much that I bought more for my master bathroom! Stay tuned for that reveal!

Black Sconces Kitchen

…and these black modern cabinet handles? These come in many sizes, so I ordered 3 different sizes depending on the cabinet height or drawer width.

Modern Black Cabinet Pulls

I think the black fixtures and accessories really tie in with the black and white tile and pull it all together!

White Modern Kitchen Remodel

Soooo….. what do you think?

I hope you love the transformation as much as I do! Stay tuned for more details about styling open shelves, kitchen accessory details, and more room reveals… coming soon!

Are you thinking about remodeling your kitchen?
I highly recommend that you start by contacting an authorized MasterBrand Cabinets dealer in your area. You can find one close to you here.


Design + Styling  |  Kim Stoegbauer, The TomKat Studio
Photography  |  Rennai Hoefer
Cabinetry & Open Shelving  |  MasterBrand Aristokraft Cabinetry
Montpelier French Oak Wood Flooring  |  Floor & Decor
Stainless Steel Farmhouse Sink  |  Blanco
Chrome Faucet  |  Blanco
White Quartz Countertops  |  Arizona Tile
Patterned Tile Backsplash  |  Home Depot
Subway Tile Backsplash  |  Floor & Decor
Island Light Fixture  |  Ballard Designs
Black Sconces  |  Amazon
Black Cabinet Pulls  |  Amazon



  1. Laura

    August 7th, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Just stunning!! This remodel was amazing!!

  2. Kim

    August 8th, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Thank you, Laura!!

  3. Melanie

    August 7th, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    You have impeccable taste! Beautiful in every way. That backsplash tile above the stove is a true winner!

  4. Kim

    August 8th, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Thank you, Melanie! What a kind compliment!! xoxo

  5. Jeanette

    August 7th, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    beautiful as always! where are the black and white tiles from?

  6. Kim

    March 13th, 2018 at 10:56 am

    The backsplash tile is from Home Depot!

  7. Amber powell

    August 7th, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Wow….. just wow!!!! You knocked it out of the park!!!! This is perfection!!!!

  8. Kim

    August 8th, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Thank you, Amber!!

  9. Jessica @ Pen + Paper Flowers

    August 7th, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    It’s gorgeous Kim! I love it!

  10. Kim

    August 8th, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Thanks, babe!

  11. Donna @ Glamorous Sweet Events

    August 9th, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Best of luck in your new home.

  12. Kim

    August 9th, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Thank you, Donna!

  13. Kim

    August 7th, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Kim , it’s beautiful! Those old recessed kitchen ceilings can be a challenge and love how you brought it current. The cabinets look perfect as well as your choice of pretty tile above the stove. The skirt sink is also a favorite of mine. Who wouldn’t want to cook in this kitchen! You’ve done all the right touches from hardware to lighting to fixtutes. I now need you to come redo mine 🙂 excited to see the rest of the home!

  14. Kim

    August 8th, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Thank you, Kim! Yes, the ceiling was quite an issue, but we figured it out especially with the a/c vents, but we got it done and it’s SO much better! I’m so glad you like all of the details I chose!! xoxo

  15. marcia

    August 7th, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    my goodness, your before pictures could be my “now” pictures, so you must know the anxiety i feel in that dark space i have. you’ve created a wonderful, welcoming gathering spot, as well as work area, that is just delightful. my husband & i have lived in 7 homes in 24 years, 4 of which have been white kitchens, and i miss them all. ice just about got him convinced to redo ours, but it will be down the road. since yours is was so similar, i’m definitely showing him the dramatic results. enjoy!

  16. Kim

    August 8th, 2017 at 8:54 am

    White kitchens are the best, right?! I hope I can help you convince him it’s time to update!

  17. Caley

    August 8th, 2017 at 2:53 am

    Kim, it is AMAZING!!! I cannot believe the transformation and all the white is swoon-worthy x

  18. Kim

    August 8th, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Thank you so much, Caley!! So glad you like it!

  19. Tina Dahl

    August 8th, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I love it all…..from that drool worthy tile backsplash, to the scones above the sink to the simple but beautiful cabinet hardware to the pullouts….oh the pullouts!!!!! Love the open shelving as well! How fun that will be to change out the items on the shelves during the different seasons or holidays. Great choices on everything Kim (of course)!!! I can’t wait to see the rest of the house…..you and Danny are quite the team!!!!!

  20. Kim

    August 8th, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Thank you so much, Tina! We are so happy with how it all turned out!! xoxo

  21. Nicolle

    August 8th, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    I want the whole thing – every.last.detail.
    Your list of talents never ends. Well done, my sweet friend. Xo

  22. Kim

    August 9th, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Thank you, dollface. Love you. xoxo

  23. Emily

    August 8th, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    I’m obsessed! I may copy everything in our new house!???? Can you share your flooring and source? Thanks!

  24. Kim

    August 9th, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Feel free! Thank you for the sweet compliment! You can find all of the flooring details here: http://thetomkatstudio.com/2017/03/remodelchapter3/

  25. Andrea M Worley

    August 8th, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    seriously gorgeous Kim!! I love all the finishing details you choose!

  26. Kim

    August 9th, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Thanks, babe!

  27. Annie Lizenbergs

    August 9th, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! Curious what type of stone you used for your counter tops? Love following all your endeavors!

  28. Kim

    August 9th, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Hi Annie!
    We chose Quartz countertops! We did quartz in our last house and loved it. It is the closest “look” to marble without the maintenance! The style we went with is called Tipperary and it was from Arizona Tile.

  29. Joanna

    August 9th, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    I’m in love with everything you chose. And great choice on the tile backsplash and open shelving. I’m so excited to see it in person!!!

  30. Jenny

    August 12th, 2017 at 7:02 am

    So very stunning. I’ll bet it makes you so happy walking in there!!

    Question on the Eldridge pendant from Ballard, does it provide good task lighting or is it more ambient lighting?

  31. Kim

    August 14th, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I use regular bulbs, so it provides great light! I think Ballard shows it with Edison bulbs, which are much dimmer. Hope this helps!

  32. Teresa v de echeverry

    August 13th, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Hola Que linda me encantó el contraste de los azulejos!

  33. Karina

    August 28th, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    What did you use for your countertops? I’m remodeling right now and I LOVE what you have done to your kitchen. Please share!!!

  34. Kim

    March 13th, 2018 at 10:57 am

    We used Tipperary Quartz from Arizona Tile!

  35. Alyssa

    August 30th, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Kim I seriously have some major Kitchen envy girl. Did you use grey or a white paint for the walls in your house?

  36. Kim

    August 30th, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks, babe!! For the walls throughout the house, we used Dunn Edwards Cloud (light gray). 🙂 Same as the last house!

  37. Vadara

    November 29th, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Beautiful transformation- I love everything about your kitchen! I especially like how your before/after pictures were from the some angle and perspective to truly appreciate the change.

  38. Kim

    November 30th, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Thank you so much!

  39. Anita

    January 6th, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Do you remember the color of grout you used for subway tile in kitchen? Avalanche or white? Please let me know. Thank you!

  40. Kim

    January 8th, 2018 at 10:20 am

    I’m so sorry, Anita… I don’t remember!

  41. Melissa

    March 7th, 2018 at 4:22 am

    Hi, beautiful kitchen!! Could you tell me if Aristokraft provided the panel detail on the end of the island, or was it custom made? Thank you!

  42. Kim

    March 8th, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Yes, Aristokraft provided the materials for the panel details on the island!

  43. Melissa

    March 9th, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Thank you! One more question! It looks like you chose the regular white color for cabinets… it looks very bright and pretty in your photos, do you find in person that it looks stark or overly bright at all?

  44. Kim

    March 13th, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Not at all. I love light and bright and pure white is my favorite!

  45. Ashley

    March 26th, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Hi Kim! Is your grout white w your subway? I’m going w a similar quartz counter and I want to do white subway but I’m worried the whites won’t match. Do you think it matters if the whites aren’t a perfect match?

  46. Kim

    March 26th, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Hi Ashley!
    I think it’s okay if the white don’t match perfectly! I think it would be nearly impossible for them to be a perfect match! When in doubt, I always go with the whitest white.

  47. Melissa Caron

    April 11th, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Hi Kim! The very inspiring design of renovation in this blog and if you know I really love the combination of black and white as I feel free and fresh. Thank you for the good idea you shared in this article I appreciate this.

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