Kitchen Remodel: The Big Reveal

As most of you know, we have been remodeling our kitchen and house for the past four months. It has been a long road, but we are done! Yahoo! It is finally time to share our new kitchen with all of you. I know many of you have been anxiously awaiting for the big reveal, so without further ado, welcome to Two Peas and Their Pod’s new Thermador kitchen.

First, I want to show a few photos of our kitchen before and during the remodel process. If you want to recap the entire process, check out Kitchen Remodel: Part One, Two, and Three.

As you can see, we had our work cut out for us. Luckily, Josh is a miracle worker and with the help of many family members and friends, we transformed our tiny, not so functional kitchen, into our dream kitchen. Here is our new kitchen!

The countertops are Caesarstone Concrete. We love them!

So what do you think? I get goosebumps every time I look at these photos. I still can’t believe this is our kitchen! We are very pleased with the outcome. It was worth all of the hard work!

Welcome home Two Peas and Their Pod, welcome home!

Thermador provided the appliances for our kitchen, but our opinions are our own.

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Woah! I thought you were kidding at first and that was just a picture from a magazine!!!! That’s amazing!!! You guys did such a fantastic job!! Can’t wait to see all the great things you make in your new kitchen! πŸ™‚

  2. Amazing! It looks like it shoudl be in a magazine that features homes/kitchens. Nice work. BTW, I ordered two of Bill’s Baskets. Can’t wait to use them.

  3. W! O! W! Your kitchen is amazingly beautiful and I am so completely jealous! Love it. Love it! If I had your kitchen I might even learn how to cook! I would sleep in there it’s so beautiful!

  4. I LOVE it! Are your counter tops quartz? We are remodeling our test kitchen (small renovation) and we are using gray quartz — looks similar to yours! We are also using white cabinetry. If ours could only look as nice as yours! You did an outstanding job — your kitchen will look so beautiful in recipe videos too.

  5. Truly stunning! My jealous cup runneth over! πŸ˜‰ I can’t wait until the day we retire from our transient lifestyle and I can make a beautiful home like yours! Thank you for sharing…very inspiring!

  6. The star of the reno has to be the gas stove and I like that you have that side counter space for working with dough, etc. You must be so excited to work/live/entertain in this kitchen!

  7. WOW….I love it….that kitchen just makes a person want to cook up a batch of cookies or spaghetti or soup or just anything……….

  8. Maria! I can’t believe that’s your new kitchen! It seriously looked like the pictures were from a magazine! Go Josh! Maybe he can come help Evan on re-doing our kitchen. πŸ™‚ Hope you’re not near as freezing as we are in here in Chicago. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Rebecca! I miss you! I hope all is well! Josh is free now, if you need help, I am loaning him out:)

  9. Absolutely gorgeous, Maria! Well done, Josh! What a wonderful space to walk into every morning. I can’t wait to see it in person.

  10. I can see our bedroom from the kitchen?! That’s amazing!!! Amazing work, Josh. Keeping you in mind if we ever get out of the renter category!!!

  11. I have absolute kitchen envy. I love the space and the layout. I do want to know what material you use for countertops I think it’s soapstone but I’m not sure. Can’t wait for the discussion! Congratulations!

  12. Wow, this looks amazing! Hubby and I are still in the middle of a kitchen reno (been working on it over a year now!) and ours looks similar to yours style-wise. But not nearly as nice! You’ve inspired me to try to get ours finished. I bet it’s so nice to have this beautiful kitchen to enjoy! πŸ™‚

  13. OMG Maria! It looks like a magazine shoot and not a real kitchen. I absolutely love it. What a great place to cook and bake! You deserve it. What a great Christmas present!

  14. That is a kitchen even Martha Stewart would love! Absolutely amazing. So well done! Did you design it yourself or did you have professional help. I can just imagine the holiday cookies baking, the kids licking the bowls, Christmas music playing – OHHH okay now I’m totally jealous!!!


  15. Oh Maria, it is absolutely beautiful! What a perfect kitchen!! Everything looks perfect and I love the combination of white & stainless steel. I am so, so happy for you! Josh did a great job! Can’t wait to hear more details and see what kind of delicious goodies you come up with in your new home πŸ™‚

  16. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so proud of you both! Beautiful kitchen, love your choices and cannot wait to see it in person! I love you Josh and Maria — and Josh, thanks for being such an awesome son! Maria, thank you for being an awesome daughter-in-law! Happy Holidays and have fun baking and creating in your beautiful new kitchen

  17. Oh my gosh, Maria and Josh, it’s absolutely STUNNING! Any one of us would give our left arm to have a kitchen like this. You should be so proud of all your hard work in getting to this point and so happy to have such a beautiful and functional kitchen. Congratulations, and thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a cookies and cookbook giveaway today that you should enter!

  18. lovely kitchen – what a nice job! impressive that you guys accomplished that without a million contractors! congrats – it looks amazing…when can we all come over and cook with you in it???

  19. excuse me while i pick my jaw off the ground – my goodness this is STUNNING!! you guys created a masterpiece. seriously – it looks like it is out of a magazine! congrats guys!

  20. This is seriously a dream! So perfect. And I must say it is even more beautiful in person! I still can’t believe how big your fridge is. I think two or three people could fit in there! I’m so excited for you.

  21. I am speechless! It’s not big, but every single inch of space is perfectly incorporated to be functional. Renovating a kitchen is one of the most stressful and exhausting tasks, but for you two, its’ so well worth it. Fantastic!
    Enjoy it thoroughly!

  22. Jaw on the floor gorgeous!!!! It’s BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    We are actually about to embark on a major kitchen remodel ourselves… this one includes tearing down some exterior walls and adding footprint. So it’s gonna be a HUGE effort.

    When you have some time later, I’d love to know more about how you came to choose Thermador, how you like your appliances, your cabinets, your floor, etc., and if there are any tips you have on the remodel itself… like, how did you cook for yourself during that time??? Did you guys do all the work yourselves???

    Enjoy the new space!


    1. We will be doing posts featuring the different parts of our kitchen soon. Stay tuned! You can also email us if you have specific questions:)

  23. Love the subway tile, love the white and dark gray/stainless, love the pot filler and beautiful range, love the way all of the storage is almost “hidden”- the cabinets are there for function and almost disappear into the kitchen, allowing the appliances and all of the high-end details you’ve added really shine. I very rarely comment on design/remodel posts, but this one is simply fantastic- such a great combination of function and beauty. Wonderful work, I am sure you are SO thrilled to be done and with such great results!

  24. Wow, absolutely beautiful and certainly worth all that hard work. Enjoy your new kitchen! Can’t wait to see how it inspires you to new heights!

  25. Wow! That is just gorgeous! I love the before looking at the before shots wondering how it’s going to look – but I am always surprised. Fantastic…I bet you are just so excited to be cooking there!

  26. OH MY GOODNESS! These rooms look like they’re straight out of a magazine. Your kitchen looks so perfect! I love the appliances (especially the range). They’re all so industrial and polished-looking. The fixtures are gorgeous too, and I love the cabinets. Very cute!

    I’m excited for you!

  27. I can not believe thats the same kitchen! I would never leave that room…i’d sleep in it! Glad the process is complete and can’t wait for some great recipes that come from it!

  28. i have a blog on kitchen things ( and plan to feature kitchen remodels from all over. can i feature yours as one of my posts? will link back and everything πŸ™‚ let me know!!

  29. Now that’s the type of kitchen I’d sneak out of bed early just to whip up some tasty breakfast and enjoy some peace before everyone else wakes up. It looks amazing and I bet it’s even more fun to use!

  30. Your new kitchen is beautiful Maria! I’m so jealous! You have my dream kitchen. What a transformation and I’m amazed by Josh’s work. Wow! Again, beautiful! πŸ™‚ Enjoy it….which I’m sure you already are.

  31. It’s beautiful. Those photos look like they belong in a Martha Stewart magazine. Our “facelift” project that was supposed to cost $1,000, a little bit of sweat equity and mostly comprised of painting has taken a turn for the ridiculous. I’m trusting it will be worth it, but not looking forward to the interim. A post about how y’all managed would be SO helpful since I know you didn’t go on vacation for 4 months. πŸ™‚

  32. Gorgeous! You guys did a wonderful job! Come do my kitchen! πŸ™‚

    I’m looking forward to the details! Btw, how do you keep your counters so clear of clutter? I know having 3 kids it will never be like that but still! πŸ™‚

  33. Really amazing remodel. Very cozy, yet very modern. Stainless steel appliances is the way to go! Congrats on creating your dream kitchen πŸ™‚

  34. Absolutely stunning , am so in love with it!
    Congrats , u guys are gng to have the most wonderful moments in here!
    Would love the post even longer , cant have enuf of those pics and looking forward to more , am certainly well tuned in here! β™₯

  35. Absolutely beautiful. It’s one of the nicest kitchens I’ve ever seen. I love a white kitchen so I’m very envious right now. Best of Luck!!

  36. No freaking way!!! That looks like it’s something out of a magazine! Soooooo beautiful. I’d never leave. Please have a party, I’ve got to come see it up close!! Congrats and enjoy!

  37. It’s so pretty and modern and open and I am totally jealous of your white cabinets and the sleek countertops! What material was used for the countertops? Congratulations!

  38. o i wanted to ask what that pipe is above your stove? looks like a water pipe. i keep coming back and just dreaming over your pictures. its just beautiful

  39. My computer has been down…tried commenting on this the other day but was having issues via iPhone. Wanted to tell you how gorgeous your new kitchen turned out, and how modern & crisp it is! I wish you both many happy moments there!

  40. What the Man!! I am BLOWN AWAY! Holy Smokes, you guys – amazing job! My goose bumps have goose bumps…you guys are awesome! and so is your kitchen!

  41. It looks like the set of a Food Network show. And I mean that in the best possible way. What a gorgeous space – and so user friendly! You are going to create some amazing things in there. Congrats!

  42. Wow! Quite the transformation! LOVE the cute little peas at the end. LOVE the awesome fridge/freezer, love the double ovens with what I’m guessing is a broiler on the bottom. LOVE the faucet at the stove. Love the colors. Love it all. Yay for you!

  43. Love the color of the wall in dining room – great accent wall to the kitchen. What color did you use? I also love the lights over bar area!

  44. What a beautiful kitchen! I love everything about it, especially that it’s up and running and you’re back to normal. Congratulations:)

  45. I know the pain of a mazzive remodel. Sometimes you wonder what and why this has happened to you. But then you see results like this and WOW. That’s the word for this Wow! Or maybe WOWZA! GREG

  46. I noticed in the original kitchen someone covered the glass block feature around the sink, did you keep the glass, or was it ripped out? Hope not

  47. How did I miss this post? I’ve been dying to see the finished product. It’s gorgeous Maria! Now you can’t ever move, you know that right?? haha. When we do finally meet up- we’re skipping the half-way point and just coming over for dinner, okay? πŸ˜‰

  48. That is absolutely incredible! What a huge project, but completely worth the results. I can’t get over how beautiful it is. I’m so happy for you! Now I know why you don’t want to stop baking in your kitchen!

  49. Forgive my French, but Holy Merde! That transformation is truly breathtaking – I mean it literally took my breath away. If I saw the before/after photos in a design mag, I would not have believed it. Congratulations – all your hard work & vision certainly paid off.

  50. oh my gosh! what a beautiful job you have done!! incredible!! and a huge inspiration to me, as we are tackling our kitchen this year and I had similar ideas to you. really lovely work, you should be so proud πŸ™‚
    warmest regards

  51. Glad I finally got to see this after remembering you talk about it. It turned out so beautifully! I’ve been through two bif remodels which included kitchens and it can be a pain, but so worth it. Your configuration is SO similar to mine! I know you’ll have lots of years of fun in it πŸ™‚

  52. An amazing job you guys did! I’ve been waiting for details. If you don’t mind me asking, what material are the counter tops? I can’t exactly tell from the pictures. Again, amazing job.

  53. I just discovered your blog. Love your new kitchen. It is beautiful. We redid our kitchen two years ago, but did not do a total gut job. Just new countertops, floor and appliances, but I love it.

  54. I am breathless! How beautiful!!! I’m so jealous, my kitchen is the size of your dining room table (although you guys earned every inch of your kitchen through all that hard work) πŸ™‚

  55. Hi MarΓ­a. I just discovered your blog through Wenderly and I love your new kitchen. I have a blog also, and IΒ΄m going to stay in yours for a while.
    Congratulations for that little sweet pea, my sweet peas have grown up too.
    Good luck!
    Love from the north of Spain

  56. Jealous!! That is a GORGEOUS, amazing, awesome kitchen! So much space, double oven, big refrigerator, and of course the (matching) kitchenaid. Perfect! I’ll see this kitchen in my dreams…

  57. it…hope you will do an update soon…this is so much like the kitchen I am dreaming of as we need a kitchen redo! I have a story board dedicated to our redo..and, very much like the line from Martha. So clean, modern, with a touch of french country.

  58. oh my gosh…. your new kitchen took my breath away… it’s sleek and crisp, yet very inviting. I love every bit about this stunning kitchen! oooohhhhh…. I so wish I could do ours!!! …one day!

  59. Your kitchen is breathtaking! I nearly swooned when I saw the photos. Wow! Can’t wait to share your bog with my hubby…he has just started in the kitchen with me and this will blow him away!

  60. You both did an amazing job on transforming your kitchen. I’m so impressed that you did this yourselves. It’s beautiful, and very functional. I’m sure you look forward to going in there each day.

  61. Is your kitchen about 14×20? It looks about the size of our space. Did you have a professional design your layout? How did you go about the process of finding a designer? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi, our kitchen is about 11×25. Josh and one of our designer friends did the layout. Are you in Utah? I can give you our friend’s information if you are interested.

  62. Okay, I am totally going to steal this kitchen!! Its is so perfectly simple, bright and beautiful. I have a galley kitchen and will be starting our remodeling project here in the next month. This can be duplicated so inexpensively! We are also doing all the work ourselves before we move in to the house. White shaker cabinets, check, white subway tile, check, grey counter tops, check. I even love the pendants. I am in love. Thank you so much for sharing! Congratulations!

  63. Literally just yelled out loud and said “NO FREAKING WAY!” Your kitchen is absolutely stunning, modern, clean, and fresh and so much more. love it. Wish I could come home and cook to that everyday. I’m sure you enjoy every minute of it πŸ™‚

  64. Great job! I love how it turned out, but have to say I’m not keen on the tv in the dining room…just my own thing..

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  66. It’s beautiful! I wanna do the same with my kitchen. So I wonder: can you tell me the height of the sink? Is it standard, or higher/lower than normal?
    Thanks!! Bye from the Netherlands!

  67. Hi love your kitchen!!! So sleek simple and clean! I wanted to know the square feet of your kitchen? Or the dimensions… My husband and I are buying a house that a similar layout would work perfectly! Great ideas! Thanks.

  68. I just found your blog and made it to this post and oh my … my jaw dropped. Your kitchen is astonishing. Gorgeous. Breathtaking. Wow! It is a dream kitchen. Congrats on a fantastic remodel.

  69. Your kitchen looks amazing! We are going to start our kitchen remodel this year and one thing I’m having a hard time with is finding kitchen cabinets that are of quality. What brand/where did you get your kitchen cabinets. They look like they are nice quality.

  70. We are in the planning phase of our kitchen remodel. I came across your pics today and LOVE what you did with your kitchen. I, too, am thinking of white cabinets and hardwood floors. Forgive me if I missed it, but I searched your site for the name of the cabinets and didn’t find it. Would you mind telling me what cabinet manufacturer, door style, and finish you used? I’d also love to hear about any super-cool features you incorporated, like that cupboard with the bookshelf above it by the refrigerator. I need one of those along my refrigerator, too. Thanks in advance for answering my questions. The entire kitchen is absolutely stunning, and I’m just thrilled for you!

    1. The cabinets are custom made cabinets from Peppertree. We love them! We love the cabinet with the shelf. It is a nice size pantry and great extra storage. Good luck with your remodel!

  71. hi, found your blog while looking at thermador appliances. love your kitchen!! question for you, we have a corner sink set up like yours – wondering which brand/style/size you picked. I have shorter arms so trying to find one that’s not a long stretch to reach faucet. thanks for any info!!

  72. hi – I’m brand new to your blog – read about you in the current Better Homes & Garden magazine. I LOVE YOUR KITCHEN!!! And congratulations on your pregrnancy! Lots of blessing to your family. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes – my mouth was watering just reading some of them! Sincerely, Lourdes A.

  73. What a beautiful kitchen. Gorgeous!

    We are doing the finishing touches on our kitchen. Maybe it is buried somewhere in the comments, but I wanted to find out what type of countertop you selected. And four years later, do you still love it?

    Thanks for your help!

    1. We used Caeserstone Quartz Countertops. The color is concrete. We LOVE them! We have been very happy with our kitchen! Best of luck with yours!

  74. Wow! What a beautiful kitchen!!!!
    Did you all install the floors or where they original? I am getting ready to redo our floors and I love yours!

    1. Josh did the floors. They are a mix of old and new! He blended the old floors in the living area to match the new floors in the kitchen. It was a lot of work, but we love them!

  75. Wow love your kitchen. It is beautiful. May I ask where you got your pendant lights from? Or the name of them? Hope to find something similar in Australia πŸ™‚

  76. I absolutely LOVE your floors. What kind of wood are they and what brand/color of stain did you use?! I’m about to refinish mine, however still trying to find the perfect color. Love your remodel absolutely stunning!

  77. How much did it cost you for this overhaul? We are about to do our kitchen, except we are keeping our cabinets. Everything else will be redone and replaced. Just curious!!

  78. This kitchen is breathtaking! Fantastic job! I know this post is very old now, but I’m hoping you can help me. I am redecorating a smal kitchen and I am trying to incorporate a peninsula similar to yours into my design. Your kitchen looks to be about 12′ wide, I’m guessing? Can you tell me what the dimensions are for your peninsula? It would help so much! Thanks in advance πŸ™‚

  79. Hi – our upper cabinets are similar, and we have a small gap between them and the ceiling. Did you put that piece in after the uppers were installed or before? And, how did you connect it to the cabinets?

    Thanks πŸ™‚

  80. can you tell me about your countertops? They are exactly what we’re looking for in our white kitchen. what are they? where did you get them?

  81. Awesome! Curious, what are the dimensions of your kitchen. Width from wall to wall and length from wall to the end of the bar (stoll side) Looking to do something similar…

  82. Beautiful transformation! As its been a few years, I imagine you have been enjoying it … ☺. That said, I scrolled through the comments to see if you posted the colour of the Caesarstone that you used as am looking for an engineered quartz that reads as a ‘ dark gray’ (no blue, brown or green) and I am wondering what you used as yours looks stunning! (i.e: Cement or Pebble ?) THANK YOU -Brenda-
    P.S: Am upgrading one of my bathrooms and wish to pair it up with white vanities (BM White Dove) and a Porcelain tile that reads white and light grays. (by Ceratec – Harmony Elegance Series / colour ‘Blanco’. )

  83. So sorry when I posted the above it took me to this page and I now see that you used C-S ‘Concrete’ but I am still wondering how you would classify its undertone or is it a true gray. THANK YOU again …. -Brenda-

  84. Did you use the “Raven” Caesarstone kitchen countertops? I’ve been looking for pictures of this color since I’m about to do my kitchen. The sample I have seems too light in color, but your counters look nice and dark.

  85. Hi Two peas, Just admiring your gorgeous kitchen and was wondering where you purchased the hanging light shades from, also what colour is your feature wall in the dining room. I’m hoping to find something similar here in New Zealand!
    Thank you

  86. Looks beautiful! I have that same color of Ceasarstone, unfortunately it is a huge pain to keep it looking like that! I’ve had it almost 6 years and the upkeep is killing me. Fingerprints, smudges, everytime I put anything on it, it leaves a mark πŸ™ I’m desperately looking for some kind of sealer or something to coat it to make it matte or even change the surface! Hope yours is working out better than mine, maybe it’s been improved since 2010 ;).

  87. Did you ever do a post on your Caesarstone countertops? They are gorgeous, but see this is your old house! What color were they? Raven? We are picking our color now and am looking at “Pebble” but wondering if the grey has too Β much beige in it….Yours is a perfect grey….HELP!!

  88. I love your kitchen. I really love your cabinets. We are doing a kitchen reno in the next year. Can you tell me who made your cabinets? And, after almost 7 years, how are they holding up? Would you buy them again?


  89. Beautiful remodeling job. We’re doing something similar and would like to know the style of your counter-height chairs and where you bought them.


  90. Really very impressive, I have been already finding a contractor for my kitchen remodeling. I love your great eye catchy collection especially your countertops & counter chairs. Thanks

  91. Beautiful! Β Even >8 years later! Β 

    Please tell me about your floor. And, when was the house built? Where did you get your pendant lights? Β I especially love that you took a smaller kitchen and made it beautiful and efficient. It’s tough to rework smaller spaces.Β 

  92. I love the looks of the wood floor with gray accent. You have such wonderful taste in design! I was thinking about doing some remodeling this spring. My wife and I really enjoy reading your post!

  93. Fresh, clean and modern! I think it can be hard to make your kitchen look really contemporary and clean without making it look a bit too sterile but you’ve done it so well!

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