See how we created a beautiful two tone kitchen with loads of farmhouse charm.
The blue and white two tone kitchen cabinets add instant style to the space.
It’s finally done! I can officially cross this one off the list. We will be the first to tell you that a DIY kitchen remodel is a lot of work. Probably twice the work you actually think it is when you get started. But it is 110% worth it. We are absolutely in love with our new blue & white two tone kitchen.
If you have been following along, you will remember that we started this remodel in April (4 months ago). Our plan was to complete the two tone kitchen remodel in just 6 weeks.
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Are we crazy? Most would say yes… including my husband! And after 6 weeks we revealed a very beautiful almost finished kitchen reveal.
The kitchen was mostly done and totally usable so we took a break. Instead of working sun-up to sun-down to complete all the final pieces in a week, we took our time.
We did some other projects and even took a few vacations. But slowly we were chipping away at the kitchen. And now I am happy to share our complete two tone kitchen with you.
Adding More Space to the Kitchen
Since it’s been so long, we need to remember where we started. We did not add any floor space to our kitchen. And our kitchen island was never moved. But our kitchen feels so much more open and larger!
How did we do that? First was removing the ceiling soffit. Just over the kitchen in our open kitchen/dining room area there was a 14″ drop ceiling.
I always wanted it removed so that the ceiling would be flush all the way across. That alone made the room feel instantly bigger.
Next we removed 2 closets. I know, I know, removing storage space seems like a horrible idea in a kitchen. But we actually have the same storage space as before, but it is more accessible and organized.
One of the closets was next to the stove area. It was so narrow and deep that things only went into this closet to be forgotten about. I used it to store the appliances that are not used regularly.
By removing this closet we gained 24″ of counter space next to the stove. Now 2 people can cook at the same time and not feel like they are in each others way.
Also, the two 36″ cabinets we gained, instead of the tiny 12″ ones that were there before, store so much and I can see it all.
The other cabinet we removed was the pantry. Again, this pantry was so deep that things just got lost in the back so easy.
The new cabinet pantry holds just as much stuff, but with pull out pantry shelves and drawers that make every single corner accessible.
Also, by removing the large built in pantry we were able to gain another 24″ of cabinet and counter space between the sink and refrigerator. Now the space that was always cluttered with just a couple small appliances is a large prep space.
Blue & White Two Tone Kitchen Cabinets
After opening up the space to give us so much more usable room, it was time to design a beautiful and super functional kitchen!
To make things beautiful I knew I wanted two tone kitchen cabinets. The contrast it gives to the space is instant style! And the darker lower cabinets will hide wear and tear easier than classic white.
We partnered with Behr to find the perfect colors, thanks to them for supplying the paint for our two-toned kitchen.
For the lower cabinets we went for a soft, dusty navy color from Behr called Durango Blue. We absolutely love the color and the navy color acts as a neutral to go with any decor we want to add.
For the other half of our two tone cabinets, we chose white. The bright white cabinets reflect lots of light back into the space so our kitchen feels even bigger.
And white will never go out of style. It is classic and clean and I love it. Our upper kitchen cabinets are painted Polar Bear by Behr and it might be my new favorite white.
It’s just slightly warm from the Ultra Bright White but does not appear yellowish.
To let the two tone kitchen cabinets be the star of the show, I decided to keep the backsplash and countertop neutral. The white quartz countertops are amazing! They are super low maintenance and look great.
I also chose easy and low maintenance for the backsplash. We partnered with Jeffrey court for the perfect budget friendly, low-mainntenece tiles.
The Retro White Octagon tiles from Jeffry Court are porcelain tiles so they are tough. Porcelain is hard to scratch and resists stains. Perfect for a kitchen. Then to make it even more lot maintenance, I used a soft gray grout which will hide stains much better than white white making the pattern pop!
Creating a Functional Kitchen
One of my favorite parts of our kitchen remodel is the large farmhouse sink! This thing is a game changer.
I can wash large pots and pans, hide so many dishes, and it looks amazing. But these types of sinks can be expensive with some hidden costs. So make sure to read what to know before buying a farmhouse sink before adding one to your kitchen.
Also, I shared the build plans for the farmhouse sink base cabinet so you can easily add one to your kitchen!
To really increase the functionality of our kitchen, I knew I wanted the upper cabinets to go all the way to the new 8′ ceilings. There is just something grand about 42″ upper kitchen cabinets.
And even though I need a step stool to reach the top shelf, it is the perfect place to store less frequently used items (those items that once were hidden in the deep closet or pantry). I cannot believe how much more storage space we gained in the top of our cabinets.
And for the lower cabinets, we chose to go with lots of drawers. Drawers make it so much easier to find things in lower cabinets.
In the set of drawers next to the stove, I store cooking utensils, pots & pans, and all my cutting boards, sheet pans, and other baking tins.
And thanks to the full-extension, soft-close Liberty Hardware drawer slides we used, I can easily access every single square inch of my drawers. And they close so beautifully (no worries about the kids slamming them).
Then in the drawers between the dishwasher and the fridge, we store kids dishes. All their cups, plates, bowls and water bottles are now easily accessible.
They can grab what they need without having to get the step stool, which means I spend less time putting the step stool away. And it is easier for them to help clean out the dishwasher too. Best decision ever!
Also for the lower cabinets, we created a couple specialty cabinets.
When you are designing a kitchen, I would recommend planing room in your budget for some specialty cabinets. They make life so much easier.
Typically these cabinets cost more, but the best part of building your own kitchen cabinets is that they are actually pretty inexpensive to build.
Both our spice rack and pull out trash drawer were built from scraps. Yep, all those pieces that were going to be tossed are now two of my favorite parts of the kitchen!
- Upper cabinet color: Polar Bear by Behr
- Base cabinet color: Durango Blue by Behr
- Upper cabinet hardware: Bubble Glass Cabinet Knobs by Liberty Hardware
- Base cabinet hardware: Soft Industrial Cabinet Knob in Bedford Brass and Soft Industrial 3″ Cabinet Cup Pull in Bedford Brass by Liberty Hardware
- Countertops: Quartz in Linen by Arizona Tile
- Backsplash: Retro Octagon White Dot by Jeffrey Court with Delorean Gray grout
- Floor: Filigree Luxury Vinyl in Iron by Mannington
- Sink: Sutton 30″ Fireclay Sink by Finefixtures
- Bar stools: Upholstered Barstool Benches DIY
- Fruit bowl: DIY Farmhouse Style Produce Basket
- Paper towel holder: Farmhouse Paper Towel Holder DIY
- Dining room art: Free Vintage Inspired Herb Prints and DIY Rustic Chalkboard Herb Drying Rack
I could go on and on and on about our blue & white two tone kitchen remodel. I absolutely love this space! But instead I will let the pictures tell the story. And now I am going to go enjoy our new kitchen!
Thursday 18th of August 2022
I feel really lucky to have found this site. You write these posts the way i need them to be. Clear, detail oriented, with precise exploded views of the pieces fitting together (what software do you use for those?).
You have posts on nearly everything I'm attempting. I was even planning to do all white wall cabinets and countertops with blue base cabinets. I'm taking this as a sign and I'm planning on using your site as the "base manual".
With your help, this software guy can impress his carpenter/woodworking family.
Friday 19th of August 2022
I am glad you found my posts helpful. There are many hours put into each one. I use sketch up for the exploded view images. I have made detailed PDF plans for cabinets if you want it to be a bit easier.
Sunday 25th of April 2021
Looks great! Very similar to what we plan to do. I’m curious if the white walls in the kitchen are the same color white as the cabinets? Or is just all backsplash for your kitchen space? Thanks!
Monday 26th of April 2021
Thank you Lillie, the paint we used is grey, the same color as in our living room. https://housefulofhandmade.com/the-perfect-greige-paint-color/ Most of the wall is tile, but there is grey on either end of our cabinets.
Tuesday 22nd of September 2020
Love this kitchen remodel! What is the island countertop?
Friday 2nd of October 2020
Thanks so much Ayla! The island is stainless steel. It was a name brand table top that I purchased at a scratch & dent store with no legs. Worked perfect for an island top.
Monday 25th of May 2020
Love!! Just wondering. How wide is your garbage cabinet? And what size garbage cans are they?? Thanks so so much!
Monday 25th of January 2021
@Me, they have the sets at Home Depot or Lowe’s that come with the baskets and all the hardware. I love mine!! ESP with the puppy we have. That’s the only way he can’t get into the trash. We ended up making a cutting board pull out with the draw above the trash and made hole on the front section so we can take the scraps and just drop them right down into the trash through the hole. My favorite part of our kitchen! It’s awesome.
Monday 22nd of June 2020
The garbage cabinet is 21" wide and holds 2 50 qt. kitchen garbage cans.
Thursday 30th of January 2020
It's just beautiful! I read where you built your cabinets. Did you also reuse/refinish some of the old ones? I ask because I have the same oak in my 2 bathrooms and am sick to death of oak and want to do something with them. Even repainting them would be a tremendous upgrade. I swear, I will never ever have anything oak in my house again.
Tuesday 4th of February 2020
I did reuse the cabinets in the kitchen island (they were relatively new). The outer cabinets were old and falling apart. I did repaint old cabinets in my brother's kitchen remodel we helped him with. You can read about it here: Painting Kitchen Cabinets. And while I would agree oak cabinets are definitely dated, I did just make a beautiful new project with oak and love it... so maybe be a little nicer to it ;) Ha ha!