One of the many Nantucket house projects my family tackled before our wedding last summer was to update the kitchen, which wound up becoming the central gathering spot after the sun set at both my Grandy’s 90th birthday party and our welcome party the night before the wedding. So far I’ve shared our living room, sitting room, powder room, guest bedroomupstairs bathroom, and entryway and today I’m finally sharing before and after pictures of the kitchen!

design darling nantucket kitchen before and after

The kitchen — and basically the entire rest of the house — used to be yellow, yellow, and more yellow. Yellow walls, yellow-ish floors, yellow curtains, so. much. freaking. yellow. We knew we wanted to give it a fresh coat of white paint as it’s connected to the living room that we’d already painted and the floors were stained dark early last summer when we did the floors throughout the rest of the house. Those two things made a huge difference right off the bat!

nantucket kitchen before and after

design darling kitchen before and after nantucket

My mom and I did some research on replacing the countertops but ultimately didn’t fall in love with anything much different than the white Corian countertop we already had, so we decided to keep both the cabinets and the countertops and instead focus on a new subway tile backsplash and all new appliances. We actually rented a wet saw on the island and hung the subway tiles ourselves — we saved a small fortune on labor and were pretty impressed with ourselves and the end result!

kitchenaid stainless steel microwave and gas range

kitchenaid stainless steel range and refrigerator

For the appliances, we looked around a bunch and settled on matching stainless steel appliances by KitchenAid, which we ordered online and had installed by local companies. Swapping out the white appliances for a new dishwasher, new microwave, new stove, and new refrigerator made a huge difference both aesthetically and in terms of our desire to actually cook in this house!

kitchenaid stainless steel microwave with white subway tile kitchen

dash and albert regatta stripe rug in kitchen

striped rug  //  dishwasher  //  microwave  //  stove  //  refrigerator

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  1. Looks great – do you love the Dorian countertops? I love the clean look and it seems like it’s very practical? We currently have marble which we like but we’re thinking seriously about corian for another location.

      1. Thank you Makenzie! That’s what I thought and the look is so clean and elegant. Good to know it holds up well too!

  2. It looks wonderful, Mackenzie! I’m also super impressed that you all tackled the back splash yourselves! Sometimes a little DIY can really spruce up the place, and not cost a fortune!

  3. It looks wonderful, Mackenzie! I’m also super impressed that you all tackled the backsplash yourselves! Sometimes a little DIY can really spruce up the place, and not cost a fortune!

  4. If you don’t mind me asking, who installed the appliances locally? I work in advertising for appliance stores, and actually have a few clients in your area!

  5. So much fresher! Have you thought about tearing out the one lone cabinet in between the window and the door to do floating shelves eventually? Would be another easy upgrade and you could add some nice personality there since you’re working with so much white.

  6. Looks so great! I am almost done with my kitchen and have the same appliances. I am scared to use the oven because there was so much stuff inside, I am worried there will be some paper inside that I can’t see and will set my new kitchen on fire!