{DIY Kitchen Renovation:}Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper


Serene chic simple European inspired kitchen with grey cabinets and Viatera Soprano quartz
DIY Kitchen Renovation: Serene, simple, chic kitchen remodel with Viatera quartz countertop and backsplash


It has been a busy year for your crazy DIY friends
here as you’ll see from the kitchen renovation
progress made DIY styleat
Fixer Upper No. 2 in Arizona.You may remember we bought this second home
as a warm vacay getaway to escape Chicagoland,
and it was in great shape but needed design love.

Everybody loves a great before and after!

Fortunately, there’s still plenty of DIY adrenaline
and design love left in this couple.

If you’re new to the blog:
Our getaway home we’re renovating
has 4 bedrooms,
an open living/dining area,
and a kitchen with breakfast bar…the floorplan
really didn’t matter to me as much as the setting.

The DIY journey began here.
My dream was to find privacy and a pretty view outdoors,
which was tricky given we were looking at the least expensive
homes in the neighborhood!

Somehow we found my wish: a cute little Mediterranean style
cottage backing to a desert wash with a view of a butte
and mountains…almost no maintenance outside!

Today I’m sharing the DIY kitchen renovation progress,
and I am thrilled with the smart upgrades and changes
we made ourselves which completely transformed
this house without breaking the bank.

This was not a gut job like the kitchen renovation
in our primary home, the Chicagoland fixer,
and for this renovation, I relied upon LG Viatera,
The Builder’s Depot, and Top Knobs,
who provided beautiful product.

We salvaged maple cabinets, painting them a soft European
blue-grey, and since they are short cabinets in a room
with 9′ ceilings, we added a riser to the cabinet tops
and installed crown molding on top.

When the gorgeous hand forged bronze
cabinet hardware from Top Knobs (Aspen Collection)
was added…ooh la la!
What a huge impact and beautiful function
this beautifully simple DIY addition made.

We ditched the existing tan laminate countertops
for a very luxe and hardworking LG Viatera quartz.
(Read about why I chose Viatera
for the Chicagoland fixer right here.
It’s a brand new warm white color option called Soprano.
The day these quartz countertops were installed was
one of my favorites since the old counters were
holding down the quality of everything and
stealing light from the space. 

Since I love the modern minimal look of a quartz backsplash,
we continued the material on the backsplash as well.

To give the back wall of the kitchen wow factor and interest,
we installed a gorgeous Calacatta Gold marble hex
wall tile sourced at The Builder Depot, and I
knew it would be perfect with the Soprano quartz.

Calacatta Gold boasts tons of natural variation in the marble,
and I love how the white/grey/caramel tones add
a layer of lovely not just to the kitchen but to
the adjacent rooms as well…it may have been
busy had we used it as the backsplash
on the other kitchen walls as well,
but it makes a bold statement without
getting out of control since it’s grounded
by other simple elements in the space.

It’s almost done!
We need to fill gaps in the crown molding
with filler and finish painting the crown as
well as do touch up painting of the cabinets.
I’d like to do a pretty window treatment as well.

So the finishing touches will get done
on our next visit, and I’ll bring you
pretty pictures for the final reveal!

Let’s take a look at the before and after journey
of our Arizona kitchen.

Michele at Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper

Hello Lovely Studio (Bemz Custom Belgian Linen Sofa Cover; HP Elitebook)
Serene chic simple European inspired kitchen with grey cabinets and Viatera Soprano quartz
DIY Kitchen Renovation: Simple, Serene, Chic Nordic French Kitchen


I partnered with LG Hausys for the Viatera quartz countertop

in Soprano, and I’ll be sharing more about that choice

with you in a forthcoming post.


Serene simple chic Nordic French kitchen with quartz countertop
 DIY Kitchen Renovation: Simple, Serene, Chic Nordic French Kitchen


Inspiration materials and palette for Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
Inspiration for the Kitchen Palette (Shabby Chic Couture Linen, Calacatta Marble, Blue-Grey, Pewter)

The 2″ Calacatta Gold Italian Honed Marble Mosaic

is a sponsored product from The Builder Depot

that I’ll share more details about later,

and it’s offered at an incredible price

if you are in the market!


Before shot of Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen by Hello Lovely
Progress on Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
DIY Kitchen Renovation: Painting Cabinets Behr Classic Silver

We decided to leave several elements in place.

The existing natural linen toned porcelain

floor tile worked for me since it looks like

new and adds a sandy beach layer.


We also left the cabinetry as is since in

a small house like this, we couldn’t afford

to lose any storage space.

DIY Kitchen Renovation: Painting Cabinet Doors in Behr Classic Silver

What a huge difference painting those

cabinets made!


DIY Kitchen Renovation: Cabinet Doors Back On!


Shabby Chic Couture linen fabrics on vintage chair
Shabby Chic Couture linen fabrics to be incorporated


Before shot of Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
BEFORE: Back Wall

What you are seeing above is glued-on wood
trim for a faux painted red backsplash that
I just was not feelin’. Like. Not. At. All.


Before image of Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
BEFORE: Sink Wall


I am nutty von nutty about my apron front
farm sink, but I knew to have one here would
involve construction and probably a new sink
base so I decided to keep this stainless one
which saved a chunk of money and potential
headaches for my DIY superhero husband.Before image of Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
BEFORE: Breakfast Bar

One of the easiest ways to give a bar like this
more presence (and frankly, function) is to add
wainscot or shiplap, which is just what we did.
We installed it horizontally which is less traditional.


Progress on Hello Lovely Fixer Upper Kitchen
My Dad Easing Our Pain


Serene modern farmhouse with Viatera Soprano quartz, Calacatta marble, and Swedish style by Hello Lovely
DIY Kitchen Renovation: Simple and Serene Nordic French Style Kitchen

Furnishing this place on a shoestring has
been a challenge, and you can’t get much
simpler or less costly than wood stools
like these which I found at the thrift
store for $3 and painted with the
paint on hand from the cabinets
(Behr: Classic Silver).


Before image of Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
BEFORE: Frig Wall

Goodbye glossy red faux backsplash
and green walls which are anything
but appetizing.


Progress image of Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
DURING: After Painting Cabinets

Goodbye mottled brown laminate
nearly matching the floor tile.


Progress image of Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
DURING: Frig Wall

Goodbye black appliances that work amazingly

well and are in top condition but won’t mesh

with the simple serene redesign…you

will be perfect in someone else’s

more modern kitchen!


Serene simple chic Nordic French kitchen with stainless refrigerator and Soprano quartz countertop
AFTER: Frig Wall


Hello, lovely, commercial and smudgeproof stainless steel.


Serene grey kitchen cabinets with Soprano quartz countertop and backsplash
AFTER: Frig Wall

Hello, gorgeous Aspen cup pulls from Top Knobs

and “small potato” knobs with incredible weight and patina.


Before image of Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
BEFORE: Sink Wall

Goodbye, outdated builder’s special kitchen.


Serene Nordic French kitchen with grey cabinets Soprano quartz countertop and backsplash
AFTER: Sink Wall


Hello, peaceful desert kitchen I want to spend time in.


Serene simple Nordic French modern farmhouse kitchen with grey cabinets Soprano quartz countertops
AFTER: Breakfast Bar

Wall Paint Color: Valspar Salute (7006-12).

Serene modern farmhouse with Viatera Soprano quartz, Calacatta marble, and Swedish style by Hello Lovely
DIY Kitchen Renovation: LG Viatera Quartz Countertop (Soprano)


Calacatta Gold marble hexagon mosaic tile from the Builder Depot
DIY Kitchen Renovation: Calacatta Gold Marble Hex Mosaic Tile (The Builder Depot)


Progress on Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
Installation of Calacatta Gold Marble Mosaic Wall Tile (The Builder Depot)


Progress pf Calacatta Gold marble mosaic wall at Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
DIY Installation: Calacatta Gold Marble wall tile


Installation of Calacatta Gold mosaic tile for statement wall in Hello Lovely Arizona kitchen
DURING: DIY Marble wall tile installation


Progress image of Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
DURING: DIY Crown Molding Installed & Tile Going Up


Detail of Calacatta Gold marble hex mosaic tile at Hello Lovely Arizona kitchen
Calacatta Gold Marble Mosaic Tile after Grout


Are the lamps staying?
I don’t know.
I bought them for the master and decided
to give them a try in here for cozy factor.


Serene Nordic French kitchen with calacatta marble hex mosaic statement wall
AFTER: Calacatta Honed Marble Mosaic Statement Wall


Serene modern farmhouse with Viatera Soprano quartz, Calacatta marble, and Swedish style by Hello Lovely
DIY Kitchen Renovation: A glimpse of the “backyard” which backs to a desert wash


Before image of Hello Lovely Arizona Fixer Upper Kitchen
Serene chic Nordic French kitchen with Calacatta Honed Marble statement wall


Before Kitchen Arizona kitchen by Hello Lovely
BEFORE: Range Wall
Serene Nordic French Kitchen with Grey Cabinets, Soprano quartz countertop and backsplash
AFTER: Range Wall


Nordic French Kitchen with Detail of Frigidaire Pro gas range and Soprano quartz countertop
Serene Nordic French kitchen with Soprano quartz countertop and backsplash
Serene and Simple Nordic French Kitchen with Quartz (Viatera – Soprano) countertop and backsplash


Vintage chair in kitchen with grey cabinets and Nordic French style
DIY Kitchen Renovation: Serene and Simple Nordic French Kitchen

 Thanks for reading, friends!
What do you think about the kitchen
renovation progress?


I love this project in Arizona and am excited about

sharing more of our DIY renovation projects here with you.

It is all being executed on a budget so I am ever grateful

for the help in making our design dreams come true:


LG Hausys Viatera

The Builder Depot

Top Knobs


For more of our Arizona fixer upper stories,

visit here.


Peace to you right where you are.


Hello Lovely Studio Michel pointe shoes ballet slippers denim

Thank you kindly, Viatera, The Builder Depot, and Top Knobs
for providing beautiful materials in this kitchen makeover.



  1. April 3, 2017 / 10:35 am

    Your kitchen looks fabulous and I love the lamps. You and your husband work so well together.

    • April 3, 2017 / 2:38 pm

      Thanks so much! I love the idea of lamps in a kitchen and appreciate you sharing that. xox

  2. April 3, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    Congratulations Michelle! It's so clean and calm and inviting! Simply gorgeous ❤

    • April 3, 2017 / 2:39 pm

      Thanks, Holly! I can't wait to finish up the little details. xox

  3. April 3, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    Michele it's beautiful! Once again I'm utterly speechless by you guys, this kitchen re-do is no small feat! Your choices were elegant and warm and you're so right about those painted cabinets. What a game changer. Isn't it amazing what paint can do? It sounds like you painted those yourself and I can appreciate how time consuming that job is. Congrats on your new kitchen!!! I hope your Mama is doing well and now you have such a cozy home to host your Mom and Dad in.
    (ps your Dad is such a cutie).

    • April 3, 2017 / 2:44 pm

      Hahaha…thanks, Leslie. My dad is totally a cutie. We did it all ourselves (except quartz installation), and my dad and I painted the cabinets. It was easy since there was very little finish on the wood so the paint glided right on after a light hand sand. If they had been old with layers of varnish and grease and grime, that would be a nightmare. Yay for cheaply finished cabinets and clean freaks who lived here before us! xox

  4. April 3, 2017 / 2:45 pm

    Lovely. I am crushing on the Calacatta Gold.

    • April 3, 2017 / 2:55 pm

      Thanks for reading! I was so certain I would love the marble in here that I didn't even order a sample first! I wouldn't advise living that dangerously though! The quality is incredible, and not a single broken hex in the whole kaboodle. xox

  5. April 3, 2017 / 3:53 pm

    Love the gold marble Michele! Doing it yourself is always a challenge and you guys are on a roll here. Your painted cabinets are gorgeous and you guys did that yourself? We tried to do that in our last home and ended up hiring someone to remove the cabinets and spray them in the garage….. what a mess! Looks great Michele!

    • April 3, 2017 / 5:22 pm

      Thanks, Leslie! Yep. My dad and I handpainted them, and there were no issues and not even a mess. Just a peaceful sunshiny room, a dropcloth, and time. But I'm a girl who lovvvvvvves a paintbrush in hand. This cosmetic stuff is a breeze relative to what we tackled in our primary home! xox

  6. April 3, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    Michele, what a fabulous transformation!! It is so inviting and every detail was thought out. You guys are a force to be reckoned with. So happy for you to have this getaway home in a warmer climate!!

    • April 3, 2017 / 11:12 pm

      Thanks for cheering us on every step of the way, friend. It is turning out even better than I expected. xox

    • April 4, 2017 / 4:14 am

      thanks, Jennifer! 🙂

  7. April 4, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    Holy smokes! You ahve been one busy lady and might I say the after is GORGEOUS!! That mosaic statement wall is really something to behold. I am most impressed….awesome job Michele!

    • April 4, 2017 / 1:34 pm

      thanks for visiting, friend! i am so glad you like the wall–i love when a natural material from the earth becomes art to enjoy everyday. 🙂

  8. April 5, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    Fantastic remodel! I am loving the look of your counter material also used as the backsplash, great idea, and is exactly what I am going to do in my own kitchen instead of using my original choice of subway tiles.

    • April 5, 2017 / 8:45 pm

      thanks, lala! we have done a lot of kitchens, and this was the first where i opted to continue the material up the backsplash, and i've got to say…oh my goodness, i loved it immediately. maybe too boring for some folks, but for those of us who are looking for simple/no grout/super easy to maintain, it really does the job. i'd love to hear more about your project, so don't hesitate to email me! 🙂

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