Hello everyone! Its finally here- the full "before/after" reveal of our recent kitchen renovation! This project has been something so close to our hearts and such a dream come true for our family. Being that our home is not only where we live but also our place of work, we try to be as mindful as possible with every detail we put into it. This kitchen was no exception! We worked hard to design a space that complimented the existing work we have done on our home, while remaining a fully functional/family friendly (say that four times fast) space for our family and our guests.
Definitely the most important and biggest thing we did to bring this kitchen closer to where we needed it to be, was knock down the wall that closed off the kitchen from the main living space. This has been EVERYTHING. We can now be in the kitchen without feeling isolated or unable to see the action happening in the rest of the house. The best part is being able to keep an eye on the kids- making the entire cooking/cleaning process so much less stressful for everyone. There is now a bar area that helps to make the space more approachable and comfortable for everyone involved.
One of the best things that we did to save money was to keep our existing cabinet boxes and replace the old doors with new, more modern doors. Originally when we first started this project I was thinking of white cabinets or painted cabinets- possibly something dark. While I loved and still love that look, I decided to go in a different direction for our space. My design choices started shifting from "modern farmhouse" to a more "Scandinavian" vibe. Updating the existing cabinet facings to this light maple wood has been my favorite design element in the space by far. I love how it keeps the kitchen feeling open and bright but it also adds this warmth and comfort to the space that I was seeing in a lot of the Scandinavian style kitchens I had been browsing. We replaced the old island with a longer and thinner one to help the overall flow. This allowed for us to keep the valuable counter space while providing more walkable room throughout the whole kitchen itself. (Side note: one important thing I did here was to work with the existing space. The whole area is sort of a "shot gun" kitchen style: long and narrow. Instead of fighting the space, we tried our best to work with it to keep things flowing organically and smoothly.)
Ok! so some of the basic things that we did and knew we wanted to do were knocking down that wall, replacing the green tile floors, replacing the granite countertops, and removing the upper cabinets to add open shelving. As I mentioned before, my taste shifted from farmhouse to more Scandinavian, but there were still a few of the farmhouse features we really loved and wanted to hold on to. The open shelving was definitely one of them. I know that a lot of people have conflicting thoughts on open shelving, but we are big fans. My thought is that if you have enough cabinet space in other places to hide some of the more unsightly dishes and kitchen items, then go for it with the open shelving. A good bit of what is up there is purely decorative, but the rest such as glasses, mugs, plates and bowls are items that we use all day. The kids dishes and cups are in the drawers below. Another more farmhouse feature we kept was the subway tile. To modernize it a bit, we went with a larger tile ( 4"x12") in a stacked pattern instead of the more traditional brick pattern.
The wall opposite of the sink was originally a full wall of cabinets. We loved having all of that space for storage and decided to keep it, fill in the little nook with more cabinets, and update the door facings. The doors here are smaller than the original doors which allows for us to open them while leaving plenty of walk room between the open doors themselves and the island. In a last minute decision we replaced our original hardware idea with no hardware at all! (you push to open) I love how this makes the whole wall look super streamlined and seamless. A friend recently said that this actually looked like a wall of tile- which I love!
Custom maple wood cabinets made locally; Solid white quartz product called Silestone for countertops, purchased locally
As you can see, we went with all white appliances. A decision that may be unpopular, but it is something that I really think makes this kitchen!
"Phase Two" of this renovation was the little breakfast nook/ laundry area. (The laundry area isn't completely finished, so I'm just showing the breakfast nook and open pantry now)
Before: this was a completely wasted space that really served no purpose but to be ugly and sad looking. The glass sliding doors led into the sunroom of our house that is currently part of my studio. These doors never got used and were honestly just an eye sore to me. I preferred the idea of keeping the two spaces (kitchen and sunroom) completely separate from each other. We removed the doors and walled off the space, replacing them with this beautiful knotty pined wall with open shelving. An open pantry is something we both always wanted and couldn't be happier about. My hope is that visually being able to see our frequently used ingredients and spices will help to make less waste and grocery visits, along with inspiring new recipe ideas and home cooked meals. So far, this is definitely happening and its amazing!
The table and chairs used to be a part of my office. They were rarely used and we felt they would be better served here. We kept the original window and replaced the shelves to match the open shelving above the sink. This is now works as an herb garden and a place for special plants. My hope is that this space will become something that is used for morning reflection, coffee drinking, grocery list making, and recipe exploring. The morning light in here is absolutely breathtaking! A space that was once completely uninspiring is now the most inspiring of them all.
Lastly, we did our best to make the kitchen a part of the rest of the house and stay true to our design choices in the home thus far. We added shiplap on the opposite side of the bar that faces into the family room to add texture and to tie in with the paneling in the living room. Originally the shiplap was painted the same green as the hood (mint glaze by Valspar) - but after living with it for a few days, it didn't feel right. So we decided to make a bold move and paint all of the shiplap charcoal. (Ebony Field by Valspar) Immediately the space was transformed and connected with the rest of the house so much better! Another side note: this is the same charcoal that we used in our master bedroom accent wall, my husbands studio upstairs, and the exterior of our entire home!
To wrap this up, I wanted to share a few of the process photos from the renovation. All in all this took about 8 weeks to complete from start to finish. I know that this is rare and we are really blessed to have worked with such an amazing contractor and team of people (see tag at beginning of this post for their info if you're local!)
Living through any renovation can be tough, but living without a kitchen can be especially intense. We did our best to get creative using a toaster oven, hot plate and such- but honestly it was easier to eat out. In a way, I think that eating out so much made me appreciate the new kitchen so much more than I would have otherwise.
Villa Court Solid Wood Dining Chairs in natural beechwood via All Modern (*this color is currently out of stock, other options available!); Madera Extendable Oak Dining Table in rustic oak via Article
Thank you to everyone who has followed along this journey with us! I would love to answer any and all questions you may have! Please leave them in the comments section below. We did our best to tag as much as we could- but if there is anything you're curious about, please let me know! I hope that this inspires any of you who are going through or considering a renovation of your own.
Tumwater large pendant lights with a brass finish rod and birch canopy; Tumwater surface flush mount ceiling light; Tilt long sconce lights in brass finish; Lorraine cabinet hardware in brass; Single Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Touch2O® Technology in champagne bronze finish; Hyannis farmhouse kitchen sink; Wall mounted paper studio roller; Dery swivel bar stool in natural; Villa court solid wood dining chair (natural beechwood out of stock); Madera dining table in rustic oak; Brass wall hanging; Docksta dining table; Eames-style dining chairs by UrbanMod via Amazon; 4”x12” stacked subway tile with gray grout; 12”x24” ceramic floor tile purchased locally; Custom floating wood shelves & custom maple wood cabinets made by Marks of Quality; Silestone countertops