Our kitchen is finished and ready to share. I’m so excited to show you all the before and after pictures today. I’ll recap tips & tricks for working with a contractor and things we learned during our renovation in later posts. I wanted to get to the good stuff first with you. Read on below for all the details…
Here is the before:
As you can see, this kitchen was basically a time capsule straight out of the 80s. Luckily, the overall kitchen had a solid layout and a good amount of floor space to work with so the majority of the project was focused on updating things….not taking down walls or reconfiguring plumbing. The first easy decision we made was to switch out those laminate floors for a hardwood which matched the rest of the house.
The sink stayed in the same spot over the window. It looks out onto the front yard and it is a perfect little spot to do dishes and brings in lots of light. We opted for a big white farmhouse sink & gorgeous new faucet. The dishwasher and the trashcan are hidden behind those larger cabinet panels to either side. And another change we did was to push the upper cabinets around the sink further out so we could carry the tile around the window to create a more open feel.
One of the big changes we made was rotating the kitchen island to face the new focal wall with our range and hidden refrigerator. It gives us a lot more counter space, which is great for meal prep. I don’t think anyone argues with more counter space, right? We also opted to hide our appliances (refrigerator, ice machine, dishwasher, and trashcan) behind cabinet panels. It was definitely an added splurge but I think it makes the room more timeless.
Range & Oven:
We removed the double oven to open up the corner and give us more cabinet space. It also makes the room appear larger without a chunky appliance eating up the whole corner. Our new oven and range station is a lot more functional and compact.
We wanted an all-white kitchen from the beginning. I love how clean and crisp it looks. We added a few specific touches to make it special. The first was the choice of dark grey grout around the subway tile – to complement the hardware. We also added the decorative metal cabinet doors to a few of the upper cabinets to give them a pop and a little edge. Finally, because an all-white kitchen can veer a little stark if you aren’t careful, we added in warm touches like the woven roman shade, a cozy runner and the rattan bar stools.
We made a few changes along this back wall. First, we opened up the entrance into the family room so I could see the kids playing in the sunroom while I was prepping dinner in the kitchen. Second, we got rid of the chunky desk space so it wouldn’t clog up the walkway. David’s grill is a staple for our family meals and so we use that door quite a bit since it is located right outside. I also came up with the huge bulletin board concept because I wanted something to take the space in a more casual direction. I love that we can display child artwork, invitations and family pictures here. This is the heart of our home and the kids have already started filling it up with art from summer camp.
Kitchen Table & Pantry:
The kitchen table chandelier got an upgrade. I found our current one for $110 at a local consignment store. I always love to shop local when possible! It might not be there forever but it works for now. Next, we widened and opened up the pantry to make it more functional. I’m so happy with the way it turned out.
Side note: I worked with a few amazing home photographers back in my Biscuit days so I know these pictures need a ton of work. My goal is to one day get the whole house shot by professionals. But I’m also trying to take a page out of Jenna Kutcher’s book and realize that done is better than perfect. So thank you for hanging in there with me as we figure this out…
We still have a few more things to change and add in the coming days. I will make sure to update y’all here with anything else we do. All the sources are below and I’m happy to answer your questions in the comments!
Cabinets: custom through Wichello Contracting
Countertops: Cambria Ella Quartz
Chandelier (bought at Impulse, similar here)
Breakfast Table – custom made in Houston
Paint Color: Trim and Cabinets BM White Dove (OC-17); Walls in BM Feather Down (OC-6)
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PS: If you are in the Richmond area, we worked with Ben Moomaw of Wichello Contracting.