Today, I am finally sitting down to write a post of the befores and afters of our kitchen renovation! Just a quick summary…we purchased this house about 6 years ago. We bought it right after it had been “flipped” from an investor. From what we understand (from the neighbors), it had been neglected by the previous, previous owners, and was in need of repair. Fortunately, the investors completely gutted the old house, and refinished just about every inch of our home. That was a major reason we bought the house. The only thing was, not everything was really done to our taste. Since day one, I was never happy with the finishes they had chosen in the kitchen, but we didn’t have the means, or the time (had a 2 year old at the time, and newborn twins) when we first moved in. Fast forward to now…6 years later…and we finally got to renovate our kitchen! Our house was a custom build in 1955. It’s a Ranch Style home, with many great features, a cool layout, and some fun mid-century touches. It’s about 1750 sq ft on the ground level, and we have a basement that we refinished below. You can see that here.
Here’s a shot of the kitchen BEFORE:
The floors, the refrigerator and the microwave are the only things we added to the space after we bought it. Previously, there were laminate floors in this space. These floors are a 4″ Java Wood (hardwood), hand scrapped in Semerang color. Sadly, they are no longer available from the manufacturer. The refrigerator and microwave (which you can’t see here) are by Kitchen Aid. The cabinets were a honey oak look (not solid wood), and they didn’t go all the way up to the ceiling. The counters were granite. The colors were dark, and they didn’t match well together (in my opinion). I know many will say that this was a perfectly fine kitchen, and I won’t disagree with that, but I wanted something different. 🙂 You can also see the small breakfast nook in the background. Here’s a closer look of the nook BEFORE:
Our dining room and kitchen are the smallest spaces in the house. Whenever we hosted a large party, we were tight on space in the dining room. We really wanted to expand the kitchen and dining space, but just couldn’t due to the high cost and property line limitations. So, we kept the kitchen layout the same, and we decided to take down the wall in the nook. Here’s a BEFORE of the nook from the dining room perspective:
The front elevation of the dining room protrudes out further than the dining nook, then the nook is set back, then the kitchen is set back even further. Here’s a picture for a better understanding:
Bringing you back inside…here is the wall between the nook and dining room as it was coming down and being transformed.
As soon as we removed it (my husband took it down), we were happy!! It immediately felt bigger, brighter and more spacious! He had to keep that one stud in until we had our carpenter come and remove it and add a new header, since this was a load bearing wall. Here’s the wall once the header was installed and the carpenter finished off the wall:
There was only a small area of flooring that needed to be patched. We called in our floor guys to repair this, and they did a seamless job!
Next, the kitchen was demolished. The old cabinets and counters were taken out. The cabinets were donated to someone who was going to use them in another location. Recycle!
I don’t have a before from this angle, but there used to be a corner cabinet in this (yellow) spot above. We knew we would replace it with a flat wall cabinet to increase the head and counter space. We also removed shutters that we had installed on this kitchen window because they just blocked too much light. My husband (an electrician by trade), removed the old light fixture, and installed recessed lighting.
We ordered white shaker style cabinets, and White Marble Quartz for the counters. We were trying to decide on a backsplash, and here were a few choices:
I loved the herringbone and the marble subway tile (found here), but since our counters were a marble look alike, I didn’t like the look of the real marble next to it (for the fear of making the marble look ‘fake’). So, we decided to go with a white subway tile instead. Ordering the quartz was a little scary…I had a fear that it was going to look too ‘manufactured.’ I love the look of real carrara marble, but it just wasn’t practical for our family. When we had the quartz installed though, I was very pleasantly surprised at how wonderful it looked! Whew!
Now for the AFTERS!
Wall color is On the Rocks by Sherwin Williams, and trim paint is Swiss Coffee from Kelley Moore.Area rug, countertop bowls, wood tray, towels and white dishes in cabinets are all from HomeGoods.
The flowers are yellow large Mums.
More details: Cabinet pulls from Ikea.
I decided to add two glass door cabinets to keep things light and bright, and to have a little space to display dishes and glasses. (Some bowls were washing in the dishwasher when I shot this…so there are only a few on the one shelf). I also added a couple faux plants to the cabinet for color, from HomeGoods.
Kraus sink. I’m waiting on a new roman shade that I’ve ordered to arrive! When it does, I’ll share some new pictures of it.
LED Under cabinet lighting.
My husband added these great outlets with USB chargers built in! It makes charging a little easier!
I decided to add window seats to the nook area. We were going to have ones custom built, but ultimately decided on these Kallax bookshelves turned on their side from Ikea. I added pillows, baskets and a rug from HomeGoods. We can add a table to this area for extra dining space, or just a little table like this little silver one (from HomeGoods) for a quick snack for the kids.
I’ll add in some more baskets soon. The kids are loving these new window seats!
Here’s the view into the kitchen from the nook.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my kitchen transformation! I’m super happy with everything! The quartz counters have been very low maintenance! Here are some of the products I have been using to keep things clean and shiny!
Leave a comment, and let me know what you think of my new kitchen!