Monday, February 6, 2017

Reno Project Reveal | The Kitchen

A new week, a new reveal for you! Thank you so much for all of your feedback on the entry reveal last week! I've got the full before & afters of our kitchen reno, of which I've previously shared our plans & progress here. Now, I know you've seen many-a-makeover out there that takes an old honey oak kitchen and magically transforms it to an all-white haven, but the difference with this one is we really really had to work with what we had. We couldn't afford new cabinetry, we couldn't change the footprint, we couldn't remove the ceiling drop between the eating area and kitchen. Trust me when I say my head was spinning with ideas for this space, sadly most of which were just too lofty to make happen. So, we had to be CREATIVE on a massively tight budget.

If you've been following along over the past year you'll remember that I completed the breakfast nook as a One Room Challenge in the spring of 2016, and that portion of the room has only moderately changed with new artwork and styling (updated pics below). So let's start with the blueprint so you can get a feel for the shape of the space:

An a full shot of the before:

First order of business was remove the yucky box lighting:

And then, one of the major changes we implemented was to fill in the space above the uppers with drywall. This was approximately a 1 foot gap (I think 13 inches to be more accurate), and lucky for me my father in law is a drywaller so we were blessed to have this go up super quick:

As you can see above the backsplash was also removed in a hurry :) On to the other major change, in the breakfast nook we got rid of the little half-banister (you can see it's between the french doors and the bay window) and raised the sunken floor to create a much more open space:

Another eye-sore in the space, you might remember this one from my ORC, swapping out the funny little lonely cupboard for a real pantry door, we purchased a Masonite shaker door (brought to you by Metrie):

And then once those few basic changes were made I drew up a moodboard to help direct me. I knew I wanted to change the door fronts on the cabinets, it was the cheapest solution to changing the 80's cathedral curved shape of the oak doors. In total new shaker style doors in oak cost us $1200 to purchase. That's a lot less than a whole new kitchen.

And soon things began to take shape. The calacatta 3x6 tiles made a big impact:

The jewelry of this space is by far all of the polished nickel finishes. I was doubtful on whether a potfiller was necessary, but once we selected the Brizo Traditional pot filler I couldn't have been more happy. It only cost $200 for the plumber to run the cold water from the faucet behind the wall and to the stove, money well spent as I find most people who walk in this space seem to notice this feature right away.

I also knew I had to address the newly placed drywall above the cupboards so I played around with Metrie's products and came up with what I'd like to call a little 'trim sandwich' of sorts. I utilized Metrie 4 1/4" crown combined with French Curves Collection panel mould trim and a flat pine screen mould to cover over the gap between the drywall and top of the cabinet.

So finally, now that you've got a good idea of the details, here are some of the before & after shots side by side:

Photography by Tracey Ayton

Photography by Tracey Ayton

Photography by Tracey Ayton

Taking that scalloped detail off the top of the cupboards opened things up so dramatically, and taking everything to the ceiling with trim was the perfect answer to a budget-friendly makeover!

Photography by Tracey Ayton

I finally cracked-down and painted what I really wanted in this space, a chinoiserie inspired motif on canvas. It took me a while but I'm so happy with it, and it was a DIY that gave me the most bang for my buck.

Photography by Tracey Ayton

Photography by Tracey Ayton

Photography by Tracey Ayton

Photography by Tracey Ayton

We chose the Brizo Talo SmartTouch Technology faucet & soap dispenser to pair perfectly with the potfiller. The polished nickel and traditional styling is divine and I can't tell you how handy it is to simply tap anywhere on this faucet to turn it on. With baby bottles 24-7 this could not have come into my life at a better time.

Photography by Tracey Ayton

People wouldn't often think to place a towel bar in the kitchen but we LOVE ours, the Brizo Traditional 18" towel bar does not look like it only belongs in the bathroom, and is helpful to keep towels in reach. Although truthfully lately baby Marcus keeps pulling them down onto the ground ... hope he grows out of that stage soon, lol.

Photography by Tracey Ayton

Photography by Tracey Ayton

Photography by Tracey Ayton

Photography by Tracey Ayton

Photography by Tracey Ayton

I am so happy with the space! We did what we could with what we had and it feels fresh, updated, and literally 10x bigger than it once seemed. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the completed space, and thank you if you made it all the way to the bottom of this crazy long post! For reference, here is a complete list of the products we utilized in our kitchen:

Metrie - 4 1/4" crown combined with French Curves Collection (Scene I) panel mould trim and pine screen mould, door casings and baseboards from the French Curves Collection (Scene I)
Masonite (brought to you by Metrie) Pantry door
Circa LightingDarlana Lantern
Robinson Lighting - Island pendants
Creekside - 3x6 Calacatta polished tile
Craigslist - Rattan chairs
Bombay & CoBlue & white tableware and vases
Flowers and CompanyFlorals and Myrtle plants  
Benjamin Moore - Cabinetry and trim is painted Chantilly lace (pearl finish), walls are Chantilly lace (eggshell finish)
Kentwood - Oak Lynx engineered hardwood flooring



Anonymous said...

Beautiful space! Please write more about the Chinoiserie panel you painted. Did you create the design yourself or work from an existing layout? It is perfect for that space. Well done indeed! Best wishes.

Nancy said...

now that's a before and after!!!!! its gorgeous! and i cant believe the panel you did is a DIY!

Rhonda said...

I'm really impressed. This is a fantastic makeover utilizing the existing layout.

Unknown said...

So gorgeous! What were your sources for cabinet hinges and pulls?

Anonymous said...

The kitchen looks like a million bucks!

Alyssa said...

What a gorgeous makeover! My kitchen has a sort of "lip" going from the kitchen space into the open living room space, where it changes from tile to (about 2" shorter) hardwood. Is that a pain to do over in the kitchen space? Would love your advice!

Alyssa | feathers and stripes

designchic said...

What a beautiful transformation, Nancy! I love all of the attention to detail and the marble backsplash is stunning! Happy Tuesday~

Laura said...

So beautiful Nancy! Well done!!! Looks like a kitchen you'd want to spend time in :)

Chic in Carolina said...

What an amazing transformation! I absolutely love how it turned out- it's so light and airy now!


JL said...

It looks really great. It reminds me a lot of Remodelando La Casa's kitchen from 2012?

Great finishes.

MyGardenGifts said...

The kitchen makeover is simply gorgeous! I like the way you transformed the whole oak look into a beautiful white appeal. So nice! And best wishes to you!

c said...

Beautiful! What inspiration this gives me!
What about the countertops? What did you use?
Wonderful job.

Carrie said...

you have done an absolutely beautiful job on this space! Congratulations!!!

Carrie Trueland
Treuland and Fisher Interiors

LolaB said...

What a great kitchen!! Love love love all the new, all the fancy.

But please, can you shar with us how you created the Chinoiserie canvas??


Unknown said...

Beautiful-how did you replace all your cabinet doors for 1200-The quotes I got were about$400- 500 a door (and thats from a big box store)

Anonymous said...

I'm with Lolla. Where did you get your cabinet doors?

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