We are so happy to be sharing our kitchen makeover with you guys today! We made some small changes that we feel like created a big impact and feels a lot more like us. When we originally toured this house with our real estate agent back in October, we fell in love with the space. It was charming and we immediately envisioned ourselves cooking and entertaining friends in this kitchen that has separate entries to the dining room and living room.
I feel like smaller kitchens get a bad wrap and my former “open concept” loving self, would probably be on my soap box cursing kitchens that are closed off to the dining room, but once we walked in, there was a warmth and sense of family that consumed this place. The house felt like a home and one where we could make many memories together…and of course that begins over a good meal. 😉
Slide right and left to see the before and after above. Not exactly the same perspective, but you get the idea. 😉
We weren’t looking to change the floor plan, we just wanted it to feel brighter and airy, while keeping it classic. We went back and forth with many tile ideas, but ultimately decided on a clean white subway tile. There are so many fun tiles out there, but in the end we wanted something that would be easy to clean and that we didn’t get bored with quickly. Bringing the tile up to the ceiling and around the doorway to the back entry created a more dramatic effect as well with the dark grout. Charcoal grout was something we were really set on. Sometimes all white kitchens can lean very feminine, which is beautiful, but that’s not really us. We wanted something with a bit more grit, like it could have been there for many years, so the black accents and warm wood tones really helped create that look.
Ripping out the upper cabinets and trading them in for open shelving was such a good decision. At least we think so. I know some people say open shelving isn’t practical for a number of reasons: it can quickly become cluttered, everything gets dusty, etc… but this just gives us more of a reason to keep things tidy and in place. 😉 It now feels like a European restaurant and we love being able to display some of our favorite serving trays and glassware. Also, how cute is this bread box?
Love having these espresso cups that we picked up in Paris out on display too. They give the kitchen a little pop of color. 🙂 We went with Carrera marble counter tops with grey and brown veining and are really happy with the look. We’ve already cooked in here a ton and after sauces being made and chicken cutlets fried, they’re still looking pretty good even though we haven’t sealed them yet. That’s next on our list!
Our ceilings aren’t too tall and when we moved in the ceiling had dark tiles with black molding. You might remember it from this post here. This just made the room feel smaller and darker to us. Once we removed the upper cabinets and tiles and painted the ceiling, the space felt bigger and less heavy. The sun is able to pour in the window above the sink and really brighten the room up, which we love.
Speaking of the sink, we went with a farmhouse style apron sink by Kohler and it is huge! We’ve never been fans of double sinks, so having all this open space to rinse veggies and wash pots and pans is perfect. We ordered a lot of the items for the kitchen on Amazon after price our top picks across multiple websites. The sink, faucet, and hardware for all cabinets and drawers can be found on there. We decided to just reface the existing cabinets with shaker style doors, so having some fresh draw pulls was nice.
There’s another before and after above. 🙂
One of the biggest splurges for the kitchen were the appliances. We decided to go with Frigidaire’s Professional line and they’re truly beautiful. If it’s possible to be in love with a stove, we’re guilty. The appliances are really streamlined and cooking on this stove is a dream! We find ourselves eating home a lot more because we enjoy cooking more in this kitchen now. It also has a griddle top — hello pancakes!
And that’s it! I’m sure we’ll switch up some decor pieces as time goes on, rearrange the shelves, and also hang the shades once they come in, but for now we’re pretty smitten with it! Cleaning up dinner and sweeping in the evening has even been enjoyable. 😉
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ACCESSORIES + DECOR
Crate and Barrel bread basket, kettle, knife block set and copper pitcher | Studio McGee bread box, dish towels, brush caddy and spoon rest | World Market floor mat, colander, chalkboard, and dish rack | West Elm peppermills and dinnerware | Chemex coffee maker