Part 1. A Total Kitchen Remodel! Before and After

by Katie on March 23, 2011

Everyday it is my job to help clients design beautiful, functional kitchens and bathrooms for their new homes. However, about two years ago I had the pleasure of working on a large scale project that was very near and dear to my heart.  My mother had decided to completely remodel the family home that my bother and I had grown up in and the place that our family has lived for over 25 + years.  In an  act of sheer madness yet necessity, she decided to tear her entire home down to the studs and completely renovate from the ground up. All while living in it! Sound crazy? Well, it was!  The kitchen was definitely one of the most dramatic transformations and one of the most exciting!  I was eager to work on this project because my mother is very creative, daring with her choices and outspoken with what she wants. This made the work a lot easier for me.  And when she showed me the inspiration pictures she had found in Kitchen and Bath Ideas Magazine…I was sold on the project!  Okay, I also had an alterior motive…I could no longer stand to come over for family dinners and look at this kitchen anymore.  It had remained untouched for 15 + years (it underwent a small renovation in 1994).  But it was simply A HOT MESS!  I could not wait for it all to be ripped out.  It had to go!!             

This dated  kitchen featured  faux wood grain plastic countertops and matching backsplash along with black and white 1980’s appliances.  The cooktop was located on an awkward tiny island in the center of the kitchen and the refrigerator protruded about three feet into the the middle of the space.  This made the room extremely overcrowded not to mention an unpleasant place to cook a meal.           

Kitchen- Before

Kitchen- Before

 Along with the confining space issues the kitchen had, it also felt dark no matter what time of day or how many lights where turned on.               

Kitchen- Before

Kitchen- Before

On the right hand side you can see the early 80’s double ovens; one of which never worked and was missing the handle used to open it.

    Kitchen- Before 

 

It would have been my mother’s preference to salvage some of the cabinets because of budget constraints, but because of the awkward flow and the arrangement of the appliances, it was just not possible. The entire kitchen had to be removed and the layout had to be redesigned.  

Kitchen- Before

Kitchen- Before

 The island was eliminated and the cooktop, microwave and oven were moved to the location that the double ovens had been.             

  

Kitchen- After
Kitchen- After

 To solve some of the spacial issues with this kitchen, I decided to have the refrigerator recessed back into the wall.  Luckily, there was an existing closet in the garage that we were able to use to accommodate for the new refrigerator location.  We found the painted and distressed  freestanding kitchen island at Weirs.      

Kitchen- After

Kitchen- After

The cabinets are chocolate stained maple lowers with painted and glazed uppers cabinets with a matching chocolate color rope molding detail at the top. We searched high and low for a the creamy exotic granite with lots of movement that my mother wanted.  My favorite part of the kitchen is the 1×2 light blue iridescent glass backsplash.  When it was installed I was actually quite certain we had made a huge and expensive mistake! But as it turned out, it’s one of the best parts of the kitchen. It adds so much sparkle and glamour.        

Kitchen- After

Kitchen- After

Kitchen/Breakfast-After

Kitchen/Breakfast-After

I think it turned out pretty great and I know she has been very happy with it! Please stay tuned for Part 2 of A Total Kitchen Remodel.  I will showcase the gorgeous  kitchen that inspried this remodel project and the wonderful designer behind it!       

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Bruce March 23, 2011 at 6:11 am

Wow…amazing before/after pics…makes me want a new kitchen. Great job Katie!

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Jared Fleischer March 23, 2011 at 11:24 am

Great job on the post, the photography, and of course the creative design of the kitchen. You are great at what you do!

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jennifer barnard April 3, 2011 at 11:05 am

Wow! I must see the house-what a change and increase in value. Beautiful job.

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Katie April 3, 2011 at 11:56 am

Yes, it’s a pretty dramatic before and after!! It was a great project!

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Greg May 23, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Great project! I like how you’ve showcased something in the mid-market. It really helps a lot of people. I really like the smaller subway tile used.

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Katie May 24, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Thanks Greg, I am so glad we connected! Love your site and ideas! I have a couple of other mid-range kitchen remodel projects I’ve recently completed that I am eager to showcase on my blog. Just have to find the time to get all the photography done! Thanks so much for reading!

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Greg May 25, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Yea sometimes the photos take more work than the project.

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Lori T. May 7, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Stunningly beautiful . . the glass tile is heavenly !! . . everything!!

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