Hey guys! It was so fun sharing the first “after” tour of our 9th flip with you before we took a little detour into house building. Now I’d love to give you a few more peeks into this great house. Next up . . . the kitchen!
In truth, there was nothing “wrong” with the original kitchen – the layout was awesome, it had white cabinets, and it was a really good size. But . . . its age was starting to show, and a lot of the details were dated.
Since they layout was already working really well, we kept it basically the same, with the exception of trading out the double ovens and cook top for a freestanding range.
I’m going to fill you in on three little tricks I used in this kitchen that always go a long way towards making any kitchen feel brighter, larger and of-this-century:
(1) removing the furrdown above the cabinets and taking the cabinets to the ceiling
(2) taking the backsplash tile to the ceiling in at least one area
(3) adding a few recessed lights
Works like a charm!!
This kitchen is definitely a classic “white” kitchen, with white painted cabinets, a subway tile backsplash, a last minute switcheroo to a Caesarstone countertop in Frosty Carina. We originally planned to install carrera marble counters but the couple purchasing the home was concerned (and not without reason) about potential staining and maintenance issues down the road with such a delicate stone. The Frosty Carina was a great alternative!
The image above from the Caesarstone website is a decent representation of what Frosty Carina looks like in person, although it’s reading a bit more beige onscreen than it does in real life. It’s white with subtle gray veining and is manufactured to resemble carrera marble.
Just off the kitchen is a great little breakfast nook…
…with a built-in hutch.
With just a little tweaking (and a lot of wallpaper removal!), the breakfast nook has become the perfect place for casual family meals.
Through that little vestibule that you see in the photo above is a powder room straight ahead and the laundry room to the left (which then leads to the attached garage). Here’s how the powder room looked before…
…and here it is now.
Sorry for the sub-par photo, it’s a small, window-less room that’s really hard to photograph!
I always think it’s fun to see how completely insane things look while the “before” is becoming the “after,” so here are a few in-progress shots from the renovation.
Things always look worse before they look better, right?
P.S. I wish I had better photos of this house, but since it was never listed for sale we didn’t get around to having professional photos taken. Mistake!