Well folks, this is it! The final room of our renovation. The kitchen is by far the biggest transformation and also the most used space of the house. I easily spend more time in this room than any other in the house (while I’m awake, that is). If you missed any of the other reveals you can check them out here:
Now that everyone is all caught up – on with the final reveal!
Here’s a view of what it was before with the living room behind me. That big bump out is the laundry room and half bath that took up half of the kitchen. The track lighting was super dark and the cabinets over the microwave don’t match everything else because they had fallen off the wall.
Now the whole space is opened up.
Since it is so small, the house does not have an actual dining room. We had a really tiny 2 seater table in old kitchen that was right next to a bunch of pots and pans. By getting rid of the laundry/bathroom in this space we were able to make an actual dining area that can easily sit 4 at any time and could expand to seat 6. The table can actually fit 8 with the leaf – but probably not in this room. We bought the table with the anticipation of it being able to grow with us in a future house. The bench seating is made out of Ikea wall cabinets with a piece of stained pine on top for the bench seat. More seating and more storage all in one!
The black bump out also has some function and houses all the plumbing and some HVAC from the second floor that goes down to the basement. I knew we couldn’t get away with a totally smooth wall without some major HVAC finagling (which meant major $$) so we decided to play it up and use that bump out as a way to define the dining area. The black paint is Sherwin Williams Caviar. And how great is it to have TWO windows in the kitchen now? SO much brighter.
Those giant cabinets in the back are one the best decisions we made and house a pantry, broom closet, dog food, large dishes, and tons of other stuff, including a step stool to access everything since they are so tall. See exhibit A:
Fits adult humans with ease (Lucy could have fit in there with me, too…)
And Exhibit B:
So much storage!
Alright, we’ll move on. I promise not to spend this much time on each cabinet in the kitchen.
When were designing the kitchen we considered 4 different doors throughout the process.
From the get go I wanted a white kitchen. Its just clean, timeless, and happy. But I wasn’t sold on the Grimslov doors. I didn’t like the thick border; especially on the smaller drawer fronts which I knew we were going to have. We also toyed around with the idea of doing the bottom cabinets in the Laxarby doors and the top in white, but we didn’t like that the profiles wouldn’t match, and the space is so small we wanted to be careful not to do too much to overcrowd it. We also considered the Bodbyn grey doors. Which look really nice and I love grey kitchens, but (another but) we wanted the main paint color to be grey and grey walls and grey cabinets would have just been too much. Enter the Bjorket Door. I love the profile of that door. Definitely more shaker style than the Grimslov, but we didn’t like the light wood. It just felt unfinished to us and too modern for the house.
So we decided to paint the Bjorket doors white! That way we got the white kitchen we wanted with the profile we liked the best. We painted them our trusty Sherwin Williams Pure White (SW7005) that is the same color as all the trim in the house. We hired someone to spray them so they had a smooth finish. For the most part it was a good idea. (I’m sensing a future Ikea Kitchen post because this post is getting pretty lengthy already…)
We went back and forth on the sink for a while, too. One compartment, or two? Obviously, you can see what we decided on. One giant sink. And its huge. And we love it.
The counter tops are Misty Carrera Quartz by Caesarstone. We did a fun waterfall edge at the end of the counter next to the dishwasher.
Our once brick wall is now fully covered in subway tile and I don’t regret it one bit. It’s much easier to clean and you’d never know that the sink isn’t centered on it. The open shelves are pine that we stained. The rug is a simple dhurrie rug from Rugs USA.
*Sigh*Remember when it looked like this?
And of course, Lucy’s dining accommodations were also upgraded:
We found the placemat at the Columbus Museum of Art Gift Shop and thought that our pooch should be a little more cultured while she dines on her kibble.
That’s sort of a funny photo to end on, but I’m gonna do it. Thanks for sticking around for all the reveals! The house definitely isn’t finished and we still have some work to do, so stick around for our upcoming projects! Until then, the source list.
- Wall Paint | Sherwin Williams March Wind SW7668
- Trim and Cabinet Paint | Sherwin Williams Pure White SW7005
- Cabinets & Hardware | Ikea
- Dining Light | West Elm
- Dining table and chairs | West Elm
- Rug | Rugs USA
- Window Treatments | fabric by Robert Allen
- Knife Magnet | Ikea
- Table Runner | Target
- Utensil Holder | Target
- Marble fruit stand | Crate and Barrel
- Dog Bowls / stand | Home Goods
- Dog Bowl Placemat | Columbus Museum of Art Store