Monday, September 19, 2011

Before & After: The Kitchen

So here it is...The Kitchen. I finally have the before and afters for you. I hope you feel it is worth the wait. In truth it has been at this state for about a month and we are so happy with the results. There are still little things here and there to do but its is totally functioning and so much better then what we had. It has opened up the house in a way we could not imagine and we love it. Well, enough talking...drum roll please!
The goal: To increase the visibility from the kitchen
 to the living room and create a more open feel.
One of my favorite features is the bookshelf. 
We created a pantry at the end of the kitchen by closing up the existing pass thru from the front door to the kitchen. I just painted the pantry on Sunday and will show you that when its all put back together.
The design intent was always to blend the living and dining area, this is how we did it.
The counters are granite but look like marble, no inch is the same. 
The back door was replaced to allow for more light to come thru. 
(There is a picture of it in one of the past posts.)
The "Hutch" houses all the pretty stuff and has more 
storage than we know how to fill.
The wall mounted shelves freed up precious floor space 
and allows for better wire management of the TV & cable box.

Scout snuck into this photo. 
Our next purchase will be counter height stools. Our current ones are bar height 
and we are trying to decide between these two. (one &; two)
Then lighting over the table.

This renovation is all thanks to Alex! He, our friend Jose, brother in law PJ and friend Benny Blanc (painter) made this happen. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! It took longer than we ever imagined and was more difficult than I ever thought it would be (really it was horrible and looking back on past posts makes it all come back)... but of course it was all worth it.

Before Post
Middle 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

All after photos by Katie Stoops! Thanks so much! LOVE YOU!

Next: Guest Post by Alex: The Trails and Tribulations of Home Renovations.

Kitchen Cabinets: Martha Stewart Dunemere: Color: Picket Fence from The Home Depot
Granite Counter Tops: Super White from Renaissance Marble and Granite
Flooring and Tile Backsplash: India Black Slate, Beveled edge subway tiles Avalon Carpet and Tile
Appliances: Bosch from Queen Appliances
Wallcovering: Wolf Gordon
Lighting: Suburban Wholesale Lighting
Door,Window Trim and Base Trim: Lowe's Historic Line
Entertainment Shelving: Bludot
Paint: Martha Stewart Colors: Nimbus Cloud, Heavy Goose, Picket Fence


  1. CONGRATS LUVER! this looks amazing. I am so unbelievably excited to see it in person in just under 2 weeks. Have a fabulous day. xo

  2. and i really like the Machinist stools.

  3. Absolutely stunning! My own kitchens' self confidence just plummeted! You guys must be so thrilled and just lounge in the kitchen all day.

  4. Yeah! It looks fantastic!! I love your ideas and they came together beautifully.

  5. Fantastic!! Martha would be proud!! p.s. I <3 that orange mixer!! :)

  6. Beautiful kitchen! My favorite is the blue backsplash under the counter! I want to see it in person too!

  7. Wow! That is beyond beautiful...Congrats on finally having it done!! We are about to start our own kitchen reno...Your "after"s give me hope for the light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Two interior designers = one fantastic kitchen design. You have transformed your living space and to think you designed and did it yourself. Amazing. It's gorgeous. I think you should submit it to Martha Stewart magazine. Looking forward to many wonderful meals from your kitchen. Love, Mom

  9. @jules..thanks so much luver...can't wait to have Alex cook for you! xoxo

  10. @HIlary...your comment was too funny! Thanks

  11. @Crystal, now its time for you and kramer to come over!
    @Eliza, we can't wait for your visit. Luna is asking for you!

  12. @lisa marie...thanks so much for stopping by.

  13. Simply gorgeous, tastefully beautiful and smart choices on the appliances, materials & accessories. Wow my husband, Jose never ceases room amaze me. Btw - Machinist Stool definitely. Awesome kitchen!!!!

  14. @tracy...Jose is amazing and he and Alex worked so well together. We could have never had done anything without him! You must come for a visit!

  15. Babe,

    Although you gave me and the crew (Jose, PJ, Benny) all the accolades for this effort, It could not have been possible without your Imput, design sense, and keeping us fed and hydrated. Thank you for dealing with all the dusty days, the cleaning dishes in the basement sink, and other issues that made this effort one to remember! love you, now on to the bathroom!


  16. I love your Portfolio. They are stylish and affordable. Great Love the look.Your light fixture makes a great statement. Love the design. I love that light, too! So perfect. You add so many images it's to good.

    Bathroom lighting

  17. such a makeover of your kitchen and i like the pictures given by you thanks for such a wonderful post

  18. WOW. It seriously looks so amazing... can we trade? :)

  19. Wow, I just saw this on Rachel (Elephantine)'s blog and I'm so in love!! :) What a stunning kitchen makeover - it just looks so HAPPY! :)

    P.S. Would you mind emailing me - (Sorry, I couldn't find your email anywhere here!) I would love to feature this for a series I'm starting on my blog, and it would be great if I could ask you just a few questions! Thanks so much :)

  20. OMG. Claire!! It is amazing!!! Wow. It's so gorgeous and I can't wait to see it in person!! xoxo

  21. Claire - I love your selection for the floor. Is the India Black Slate from Avalon Carpet and Tile? I don't see it listed on the site.


  22. I can't see you faucet, but I think I might like it. Do you remember what the make and model is? I'm starting a kitchen remodel myself and I love what you have done to yours.

  23. @ Amy the faucet is from Home Depot. Here is the link. Thank so much for stopping by.

  24. @Jo- the tile is called Indian Black Slate. If we were to do it all over we would not have picked that floor. No tile is perfectly straight or even and made it very difficult to install. Its pretty but I think a commercial made product would have been better.

  25. Fabulous job on the kitchen but where did you get those curtain rods? They're very hip/cool.

  26. @Anonymous,
    The curtain rods and curtains are from West Elm. Thanks for your comment!

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  29. Oh, I find your kitchen very fascinating. I like the way you made it look so simple yet elegant. It looks refreshing and sophisticated at the same time! The granite countertops and the blue backsplash was a great combination. It became the center of attraction on your kitchen.

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  31. I love your kitchen! I am wondering what grout color you used for the subway tiles? Also, what is the color and style of the wolf gordon wall covering? Thanks!

  32. This is amazing! Did you design your island and have it built or did you buy it that way? We are renovating our kitchen and I cannot find an island pre-designed that I like. Thank you!

    1. Hi Emily,
      Thank you so much for your comment. We designed the island ourselves. We used Martha Stewart's Home Depot Kitchen line. MS has a really great idea book you can get from Home Depot. It is a great resource for inspiration and ideas.
      Best of luck on your renovation!


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