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Ep. 11: Kitchen – Making A House Feel Like A Home
If you’re here for a quick dish on the delicious details of this light, bright kitchen, then let’s dig in.
I mean, wow. This is a really gratifying Before and After, and no small amount of effort went into pulling it off. We saved the floors and the fridge and donated the cabinets and remaining appliances. We removed a wall and reconfigured the kitchen space, adding a peninsula counter and additional seating. We removed one set of windows and added a set of French doors. We added a Grab and Go snack station, a Smoothie Bar, and tons of style.
In order for all of that to happen (relatively) smoothly, however, I had to make sure we had a solid plan in place. So, I put together a design board and saved all the items to this PINTEREST BOARD.
With this design board as our guide, we got to work.
Flooring: We saved the original floors from 1940 and refinished them in Duraseal Weathered Oak.
Cabinets: We replaced the dark, dated, heavy, brown, snooze-worthy cabinets with simple white shaker style cabinets, instead, adding glass fronts to a few for added levity and impact. To further lighten the mood, we mixed and matched hardware on the upper and lower cabinets. (add hyperlinks to photos in WordPress)
Plumbing: We used polished chrome plumbing fixtures for a bit of added shine, and a bright, white, cast iron sink.
Countertops and Backsplash: We went with a tried and true combination of arctic white quartz countertops and 3” x 6” Carrara marble tile backsplash laid in a traditional subway pattern.
Appliances: Stainless steel saves the day, brightening up yet another dark and dreary kitchen with it’s clean, timeless, vibes that don’t fight for attention, and yet still have a huge impact.
Accessories, Lighting, and Decor: Clear glass pendants feel airy and light, upholstered linen stools invite you to take a comfy seat, and layered indoor/outdoor rugs make this kitchen feel like home.
Grab and Go Snack Station: We created this grab and go snack station to make hectic mornings for two working moms just a little bit easier (and cuter).
Smoothie Bar: Who doesn’t like smoothies? And not only are they delicious, but also an easy way to sneak tons of fruits and veggies into an unassuming child’s diet.
This isn’t what it looks like. I’m not eating a cupcake. It’s just a smoothie SHAPED like a cupcake.
And there you have it. Where one window closes, another door opens. I know, I know, that’s not how the saying goes, but that’s the way this project went. We closed up one window, added some doors, and provided new space and ample opportunity for this family to gather, cook, eat, prepare for the day, and unwind in the evenings. We brought the bungalow charm into the 21st century, adding light, levity, and simplicity to these young parents’ lives; making this house into their home. If you haven’t already, make sure to read the full blog post on the rest of this #bungalowlight renovation here.