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Rustic Industrial Kitchen Tour – HELP! I Wrecked My House Season 2
When Anthony and Liz from Episode 4 of my HGTV show HELP! I Wrecked My House landed on a rustic industrial farmhouse design style for their renovation project, I was pretty excited. It’s a look that’s simple and streamlined, but has a lot of character at the same time. So it should come as no surprise that I had a lot of fun designing this kitchen. If you didn’t see the episode, let me warn you now: the state of this kitchen – when I arrived on the scene – was very dangerous and… well… wrecked. Anthony had taken measures into his own hands to create a more functional home for his family, but the result was anything but. Sometimes we need to call in the pros to do things the right way, and a kitchen renovation is definitely one of those times you do that. Let’s take a walk through this rustic industrial kitchen tour to revisit all the details; from the backsplash to the farmhouse sink and everything in between.
Allow me to direct your attention to the EXPOSED GAS AND ELECTRICAL LINES below in the “Before” photo. Whew, I say with confidence that this is the worst shape I’ve ever seen a kitchen in my career. Anthony wanted to cut out the existing cabinetry to turn it into an island… I think? Honestly, it was a mess. Once we got in here and capped off the gas line safely, it was time to reconfigure this kitchen. I decided to double the entire kitchen space by making the kitchen function as a dining space as well. I left the door next to the fridge where it was, but removed all the cabinetry on the right side so the door could open all the way without hitting the cabinets. We left the sink and dishwasher where they were and extended new cabinetry all the way down the wall on that left side. Then we added a real kitchen island with an attached custom dining table to maximize the functionality of the kitchen.
These are the faces you make when your home is no longer WRECKED! The look of relief on Anthony’s face is priceless. He really tried to take on more than he should have with this house, you can read the whole story here.
White shaker style cabinets with matte black pulls give the kitchen a bright and current farmhouse feel, and gray quartz countertops add the perfect amount of contrast. Quartz is also an ideal countertop material for families because it’s durable and doesn’t stain like other materials.
Farmhouse Sink // Cabinet Hardware // Perimeter Countertop Material // Island Countertop Material // Backsplash Tile // Black Serving Bowl // Glass Globe Chandelier // White Vase (similar) // Dining Chairs (similar)
Bye bye DIY island and hello custom and HUGE island! I told Anthony he’s not allowed to cut into this island, ha. Installing cabinets on the whole back wall and installing the range there as well made this kitchen much more functional.
We installed a thin glazed brick tile as the backsplash along the whole back wall of the kitchen, making it feel like a feature wall. Installing a shelf below the window creates more storage and decor opportunities. I love a good window shelf!
This is a great view of the kitchen that shows exactly how much storage we added by extending the cabinetry to the corner.
I love the glass-fronted cabinets and how they serve as storage on display.
Since I was taking over the original dining space to double the size of the kitchen, I wanted to incorporate the new dining area into the kitchen in a really seamless way.
So we had a unique, custom table made that extends off of the island.
I knew I wanted this to be a special table, so I went to my friend George Bernal who makes custom wood pieces. George used an heirloom quality oak, and I had him inset steel printed with the word that Liz said embodies their family the most: Explore. I love how this custom table turned out!
What’s your favorite thing about this kitchen? I’d love to hear in the comments below! 🙂