Today, I am elated to share my first design client’s kitchen renovation! Everyone has got to start somewhere and I am thrilled with the final outcome and so pleased with the start of a new chapter for my business.
You might remember me introducing the Stone Ridge Kitchen Reno earlier this year. While it finished up in a timely manner, just about 8 weeks total, it seemed that one distraction after another kept me from setting aside time to write and produce this blog post.
Before & During Recap Video
Because it has been quite a while, I created a short before and during recap video.
This wall divided the kitchen from the family room.
But it was the island I immediately knew had to change from the initial consultation. It was clear it was the oddly shaped elephant in the room. Not only was it esthetically unappealing, the space was roomy enough for the island to be normal. And in this case, normal was desirable.
The homeowner was a nearly dream client. She hoped the wall between the kitchen and family room could at least be made smaller. Beyond that she was completely open to all of my design ideas and suggestions. After getting a sense of her style, we created a Pinterest board to further explore a joint vision of what the kitchen could become. The only concern and limit was budget, and rightly so. We worked diligently to crunch the numbers here and there to get just about everything on our list.
The main inspiration for the kitchen design centered on this faux copper painted ceiling in the eat-in kitchen area.
She liked the ceiling and I thought there was no reason it couldn’t be an interesting element in the design. Where others might have seen it as a liability, I saw it as an opportunity for inspiration. I love incorporating existing elements into my renovation designs. The challenge satisfies my problem solving nature and allows the home to keep it’s history. In the end, the design is more unique and therefore definitely becomes a benefit to a project.
The Design Plan
Here is the after, completely finished but before the install of all the styling and decorating.
As beautiful as this is, I think the photo below demonstrates the power of decorating and staging. The followuinthis stunning kitchen not only comes to life, but feels like home.
Just as we had planned, the wall between the kitchen and family room came down and a header was added to provide support. That subtle division was important to not disturb the existing ceiling detail in the family room. With the wall down, the once overlooked architectural details of the ceiling and the angled windows in the family room and even the eat-in kitchen could be fully appreciated.
The old cabinets and the new island were painted in a deep shade of grey, Peppercorn, by Sherwin Williams.
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All of the cabinetry was topped with a clean marble inspired quartz and provides a bright, inviting contrast to the darker cabinets. Hard wood floors were laid throughout much of the house to match the dining room and formal living room, unifying the whole first level.
The New Island
A brand new island was built and installed to fit the footprint. I designed it with a cook in mind, adding plenty of drawers for easy of food prep and storage. (The old island had no drawers at all. So not only was it awkward it was dysfunctional too!)
The only exception was a sublet shift in the oven and a new drawer microwave was added to the island. Keeping the existing footprint, while still making dramatic improvements, was huge cost savings and allowed us to stay on budget.
The Copper Farmhouse Sink
To me, the star of the show is the new copper farmhouse sink. It was definitely a bit more pricey than your average farmhouse sink, but it was essential to the design of this kitchen.
Crackle Subway Tile Wall
The added dimension of the crackled tile from the counter to ceiling draws the eyes up and creates a beautiful backdrop for the sink.
The tile has a subtle variation in color that is quite charming and provides a complexity not given by a plain subway tile.
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This area demonstrates the transformative power of paint. The walls, the light fixture, the table and chairs and even the antique milk can all received a fresh look inexpensively.
Proof that a little DIY is good in any space or renovation.
The client had assumed this painting that once hung on the removed wall was destined to be put aside for another day, but I thought the pop of color was perfect here. It brings style to what was once an area overcrowded with furniture and opens the space up.
The small wall to the right of the laundry room was home to an outdated desk, which the homeowner only used as a dumping ground for mail.
In it’s place I added more streamlined shelves. They still provided a place to set keys and possibly mail, but took up less space visually and allowed for an easier flow around the new squared up island.
The graphic vintage inspired wool runner ties the red, green and gold colors of the painting into the kitchen.
The clients are thrilled with how their southern sensibilities were highlighted in this renovation. The New Orleans bistro style dinette set was paired with lantern style pendants to create a traditional look without being dated or stale.
Not only is there plenty of seating in the family room, but the additional bar top seating provide plenty of space for guests.
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Once the kitchen was complete the client’s husband happily remarked that now the house was perfect for hosting football parties!
After spending a full day here photographing for the blog, I was a bit sad to walk away from this beautiful renovation. Knowing that the client was beyond happy with the results left me feeling both proud and pleased.
Thank you to my client for this, my inaugural large scale for-hire project. I can’t say if it was all in the planning or freshman luck, but every detail went almost exactly as planned! This renovation was a dream come true for both of us.
I am so grateful to have found my calling. I can not wait for the next opportunity!