Okay before we get too excited because I LOVE project reveals, I’m going to preface by saying I didn’t get official photographs for this project. There are some projects that this doesn’t happen with, and it’s usually because the home doesn’t have furniture ready and/or the homeowners are involved in construction so they are still working on things after I’m done. In this project, both situations applied! So I tried to stay out of the way and let them finish up their projects. However, I did manage to take some snapshots at our final meeting. If you haven’t seen them already, take a look at what this home looked like in the beginning. Here are the “before” pictures of this space and see the transition it went through in just a few months!
So, first off, I’m kind of obsessed with the appliance selections of this home. They were Jenn-Air and I have to say, this is one of those things that added such a feel of luxury to the space that I can’t imagine how it would have felt putting in the original black ones back into a new kitchen. The beverage refrigerator was also a highlight, because what a perfect little focal point while also conveniently located and accessible during gatherings! We also went with a counter-depth refrigerator to save every inch we could on the walk space, because it was getting pretty tight trying to fit in the island seating right behind the large pantry cabinets. (The refrigerator got delivered later that day, I JUST missed it!)
CABINETS & PANTRY STORAGE
Those pantry cabinets though! So nice! They may have been a total pain in the butt during the construction process due to the company not having the size we originally planned for, but sometimes things happen for a reason and this was a happy result of that. I love that they are the same depth as the rest of the wall cabinets along the right side, and they add so much storage to the kitchen, I don’t even know what I would do with that much space. Costco, anyone? These clients live in the country though so I can imagine it’s nice to stock up on things.
FIXTURES & FINISHES
Ok, how about the dream faucet and sink? If you know anything about faucets, you know that Rohl is top of the line, and I love the sleek lines of this one. Paired with one of my favorite Kohler cast iron sink, it’s a match made in heaven! If you read the last progress post, did you get a chance to guess the backsplash of the kitchen? Well, it wasn’t a trick question, but just a simple answer! For this traditional farmhouse kitchen, we went with standard subway tile in a creamy color to coordinate with the counters. Classic and easy to clean was the rule of thumb for this space, and I definitely think that was achieved here.
PICKING THE PAINT
One of the last things that happen during a renovation is paint, which is shocking to the vast majority of my clients. For very logical reasons…”wouldn’t it be easier to paint when the space is empty?” Well, probably. But I like to think of paint as the cherry on top and the most flexible “topping” of the home. I start by selecting finishes that have less options to pick from…cabinets and flooring, counters, tile, then paint. Because there are a gazillion paint colors, it’s always easy to find one that works. It also offers an opportunity to see the finishes installed and adjust color tones as needed. So, it’s not out of the norm to paint last, and a quality painter should do a good job at protecting the finishes. I love how the creamy paint color selected for the main level changed the appearance all at once. Magic!
THE FIREPLACE & BUILT-INS
Last but not least, because it’s one of my favorite parts of this remodel, is the new fireplace build-out up to the ceiling with cabinets and custom wine storage on either side. The shiplap was the perfect simple material for such a large feature, but the fireplace anchors the space that will now function as their formal dining room. Such a beautiful spot for gathering and entertaining!
What do you think…are you a classic farmhouse or traditional style type? Or more of a modern aesthetic? If you’re not sure, head over to my website and take the FREE style quiz to find out!
Make sure to check out the before images here as well as the progress…it’s always fun to see that transformation! As always, if you like what you see and have a project of your own that you would like to discuss, we’d love to hear from you! Check out our services and let’s chat!
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