We recently redid our entire kitchen and living space and it was quite the undertaking! We had to move completely out of our house for two and a half months and stayed with my in-laws, who live nearby. C and I would walk by daily to see the progress and making decisions about colors and tile and counter tops was very stressful for me! I didn’t want to do something trendy or that I would get sick of easily. When we first bought our house 5 years ago, I made some… interesting decisions, like paint our bathroom with stripes! Within a year I was asking myself what the heck was I thinking. I knew that this new kitchen and changing the layout of our house would be a big decision and I tried my best to make things ‘timeless’ and our style.
Here are some photos of our old kitchen!
One of the biggest ‘issues’ we had with our old kitchen was the fact that there was VERY little cabinet space and counter top space. The houses in our area are known for lots of walls and being relatively small. I love our house and making it more ‘our own’ has been fun over the years and this project took us over a year to decide on what we would actually be doing.
We also had a 3-4 foot wall coming off of our laundry room that when you opened our fridge, your back was up against. It wasn’t a huge deal, but we decided to bring that wall back to the laundry room door and that may be one of the biggest changes we’ve seen in the house.
This was our dining room before the remodel and our kitchen was on the other side of the left wall. We took down that wall on the left.
When you walked into our house, this is the wall you saw and also one our kitchen was behind. We took down this wall as well and opened up the hallway by another 6 inches and took the doorway up to the ceiling. We also pushed the front of our house out 6 feet to add more space to our living area.
So by taking down the walls, we had the room to add a big island, which I loved the option to add more seating to our home and tie both the living space and kitchen together. We ended up deciding to put our sink and dishwasher in the island where it used to be in front of the kitchen window. We also put a pull out trashcan in the island as well. We have already been eating at the island a lot! Our island has a different color counter top than the rest of the kitchen because I wanted it to stand out and not be too much white. I went with quartz throughout the kitchen for easy upkeep.
As for the back splash, I really wanted a herringbone style tile and I didn’t want it to be plain white since we we updating our cabinets to be white as well. Once I saw this one, I was in love, but it took some convincing for B to like it. Finally he agreed and he did admit he is really happy with how it came out. We have SO many cabinets now! I have quite a few that are empty and I actually really like that instead of everything trying to be shoved into 4 cabinets. We added in a wine rack and spice rack and decided to do a microwave drawer instead of an above the oven one. B really wanted the hood above the oven. I blame the fire station kitchen for that decision but I think it looks good now. If it was all his decision it would be stainless EVERYTHING, like the firehouse, but thankfully we got off that option relatively early in the process, haha. We also opted for a bigger kitchen window which I’m really glad we did because we have so much natural light now and it’s a great focal point when you walk into the house.
Here is the whole kitchen with the new bar stools I recently got from Target and they have really added a finished look to the whole area and given us a place to sit. We actually got rid of our old kitchen chairs annnnnd had nowhere to sit besides the couch when we moved back in.
As for paint colors, talk about anxiety. I was so nervous that our island would be too dark and our walls would be too dark or too blue or even purple. When working with grey it’s so hard to find a solid gray! We ended up doing Legendary Grey from Dunn Edwards and our walls are that same paint color at 50%. A few people told me the walls being that dark would be too much, but I actually love them! With the super white kitchen and our big white wall unit, I think it’s a good balance and think it would have been way too bright with a lighter color.
Taking down two walls, and taking the laundry room wall back made such a difference! Every morning when I walk into the kitchen it’s still so strange for me to think that we live here now and this is the same house! We also redid our floors to be a more dark brown instead of the previous honey color.
The outside of our house is still a huge work in progress. With all our abnormal rain we’ve been getting this season it’s a bit behind schedule, but it’s starting to catch up now and I’ll have to do another post on that.
Here’s the companies we worked with for the kitchen remodel.
Backsplash and stone – Donna at Stone and Ceramic Surfaces in Huntington Beach – she really helped us pick what would compliment each other and was super easy to work with! Island counter – Calacatta Venezia PreFab. Counter top – Stratus Grey PreFab. Backsplash – Calcutta Nuevo Honed 1”x 6” Herringbone. Website
Contractor – Innovative Builders – he got us back in our house 2 weeks earlier than promised and responds to all my text messages at any time of the day! ;) I don’t know who I’m going to bother once the process is over. Website
Cabinets – Madrigal Wood Processing – They are AMAZING and take such pride in their work. We are SO happy that we got the opportunity to work with them and are so happy with our cabinets and island! Website