Do you remember Sophie?
Well, Sophie’s parents decided that their kitchen needed some updating as badly as their bathrooms did, so back we went. It hasn’t even been a year that they were with living in ‘reno mode’! But I think you’ll agree, it was well worth the headaches (think living in the basement, 7 wks of toasters, hot plates, a mini fridge, and lots of restaurants – hmm, that part might be alright…)
And of course, Sophie sure has changed!
Okay okay, Before & After KITCHEN – focus.
I’m always in favor or getting rid of bulkheads because so often, it’s not actually serving any purpose, and allows for taller upper cabinets. In this kitchen, the bulkhead was in the cooking area and then just ended awkwardly in the eating area:
But, in this case, a very small portion of it actually was necessary….and of course, not a portion we could just conceal with the cabinetry. So here’s how we worked around it: We decided to add more bulkhead – yes, you heard right….where the bulkhead had to stay it was concealed it with cabinetry header, and then a bulkhead was continued all the way around the eating area. SO much better than that odd, awkward bit before, and for sure the most times bulkhead has been used in one paragraph.
The footprint of this kitchen really couldn’t change, there just wasn’t enough space. But that definitely doesn’t mean small changes with big impact couldn’t be made.
Before the reno, this kitchen had 4 entries. Seriously. The only thing missing was a rabbit hole. Exit door to backyard, and interior entries from family room, entry hallway, and dining room. So this doorway into the family was closed off:
allowing 3 more feet of pantry space:
The pantries were designed to be ‘stepped’ in their depth so that the eating area and entry from the hallway didn’t feel crowded (8” depth end cabinets & 12“ depth middles):
We also shifted the doorway into the dining over towards the eating area by 8” – this added 8” of space in the U shaped cooking area. Doesn’t sound like much, but 8” is a lot considering the overall width of the ‘U’ was only 54“ inside – and 8” is always appreciated, isn’t it?
Mounting the cabinet hardware horizontally instead of vertically visually aligns the uppers with the lowers, which are mostly drawers, except for the pull out racks beside the stove.
The centre fixture in the cooking area was removed, and 6 pot lights flood the whole area with light – no more counter shadows! Under cabinet lighting adds another layer of task lighting. The fixture over the table is very large, but it is open and so light that it’s a beautiful choice.
The cabinet doors are a simple profile, and the whole kitchen feels so much larger with soft white cabinetry. A 2×6 honed backsplash is outstanding in its simplicity; the countertops are Caesarstone Emperadoro, which adds depth and beautifully ‘grounds’ all that airiness, and is a shade subtlety repeated in the 12×24 floor tile.
The floor tile in the kitchen continues through to the front entry, powder room, and laundry room, so those spaces got updated as well.
Nothing wrong with the powder room, but it was old, and with everything else getting gussied up, it needed it. I’m always a fan of adding some drama, some wow, some impact in the powder room – it’s a small space that really, is pure function, there’s not a whole lot of space or opportunity to ‘decorate’. So bolder wall color, larger scale art, maybe some fabulous wallpaper – all ways to fancy up these tiny spaces.
Cynthia & Keith are so pleased with their main floor renovations, and so happy to be ‘back to normal’ again. A big thank you to them for being so wonderful to work with – I loved being part of this project with you!
Paint colours in this project
Powder room Benjamin Moore Metropolis
Kitchen walls Sherwin Williams Mega Greige
Kitchen cabinets Benjamin Moore White Heron
Hallway Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter