We're always a little bit torn with kitchens like these in before-and-after posts. For many of us (apartment dwellers especially!) this might look like a dream kitchen. Lots of all-white cabinets, plenty of counter space (albeit butter-yellow tile counters), and a fun checkerboard floor.
But that's the beauty of the kitchen remodel — it's the homeowner's chance to get exactly what they want out of their space. And we have to say, once we saw the after, which came to us via the designer Jeff of JWT Associates, we knew that these homeowners had gotten the kitchen of their dreams.
Isn't it stunning? First things first — it's quite a bit bigger than the previous kitchen because they combined the kitchen and breakfast nook to create a much larger space. The old kitchen ended at the space between the windows, with a peninsula counter.
This is what the kitchen looked like from the breakfast nook. The hanging cabinet cuts off the two spaces and makes them feel very separate, which isn't great if you want to carry on a conversation between the two rooms.
Here are the floor plans for before and after the remodel, so you can see just how the space was updated.
We love that the island counter enabled them to still have a dining space within the kitchen. Plus, there's now quicker access from the kitchen to the dining room. Also, by moving the refrigerator and stove to the same wall, they were able to create a large built-in hutch.
Of course, our favorite part is the beautiful blue color of the cabinets. Such a bold choice might not be right for everyone, but it totally works in this space. Plus, the antique French cement tile and Carrera marble countertops provide the perfect soft gray accent. The island is the only contrasting countertop; it is made from reclaimed wood with a wax finish.
The final detail we love is the open shelving bar. In a kitchen that's so cabinet heavy, it's nice to see a little bit of open shelving. And what better to store on it than a collection of beautiful bar bottles?
You can see more photos of the renovation on Houzz.
Thanks for letting us share this remodel, Jeff!
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