Kitchen Before & After: A Water-Damaged Kitchen Gets a Brand-New Look

Reader Kitchen Remodel

A few years ago Kitchn reader Steph noticed water on her countertop in the same place she'd noticed water a few other times. "As I wiped it up, I got dripped on," she wrote to us. "And that's when I saw it: water. Water, water everywhere." It didn't take long to discover that her roof was ruined and leaking water all over her appliances and cabinets. The damage necessitated a complete kitchen remodel, but the 'after' is a sight to see...

So clean, crisp, and fresh! Steph wrote about the renovation on her blog, and here's what she says about it:

On noticing water everywhere:

It was slowly running down the front of my back splash, out from under the bottom of my back splash, and out of the backside of an upper cabinet. Days later, I noticed bubbles on the ceiling about five feet away, and months later, a new puddle formed on the floor between the two previous trouble spots. Our roof and an addition (by previous owners) had gone bad. Once May arrived and the weather (almost) dried up, the work to fix it all began.

On the actual renovation:

I had planned a somewhat minor kitchen remodel, but we ended up completely gutting it down to the plaster walls and subfloor. We added new laminate flooring, paint, cabinets, countertop, backsplash, fixtures, and appliances. 100% new. We had major repairs done to the roof as well. Perhaps the best part of the whole deal is that we never really felt too displaced despite the chaos. Everyone we talked to said a kitchen remodel is the worst type of remodel. We went into it expecting the absolute worst and we were very pleasantly surprised. It wasn't bad at all. We grilled a lot, made pasta and pancakes on our camp stove, ate a lot of toast, and went out the rest of the time. It felt like we were camping in our own house.

On the materials used:

We worked with Dan Schmeling of Arete Design in Ogden, Utah. The cabinets are by Jensen's Custom Cabinets and Millwork in Logan, Utah. Paint by Brush Brothers Painting in Ogden, Utah. Floor is Shaw Laminate, installed by Mike & Sterling's in Bountiful, Utah. Countertop is engineered granite from Aspen Countertop in Salt Lake City. Hardware is from Restoration Hardware.

See more photos of Steph's kitchen → Steph Park

Thanks so much for sharing, Steph!

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