Before & After: A Closed-Off Kitchen Gets an Expansive Upgrade

updated May 1, 2019
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When Jenna moved into her house in the California countryside, she had some dated details to contend with. Just off the entry to her home was a dining room, complete with recessed bar, and a kitchen that was closed off except for a pass-through to the dining room. It wasn’t ideal for entertaining or for Jenna’s aesthetic.

After five months of renovating, you’ll barely recognize this transformed kitchen and dining area. Take a look!

Where there once was a wall separating the cook from the guests, Jenna now has an incredibly spacious island with her range, oven, and microwave built right in. She also has a great view of the dining room. In fact, on the other side of the counter is a built-in bench that serves as seating for her dining table.

Here’s how her actual kitchen looked before:

BEFORE: Looking into the old kitchen from the dining room. (Image credit: Jenna Sue Design)

And here it is after:

(Image credit: Jenna Sue Design)

Quite a change, isn’t it? Not only did opening up the room add more light, but it made the space feel more cohesive. And the on-trend grey and white combination feels more contemporary.

Remember that built-in bar with the funky columns? Here’s how it looks now:

(Image credit: Jenna Sue Design)

A big improvement! Be sure to visit Jenna’s site for the complete kitchen remodel with a ton more photos and a good sense of the layout changes. Now who’s ready for a cocktail?

Thanks for letting us share your kitchen, Jenna!

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