Before & After: A Fresh New Kitchen with a Splash of Color

 

Remember me?! 2015 is CRAY-Z! In the best way possible! But the blog has unfortunately taken a back seat to all of our projects. For more frequent updates, follow us on Facebook! Anyways, just wanted to pop in to show you one of our latest projects... Our client lives in a newer suburban home with the quintessential dark cabinets, tumbled stone back splash and granite countertops. There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of those things, of course, but it just wasn't meshing with her style. She and her husband wanted something fresh and bright with a pop of fun color that would tie in with the rest of their house, which is, by the way, literally dripping in vibrant shades of reds, golds and turquoise. Love!

Here is the kitchen before the remodel....

Adams Before 1
Adams Before 1

And after... We sure are loving that turquoise island!!!

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Adams Kitchen After 1
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Adams Kitchen After 4

We opted for a bronze penny tile on the back splash and quartz countertops with the most gorgeous gray and turquoise veining.

Below is a shot of the former breakfast area...

Adams Before 2
Adams Before 2

Not only did we paint the cabinets and walls throughout the kitchen, we also switched out the lights, added cabinet hardware and traded her breakfast room furniture for something a bit more playful (and kid friendly, of course!).

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5943 Bloomsbury Place

One last before shot of the kitchen...

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Adams Before 4

And after...

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5943 Bloomsbury Place

Thanks again to this awesome family for trusting our Design Team with your home! We know you'll enjoy your new kitchen for many years to come!

***Due to client contracts, we are unable to share sources specific to this project***

Photos by: Nate Rehlander of Nate Rehlander Photography

 

Client Project Reveal: An 80's Kitchen Transformed

 

We are excited to be revealing the kitchen remodel that we told you about several weeks ago! If you follow us on Facebook, you know that we held an open house last week per the request of several neighbors who were anxious to see the finished product. As I mentioned in my last post, this project took place only one street away from the house that I grew up in...it seems that the neighborhood is just as friendly now as it was then! We had a great time at the open house, so thank you to those of you who came out and to our awesome clients who so willingly welcomed their new neighbors into their new home!

Now to the good stuff! Let's recap incase you missed our last post about this project....

This house was built in the early 80's, burned to the ground in 1988 and was immediatly rebuilt. And from what I understand, the previous owner was a single male who smoked in the house for a number of years causing the walls and trim to yellow. Our clients purchased the home about 3 months ago and immediately hired A Well Dressed Home to execute the remodel wich consisted of the following:

- a completely remodeled kitchen complete with a new layout, new cabinets and appliances

- repositioning of kitchen walls to allow for more square footage

- new hardwoods downstairs

- removing carpet and adding wood treads to stairs

- new carpet upstairs

- new paint throughout, including on outside trim (we used Kilz to eliminate the odor)

- new windows

- new lighting and door hardware

And to give you a better understanding of the transformation, we had our photographer position his shots from the same angle as the original photos. Here are the photos taken when the house was on the market...

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McCormick Remodel 1
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McCormick Remodel 2
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McCormick Remodel 3
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McCormick Remodel 4
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awdh McCormick Kitchen 3
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awdh McCormick Kitchen 1

The new kitchen layout allows plenty of space for a breakfast table and chairs. And the spacious island not only allows for work space, but it also contains cabinet doors on the sides and back of the isalnd for maximum storage.

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awdh McCormick Kitchen 4
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awdh McCormick Kitchen 5

Notice the far wall...the "before" photo shows the tiny built-in desk and wall of windows. We opted to remove the desk, push the wall out 3' into the back patio and replace the windows with french doors for easy access to the goreous back yard and pool.

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awdh McCormick Kitchen 2
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awdh McCormick Kitchen 6

Ahhhhh...gotta love that gorgeous marble backsplash!

Thanks again to Dana, who was the lead Designer on this job, to our awesome construction team and to our amazing clients! We hope you all enjoy your new home for years to come!

Photos by Nate Rehlander www.naterehlander.com

***Due to client contracts, we decline to share sources***

 

Client Project: Transforming an 80's Kitchen

 

I'm a little out of my element with this project update...I'm used to posting dramatic "before's & after's," but I really want to show you what we have going on with this project that happens to be at the "halfway point."

The client is a childhood friend who grew up on the street behind me. Her and her husband reached out to me a couple of months ago as they had recently purchased a house that needed a lot of work. The house happens to be in the same neighborhood we grew up in. I sepcifically remember this house as the family who lived there at the time had a son that was our age, and on July 4th weekend in the late 1980's, the house caught fire and burned to the ground. The house was immediatly rebuilt by the same family, who lived there for a short time after.

The most recent owner lived in the home for 25 years. He also smoked inside of the home for 25 years, which means we've had to do some major purging of floors and heavy painting with an odor eliminating paint. We also completly gutted the kitchen, and redesigned it to be more functional.

Here is a photo of the kitchen when the house was on the market:

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McCormick Remodel 2

What's interesting about this layout is that the wall of windows on the right side of the photo lends a view to the gorgeous back yard containing a huge patio which leads to a beautiful pool. But the patio was unnecissarily large, which had us feeling the need to push that wall out towards the patio and build in french doors to gain square footage and to allow access to the backyard from the kitchen.

The location of the appliances was also disfunctional, so we redesigned that as well. Here is a most recent photo of the space with the relocated wall, new french doors, hardwood floors, spacious island, a wall of new cabinetry, repositioned appliances and additional canned lights.

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McCormick remodel durning 1

Here is another before photo of the kitchen:

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McCormick Remodel 4

And here is a most recent shot from the same angle where you can really see where and why we pushed that wall out.

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McCormick Remodel during 4

Part of our goal is to lighten and brighten. Our client's desire is a bright, clean, functional kitchen. Here is a sneak peek of their counter top slabs:

McCormick Slabs
McCormick Slabs

And here is their awesome backsplash! We presented them with 4 options and they completely took us by surprise when they selected this one, but we are REALLY happy that they did!

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maccormick backsplash

We have about another month of construction before this project is complete, so we will definitely keep you updated on the finished product!

I also want to give a big shout out to Dana, the newest member of our design team, as she is the lead Designer on this project and is doing a fantastic job keeping everything on schedule!

 

Client Project Reveal: Kamback Kitchen Remodel

 

You know I looooove a good kitchen remodel. It is, after all, the heart of the home and where we spend so much of our time.

Like most of our clients, this homeowner wanted to rid their 1990's kitchen of the oak cabinets as well as the dated backsplash and counter tops. They longed for a clean, white, sophisticated space that they could feel proud of.

Here is the kitchen before the remodel:

Kamback Kitchen Before 2
Kamback Kitchen Before 2

As you can see, their island offered little to no counter space.

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Kamback Kitchen Before
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kamback before 3

The upper cabinets almost looked dwarfed against the 8' window and the 4" tile backsplash and laminate counter tops had most certainly worn out their welcome.

And here is their kitchen after the remodel...

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Kamback Kitchen After 4

Notice the redesigned island complete with an additional 6 sq ft of counter space. We opted to add decorative feet and raised end panels to give it more of a furniture feel rather than a box that had been dropped in the middle of the kitchen.

The pot & pan drawers and bin pulls were a must as they will provide so much functionallity. And replacing the trash compactor with a trash drawer was a much more appealing option.

Oh, and the light fixture..... To. Die. For. I'm slightly obsessed.

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Kamback Kitchen After 2

Replacing all of the appliances afforded us the opportunity to add a more appealing wood hood, which makes such a huge difference.

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Kamback Kitchen After 3

The decorative backsplash accent over the cooktop compliments the gorgeous counter tops, which were also used in our last kitchen remodel.

And the upper glass front cabinets cannot be ignored. Not only to they add storage and provide a beautiful display, but they also help to balance the large window.

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Kamback Kitchen After 1

I am so happy for or client whose dream kitchen is finally a reality!

Photos by Nate Rehlander: www.naterehlander.com

 

Before & After: Cantrell Kitchen Remodel Reveal

 

I'm so excited to finally reveal the remodel that I posted about last week! A great big thank you to the home owner, Jamie, for giving me free reign on this design, and to her husband, Shawn, for saying to her, "It's whatever you want, babe..." during our initial consultation! (I swear he totally said that...and when he did, it was like the skies parted and the angels started singing.......ahhhhhhh!!!)

Ok, onward...

When I first stepped into the space, this is what I saw...

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Dark oak cabinets, a rust colored travertine floor and dated wall paper. And no offense to the builder, but what is up with that "serving bar?" It totally closes off the kitchen from the adjacent living room. And the counter top overhang was no more than 3", making it virtually impossible to comfortably incorporate barstools for dining.

And did I mention the miniature island in the center of the kitchen? You can't see it because it is blocked by the serving bar, but it was literally 2'x3' and offered zero work space.

Here is a "before" picture of the breakfast area...

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And another view of the kitchen from the breakfast area...

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And here is the new kitchen design from the very same angle...

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Cantrell Kitchen 6

My favorite part of this remodel has to be the custom island.

By removing the "serving bar," as well as the island, we were able to build a 10' x 5' custom island with built-in counter height dining and a freak load of storage. It's the perfect place for their boys to sit and do homework while Jamie prepares meals.

Removing the serving bar also allows the kitchen to feel more open to the living room (which also has a new design in the works, btw!)...I know that Jamie & Shawn will really enjoy this aspect of the kitchen when entertaining friends and family.

Below is a shot from the opposite end of the kitchen...

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Cantrell Kitchen 5

We replaced all of the cabinet fronts with paint grade wood and had all of the cabinets painted white.

We also added glass uppers, island pendants and additional canned lighting as well as the most beautiful taupe/grey solid surface counter top. We opted out of marble and granite as we wanted to keep the counter top free of pattern and movement.

The new wood floors were a must... We extended the existing living room floors into the kitchen to merge the space.

And of course, the herringbone pattern backsplash styled with fresh white subway tiles .... Love.

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Cantrell Kitchen 1

And finally, the breakfast area...

Custom drapes, woven shades and a lively graphic print rug.

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Cantrell Kitchen 4

Such a fun project! Can't wait to show you their living room remodel in the next several weeks!

***Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share sources***

Photos by: Jay Davis of Jay Davis Photography

 

Extreme Kitchen Makeover Sneak Peek!

 

Happy Monday! I have a fun, tiny little sneak peek of a kitchen project for you today. I seriously have no idea why I haven't mentioned this project until now, because it-is-MAJOR!

This client contacted me to remodel her kitchen over a year ago, so as soon as I was back from maternity leave, we set up a consult to discuss her wants, needs and vision..... it was then that I knew this project was going to be THE most insane transformation.

Here is a picture of the kitchen which was taken the day of her consultation:

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You've all seen this kitchen before....your typical 90's dark oak cabinets, awkward space above the upper cabinets that no one ever knows what to do with, etc.

After meeting with my client, I knew we were clearly on the same page. We wanted to brighten things up and add fresh, chic elements to space to really reflect the personalty of this fun, young couple.

As soon as the holidays were behind us, we began the demo and exactly 8 weeks later the kitchen was complete!

I am only able to share a small sneak peek today because I just haven't had time to get the space photographed, but I plan on doing so next week.

Cantrell Kitchen sneak peek
Cantrell Kitchen sneak peek

I'm sure you are cursing me for sharing so little, but any more than this will surely be a spoiler.

You can at least gather the herringbone backsplash, painted white cabinets, grey walls, and the Silestone countertops... But there is more, so you'll just have to wait!

 

Quick and Easy DIY Window Shade

 

After posting, "Our Kitchen Remodel is Complete," I received several emails regarding the fabric shade over the kitchen sink. Most of you wanted to know where I purchased it, but truth be told, I made it! A couple of months ago I was perusing through one of my favorite design blogs emilyaclark.blogspot.com. Emily is an incredibly talented Home Stylist with many crafty DIY ideas...but this one in particular really captured my attention, and I just knew I needed to try it myself!

During the process of our kitchen remodel we decided to remove the previous shutter over the kitchen sink as it was hindering the amount of natural light we acquired. I still wanted some sort of a window covering for privacy, but I preferred something less obstructive and with a little more character. I knew this would be the perfect time to try out Emily's "Easy (and inexpensive) DIY Fabric Roller Shade."

So I purchased a roller shade from Home Depot for about $9 along with a yard of patterned fabric for about $12 and put myself to work! First, I cleared off a work space on my kitchen floor, unrolled the shade and placed the fabric underneath it. I then proceeded to trim the sides of the fabric to a width that is about 2" wider than the shade.

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DIY Fabric Shade 1

A great big thank you, once again, to the talented Emily Clark for inspiring me to take on this project! It was fun and easy, and I am thrilled with the end result!

 

Our Kitchen Remodel is Complete!!!

 

I am THRILLED to announce that our Kitchen Remodel is complete! As I mentioned in "Making His House Our Home," I originally assisted in designing this home 6 years ago when my husband, who was single at the time, elected to build a rustic style home where him and a couple of his roommates would live in "bachelorhood" for the next several years. Little did either one of us know, we would eventually end up getting married and living in the home together!

Soon after we got married we discussed possibly selling the home and building in a neighborhood with a better school district...but because we love the area and do not yet have kids, we decided to stay in the house for the next 3-4 years....I agreed, under one condition of course...that we do a total home make over!

For the last year or so I have been hard at work converting my husband's bachelor pad into a stylish, more sophisticated home for the two of us. Our latest and most substantial project was our kitchen remodel. In my recent post, "A Little Design Inspiration for Your Wednesday," I introduced a few of my ideas and inspiration photos. I have been dreaming of white kitchen cabinets, Absolute Black honed granite counter tops and a backsplash filled with White Carrara marble, similar to this kitchen....

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Kitchen Remodel Inspiration Photo

I am happy to finally have my dream kitchen become a reality! So with no further ado, here are the photos of our kitchen before....

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Kitchen Before 5

Our Kitchen Before

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Kitchen 3

Our Kitchen Before

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Kitchen Before 7

Our Kitchen Before

And here is our kitchen today!

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Our Kitchen Remodel

Not only did we paint our cabinets off white, we also added glass uppers to extend the cabinets to the ceiling (of course one of the upper lights went out right before I took the pictures...go figure). I am now on a mission to find the perfect decor for these fun little cabinets. I would love to incorporate the blue-ish turquoise color that used I in the adjacent living room...

We replaced the tiled counter tops with honed Absolute Black granite. I am pleased that I selected honed rather than polished as it gives it a more casual feel...

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Our Kitchen Remodel

The tile backsplash has been replaced with a 1/2" x 1/2" White Carrara marble which is polished, so when the under cabinet lighting hits it just right, it's as if it sparkles!

We removed the stained shutter over the kitchen window and replaced it with a fabric shade which was my Friday night D.I.Y project......I'll tell you more about it later this week!

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Our Kitchen Remodel

As you can see from the before pictures, this bar was about 12" taller before the remodel. We had it dropped to a more comfortable level and added a trash drawer (which I love!), 2 pot and pan drawers and wine storage...which in return added more counter top space. We also added 2 clear glass lantern pendant lights over the serving bar

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Kitchen After PS3

Trash Drawer, Wine Rack, Pot & Pan Drawers

We selected these satin nickel drawer pulls for the drawers...

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Kitchen After PS5

Drawer Pulls

And this satin nickel hardware for the cabinet doors...

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Kitchen After PS10

Cabinet Hardware

Thanks for visiting today...I will keep you updated on what I find for the glass uppers...I have a feeling that might turn into a huge project of it's own...!

 

A Little Design Inspiration for your Wednesday...

 

A couple of days ago, I wrote about the transformation of our Living Room as well as some of the current finishes in our home in my post, "Making His House Our Home"... And today I am excited to announce the beginning of our Kitchen Remodel! Actually, this whole idea started with me (of course) suggesting we remodel our kitchen. The conversations went something like, "Hey, I think we should paint the Kitchen cabinets white...it would really brighten up the space." Which then led to, "Well if we are going to do the cabinets, we might as well install granite counter tops." And then, "You know I love White Carrara Marble...I would love to find a way to incorporate White Carrara...maybe on the back splash?" And so on...

Now that we have a plan in place, I have been told by our team of contractors that the entire remodel will take 2 weeks....so I have prepared myself for 3. And if it takes any longer than 3 weeks I am in serious trouble because I promised my husband that it would in no way interfere with his beloved annual Texas/OU game watching party which is held at our house...so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Anyways, I've pulled together a few pictures that I've used as my inspiration for our new kitchen....

Our kitchen only has 30" solid front uppers, so instead of tearing them out and adding 42" uppers to extend to the height of the ceiling, my oh-so-smart friend Katie suggested having glass cabinets like these built above our existing cabinets. I am in love with the idea! In fact, I have already started thinking about how to fill these fun little cabinets. I'm thinking of either painting the back wall of the cabinets a bright peacock-blue color and showcasing some of my white serving dishes....OR...I might leave the inside of the cabinets painted white and find some really fun turquoise vases to showcase....what do you think?

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kitchen 2

More Glass Uppers...

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kitchen

Ok, let's face it...I am in love with this kitchen....from the white cabinets to the White Carrara subway backsplash. Of course, I love the wood hood, 6 burner stove top and the pot filler as well, but we'll hold off on that until our next house. :-)

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Kitchen 6

We have selected an Absolute Black Granite for our kitchen...honed of course. I have been there, done that with Absolute Black polished and am ready for something a little different...

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Stay tuned for the before and after pictures!