I wanted to quickly share this kitchen remodel, which was part of a much larger home renovation. The house is in a great location with knock out views, but was dated and a bit dark. The new homeowners wanted the house to be brought up to date, to be comfortable and welcoming, and also to look classic and clean.
The husband in this house is a true chef who had a strong opinion on the appliances, layout and finishes for the kitchen. His experience in their previous kitchen significantly influenced the size of the appliances as well as the maintenance of the countertops and backsplash.
The kitchen before the remodel was very dark. Dark cabinets were paired with speckled granite countertops that looked very busy and a bit dirty. The couple and their family live a hectic lifestyle but enjoy a clean, put together house. It was important that all the elements in the updated space look fresh, orderly to the eye and be easy to maintain. This helps bring a sense of calm to the otherwise chaotic pace of everyday life!
In addition to being dark, the kitchen was closed off from the family room with this wall and breakfast bar. If you spend any time in the kitchen, you know how nice it is to be able to see everyone and not be stuck by yourself doing all the work!
We actually took an unusual step and removed the pantry to open up the kitchen to the family room. You can see the large built in storage on the left which replaced the traditional walk in pantry.
Every time we do a project some new challenge arises. This time a challenge arose from the removal of the wall and expansion of the breakfast bar. As you can see in the photo below there is a side entrance into the hallway between the kitchen and family room. Originally, the breakfast bar was shorter and terminated in the wall. When we removed the wall and extended the countertop, no one foresaw that entering from the hallway would lead you directly into the countertop ledge.
So, with a little creative thinking I designed an edge detail that prevented the issue and added a nice custom flair to the countertop. The countertop company drew the template and cut the Caesarstone to fit and added a lovely ogee edge detail (one of my favorites).
In case you were wondering, the countertops are Caesarstone’s London Grey. The homeowners previously had marble in the kitchen and refused to reuse it any future kitchen! The quartz counters were an easy way to get the look without the maintenance.
I hope you find this kitchen as lovely as I do. I am looking forward to sharing some of the other ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos with you in the coming weeks from this same project.
LOVE the after! So pretty and gourmet…and love the openness. Kitchen makeovers are always fun to see. Really lovely, Heather!
Thank you Terri! So glad you like it!
This kitchen is beautiful! May I ask why you chose the London Grey over Ceasarstone’s Frosty Carrina or one of the other other options that are said to look more similar to marble?
We did look at the frosty carrina but it was on back order and not available in time for the move in date! I think that would have been a great option, too. I wanted to use either the frosty carrina or the London grey as they were both new at the time. Glad you like it!
Great, thanks so much for the tip! Always fun to hear the “why” behind a design choice.
I love this open kitchen. We are about to start a big renovation ourselves and this confirms what we are planning for our home. We are eliminating dark cabinets and going for white and light colors! Lovely and inviting!
Thank you Sharon. I’ve had white and dark cabinets in several different homes and you can never go wrong with white! Makes a room brighter and happier!
I love your design work. We are building a new home in St. Louis- it would be great if your company was here. Your client are so lucky.
Thanks Laura! That is really sweet! At least you live in a fabulous city. I’m sure your home will be lovely and I hope you enjoy the process!
Love it!!!! We’re just about to order a London Grey countertop. May I ask, is this 2cm (3/4″) or 3cm caesarstone slab? Is it just a plain ogee edge, or a combination of an ogee with some other edge profile? Thanks for a great blog!
It is the 3cm with an ogee edge.
I love this kitchen! Can you tell me what kind/style of cabinets these are? Thanks!
Thank you Jamie for the kind words! The cabinets are a ‘shaker’ style that involves the rectangle mill work. The ‘X’ style work on the glass cabinets is a ‘cross hatch’ design. Hope this helps!
This is beautiful! Will you share what type of backsplash you used? Thanks!
We used a tile from Interceramic. I have attached the link for your convenience. http://www.interceramicusa.com/products/detail/essentials/205019
Let us know if you have any other questions!
Just came across this beautiful kitchen. Can you tell me what faucet you used? I’d love to find something like that for my kitchen remodel.
Hi Sarah! Thank you for sharing your question. The faucet shown is from Kohler called “Bellera.”
Hi Sarah! Thank you for sharing your question with us. The faucet shown is from Kohler called “Bellera.”
Such a beautiful kitchen!! Would you mind sharing the paint color for the cabinets. Thank you!!
Hi Wendy! Thank you. We are glad you love it. The paint is Benjamin Moore White Dove with an oil based finish. I hope this helps!
Thank you so much!!!
You are welcome!