Our first impression of the kitchen was that it was heavy, dark, and restrictive. The combination of the dark wood cabinetry all the way around the room, the yellow ceiling, the small doorways to the living and dining rooms, and the small window also contributed to how intensely confining the space felt. The layout of the kitchen itself wasn’t too bad but it was completely cut off from the rest of the house. So we knew we had to open it up!
Our first thought was to remove the wall between the kitchen and living area to create an open floor plan. This included structural beams and a new header for the opening and rerouting the plumbing stack and electrical into that same wall.
We changed the entire footprint and layout of the kitchen, reversing the wall where the stove and microwave were, taking out the small window above the sink, putting all the appliances on the far wall and adding a large center island. We inserted a modern wall oven and microwave and a cook top and large vent hood where the sink was originally. We added all new modern and classic style cabinetry, beautiful stainless steel appliances, a gorgeous farm sink and finished everything off with STUNNING granite counter tops in Fantasy brown. The light grey cabinets add a pop of color and compliment the counter tops and white hexagon back splash.
For the other two walls, one we put in a large (8ft) sliding glass door that opens up to the back porch and for the otherwall, we widened the opening to the dining area to 10 ft tall and 6ft wide. These walls also had the same exposed horizontal beams with plaster filling on the walls similar to the rest of the house. So, we removed the beams and plaster (which proved to be extremely hard since they had 3” iron nails and were actually part of the original wall structure from the early 1900’s!!!) Lastly, we painted all the ceilings white and added canned lights and over the island we hung 2 large beautiful pendants for a focal point. Another one of my favorite things about this kitchen remodel is that we re purposed the old office door and used it for the pantry door! I just LOVE how it turned out!!
The once dated, dark and confined kitchen has now been transformed into a bright, open and modern conversation place that is truly the hub of the home!