Before and After, Kitchen

Before and After: A Budget Friendly Kitchen Remodel

Before photo kitchen remodel
BEFORE: Dark, oddly angled and with what looks like fast food restaurant tile on the floor.

This home is a beautiful, old Park Hill home built in the early 1900’s.  It has the original dark wood trim, original tile fireplace, a beautiful entry staircase, intact stained glass everywhere and a front porch I could probably live in full time.  You would not know any of  this though from the above photo.  The kitchen was a dark, cherry wood-filled place with red floor tile and was added to the back of the house (along with an awkwardly shaped family area) in maybe the early 1990’s.

interior design sketches
Here’s some conceptual sketches used to help myself and my client visualize what was going to happen in the project.   

This client wanted her kitchen to feel a part of the rest of her vintage home.  She and her family love to cook and the existing kitchen was not a homey spot that anyone really wanted to linger in for long.  To save a bit of money, she wanted to keep as many cabinets as she could.   We went round and round on color cabinets versus white cabinets.  She ultimately chose a timeless white – which has turned out to be so cheerful and easy to style.  Here’s our after:

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AFTER: We painted the cabinets and had new cabinet doors made to match where we needed them. The contractor for this was the fantastic team at West Elevations.  (Photo by Sara Yoder)

I happily got rid of the angle at the sink – there was something about it that the client and I didn’t like.  We also demo’ed the lower height peninsula that came out into the kitchen.  She didn’t have quite enough room for an island, so we opted for a piece of furniture instead.  We kept the other major appliances where they were to help keep the new cabinet pieces down to a minimum.  We added new granite countertops (a soapstone look-alike) on the right and a reclaimed wood countertop on the left (from Barns 2 Home).

reclaimed wood counter
Here’s a close-up I took of the reclaimed wood counter. I love the way it looks! (Pardon the blue tape on the drawer, I took this right after everything was installed).

We also demo’ed the fast food restaurant tile (found asbestos underneath and chose to leave in site and cover over)  and had hardwood floors continue into this room to match the rest of the home.

Before photo kitchen remodel
BEFORE: View of the stove and angled sink.
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AFTER: The new stove and sink wall. (Photo by Sara Yoder)

I had the upper cabinets over the sink removed to help with the strong Wall O’Cabinet feeling in the room and we took the subway tile all the way up to add more shine to the area.  There is one small window in this room and the very tall cabinets that lined both sides of the room added to the oppressive feel.  The client had plenty of storage space (enviable) so the uppers weren’t necessary.  We did add a niche above the stove for oils and to display an art tile the client loved.   I love this cheery kitchen now – and I love that we didn’t knock any walls down or demolish all the cabinets to achieve it!  While this definately wasn’t inexpensive, it’s still much less expensive than buying all new cabinets – it’s also a great thing to re-use what you have rather than discarding the old.

Here’s a gif of Before and After photos!

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