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Kitchen Remodel Before and After

The reveal of our new kitchen remodel with lots of before and after photos and a list of where to buy everything we used.
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kitchen reveal with hex tiles

The reveal of our recent kitchen remodel with lots of before and after photos and a list of where to buy everything we used.

The kitchen is the heart of the house and a new kitchen brings joy more than any other home improvement. You use it for coffee first thing in the morning, breakfast, lunch and dinner. And probably countless times in between. A new kitchen should bring joy in all aspects. Everything needs to be totally thought out and in place for a reason. This is something that takes a lot of time and effort. If you don’t put it in, you won’t get the results you had been dreaming of. 

We all dream of creating our dream kitchen. Ours happened to be much more unplanned and much sooner than we ever expected as it was initiated from a flood. We only had about a month to figure it all out, and that sure was stressful.

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Before

Our “before” kitchen really wasn’t anything to complain about (too much), but it definitely didn’t bring joy. With solid surface countertops, white cabinets and a laminate floor; it was very usable and functional, but didn’t bring a whole lot of joy. It definitely wasn’t a kitchen I wanted to use as a photo backdrop for recipes on the blog.

Kitchen Before

After

Clean, light and black & white.

kitchen reveal from the peninsula

The goal of the new kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the house, and especially when you are obsessed with cooking like I am. Our goal was function over form, sort of. Being a food photographer, having it look pleasing to the eye was also a requirement. Adding a peninsula would allow the family and guests to connect around the action.

Our Seven kitchen must-haves:

  1. Add a peninsula.
  2. Removing an unnecessary door from kitchen to the kid’s bedroom.
  3. Open up the wall from the kitchen to living room.
  4. No upper cabinets on one side to create open airy feeling.
  5. Backsplash, backsplash and more backsplash from the countertop to the ceiling.
  6. Plenty of counter space with no visible clutter.
  7. A range hood that vents to the outside.

The layout

With the quick timing and budget of our project, we decided that adding extra square footage or drastically changing the layout wouldn’t be an option for this kitchen remodel. We had to work within the existing space, including the door to the backyard and the window placement. To give an idea of size of our kitchen size; the space is 9’8″x 14’8″ (about 142 Sq Ft).

With the addition of a peninsula that was very high on the wish list, the kitchen layout would change from U-Shaped to a G-Shape. This adds lots of extra counter space and makes for a much more welcoming kitchen

The Work Triangle

The best way to start thinking about designing a kitchen layout is by starting with the work triangle. The work triangle is the connection of movement between the primary workspaces; the refrigerator, the sink and the range. It creates a flow that nothing should stand in the way of, or efficiency in the kitchen will be lacking.

Ikea kitchen overhead view work triangle

The look and feel

Light, bright, airy, minimal, clean, black & white, minimal. These are all words that describe the look we were going for. Now if all of those things suddenly would just appear in real life!. It turns out that it is a lot of work to make it come to reality. 

With so many design styles to choose from, it feels really overwhelming. Do you go modern, contemporary, coastal, traditional, country farmhouse or something in between? We were originally thinking modern farmhouse, but it eventually transformed into our own look. We turned to Pinterest, Instagram, magazines, blogs, brands we love and of course, family and friends who most importantly helped us survive this whole process!!
Clean minimal. No clutter on the counter

The Photos

Photo gallery from the kitchen remodel.

black and white kitchen reveal stove head on
black hex tile floors with white cabinets
kitchen reveal bosch 800 series dishwasher
Bosch 800 series dishwasher in Black Stainless
bosch 800 Series Drawer Microwave
Bosch 800 Series Drawer Microwave
zephyr venezia range hood baffles
Zephyr Venezia range hood baffles
Moen Sleek MotionSense Matte Black faucet with white sink
Moen Sleek MotionSense Matte Black faucet
fulgor sofia range grates close up vertical
Fulgor Milano Sofia Brass Gas Range Grates
Moen Sleek Matte Black and Kohler Riverby sink
Moen Sleek MotionSense Matte Black
CB2 black hex cabinet knobs
CB2 black hex cabinet knobs
black hex cabinet drawer pulls
black hex cabinet drawer pulls
kitchen reveal with hex tiles 2
kitchen revleal to the range horizontal
ikea cabinet pantry with oxo containers
IKEA cabinet pantry with oxo containers
IKEA cabinet drawer for pans
IKEA 30″ drawer for pans
ikea cabinet drawer for pots
IKEA 30″ drawer for pans
ikea silverware hidden drawer
IKEA 30″ hidden inner drawer for silverware
fulgor milano sofia 36 range
Fulgor Milano Sofia 36″ Gas Range
kitchen reveal bosch microwave and fulgor range
Moen garbage disposal air switch
Moen garbage disposal air switch
joseph joseph dish brush
Joseph Joseph dish brush

The big list of everything

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Cabinets

CabinetsIKEA Sektion system with Axstad Matt White Fronts
Cabinet lighting – Ikea integrated in-drawer and under cabinet lights
KnobsCB2 Hex Matte Black Knob
PullsCB2 Hex Matte Black Drawer Pulls

Fixtures

Quartz CountertopPentalQuartz Avenza Quartz (we needed 2 slabs)
Floor tilePaige Antracite 10 inch Hexagon Matte
Backsplash tileBianco Picket 3x 9″ Glazed Ceramic Wall Tile
PaintSherwin-Williams Duration Home Pure White Satin
Tile GroutCustom Building Products #370 Dove Gray

Lighting

PendantWysocki 1-Light Single Globe Pendant
Recessed LightsHALO Recessed Smart LED Downlights, 4″
Smart DimmersHalo Home dimmer for smart LED lights

Sink

Large sink with no divider that has the drain on one side rather than in the middle. In a material that doesn’t easily stain or chip. This narrowed it down to one option, and we love it.

SinkKohler Riverby 36″ undermount in White
Faucet One-Handle High Arc MotionSense Wave Pulldown Kitchen Faucet
Soap DispenserMoen Soap/Lotion Dispenser in Matte Black
Garbage DisposalMoen EX Series 3/4 HP Continuous Feed Space Saving Garbage Disposal
Garbage Disposal Air SwitchInSinkErator SinkTop Satin Dual Outlet Switch
Air Switch Button in BlackInSinkErator STC-MTBLK SinkTop Switch Push Button, Matte Black

Window & Door

WindowMilgard Trinsic Series 3-panel casement and picture window
DoorT.M.Cobb Smooth-Star Fiberglass Door with Glass interior

Appliances

RangeFulgor Milano Sofia 36″ Gas Range
HoodZephyr Venezia Wall 36″
DishwasherBosch 800 Series Dishwasher Black stainless
MicrowaveBosch 800 Series Drawer Microwave24” Stainless steel
RefrigeratorSamsung 23 cu. ft. Counter-Depth 4-Door Flex Refrigerator

Miscellaneous

Counter Stools
Counter stool sheepskin cushions
Rug in front of sink – Chilewich Basketweave Area Rug 23×36 in Carbon
Power outlet with built-in USB Charging

Where we bought Appliances: Aztec Appliance in San Diego

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