Everyone loves a good Before and After post. So, I wanted to share images of a recently completed kitchen and laundry room that I designed for a client. As you can see it was quite the transformation. We transformed the kitchen from 60’s yellow explosion, to timeless modern farmhouse.
I redesigned the floor plan and flow.
Added in a ton of additional storage.
Added a ton of useable counter space.
Brightened up the place and made it more reflective of the owners’ lifestyles, all without removing any walls.
Here are more views of the kitchen so that you can fully appreciate the metamorphosis. Lucky for us the kitchen’s footprint was large for a 1909 house. The soaring ceilings add to the sense of airiness.
Unfortunately, we uncovered a few structural and plumbing issues once we opened up the walls. That delayed the overall progress of the project, but the end product was well worth it.
The punch line is that this is an IKEA kitchen. Can you believe it? All the cabinet boxes and interior fittings are IKEA, but we had a superb cabinet maker create beautiful custom shaker doors. Since we were being more economical with the cabinets, the big splurge was the gorgeous quartz countertop. Unfortunately because of how the light reflects in the pictures, you can’t really tell what counters look like, which is too bad because they have gorgeous, yet subtle veining.
But it’s the smaller details, from the lights, to the counter stools, to the knobs and pulls, that really personalize the space, transforming it from a white kitchen into a warm and inviting family mecca.
From the kitchen you walk through a pocket door to the adjacent laundry room.
The laundry room also needed a complete overhaul, not only in terms of design, but also in terms of function.
Since the space is right next to the kitchen I really wanted to tie it into the kitchen design, while not repeating the same elements. I did so by echoing the color palette with a different interpretation. The real wow factor here was simply giving the room its proper function by removing the awkward shower, adding in much needed counter space for laundry sorting and adding tons of storage for all that stuff you don’t need to look at. Now the room can breathe. The hardware though elevates the laundry room to a different level of sophistication.
Wouldn’t you love to cook in this kitchen and do laundry in this laundry room? What are your favorite elements?
Out of respect for my clients and the design process I am only highlight a few sources. Kitchen: Cabinets bases – Sektion by Ikea; Knobs and Pulls from the Cottage Collection by Hickory Hardware in the Black Nickel Vibed finish that adds great depth and character without the contrast getting stark; Semi-flushmounts above windows by Schoolhouse Electric; Cabinet color is a creamy white BM Vanilla milkshake; Wall color is a warm gray BM Stonington Gray. Laundry Room: Oak butcher block by Ikea, Appliances by Miele, Pulls by Keeler Hardware in a stainless steel finish from the Facette collection.