Before and After: A Timeless Modern Farmhouse Kitchen and Laundry Remodel

Luxe Custom IKEA Kitchen


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.
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I redesigned the floor plan and flow.


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Added in a ton of additional storage.


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Added a ton of useable counter space.


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Brightened up the place and made it more reflective of the owners’ lifestyles, all without removing any walls.


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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.
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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.


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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.


Luxe Custom IKEA white Kitchen Before and After Calcutta


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.


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Luxe Custom IKEA white Kitchen Before and After Calcutta


Luxe Custom IKEA white Kitchen Before and After Calcutta


From the kitchen you walk through a pocket door to the adjacent laundry room.


Timeless IKEA grey laundry Before and After butcher block


The laundry room also needed a complete overhaul, not only in terms of design, but also in terms of function.


Timeless IKEA grey laundry Before and After butcher block


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.


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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.

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Katie - Carrie and Andy pointed me to your blog. Beautiful work–You have a great eye for this!

isadorag - Thank you Katie 🙂

Sonja - This is an amazing transformation! I love it!

isadorag - Thanks 🙂

Joanne Lewis - Where did you buy the top mount farmhouse sink?

isadorag - Hi Joanne,
The sink is a 30″ sink from Kohler from the Whitehaven collection.
Hope this helps.

Emily H - Gorgeous! What is the kitchen paint color?

isadorag - Hi Emily,
The paint is Stonington Gray (HC 170) by Benjamin Moore.

Nikki - Love this reno! If you don’t mind my asking, how much did it all cost you? We are about to do a complete tear down of a house we just bought but we don’t want to sink all our budget into the kitchen. Tnx! Beautiful work!

isadorag - Hi Nikki. It’s difficult to answer your question in a way you can really compare to your situation. I’d say that this cost $25k for the cabinets, counters, etc. excluding labor for electrical, plumbing, flooring, tiling, drywall etc. Also, the cost would have been higher if the homeowners would have needed to buy all new appliances. From my experience if you are gutting your whole house (which I did) many costs like electrical and plumbing are factored into your overall budget. Also, the counters we chose were probably the most costly of the quartz options available, but it was worth splurge. I suggest you set yourself a budget for your kitchen, then make your decisions based on the budget. Buy your cabinets and appliances during big sales. Shop around for your best deals. Good luck.

Katie - I can’t tell you how much I ADORE this kitchen. I used it as inspiration for final touches on our kitchen remodel (we had also used Ikea cabinets with after market fronts). We ended up using the same drawer pulls — THANK YOU!

isadorag - Hi Katie,
Your comment made me smile. Thank you! Would love to see your transformation. If you are so inclined you can post a picture to my FB page. Congrats on your new kitchen.

eileen Appleget - Can you tell me the name of the paint color of your laundry room? It’s ahhhsooommmee!!

isadorag - Hi Eileen,

The white paint in the laundry room is Vanilla Shake by Benjamin Moore. It’s the same color we put on the cabinets in the kitchen, but in a different sheen. It paired nicely with the cabinets which are a Stonington Grey.

Hope this helps.

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