In case you hadn’t noticed, I have been TERRIBLE at home before and afters! If you’ll remember, I did a “Kitchen Before” post a long time ago but then just never did an “after.” I just kept thinking we’d finish a few more little details (like our breakfast room) and it would be “more done” and better to show. Well, that didn’t really ever happen. We’ve added a few things here and there, but our focus around the house has been pretty scattered as we find the right thing for the right place. So what I’m going to do is show you the before (again), where we are now, and the few things that are left on the checklist. Here we go, scroll down to see the before and after photos with sources, paint colors, etc. all at the end.
There was not much to like about this kitchen when we first saw it. It isn’t really a huge space (it’s an old house) and that was really emphasized by the bulky cabinets (with minimal counter space) and appliances, as well as the dark, damaged and cold slate tile floor. Plus the paint was awful. And what was there to do with that little, awkward shaped breakfast room?
The kitchen in our old house in Houston had dark cabinets and tan tiles, which we loved and was the right feel for that house but not this one. To make this kitchen feel bigger, we went with white cabinetry, shiny white subway tile and a Silestone quartz countertop (less maintenance than marble, which is what I originally wanted). We added a couple of cabinets with glass inserts and metal accents, which are actually quite similar to the metal accents in the “original-to-the-house” windows at our front door. I love these because we were able to showcase two tea sets that we have, one from each side of our family. They’re very special to us and it’s really nice to have a spot for them in this house. I will also say again that we had a really great experience planning and getting the cabinetry from Lowe’s. They were awesome and we would highly recommend taking a look at the options there, if you’re building or doing a renovation.
The original plan was to try our best to work around the slate floors because they were going to be pretty tough to remove and we thought we could clean them up. When it came down to it, that just wasn’t going to work. The rest of the first floor was getting brand new hardwoods, so those went into the kitchen too and that was very much the right decision. We also added an island, which was really important to us for prep space – and Jackson loves stepping up to it to “help” with dinner and just see what’s going on.
Overall, the updates to the space really opened up and made it fit our needs. What do we still need to do? I’d like to get a window treatment for the kitchen to add a bit of color or texture. I also plan on having that tie in with whatever we do in the breakfast room off of the kitchen. Ah, the breakfast room. I’d like to get some window treatments, add a chandelier and build in a little banquette in there to pair with a longer, rectangular table. What we have now is something I picked up at the consignment shop and was intended to be temporary until we got to that room. We do eat almost all of our meals in there, so it’s becoming a priority, once we finish the living room and downstairs den – hopefully the next before & afters you’ll see!
Any questions on the products we used or what we did? Let me know in comments or E-mail me!
Cabinets + hardware: Lowe’s // Countertops: Lowe’s // Hardwood Floors (throughout the house): Custom Hardwood Floors by Jeffries // Paint: Benjamin Moore Alaskan Husky // Refrigerator: LG // Dishwasher: LG // Microwave: Frigidaire // Range: Frigidaire // Faucet: Delta Faucet Touch2O Cassidy c/o
**Note: This post is not sponsored by any brand. Any gifted products are noted, as usual. As far as the renovation goes, we chose everything in our home + the contractors we worked with, and paid for it out of pocket.