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Monday, April 18, 2016

Renovation Adventures: Ultimate Kitchen Transformation!

Oh boy, do I have a treat for you today! As I've mentioned previously, last year I embarked on a full home renovation, and I couldn't wait to share with you the final result.

My client's J & J's kitchen was the run-of-the-mill mid-70's style U-Shape kitchen, complete with gray tiles with a purple undertone, yellowing cabinets, and less than desirable linoleum floor. The kitchen was barely 140 square feet, and on top of the minimal amount of kitchen storage, there was a small table and four chairs squeezed in for good measure. This kitchen was definitely not the heart of the home, but I aimed to change that.


Task # 1 - Upgrade to Functional Status

Calling the ol' kitchen a "U-Shape" was generous to say the least. Not only did it lack continuity, it massively lacked storage.
Solution: I increased the counter space real estate by extending the lower cabinetry  completely under their second window, all the way until it hit wall. We got lucky with the height of their existing window, and we didn't have to adjust any cabinet heights. I also opted to board up the 'peek-a-boo' wall to create a more cohesive flow.

Task #2 - Increase Storage

The kitchen layout was not a true "U" thanks to the odd microwave cabinet floating in the wall. This jut-out is actually a hall closet which was keeping the kitchen from being truly uniform.
Solution: By relocating the hall closet, I was able to completely start fresh along the wall. I pushed the fridge down the wall {where there used to be a useless piece of counter top and cabinet that collected junk} which made room for a full height tall storage cabinet, maximizing every square inch available.

Task #3 - Eating Area

Naturally, I opted out of taking the ol' dining set with me to the new and improved space. Since their proper dining room is getting revamped along during the reno process, I was given the green light to remove the eating function entirely from the space.
Solution: Since I drywalled over the see-through space between the kitchen and the lower level family room, I had some empty real estate to work with. And thus, the raised tempered glass bar area was born.


 Where in most kitchen "U's" each corner area of the counter top rarely gets used for prep work, as it is the darkest areas in the kitchen.  I opted out of a second useless corner, and created an appliance garage had the gorgeous quartz counter top installed straight through. This is a brilliant way to hide the humdrum small appliances but still keep them on hand and easy to reach.

Continuing to wrap the base cabinetry around to this wall would be overkill, and adding more heavy base cabinetry will close in the already-tiny kitchen footprint. Even though the new and improved Dining area was going to be the main eating function for the entire family, I still wanted to give the kids a place to eat a quick snack. This area will keep the space functional, but still light and airy. It will also serve as the perfect buffet set up for their next family party. I also love the microwave tucked away from the main flow of kitchen traffic, and keeps the counter tops clean and free of excess clutter!

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 Stay classy,


  1. Nice job. I especially like the corner with a cabinet to hide appliances. The wood look is a nice design. Enjoy!

    1. Thank you very much Robin! Glad you liked it :)

  2. Your renovations are so amazing!! I love looking at them for inspiration =) Also Rachel, I've nominated you for a Liebster Award. Just click the link below to check out the nomination, enter and good luck!


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