Monday, June 9, 2014

{amazing transformation}

I am SO excited to showcase my first guest post! And what better people to start with than my sister and brother in law. They just completed an amazing kitchen renovation in their new home! I'll start by sharing some details about the plan for the kitchen and let the pictures do most of the talking!

Their home was built in 1910 but lost a lot of the original charm due to a previous remodel. Their goal was to blend vintage and modern elements to give the kitchen an updated look. They wanted a bright and airy atmosphere so they decided on an all white kitchen and no upper cabinets. They knew they wanted subway tile so Natalie started looking at kitchens on Pinterest that incorporated subway tile in their designs. They were planning on doing butcher block counters but decided on concrete instead and they love them so far! They went with mostly drawers instead of lower cabinets for convenience and style. Natalie loves the visual lines they create. 

A fun surprise that was uncovered during demo was finding the back of the chimney in the corner wall. They chose to keep the brick exposed adding texture and a bit of balance to all the white. They also appreciate the visual reminder of the house's history. 

Here is the kitchen before! Lovely, right? ;)
The entire kitchen needed to be gutted (including 3 layers of old flooring)

This is after the cabinets had been you can see, everything was filthy.

Chadwick (brother in law on the right) and Bryan (hubby) doing the demolition

 This wall is shared by a bathroom on the other side and was removed to get rid of the left section of the wall, along with some cabinets that were in the bathroom.

View from inside the bathroom

Exposed brick mentioned above

The small doorway here was opened up to have a more open floor plan into the living room. See above for the before.

Some cute vintage wall paper that was found hidden in the walls.

Subway back splash is in! {my dream back splash!}

Porcelain floor tiles are in! And cabinetry is being installed. Other steps in the process include: pouring and sealing concrete counters, new electrical, painting, hooking up plumbing, installing appliances and trim work. The entire remodel took 3 1/2 weeks to complete.

BEAUTIFUL! Here are a couple details.. IKEA double farmhouse sink and all lighting from Joss & Main.

Isn't it gorgeous?

Chadwick's first time cooking in the new kitchen.

View from the open doorway {and my adorable niece, Iris}

Natalie really wanted open shelving to display their dishes. A vintage set from the 50's belonging to her grandmother. How perfect and lovely is that?!

I just love everything about their design and all the beautiful craftsmanship of Rip City Construction. What do YOU love about this kitchen renovation? Comment below and show Natalie and Chadwick some love for this amazing transformation!

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  2. That's a beautiful kitchen! And I LOVE that IKEA sink... been eying it for a while. It will probably make an appearance in the log home once it's ready for all the inner gut stuff. And a great post, Faith. Wouldn't it have been fun to make a little "tiled" framed collage with some small pieces of that awesome wall paper? So cute.

    1. I love that sink too Teri! I can't wait to see your home fun!! What an adventure! And yes, that wall paper would have been sweet to preserve. I'm not sure if any of it was salvageable though :)

  3. Faith, it is so fun to see the process of the renovation all together in your blog. Pretty special. The kitchen is beautiful (both in person and in the pictures!). There was SO MUCH DUST everywhere - but I know Natalie and Chadwick are thrilled with the results.

    1. Thanks, Carol. It's been pretty fun :)

  4. I love the island and the shelves. So simple and fresh.