Before & After: Kitchen Remodel

I could go on and on about our kitchen remodel, but I will spare you all the drama. There were plenty of things that did not go as as planned, even though I had a massive excel spreadsheet full of numbers and timelines and deadlines. Needless to say, we learned lots and lots about home improvement during this project. We learned even more about patience. And did I mention that we were also in the midst of planning a wedding?

A few quick things to note…the nook area actually used to be a bedroom. The owners before us took down the wall, however, they left us with some pretty interesting ceiling and wall lines. The goal of the renovation was to connect these two rooms more seamlessly, and also stick with a 1920′s period craftsman feel, while modernizing the kitchen and bringing it up to speed with the times (hello ice maker and garbage disposal!).

I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking:

BEFORE KITCHEN OVERVIEW

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AFTER KITCHEN OVERVIEW

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kitchen-after-microwave

BEFORE KITCHEN OVERVIEW (FRENCH DOOR INCLUDED)

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AFTER KITCHEN OVERVIEW (FRENCH DOOR INCLUDED)

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BEFORE KITCHEN WINDOWS

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AFTER KITCHEN WINDOWS

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BEFORE ISLAND/NOOK AREA

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AFTER ISLAND/NOOK AREA

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kithen-after-oven

kitchen-after-oven-close-up

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BEFORE NOOK AREA WALL

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AFTER NOOK AREA WALL

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I’ll include a full-source list (paint colors, lighting, tile, etc.) regarding our kitchen remodel in an upcoming post.

56 thoughts on “Before & After: Kitchen Remodel

  1. Emiy Ryan Said:

    Kudos on your site and remodel–both look amazing!! I absolutely love the finishes you chose for the kitchen! Those yellow curtains are truly amazing. The color and print really bring a modern feel to the space. I can’t wait to see more of your awesome ideas!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Thanks Emily! So fun to hear from you! I am so glad you checked out the site. More fun stuff is on the way!

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  2. Sarah Said:

    What a fantastic website! I found your site on twitter. I’m really impressed by your photography. Keep up the good work I will keep Restored Style bookmarked.

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Thanks so much for stopping by Sarah! The official launch date is Monday the 24th, so I’ll be posting every weekday from then on. More fun stuff to come:)…

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  3. Marianne Said:

    Looks great!!!! I LOVE your kitchen curtain fabric, where is it from. I must have some, it makes me happy!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Thanks Marianne! It’s from Bolt in Portland (off NE Alberta St.) The fabric is from Free Spirit – once I saw it I had to have it!

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  4. Laurie Said:

    What a fabulous modern update! I’m navigating my way through kitchen remodel now and appreciate your site (found it on twitter).

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Thanks so much for stopping by Laurie! I am going to post a source list from our kitchen remodel soon, so stay-tuned. Again, thanks for visiting Restored Style – so happy to have you here!

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  5. Samantha Said:

    What types of countertops did you use? We are painting all of our cabinets white and wanted a wood finish countertop. Your kitchen is gorgeous!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Samantha! We used large granite tiles on the countertop near our sink and for the island, we had a local wood worker make a custom maple butcher block countertop. Ikea offers a somewhat similar butcher block countertop for a great price. We chose to go the custom route because we were dealing with a few tricky corners. Good luck on your remodel and thanks for stopping by the blog:)!

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  7. sarah Said:

    I saw your guest post on Adventures in renovating a Brooklyn limestone and fell in love with your kitchen! I especially like the shade of grey paint you used on the walls. I’m in the midst of a kitchen remodel myself and and struggling to find the right shade of grey and this one seems perfect (at least in your lovely photos!). Can you let me know which brand and shade of paint you chose? It might help to steer me in the right direction! Thanks.

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Sarah! Thanks for stopping by! We used Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray. We had a hard time landing on a color, and this color finally won. I’d suggest getting several small samples and putting them on your wall. The colors are so different than on the sample cards! The other color we liked was Benjamin Moore’s Sandyhook Gray. Good luck:)!

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  8. krista Said:

    This is so exciting and inspiring to see. We are about to begin a pretty big kitchen remodel so it’s great to see what a difference it can make. Did you find any particularly great sources in PDX for materials? (Sounds like the rebuilding center was a great place for tiles?) Anyway – Hooray! Love it. Thanks so much for sharing. I’m excited to find your blog too.

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  9. Lindsay Said:

    This kitchen turned out so amazing!! I love the color palette, the light fixtures, everything!! Amazing!! P.S. Hoping to get to the fabric store for the stuff for my no sew window treatments! Yay!

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  10. Scott Said:

    Really like the small schoolhouse pendant lights. Where are they from? Thanks.

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Scott! The pendants are from Rejuvenation and were custom ordered to fit the space. We love them:).

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  11. Kim Said:

    Looks great! I’m looking for inspiration for my new kitchen which needs some work.

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  12. Carol Ann Said:

    Beautiful! I really like your countertop, the wood color with white!

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  13. Megan Said:

    I LOVE THIS!! I have always wanted a kitchen that looks like this.

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  14. Karen Said:

    I just love the your kitchen the white and yellow just make it pop! We are in the process of looking for a home to buy so I pour over all the ideas and make notes for our future home.

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Karen! So happy you stopped by Restored Style:). Thanks for visiting!

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  15. Amanda Said:

    Your kitchen is beautiful! Do you have tall ceilings or are they the standard 8ft? I’m saving these pics in my kitchen inspiration file for sure. Great job.

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  16. Rita Strickland Said:

    What is the paint color (the gray) used on the walls in the re-do?

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Rita! It’s called Rockport Grey from Benjamin Moore. I LOVE it! Thanks for stopping by:).

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  17. Paige Said:

    Wow! Melissa of the Inspired Room sent me to check out your remodel. We have a bungalo too and I love checking out remodels and seeing the potential. I LOVE the yellow accents in your kitchen. Another favorite is the hanging shelves with the wine glasses and the framed photos. Great idea!

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  18. Jena @ Involving Color Said:

    Kirsten, your kitchen is amazing! I’d love to add it and a few of your other room images to the inspiration galleries on my site and include you in a feature post. Let me know if you’re interested!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Jena! Thanks for the sweet comments on our kitchen – it was surely a labor of love:). I am for sure interested in your offer on involving color – I’ll email you:).

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  19. Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating Said:

    Found your kitchen photo at The Inspired Room and had to come check out your blog. Your remodeled kitchen is gorgeous. Maybe I think that because it looks just like mine! The only big differences are that you have dark perimeter counters and we have Carrara marble. And we didn’t end up using any glass-front cabinets, but I wish we did. Rockport Gray was my runner-up paint color for all the main areas of our house, but we ended up going with BM’s Ashley Gray, which had just a little more brown in it. Looking forward to checking out more of your stuff shortly!

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  20. Cassity @ Remodelaholic Said:

    This is AMAZING! I love the whole transformation, I would love to have you over for a guest post about this project on http://www.Remodelaholic.com. If you are interested would you email me? Then I can get you all the details!

    Thanks,
    Cassity

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  21. vicki Said:

    What color white are the cabinets? Love this kitchen!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Vicki! It’s Benjamin Moore’s White Dove. My favorite:)!

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  22. Nicole Said:

    Hi! Your kitchen is beautiful!! We are having white cabinets with honed black granite counters installed on the 31st of this month- thanks to you! I have chosen a white subway tile and was wondering what color grout you used? I’m sorry if you’ve already posted an answer… I couldnt locate the info on your blog. Thanks again for the inspiration!!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Nicole! Oh my gosh – will you pleaaaaase send me photos of your kitchen? Pretty please? Anyway, the grout color is called delorean grey – not sure on the spelling, but I’m sure someone who knows grout will know what I’m talking about:).

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  23. Nicole Said:

    Thank you Kirsten, I have seen the delorean grey at HD! I am so excited. And, oh yes- I will send you pictures. I know it won’t do your beautiful kitchen justice, but I’ll share!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hooray! So can’t wait to the pics:)!

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  24. Greg Said:

    Whoa! Those first two pictures really show the contrast. The subway tile and faucets along with the window trim give perception of a classic bungalow. Nice work putting it together.

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  25. NLW Said:

    Hi there … I was just searching for your source list and cannot find it. As I read through the posts, I was wondering if perhaps you answered most of the questions in the comments … and decided against posting one as a result. If you have a moment, will you let me know where you found your shades in the kitchen? I have a 1914, and the window sizes are not “standard.” I’m certain you are aware of what I mean by this :) . Thanks so much! Your kitchen remodel is gorgeous – congrats!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Of course! We actually found them at Target! Crazy, but they fit! Thanks for stopping by Restored Style!

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  26. Tammie Said:

    Beautiful photos! I’m wondering where you found those chunky wooden candle holders? Thank you!

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  27. Paula J Said:

    LOVE your kitchen!! Your lighting choices are perfect!

    Visiting from the Inspired Room.

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  28. Megan Orsi Said:

    Hi! I was looking through your post, but couldn’t find where you got your cabinets! I especially love the double-stacked look! I’ve not seen these before! My husband and I are hoping to redo the kitchen in our 1889 house and I love that your design really keeps with the style of the time. Just beautiful! Thanks in advance!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Megan! Thanks for the note! We had our cabinets custom built. With an old house, walls are wonky and it was hard to find cabinets that truly fit our space. So we had them built:). If you live in Portland, I’d be happy to give you our woodworker’s info. Good luck with your remodel – would love to see photos!

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  29. Susan Said:

    Please help me pick a paint color that will go with rock port grey by BMW ( that is my bedroom color) now I need one for hall and then kitchen they all connect. I need to get this done but I’m so unsure

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  30. Lisa Said:

    What is the actual dimension of the kitchen. I am considering a wall removal in an older home.

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Lisa! The actual kitchen is fairly small – it’s about 14 feet x 8 feet, which includes the bar.

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  31. Stancie Said:

    Hello! Love your kitchen…it’s one of my inspiration photos for my own reno I’ll be doing soon. Right now I’m gathering the items I need as I can afford them and then when we have everything for it when get started putting it all together. My question is…what brand is your faucet and where did you find it? I’ve been looking everywhere for one like it but cannot seem to find it. And also, how do you like it now that you’ve used if for awhile? Any info you can give would be great! Thanks so much :)

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  32. Dawn Said:

    Beautiful remodel! I love everything about it! Question though, what did you guys decide to do about a hood/fan for the stove and what was your thought process there? We are contemplating a similar remodel with a similar floor plan and I really don’t like the look of the hood over the island.

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Well, we just don’t have a hood fan:(. Our home wasn’t wired for it and changing the kitchen layout would have cost thousands of dollars alone. So we go without one, and it’s a-okay!

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  33. julie Said:

    Hello Kirsten,

    My husband are in the process of buying our first house – yay! I dream of a white kitchen like yours:) I have been thinking about painting the cabinets and landed on this post. Did you paint your current cabinets or did you get new ones? Thanks! If you did paint them, was it you or a professional. Thanks!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Julie! We had our cabinets custom built and our cabinet guy sprayed them for us. If you are looking for a great paint color for white cabinets – I always reccomend White Dove by Benjamin Moore!

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  34. jennie Said:

    Hi! Quick question – did you take out your soffit or are those faux cabinets up there?

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  35. Bonnie Said:

    I am so inspired! I’m going with gray and yellow for my dining room after seeing what you did to your kitchen, so beautiful! Keep up the good work :)

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