Giving this room a makeover has been one of my absolute favorite projects to date. It was pretty crazy! Today I'm here to share all the details.
First off (yeah, you know what's coming), a little walk down memory lane. Remember this kitchen??
The wood walls, ceilings and cabinets made it feel smaller than it really was. The layout was squished and impractical (when we looked at the house, the fridge was squeezed in between the stove and the window, and there was a washer and dryer in the kitchen). When we bought the house, we were given a magazine of historic homes from the 1980s, and most of the homes looked identical to how this one looked when we found it. It hadn't been updated in a good 30 years. We like to think that made us soul mates. Yes, soul mates with the house. :)
Today the kitchen feels larger, brighter and happier…most definitely happier.
One of the first big choices we made was to remove all of the upper cabinets and to install open shelving. We've been super happy with this choice! I love the white subway tile all the way up the ceiling, and I personally enjoy seeing our dishes at a glance all at once. It's convenient.
Changing out the door for a door with windows made a big difference in the light in the room. You can also see here that the window above the sink is now twice as big. That was one of those (rare) projects that actually cost less than I thought. In the future, I won't hesitate to get window quotes because the impact a larger window can have on a room is just incredible!
We had to relocate the washer and dryer, but it was completely worth it to free up this wall for the fridge. We added a few shelves here, and use this wall to store our rolling cart that we often use for food photos.
When we decided to paint the lower cabinets a bold color, there was a lot of debate (admittedly, mostly inside my own brain) about which color to choose. Around here yellow often wins. I'm so glad it won this time. I can't imagine them any other way.
The addition of the barn door was incredibly helpful. It was a practical choice because previously the door swung out into the kitchen and all the way into the dining room. It was awkward. So the sliding door solved the practical problem, but it's also incredibly charming. I would definitely recommend it and do it again in my own home.
Thanks for taking a look at our crazy before/after experience! Let me know if you have any questions. It was so much fun.
Credits // Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Stella from The Signature Collection.
Source List: Paint Colors—Trim/Ultra White by Valspar, Walls/Paramount White by Valspar, Yellow/Golden Meadow by Valspar. Barn Door/Rustica Hardware. Let me know if I've missed anything!