When Chris and Julia, the bloggers behind , moved into their home two years ago, they immediately started fantasizing about how they could refresh their basic kitchen. Wooden cabinets, tiled flooring, and black appliances didn't showcase their unique style. Instead, they wanted a bolder (but still neutral) palette that mixed dark and light colors.
But the renovation didn't happen immediately and took a while to come together (as most do). The plan was to totally rehaul their kitchen, with new cabinets, tiles, appliances, and more, but initially they tided themselves over by trying to make the most of what they had, painting the existing cabinetry and replacing the C-shaped island with a rectangular one that didn't close off the room so much.
Here's a look at the original and interim kitchen:
When it was time for the full-on demo, a project that took seven weeks and several rounds of drawings, the first things they tackled were structural updates. They downsized an existing laundry room off the kitchen, so they could add a walk-in pantry with a pocket door next to their fridge and shifted their sink away from the corner. They also added windows for more light.
Then they attacked smaller (but still important) updates, like replacing overhead cabinets with reclaimed open shelving. Dark black IKEA cabinets create contrast and glamour when placed against the white walls, backsplash, and countertops and give the room a modern vibe.
It's in the details — such as glass light fixtures, a butcher block-topped kitchen island, and a deep chrome sink — where the real personality shows. However, the couple's favorite update of all was the new appliances, which transformed this average cooking space into a chef's kitchen (check out that double stovetop and oven situation).
Take a look at the completed room:
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