When I paint kitchen cabinets I usually have HGTV playing in the background. So in light of that, I am going to start naming my projects HGTV Style. Today’s “Barn Door Kitchen Remodel” reveal is amazing.
My friends Lisa and Steve had some great ideas for what they desired in their kitchen remodel and together we transformed their traditional suburban kitchen to a custom design that serves their needs functionally and beautifully–punctuated with some incredible barn-like doors for their pantry.
Let’s go back to the beginning. This is what their kitchen looked like before we started:
The two requests Steve and Lisa had for their kitchen remodel were:
- To somehow change the layout that would allow better movement of guests between the family room, kitchen and dining room.
- Update the look.
As a pastor and wife to a thriving church, they often invited people over to gather and felt like everyone often ended up crowding in the kitchen instead of spreading out to the family room and dining room.
The peninsula was a major contributor to this issue, so the design idea I suggested was to remove the peninsula and replace it with a large island that would open up the space between the two rooms.
There was an eating area in the kitchen which would no longer exist because of the island, so in order to continue flow between all three spaces I suggested opening up the wall between the kitchen and dining room, where there would be a large farmhouse table to seat multiple guests. See the small arched opening below:
Here was the result!
~ tear down peninsula and build an island
~ carry wood floors through entire kitchen family room to connect all three spaces
~ paint cabinets white ( I used my new favorite cabinet color: Banner White by RL) and add new hardware
~ add pendant lights over the island
~ replace pantry doors with barn doors (this was Steve and Lisa’s idea–they came unstained and Steve stained them himself. The doors totally make the kitchen!)
~ new stainless appliances
~ granite countertops, stone backsplash and some beautiful barstools
Steve and Lisa have a great eye for design and did a fantastic job choosing many of these options–I just was there for moral support and confirmation on choices!
In opening up the doorway between the kitchen and dining room, Steve and Lisa lost one bank of cabinets. A small sacrifice to have access and connection to the main seating area from the kitchen.
Now these three spaces flow so nicely. Their kids eat breakfast at the island each morning and dinners some nights as the busy teens rotate through. Family and hosting guest dinners take place in their beautiful new dining room:
We also worked on the design and flow between the living room (to the left of the front door entryway) into the dining room. We pulled blue and grey through the entire area so all rooms feel fluid and cohesive.
Here’s one last before and after:
Don’t you just want to sit down for a cup of coffee and conversation?
Steve and Lisa are dear friends and we are blessed to have them in our lives. Like I have said before, one of the BEST parts of this job is getting to spend time with amazing people.
Have a blessed, restful, adventurous, productive, family-filled, football watching weekend!