New Kitchen Project

Thought I’d share a little before and after today of a kitchen we recently completed.  This job was of note because it wasn’t a full renovation.  95% of the kitchens we do are full gut jobs.  Usually they are old, cramped, and need a major overhaul.  In this case, the kitchen was pretty functional except for a broken range and a few dated materials.

Due to the extra depth of the range, we needed to re-work things a bit, so we decided to improve this whole side of the kitchen.  Cabinets and a custom hood were built to match the rest of the kitchen.  Florata granite, a new tile backsplash and updated hardware complete the makeover.

dm kitchen 3 range and hood

Unfortunately my before pictures are kind of lacking.  The old range jutted out from the wall on an angle.  There was a downdraft hood and not a lot of counter space on either side.

old range

Off the range was a raised eating counter that jutted further into the room on an angle.  It ended up created a bottleneck of traffic getting in and out of the room with stools constantly in the way.

old peninsula

We decided to rework the area, keeping it clean and simple.  The range is now straight against the wall with plenty of prep space on either side.  The eating peninsula comes out straight into the room, creating more space and easy flow.  We also kept the eating area at counter height.   Now it can double as an extra prep zone.  I happen to hate raised counters for eating.  I think they are uncomfortable, unsightly and break up counter space.

dm kitchen peninsula and hood

Open shelves are a nice place to store cookbooks and vases.  I like how the open space allowed us to take the tile all the way up the wall.

dm kitchen open shelves

Speaking of the tile, I Love the detail we created above the range.  Tone-on-tone with a pattern change is subtle, pretty and sophisticated.  This isn’t some trendy tile accent my clients will tire of in a few years!  (Such a common mistake in kitchen renos.)

dm kitchen 2 curved hood backsplash detail

Lighting is always a place to have a little fun in the kitchen.

dm kitchen black capiz shell pendant dm kitchen peninsula

Really happy with how this one turned out.  I hope my clients’ enjoy it for many years to come!

dm kitchen 1 white knotty pine floor

  1. Susan

    Beautiful backsplash. Love the accent tiles over the stove as well. Great job!

  2. Laura J

    love love love the back splash! Care to share the details? Thanks!!!

  3. Jengi

    Beautiful work Naomi! You are inspiring me for my own kitchen update, everything you’ve put together for this kitchen is just beautiful,

    I love how you took the tile up to the ceiling, very nice. All the details are well thought out. I too have the step up counter that I am having “leveled” so to speak. Your images helps me envision it more clearly.

    I’d love to know more about the hood, is it custom built? And just how about your beautiful subway tile, I’ve been looking at a Walker Zanger subway….is this the same?

    Thanks for sharing this kitchen!

  4. Sharon

    I just love looking at kitchens. Job well done.

  5. Janna

    Nice work! I love how classic it is, but with lots of interesting detail.
    Layout is everything isn’t it?

  6. Aaargh! I was just skimming the text but only looking at the pictures really and thought till the end this was your own new kitchen .. till I read ” I hope my clients will enjoy it for many years to come”.I am so onsessed by your cottage that I hope every thing I see is about that, hahaha.
    It’s a beautiful kitchen.I hope yours wil be a gorgeosu as well soon!

  7. Cathy

    Fabulous! Love the materials and how you have transformed the space without a full gut job!

  8. Leah

    love the backsplash, lighting, and open shelving! great job.

  9. Kristen

    So much better! Love the way it came out.

  10. megan

    Can you tell me who makes the tile as well as the color of it? Do you know the color of the grout as well?

    Thank you.

  11. I desperately want you to come before and after my kitchen (ok, just after…). Looks AMAZING. Love the glazed tile and lack of mullety counters.

    Sigh. Sigh. Sigh.

    ps: did you take these pictures? You’re getting good!

    • Naomi

      Erin, I did take them. Thanks! That means a lot coming from you.

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