It’s always a treat to see complete kitchen makeovers, the kind where everything gets gutted and the “after” is a total surprise. Luckily, we have two of those today, so get ready for some fun reveals. Julie’s new kitchen is dreamy in so many ways. I particularly love the tile, but the floating shelving, modern island with barstools and warm wood with white aren’t too shabby, either. Amazing transformation, Julie! — Kate
Time: 3 months
Cost: $15,000 (including all new appliances)
Basic Steps: Our kitchen (as you can see) was a complete gut. What took the most time was figuring out the layout. We didn’t want a traditionally arranged kitchen and really wanted a horizontal upper. We downloaded the Ikea kitchen planner (which I would very much recommend to anyone designing a new kitchen) and went over every possibility to make it work. My dad built the countertops, which are just white laminate, and my husband did the rest. I really wanted quartz, but it just wasn’t in the budget. To make the laminate a bit more fun, we had my dad build them with a two-inch reveal to chunk them up a bit.
We started with the cabinets and the floor and went from there. I had visions of an all-white kitchen but decided to go with the warm lower cabinets that matched the colour of my husband’s coffee — you can imagine why. I really wanted a playful backsplash with impact, so we decided on the glass tile, which we got from a friend at $7.00 a square foot! I think I mentioned previously that my husband learned how to do the tiling online. Again, big money saver!
Advice I would give to anyone tackling the same type of project is plan, plan plan! It’s the hardest part. Another thing I would say is to keep on top of your budget. It’s so easy for it to get out of hand with spending when it comes to a kitchen, but we really wanted function over fancy. What you don’t see in the photos is that the island is loaded with drawers, and the only doors are under the sink. That combined with the slide-out pantry made for fabulous storage. I am relieved to say that we wouldn’t change a thing! — Julie
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Our second kitchen makeover is from Allison, whose clean new kitchen features a lot of smart decisions like Julie’s above: floating shelving, tile backsplash, minimalist appliances and plenty of fresh, bright white. The retro-style light fixture is a nice touch, and the larger subway-style tiles add a nice, clean look to the backsplash. Nice work, Allison!
Time: It took about 4 months to finish the physical remodeling, but I’ve spent about 7 months accessorizing and organizing.
Basic Steps: In the brainstorming phase, I bookmarked at least 100 kitchens. Then I flushed out similar characteristics in those rooms —white, clean, vintage & industrial hints, etc. — and eliminated features that I might grow tired of quickly. I also considered what elements would complement the rest of our home. I modeled several versions of our kitchen on paper and, after much debate, settled on one that we both liked.
I would advise only demo-ing necessary portions of the kitchen and trying to maintain some function through the process. We deconstructed every aspect of the kitchen from the start and then realized that it wasn’t completely necessary. A little more planning on our part would’ve easily shaved a month off of the physical remodeling portion and saved our sanity a little. — Allison