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Before & After: Paige and Todd’s Kitchen Renovation

by Lauren Chorpening

In my home growing up, we had the tiniest kitchen. It had been an add-on to the house in the 1950s, but apparently the previous owners thought they shouldn’t add too much — it was teeny. The rest of the house wasn’t huge, but it was open. It flowed from room to room until you got to the kitchen and then you were cut off from all other activity. When I first saw Paige and Todd’s kitchen, I was instantly excited for them to have a beautiful space, but more so for them to have connection to the rest of their Boulder, CO home. It makes being in the kitchen so much more enjoyable. Plus, the result really is gorgeous.

Paige and Todd Hooper took six months to renovate their kitchen and did most of the work on their own. They tore out the upper and lower cabinets, broke down a wall and refurbished what was left. New cabinets, tiling (that Todd learned to cut himself, which is amazing), countertops, fixtures, flooring and appliances went in. They left the pantry and painted it and the walls white to open up the kitchen even more. The feeling in this space is so inviting and fresh. It is modern and lived-in and lovely. The Hoopers have created an incredible space in their home. —Lauren

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Paige and Todd Hooper's kitchen, before & after.
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Paige and Todd's kitchen, before. The kitchen hadn't been updated since the 1980s and there was a lot of yellow going on.
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Paige and Todd's kitchen, before. View of the eating area cut off from the rest of the kitchen.
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Paige and Todd's kitchen, during the renovation. The wall dividing the spaces was torn out by the Hoopers to give the kitchen flow.
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Paige and Todd's kitchen, after. The depth that the furniture, color palette and openness has created is unreal when compared to the before shots.
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Paige and Todd's kitchen, after. Tearing down the window wall and reconfiguring the work area not only visually opened the kitchen, but also opened up more prep and seating space.
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Paige and Todd's kitchen, after. Extra cabinetry on the bottom means the Hoopers can show off their herringbone tile, her favorite serving pieces and daily used dishes.
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Paige and Todd's kitchen, after. A detail of the herringbone tile work that they did themselves. Amazing.
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Paige and Todd's kitchen, after. The industrial open shelves were a DIY project done by Paige.

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  • This is beautiful!! Any tips on how to live w/o a kitchen for 6mo?? Did you have a “mini” kitchen somewhere else in the house? We are embarking on a kitchen remodel in the Fall and i’m already stressing about how we are going to cope…

    • Hi Kiki,

      Thanks so much! Not gonna lie…it is no picnic :) We ate out a lot (I know, not something you want to hear…) and when we cooked we tried to do oven meals only…so we could throw it in and leave it and not have to hang out in there haha.

      Also just because it took so long, our kitchen was in different stages of disrepair all the time. Sometimes it was better than others, so take advantage of those times. It was pretty useable 60% of the time I’d say. But, I think having a mini kitchen somewhere else in the house is a great idea though!

  • Gorgeous makeover- the herringbone tile project turned out fantastically!

    I think the hardest part of a kitchen remodel would be picking the finishes and knowing that it’s what you truly want. I’m so in-between cabinet colors and counter top materials, etc….I don’t know how I’m ever going to choose without second guessing everything! Did you and your husband know exactly what you wanted from the get-go or were there other materials, colors, etc that your were between?

    • Thanks so much Erin! :)

      It is hard — there are so many options! It’s probably corny, but Pinterest was a great tool for me to narrow down what I wanted and what I thought was possible for us to do ourselves. I made a Kitchen board on Pinterest that I added only pictures of finishes that were my last picks so I could see them side by side and get a good feel of how they would go together. And before we even started, I set out to Pinterest for ideas when I had no idea what I wanted to do. OK this is turning into an Ad for Pinterest now :) BUT once I picked the materials I wanted, we stuck to them; luckily there was no middle materials needed.

  • Lovely makeover but assuming the old top cupboards were used and probably full, where do you store everything that isn’t displayable when you’ve eliminated them?

    • Thanks Isabelle! I knew many people would have this thought (and my parents were pretty doubtful too haha) but I really have cabinet room to spare! I’m not a huge cook or anything but I’d say I have a normal amount of kitchen gadgets, pots and pans, and dishes as the next gal.

      The wood shelves alone hold more dishes than we would ever need (I actually bought most of them for filler and decoration) and we still have dishes in our cab drawers. We have 2 huge corner cabs for pots and pans (and they swivel out and spin..thanks Ikea!), and drawers on drawers for more glasses, mugs, and gadgets. So we’re made in the shade as far as storage. I am a use it or lose it kind of person though, so that may help.

  • I would be SO happy with a kitchen like this! I love the additions of different wood finishes, and that tile is drool-worthy. I, too, wonder where everything is actually stored though!

    • Thanks so much Harper :)

      The wood shelves alone hold more dishes than we would ever need (I actually bought most of them for filler and decoration) and we still have dishes in our cab drawers. We have 2 huge corner cabs for pots and pans (and they swivel out and spin..thanks Ikea!), and drawers on drawers for more glasses, mugs, and gadgets. So we’re made in the shade as far as storage. I am a use it or lose it kind of person though, so that may help.

  • Nice tile! A change from the usual pattern. Cutting tiles is just part of tiling – kudos on the DIY but not sure why it’s so amazing to be able to use a tile cutter. In contrast to commenters wondering where you keep everything, I’m wondering why you need the wall of cabinets – do you keep non-kitchen stuff there?

    • Thanks Leila! My husband Todd laughed at this, and he agrees. I guess it is one of those reno tasks that looks scary from afar, but once you get to it it’s not all that bad. It scared me though! And I’m pretty sure Todd never wants to look at a tile saw again.

      True, most uppers are for dishes and we have more dishes than we know what to do with on those shelves. The shelves are pretty huge IRL (heh). About 7ft long.

  • Lovely detailing on the peninsula, swoonworthy tile and darn it if i’m not reconsidering my stance on rugs in the kitchen now- it looks fabulous!

  • I noticed that your stools are pretty close to your dining room table… which is something we’re probably going to encounter with our remodel. Can you tell me the dimension of the counter overhang, and how close that is to the dining table? The whole thing looks awesome! And yes, I can vouch for the crazy dust level on tearing out a wall, but sooo much brighter with it gone!

  • Were the open shelves installed after all the tile was laid? Or did you do shelves first and then tile around it?

  • Fabulous job you guys!! Absolutely beautiful! I have nickel pendants over my island but have been struggling with what type of fixture to hang over our kitchen table. Where did you purchase the pendant over your table?

  • Wow, that is a major remodel! It’s beautiful. Personally, I am a huge fan of the modern design that you really captured. The tile on the walls make them look huge! The cabinets are a lovely color! Thanks for sharing!

  • Wow. What a great job. Cooking is an art in and of itself. Without a great kitchen, a cooks job can be limited. This is some great inspiration as to how to make the best of a kitchen remodeling.

  • I love seeing kitchen transformations! Their kitchen turned out so well, and all the hard work they put in really shows. This has inspired me to get my renovation going.

  • What color/brand of grout is that? I’m looking for a strong medium grey grout, not too cool, not brownish. That looks perfect. Is it sealed or unsealed? thanks!

  • This is really outstanding DIY work! They must have some prior experience with both design and kitchen building. It is not normal for a DIY homeowner to take on the plumbing and flooring and cabinetry work in a kitchen remodel. What this couple has done is a kitchen masterpiece. As far as the design choices I like the use of white and the contrasting color brown. White is really in and sells well on the market so the couple has really upped the resale value of their home. They also are using granite countertops and stainless steel appliances which are really in demand by home buyers.

  • Fantastic remodel, what more is there to say! If you are still reading these posts, could you share the size (format) of the tiles on the wall?

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