10.13.2014

Before And After: The Kitchen


It's finally time to present to you the first "official" before and after post for our new house [you can see the unofficial posts herehere, and here]. I have decided I am going to share one room at a time because 1) It's more fun that way 2) My blog post would be longer than the great wall of China if I did the whole house at the same time and 3) Not all of the rooms are done yet. And by not all rooms I really mean only this one room [the kitchen] is officially "done". And by "done" I mean "done enough". These days done enough is more than satisfactory in my book. As you will see below, we've come a long way. I'll try to reference every thing that I can, but if I forgot something, you have a question, or if you just want to send me a box of macaroni and cheese to cook in my new kitchen, feel free to do so. I'll gladly answer [and receive] any questions or presents you may throw my way. Let us begin.... 

When we took possession of our 1960's home, the kitchen left a lot to be desired. It was this really small, really strange space. For starters, you had this boxed in little area with cabinets hanging down from lovely soffits, a fake brick exterior, and then an extra wall of kitchen cabinets which was in what felt like the hallway. Basically it was a 2014 nightmare. 


I had absolutely no idea how we were going to maximize the space and make it feel like a normal, functional, beautiful kitchen. That's when I called in the help of a local kitchen design company, The Design Studio. Thank God for those people. They came out, told us exactly what we need to knock out, what we should add in [helllllllo center island], and then drew up something spectacular for us. 

Within one day of owning the home we had the entire kitchen gutted, the wall knocked down that was separating the kitchen and dining area, and was left with an empty canvas waiting to be filled up with all sorts of goodness. 


This is when things started getting fun again. After a few tweaks at The Design Studio [I obviously added in the beverage fridge, wine cubbies, and liquor cabinet..priorities] we had a space that I knew was going to be perfect for us. And well, I kinda think it is. #hearteyes


And there she is....our brand new favorite kitchen. Time to break down all the details...

Lets start with the paint color -- we went with Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue. Granted you don't see much of it due to the back splash, it is the perfect airy and fresh color. Speaking of the back splash, I am obsessed with how it turned out. For all of you locals, we purchased it from Troyer Carpets [the style is Miles Bliss Glass/Stone, Iceland color] and I couldn't be happier with it. 

succulents and salt/pepper shakers: target 

For the cabinetry I knew I wanted something slightly different. Not stained wood, not painted white, just something different. We decided on doing the perimeter cabinets in Homecrest Jordan style doors in the color Sand Dollar [which is similar to an off white or light grey depending on the light] with a smoke glaze. Again, we purchased these through The Design Studio


On the center island I wanted a slightly darker color so we went with Willow, which really just translates to grey. 
center island light: menards // bar stools: target

Here are two recommendations if you are either building a new home or remodeling -- make sure you get the soft close cabinets and choose plenty of deep drawers in your design. Who knew that a drawer could bring so much pleasure to your life but it absolutely does. Junk, junk, and more junk! There is plenty of room for it all! 


As far as the hardware goes on all of the cabinets. graphite it is. I felt like between the stainless steel appliances and the bronze light fixtures, this was a nice compliment to both. 


Lets talk counters shall we? Again, I wanted two different counters [variety is the spice of life people] so that's what we did. On the perimeter counters we went with a black honed granite. Basically that means it's not all shiny like you typical granite but rather it's matte and smooth as butter. Mama likes butter.

On the center island we decided on a white quartz with some gray marbling. I have never fallen more in love with a piece of stone. 

bowl and pumpkins: target 

As far as appliances go, we went with the Frigidaire Gallery line because guess who hates fingerprints all over things?


What's next? Oh yes, floors. Again for you local folk, we purchased ours at Troyer Carpets and I couldn't recommend them more. We went with the Montage birch distressed hardwood in the color coffee. Partially because I like coffee and partially because I like wood. 


Hands down one of my favorite things about our kitchen is the sink. I know, lame and boring thing to be so excited about but seriously. I insisted that we have a single bowl sink and it's been somewhat revolutionary. For those of you who don't hand wash your dishes, this is absolutely the way to go. It's huge. Do you know how many dirty dishes can pile up in a huge sink? Exactly. Amazing. 



Another favorite in the kitchen is the whole liquor/coffee area. We like to stay well hydrated in the Schrader house and this area ensures we do just that. Moscow mule anyone? 


And that completes the kitchen tour. I hope you all enjoyed your visit and will come back again soon ;) I'm off to go forget the fact that this blog post took more time to compose than this entire kitchen took to come together.


**It should be noted that all of the ceiling you see was installed by yours truly and my husband. 500 pine boards and 40 hours later, we are still married thankfully. It was touch and go there for a minute but we prevailed. There's a whole lotta love in that wood. And cuss words. Definitely a lot of cuss words.**

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56 comments:

  1. Wow, your kitchen turned out absolutely phenomenal! I can only imagine the amount of work that went into it, especially putting up the pine boards on the ceiling. I absolutely love how everything turned out - the colors you chose work really well together. Congrats on your finished kitchen!

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  2. Wow I have serious kitchen envy. Looks great!

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  3. Such a beautiful kitchen and wow what a difference!

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  4. So when is the HGTV show going to debut, because I need to set my DVR to record it :) LOOKS INCREDIBLE! I'm a little obsessed with this kitchen...it's basically perfect. I love how you have a mix of beachy white with industrial and modern. I LOVE! Way to go, sister! I'm impressed.

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  5. Wow what a transformation!!! It looks amazing!

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  6. Your new kitchen is absolutely stunning. I would never want to leave and I don't even like to cook. It gives me hope that one day my kitchen will look like the kitchen of my dreams. One day. Y'all did good!

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  7. crap, Im obsessed with your kitchen!! I wish I had a house and a kitchen like this!

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  8. What a gorgeous kitchen, and amazing transformation - now pop open the champers x

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  9. my mouth hung open this entire post. this looks so incredibly good. i am so impressed!

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  10. Obsessed! I love this, so gorgeous!

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  11. So jealous of that kitchen!! I love all the small details and the "beverage area." Such a good idea!

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  12. Wow!!! Their old phone!!! hahahahaha Your new kitchen is wonderful!! :)

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  13. OMG, this is absolutely gorgeous! It's a complete 180 from the original! Beautiful!!!

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  14. IN.SO.MUCH.LOVE.WITH.THIS! Absolutely b-e-a-utiful!

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  15. Simply stunning! Love it!

    -Kate
    www.theflorkens.com

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  16. Yaaay, I've been waiting for this! And it looks amazing! You did such an incredible job - and that island countertop... swoon!! XO, S

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  17. Gorgeous! And still so warm and inviting! Well done.

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  18. Simply gorgeous!!! I love every single detail!

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  19. Wow, Erin! It looks absolutely gorgeous!

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  20. Love Love Love it!!! It seems like you two have been doing WORK! I can't believe how quickly you guys did this. It looks perfect!

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  21. Wow!! Absolutely GORGEOUS! I love the ceiling! So worth it!

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  22. The kitchen looks amazing! It should be noted that Pinterest sent me an email that was entirely mac and cheese recipes this weekend and I thought they may have sent it to the wrong email address... clearly they meant to send it to you. Just saying. The deep sink is definitely key-- we're glad we have one of those too. I'm jealous of your beverage fridge and wine cubbies. One day when we're not living in a cramped row house, I'll get my way and have those as well.

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  23. Please excuse me while I sink deeper into kitchen dreamland....the coffee and booze area....a dream space. Love all of the details you chose...absolutely gorgeous!

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  24. The kitchen looks AMAZING!! Gorgeous, pinnable kitchen. Love all the details! xo

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  25. AMAZING I love some good before and afters!!

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  26. Incredible work!! I want a kitchen like this one someday!!

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  27. What a beautiful kitchen! Thank you for sharing the transformation!

    Michelle
    MattersofMichelle.com

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  28. Love. Beautiful. Gorgeous. I want it. Awesome job. That is all.

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  29. WOW, WOW, WOW! In the words of your BFF Giuliana Rancic......AHHHMAZING! Or simply AMAZEBALLS! :-) Beautiful!

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  30. feed me some mac & cheese, and i'll start a HGTV petition to get you a show. your beverage corner is what dreams are made of though.

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  31. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE.
    You guys did an amazing job designing and picking things out.
    Can't wait to see the rest of the house :-)

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  32. Oh my goodness, your kitchen is beautiful!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  33. Bravo! Looks wonderful! We have honed granite and gray cabinets and I love both!!! Stop copying me already! ;)

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  34. I love all of the many details you put in to your new space, especially loving the ceiling!

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    1. I especially love the vented stove. No ugly hood. Very classy.

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  36. LOVE it so much! Every detail is perfect. It makes me want to go home and re-do our kitchen (and the rest of our house)!

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  37. Ahhhhhh! It. looks. GREAT! You guys got this done quickly and it looks amaaazing!!! Totally worth it, right??

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  38. words cannot even begin to describe what I think about your kitchen. Holy frackkkkk Erin amazing job. I love all of the details and I so, so want this island

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  39. I think this is now my dream kitchen

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  40. What a transformation! It seriously looks incredible!

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  41. I LOVE THIS! I particularly love the ceilings, now! Great job, girl! You've got a great eye for interior decorating.

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  42. Oh I'm soooo in love with your kitchen!! And I'm glad you found the Moscow Mule mugs... I must have missed the post about them :P Hope you're loving the new house!

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  43. Oh, I kinda hate blogs where they go 'My oh my, look at my amazing amazing home that I managed to single-handedly DIY whilst juggling my three thriving online businesses, my '$20,000 a month income providing-blog' and my three beautiful gifted children, all of whom I breastfed whilst DIYing'...that's why I've decided I LOVE your blog and will be a regular visitor....what I want, when I go to a blog, is to see REAL. To feel like the writer understands life's not perfect, understands that readers want to be inspired but inspired by something REAL.... kudos to you. I've hopped around your blog a little and have loved every post.

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  44. What is the name and make of the island countertop

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)