With our upcoming kitchen remodel (our number one project on our 2021 to-do list), we’ve had kitchens on our minds. So I thought it would be fun to look back at the 6 kitchens we’ve renovated and documented in the past and revisit them and maybe even pick out a few things (if any) I would still implement in a kitchen today.
I think it’s important to note this was 2013! And our first home! And I used a rejuvenation sconce over the sink! There are a lot of things here I would do differently today– but the floor the ceiling marble tile around the pantry–*chef’s kiss!* and I’m still a sucker for walnut butcher block counters. If you don’t want it to be your sole countertop, integrate it into an island or accent counter. I love the warmth it adds to this day!
We finished the kitchen in our previous home in 2015 and I never stopped loving it. I STILL love it 6 years later. As you can see, we used walnut on the island and DIY white concrete counters on the perimeter. I love the idea of mixing countertops. Having something different on your perimeter than your island is as fresh as mixed metals.
In 2016, we traveled to Pittsburgh to tackle a 6 day kitchen renovation and it’s one of my favorite before and afters to date.
My favorite takeaway is art belongs everywhere–especially the kitchen. We reached out to the owners (okay, it’s my aunt and uncle) just this week to see how their kitchen has held up and they so graciously gave us some feedback to share with you!
“I love my kitchen, remodeled and designed by Chris loves Julia a few years ago. It is sleek, and modern, and very open and bright. It is gorgeous.
I come from a large italian home, therefore very family –oriented. It’s understood that I will host for holidays, and pretty much any event (Kentucky Derby, Academy Awards) The kitchen has inspired the creative cook in all of us, and we’ve all added a few touches, or appliances to make the area our own. The kitchen actually hasn’t changed – most of it has stayed as pristine and lovely as the day it was completed. My pride and joy!
Something stuck with me not long after it was remodeled. I was asked ‘what do you like best about your kitchen?’ and at the time, I blurted out ‘the cabinets with the pull out shelves (IKEA)’, pausing, and adding,” no, wait – I mean the lighting!’ referring to the modern urban ceiling light fixture.
Later I wanted to call her back and tell her ‘it’s the appliances, definitely the appliances.’ This went on with me. I still do it because I love every little detail big and small.
Tomorrow when I do my weekly baking, I’ll wipe down the butcher block counter-tops and whisper to myself ‘oh, I like you the best!'” -Betsy Worrall
The following year, we were hired by Lowe’s to do a 3 day makeover for one lucky winner. (These timelines kept getting shorter!) We flew to Baltimore with our dream team and completely transformed this 100 year old kitchen.
My favorite takeaway: If there’s brick to be exposed–do that! And! a shelf under upper cabinets is completely charming and functional (we’ve implemented it in our own kitchen since!)
We also reached out to these sweet homeowners to see how it has worked for them since the renovation. Here’s what Aura had to say!
“We’re approaching four years since Chris and Julia (plus soon-to-be-born Polly!), Scott and Kim, Daniel, and Brandon renovated our kitchen over the course of just a long weekend. We’re as in love with the result today as we were the day of the reveal. The taller ceiling with beautiful beadboard is a noticeable feature that continues to wow us. It makes the room feel bigger, brighter, and connected to our adjoining living room. Our island was another game-changer from the project. We’ve enjoyed having a space to prepare meals, eat casually, and clean up easily (the island houses a dishwasher we sorely missed previously). We’ve used the island to fill fresh pasta, prep homemade pizza before it makes its trip to the oven, stage a buffet when hosting, and unpack groceries close to the fridge. The “butcher board” counters have held up remarkably well for the material, though we admit are due for a refinishing (it’s on our to-do list!). Julia nailed the balance of open shelving and traditional cabinetry, and we’ve been delighted by how easy it is to access our daily glasses and dishes. It’s a testament to the team’s design and craft that not much has changed since 2017. Over time, we’ve swapped the stools (we still use the originals if we have guests) and enhanced the interiors of our pantry and cabinets by adding in storage solutions for our microwave, sheet pans, cutting boards, spices, etc. We’re looking forward to loving this space for years to come.” -Aura Weiner
In 2019, we tackled the Fullmer’s kitchen. It was such a fun renovation to do with our best friends and the result was warm and fresh.
We used the wood cabinets from our Semihandmade line (in Cove) here and I still love the idea of wood cabinets and I think they are only starting to trend more. I also still love a tiled hood and statement chandelier over the island instead of pendants.
Here’s what Kelsi had to say about her kitchen almost 2 years later!
“I have tried to think of one thing I would want to change in this kitchen and the truth is…there isn’t one thing I would change! I told Julia everything I dreamed of in a kitchen and she even added things I didn’t know I needed and here we have my perfect kitchen. We don’t have a pantry in our house and I don’t even find myself wishing I had one there is so much storage. My favorite parts are the Cleaning cabinet and the toaster cabinet and the fun hidden drawers where I can hide the knives and my treats. The layout is just so functional and I still find myself staring at it a year and a half later. Oh and the wall of dreamy tile never gets old either!” -Kelsi Fullmer
In the same year, we did a phase 1, $1000 makeover of our kitchen in our new house and it has served us so well during this interim before a full renovation of this space.
The things I still love? A free-standing cabinet absolutely has a spot in the kitchen and I LOVE glass front cabinets. LOVE THEM. Will absolutely do it again. I also love the idea of all of the cabinets painted one color and even the backsplash. It feels bold even when the color is soft and nearly neutral.
I’m still working on designs for our new kitchen, but I can confidently say that it will include a lot of my takeaways from these!
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