The Fullmer’s kitchen is d-o-n-e and I can’t wait to share all of the photos today! We’ve been sharing progress as we go, so in case you missed it, here are the past posts about…
All the before photos and mood board
Demoing the kitchen and the new layout
Finding asbestos and course correcting
The Ultimate Kitchen Space Planning Cheat Sheet
Things To Know When Planning an Ikea Kitchen
New Wood Floors are in!
Building a Custom Tiled Range Hood
All About Those Gorgeous Appliances
Everything you need to know about using Semihandmade cabinet fronts with Ikea cabinets
Installing the sink and faucet
How we DIYed the open shelving
How we organized the cabinets and a video tour inside every one!
We still have a post coming for the beams but other than that–this brings us to today. We couldn’t be happier with the way this kitchen turned out. I would copy and paste it in our own house in a heartbeat. Here’s how the Fullmer kitchen looks now:
And here’s how it looked before we started:
Before, the kitchen and dining room was crammed together on one side of a wall of cabinetry and the living room was on the other. We removed the wall and placed the dining table in the center which allowed us to extend the kitchen all the way into the previous dining space.
The left window remained the same size (although we did update the window!) and the right window was made slightly smaller to match and to fit cabinetry to the right and beneath. We used Ikea cabinetry with Semihandmade doors for the entire kitchen! It’s a great budget-friendly way to go, and we love the mix of fresh white (supermatte white doors from semihandmade) mixed with our own line of Semihandmade doors–here we used the Cove color which is a beautiful, durable light warm wood tone.
Here’s the before of the same angle:
I’m absolutely biased since it’s our own line, but the Cove doors really make this kitchen something special. We carried the wood from the pantry wall, to the island and installed two opened shelves on the opposite side of the kitchen that we stained to match to unify the whole kitchen. (Linked all the sources at the very bottom of the post!)
With a house full of young kids (and the sippy cups to go with it!) we were happy to give the Fullmers plenty of stylish, closed storage and upper cabinets. But it needed this breathable, open corner to balance it out. You can have both!
Another layer of interest that adds an understated, but important touch is the backsplash. It’s like your basic subway tile grew up. It’s varied and warm and soft and—ugh. I love it. We originally got it for the cabin kitchen, but were so happy to repurpose it here.
We took on this project shortly after the complete loss of our cabin to fire. Separately, but simultaneously, our friends were hiring out their kitchen renovation and I was answering their questions and advising them on the daily. Chris and I talked and thought, “Maybe a project would be good for us right now.” and we asked the Fullmers if we could do the renovation ourselves. They shared inspiration photos and I quickly got excited about the possibilities and drew up plans. We had the best time doing this kitchen and it helped lift our spirits and keep our minds occupied.
The tile sweeps over the whole backsplash and up to the ceiling where there are no cabinets. We even tiled the range hood which really helps everything blend in person so other things can stand out. A common mistake I see is trying to make everything a show piece. Supporting players in a room are just as important.
The Cove cabinets from our line with Semihandmade are definitely a statement piece. So are the White and Brushed Bronze Cafe Appliances. They are gorgeous and actually tie the wood and white together as well. Bonus, The Fullmers have been so happy with their performance too. Win win win.
The other show stopper is absolutely the chandelier over the island. It was a risk I wasn’t sure about until I unwrapped it and then have never been so sure of something. It’s common to put pendants over the island and a chandelier over a dining table but I just thought–let’s switch this up! And I’m so glad we did. It’s art, truly.
Here’s how the dining room looks with the kitchen.
One last before and after? Okay!
We came so far in this kitchen and we had the most fun doing it.
We still have a few more things to share in the coming days–that BEAM TUTORIAL (they changed everything) and how the whole space looks now. I’ll share EVERY LAST SOURCE below and will happily answer any questions in the comments!
Cabinets : Ikea Sektion boxes with Semihandmade X Chris Loves Julia Cove cabinet doors mixed with Semihandmade Supermatte White doors.
Countertops: Silestone Ariel Quartz
Cafe Appliances: Refrigerator, Range, Dishwasher, Microwave, Hood Insert
Tile –Bedrosians Cloe White
Bin Pulls (4″)
Flooring :Stuga Studio Oak Muse
Floating Shelves DIY : Cutting Board | Colander | Lidded Canisters | Pitcher | Creamer | Painting | Terracotta Bowl
Marble cutting board
Black and Brass pot
White Vase and Faux Lilac stems
Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Olympic Mountains
Mounting Brackets for Beams
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