Sunday, October 23, 2011

Kitchen Accomplished...The Reveal


This is why you never saw me post about our kitchen. The home 

was built in 1927. When we purchased the home it had the 1985 

remodel pictured above. Although we recognized the space was 

outdated and not our taste, it somehow didn't bother us so long 

as it was functional. As a result, we procrastinated in 

updating the space. In fact, the reason we finally renovated 

this year was because the appliances(refrigerator and stove) 

were starting to give up and the ceramic tiles around the sink 

began to fall off. Also, I've been propositioned to enter our 

home in the neighborhood's annual home tour for 2012. A 

really terrific designer and blogger Katie Denham of Katiedid also lives 

here (another fact I can use to boast that our area is the 

best!) and featured her home in the 2009 home tour. Her home is still being raved 

about today and her kitchen was a show stopper and a stand out 

favorite. I knew I had to do something to our space before I 

opened the doors to the public.

The total cost for this project including all appliances was 

just under $38K. The inspiration behind the design is French 


The size of this space prior to our restoration was just 100 

square ft.

Because of its location and our budget, we were only 

able to add 10 more square feet to the small space. We took 

that space from the adjacent hallway behind the East wall of 

the kitchen located directly behind the old electric oven which 

contained a narrow utility closet that we only used to store 

some tools. 

 Another affordable proposed solution which was within the 

budget was to open the kitchen up to the current formal dining 

room behind the south wall. For our family, that was not an 

option. Both Dan and I are big lovers of traditional formal 

dining rooms and so joining the two rooms was quickly ruled 

 Due to the distance of the cook top from the main sink, a small 

vegetable sink and faucet with pull out spray was installed for 

convenient pot filling and pasta draining.

 The small sink will have a round cutting board with a pull out 

hole that fits perfectly over the sink for extra prep space on 

the counter. While we wait for the builder to supply it, we 

have improvised with this cutting board.

  I am very happy with all the details including the wallpaper, 

dentil moulding and door appliques. We thought it gave the 

space a warm elegance typically found in French Country 


Love the $15.00 Ikea chalkboard.
Coordinating counter height rolling cart that double duties as 

as a serving cart for the dining room.

A nice alternative for kitchens with very limited counter 

  The cart is a great mobile prep station that can be 

conveniently rolled anywhere in the space or out of the way 

into the pantry or laundry/mud room.
Removable shelves to allow for use as a small eating space. 
With the new kitchen, Papa Dan will be guest posting about his  
favorite recipes preparations (move over Julie...its going to be Dan and Julia).




Just gorgeous, it looks like you totally changed everything, wow! I love the touch of elegance with the moldings and the paper. Yes,now with the gorgeous kitchen your home can be opened to the public and it'll be a show stopper too! Our kitchen is around that size, but it's also so perfect that I have space galore for storing pots, pens and anything you can proves size is not an issue! Congrats you guys did a gorgeous job, I love it!! Have a super week. FABBY

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

This is so amazing. I was on your blog all weekend getting inspired.

What an awesome treat to come back here and see the kitchen makeover.

My favorite space of all times is your back yard. I still to this day look at it for tid-bits.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Julio, I love your new kitchen! I am so with you about NOT opening it up to the dining room. Love having the rooms separate and not looking into the kitchen while dining. It's perfect! I love how much thought you put into's beautiful and so functional. I know the home tour will be amazing! Can't wait to see how you decorate for it.

Babs said...

I usually don't get excited over kitchen renovations, but your kitchen is a little jewel...efficient with an understated elegance, and appropriate for the age of the house. Perfect!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Your kitchen is gorgeous. So glad I found your blog. I look forward to snooping around.

The Wallace Family said...

WOW!! Your kitchen remodel is amazing!! I actually just posted our kitchen remodel as well:) We knocked the wall out between our dining room and kitchen to free up more space!! I love your cabinets. Looks amazing:)

The Wallace Family said...

WOW!! Your kitchen remodel is amazing!! I actually just posted our kitchen remodel as well:) We knocked the wall out between our dining room and kitchen to free up more space because our kitchen was actually way too small! I love your cabinets. Looks amazing:)

All That Glitters said...

Wow! Wonderful transformation!

Patti said...

Absolutely lovely, beautiful color scheme, and I love the trim on the doors!

The Sewing Loft said...

I just love your new kitchen! It is perfect and the colors, design, details are spot on. Enjoy your new space!


Elaine said...

You must feel like you are living in a dream! It's just beautiful! I love the soft colors and it really does look more spacious!

Scribbler said...

Very elegant! I like this versatile cart which can be used as a tabletop, too. I also do not like the kitchen open to the DR.

Really Rainey said...

Money well spent... You really have a beautiful kitchen and what a dream to cook there.
Have a Great Week!
~Rainey~ @ The Project Table

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

It looks beautiful! Great job!


Rettabug said...

Outstanding remodel, Julio! What at thrill to see the changes come to life...I ♥♥♥ the dentil moulding and door appliques. Gorgeous soft colors & lots of clean, sparkle, too.

I look forward to meeting Dan & his recipe selections. ;-)

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

So amazing! Great job. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This looks fantastic, Julio! I think I'd keep walking into that kitchen just to look around! The cabinets are beautiful and I love the colors you went with in here. The appliques are a really nice touch on the cabinet doors. Your movable island is so functional! I like that you can use it for so many things.

Visiting from Met Monday! : )

Paisley Curtain said...

What a wonderful transformation. It is fabulous. I can not resist to tell you that we have the same vent hood in our kitchen as you have :) all great men think alike :) just kidding:)


Oh, I forgot to comment dear Julio, that ours is not open to the dining room either, I don't like it as when I have guests I don't like the mess showing. Thanks for visiting, I was so glad to hear from you in a long time! I love to see what you are up to you're a great decorator darling. Can't wait to see the home tour! Have a super week. FABBY

Janie's World said...

Julio, this kitchen turned out so beautiful and elegant. I love the finish on the cabinets and the marble. Your silver accents (orchid and moss ball) are amazing. The wallpaper is perfect. Money well spent indeed! Enjoy your new space. You will be a jewel in next years home tour!

Vickie H. said...

Simply beautiful! I always follow your blog but don't comment. Can't keep quiet this time. Kudos to you guys for turning that outdated kitchen area into a showplace and so much more! Thank you for sharing.

Maureen said...

You must be so proud of this kitchen renovation and rightly so. It is beyond beautiful. I am at a loss of mouth is still agape! I would absolutley love this in my home but just not this home..maybe my next and final home! Enjoy your beautiful kitchen.

The enchanted home said...

Wow are you sure this is the same kitchen? UNREAL! What a beautiful job you did, love the color, all the beautiful accents and the wallpaper adds so much. Also love the moldings you added, just gorgeous. I bet you are so enjoying it..congrats!

xinex said...

Beautiful reno, Julio! I love the color and the French look. It really brightened up the space...Christine

Alex said...

Just found your blog. Brilliant job!

Stephen said...

What a terrific & dramatic re-do!!!

Lynn Smith said...

The remodel is very well done, I'm inspired! Thank you for sharing!

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