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Kitchen Renovation to Remember

by habituallychic

10 . 31 . 17

I came across this kitchen on Instagram and it’s definitely one for the future home file. It impressed me even more after I saw the before photos on ArchitecturalDigest.com. Designer Katie Hackworth took the family’s dated kitchen from the 1960’s and brought it into the 21st-century in a beautiful and functional way. The lack of upper cabinets opens up the space and allows for more light. Because I know you’ll ask, the walls are Benjamin Moore Crisp Linen pale green and the upper cabinets in the back are Plantation and the lowers cabinets are Chimichurri. I was just having a conversation about brass fixtures with a friend. In this kitchen, they mixed brass cabinet pulls and light fixtures with darker hardware on the windows and pendant fixture, and what looks like a chrome faucet and stainless stove. Somehow it all works together to create a harmonious kitchen that makes me want to renovate mine and will probably make you want to renovate too.

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  1. Zofia October 31, 2017 | 12:01 pm

    The difference is diametrically!

  2. 1010 Park Place October 31, 2017 | 11:47 pm

    It’s been a while since I’ve seen a kitchen in such desperate need of renovating. They did a great job, but just a can of white spray paint would have been an improvement.

  3. Ruth Melies November 1, 2017 | 9:05 am

    That is exactly the kind of metal mixing I would’ve been afraid to do myself and yet it it is absolutely perfect. The booth in the kitchen is incredible as well – just a hint of shiplap. Will file this one away for the “one day” kitchen as well. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Suzanne R Brown November 1, 2017 | 2:26 pm

    It’s beautiful – no doubt about it. But whenever I see these “no uppers” photos, I always wonder, “where did all the stuff that was in them before go?”. I have WAY more dishes than they have and that’s just my everyday stuff. Food stuffs? Spices, condiments, staples, cereal boxes? It looks like there might be a pantry closet next to the refrigerator, but that’s a bit of a hike when one is cooking. And that storage over the breakfast nook? Hope only things that are rarely needed are stored there – personally, I would have preferred headroom. At least they didn’t do an upholstered bench – a nightmare of sanitation with young children.

    Yes, I know they have all those lovely drawers! I have them, too, and they are simply the best! But I can’t imagine using them for much food – mine are filled with pots, pans, bakeware, mixing bowls etc. I do have a pull-out drawer-in-a-drawer for canned soups, canned tomato, beans etc.

    We all have our own cooking styles, but pretty as this kitchen is (and it IS pretty and light!), it would not work for me.

  5. LA November 2, 2017 | 2:21 am

    Looks good! Although not my dream kitchen:
    – I love light, so having to take breakfast or lunch in a windowless booth would be a punishment for me! (in the before, the kitchen table was aptly located under the window….)
    – The rug on the kitchen floor is a no-go if you cook from scratch!

  6. Leslie in Oregon November 2, 2017 | 3:20 am

    Can you suggest any way to find out what paint color was used on the bottom cabinets? I would build my next kitchen around using it!

  7. Suzanne in Seattle November 4, 2017 | 10:02 pm

    I just stumbled across this kitchen post and had a good laugh…because it’s my kitchen! Still a bit of a startle even though I know it’s out there.
    -The bottom green cabinet color is Benjamin Moore Chimichurri.
    -The trick to having a rug in your kitchen is to scotch guard it first. You’d be amazed what has come off with no problems. I do most of my cooking from scratch and with two little boys, nothing in our house is too precious. It has to be hard wearing.
    -I’ve had to scale back my kitchen gear a little without uppers, but I don’t regret the design. It’s really bright and airy now. I keep some of my lesser used stuff in the basement ; )