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You may remember months ago when I shared the before photos of our 1995 style kitchen and the plans to have it gutted and redone.
Ahh 1995 you were quite a year for kitchen design.
Can’t forget about the desks in the kitchen, honey cabinets and tiny islands!
But this July we gutted it and began to rebuild.
Here is that same view, just 2 months later. We expanded the opening in the dining room and pushed the fridge back into the dining room so we could have it flush with the wall instead of sticking out.
This wall reponsitioning gave us more room for a larger island and seating. We also removed the partial wall next to the stove to open that walkway up more. The room now appears much bigger without the dark hallway to the half bathroom, laundry room, office and pantry.
The large island is now the main feature in this kitchen space, housing plenty of cabinets, the microwave which is now accessible for the kids to use as well, garbage pull out (since we didn’t have one in our last kitchen setup) and seating for 4.
We mostly eat our breakfast and lunches at these stools and the girls love these sunny spots in the center of the house.
While the rest of the house mostly had one seamless wood flooring or carpet in the bedrooms, we decided to do large 12×24″ tiles in the kitchen for easy cleanup reasons. The wood floor we have includes lots of little grooves and I was worried about food getting stuck due to spills. We love the tile and also love these little felt bottomed chair protectors we got for the stools, which are now also on our dining room and office chairs as well!
Under the stools are two skinnier cabinets, one of which is baking supplies and the other is all my cake stands. There are also two toe kick drawers in the island which are a fun party trick! Look for a future post on what’s in our cabinets if you’re looking for kitchen design and organization tips!
We didn’t opt for a pot filling station over the range, but since we moved the microwave, we decided to add an arabesque tile treatment in this area. I love it next to the long subway style tiles!
Never had pendant lights here before so now they are not only another key lighting treatment in this space but they are pretty and add to the design elements here!
One of my favorite, more useful parts of this remodel is the line of skinnier 12″ cabinets we added on this half wall to the living room. The center cabinet set contains all the plates, bowls, cups and waterbottles the girls use when packing their school lunches. No one needs to climb onto the counters or grab a stool as access the things they use every day.
You’ll notice that we also added custom trim and faux columns in this space to make a smoother transition between the kitchen and stepped down living room.
You can find all the details about our living room custom built bookshelves in and fireplace remodel on this previous post.
All of this work was done by Rasinski Construction based out of Jackson NJ. I CANNOT say enough great things about Tom and his teams of craftsmen and contractors used to complete this remodel. He was very hands on, visiting often, texting or calling with any questions or communication touch bases and was even on site doing things himself sometimes. We trusted the team members he brought on who were also very respectful of our space outside of their work area. He completes kitchen, basement and bathroom remodels, plus home additions and decks in the Ocean NJ, Mercer NJ and Monmouth NJ counties. If you reach out to him, tell him Tara sent ya :)
Kitchen Remodel Resources:
- Cabinets: Wellborn Premier Series Saybrook/MDF, Color = Glacier
- Knobs: Kingsbridge Pull, Color = Ash Gray
- Sink: Kohler Whitehaven Farmhouse Undermount Apron Front Cast Iron 30 in. Self-Trimming Single Bowl Kitchen Sink
- Faucet: Delta Valdosta Spotshield Stainless Single Handle Pull-down Kitchen Faucet with Sprayer Function
- Kitchen Stools: Stroupe Solid Wood Counter & Bar Stool (Set of 2) – antique grey counter height
- Kitchen Stool Leg Protectors: Our stools have 2 small and 2 large on each
- Countertops: Alleanza Quartz Michaelangelo quartz
- Flooring: Qualis Ceramica Portland Ice 12 x 24″
- Backsplash: Origin 2 1/2 x 10 1/2 Glossy Subway Tile – Misty Gray
- Backsplash feature: MSI Arabesque gray glossy
- Fireplace: ARABESCATO CARRARA SELECT – POLISH 3X6 (Avalon Flooring)
- Pendants: Capitol Lighting 14 Inch Large Pendant
- Over Kitchen Window: Beachcrest Home – Tillar 1 – Light Dimmable Mission Dust Bronze/Copper Barn Light
- Dining Room Chandelier: Birch Lane Forada Candle Style Wagon Wheel Chandelier
- Microwave: KitchenAid – 2.2 Cu. Ft. Microwave with Sensor Cooking
- Refrigerator: LG Cafe 30 in. 7.0 cu. ft. Smart Slide-In Double-Oven Gas Range with Self-Cleaning and Lower Convection Oven in Stainless Steel, Model # CGS750P2MS1
- Range: LG Cafe 22.2 cu. ft. Smart French Door Refrigerator in Stainless Steel, Counter Depth, Model # CYE22TP2MS1