Kitchen Remodel | Part II

Yep, you read that right! And no, we didn’t move. I know what you’re thinking (because it’s the same thing Mr. SP was thinking when I broached this subject several months ago!)…didn’t she already redo her Kitchen? And, in fact, reveal it on the blog? (See that here.)

Technically, yes. But I always knew we weren’t quite done with the space. You see, when we first bought this house (read about that spontaneous decision here), the list of projects was lengthy. And most of them we really needed to complete before moving in (because of fumes, noise and overall messes).

That included new floors on the entire downstairs, new carpet upstairs, and new paint throughout. Plus a new fence. And new duct work. Additional electrical work. You get the picture…we were basically hemorrhaging money.

So we tackled the biggest, messiest stuff, and saved the rest for ‘the future’. My plans for the Kitchen were always larger, but in the interest of time and budget, we scaled them back and stuck with mostly cosmetic changes before moving in. (See the full Before & After here.)

kitchen with graphic tile

There’s no question there was major improvement, and I’ve loved this room for the last almost-three years. But I knew we weren’t quite done. Problem was, I wasn’t sure exactly what to do next. I knew what I still didn’t like about the space, I just wasn’t sure how to finish it…while still building off what we’d already done.

I knew I needed professional help (in more ways than one, ha!), so I called my uber-talented friend Emily Hewett and begged her to help me. We met years ago and became fast-friends, and I’ve loved watching her success skyrocket. She does whole-house, major design overhauls all over the country, so I was shocked she agreed to step in on my smallish project.

But actually, she and her team at A Well Dressed Home, take on projects of all sizes and budgets, and can offer everything from full-service design and install, to just the design plans. The moment I stepped in their offices, I knew my Kitchen was in good hands.

We talked through the changes we’d already made, and they presented options that fit within our budget…always keeping my style at the forefront, and considering my opinions. I loved that they didn’t just want to scrap the room and start from scratch, but rather, work with the bones of the space and spend the budget wisely.

Since I’m fairly hands-on and comfortable with managing projects (not to mention, I already have a rockstar contractor!), I left with a comprehensive To Do List to tackle in my own time. Here’s a look at what we’re doing…kitchen makeover plans

 

We have 10-foot ceilings, so the disproportionate space above the cabinets made them look squatty and too small for the large wall. Our first thought was to add another row of cabinets, but then we had the dilemma of what shape to use for the new doors. Shaker or traditional wouldn’t match, and the Cathedral feels dated to me.

I didn’t really want to spend the money on more Cathedral doors, so we decided to replace the existing cabinet doors with a more updated (but still traditional) shape that mirrors the doors throughout the house. This will also allow us to have taller doors, giving the two rows of cabinets better proportion (more on that later). The drawers will stay the same.

kitchen makeover plans

The tile was another problem-spot for me…I’m still completely smitten with the tile itself…but there are too many awkward areas where it stops suddenly. Taking the tile to the ceiling around the windows will also create a more focal point for this open Kitchen.

kitchen makeover plans

And finally, the room needs some warm touches, so we’re swapping out the hardware for brushed brass, and adding more lighting and trim to the hood to further create that focal point.


Cabinet Paint: SW ‘Mindful Gray’ | Library Sconce (on sale!) | Brushed Brass Cup Pull | Brushed Brass Knob | Patterned Tile

We still love the colors, so there was no reason to add-on the mess and expense of re-painting or tiling. After all, this is phase 2 of what we’d already started…not a start over! I know I’ll have tons of questions along the way, but am so grateful to have Emily and her team on-call to help me through all of it!

The project is already under-way, and I hope to have a progress post for you soon. We’ve already got A Well Dressed Home scheduled for their final styling next month, so pressure is on!

What do you think of our plans? Have you ever worked with a professional designer? I can’t recommend A Well Dressed Home enough, to those of you in the Dallas area, and beyond!

Follow along on our Kitchen Renovation Journey here:

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33 Comments

  1. Can’t wait to see more progress photos! 🙂

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    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
  2. Deb wrote:

    I love your plans. Surprisingly I like the brass lights and pulls you’ve chosen–surprisingly because I lived through the 80’s brass revolution. Lol. I will say it really warms up all the gray tones you have. I also like that you are not doing a total redo, just making your already great design more cohesive. Can’t wait to see it all come together!

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
  3. I’m probably a little more excited about this than I should be!!! Can’t wait to see it!!!!

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
  4. Jennifer wrote:

    The plans look great! I think in some ways a house is never truly finished. Thirteen years after moving in our house I’m STILL trying to commit to a backsplash in our kitchen. :0 Can’t wait to see the progress on your project!

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
  5. Sandy wrote:

    This kitchen is already delicious!
    Don’t feel bad about all the work needed when you moved in. My friend moved into a gorgeous old colonial, and the previous owners hadn’t changed the furnace filter in 15 years un-be-lieve-able-!

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
  6. Sarah wrote:

    The new plans are stunning! I’ve always love your kitchen but this will definitely take it to the next level. Can’t wait to see!

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
  7. Jenny wrote:

    I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished. 🙂

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
  8. Kathryn wrote:

    Love the plans, can’t wait to see the finished product! I have the same issue with 10-foot ceilings and cabinets that are too small for the space, plus cathedral cabinet doors. I’ve been thinking of replacing the doors and then adding glass-fronted cabinets above the existing cabinets so needless to say, I am thrilled to take pointers from your sure-to-be gorgeous completed reno!

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I can’t wait to see it come together either!!

      Posted 10.22.17 Reply
  9. Sounds like a fun project! I love the backsplash tile you have, and adding more will make an even bigger impact. Can’t wait to see more!

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
  10. Yay!! We are so excited to be working with you!! See you next month for the accessory install!!

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
  11. Kelly Henderson wrote:

    We have lived in our house 9 years and started our renovation in much the same way.
    We removed the 80s wallpaper, put in a tile backsplash, added an island light, under cabinet lighting and replaced the appliances.
    Later we had the cabinets refaced.
    Recently, we finally had the counters replaced, moved the dishwasher and traded out the tiny corner sink for a much needed single basin.
    A few weeks ago the island light died (I was not sad). I agreed to repaint the ceiling myself if I could get the light I wanted. The spouse is not keen on brass. The light is on order and I also got some brass drawer pulls.
    Question: What is the designer’s thought on adding brass to the stainless steel appliances? (As I am also doing)

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      All your projects sound amazing…I know your house is gorgeous! And we’re big fans of mixing metals! We’re keeping all the satin nickel appliances, so we’ll likely have 3 metals going in this room!

      Posted 10.22.17 Reply
  12. Jen C wrote:

    Is it possible to put 3/4” panel to the right of your refrigerator to give it a more “built in” feel and cover the exposed side of the refrigerator? Then have the cabinet above the fridge pulled forward or get a new deep cabinet above with doors that run from the top of the refrigerator to the top of the upper stacked cabinets. Just an idea, your kitchen is beautiful!

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
    • Jalene wrote:

      Agree!

      Posted 10.19.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thanks so much for the great tip, Jen!! We’ve got a few ideas, but I love where you’re going!

      Posted 10.22.17 Reply
  13. Adore Emily and her work. I think you need to live in a space a bit to truly finalize the design. It’s great to build on what you already have. I think Emily’s plans are putting the “icing on the cake”.

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
  14. Patricia wrote:

    I liked your kitchen as it is … until I saw the new plans. I can see these details will really finish the space and take it to the same level as the rest of the house.

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
  15. Kenzie wrote:

    We recently redid an old house and our kitchen is very similar to what you are doing! We did almost the exact tile (ours is reverse…more white with black detail) and did it on all of the walls. I love it! We have very light, greenish gray cabinets with brass fixtures/chandeliers. Good luck with your remodel!!

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thanks so much, Kenzie!! Your kitchen sounds amazing! xo

      Posted 10.22.17 Reply
  16. MERILYNN M BERGSTRESSER wrote:

    Hi!! Was very interested in your plans for your kitchen – my kitchen is very similar to yours and am contemplating a similar upgrade with higher cabinets and new hardware. I was very surprised at your choice of brass pulls (they are gorgeous) because it seems like EVERYTHING now adays in new construction/remodeling is brushed nickel hardware and grey color (not my favorite). I love the warm look of antique brass but have been told that brass is so out – are you seeing brass coming back in?? (hopefully!!) thanks!!

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Oh yes…brass has been coming back for awhile, but I prefer the warmer, brushed tones of it!

      Posted 10.22.17 Reply
  17. Jalene wrote:

    I think the brass will help this room mesh with your front rooms. Do you still have the red rug? I think you should get purple or blue 🙂

    Posted 10.19.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I do still have that rug…haven’t decided if we’ll swap it out or not!

      Posted 10.22.17 Reply
  18. Ok this is going to look SO good! I mean it’s already amazing, but this is going to be over the top 🙂

    Posted 10.21.17 Reply
  19. Lyn wrote:

    I recently talked to a designer at a show house – when I asked her about brass she said “it’s back” and I thought well, gee whiz our 20 yr. house has brass and I read a couple of years ago that brass dated a house. Goes to show you what goes around comes around. I have read several articles that it is OK to mix metals in a room. We are replacing our older (expensive) brass lighting in the kitchen and dining area to the darker bronze to create a more farmhouse look. We did put in new granite countertops and all new appliances in black because I didn’t think we could mix brass and stainless. Oh, well.

    Posted 10.21.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      I’m definitely a fan of mixing metals, both at home and in wardrobe. I think the difference between the brass that’s ‘back’ and the brass of the 80s, is the shade and sheen. The older brass definitely looks dipped or plated, with a yellow shine. Your kitchen sounds gorgeous!! xo. C.

      Posted 10.22.17 Reply
  20. Jenny wrote:

    I’m so excited to see your results! I pinned your blog a while ago and this kitchen is why! This August we bought an old cottage house that was stuck in the 80’s in all things and your kitchen is my goal 🙂 I’m planing on starting a blog to track our progress as we renovate. Any tips on taking the best photos? The lighting is usually fantastic in your pics. Thanks! Can’t wait to see your new reveal!

    Posted 11.7.17 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Thank you, Jenny! Use as much natural light as you can (turn off inside lights). And if it’s too dark, use a tripod so you can set your shutter speed slower. Good luck with your reno!

      Posted 11.8.17 Reply
  21. Nicely done kitchen remodel. Adorable contrast between black and white.

    Posted 11.9.17 Reply
  22. Donna wrote:

    Hi Cassie – I love your kitchen and your plans sound awesome! My question is will you be getting new countertops? I have the same curved “bar” area and we removed the double height “bar” so we have one large countertop around the sink and it was the BEST decision of our light kitchen remodel!! It was a total game changer! I highly recommend IF you are getting new countertops. 🙂

    Posted 1.26.18 Reply
  23. Sarah wrote:

    I love your kitchen!!! The tile is amazing. Is it black or a dark gray? It’s hard to tell from the photos. Please let me know! I was afraid black would be too heavy but yours looks amazing so I’m thinking maybe it’s gray. Thanks
    Sarah

    Posted 3.17.24 Reply
    • Cassie wrote:

      Hi Sarah, thank you so much! The tile is black and white! It is linked within the post, so you can browse the listing for more details! xo, C

      Posted 3.17.24 Reply