Okay, so it’s been a minute (or a few months!) since we chatted about our Phase 2 Kitchen Remodel. To refresh your memory…we did some basic updating on our 90s Kitchen before moving in, that consisted mostly of paint and a new backsplash (see that reveal here). I had bigger plans and ideas, but from a budget standpoint, they’d have to wait. Fast forward three years (can you believe we’ve lived here that long?!), and the Phase 2 Remodel is ON!
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. See the plans and design components here.
My rockstar contractor pretty much took over from there, and Emily walked me through all the questions and issues that seem to pop up throughout a remodel. It was so comforting having someone with so much experience helping me with the big decisions!! The project is practically complete, only some cosmetic tweaks and styling remain…and the A Well Dressed Home team will come take care of that so I can have my big HGTV reveal moment!! Then I’ll share it with you!
I know a lot of you like the down and dirty progress pics…so forgive the horrible quality, but here’s what’s transpired so far. We’re adding a row of cabinets to extend all the way to ceiling, so custom boxes were built and installed to fill the gap.
We preserved the crown molding from the existing cabinets and used it along the ceiling line later.
The boxes were framed and painted to match the current lower cabinets, ‘Mindful Gray’ by Sherwin Williams, and the cathedral doors were removed and donated to Habitat for Humanity.
Our pretty new doors were sprayed off-site to cut down on the smell and mess.
Once they fully dried and cured, the doors were installed with hidden hinges. The new doors are taller than the previous ones for better proportions with the added row. The cabinet opening is smaller, but you only notice when the door is open.
New side panels were installed on the outside edge of all the cabinets for a seamless look between the two rows. The goal was to make it look as if all the cabinets were built at the same time, not as add-ons. He did a phenomenal job, don’t you think!?
Just swapping the doors and adding more cabinets made a massive difference.
But extending the backsplash tile to the ceiling is what gives it the ‘wow’!
Adding the sconces over the windows really makes this area the focal point of the room, and you can see how much the brushed brass warms the space.
We also framed out the narrow windows with dark charcoal trim, then swapped the hardware for these brushed brass pulls and knobs. The faucet is changing to this one, and I grabbed these bar stools on sale!
We’re so close, and I can’t wait!! I can’t recommend Emily and A Well Dressed Home enough, regardless of where you live or what room you want to transform. Those girls know what they are doing! What do you think of the changes so far?