Jamie and Josh's Complete Kitchen Overhaul
My best friend, Jamie, and her hubby, Josh, purchased this sweet home last fall with a vision that impressed even me. I’ve worked with Jamie in different capacities for several years, and I’ve had the privilege of watching her style evolve and her eye become more keen for good design. It’s certainly been a fun process to be part of. We had just finished a kitchen update in their previous home when they decided to move, so I was excited about the opportunity to work with them again on something similar, but also completely different.
This house was dated, to say the least. The kitchen was completely closed off, with a dining room wedged between it and the front living area. We had a few options in mind, and would leave it up to the contractors’ quotes to decide how extreme to go in this renovation. Thankfully, it was in the budget to go full-tilt, and I don’t think Jamie would have been completely satisfied with anything less, so I’m so happy she got exactly what she wanted.
Before I get to the juicy after photos, let’s take a look at this terrible, 80s, bad laminate, wallpapered, cherry wood-covered BEFORE:
It was a whole lot of ugly, but structurally so sound and had GREAT bones. And we didn’t just renovate the kitchen… there have been so many updates which I can’t wait to share in the coming weeks.
In that picture just above, you can see the opening to the kitchen on the left. That expanse of wall to the right of the kitchen door is where the dining room was. Since there was already a breakfast nook, and we planned to add a big island, the dining room was no longer going to be functional.
Opening up the kitchen into that space meant getting into the ceiling and matching the pitch of the vaulted ceiling in the living room, since the dining room currently had a normal, 8-foot ceiling. Luckily, the contractor made it seem like no big deal! Just a lot of drywall. Jamie decided to go for it and I’m so glad she did!
Fun fact: Jamie listed those old cherry cabinets on Facebook Marketplace for $125. Ryan and I bought them and put half of them in a rental unit we were renovating at the time, and sold the rest for $150! We made $25 on the deal and none of the cabinets went to waste, which made me super happy because I’m a firm believer in #nocabinetleftbehind.
By eliminating the dining room, I think we ended up with the biggest kitchen I’ve ever designed!
AHHHH, It’s just so fresh and open. That space gets TONS of natural light, thanks to the skylights. Jamie knew it would be a party house, since she now has a pool, so a huge island to gather around was a must. She also added in a bar station, which she calls “Allie’s bar” because I’m in charge of drinks whenever I’m there. That’s my favorite job of all.
We went with a non-custom line from ProSource. Jamie’s initial choice was a simple shaker style cabinet, but I encouraged her to go with something a tiny bit more detailed, to fit in more with the traditional bones of the home and reflect Jamie and Josh’s transitional style. They weren’t any more expensive, and they turned out absolutely perfect. We kept things modern yet warm with brushed gold pulls we sourced on Etsy. For the island, we went with grey for visual interest. There’s more variation between the two colors than what you see in these photos, but it is subtle. I absolutely love how the grey pops against Jamie’s blush pink stools!
In Jamie’s previous kitchen, we chose a solid surface countertop with lots of sparkle, because Jamie was excited about a fun, glam look. See that project here.
For this kitchen, we debated using the same countertop or going with something a little more simple. In the end, we decided against the sparkle since there was a much larger area to cover and we were afraid it would be too much. In hind sight, we aren’t 100% sure whether it would have really mattered but we are happy with what we chose. Ripe Cotton is the pattern we chose, and it’s a clean, classic look that goes with everything and ties together the grey island and white cabinets.
Again, we wanted to echo, but not match, Jamie’s recent kitchen renovation in her previous home. In that project, we used a blue glass tile that was so fun and such a great pop of color. While we loved the glass tile, we wanted something more classic and subdued in this space, so that we could bring in funky pops of color in less permanent ways (like the pink stools!). We chose 3x6 subway tile from Lungaro’s Urban Textures Contempo line in Ash with white grout.
The pendant light from West Elm provides another source of warmth in the otherwise very cool-toned space, with the gold hardware and Edison bulb.
The sink is a granite composite in grey/charcoal from ProSource. Jamie had her heart set on it, and even though it wasn’t my favorite choice at first, it’s definitely grown on me.
The modern black pull-down kitchen faucet is by Delta. It was definitely a splurge, but we wanted something that would last a long time (the spray function and pull-down tend to go out on these types of faucets). I absolutely hate bell-shaped pull down faucets, so I also wanted to make sure the profile was modern enough, all of which which made it a little harder to source this than you’d think. The one we chose had the right profile AND great reviews, many of which were about the excellent customer service Delta provides should anything happen to break. The water filter faucet was found on Amazon. We just chose something with a similar profile.
At the island, there’s a prep sink with a matching Delta bar faucet. The island prep sink is built into the solid surface countertops, which was included in the cost of the counters.
I was so proud of Jamie for picking this flooring all by herself. We cross-checked it at a few stores with other options, and this one won out with the perfect combination of budget-friendly, great neutral color, and durability. It’s Pergo in South Haven Oak laminate from Lowes, and I have to say, I’m extremely impressed with the quality and color, so much so that I fully intend to use this in a future project of my own.