Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Cozy Cottage: Renovating a 1960 Rancher Kitchen - Before and After

The starting point for this kitchen isn't different from many we see.....dark walls, oak cabinets and dated appliances.  Combine that with the low ceilings and it's a pretty boring space.

Our goal was to change all that.  By ripping out the wall between the kitchen and living room - and opening up the ceiling, the space is transformed.

  The tall ceilings give the kitchen a lot of drama.  And these pendants accentuate the high ceilings.  
The new layout also has a lot more functionality for a serious cook.  We doubled the storage space with a lot more cabinetry (in a great color called Oat!), as well as providing seating at the peninsula.
And do you love the reclaimed wood?  Adding it to the back of the peninsula not only looks good - it's great for durability.  Kids can kick it all day long and it only looks better!  

Justin custom built the reclaimed wood stove hood - 
and it was the wow item that everyone loved at the Open House.

I wanted something traditional for the backsplash, but with a twist.  So I chose this subway that incorporates plain and textured tiles. 
And of course the new windows and door welcome the morning sun, flooding the room with light.  BTW, remember the antique items I found at the Brimfield Antique Market (see story here)?  Look how great they are used in the house!  
Brimfield Antique Market Finds - Leaded Glass Window and Well Dog planters
Well Dogs from Broomfield Antique Market
So what's the verdict?  Were we able to add a little drama to this tired, boring kitchen?   It's quite a change from our starting point!!


Cabinets:  Thomasville, color Oat
Countertops:  Viatera Quartz, Snow Storm
Tile:  Horus Soho, color Latte (locally at Paul G White)
Paint Color:  Sherwin Williams Wall Color  Downy, Trim Extra White
Appliances:  LG
Drinking Glasses in wire caddy & window treatment fabric:  Home Remedies
Fish Plates:  Crate & Barrel
White Canisters:  Williams Sonoma
Copper Canisters:  Pottery Barn
Calendar:  Alan Claude
Pendants:  Restoration Hardware 

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  1. Drama! You did much more than that. What a transformation. I live in a small log home with high ceilings and give thanks every day that we went with that look. Love, love, love this reno. Well done

    1. Thanks so much! High ceilings make such a difference, particularly in a smaller home! So glad to hear you have them at your house.

  2. Beautiful job all around and Ill never look at a 50's bungalow in the same way! Im in Love with the recessed china display and use of recyced wood it really adds that extra touch making this kitchen stand out.

  3. Absolutely stunning. This may be my favorite reno yet!!

  4. It is fabalous! The high ceilings give it such agree at open feel. I love all the extra touches you have done. Good job! Now time to enjoy grandma time.

  5. It’s awesome. This is an amazing renovation. Nice post. Thanks for sharing this post.

  6. Love how this project turned out! One of my favorites!


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