The kitchen truly is the heart of the home. When it came to designing the 1987 fixer upper kitchen it really needed to be the center of everything in this house. It had been a very nice, functional kitchen, but one that was also a bit cut-off from the family spaces in the house. It was also a bit dark. I have shared after pictures of the kitchen here in our spring home tour, but today I am finally ready to take you on a remarkable behind the scenes 1987 kitchen makeover pictures tour. Are you ready?? You won’t believe the transformation!
Kitchen Makeover Before Pictures
Boy did the 1980’s love oak. And light boxes. As I’ve said before, this house was impeccably maintained and super clean. It just needed a little facelift. Don’t we all after a few decades? 😉 The shape of the kitchen stayed the same because it made sense, but everything and I mean everything had to go…
This wall divided the kitchen from the family room. Fortunately it was not load bearing and was an easy fix. The steel door was traded out for a single french door to add more light to the room. More light is what it’s all about.
When I first saw this kitchen online, I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it. After walking through with my realtor on day one, I sketched this drawing of the kitchen design both before and after so I could take it home and show my uncle what I wanted to do. I’m not a professional artist obviously, 😉 but I do like to sketch EVERYTHING out.
I knew that the existing desk would only become a catch-all for clutter in our family, and I needed a bigger pantry…so I pulled the desk wall out and incorporated that entire wall into the new pantry design.
Kitchen Makeover Pictures During Construction
I’m not going to lie…I look at these pictures and feel some serious PTSD. It’s hard to believe we began the journey with this #1987FixerUpper a year ago, and to see just how far it has come is really incredible. (You can catch up on all of the before and after posts here to see the transformation) This is how I spent most of my time from May-November of last year. These are the days I was flying up to Utah, every week for 48-72 hours to oversee construction and trying to manage prepping for a cross country move and everything back at home in OC…plus, no one wanted to move so that in and of itself was a major stressor! It was lots of LONG nights and airplane rides to come and sit in a construction zone while missing my family and feeling like I was burning money. Just a bit stressful. 😉 I can’t say that everyone is happy to be here, but at least the house is looking a bit better these days. 😉 This was three weeks after we closed on the house. That wall being gone made SUCH a difference! You can see just how much of a visual designer I am. I sucked more spray paint fumes during this project than any other. I had to see everything…and know it was going to be just right. My uncle Dave and I went over and over and over the size of that island about 100 times. And the table placement as well. In the end it was time well spent!
What a difference some new drywall and a freshly skimmed ceiling makes!
The new much larger pantry. I’ll do a separate post all about this, so I won’t share it all now. 😉
I was all about mixing metals in this kitchen. I’m not convinced that I am going to love brass forever…well, I will, but I’m more concerned about the people we may sell the house to in the future, so I wanted to use brass in places that were easy to switch out if needs be. These pendant lights and these sconces were a fun way to bring in the brass. I used these satin pulls and knobs, and the kitchen faucet and pot filler are both chrome.
Kitchen Remodel Makeover After Pictures
I fell in love with this Bella Statuario slab as soon as I saw it at Arizona Tile. It is quartz and I love that it’s low maintenance! We use our kitchen hard and I need things to be very user friendly. This rug is the pop of color that every room needs. I am SO happy with it and it is SO affordable!!
These counter stools make sitting at the island all day long comfortable since they have backs on them, The price is great on these and they are super cute.
I am completely OCD about protecting the wood floors…we have them in our CA house too and I insist that everything is covered so they stay in good shape. These little covers for the chair legs are my best friend. They are barely noticeable on your chairs since they are clear, and they save the floors from getting scratched to pieces. And, they are super inexpensive an important investment in keeping things looking their best while you stay sane.
A pretty remarkable transformation, right? 😉 So, what did we do, what products did we use, what are the paint colors…I know…you want to know all the important stuff. So here you go:
You can shop all of the items from our kitchen here:
Trim and Doors – FJP Building Supply
Cabinets – Better Craft Cabinets
Appliances – Mountainland Design
Walls: Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams at 25%
Trim and Cabinets: High Reflective White by Sherwin WIlliams
Island and Pantry Wainscoting: Salty Dog by Sherwin Williams
WHAT WE DID
New Electrical (wiring, switches and plates, added can lights, pendants and chandeliers throughout)
New Drywall Throughout
Skimmed Ceilings to Remove Texture
Added all New Trim
New Tile Backsplash
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