I've finally recovered from accidentally deleting this original blog post and now I'm ready to do it all again! Let's dive right in and start with the layout changes we made to my kitchen and pantry in my remodel. The major shifts we made included adding a wall, removing access from pantry to formal dining, and covering up windows (gasp!) These changes might sound intimidating at first, but they really allowed me to make the most out of my existing footprint.
The wall that my fridge and freezer are on in the image above, used to be an opening to a long hallway. By closing it up, I was able to relocate the existing fridge and open my kitchen up to my family room more. That way, there was a true synergy between the two spaces that appeared effortless and like it had always been that way from the beginning. I think we achieved it!
Something that I had my heart set on in this home was having all paneled Subzero Wolf Cove appliances! I love the classic and seamless look that it has on my dishwashers, fridge, freezer, and wine/beverage fridges.
Let's talk finishes! All of my cabinetry in this home is Shaker style. The Perimeter cabinetry in my kitchen is a warm Alabaster color and the island is made of white oak and was made on site. My contractor was able to bring my vision to life and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!
The backsplash is a Cle Tile zellige in color "Weathered White." It really brought the authentic, old world touch that I was looking for.
The plumbing in the kitchen is all polished nickel and the hardware is all unlacquered brass. My go-to for hardware is Rejuvination so check them out if you're looking for either classic or modern styles!
My countertops are Calacatta Oro marble and they were definitely one of the biggest splurges in my entire home. Having the right slab was very important to me, so I feel like it was money well spent. Calacatta marble tends to have a "whiter" base color than Carrara which is more grey, for instance. I love Carraras as well and put that in the rest of my home, but for the kitchen I wanted a "Wow" moment.
GET THIS LOOK
GET THIS LOOK
Now for the Pantry! This is the room we closed access to the formal dining and covered two windows. One wall is a mud wall and one wall is a pantry wall. I wanted a full mud wall for a proper storage system for my family, so covering the windows was a no brainer for me. The access to the dining room was on the Pantry wall, dead center. We rarely use our formal dining, so for me it wasn't a hard decision to close up the passage, remove the two existing small pantries, and create this super functional built in with more storage than we need.
And obviously, in stark contrast to the kitchen, we went dark! This color is called "Iron." I wanted to go dark in a few spaces in my home and I'm thrilled with my jewel box Pantry/Mudroom
I hope you enjoyed reading and viewing images of my kitchen and pantry! I've added a few before images below, so that you can visualize the full transformation!
Kitchen : Before
Kitchen : After
Pantry : Before
Pantry : After