Before + After: The Cozy Cottage Kitchen of Your Dreams

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Check out this incredible kitchen transformation that'll have you totally envious.

From Beginning in the Middle

Welcome back, friends! We're excited to share Part 3 of our Chesterfield Cottage reveal with you. So far, we've shared before & afters of the exterior, living/dining space, and bathroom in Part 1, and the attic bedroom in Part 2. Now, it's time for the kitchen, which might just be our favorite makeover in the home.

Here's how it all went down.

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After

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We kept the layout the same, but took everything out and started with a blank slate. We added white shaker style cabinets w/pewter hardware, open shelves, and swapped the old sink for an Ikea farm sink. We tiled the walls, added sconces, replaced all of the appliances, and built a coffee bar & custom storage along the right wall to round out the space.

We replaced the floor with groutable vinyl planks that we found at Lowe's. They were really easy to install and look wonderful in person. We laid the planks in a herringbone pattern, which gave the floor a high end look without breaking our budget. The countertops are Silver Cloud granite. We knew we were going to have a lot of white in here, so we really liked the fact that this slab had lots of greys and blacks in it. We built a custom range hood that brings the white cabinets and wood open shelves together, and we found a fancy slide-in range on clearance that topped off this side of the room

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After

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We took out the wall in the corner of the L to see if we could gain more counter space, and found a grey cinder block chimney inside. Cinder block isn't cute or charming like brick is, but we couldn't really do anything about it – it needed to stay where it was, and we needed to work around it. So, we left it exposed and covered it with brick veneer (real pieces of brick that are about 1/4″ – 1/2″ thick and installed like tile). It was a splurge at around $9 per sq. ft., but was worth every penny. The brick adds so much character to the space, and it's practically impossible to tell that it's veneer.


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Because the chimney was only about 9″ deep, we were limited with our shelving/cabinet options on the sink wall. We chose to add cedar open shelves going all the way across, which we attached with small brackets to the brick and opposite wall. We added an elongated subway tile backsplash that we brought all the way up to the ceiling. It's our new favorite. We also found the perfect sconces at Restoration Hardware Outlet. A touch of brass is always a good idea in our book.

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Previously, there was no fridge in the kitchen, so it was a challenge trying to figure out where it should go without taking up too much space or looking awkward in a corner by itself. We chose a counter depth fridge, and then filled the entire side wall with a combination of custom built-ins, a custom coffee bar, and a base cabinet that matched the rest in the L. We added cedar 4″ planks to the side of each built-in, which we originally intended to paint white but were surprised at how much we loved it natural.

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The coffee bar is one of our favorite parts of the kitchen. Bryan made it out of select pine 2x8s from Home Depot, and was able to customize the depth so that when the stools are out, they are just about even with the end of the cabinet and don't block the walkway. We stained it Minwax Provincial.

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