Photo by Jessica Delaney. My cabinets look white here but they are not, they are Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Grey. Trim and walls are White Dove.
As you know, I did a facelift/mini renovation on my kitchen when I moved in – painted the cabinets, replaced the counters and backsplash, hardware, lighting and faucet/sink. While it was an expensive “facelift”, the paint is not lasting and the appliances are old and going to kick it soon. I knew this, but wanted to show what you can do without new cabinetry and appliances (for the third book) – so I will photograph it like this and then do a full renovation making it basically, my dream kitchen. Since we ultimately want a larger fridge/freezer and range, and have very little food storage space for two kids (and a pass through that I hate) – we always have planned on fully renovating. And it may happen sooner than later, and may happen in conjunction with a new master suite too. More on that later – this is all still TBD. But I needed to get drawings done to send to builders for bids, so I figured I’d share with you too as I think this through!
This was what it looked like when we moved in, and you can get a sense of the layout. There are a LOT of door openings in this kitchen, but there is MASSIVE ceiling height (almost 11 feet!)
Here is the new layout– we have a long side porch we don’t use other than to enter and exit the house so we thought a good use of space would be to push it out a little and turn it into a bigger mudroom with more storage. Then turn what is the current mudroom into a big butlers pantry. Instead of the pass through opening into the family room, we’d open the middle of the wall and instead have cabinets and counters extend from each side wall. The current “bar” has a small sink we never use so I’d put a wine fridge in there (we don’t have one and need one). The range would move to where the fridge is now and the fridge and freezer would move to the pantry wall. I dream of having this gorgeous sightline from the family room into the kitchen with a beautiful range, hood and marble focal point!
Here’s my vision board reusing the new elements I love like the faucet, hardware, lighting and hopefully the countertops 9in the pantry). I still love a putty colored cabinet, island might be wood.
Pulls // knobs // lights // counter stools // range // hood // tile // runner
Since we have so much ceiling height – we’d go UP. And that requires a library ladder and rail (YAAAAAAYYYYYYY!) The ladder would hook on (like this one) and be stored on the wall across from the wine fridge in the bar. Those high cabinets would store things we don’t use everyday.
The range wall will have a full slab backsplash and all baking and cooking supplies will go in upper cabinets, bakeware and such in cabinets below. While I love the look of the french ranges, the oven sizes are SO small I don’t think it’s truly feasible for us. We’ve been recommended Bluestar by our appliance supplier and you can do various colors with brass accents so it’s kind of like of Wolf had a baby with La Canche.
Because this space needs natural light from the window in the pantry, we did not want to change the opening and so we are splitting the fridge and freezer so we can get the size we want– and I kinda love it!
We’re torn on the width of the opening to make sure it feels open to the family room but also maximize cabinetry. Here is option 1:
Here is option 2- wider opening so less cabinets:
This section will have the coffee bar where we’ll keep the coffee machine, toaster, mugs, etc and another large cabinet for who knows what- plates? Glassware? Food? TBD. Pots and pans below. May make them drawers as I do like having drawers for those items currently. I don’t have a drawing of the island yet- but it will have the sink, dishwasher and trash in it with a couple utensil drawers and then four counter stools on the opposite side.
Looking into the pantry I’ll have wallpaper (probably the same one I used for my mudroom) and will try to re-use the honed Jurassic Grey granite countertops from the current kitchen. Cabinetry would be a color- probably Farrow & Ball Green Smoke, same as the powder room off the kitchen.
I’m going to use some brass wire mesh doors in here- left elevation is left of the sink, right is the wall to the right of the sink- a wall oven, microwave and small dishwasher drawer are all in this space. Most food and serveware will be in here.
The mudroom I’d use the same faux brick tile I used for the current mudroom and then cabinets the color of the kitchen, wallpaper and a cushion on the window seat. Each family member gets a cubby- which I’m DYING for! Currently have hats and mittens and boots ERRRRRYWHERE.
I will keep you posted as we progress with a plan. Given supply chain issues and builders booking out SO far, who knows when this will happen! But stay tuned as I design more of our home!
Everything you do is so beautiful, Erin. Even the temporary kitchen is a stunner! I love that you will be re-using some things and donating the rest, once it comes time for the real renovation. I have honed Royal Danby marble from Vermont for my countertops; they are incredibly beautiful and feel good that they came from New England. They do spot but it is not terrible — I did seal them — and with a honed finish they can be lightly buffed to eliminate the spotting.
If you are looking for feedback on the door width to the family room, my vote would be for Plan A with the smaller opening. That opening size is still generous and connects the rooms; the larger one gives too much of a view to the kitchen from the family room, the last thing you want to see when you’re trying to relax. The pandemic has made us all realize that it can be practical to have separation between rooms. Also, who doesn’t need MORE cabinetry rather than less?
It is a wonderful plan with beautiful finishes. Well done, Ericn!
Erin, your kitchen design is beautiful. I know if I ever get my dream kitchen, one of the musts for me is a beautiful floor. My dream is to get hardwood floor refinishing in South Congaree.
Thanks for inspiring me. You’re the best.
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This looks fantastic! I personally would go with the bigger opening to the living room. You’ve got a lot of storage planned already, and you can always purge but you won’t be able to change the opening later. It will feel more open this way.
We have a similar design for our mudroom. We made sure the lower drawers were deep enough to hold soccer balls and basketballs. And then above the main “locker” we had a shelf (that I have baskets for) to help hold little things like gloves. Above that we had closed cabinets for storing supplies. It’s really worked well for our family of six.
gorgeous! Love the larger opening to the family room. one can never go wrong with more storage, but your plan has plenty of it. id sacrifice more cabinets and drawers for the generous opening which, when you have company and kids’ friends gathered in future years will be, i think, more practical and welcoming. (sorry my caps key isn’t working, what the heck?)
Came here to see who else was voting on the door width – I’m also Team Wider…. we all know any cupboards will always get filled with stuff regardless! But the generosity of space and light is what makes spaces special.
Wondering what stain went down on the wood floors? Our floors are golden oak, cabinets white, island cherry which I may paint out a color. Think the darker floors are a good idea after 28 years.
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Love your plan! Looking forward to reading about the transformation. Mudroom will be the biggest game changer in terms of all the kiddo stuff!!
I love it all but I would really consider a LaCanche over the BlueStar. The LaCanche Sully would be such a statement piece. Its two large ovens are perfect. We have a Sully and I love it so much. We have a wolf in our vacation house with a similar layout and it’s just not the same and the smaller oven annoys me to no end. So just a thought!
I am super excited for you to get started on this because I am anxious to see what it will look like when completed! The plans look amazing.
I could look at kitchen Renovation plans all day!!!! Thanks so much. I just did a huge reno – broke a wall etc. I really wanted to separate the frig & freezer but it just didn’t work out. Super excited to see this unfold.
My kitchen is just 10 years old, with traditional cabinets like the ones you are planning. The faucet, which was beautiful when new with a nickel finish, has never functioned well and the finish has become dull despite the care we’ve given it. I’m looking forward to a post on the faucet styles and manufacturers you are considering. I want to replace my faucet with one that functions well but also is appropriate for my kitchen.
I apologize for repeating myself! I didn’t think the first post was sent!
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My kitchen has very traditional white cabinets and a nickel sink faucet in a traditional style. The faucet was gorgeous when new 10 years ago but has never functioned well and now the finish is wearing off. I’d like to replace it. All the kitchen pulls are nickel but I think a chrome faucet would be my preference – I’ll go for durability and function this time! I’m looking forward to seeing some of the faucet options you are considering.
This looks gorgeous! I’m sure you already thought of this, but I would suggest putting an outlet in each of the cubbies. As your kids get older, it’s so helpful to have a designated place for them to charge their phone, laptop etc outside of their bedroom. Just a thought …
Gosh, this is clever! Hard to imagine that they’ll be big enough for cell phones soon, but it happens so fast!
Yes! And a designated charging in the kitchen as well. My kids were required to leave their devices in the charging cabinet overnight through middle school. It was part of the “cell phone contract” they signed when they got their first phones.
I’ve enjoyed your blog for years now and your new kitchen plans look amazing. We are in the process of buying a house that’s being renovated. Most of the work and selections have been made but there are a few selections I’m able to make. I noticed you mentioned a solid slab backsplash for your range – I’m considering the same because I think the tile/grout approach will be difficult to keep clean. However, my countertops are solid white quartz and I don’t know that I want solid white slab for backsplash. I’m afraid it will look strange to pull in a quartz with a little veining. Our cabinets are white but our island is a light grey. Decisions, decisions… In your vision board you have a subway tile and I didn’t see where you are using this. Just curious.
Another vote for BlueStar here! We have had ours for almost 10 years and if I had to do it all over again, we would purchase it again. There are no electronics in it at all which I love. Nothing that blows out like on our previous range. We explored all of the high-end ranges (Wolf, Viking, etc.) but ultimately went with BlueStar given the power, the ease and the ability to easily replace parts as needed. We love to cook so that was important to us. Good luck with this beautiful reno!
We have a Blue Star and I love it! Great choice!
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Your attention to detail in the drawings is so great. Can you share what program you used to do the drawings?
I ADORE, adore our brass wire mesh doors in cupboards…hubs made it to cover glass…so, they’re “removeable” for cleaning, etc purposes. Luv your “thought process.” franki
The finishings are beautiful and the connection between the family room and kitchen you are planning will be amazing. My pick is to go wider on that opening.
A thought is that with the placement of the sink and the stove, your ‘running’ bench space is pretty short. If there is any way you could lengthen the island and reconsider moving the sink off centre, it would allow for a more practical length of bench for serving and prepping.
It’s all gorgeous and I love it and can’t wait to see it. I will say that I have a la cornue and the ovens are amazing. Not too small (can fit a turkey!) and because they are not as cavernous, they heat up quickly, which is great for baking small items for the kids. I’m sure the bluestar will be great (and I love the color!), but I was so worried about the oven size of the French ranges and it has never been an issue for me.
Looks beautiful- love the separate fridge and freezer. . A few suggestions….I would put your dishwasher to the right of the sink and trash on the left in both places. We are a family of 5, and I would have loved 2 dishwashers. I highly recommend Miele- I’ve had one for 16 years with no repairs, and it’s a workhorse- worth every penny. I also would add a drawer above your trash/ recycling for silverware- makes it super easy when unloading the dishwasher. For the range wall. I would put stacks of drawers on one side of the range to put dishes in from the dishwasher. You do not want to walk far to unload your dishwasher. The other drawers could be used for pots etc. I would use as many drawers as possible for bottom storage. They are so convenient. I also recommend a pull out vertical drawer for spices/ oils by the range. Good luck!
It all looks very beautiful. I like the wider opening to the family room. I have a question. Would you consider putting a drawer under the sink vs doors? I’ve seen it done a few times and it’s so much easier to get into.
Curious about your thoughts on cabinets flanking stove versus drawers. I often wish I had drawers.
I meant range :) not stove.
Everything is beautiful! But what about a wall oven? I really miss the one we had in our old home.
This is not going to be cheap or quick, but it will certainly be beautiful and interesting to watch.
Love this! Thank you for sharing. I am in the process of a kitchen renovation so your timing is such a gift! How are you addressing the concerns of marble staining? Are you having it sealed annually? Also, which brand are you using for the fridge/freezer panels? Love this design and again – thank you for sharing!!!!
This is exciting! I cannot wait to hear more about your choices. Looking forward to following along.
These plans look amazing. You are smart to go with smaller freezer. We have separate full size Subzero refrigerator and freezer and now that our 3 children have left the nest we have an empty freezer. We have a contract on a beach house with similar cabinets to your before ones and I’m thinking about using your current kitchen as inspiration…not ready to redo an entire kitchen yet and I’m hoping that they will last a few years once they are painted. Thanks so much for this post!!
So well thought out! Thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to see your new kitchen evolve :)
I have two lacanche ranges and love them. One has one of their “larger” ovens, and it’s totally fine for any scenario I can imagine. It fits a half sheet pan (three really, if you stack them) and as big of a roast as you would ever cook. It’s not quite as big as most american ranges, but it heats up faster, which is really nice.
My other range has two of the smaller ovens, and it’s fine for my household, but you have to use smaller sheet trays, which isn’t for everyone. Just check the oven sizes.
I have cooked on Bluestars, and they are great. They have more output than any home cook could ever need, but they are hard to clean and their reliability ratings are mixed. Either one would look great though.
I have a LaCanche as well. It’s never been too small to cook anything – including Thanksgiving turkey, the biggest thing I cook all year. The main problem I have with it is the same issue you’ll have with Bluestar, Wolf or ANY high end range – everyone focuses on the BTUs, but forget to ask how low the burners can go. Our LC has one extra small burner, and even at its lowest it is too warm for sauces or a low simmer. This is a phenomenon that is even worse on the ‘commercial’ style American ranges. Personally, I cannot STAND all the beeps and screens of modern ranges, which is why we went with LC. It is kind of hilarious that it’s so pricey because it’s so basic. FYI the other thing I don’t like about it (or my old ‘modern’ range) is that you can’t broil things well because the heating elements go around a light. Better if the light is at the back instead of at the top. No matter what, though, be sure you get an electric oven. The gas ovens are way less consistent, and most brands offer gas/electric combos.
Love our Blue Star 48″ gas range!! Added bonus – they’re made in the USA so no overseas shipping/environment footprint issues
Looks lovely. In a future post, can you share some tips for how to survive/manage expectations for a large scale renovation project similar to this, i.e., creating a temporary kitchen set-up, common mistakes homeowners make when renovating a kitchen, the length of time this type of project should ideally take, areas where to splurge/save to see ROI, etc. Thanks!
In the middle of remodeling my kitchen and want marble countertops, everyone is trying to talk me out of it. Thought? Love your style.
Your gameplan looks beautiful and I love that you’re even finding a way to reuse some items from your current “facelifted kitchen”! Having a library ladder is so cool and the whole look will mesh really well with the rest of your home. We recently renovated our kitchen, and I also was looking at a Bluestar stove bc I loved being able to get it in a custom color. However, after chatting with a few different appliance stores, they all actually highly recommended against Bluestar in a home with little kids. Bluestar is known for their high temperature, open burners also referred to as restaurant-style burners. (I’ve learned an open burner basically means the burner does not have an airtight seal around the burner area, allowing for more oxygen in the flame which results in higher temperatures.). The flames are bigger and hotter and, frankly, that made me nervous as a mom of 2 little ones under 5 years old. Just something I thought I’d share as you explore your options! (And FYI Wolf stoves do allow you to buy brass bezels which we ended up getting.)
I recently remodeled our kitchen and placed an extra wall oven in our walk-in pantry. I raised it up off the floor so it is easier for me to access. I’m 5’10” and I believe you are tall also. I mostly use the Thermador oven in our main kitchen, but for heavy turkeys/hams it is so nice to have an oven up off the floor a bit. Also for broiling so I don’t have to bend down so far to watch it closely. I can’t wait to see your end product!
I’ve done several kitchen renovations and like to have a “landing place” next to the refrigerator for items taken in/out of it. Not so much the freezer. Would you consider swapping the location of your refrigerator and freezer? Just a thought. I’m a long time follower and love your designs. You helped me with a design question waaaay back, right after you were first published in the Boston Globe magazine – thanks again!
Ha! I had the exact same thought – flop the freezer and frig ,,, but3 then also realized this is a butler’s pantry so probably relatively narrow. The countertop opposite the appliances would probably be fine for setting items going in and out of the refrigerator. The very idea of a butler’s pantry is such a dream.
We had two dish washers when we had our family
Home. I loved it
Especially with holidays and entertaining
Yes! We moved into a home last summer with two dishwashers (and two sets of washers and dryers) and it is amazing! My family knows that one sink/dishwasher is the breakfast and lunch sink and the one in the island near the range (where I cook dinner) is the dinner sink and dishwasher.
I would recommend that you run far, far away from anything Blue Star!!! I see that someone else commented that they love theirs, but in one year they had to replace my entire unit once and the motherboard another THREE times. As things stand now, I am in holding to get any other brand as a replacement once the supply chain opens up. It just doesn’t work! They are out of motherboards, so I’m stuck with a no working chunk of junk. It is truly the most expensive piece of garbage we have ever purchased!!! Hope I can save one other person from this fate!
Thanks for the heads up! We will be remodeling down the road so I will make a note to stay away from Blue Star. :)
Looks amazing, both before and after. Are you having a designated place to charge all the cell phones and tablets? Love it all!
Have you ever considered going with an induction cooktop instead of gas? I realize, the “look” might not be the same BUT it is so much better for the environment – something that I wish influencers like you pay more attention to. And yes, it cooks GREAT! Every cook will get used to and eventually like induction, even though they swear that they can “only cook with gas” ; ). Anyway, something to thing about, considering global warming and the future we all will leave to our kids…
Happy 2022! Everything looks GORGEOUS and I can’t wait to see it all come together.
Very interesting, though agree with Amber that environmentally-based choices like these can be so complex, and vary by location. Ultimately, tearing out a kitchen period has more environmental impact than anything else. One thing I was reading about that was fascinating was the ambient pollution in your house itself from gas ranges and wood burning fireplaces and stoves. They actually impact air quality just in your house! So even though ‘world’ impact may not be so relevant here on the East Coast, your ‘personal’ environment is also impacted. I have a wood stove, and can absolutely say it is VERY clear the air quality is bad when it’s on. Fascinating stuff.
While I agree induction can be great to cook on (if you aren’t trying to stir fry, for example), the environmental benefits are more limited, especially if you live on the east coast. Our infrastructure is unfortunately largely fossil fuel based, so the electricity that powers the induction range will be sourced from oil and gas (or even coal). Ranges also make up a tiny fraction of the energy used in our homes, so people like Erin can likely make a much bigger environmental impact by upgrading the HVAC in her house. (I don’t know what she has now, but oil-fired boilers are still really common in New England, for example.)
There are also considerations like the amount of electric service required to an power induction range. Especially in an older house, you may have to upgrade your panel or even the overall service to your house to support these appliances, which can be really expensive.
In any case, I think these decisions are more complicated than some influencers suggest, even if you are trying to make environmentally responsible choices.
Love the new designs and colors – all so fresh yet charming. And that oven/range…
Wanted to ask what software you use for your plans?
Whoooowwwwweeeeee! I. Can’t. Wait. The only good news in January 2022.
Thanks for sharing the plans. Helps visualize.
It looks like a dream kitchen Erin. I have a BlueStar Stove, and it is absolutely a cooks dream. My only feedback about the layout is where do you plan to do food prep? I find I spend more time doing that then loading the dishwasher, so I might prefer to look out to the family room while doing that rather then staring at a wall. I can’t wait to see it come to life though, it is going to be stunning!
Good to have a personal endorsement for BlueStar, will have to add them to my list for future renovation planning. I imagined that the island would serve as food prep space. my parent’s kitchen has a similar lay out and the space to the left and right of the sink were often used for this.
Hi Erin, it looks lovely. One question. Did you think about turning the existing mudroom space into a dining nook?
No we have a dining space in the family room for casual dining
Would you advise against re-painting kitchen cabinets since you mentioned the new paint didn’t last? Is it best to just get new cabinetry? Do you ever suggest refacing?
Thank you for always sharing your beautiful details!
We had our kitchen cabinets professionally painted almost two years ago, and do you know what the biggest problem has been with them? The varying levels of humidity in my house. The cabinets, even though they were older, have expanded and shrunk with the seasons. They are a raised panel design so in the winter when it is dry, the inner panels have slightly shrunk and now there is a demarcation line. In the summer, when the house is more humid, they expand back to the way they were when they were first painted. Ugh. Yes, we have a humidifier on our furnace, and I run a portable humidifier in the winter, but it hasn’t helped much. I live in Canada, and our seasons are extreme, winter is the longest and the dryest. Apart from having just wood-stained cabinets, without paint, I don’t know how to get around it. I love the look of painted cabinets, it is still my favourite. I have just given up on the idea of a perfect kitchen – which as a perfectionist, is not easy!
We had our cabinets painted by a professional and they lasted the 10 years we were in the house(the new owners still have the same kitchen 2 years later), we never had one chip to the paint. The doors and drawers were taken off and sprayed at the painters and the kitchen was tapped off and the units were sprayed in the house. We did have solid wood cabinets and the painter did 2 days of prep work. Maybe we got lucky but I know many people do have them painted and have great luck.
Also would like to know why the paint is not lasting after such a short time. My previous kitchen had painted cabinets for many,many years before I remodeled with light cherry. Now need a refresh and trying to decide on a finish. Keep wood or paint?
The prep has to be done REALLY REALLY well for it to last- but rarely does it last very long without chipping unless sanded all the way down to raw wood. You have to be ok with touch ups. Refacing is great if the cabinetry layout is perfect and the boxes are high quality- otherwise, not worth it at all.
This is such a thoughtful, creative plan – thanks for sharing it with us :)
Erin, I know you do this as a business and for publication, but somehow it seems so wasteful to have done a “temporary” renovation with new counters, tiles, sink, etc. that you will use for what–a year? Even if you somehow have endless money (which most people don’t), I think of all those materials ending up in landfills–twice. Could you not have done what most people do and live with it for a year or even two before you could do the renovation of your dreams? I love your designs and I love your facelift renovation–I would be thrilled with that!–and I’m not trying to be snarky, I just wish people would be more mindful of the cost to the earth of ripping things out so often.
I would agree if we had ripped out the cabinets and weren’t repurposing most of the new counters (and can sell the remnants). I don’t really think this adds much more than doing the full reno when we purchased. Should be about equal.
That all said, I totally agree we can all do more to reduce our footprint. Actually, something Erin and I talk about frequently. :)
Thanks Erin and Andrew, I appreciate the thoughtful replies.
I understand what you’re saying, but she didn’t say anything about sending it all to the landfill. She’s reusing countertops, there are many places to resell or donate cabinetry that people reinstall, you can sell or reuse hardware and appliances just get worn out unfortunately, Most places won’t allow you to donate if it’s more than 10 years old. There’s plenty of people in my area and all over the country right now quite frankly, that knock down perfectly good houses and build new because of the stock market, low interest rates and liquid cash.
We did not know when we would be able to do it- and it may still be a year out- but wanted to make it look more like “us” and frankly, it’s part of what I do for a living. We did not have the time nor financial ability to do the whole thing when we moved in and I am going to try to use as much as I can in new ways.
I love the door cutouts! i have been wanting to do this to my IKEA cabinets i use in my pantry, but not sure quite yet if Ikea wood will work well. Greige cabinets always a good idea as well, can’t wait to see it!
New kitchen looks amazing can’t wait to see the final product. Are you happy with the edgecomb gray? I think that’s where I’m going with my cabinets but looking at your photo I’m afraid it’s going to be too white and not enough taupe/mushroom.