Where do I begin?! I am so excited to share our new kitchen! I believe that the kitchen is the heart of a home. It’s the most important space where family and friends gather to create beautiful memories, cook amazing meals, and sip fancy wine. Who am I kidding? Sure, it’s great for all of those things, but also, it is the place where I quickly whip up super simple dinners occasionally, and where half asleep I scramble each morning to make and pack the kids’ lunches. It’s where everyone goes to grab a quick bowl of cereal and it’s the science lab where my daughter mixes strange ingredients to make slime on a daily basis. Can you relate? Whether you are leisurely making fancy dinners in your kitchen, or running through it to grab something last minute, the kitchen is the most important space in the house. It’s where people gather and connect at the beginning and end of a busy day. Whether it’s for your daily lifestyle or when selling your home, a functional kitchen is so important. If it’s beautiful too, that’s even better!
With all of the previous homes that we have remodeled, I have never had the opportunity to choose new cabinets. We have always either kept the existing cabinets as-is or had them painted. In this house, the cabinets were original from the 90’s and really scuffed and scratched. We knew they were not salvageable and that we would need install new cabinetry. Yay! We also knew at first glance that we wanted to remove the hexagon soffit above the existing cabinets to raise the ceiling and add an extra row above the main cabinets. Yay again, I’ve always dreamed of that extra row! We had the amazing opportunity to partner with MasterBrand’s Aristokraft Cabinetry line to design our new kitchen. We worked with an incredible MasterBrand designer, who had so many great ideas for the space. We chose the Winstead shaker style doors in white and they are absolutely gorgeous! We added awesome features like a matching wood range hood, crown moulding, glass door fronts (on the top row), open shelving, pull-outs and more. The cabinets and drawers all have the “soft-close” feature, so no loud bang when shutting them, which is fabulous.
I can’t tell you how great it is to have brand new, fresh clean cabinets that have never been used. No weird sticky spots and stains, just clean and perfect! Let’s keep them that way, okay kids?
I know you all love before and after images, so here we go!
We should play one of those games where you list all of the differences between one photo and the next. The list would be really, really long. Ha!
Quite a difference, right? I cannot express how happy I am with how this dream kitchen turned out! From the beautiful and functional cabinetry to the gorgeous wood floors, to the backsplash tile (I’m obssessed), to the apron front stainless steel sink and chrome faucet, to the open shelving (a stylist’s dream), to the lighting and hardware, it’s just perfect. Let’s talk about more details…
In our past homes, if we have had a range hood, it has been stainless steel. When I saw that Aristokraft offers a wood hood that matches the cabinetry, I was all in. I was a bit nervous that if I went with an all white subway tile backsplash like our last house, it would blend in too much, so I chose this stunning patterned tile so the range hood would pop! This is the main focal point of the kitchen and really adds a custom look.
I love the tall, deep cabinets we did in the island. They are super spacious and give the island such a simple, clean design.
On the wall with the refrigerator, we did tall pantry cabinets with these awesome pullouts! I have so much storage in this kitchen, it’s so wonderful. I still have empty cabinets and drawers to fill, which means I can move more linens, tableware and props out of the TomKat closet and into the kitchen for easy access. Yes, please!
I love this wood cutlery divider that fits perfectly in the drawer. Much better than the plastic version I used to have!
You may have been wondering where our microwave is? We had it built into the back end of the island to hide it! Genius, right? The drawers around it are super functional.
Oh, oh open shelves! I’ve never had them before, but I have been in love with this trend for a long time! My husband was skeptical and felt like doing the open shelves wouldn’t give us enough upper cabinet space, but he trusted my judgement and I know I picked a winner. I am so glad we did this! I could style these shelves for days. (stay tuned for tips!)
We had the pleasure of partnering with Blanco to furnish our sinks and faucets throughout the house. This is the first apron front (farmhouse) sink that I have done, and again something I’ve been dreaming about. More details coming soon, but in the meantime, how gorgeous is this chrome Grace faucet?
If you follow me, you know this is my very favorite light fixture ever. So, I used it yet again. The first time was over the dining table at our vacation home, then in our last house over the kitchen table, and now over the island in this house! It’s such a winner. Every time.
For the first time, I purchased quite a few items for this house on Amazon. Who knew that they sell these darling black sconces? (and only $50 each!) I love them so much that I bought more for my master bathroom! Stay tuned for that reveal!
…and these black modern cabinet handles? These come in many sizes, so I ordered 3 different sizes depending on the cabinet height or drawer width.
I think the black fixtures and accessories really tie in with the black and white tile and pull it all together!
Soooo….. what do you think?
I hope you love the transformation as much as I do! Stay tuned for more details about styling open shelves, kitchen accessory details, and more room reveals… coming soon!
Design + Styling | Kim Stoegbauer, The TomKat Studio
Photography | Rennai Hoefer
Cabinetry & Open Shelving | MasterBrand Aristokraft Cabinetry
Montpelier French Oak Wood Flooring | Floor & Decor
Stainless Steel Farmhouse Sink | Blanco
Chrome Faucet | Blanco
White Quartz Countertops | Arizona Tile
Patterned Tile Backsplash | Home Depot
Subway Tile Backsplash | Floor & Decor
Island Light Fixture | Ballard Designs
Black Sconces | Amazon
Black Cabinet Pulls | Amazon
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