Its time for Part 2 of the Woodcrest Reveal! This week we will be walking through the Eat-In and the Kitchen. We cant believe the transformation this space took and hope you feel inspired to start demoing your own space.
When we were planning out this eat-in and kitchen space, we knew immediately after seeing it in person that it needed to be opened up. Yeah. The open concept. It’s a thing. But especially in this instance. The kitchen was awkward because the placement of the counters / peninsula made the kitchen feel smaller than the dining space itself. Weird. I know. Furthermore, the layout also left an awkward space on the other side of the dining table that the home owners didn’t know what to do with. Opening up (and using) the entire space gave our clients more room for entertaining and added a lot of storage space in the kitchen.
Kitchen Dining Eat-In Before
The dining table was in the center of the space, leaving the end and corner unidentified and virtually unused. There is also a window providing a gorgeous view to the back yard that was hindered because of the furniture placement.
We moved the furniture into that weird, corner space and built custom seating to accommodate as many people as possible. The original walls had paneling that was already painted, so we continued to keep the interesting texture and painted it an updated color. We call it “not-quite-ship-lap”. Take that Joanna Gaines. haha. Using white and a charcoal blue/grey back drop gave this space the attention it needed without stealing the show. Furthermore, to cater to our clients design goals, we chose the shown light fixture to keep with the retro style that they were wanting.
This space was so incredibly fun to create because it not only provided more of a natural break between the kitchen and the eat in, but placing the dining area in the corner actually provided more seating for our client! Who would have thought that a custom built in bench could look this good?!
The kitchen was originally a small part of this space. And there was this weird peninsula that really kept the kitchen cut off from the rest of the room. Plus, that countertop material. ugh.
Also – note the multiple types of flooring in the photo above. This doesn’t even show the wood floor that is two steps to the right if you were actually standing here.
Yes. That is the same kitchen. Did you let out a huge exhale as you scrolled down?
As you can see, we took out the peninsula that was closing off the kitchen space, basically turned it sideways and created a large functional island with storage below. And yes, the flooring was updated and the entire space was refinished to this gorgeous ashy oak color.
In order to continue the trend of making the space feel bigger, we carried the upper cabinetry up to the ceiling which also subsequently added more storage space. Furthermore, for some added flare we painted the island a darker color and also added darker hardware to create contrast within the space. We love an all grey kitchen but in a space this big we thought it may feel muted and bland without the contrast.
I’m in love with the unique backsplash and the wooden shelves. Sigh. Makes me want to update my own kitchen.
To see more photos from Project Woodcrest Reveal check out our blog post that covers their bathroom transformation…or, stay tuned until next week when we reveal the family room and the entry!