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A Beautiful Kitchen Transform Finished Proper!



Under is an actual Expensive Laurel letter from a form reader relating to her current kitchen transform.


Expensive Laurel, 

I wish to thanks in your weblog through the years and the heaps of assist it was throughout my kitchen transform final yr. 

Please know that your efforts don’t go unappreciated. If you happen to’re , I’d like to ship some earlier than and after photographs which I feel you’ll get pleasure from.

I need you to see what your weblog and expertise have helped create. Unwittingly, you had been concerned in each determination made within the kitchen transform. 

I do perceive how busy issues are, although, so no worries should you don’t have time to look. Simply know that you just deserve some accolades!

Finest Regards,





Oh wow, Rachel, you might be too type. Thanks a lot!  However, I’ve mentioned this so many occasions, and it’s this:


I’ve discovered a TON within the final ten years writing the weblog. In reality, I daresay I’ve discovered greater than within the earlier 24 years going again to inside design faculty.

The purpose being is that I’m nonetheless studying. 

I simply have so as to add this in as a result of I’m positive a few of you might be questioning what the hell is occurring with my renovation. It’s nonetheless within the works; nonetheless, as with many issues in life, it’s two steps ahead and a step backward. However, I’ve some thrilling information.


I’ve enlisted the assistance of a buddy and super-talented kitchen designer who’s serving to me with my kitchen transform. 

Sure, long-distance. That is the majority of her enterprise proper now. Extra about that later.


The impetus for having her assist me is two-fold.


  • One, you don’t know what you don’t know, and I’d quite not make a whopping mistake that might’ve been prevented.
  • I’ve had two estimates for cabinetry, and I can’t even discuss in regards to the INSANE numbers that got here again. I imply insane even for the place I’m situated.

There must be a greater method for me, and after speaking to my darling buddy, she is assured that there’s. She has simply accomplished her drawing of the floorplan of my design along with her incredible software program. Solely, first, she made me remeasure the whole lot all the way down to the closest 1/4”. That could be a appreciable problem for me, proper there.


Effectively, who is that this sensible kitchen designer, and don’t you’ve a laser tape measure, Laurel?


I’m sorry, I can’t say her identify simply but as a result of she is full-up with different kitchen transform tasks. Nonetheless, I promise that earlier than lengthy, you’ll know the whole lot and likewise see what she’s doing and listen to firsthand what it’s like working along with her long-distance. Up to now, it’s a dream come true for me!


And no, I don’t personal a laser tape measure. And, please, no scolding. Thanks. ;]



In fact, I advised Rachel to please ship me the earlier than and after photos of her new kitchen transform.


I’m all the time up for an important kitchen renovation. However, earlier than I am going on. Lots of you’ve despatched me your beautiful designs, and I may’ve simply revealed them as effectively, however I didn’t. It was most certainly a matter of timing, is all.

Rachel shortly despatched me a number of photos. I typically get just a little nervous at first as a result of generally it’s not clear what are the earlier than pics and what are the after. However as quickly as I noticed the after photographs, there was no query.


The primary three photos are from earlier than the kitchen transform through the actual property itemizing.



Rachel mentioned:


Some fast background; after residing with the kitchen for some time, I couldn’t take it any longer. And so, one weekend, I started tearing down that horrid three-sided island one weekend.


Laurel mentioned:

You go, lady. Tear that beast aside!

Although I can’t see all the area, this simply feels fallacious to me.



Okay, now it’s REALLY fallacious!


I imply, who in freaks identify places their fridge FACING the residing space. That might be superb if it was built-in with a panel on the entrance, however it’s a large stainless-steel point of interest right here. I’m additionally bugged by the cupboards not going all the way in which up, and I’m not loopy in regards to the crown.


Again to Rachel:


Naturally, there was no agency design but. It took me a yr to provide you with the ultimate design. Subsequently, there was a yr spent residing with a sink within the laundry room. haha

Though I’m not a educated designer, I discovered out of your examples do a quarter-inch scale drawing after which meticulously sketched out completely different layouts. As well as, I researched merchandise and began the kitchen transform a yr later, in January 2021.


The majority of the work for the kitchen transform took six months to be practical. And, ten months to be full.


I went with kind and performance first, then did my greatest to make it lovely and cost-conscious. The cupboard design is fully my very own, with some on-line assist from the producer relating to fillers, trim and construct.

Thanks for making the “unkitchen” fashionable and in style; I’ve all the time hated higher cupboards. Thanks once more for your whole assist. Get pleasure from!


Rachel went on to say:


Nancy Keyes fabulous timeless kitchen with white chandelier they created themselves


Truly, your publish on Nancy Keyes’ kitchen was a springboard for this mission.

I sourced nearly the whole lot on-line and am comfortable to share that information. There’s a cause for each determination made alongside the way in which primarily based on my scales of magnificence, performance, and price.


kitchen remodel on a budget


I did no matter I may myself (wallpaper, slipcovers, paint, drapes). Then, I sourced tradespeople for expert jobs (some had been nice, others not a lot).


beautiful kitchen island - rattan stools


I’ve no lasting regrets and am thrilled with all of it!  It capabilities nearly completely.


kitchen remodel Fhiaba refrigerator- floor to ceiling cabinetry


Kitchen remodel - eating area - custom slipcover


My favourite bits are the banquette breakfast desk, the built-in china cupboard, the drop-zone, two garbage drawers, cupboards to the ceiling, the ice-maker, the lighting, and sure, my one large splurge, the Ilve vary.


After Kitchen remodel - Ilve range black - brass


So far as decor goes, it’s by no means achieved. I’m nonetheless searching for the proper material cloth to go alongside all the again wall.


Rachel kitchen shelves


I’d love some artwork subsequent to the vary like Nancy has achieved and am consistently on the hunt for dishes, books, linens, and such to beautify (not muddle) the cabinets.


China cabinet - microwave drawer


I really feel like I understood operate, however you helped me perceive magnificence and obtain it! And your weblog launched me to many designers, artisans, and fans who even have magnificence and concepts to share.  I can’t thanks sufficient.


Rachel Kitchen Remodel range, island

To pals and neighbors who love the kitchen, I refer them to you.  You’ve spent extra hours with shoppers like me than you’ll ever know.

Heat Regards,


faucet kitchen remodel


Wow once more! However, what I really like about Rachel’s kitchen transform is how she made it her personal.


Under is a widget with all the gadgets I may discover that may go within the widget. (The 2 floral pillows should not what Rachel did however two substitutes I discovered on Etsy.) Then, there may be Rachel’s full procuring record interspersed with extra photos.



Cupboards and Hood – Cliqstudios Austin cupboard in Cloud White

Wallpaper – Rifle Paper Co. Laurel in inexperienced and white

Backsplash Tile – 2″x8″ white porcelain subway tiles


mulholland-tile-pattern-tile-collection stone impressions


Accent Tile – Artisan Stone Tile by Stone Impressions, model Mulholland in Cypress on marble

Counter – Marble model/coloration New Tremendous White from an area stone supplier

Pendants – Hudson Valley Lighting Painted No.2 16″ large in white/brass

Sconces – Hudson Valley Lighting Backyard Metropolis wall sconce 8322 in aged brass

Chandelier – Discovered at an vintage retailer and rewired for ceiling use and coated shade myself

Bench – Ballard Designs 60″ Bristol in white canvas then made the inexperienced slipcover myself

Faucet – California Taps Davoli Collection in polished nickel with crystal deal with (I adore it)

Vary – Ilve 40″ Nostalgie Collection twin gas in gloss black and brass

Microwave – Bosch

Dishwasher – Bosch



Fhiaba brilliance series interior


Fridge – Fhiaba brilliance sequence (deliberate for panel prepared however discovered this flood mannequin at half the worth, so…)


Rachel kitchen remodel pantry


We even have a nugget ice-maker (the place the area is within the picture) and an under-counter drink fridge within the butler’s pantry.

{Hardware} – Amerock conventional classics geometric glass knob in polished nickel and Amerock Granby cupboard pull in polished nickel (I reused these from my earlier kitchen)

Flooring – 4.5″ Pink Oak completed in Bona Particular Walnut stain.


Juniper Forest in Evergreen - Rifle Paper Company


Mudroom Wallpaper – Rifle Paper Co Juniper Forest in Evergreen

The desk and chairs are from vintage shops, counter stools are from Ballard (discontinued), and drapes I made.  The paint on the woodwork and doorways (that isn’t cabinetry) is Cotton Balls. (thanks 🙂


The net shops I used:


Hudson Valley Lighting
Rifle Paper Firm
Ballard Designs
Cliq Studios


The counters, tile, faucet, fridge, and furnishings had been from native sellers.


By the way in which, I really like seeing your Boston posts as I lived there twice and labored at Boston Kids’s Hospital as a nurse years in the past.


I’m so comfortable that you just reside in such a lovely, historic place! I reside in North Carolina now, and also you’re welcome anytime. You’ll love the Biltmore.




Thanks a lot, Rachel! I feel she did an superior job on this kitchen transform. It is filled with appeal, and traditional particulars. As well as, I’m extremely impressed by all the work she did on her personal. The box-pleated slipcover on the banquette is elegant!


As well as, Rachel:


  • Took her time with the design
  • Bought skilled assist when it was wanted
  • Saved cash, by buying some issues on sale
  • Did as a lot of the work herself, as she may.


One other factor I discover immensely attention-grabbing is that Rachel was influenced by Nancy Keye’s grey kitchen. Nonetheless, I’m pondering of the kitchen that Nancy designed, and I shared on the weblog final summer season.


Under is one picture from the publish of Nancy’s kitchen transform.


Kitchen makeover - two eating areas

See what I imply? Rachel’s kitchen jogs my memory of this pretty. However, right here’s the factor. Rachel didn’t see this kitchen till hers was practically completed, as this publish got here out about one month AFTER Rachel’s kitchen was practical. And, she had accomplished the kitchen design greater than seven months earlier!


Now, I do know you guys like to make feedback.


Most of you might be unbelievable and really type. Nonetheless, there are too typically a few of us who begin critiquing/discovering fault, and many others. Please don’t try this.

Rachel is extremely type and beneficiant to provide us all of this wonderful data from her current kitchen transform and a glimpse into her pretty, new area.


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