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Before & After: White Kitchen Remodel

By March 24, 2011 6 Comments

I’m really proud of the outcome of this kitchen remodel.  It’s beautiful and bright and just plain happy.  But you don’t get the full sense of this space until you see before photos and realize the major layout changes that made this kitchen what it is.
The large opening shown above used to be this brick wall:
The powder room (the closed white door to the left) used to be straight off the kitchen, directly across from the refrigerator: 
Now the powder room (still in the same location) is in a corridor just off the kitchen:
The doorway location from the dining room (to the right in the photo) prevented any deep base cabinets, and therefore the space by the window wasn’t very functional: 
Now the doorway has been relocated to the right side of that wall, allowing for a working kitchen uninterrupted by traffic flow:
Quite a difference, huh?  Not to mention the layout aspects you can’t see – how we made sure each cabinet was as functional as possible, so everything had it’s place.  More after photos to come in another post…
Architect:  Tom Buese
Contractor:  Sam Sampinos 

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  • Tiana says:

    Hi Nicole – that is a beautiful kitchen. Nice work! Speaking of white cabinets – we have them, and they are so hard to keep clean! Maybe we're messy, maybe it's the dog, or perhaps just the destiny of white cabinets. Do you have any recommendations for the dirt that likes to settle on the bottom molding of the cabinet doors? or around the handles? Maybe I should just clean more 🙂

  • Nicole says:

    Thanks Tiana! So, about the cleaning… First of all, did you paint your cabinets yourself? Nothing against your skills, but typically factory finishes are stronger and have a thicker sealant on top that makes cleaning easier. Plus, older cabinets with several coats of paint can leave build-up behind, which makes the surface even easier for dirt to stick to. Another thing is ventilation. It's so hard to clean because it's not just dirt & dust that can be brushed off – it's the grease from cooking that mixes with the dirt and makes it really difficult to remove. Considering you have the same type of useless downdraft ventilation we do, I'm guessing that's a big part of your problem. I'd suggest maybe trying a little dishsoap when cleaning to help break up that grease?

  • The combination of wooden flooring with white kitchen cabinets is looking very impressive…!!!

  • Tiffany says:

    Gorgeous Nicole!!!

  • Megan says:

    That is a beautiful kitchen remodel! Great job!

  • Jems Nichole says:

    The information that you provided was thorough and helpful. I will have to share your article with others
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