kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelThe kitchen had been 98% finished for… oh maybe about six months before we got around to the final touches. While we may have moved crazy fast on the recent bathroom reno, things get completed a little slower when it’s DIY.

Because really, after you’ve done the entire kitchen and ran out of supplies for the last pieces of trim, who wants to get all the tools out again just to put up some trim above the cabinets and finish off the toe-kicks? Not this girl… so I saved the project for when my dad came to town and made him do it. Dad’s are good for that sort of thing. And just like that… it is done! Don’t miss the “before and afters” after the jump!

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelkitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelWe used Semihandmade doors & drawer fronts that were custom made to fit Ikea cabinets, you can read more about the process here. We initially had a professional spray paint the fronts but when we extended the kitchen, we ended up buying a sprayer and painting them ourselves which you can read more about here.

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelkitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelPreviously the kitchen was a tiny space, completely closed off to the rest of the house. We gutted it, opened it up, expanded it, and added on a separate laundry room so that we could move the washer and dryer out of the pantry and away from the dishwasher.

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelI sourced the Calacatta Marble from a slab yard in Van Nuys. I can’t say for sure, but I think I found it at Marble Unlimited. There are quite a few stone suppliers in Van Nuys and after visiting a bunch of them, we found the slab I wanted and I can’t remember exactly which one it was from. It makes a pretty perfect backdrop for my cutting boards hey? 😉

Your best bet if you are in the LA area is to drive out there and hop from one to another. Just a warning though, some of them only supply to contractors, you might want to ask first before getting your heart set on the perfect slab.

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelI knew I had to have brass in the kitchen and found these perfect pulls on (best website name ever?! ha). Cedar & Moss lighting was the icing on the cake and I am still SO in love with the cabinet color (it’s “pigeon” by Farrow & Ball btw). All the sources and side-by-side before and afters, after the jump… 

Alto Pendant Lamps by Cedar & Moss // Cabinet Doors & Drawer fronts by SemiHandmade // Cabinet Hardware by Lewis Dolwin // Stools by Organic Modernism //  Floor Stain Color is Ebony by Minwax // Faucet by Brizo // Lucia Ceiling Light by Cedar & Moss // Microwave by Summit // Serving boards & Linens by A Sunny Afternoon //Sink by Ikea // Dining Table by Organic Modernism // Chairs are vintage

Cabinet paint colors: Pigeon & Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball // Wall color is Snowfall by Behr

For all the entryway sources look here

The day we knocked into that wall was like ahhhhhhhh.

Right next to the day we knocked down this other wall and made the kitchen almost twice the size. Double ahhhh.

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelkitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelEven though it is still a relatively small kitchen, having it open to the rest of the house makes it perfect for entertaining. Maybe now I’ll throw a year late housewarming party. 🙂

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuelAfter living with the new kitchen for quite a few months, I couldn’t be happier with the result. The only thing we are going to eventually add is a tile backsplash by the stove. We are not chefs over here, but have been cooking a lot more at home and the wall next to the range (second to last photo) has definitely seen better days. Grease stains and even some warping from the heat! Yikes. I am thinking of tiling that entire nook from stove to ceiling, what would you do there?

To see all of our home renovation progress check here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel 

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