Before & After Kitchen Renovation

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Debi Traub, an avid cook, founder of the blog Simply Beautiful Eating, and contributor for Martha Stewart, was in desperate need to update her tired Toronto kitchen. This is how she describes her old kitchen: “My old kitchen was a disaster zone. The cupboards were literally falling off the ceiling and the interior shelving was so warped, it was a miracle that they held pots and pans without caving in. I had virtually no counter space as the kitchen was small. We demolished the wall between the existing dining area and the kitchen to open up the space, installed a beautiful island with a small sink and ensured that there was plenty of counter and storage space in the new kitchen. I can use so many areas for food prep now. Being a food blogger, stylist and photographer, the island area is now my true dream kitchen prep spot. I wanted to keep the counters clean and uncluttered. I also have two wall ovens which is great for entertaining larger parties. It has improved our lives greatly by having enough space to work in and entertain family friends.”

Take a look and get inspired by this incredible “Before & After” kitchen reno!

 

Before & After Kitchen Renovation

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Is it different from before the renovation? YES! The cabinetry is light and airy looking, the drawers are all soft closing, the countertops are marble and very elegant and the hardware is absolutely a dream (all satin brass and a wonderful contrast to the color scheme in the kitchen).

How would I describe my kitchen style? Modern Farmhouse/Hamptons Chic.

Kitchen Inspiration

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My inspiration for this renovation was found in various magazines and online: Martha Stewart, Better Homes and Gardens, Style at Home, House Beautiful, House and Home Magazine, Pinterest and Houzz.

Layout

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Although the layout and cabinetry was custom made, I wanted to add a unique look to the display cupboards so I drew out the glass design for the cabinet maker. 

Cabinet Paint Color

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The cabinet paint color is “Benjamin Moore CC-20 Decorator’s White”.

Organized

Kitchen cabinet ideas. I have a pantry area for all my baking supplies, a corner lazy Susan for dry goods and cans, two slide out drawers on either side of the cooktop (one for all my spices and the the other for my oils and cooking sprays). The glass cupboards display all the beautiful tableware and glassware. This is something that was very important for me to have as I wanted it to be a visual focal point in the kitchen. Simply Beautiful Eating

I have a pantry area for all my baking supplies, a corner lazy Susan for dry goods and cans, two slide out drawers on either side of the cooktop (one for all my spices and the the other for my oils and cooking sprays). The glass cupboards display all the beautiful tableware and glassware. This is something that was very important for me to have as I wanted it to be a visual focal point in the kitchen.

 Accessories

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Decor is from HomeSense.

Sink Cabinet

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I am loving the layout of the cabinets flanking the sink. Everything is within reach and organized.

Pulls

Brushed Brass Kitchen Cabinet Hardware. Pulls are from Restoration Hardware- Lugarno Pull in Aged Brass. Brushed Brass Kitchen Cabinet Hardware. Brushed Brass Kitchen Cabinet Hardware. Brushed Brass Kitchen Cabinet Hardware #BrushedBrass #Kitchen #Cabinet #Hardware Simply Beautiful Eating

Pulls are from Restoration Hardware – Lugarno Pull in Aged Brass.

Knobs

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Knobs are Restoration Hardware – Aubrey Knob in Aged Brass.

Sink

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Sinks is Silgranit from Blanco.

Faucet

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I went with Newport Brass for all the kitchen sinks, accessories and even the sink flange, because everyone needs a matching sink flange, right? I had no idea that there was even such a word as “flange”, until I asked if there was a such a thing as a brass sink thingy that goes around the drain.  🙂

Backsplash

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Backsplash: “I thought I was 100% firm on the one that I wanted until the day the counters were installed. I placed all the samples up against the wall and decided to go back to the drawing board. Since the marble was in a league of its own, I didn’t want anything competing with it. Keeping it simple and clean, I went with a white dolomite marble from Sarana Tile. Tip: Choose a backsplash after your counters are installed.”

The range cooktop is by Dacor.

Splurge & Save

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As far as items go, Debi biggest splurge would be the appliances.

Most of the appliances are Dacor.

Dimension

Kitchen Dining room renovation. The entire space measures 21 x 17 now that hey removed the wall between the existing kitchen and old dining area. Simply Beautiful Eating

Dimensions: The entire space measures 21 x 17 now that they removed the wall between the existing kitchen and old dining area.

Wall Paint Color

Benjamin Moore Silver Chain. I wanted a pure gray for the walls. What does that mean? Well, a pure gray has no undertones at all. No blue. No green. No purple. No red. No brown. NO NOTHING. Just a pure and simple gray. Benjamin Moore Silver Chain #BenjaminMooreSilverChain Simply Beautiful Eating

The paint. Oh yes, let’s talk about paint. I can only describe this experience by saying that I own more paint samples than you could imagine. It started out as a simple task. I wanted a pure gray for the walls. What does that mean? Well, a pure gray has no undertones at all. No blue. No green. No purple. No red. No brown. NO NOTHING. Just a pure and simple gray. Did I find it? Yes. I had already picked out a beautiful shade of Martha Stewart’s Lava Stone Gray for my kitchen island and wanted something to compliment it. I found the perfect one, Benjamin Moore’s Silver Chain 1472. I took the colour gradation down 75% because I wanted it very light. It is soft, with no hints of any weirdness, and it is gracing my walls throughout the entire main floor. Tip: Most specialty paint stores charge almost double for a sample. Best bet? Big box stores are 50% less.

Kitchen Island Paint Color

Grey cabinet paint color Martha Stewart's Lava Stone Gray. Grey kitchen cabinet paint color Martha Stewart's Lava Stone Gray #MarthaStewartLavaStoneGray #greycabinetpaintcolor #greycabinet #paintcolor #greypaintcolor Simply Beautiful Eating

The grey island paint color is Martha Stewart’s Lava Stone Gray.

Countertop

Prep Sink. Prep Sink. Prep Sink. Prep Sink. Kitchen island with Prep Sink with brushed brass faucet #PrepSink Simply Beautiful Eating

The countertops. This is another focal point in the kitchen, and one of the first things I chose. I saw a sample of quartz that I liked and thought that it would be the most practical choice, geared for food preparation, spills and the inevitable mess that is the standard state in a food blogger’s kitchen. And then, I fell head over heels in love with a slab of marble that I should not have installed in my kitchen. Marble is as temperamental as a two year old, but as beautiful as a private island in the Caribbean. Countertops are one of the biggest investments you are going to make during a kitchen makeover. Tip: If you do choose marble, please make sure you have it professionally sealed.

The prep sink is by Blanco.

Bar Faucet is Newport Brass.

Lighting

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The kitchen fixture above the sink are from Joss & Main – currently on sale!

Dining Room Before:

Dining room renovation before and after pictures. Simply Beautiful Eating

Debi’s dining room used to be dark and felt isolated from the kitchen area.

Dining Room After:

Dining room renovation Before and After My new dining room table is made from reclaimed wood and I wanted to keep a natural flow with the rustic but chic look of the room. Simply Beautiful Eating

The room now feels open, airy and even bigger!

Fireplace Before:

Fireplace Before and After renovation. Simply Beautiful Eating

Debi and her husband worked really hard to transform this space.

Fireplace After:

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I wanted a very fresh look for this renovation and decided to incorporate a DIY project to save money. The fireplace mantlepiece was one focal point that my husband and I created together as a team.

My husband is extremely handy and can build and design just about anything so that’s a big plus. The two of us had a vision for this fireplace. We purchased an electric fireplace unit and it’s set into the wall. I’ve never had a mantlepiece so this was one thing I wanted my home as another focal point in the new dining area. We were walking through Home Depot looking at materials to use to build the sides of the fireplace. I chose each piece of wood and my husband built it from scratch. He even made the side panels by hand and created a riveted look with long strips of the material. I spotted barn wood in one area of the store and said, THAT’S MY FIREPLACE MANTLE!. It is a washed light gray and blends with my new hardwood floor. I wanted the top of the fireplace painted the same color as all the cabinetry and fell in love with a mirror I found at HomeSense so I knew it would be perfect above mantle. It was very easy to install the barn wood shelf and I was really excited to use an air gun to nail it together (supervised of course!)

Bookcase Decor

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Isn’t this beautiful? I love the coastal hues and the brass against the crisp white cabinetry.

Flooring

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The flooring manufactured hardwood by Kentwood – Brushed Oak – Color is Angora. It’s really stunning!

The flooring. This was one of the hardest decisions ever. I leaned towards a vintage gray-wash hardwood floor throughout the entire main floor, with the exception of the laundry and powder room. My husband hated the idea of that particular wood flooring. We chose a hardwood sample that both of us weren’t crazy about and in the 11th hour, I changed my mind, and went back to the store with him to pick something else. We ended up with exactly what I had seen a million times on Pinterest. THE GRAY-WASH HARDWOOD. My husband’s reasoning for succumbing to the floor I wanted? He said that it looked different in person than in a picture. Tip: If you are installing hardwood in the kitchen, buy a waterproof rug for areas near the sink and dishwasher.

Furniture

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My new dining room table is made from reclaimed wood and I wanted to keep a natural flow with the rustic but chic look of the room.

 

Get the Look:

 

Lighting

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Crystal Drop Rectangular Chandelier: Overstock.

Debi

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Debi is looking stunning and very happy at her newly renovated home! 🙂

 

 

Interior Design, Decor & Styling – Debi Traub – Simply Beautiful Eating.

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Kitchen Cabinetry Consultant – Layout & Island Colour – Monaco Interiors

Faucets, Hardware & Sink: Taps Toronto.

Appliances: Best Brand Appliances.

Backsplash: Sarana Tile.

***Photos are a combined effort – Debi Traub @Simplybeautifuleating & Michelle Belsky @MagnoliaStudios

 

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  1. Design Chic said,

    What a beautiful kitchen and I love the brass hardware! Hope your list is getting shorter! Happy Tuesday, my friend ~


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