Before & After: Kitchen Renovation

Before & After: Kitchen Renovation

Before & After: Kitchen Renovation 3648 5472 Indoorsy // @fortheindoorsy
kitchen cabinet remodel before & after // via
kitchen renovation before & after // via
kitchen remodel before & after // via

Our home renovation has come a long way. I don’t think I’ll ever feel as though it’s finished because of what I like to call “Golden Platter Syndrome” AKA the fear of serving something up on anything less than a golden platter (also known by its street name “Perfectionism“).

In my own mind and for my own sanity, these photos have no finality to them. Our home is by no means finished, and while we’re almooosstttt there, I would much rather we all think of this like a movie scene where you’re abandoned at sea, drifting along in the ocean clinging to a half-deflated inner tube, getting hella sunburned, and then, all of a sudden, you see shore in the distance. That’s where we’re at — we see the shore, but we’re not there yet. (Sorry to leave you all with such a cliffhanger.)

We’re going to do these Before and After shots as a series because otherwise this post would be hella long. In these, we’ll let you know that status of the room, if it’s finished and if it’s not — what we want to change about it.

The first thing we’ll start with also happens to be our favorite: our kitchen renovation.



status: finished


horrible kitchen before renovation // via 

kitchen remodel with open shelving and modern marble countertops // via


 dated 60s kitchen before remodel // via


Modern kitchen remodel with open wood shelving, marble countertops, and copper accents // via


ugly kitchen cabinets before kitchen renovation // via


kitchen remodel with rug and hardwood floors // via


kitchen renovation with copper pendant lighting // via

styled kitchen shelving // kitchen remodel via

brass kitchen faucet // kitchen remodel via

bohemian open kitchen shelving and marble kitchen countertops // via

modern kitchen with open shelving and copper kitchen accents // via

bohemian modern kitchen with black cabinetry, kitchen rug, open shelving, marble countertops, and copper kitchen accents // full kitchen renovation at

What we changed:

Pretty much everything. The kitchen renovation was the one thing I really thought would be a small project, but when we realized the extent of the damage (from the friendly pests we talked about here), we gutted it and started anew. Choosing the design was incredibly difficult because I eventually came to the realization that 1,000 kitchen renovation pins on Pinterest wasn’t going to do me much good due to the fact that I only had one kitchen and I needed to commit to one style.

Here’s a nice & neat list of everything that was done. Doing the following things was not at all nice & neat:

  • Shortened the shared hallway + kitchen wall to achieve open concept
  • Removed and replaced tile flooring, cabinetry, countertops, hardware, drywall, insulation, appliances
  • Added large-format subway tile to wall
  • Added recessed lighting, light above kitchen sink, pendant lights over bar
  • Built & installed mahogany kitchen shelves and waterfall edge bar
  • Added additional electrical outlets


  • European oak wood floors
  • Large subway tile
  • Brazilian marble
  • African mahogany bar and open shelving
  • IKEA black cabinetry
  • Mixed metals of brass, copper, and GE slate grey appliances throughout

I’m now realizing how much I could write about our kitchen alone, so I will go ahead and cut it off there. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below!

  • Denise Bennett 10/31/2018 at 8:59 pm

    It looks amazing!!!! I absolutely love what you have done! So open, bright, and love the everything! It’s magazine worthy! Your labor of love turned out just like your goal….perfection! I’m hiring you to do ours! 🙂

    • fortheindoorsy 11/01/2018 at 11:36 pm

      Thanks so much for reading! It was definitely a labor of love (and blood, and sweat, and tears, and countless trips to Home Depot!)

  • Hi,
    I saw you used European Oak Lambrusco. How is it holding up? I’m most curious as to how the fading is going? I’m torn about wanting to put real hardwood in my new home or go with something more durable. I really want hardwood again (my current house has it), but ugh the fading! I found this flooring you have and really like it, and found it cheap! ($4.36 sf). Any insight you have, I’d love to hear!

    • fortheindoorsy 08/25/2019 at 9:25 pm

      So sorry I’m just seeing your note, but I love it! It’s held up incredibly well. We did drop a hammer on it and it dinged up, but other than that, I have no complaints. We’re pretty diligent about mopping up any water spots quickly, but it hasn’t stained or suffered at all!

  • Simon Thomson 04/17/2019 at 3:55 am

    The greatest blog ever because it’s helped us so much. I am very impressed by your blog. It’s such an interesting post. I am thankful for this.

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