A few weeks ago Schoolhouse Electric posted our kitchen on their instagram and called it a “Timeless Kitchen.” It occurred to me that I never did a post on our before and after kitchen. I thought the name they gave it suited our current kitchen and pretty much every kitchen we’ve had in the past 20+ years perfectly. Every kitchen renovation we’ve done has been pretty much the same. That may sound boring to some, but I have never regretted staying with a basic black and white kitchen.
We waited several months to start our kitchen renovation so that we could figure out what we wanted/needed in terms of layout. We exposed the original fireplace or cooking stove and painted the brick white. The cabinet maker made a custom hood to fit the space using a standard hood insert. The kitchen we were replacing had a much larger island with cabinets and two drawers. We chose the island from Williams-Sonoma for its overall size. we needed the space under it for pots and pans and the two drawers for cutlery and plastic wraps/foil etc. The smaller island is everything we needed in function and makes the space feel larger and less cramped as the original one which had about the same amount of storage.
We always go with open shelving. The first two shelves hold items we use on a daily basis and the top shelf is perfect for storage. The lighting is from Schoolhouse Electric. We visited their NYC showroom to order, but I love their catalog! All of the cabinet hardware is from Emtek. Emtek has great options for style and size. We used Emtek on our California house, so it was easy to just use the same in this kitchen.
One of the reasons I like to wait to renovate a kitchen is that it takes time to move around a space to really get an idea about things you need and want. The space to the left of the Wolf range is perfect for our Kitchen-Aid mixer, blender and for storing our wood cutting boards, pizza peels and cheese boards. I like the feel of some wood with all the black and white to warm it up a bit. We added an extra electrical outlet behind the mixer and blender.
I always hide our microwave. We want one, but there’s never a great place that doesn’t seem to throw off the symmetry of the kitchen. The cabinet maker built the cabinet for the specs of the microwave and added an electrical outlet to the shelf space. Below is a panini maker that I don’t necessarily want to leave out, but it needs to be in a convenient spot so that I can grab it easily….like every afternoon!
The previous owners had the french doors installed so we kept them and just had them painted black. There was a built-in desk in the space where we have our Saarinen table. My husband built the corner bench. I love a built-in bench….to me it means, there’s always room for one more.
We used a 30″ Subzero refrigerator and although it’s on the small side it is perfect for the size of kitchen. We have a refrigerator/freezer in the garage where we can store any overflow.
Kitchen before and during renovation. The entire renovation took 35 days from start to finish! We ordered everything and timed delivery according to demo day.