Before & After: Amy's Functional Family Kitchen

Before & After: Amy's Functional Family Kitchen

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Brooklyn, NY
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
I have wanted to redo our kitchen ever since we bought our apartment 11 years ago! Our kitchen was tiny, yet our family of 4 managed, even cooking Thanksgiving dinner for 25+.

Finally, with the help of an architect friend we took the plunge. We had a long entryway hall with a closet; the kitchen was scrunched on the other side. We tore the wall down, and moved the fridge and some cabinets to the far wall. We realized there was beautiful 100 year old brick behind the drywall, so we exposed one entire wall, and a portion on the opposite side became our backsplash.

We created lots of high cabinetry with awning doors to replace the closet. We removed the ceramic tile in the kitchen and installed 5" oak throughout. We chose an IKEA kitchen with a few custom items. My big ask was a W/D, so we designed a custom breakfast bar with a door that hides our LG Washer/Dryer Combo. My friend designed a Murphy-style dining table, which freed our living room to be *just* a living room.
My makeover advice::
Take the time to figure out what works now and what doesn't, want you need, and the intersection between your dreams and the physical limitations of your space. Have lots of discussions with designers, friends, loved ones (preferably over wine...) to bounce ideas around until you land on the best ones. And keep your perspective! In spite of setbacks and frustrations, this is a finite project and you WILL be on the other side of it one day.
What I love most about my new space::
The light! The space! For the first time in a long time, I am happy to walk into our home, and especially our kitchen. The kitchen has become the home-central place I always dreamed - kids doing homework at the breakfast counter while I cook, friends congregating over a glass of wine. People are shocked to realize there is a window in the kitchen! Opening up the window area and adding the mirrors quadrupled the perceived space.
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