Before and After: From Slapdash Kitchen to a Blue-Grey Beauty

updated May 3, 2019
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(Image credit: Bright Bazaar)

Here’s a kitchen that makes me think, “Sure! Great! I’ve paid many dollars every month for the privilege of cooking in much worse and much, much smaller spaces!” But all is not what it seems, so click through for the total transformation and the truth about what the kitchen was like before the makeover.

(Image credit: Bright Bazaar)

First things first: that gorgeous blue floor-to-ceiling cabinet? That’s the refrigerator. The dishwasher is also hidden behind paneling, and can be seen below and to the left of the sink. Utterly magical. Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar used “panel-ready appliances” so that they were completely concealable. He also did a little switcheroo: the fridge and stove have swapped places, meaning the open refrigerator door no longer blocks any of the rest of the room.

But let’s back up a bit. In the photo before, the original kitchen looks perfectly fine, but apparently that’s because we can’t see anything too closely:

We bought the house from a flipper who basically did the bare minimum to get the property habitable. The kitchen was put together with mix and match pieces from the discount aisle, the faucet was loose and the countertops has been fitted so poorly you could see every joint. So, we decided to donate the appliances and then rip out the cabinetry.

The resulting blue/grey cabinetry combination is such a bold choice, and yet the overall look is somehow so understated! The glossy tiles appear to match the island cabinetry almost perfectly, while the quartz countertops unite the island with the rest of the room. With the brass lighting and fixtures as the glam zest, all of the elements of the room come together perfectly.

Hat tip to this very practical version of open shelving, by the way: the shelves are just big enough to provide a feeling of openness and display a few beloved pieces, but the majority of the storage space remains helpfully hidden behind cabinet doors.

(Image credit: Bright Bazaar)

Bright Bazaar also made a few structural changes to the room itself:

[W]e worked with our contractors City & Stone to remove the weird half-height pony wall and secondly, to raise the dropped ceiling so that the space would flow consistently through from the dining room into the kitchen.

I get that the little half wall delineated the kitchen space, but it seems so utterly pointless! The new island adds so much storage and seating, and its lower height means sightlines flow much better from room to room. The horizontal lines of the shiplap also draw the eye in, while adding texture to the white walls.

This remodeled kitchen is delightful, but the most charming change has to be the Dutch door! I assume the residents installed it so that they can have good gossip sessions with their neighbors/best friends on a near constant basis. Always a solid renovating choice!

Check out Bright Bazaar’s kitchen design and makeover reveal posts for more photos and source info—and if there’s something you’re still wondering about, check out the comments sections, where Will shares more as well.

Thank you Bright Bazaar!