Before and After: A Closed-Off Kitchen Is Now an Open-Concept Dream

published Jul 25, 2018
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(Image credit: Laura Gibson )

When Laura Gibson and her husband decided to buy this rental home, they knew a lot of changes would need to be made for it to fit their family’s needs. One of the biggest updates Laura wanted to make was to remodel the dark, closed-in kitchen.

(Image credit: Laura Gibson )

To create the open-concept great room that Laura dreamed of, the couple did have to knock down some walls in the home, creating a big open kitchen, dining room and seating area.

(Image credit: Laura Gibson )

“I wanted open spaces, a huge island/kitchen, and an entertaining space that others wanted to come to! Now we are always hosting and we have two little boys who love running around and playing!” she wrote in her house tour. This made room for a giant kitchen island, something Laura says is important to her close-knit family. In fact, her favorite element is the island: “It’s not just a place to prepare food, but a place where we gather and make memories!”

It wasn’t just big changes the couple made to the house to personalize it; they did a bunch of DIY projects that add custom details. Like the pendant light fixtures over the kitchen island, which are “spindles and maple syrup buckets hung on rain chain.”

On a tight budget, HomeGoods is where many of the home’s accessories were found, but these affordable buys are mixed with thrift store and antique finds, like the cement peach, the large architectural piece, the bronze stools and more.

You can see their garage-turned-living room makeoverA Garage Is Transformed into a Stylish, Cozy Living Room

You can see and read more about all of the projects on Laura’s website and on her Instagram.

Thank you Laura!