11.19.2010

Our Renovated Kitchen


Recently, we completely renovated a 1950's beach cottage where we live in southern California.  Throughout the design process, many great ideas from blogs were incorporated.  I hope that this post will help you see some possibilities for your own kitchen.
#1. The Viking Six Burner with Griddle Gas Range.  This is one extravagance that my husband wanted (and friends said "let him have it as we will ALL benefit").
Before photo--hard to tell but the cabinets were falling apart
Before photo -- raising the ceiling was a priority
#2.  Large Island for Serving.  Notice the island color from Joni's  Cote de Texas post.
It is a great place for spreading out homework or wrapping presents.
Before--we added gauged slate flooring and library sconces


#3.  Sitting Area to Keep the Cook Company.  I like to cook, too but sometimes it's better to move out of the way and have a glass of wine.

#4.  Kitchen Utensils Within Easy Reach.  To avoid a cluttered countertop, I used to keep them in a drawer but it they became disorganized and hard to find.   I bought the canisters at Home Goods and just removed the tops.  Do you keep your utensils out?  The reason I can keep the countertops relatively clear is...
#5.  The Walk-In Pantry (with obscured ribbed glass).  

We lost a little hallway for this but...
we actually use the appliances in the pantry.  They are plugged in so my son can make a smoothie or toast without hauling the appliances out.  Don't you think twice about using the food processor or heavy mixer when it is in a cabinet?  Ha!  You non-cooks out there are thinking "who uses a food processor when there is take-out"?

But, my favorite thing about my kitchen is...
#6.  The Beverage Center.  Aside from the wine refrigerator, this is great as we have a filtered water tap with cold and instantly hot water.  Great for making tea or for pouring hot water into a cup to preheat it.

I organized everything in an industrial tool tray that I bought at the Pasadena flea market.  Notice the Nespresso coffee pods?  This was the office coffee where my husband worked in Paris (those French know how to live), then my friend Netta bought a little machine and now all my coffee drinking friends are sold on it as...
you can have a delicious cappuccino every morning!  No more Starbucks 
(one espresso pod costs just $.55).   It's a good life.

Check out the complete remodel, including Before and After...HERE.

95 comments:

  1. WOO HOO!!!!!!

    Mary Ann this looks fabulous - both the blog and of course your house!!! Are you on twitter? If so let me know what your twitter "handle" is! Mine is @acommunaltable !!

    We've got to get together again soon. Maybe a walk after Turkey day!!!

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  2. Great job Mary Ann!! You are a pro! Love it!! See you next week!

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  3. Decent article.... Keep working on it. You'll get a hang of it

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  5. This is great, Mares!! Looking forward to to your thoughts on Rancho Santa Fe...

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  6. Very nice. Your house looks better than a 5 star hotel. The picture with Rocky is perfect. I can't wait for the next update.

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  7. Great looking kitchen...luv the beverage center too!
    L.

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  8. Great kitchen! perfect in everyway. Great style ans so well thought out. Bravo!

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  9. I am obsessed with your house...from the beadboard ceiling to the appliances, colors, etc...how beautiful!

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  10. Mary Ann, this kitchen is gorgeous, and looks like it has great function. I love that you have all the appliances plugged in in your pantry!

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  11. I love your kitchen! The color combination of the cabinets is wonderful. Your beverage station is great. I have the instant hot water too and just love it. But it must be nice to have it all contained in that area. My eye went right to your metal tote.

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  12. I absolutely love everything about your kitchen. It is GORGEOUS!!!

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  13. Hello! Found this post on Just A Girl's Show and Share day! Your kitchen is absolutely lovely! We are planning on a kitchen overhaul soon and this post is a great inspiration! Thank you for sharing :-)

    Audrey

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  14. Your kitchen looks great! I love the walk-in pantry, the beverage center, and all the beautiful details! Great job!!!!
    Debbi

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  15. Okay, I know I commented here before, but I was just today trying to remember where I saw the appliances lined up on the pantry counter! I was standing in our little apartment kitchen, looking at all the real estate my husband's appliances take up, thinking I really needed to address the issue in our beach house reno. Then I stumbled back over this post!
    ~Amanda

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  16. Saw this on Desiree's blog and it's just stunning. I am in awe. Gorgeou.

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  17. new follower! amazing kitchen ~ totally inspired/jealous :)

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  18. I just discovered your blog thru Honey were Home. I am in LOVE with your kitchen. It's got it all. I hope you don't mind me sharing on my blog your beautiful blog and kitchen. I love to post things that inspire me. This is tops :)

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  19. You did an AWESOME job on this kitchen!!! I love it!!!

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  20. Just beautiful! I love the pantry door. Would you mind sharing where you found it?

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  21. This is so classic and will never tire. Great remodel.

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  22. Beautiful job! I love the pale blue island, and the creamy cabinets..such a stunning combination. Love that door on the pantry...great job, hope you are enjoying it.

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  23. That is absolutely beautiful! Fabulous job!
    Thanks so much for linking up to my Catch a Glimpse party.

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  24. hi Mary Ann!
    wow, you are right... so many similarities! Your kitchen turned out beautifully! Love the beverage center!

    so great to meet you!
    joan

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  25. Your kitchen is perfect! I could move right in. I want the same style, colors, marble top. We have a 6 burner Thermador in our garage waiting the same wonderful fate. I call it my mid-life crisis. I hope your husband is enjoying his racy kitchen sports car. :)

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  26. Your kitchen is beautiful! I need your stove. With 4 kids that love to eat - we do a lot of cooking! Thanks so much for stopping by! New follower here.

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  27. * Well, you don't SEEM like a "new blogger"!~~~ This was a delightful read, with great pics! I look forward to seeing more of your posts (yes, I signed up to receive it by E-mail!)...

    SINCERE CONGRATS!
    Linda in AZ *
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  28. Love your kitchen! very inspiring!! thanks for stopping by! xoxo's Nancy

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  29. Wow. Love everything about it! It's gorgeous. I love those sconces over at your sitting area. I can't imagine any other lighting there! Perfect.

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  30. I love the kitchen. Absolutely beautiful. We are doing our kitchen and was wondering what type of flooring did you use. Is it slate, ceramic, or porcelain tile.

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  31. It's gauged slate. We love it. It came 24" x 24" and I had it cut in half and laid in a hopscotch pattern. Thanks for asking.

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  32. You guys have really good taste and I could just drip drool all over that stove. Ugh. There goes your appetite I am sure.

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  33. Hi Mary Ann...

    Ohhh my gosh...your beach cottage kitchen is fabulous! I really do love everything about it! Thank you for sharing it with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party this week...what a treat!

    Have a wonderful week!
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  34. Your hard work definitely paid off! That Viking and the monster-sized island are my favorites. Inspired! -diane
    http://www.sweeteuropeandreams.com

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  35. Just beautiful, understated and classic. would you be willing to source the counter stools.
    My thanks.
    ~Melissa~

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  36. Just discovered your blog. Love this kitchen!
    Great post. Clean, lines, classic beauty.
    Thanks for sharing...I will be following you!

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  37. So awesome--love everything about your style! And the beverage center would totally be my fave too ;-)

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  38. Gorgeous!! I'm in love with that chandelier!!

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  39. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Everything about it is so lovely. Can you tell us where you found those wonderful stools for kitchen island? Thank you!

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  40. love your beautiful kitchen and would also love to know where you found the super sweet stools? thanks...deb

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  41. I've always loved those tool trays! I really like how you have used yours to corral all items at your beverage center. I have something similar near my coffee machine but it's in a round tray and takes up way too much space. You have so many ideas that I'd like to incorporate in a kitchen remodel.

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  42. I came over to see your great metal tote but wow, your kitchen remodel is fantastic! I love that island. The color and all the storage is great. I like the glass you chose for the beverage center cabinets!

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  43. Hi Mary Ann! Oh, my goodness! Your kitchen is so gorgeous! I love everything about it. That Viking range is fabulous! Your island and countertops are so beautiful! I'd love to trash my tiny little kitchen, be rich and build one just like yours! :)
    Your coffee bar area is wonderful, plugins in the pantry! Oh, my goodness - you've thought of everything.
    Thank you so much for coming to my party. Everyone is going to be so jealous when they gaze on your fabulous kitchen!
    You are a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  44. I used to have one of those bars in my last home and I really do miss it. It's something I think every home should have. Wonderful for entertaining especially. Now I REALLY miss mine! :) Yours is wonderful!

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  45. My dream kitchen! Everything is so beautiful! Now following you.

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  46. Your kitchen is just stunning. I think you thought of every detail. I think my favorite thing just might be your beverage station. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing your beautiful kitchen.
    Sue

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  47. Just stunning! Everything about it. You have great taste, and you must be a great cook judging by the mixers and gadgets!

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  48. that island and those chairs are just amazing!!! the whole room is great, but that area has me drooling.

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  49. Drop dead gorgeous kitchen! I love every single detail.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  50. Your new kitchen is absolutely fabulous!

    I love the ceiling with the board detail and the blue paint on the back of the cabinets. Everything works so well together to make a kitchen sure to make you smile every day.

    So glad I stopped in for the tour tonight.

    Cori
    Starview Sonnet

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  51. What a stunning kitchen! I love absolutely everything about it! Thanks for sharing - found you at Poppies at Play.

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  52. Just popping over from Poppies at Play. Love seeing your beautiful place without having to leave mine.
    Thanks for the tour.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

    Gg - Notes on the Journey
    #3 (Kitchen tour from my vintage Chicago apartment)

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  53. Beautiful kitchen! I love your pantry with the appliances plugged in. I plan to do that if/when we ever get around to upgrading. :)

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  54. Here from Poppies at Play... love your kitchen, as always! And yay for clear countertops! I try to keep mine as clutterfree as possible. Actually, that's sort of my mantra for our whole house. Again, love everything about your kitchen!

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  55. GAAAAHHH! I am in love! Such a gorgeous kitchen!!! Wow! When can I move in?

    Thanks so much for linking to the parade!

    Andy
    Poppies at Play

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  56. Mary Ann, your kitchen is beautiful! I have been having so much fun browsing around your blog. I'd love to add some of your images to the inspiration galleries on my site and include you in a feature post. Let me know if you're interested!

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  57. Beautiful Kitchen Reno! We are in the process of doing ours now - and your floors are exactly what we want. Also, LOVE your beverage bar. Having ready accessible espresso makes me happy everyday.

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  58. I can't stop looking at these pictures. I want to snap my fingers and make my kitchen look just like this. I love every detail, especially the walk-in pantry - to die for!

    Do you do any consulting work? I'm considering a kitchen redo in the future and just wondered what an outsider might see that I can't. I want to tear it down and start over but that's probably not feasible! My email is de5181 (at) aol.com if you do that kind of thing, I'd love to know (:

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  59. I just came over to see you! I am going to be your newest follower! Wow, I really enjoyed my time here!

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  60. I love this kitchen! Would you pleeeaaase share where you found the island chandelier?

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  61. If anyone else knows, please share. I have seen similar at Circa Lighting, but not the oval shape!

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  62. Yes it is from Circa. I think you just can't tell it is oval from the photo but you can from the dimensions.

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  63. holy shit this is an amazing blog!

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  64. I love your kitchen! And yes, I do sometimes think twice before hauling out the food processor to use it. But I recently rearranged the pantry so it's on a lower shelf and easier to get to. I keep my heavy KitchenAid mixer on the counter. I love your marble countertops by the way. Very nice style!
    Claudia

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  65. this is BEAUTIFUL! The Pasadena Flea Market....Ohh, how I miss CA. OK, enough envy, would you mind telling me what type of espresso machine that is? I can't tell from the pictures. Sorry for the obscure question.

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  66. wow! that kitchen is gorgeous! i love your bath, too- i hopped over from cottage and vine and am going to officially follow! :)

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  67. Very Lovely! Now Following!
    While no doubt your kitchen is fab, I'd love for you to pop over and see my $1200 French Farm Kitchen Renovation!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage
    www.shabbyfrenchcottage.com

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  68. My husband is Italian. He says that Nespresso is the best espresso outside of Italy. He has his machine and it travels with us everywhere!!!

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  69. YOUR KITCHEN IS GORGEOUS. I LOVE THE BEVERAGE CENTER!!!

    you quoted me for the island color, but i'm clueless? i love the color - what is it??????

    off to stalk the rest of your house, its beautiful!!!

    Joni

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  70. Oh my gosh, Mary Ann! This is such an AMAZING kitchen...it would be a dream to redo our kitchen like this! But our 1950's fixer upper home is quite tiny - so our kitchen is overall pretty small. But I LOVE, LOVE the idea of having your appliances set up like that! In our previous place, we had the bread maker, food processor, blender, espresso machine, etc. out on the counter tops bc we actually used them. But of course that really made everything cramped! And yes, I do think twice about using an appliance if it's all stuck in a box hidden somewhere...so this really is nifty! :) Thanks for the continued inspiration! P.S. My hubby is really digging that Viking Range!!! :)


    Jessie

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  71. Simply beautiful!!! Enough said! Carrie

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  72. What is the color of paint you used on the kitchen walls? Very pretty!
    M

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  73. Absolutely stunning kitchen! You've incorporated so many functional yet beautiful items!

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  74. Your kitchen is to die for! Love your ceilings and your chandelier.

    Is that a Dualit toaster? I have one that I bought in England and just love it. I love your blog and am now a follower.

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  76. Your kitchen is absolutely perfect!! It is so cozy and welcoming and...perfect. Guess there is no better word.

    Beautiful!! That's another good word. Great job!

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  77. It'll be great if you post the old kitchen as well so that we can have a comparison. Looking at the pictures, I think you've done a great job.

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  78. Beautiful kitchen. Would you tell me the length of your island and the distance between the island and range?

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  79. That is an amazing kitchen renovation. The finished product looks homey and very professional looking. I feel like you can make a cooking show right off the bat.

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  80. Thanks for sharing the ideas to decorate home. You have put huge information in a single blog. Keep sharing with us in future too.

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  81. I'm loving your kitchen! I just did a post on kitchens & trying to decide on whether I go with white or gray cabinets in my new house....leaning towards white cabinets with a gray island....what color did you use on yours? It's very beautiful ( drooling over the sub zero but don't think that's gonna be in my budget!)
    Heidi

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  82. Wondering if you would share your source for the cabinet hardware and the shelf unit? It's a beautiful kitchen, and I also love Nespresso!

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    1. The hardware is from Restoration Hardware and the baker's racks are from Dovetail.

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  83. I know this post has been around a while, but I'm in love with your bar stools!! I can't find anything remotely close to this look. Would you mind spilling your source?

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  84. Natalie Marshall-BrownFebruary 22, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Mary Ann, this is still one of my favourite makeovers, you clever thing. So glad it's still here as I want to pin it to one of my Pinterest boards. Hope that's ok. Cheers ... N

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