We started by removing the non-load bearing wall between the two rooms. The home, a 1950’s home, is a functional but choppy split-level home. It was especially fun to work on because I previously lived in this exact home about a block away. I was intimate with the layout and the pros and cons of the space which really helped with understanding what would and wouldn’t work.
For the layout, we started by getting more distance between the appliances, always my goal in a smaller space — getting some breathing room. This allowed for symmetry at the cooktop, some nice countertop space between the sink and range for food prep, and a custom ship lap wood hood with oak accent.
The base cabinets are a medium gray and the uppers and tall cabinetry are a bright white. The gray backsplash tile adds depth and the pantry cabinets in the breakfast room add a ton of new storage to the space.
We also did an update of the petrified wood fireplace by giving it a coat of white paint and spraying the existing dated brass fireplace surround black.