Before and After Kitchen

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I continue our before-and-after home tour today from my project featured in the April issue of Traditional Home Magazine. And since we are talking all things kitchen in my New House Diary, I thought you might want to see the great kitchen before and after from this amazing home.

Here is the kitchen range before…

Swope Kitchen Before Range

And the existing island that we refaced…

Swope Island Before

And here is the chic and modern “after” where we kept the countertops and designed the new sleek kitchen to coordinate in the fresh gray and yellow color palette.


Here’s a look at the before of the sink wall…

Swope Kitchen Before sink view

And the much simpler version in the after. We removed the wooden cornice and drapery valance over the sink and showcased that gorgeous marble subway tile in a herringbone installation.


The previous kitchen had open storage and display and a desk area that was a catch-all.

Swope kitchen before storage wall

And the after includes lots of closed storage, frosted glass in the uppers to disguise any pieces stored there that aren’t aesthetically pleasing or congruent with the kitchen style, and a buffet area for serving and storing snacks for the kids in glass canisters.


And did you notice all my custom lucite accents including the barstools, towel bars, cabinet pulls and custom-designed lucite corbels to support the existing countertops and the custom refrigerator handles? I am in love with these almost-invisible functional details.



So what do you think about this dramatic kitchen renovation? Leave me a comment and let me know your favorite details from the new and improved kitchen. Does this make you want a kitchen remodel? It certainly makes me anxious to start mine!

Happy Weekend!



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12 Responses to Before and After Kitchen

  1. Ginny says:

    Sooooo fun, and that breakfast area is amazing!!

  2. Judith Presgrove says:

    Good Afternoon Tobi!….(SIGH)….. if only I could afford you to do my makeover! You are so talented and I just loved everything in this kitchen. In fact I have the pictures from “Traditional Home” on my bulletin board! WOW! Just loved everything! I am going to use that as my inspiration for my kitchen only on a much smaller scale. I have been looking everywhere for the lucite hardware but now that I know they are custom, I will have to think about adding that to my budget. But it would be worth it!
    Cannot wait to see what you will do with your own home!

  3. franki says:

    Lovin the lucite!! franki

  4. Love the roman shades! Beautiful gray cabinets and the pops of color are wow!

  5. Anne says:

    Beautifully done, as always. Love the lucite touches, especially those corbels and the refrigerator handles. Would never have thought of that detail!

  6. Susanne says:

    Overall I really like everything you did in this kitchen. Just wished they would have let you do the counters and floors as well. By keeping these existing elements, they totally cheapen the look. Too bad. Wish instead of doing some if the custom elements, they would have used that money for new counters to go with the beautiful backsplash.

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  9. Debbie Manek says:

    Tobi, I am a Designer, and am on pinterest as well. Yellow is one of my favorite colors, plus I’m a lover of lucite, I was wondering if you would share the source.

    Thanks, enjoyed your blog!

  10. Laura Uncao says:

    Looking for the ARCRYLIC sconces under the overhang of counterparts of island
    please tell me where you ordered them from.
    I love love them!!