Kitchen Update-The Final Reveal!

Today I am going to show you the final reveal of my kitchen after months of Pinterest pinning and sweet Goodchild Builders implementing all of my ideas! Hang on Friends, this is a long one!!!

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Last week I showed the before’s.  Here is the final reveal! Daughter Kirby likes the changes as much as I do.  So light and bright, this space incorporates organized areas and much more counter space!

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The previous design had a bar top connected between the post and the window wall, limiting the kitchen work area.

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Dropping the counter in the new design(an idea that friend and designer Sarah Eilers contributed) and extending it to the window casement, provided much more counter space for prep work and for buffet style eating, much like an island would.  With grown daughters either living with us or visiting, we are now able to enjoy cooking together more comfortably! The walls and ceilings were plastered to blend with BM Sea Pearl. I love the reflection plaster lends to a space!!

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This idea also allowed the room to build the cabinets out on the breakfast room side giving ample silver storage. The far side incorporates drawers which use up that corner hard to reach space on the kitchen side.  The next two sets of doors house shallow shelves for serving pieces.  I had space here for two Lucite and chrome counter height bar chairs from CB2, affordable and modern!!

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Rather than tile I ran the quartzite from Walker Zanger up the wall keeping the kitchen clean in feel!  Under my new Viking range from Acero Bella, is a drawer front which reads like two divided drawers. Painting the hood to combine shiny white, brass, and nickle, I was able to create  an enamel and metal feel from wood at a fraction of what the real deal would have cost.

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A shallow and deep drawer is incorporated into the design. This allows me to see and find my pans and lids so much quicker!!!

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OMG, sometimes its the little things that you get the most excited about!! Converting a storage cabinet to a trash can (with room for the bags) and chopping block above, created an extra work space and makes it so easy to slide the unwanted mess right into he trash!!! I ordered the butcher block in the right size on line for $139.  Goodchild builders cut the whole and attached it to the drawer! Above is a coffee bar station and microwave! This little 2 ft space is now a whole new workstation!!!

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Rather than those long pullouts on wither side of the stove I am finding it much more functional to house them in drawers. Using two drawers, Hilda-my organizational guru, bought acrylic spice racks from the container store!  They work great!!! For more on organizational ideas see Hilda’s tips on my closet organization and pantry redo.

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Although the bottom drawer looks like two, it is one deep one for oils, Pam, anything that is a bit taller.  I also bought acrylic containers to place them in, protecting the insides from the oils and making it easier to keep them organized!

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Remember on the other side of the counter where I added extra storage. On the kitchen side two narrow shelves were built, allowing vases, platters and smaller items  to be reached easily.  My taller vases fit perfectly in the open area!

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In the opposite corner next to the sink, the doors were built without a center style.  When open, it is easy to see and acess the items within.

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By building a narrower shelf instead of one running the depth of the cabinet, items are easily viewed!

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I used many more drawers than doors in this kitchen re-design, giving me so much more accessible storage.

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Even my candles and votives have a space!!!

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On a previous post I showed you how my pantry bar area had been updated! The pantry was behind the door and bar right next to it!  The furniture piece from Joyce Horn Antiques housed the china, silver and crystal.

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Taking in the bar space, the pantry is now much larger!!  A bar, butlers pantry was build in filling the wall. This configuration, I think both looks better and gives me so much more storage!!! Notice too the new taller window in the kitchen and the farm sink from Acero Bella! What a change!!!

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Since the last post on my pantry, I added some decorative painting around the iron doors from ACI Metal Works ! Creating panels, the insets were painted and then Pantry and Est. 1987, the year we moved into the house, were applied to look as if they were chiseled out of marble on the wall!

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Here is a close up!  Funny Story!  Isai, my plaster manager(the one so great at hanging things) came over with his wife and she said–1987, that’s the year I was born! I thought no way, but she is right, and I am old enough to be their mother!!!

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Using  the concrete tile back-splash from Materials Marketing which I had originally purchased for the kitchen sets apart this space!  The cabinets were glazed in a two toned effect, adding white into the reveals, which pulls in the tones from the plastered walls and ceilings.  Acero Bella‘s jewelry like hardware finished off the space!!

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I so hope you enjoyed this update, and that it gives you many inspirational ideas!!  Next post–How to accessorize your bar, butlers and kitchen, along with table setting tips!! I hope that you all have a wonderful week and would love to see you at the launch of my new fabric line at the Houston Design Center’s Fall Market!









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  1. Your kitchen is the definition of exquisite. I so love the vast amount of storage and you thought of everything…from the deep drawers to the cutting board over the trash bin…..and of course you added your signature touch with the beautiful artwork around the pantry door. I am bookmarking this post and sharing. Making notes for my future kitchen!!!….Gorgeous, gorgeous Leslie!!

    • Good morning Shirley!! Thank you! It funny how much planning and pinning I did and still after done I left out some ideas!!! Have a great week!!!

  2. looks beautiful…love the light and airy feel of it. You did a great job!

  3. Leslie you have thought of everything! From the best storage solutions ever, to your amazing range hood to the pantry doors and surrounding artful touches!! Your will love using your kitchen more than ever!!

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  4. Nicole Gill-Ottinger says:

    Gosh, what a huge transformation, the most notable of which is the lighter color palette. I love it and nothing appears to have been overlooked. The pantry is gorgeous and the vent hood – pure genius!

  5. Beautiful kitchen! I passed this along to my SIL who is collecting inspiration and organization ideas. Some ideas for me too…need to go through my kitchen that really needs some reorganization. Have a good Monday!

    • Thanks for sharing with her!! Now I am faced with keeping it organized!!! Have a wonderful day!!!

  6. Natalie Schlenz says:

    So beautiful, bright and happy! I love the cutting board/prep area. I am adding that to my kitchen wish list!

    • Thanks you so much!! The cutting block gave em a little island!!! Thanks so much for following!!!

  7. Carla Glaze says:

    It looks fabulous! I love it all. Know you are glad to have it finished so you can enjoy using it. Have a great week!

  8. What a transformation! It is so much brighter with the white, and every inch of space is used to it’s maximum capacity. I love your new range hood, too. You’ve created a timeless, classic kitchen. Pinned!

    • Thanks Joanne! I really to like the lighter look!! It makes me what to keep it clean and organized! Have a good one!!

  9. Amazing work your kitchen is beautiful 🙂
    Congratulations and just in time to enjoy it with your beautiful family for the holidays 🙂

    • Hi Luisa!! I hope you are doing well!! I started a new diet plan! Its working, but will need to be on it for quite a while–so only healthy cooking in that kitchen!!

  10. Karen Leverette says:

    Your previous design was beautiful, but, Wow, your new design is fantastic! One day……..I will have the kitchen of my dreams and I will be incorporating your great ideas! Enjoy!

  11. Count me inspired – you had me wanting to gut my laundry room a few weeks ago and now my kitchen…so much to love! Can’t believe how bright and beautiful it all is, and the pantry is amazing. Love the doors!!! I keep scrolling up and down so I don’t miss a single detail! Happy Thursday, sweet friend!

    • You are so nice! Why don’t I ever thing it looks finished!! One day, I’ll feel my house is complete!!! Yikes I can’t believe its Thursday!!

  12. Leslie! What a breath of fresh air, lovely, stylish and functional! I think you should seriously consider adding kitchen design to the menu of services at Segreto. Xx Rié

    • Hi Miss Rie!! You are so sweet! Goodness that would take me forever. I have a great respect for them for sure!!! Have a great week!!

    • Ahh so sweet!! It was fun to do for sure!! Have a good one!! xo

  13. Hi Leslie

    My before kitchen looked similar to yours. Isn’t it so liberating to get rid of the heavy glazed look? Love the white!

    • Hi Cindy!! Of course mine are always glazed but trends are a changing and the lighter look is so refreshing!!! so fun to hear from you!!!

  14. Your kitchen is exquisite. I love everything about it! Would you share the color of the quartzite you used on countertop please? I am looking at changing a dark granite out for lighter tops. After seeing your pictures I want it done yesterday!!!

    • Leslie Sinclair says:

      You are so sweet! Thank you so much! It is similar to TAj Mahal, but is Pearla Vella from Walker Zanger!! Have a great day!!!

  15. Leslie, I am a “retiring” Interior Designer who is a friend of Donna Harmons whom you have met at Marburger. I got married in her beautiful home and a few months later she purchased my home. I am working a large project here in CO which is very European and you have inspired me. Towards the end of my career I feel newly injected with “freedom” and “energized commitment” to making friends spaces a more desirable “place” to just BE! Thanks for your contribution to that and your entegrity and passion for GOOD design work, which stands the test of time!

  16. Your work is always exquisite! I love to see the wonderful projects you do. One question – do you all use oil or latex for kitchen cabinets?

    • Leslie Sinclair says:

      Hi Shaye! Thank you!! In my kitchen, I had trim that was painted in oil already so I painted all in oil. If you have a raw wood or newly built kitchen, then you could us latex or waterborne oil as the base coat. Most of the glazes we use on top of the base coats are in oil–hope this helps!!!