Rustic Chic Kitchen Remodel: Tearing Down the Wall

Have you ever wanted to take down the wall in between the dining room and kitchen? We made the perfect open entertaining space with repurposed cabinetry.

Theres nothing I love more than creating bright open interiors. Most of the times that can be achieved with paint and furnishings but not with this project. As most of us know the kitchen is the heart of the home and no matter how large the rest of the house is we all gather in the kitchen. So when my sister Jenni and her fiancé Mike bought their new house they knew that the smaller sized kitchen was too tiny to cram their blended family of 6 around a small table. Entertaining was even more of a challenge. So we brought in the sledge hammer and tore down the wall in between the kitchen and dining room knowing that the light would flow from the front to the back of the house.

If you follow along on Instagram you may have seen images of my parents 12 foot island that we all gather around every Sunday night for dinner.  Jenni and MIke wanted the same feel only on a slightly smaller scale. The existing cabinets were quality cherry and relatively new. We contemplated painting them but decided we could update the look with new counters, backsplash, wall paint and repurposing cabinets to make the space work better.  Here’s a little peek…..

BEFORE: Bright yellow walls and cream colored counters. The refrigerator stuck out into the room.

Rustic Chic Kitchen remodel with repurposing cabinets .

BEFORE: Tight eat in kitchen. Loading the dishwasher was a nightmare if you were standing at the sink. You would have to stand away from the sinks so that the door didn’t get in your way when it was down.

Rustic Chic Kitchen remodel with repurposing cabinets . Rustic Chic Kitchen remodel with repurposing cabinets .

Before:  Small formal living room with textures ceiling, built-in window seat and two door openings. Big double windows looking out onto the front yard.

Rustic Chic Kitchen and Dining room makeover with Meme Hill Studio

After: Walls removed and openings maximized. We were so excited to find behind the drywall the brick chimney stack that added to the room’s rustic charm. We needed a space for Jenni’s large rustic sideboard. With a bit of handiwork we made it fit in the opening previously the window seat.

Rustic Chic Kitchen and Dining room makeover with Meme Hill Studio

Crown moulding was added and walls were painted in Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray SW7029. The Darlana by Visual Comfort , a large 6 light dimable chandelier was hung giving the space a light and airy feel. 10 farmhouse X back wood stools fit the whole family and more.

 

Rustic Kitchen Remodel with Meme Hill Studio

More rustic decor fill the walls.

Rustic Kitchen Remodel with Meme Hill Studio

Kitchen Rules. Shop here for fun reclaimed wood signs.

Rustic Kitchen Remodel with Meme Hill Studio

We covered up a corner window and repurposed every cabinet. A second oven and microwave are easily accessible. This area hold all the barware and serves as a dry bar when entertaining.

 

Rustic Kitchen Remodel with Meme Hill Studio

The sink area loses the peninsula and a Moen touchless high arch faucet and deep one basin sink is added along with new satin nickel cup pull hardware.  Counters were swapped for Quartz Michelangelo and  Carrera white Bianco 3 by 6 marble subway tiles were added. A darker gray grout emphasizes the subway’s shape and creates interest and pattern.

Rustic Kitchen Remodel with Meme Hill Studio

Jenni needed plenty of space on both sides of the stove when she cooks. Width restrictions kept us from putting the stove at the end of the island. By placing on the right she has plenty of space while cooking and gave her the room for extra cabinets and drawers. It also gave her a straight view of the front of the house.

Rustic Kitchen Remodel with Meme Hill Studio Rustic Kitchen Remodel with Meme Hill Studio

A antique soda crate from my parents barn serves as a side table for the gray linen tufted chair purchased at HomeGoods and knit cable woven pouf. This little corner is the perfect place to have morning coffee and catch up on daily emails. A white wooden vintage glazed floor lamp adds soft ambiance lighting .

Rustic Kitchen Remodel with Meme Hill Studio

A silk floral arrangement from my sister’s shop Wisteria Flowers and Gifts. 

Rustic Kitchen Remodel with Meme Hill Studio

Behind the Scenes: The wall comes down. Yahoo!

Rustic Kitchen Remodel with Meme Hill Studio

Contractor Steve makes the rustic farmhouse hutch fit. We had to raise the top bump out a bit and frame out the opening to highlight the space. The window gets covered up but the overall light in the room is 100 times brighter.

Rustic Kitchen Remodel with Meme Hill Studio

Steve builds a custom island and we tape out the size of the counter to make sure there’s enough space.  Faux doors are applied to all side for visual balance.

Rustic Kitchen Remodel with Meme Hill Studio

I paint the unfinished island with Amy Howard at Home One Step Paints in Luxe Gray. We distress the the cabinets exposing the natural wood.

Rustic Kitchen Remodel with Meme Hill Studio

To match the rustic hutch I add a tobacco colored glaze that puddles in the cracks and highlights the woodtones.

Rustic Kitchen Remodel with Meme Hill StudioRustic Kitchen Remodel with Meme Hill StudioRustic Kitchen Remodel with Meme Hill StudioJenni, Mike, and the kids couldn’t be any happier with the way the renovation turned out. This bright and fresh space reflects their lifestyle and is a perfect gathering place for family and friends….. Just in time for next weeks Mother’s Day Brunch. Feel free to leave me any questions or comments on this renovation project. Lots of love and many thanks for swinging by! xoxo Amie

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8 Comments on Rustic Chic Kitchen Remodel: Tearing Down the Wall

  1. Kevin Monhollen
    May 4, 2016 at 3:33 am (1 year ago)

    Amazing transformation. I’m sure Rita Bug approves. What fun that we all still
    love what we do. Carry on!!

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      May 4, 2016 at 11:54 am (1 year ago)

      Kevin! You need to come and have some libations in this kitchen! We miss you guys. xo

      Reply
  2. Steve Mellor
    May 12, 2016 at 3:11 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi folks – contractor Steve of Steven P Mellor remodeling inc. I have done numerous projects with Amy and love bringing her ideas to life -the design and painting were all Amy’s brainchild – I simply brought it to life – the island was custom made in my shop – the microwave hutch was pieced together with old kitchen remnants – existing cabinets had to be “shrunk ” for height and doors rebuilt – I pride myself in building dreams – see other projects on “Steven P Mellor Remodeling Inc. on Facebook -never say it can’t be done !

    Reply
  3. Michelle
    May 17, 2016 at 11:41 am (1 year ago)

    I love this remodel transformation!Could you please give me a “rough” estimate of how much this cost? I wonder if I could even afford to do something like this???

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      May 18, 2016 at 11:44 am (1 year ago)

      HI Michelle- It all depends on the scope of the job. We had to move cabinets and repurpose, put support beams in when removing load bearing walls , adding trim, fill in hardwoods, more cabinetry and tiles, new counters, etc. It could be anywhere from 15k up. All the little things add up unfortunately.

      Reply

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