Kitchen Secrets and Sources Revealed! - Decatur Flip Project

 My favorite transformation on this project by far was the kitchen.  Kitchens and baths sell homes more than any other rooms, and in this home, I knew wanted the kitchen to be the shining star!

My favorite transformation on this project by far was the kitchen.  Kitchens and baths sell homes more than any other rooms, and in this home, I knew wanted the kitchen to be the shining star!

BEFORE

When we started on this home, the existing kitchen was tucked away and totally separated from the rest of the house.  There was a huge eating area to the right of the living room (much bigger than the existing kitchen if you can imagine!), and I knew immediately that the new kitchen would be here. (Please ignore how terrible I look in the before photos!  We should've had a before and after photo of me too!)

THE DESIGN

As I started the design, as I mentioned, I knew I wanted the kitchen to move to the existing dining area and create a feature range wall.  I also knew I wanted to open up the space A LOT.  By doing this, I was also able to make room for an en-suite bathroom & closet in the existing kitchen, making a true master, and I was also still able to find space for a much smaller eating area (which was totally fine since we were going to have a nice new island with seating).  It's amazing how moving things around a bit can change so much!

THE SOURCES - HARDWARE

I love the Amerock Blackrock hardware in bronze that we used on the cabinets.  We used the knobs on the cabinet doors and the pulls on the pantry doors & drawers.  Notice the double pulls on the drawers by the range - details make a difference!

LIGHTING

One of the trends now in kitchen design is open shelving and what better way to highlight it than a swing arm sconce!  I love the coordinating glass globe pendants we chose for the island as well... glass pendants are always great in a kitchen, especially when you have a beautiful range wall like this one - you don't want to cover beauty like that up with a bulky pendant!

FURNITURE

I found the stools in the design at Tuesday Morning, but these below are very similar and still pretty awesome!

ACCESSORIES

When accessorizing your kitchen, keep it simple and think about items that you actually use.  I love how we displayed the dishes, and canisters and cutting boards are not only functional, but they make a pretty display too!

AT THE ISLAND

Island sinks in the kitchen are great, especially in an open layout.  Two of the features I incorporate in any flip or renovation I do are pull-down faucets and air switches for the garbage disposal. Pull-down faucets are function at its finest and air switches are great for working the garbage disposal as it eliminates an ugly wall switch (especially when you've got a beautiful backsplash) and it's perfect for an island when you have no wall to mount to and eliminates the inconvenience of opening a cabinet door below to switch on.

Thanks for reading!  I hope you enjoy shopping the sources!

Elizabeth Coombs