The Habitude Files: A Kitchen Makeover 42 Years in the Making

Today, we’re revisiting a kitchen renovation we completed last year. I cannot believe we haven’t shared about this yet as it was such a fun interior design project and such a beautiful, smart transformation.  My clients purchased this Charlotte home together in 1975(!) when they were first married; as is often the case, life got busy, and it hadn’t been updated since. Forty-two years later, they decided it was time for a change, and they were ready for a big one.

Sure, that looks like a beautiful kitchen, but when you see the before pictures, you’ll really understand the scope of the project.  The first picture below is taken while standing just inside the front door.  If you looked left, you would see the living room and dining room at the end.  On the other side of the terracotta colored wall was the family room and kitchen that you see in the second picture.

In this project, all of the walls between the existing living room, dining room, kitchen and family room were removed to give them the open living space they desired.  The existing linoleum and carpet were removed; hardwood floors were installed everywhere.  The ceiling was already vaulted on the back half of the living area, so we vaulted the ceiling in the front half to match.  New cabinetry, appliances (their first dishwasher ever!), and countertops complimented the fresh finish on the floor and walls; we added new lighting, as well.   

Even just removing the dated mantle and fireplace screen helped modernize the space.

With this refresh, we know that this family will enjoy this space home for a long time to come.

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