Our Kitchen, Only Better!

After years of quick fixes to various kitchens, we’ve finally taken on a true kitchen makeover. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve been wowed by the big impact small DIY changes can make, but I wasn’t up to taking on a DIY “knock-a-load-bearing-wall-down” kind of project. You can read about the plans here.

Remember how it looked when we moved in? One less wall and all new stuff later…

a kitchen that works before and after

I call this a “Kitchen That Works” because of the functionality we gained. We now have room for food (which means I have no excuse not to cook anymore).

a kitchen that work pantry wall before and after

Here are more after shots – I’m still stopping to sigh every time I walk through the room. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves {sigh}.

kitchen renovation from YourHomeOnlyBetter.com


kitchen renovation from YourHomeOnlyBetter.com

kitchen renovation from YourHomeOnlyBetter.com

kitchen renovation from YourHomeOnlyBetter.com

Ok, I can’t be quiet any longer. I’m too excited! Here are few highlights I’d like to point out:

First of all, the brick stove area – our contractor had to raise the counter top and add more reclaimed brick. He did a great job matching the new with the old, and building the custom cabinet doors.

kitchen renovation from YourHomeOnlyBetter.com

kitchen renovation from YourHomeOnlyBetter.com

I love the farmhouse sink from Whitehaus, and the industrial-inspired faucet from Glacier Bay.

kitchen renovation from YourHomeOnlyBetter.com

The tile backsplash was simply glass subway tiles. Love the modern twist on a classic.

kitchen renovation from YourHomeOnlyBetter.com

The counters are a brushed granite. It pairs nicely with the curtains as well as the hearth of the fireplace in the now-adjoined family room.

kitchen renovation from YourHomeOnlyBetter.com

Simple does it for the pulls and knobs. The polished chrome plays off the industrial vibe of the pendant lights.

kitchen renovation from YourHomeOnlyBetter.com

But perhaps my favorite accessory is the rooster element we found. Being from Newtown, CT, the rooster is the official mascot of the town. After much thought (as documented on the HomeGoods blog) I was excited to find a way to incorporate it into our new kitchen.

kitchen renovation from YourHomeOnlyBetter.com

I guess there is nothing left to do now except go cook something! Thanks for joining me on the tour!

And thanks to Porco Construction for their excellent workmanship and tolerance of a barking dog throughout the entire project.


I love reading comments and yes, I read every one!


  1. Cathy says

    SOOOO beautiful Susan. I love the whole remodel. It fits the house and feel. Love that you kept the original brick cooktop and surround, give’s all the new, some history. Your material choices are lovely and work great together. Yes, worth all the hassle and mess.
    Now cook up some great stuff. Enjoy!!!

    • says

      Thanks – you know, there really is a peaceful feeling now, replacing the cuttered, chaotic feeling of the original kitchen. It breathes now.

  2. says

    Oh – Meant to say some more on this one. Love the remodeling efforts and how much fun it makes for a bright sunny day afternoon. The efforts of face paints and plaster on the wrist and lol! Every moment begins now

  3. says

    Beautiful kitchen. I love the sink, it is a farmhouse sink but with a twist with the lines on the side. The stove is great to, a whole bunch of character is added with the brick. I am not quite ready for the tear the wall done remodel yet, but I do have plans. Don’t we always? I love your blog and home!

  4. says

    This makeover is so awesome! I love how open it is. And that brick…to die for! I am a little jealous at the moment!
    Thanks for sharing at the Hunt & Host home link up! Can’t wait to see more of your house!


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