Kitchen Renovation: This Shoemaker’s Children Don’t Go Barefoot

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One day, after organizing a client’s beautifully renovated kitchen, I came home and took a fresh look at my own. After 22 years, what was once state of the art had become hopelessly outdated. Speckled granite counters with bulky curved edges and a stainless steel hood over the oven were rooted in the 1990’s. The grout in the tile needed cleaning, and the television “cabinet” looked ridiculous with a flat screen TV wedged inside. It was time for a renovation.

While I initially planned to only address the kitchen, since I live in a townhouse, it would be difficult to renovate the kitchen while ignoring the other living spaces on the same floor – the dining room, living room, powder room, and laundry room. This necessitated an expansion of project scope and budget, but the end result was worth it! The changes that I made are described and pictured below:

Kitchen: After doing a complete demolition of the kitchen, the layout was changed to increase storage and create a more open feeling.

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

Kitchen Before #2
Kitchen After #2

Laundry Room: Moved the door from the dining room to the kitchen, decreasing the size to create a more spacious dining room. See blog “Organizing a (Very Small) Laundry Room.”

Laundry Room Before

Laundry Room After

Hallways, floors, and stairs: Replaced a traditional wood banister with a glass banister. Replaced kitchen tile and existing wood floor with a lighter colored wide plank oak floor. Replaced all doors, moldings, and lighting. Modernized all lighting.

Stairs Before

Stairs After


Living room: Replaced dark marble on the fireplace with a lighter, more neutral marble. Covered original brick wall with sheetrock. See blog “Living Room Facelift” for more photos.

Fireplace Before

Fireplace After

Living Room Before

Living Room After

Dining room: Removed a wall that enclosed the area, replaced the table with a larger one, built out a wall 6 inches so the credenza (for storage of china and silver) would fit in a nook in the wall. Replaced light fixture with Tom Dixon Irregular Glass Blown Pendant Light.

Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

Powder room: Replaced pedestal sink and antique mirror with modern vanity and mirror custom to space. Replaced antique light fixture and étagère. Replaced wallpaper.

Powder Room Before

Powder Room After

Powder room post renovation

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