Holiday House Kitchen Before & After

Holiday House Kitchen Before & After

If you follow us on Instagram, then you know that my big project this season is working on Elsie’s “holiday house” here in our hometown of Springfield, Missouri. This is the home that the Larson family plans to stay at during their frequent visits home, especially around the holidays. And the rest of the year we hope to rent it out as an Airbnb. Today, I’m sharing one of the biggest room transformations in the whole house—the kitchen! We have been working with The Home Depot and basically everything you see in this kitchen is from there. They have SO much great decor and home goods on their website, including everything from light fixtures to glassware. We also used some of its design services, which I had never used before, and I’m excited to tell you a little more about that. To me, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a home. So many memories happen in the kitchen, even if you or your family are not big into cooking. I can’t wait to bake cookies with Elsie, Nova, and Marigold this Christmas in this kitchen!

Like I said, this room has been completely transformed. Many of the spaces in this house are only getting minor changes, but not this kitchen. So, let me remind you what this room looked like when we first purchased the home earlier this year.

This house is in one of our favorite neighborhoods in Springfield. It’s very close to our downtown, but very much feels like a cozy and friendly neighborhood where neighbors sit on their front porches in good weather and say, “Hi.” It’s truly an adorable area, with many of the homes being very old. This house was built in the 1920s, and one goal Elsie and I have had as we planned the updates we wanted to make was to modernize in a way that also felt appropriate for the age and style of the home. The kitchen didn’t really have much that felt original or even close to the age of the home, so we felt OK changing it up. We also were hoping to remove the linoleum floors and recover the original wood floors (if it was still there, we had no idea until we tried), as the rest of the home still had them. We didn’t plan to change much of the layout of the space, but just update it to be a little more functional and much more the style we were aiming for throughout the house.

Here is what we found after the linoleum was removed:

This is the transition between the dining room and the kitchen. The floors were indeed still there! But we had a LOT of scraping to do before they were exposed and could be refinished. There are also a lot of little imperfections, like old staple marks/stains. And we’ve worked to minimize these, but also the ones that are still visible we don’t mind. They only add to the story of this house.

We knew we wanted different cabinets as well as countertops, and so we worked with The Home Depot’s in-store design services to pick out our lower cabinets as well as countertops. I’ve never designed kitchen cabinets from scratch—I’ve mostly just repainted what was there in other homes I’ve lived in or worked on. I was amazed and overwhelmed about how many options there are! Kitchen cabinets can be so much more functional when you get to design them yourself. You can add all sorts of things that might matter to you, like built-in Lazy Susans in the corners so you can reach/use the corner cabinets more (we added these) or other fun things like a built-in wine rack, spice rack, trash cabinet, built-in microwave, and so many other things. It’s crazy how many choices there are! This post is sponsored but here’s my honest opinion: I LOVED working with THD in-store services to design the lower cabinets. The gal at my local store is named Rebecca and she’s the best! She was super knowledgeable and seemed genuinely excited to help me with my project, and she didn’t at all mind working with my timeline or budget. Cabinets and countertops are one thing you really don’t want to get your measurements wrong on, so I also felt much more confident ordering things with her help.

We also had our local contractor team add floating shelves for the upper cabinets. Not only do Elsie and I both love the look of floating shelves, they also do a couple things in this space. First, it really shows off the tile backsplash (!!!!!!!). And second, since this home will be rented out by other families at times (or at least we hope so), this may make it a little easier to find things. 🙂

I’m going to link everything at the end of this post in case there is something in our kitchen that you want to read more about. But I wanted to point out a few details that we are obsessed with. First, we LOVE this kitchen faucet and pot filler. They also ended up going really well with the cabinet hardware we picked. Even though these are all brand new, they have that old-charm feeling so they felt perfect for this space. We are also really obsessed with how pretty (and functional) this range is!

Elsie and I have had one major disagreement in this kitchen—and it involves the microwave. Ha. First, let us know if the comments if you are a “I like microwaves” person or a “I hate them!” person. Elsie really doesn’t care for them (although she admits this one is quite pretty) and I like them fine. It’s not my favorite feature in a kitchen per se, but I just feel they are useful and especially if you’re planning for being an Airbnb. So we decided to get the prettiest microwave we could find and just have it on a cart that could be wheeled out of eyesight if needed. 🙂 That was the great kitchen compromise of 2019.

Really this wasn’t much of a fight. I’m just framing it up that way because it’s sort of funny. But we did disagree, and now you know what kind of high drama you could expect if this was a reality show.

I also want to point out our Google Hub, which is that device that sort of looks like a mini tablet. This connects to many of the smart devices we are installing throughout the house (like light bulbs and our front door Nest by Yale lock). I love that you can see who is at the front door from this screen in the kitchen and you can unlock or lock the door from it. However, I have mostly done this from my phone so far, as no one is yet staying at the house (we are still finishing a few more things).

I already mentioned the tile backsplash, but gotta mention that again because isn’t it just lovely? It adds so much character to this kitchen! I’m also obsessed with the star ceiling light.

I am beyond thrilled with how the kitchen turned out! A big thank you to The Home Depot for sponsoring this kitchen renovation. I seriously cannot wait to makes some memories in this house with Elsie, Jeremy, and my soon-to-be two nieces when they adopt again next month. Thank you for letting me share and I cannot wait to give you a tour of other spaces in the holiday house soon. xo. Emma

Room Details: Lower Cabinets / Cabinet Pulls and Knobs / Countertops / Sink / Faucet and Pot Filler / Oven Range / Hood / Refrigerator / Google Hub / Backsplash Tile / Ceiling Light / Wall Sconces / Microwave / Cart / Stand Mixer / Knife Set / Rug / Canister Jars / Dishes / Small Cups and Large Cups / Nest x Yale Lock / Toaster / Tea Kettle / Chemex / Google Hub / Wood Tray / Round Basket (by microwave cart) / Utensils (wood and white set) / Blender

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Janae Hardy and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop. Additional contractor work by Martin Remodeling.

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