BHG Kitchen + Bath Makeovers COVER Feature {behind the scenes}

Hot on the newsstands…

I’m thrilled to share that a kitchen project I designed is featured on the cover of the Spring 2014 Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publication, Kitchen + Bath Makeovers.  It’s a huge honor and a project that’s been in the works for over a year.  The issue just hit the newsstands and I actually haven’t even got my hands on it yet (I downloaded the digital copy, which you can do too if you want – you won’t be disappointed!)…

Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen + Bath Makeovers issue Spring 2014 designed by Jenna Burger, Styled + Produced by Donna Talley, Photographed by Laura Moss

Isn’t it beautiful?!  It’s a 3-tone kitchen, which I love.  AND it incorporates the color I am most obsessed with… NAVY.  Now you know I designed it!  Plus it’s a space where we reused a lot of the existing.

I love behind-the-scenes footage and what goes into the end product.  If you want to know more about how the kitchen evolved + take a peak at what happened behind the lens, this post is for you!

Stylist/Producer for BHG publications, Donna Talley and I have been working together for quite a while now.  She has rewarded me so well in helping me grow my exposure in the publication world.  Last year when she was scouting a project that I had recently finished, we started discussing the potential for a kitchen makeover.  In the meantime, Marie McCartan, Editor of KBMO was visiting the area scouting projects with Donna.  After some back and forth, they were sold on the kitchen of a clients home that I had already been working with on other interior updates.

The clients kitchen was fairly functional, but there were some major needs + a few wants, plus the overall aesthetic of the existing space was worn and dated!  The perfect combo for a kitchen remodel for KBMO.

It started out with a Creative Vision Board that I designed…

Creative Vision Board for a Kitchen Remodel featured in Kitchen + Bath Makeovers magazine

After the design of the kitchen was set, I pulled my construction team together and we came up with a plan for what was to stay and what needed to be changed/updated.  In the end, much of the existing kitchen remained, including all the cabinets around the perimeter and the countertop.  Our focus for the remodel was the island and the refrigerator area.  The ‘before’ island was small and there was so much extra space that wasn’t being used.

Extra space = More Cabinetry Storage

The ‘before’ refrigerator area was also an eyesore.  The overly large appliance took over the kitchen + the traffic flow so by making the decision to upgrade it to a counter-depth model and adding a central command center on either side, the refrigerator no longer was the dominate element.

Some before pictures…

Before pictures of a Kitchen Remodel featured in Kitchen + Bath Makeovers magazine

Before pictures of a Kitchen Remodel featured in Kitchen + Bath Makeovers magazine

Along with the island and the refrigerator space, one of the biggest changes in this kitchen was how my team and I heightened the upper cabinets.  You may not believe it, but the upper cabinets in the ‘after’ are the same as before.  To give them the appearance of taller cabinets, we added decorative mouldings above the cabinet, below the cabinet, and new crown moulding around the entire kitchen space.

Progress pictures of the remodel…

Progress pictures of a Kitchen Remodel featured in Kitchen + Bath Makeovers magazine

Progress pictures of a Kitchen Remodel featured in Kitchen + Bath Makeovers magazine

Progress pictures of a Kitchen Remodel featured in Kitchen + Bath Makeovers magazine

Progress pictures of a Kitchen Remodel featured in Kitchen + Bath Makeovers magazine

Eventually when it was all complete, it looked like this…

Progress pictures of a Kitchen Remodel featured in Kitchen + Bath Makeovers magazine

Big Change!

For the remainder of the cabinets that remained, we updated them with a few coats of paint. It’s amazing what paint can do!

The entire renovation took about 2-3 months and even though to the homeowner (like all homeowners who live through a renovation) it felt like an eternity, the end product was well worth the wait!

Early Fall 2013 was finally photoshoot day.  Donna Talley did her styling magic and the talented Laura Moss photographed the new kitchen and dining room space.  Here are some pictures I took of the day…

Behind the Scenes pictures of a Kitchen Remodel featured in Kitchen + Bath Makeovers magazine

What I have found so interesting from the many photoshoots that I have been apart of is that the finished product (in the viewer of the camera which is then published in the magazine) ALWAYS looks incredible, yet there is a lot of work that goes into each shot.  Seeing some peaks into the space behind the lens always intrigues me,  and hopefully will for you as well.

I don’t want this to take away from how beautiful the space actually is because it is incredible and ALL REAL.  But know that it’s work to create the perfect shot.

Behind the Scenes pictures of a Kitchen Remodel featured in Kitchen + Bath Makeovers magazine

Behind the Scenes pictures of a Kitchen Remodel featured in Kitchen + Bath Makeovers magazine

Behind the Scenes pictures of a Kitchen Remodel featured in Kitchen + Bath Makeovers magazine

In the end, this kitchen was the career highlight of my 2013 year.  And now I get to enjoy it again in 2014.  There are so many amazing solutions that we came up with and “using what you have”, MY MOTTO, is all over this kitchen.  In the end, it was the amazing elements and layers added to the space that made it what it became.

These are some pictures that I took with my camera – definitely not pro level like Laura’s images.  Also, the images that I took are at different angles than the ones seen in the magazine, so I encourage you to grab your own copy and be inspired! 

{behind the scenes} Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen + Bath Makeovers issue Spring 2014 designed by Jenna Burger, Styled + Produced by Donna Talley, Photographed by Laura Moss

{behind the scenes} Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen + Bath Makeovers issue Spring 2014 designed by Jenna Burger, Styled + Produced by Donna Talley, Photographed by Laura Moss

{behind the scenes} Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen + Bath Makeovers issue Spring 2014 designed by Jenna Burger, Styled + Produced by Donna Talley, Photographed by Laura Moss

{behind the scenes} Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen + Bath Makeovers issue Spring 2014 designed by Jenna Burger, Styled + Produced by Donna Talley, Photographed by Laura Moss

{behind the scenes} Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen + Bath Makeovers issue Spring 2014 designed by Jenna Burger, Styled + Produced by Donna Talley, Photographed by Laura Moss

Of course there can’t be a kitchen that I design without a Central Command Center…

And this kitchen has 2!

Side 1: 2-month calendar (click for the printable) with glass overlay which you can write on + plus a framed cork board.

{behind the scenes} Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen + Bath Makeovers issue Spring 2014 designed by Jenna Burger, Styled + Produced by Donna Talley, Photographed by Laura Moss

Side 2: a clock + tons of cubbies for mail, school papers, newspapers, and more.  All of these cubbies are built-in, but I was inspired by the central command center I made for my home.

Plus 2 floor-to-ceiling pantry pull-outs.  They are about 6-8″ wide, so they hold a lot of food an typical pantry items.

{behind the scenes} Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen + Bath Makeovers issue Spring 2014 designed by Jenna Burger, Styled + Produced by Donna Talley, Photographed by Laura Moss

Here is a peak at what it was like when we layed out the boxes before putting them into place…

{behind the scenes} Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen + Bath Makeovers issue Spring 2014 designed by Jenna Burger, Styled + Produced by Donna Talley, Photographed by Laura Moss

{behind the scenes} Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen + Bath Makeovers issue Spring 2014 designed by Jenna Burger, Styled + Produced by Donna Talley, Photographed by Laura Moss

The experience to work on this kitchen and collaborating with the BHG Kitchen + Bath Makeover team was incredibly exciting and rewarding.  Thank you Marie for mentioning Donna and I in your Editor’s Note section…

Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen + Bath Makeovers issue Spring 2014 designed by Jenna Burger, Styled + Produced by Donna Talley

Now that you’ve seen some of the behind the scenes footage, here is a look at the spread in the magazine…

Kitchen Makeover featured in KBMO Spring 2014, designed by Jenna Burger - produced by Donna Talley - photographed by Laura Moss

Kitchen Makeover featured in KBMO Spring 2014, designed by Jenna Burger - produced by Donna Talley - photographed by Laura Moss

Kitchen Makeover featured in KBMO Spring 2014, designed by Jenna Burger - produced by Donna Talley - photographed by Laura Moss

Kitchen Makeover featured in KBMO Spring 2014, designed by Jenna Burger - produced by Donna Talley - photographed by Laura Moss

Kitchen Makeover featured in KBMO Spring 2014, designed by Jenna Burger - produced by Donna Talley - photographed by Laura Moss

Kitchen Makeover featured in KBMO Spring 2014, designed by Jenna Burger - produced by Donna Talley - photographed by Laura Moss

Kitchen Makeover featured in KBMO Spring 2014, designed by Jenna Burger - produced by Donna Talley - photographed by Laura Moss

Amazing, right?!

{behind the scenes} Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen + Bath Makeovers issue Spring 2014 designed by Jenna Burger, Styled + Produced by Donna Talley, Photographed by Laura Moss

One more bit of info that I have to share…  the KBMO team has asked me back.  Donna and I are already working fast and furiously on another kitchen makeover with hopes to be featured in another upcoming magazine…




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  1. Julie says

    It’s GORGEOUS! I honestly love everything about that makeover. I adore blues and grays, so this is definitely a “me” kind of kitchen.

    • Jenna says

      Ha, I love how you said it’s a “me” kitchen. Glad you like the outcome as much as I. It screams “me” too!!

    • Jenna says

      Thanks Kristen! The kitchen remodel didn’t take a full year, but the entire process from finding & approving the kitchen, construction, photography, and the then the final waiting game till publication took about a year. Thanks for your kind thoughts and I’d love to come to your home for a visit. xo Jenna

  2. says

    You know what I think is so amazing is that you had grey lowers and white uppers last year. So on trend!! I’ve been dreaming of doing the same to mine and I didn’t get to it before we got the hardwoods in last Summer. Now, I’ll have to be much more careful ;)

    It’s Perfection. That periwinkle island is stunning and sets the tone for the entire room. It’s a jewel. This was a wonderful post. Congratulations, and LUCK on the current project :)

    Shannon

  3. says

    Wow, Jenna! This kitchen is amazing! I especially love the colors and the island. Did you just transform the existing island? It’s so much more functional now. Congratulations!!! So happy for you!

    • Jenna says

      Thanks so much Karen for your kind thoughts. Yes, the island is all new and that is one of the elements that I mentioned in the post was the “upgrade” of the kitchen. The old island was much smaller and left a lot of space unused.

  4. says

    Jenna! I am so excited to finally see the finished product on this shoot! I am so thrilled for you, my friend! It is just beautiful. I would love a source for those dining chairs! That blue stripe is amazing!

    • Jenna says

      You are so kind Beth – thank you! Most all the furniture is from Ballard Designs – they were a huge sponsor for the project, as well as Shades of Light.

  5. Lindsey says

    What a stunning kitchen! It is really hard to believe it is the same space. Love the seating element that was added to the island!

  6. Megan says

    Hi Jenna,
    This kitchen is amazing!! I have a very similar kitchen and we have been wanting to do something very similar to our soffit (add molding and make the cabinets and soffit look seamless with molding). I noticed in the before picture that this is quite a bit of a lip on the soffit. How did you create the look? Did you add depth to the cabinet uppers?
    Thanks for your help!
    Megan

    • Jenna says

      Thanks Megan! Yes the soffit before did hang over the cabinets, but the cabinets were never removed. Instead we demo-ed the existing sheetrock and adjusted the framing behind, then put up new plywood sheets (instead of new sheetrock) and added the moulding. Every condition / situation is different, but that’s how we tackled this kitchen. Sometimes the “lip” isn’t there or isn’t such an overhang. In this case the “lip” was about 1″. If there was more room between the lip and the top of the cabinet door, we could have added a simple piece of moulding, but unfortunately there wasn’t. I hope this helps!

      Jenna

  7. Cheryl says

    Beautiful! This is exactly what’s been in my head for my kitchen!!! Does the issue specify your paint colors? Love how you solved the soffit “issue”.

  8. Lisa says

    Great job! Jenna, we are painting our cabinets white, and ours are like the ones above with the older style of the exposed hinges. I didn’t know you could change those to the hidden hinge – was that hard to do? Love the “higher” cabinet look as well!

    • Jenna says

      Yes, the contractor changed the hinges to a european hinge so they are concealed on the inside of the cabinet – big change! I don’t know if it was really difficult to do but I suspect it was not. Since the cabinets were off to paint, the hinges were added. Good luck with your cabinets! xo Jenna

    • Jenna says

      The 3 paint colors for that kitchen are: Benjamin Moore Barely There, Benjamin Moore Castle Gate, and Benjamin Moore Indi Go-Go. The 3 colors are a great combination together! -Jenna

      • says

        I Jenna, I found this on pinterest and i have move to Hawaii and bought a much older home and i want to do this to brighten it up. I noticed the colors you have posted here and I went to home depot, and Benjamin Moore and no one knows them names. Are they gone do you think or do you know the numbers to those colors?
        thanks
        JoAnne

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