Stunning Stained Kitchen Reveal

While I am in the midst of renovating my own kitchen, I’ve been immersed in designing + project managing a few client renovations as well.  One that just wrapped up is this stunning stained kitchen…

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

As of late, I am seeing that 90% of new kitchens have painted cabinetry – 85% of which are white – so when this client was adamant about wanting stained cabinets for their new kitchen, I happily obliged.  For this project, the client had a clear vision & many decisions were already made when we started working together.  It made my job easier + my role less than typical compared to working with clients that need more ‘hand-holding’.  With my assistance, I was able to steer  / direct them in making design choices that suited their style to achieve the kitchen they envisioned.

Before I share more of what the kitchen looks like now, you’ve gotta see what it looked like prior to demo…

Like I always say, you have to see the before to really appreciate the after.  And the kitchen before really needed some TLC.

BEFORE

Kitchen Before

The construction of this kitchen was a bit unique and easier than most because the renovation took place before the clients moved in.  This home was a new purchase for them and during the time before the closing, the design process was started.  Yes, a bit risky in case “the deal” fell through, but once they closed on the home, construction began the following day.  All the prep work + purchases were complete and we were ready to move forward.

The client had about a month before they needed to move in, so everything was scheduled on a tight timeline.  Aside from some hiccups with waiting for the countertops to be installed, demo + repair + installation of the new cabinets went fairly smoothly.

Kitchen Before

Aside from the old kitchen being worn + dated, the space was also not being utilized to it’s maximum potential.

As the new plan evolved, there was no question that first to go was the soffit above the existing cabinets.  The new upper cabinets would be taller and continue to the ceiling, then be finished with a decorative crown moulding.

The next area of focus was the island – a larger, more substantial island with  lots of storage + space to eat-at was a must.

Kitchen Before

Following that, the refrigerator area needed updating to maximize storage.

THE VISION

Upon working through the updates that were needed to create a better flowing space + listening to the clients desires, I created the proposed plan + Vision Board…

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

CONSTRUCTION

After months of designing, fabricating, and building, construction began…

In-Progress of Kitchen Renovation

In-Progress of Kitchen Renovation

In-Progress of Kitchen Renovation

In-Progress of Kitchen Renovation

And then it was complete. The result…

AFTER

Welcome to this stained stunner…

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

This is the view as you walk into the kitchen from the entry foyer and it’s gorgeous.  Light shines in from the exterior and the space feels bright & fresh.

The cabinets are a mix of a few stains, which took a several tries to get just right.  The hue we wanted to achieve was a light-medium brown with no orange or red undertones.  In the end, the result is rich and warm.

The cabinets are a full overlay door style (which means the door sits proud of the frame instead of being inset) with a recessed panel door.  The door itself has a decorative edging on the outer perimeter + at the recessed panel.

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

The lighting was chosen by the clients and even though I had suggested other fixtures, these look great.

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

Cream colored counter stools beautifully compliment the stained cabinets.

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

The home is a combination of hardwood, carpet, and tile. The tile for this kitchen continues from the foyer and it’s a 18 x 18 ceramic with a staggered layout.  It’s lighter tone is the perfect backdrop to the darker cabinets.

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

When it came time to choose the countertop and backsplash, it was important to select something that enhanced the beauty + tones of the stained cabinets.  We decided on a granite that has flecks of caramel, black, and taupes – it’s so rich with lots of depth.  For the backplash, a mosaic with varying-sized square glass pieces was what suited the clients style best.

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

The cooktop is set into the counter and 3 roll-out drawers were added underneath which gives ample storage for pots, pans, and cooking utensils.

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

A double oven sits to the left of the cooktop.  Above is full-depth vertical dividers for large trays and platters.

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

Vertical cabinet storage above a refrigerator or oven in a kitchen

Where the non-functioning refrigerator space was before, a new refrigerator + pull-out pantry storage was added.

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

These slide-outs with adjustable shelves have been a wonderful update and the amount of storage is incredible!

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

Taking a step back, this is another view of the overall newly revamped kitchen.

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

I am so smitten over the island legs!

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

This new space doesn’t only stop at the kitchen cabinets, but a desk was also added.  With a combination of open & closed cabinetry, this desk space is the command center for this family.

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

Another hidden gem + must-have in the kitchen, a trash bin pull-out!  This is a double for trash + recycling and in the island was the perfect placement.

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

And there you have it.  The before & after of this kitchen renovation is pretty incredible!

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

Stunning Stained Kitchen REVEAL: before & after of a kitchen renovation by www.jennaburger.com

It was such a wonderful job to be a part of.  Another project complete!

Do you like stained cabinets or do you prefer painted?




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  1. Donnamae says

    Lovely kitchen! I’m a strained cabinet gal too! While I love the look of white painted cabinets…when it comes right down to it…I just cannot paint them! ;)

    • Jenna says

      Makes sense. Everyone likes something different! I get it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I hope you enjoyed this transformation.

      Jenna

  2. Rebecca Warren says

    What is the pattern name and tile brand of the mosaic tile backsplash with glass tile squares? It is just what I have been looking for to coordinate with my speckled granite countertops to pick up all the colors….