November 21, 2013

Our {Latest} Kitchen Makeover Reveal

DIY mantel hood over kenmore pro 30"
Let me start by saying that I love kitchens.  Our kitchen is my favorite room in the house.  Buying a new dish towel or utensil can make my day.  I am just trying to explain why we felt the need to makeover a fairly new kitchen.  That we remodeled ourselves a few shirt years ago!  The range that was in here was a budget choice purchased when we moved in 7 years ago that we planned on replacing.  We have been in the market for a dual fuel professional style range.  We looked at Viking and Thermador.  Drooled over the beloved Wolf with its iconic red knobs.  And eventually stumbled upon the Kenmore Pro and we were smitten.  First, the price was less than 1/2 that of the others we were considering.  Huge plus! But I also loved the look.  I have been cooking on this range for two weeks now and it is as wonderful as I hoped so far...  
We knew that with a more powerful range, we would also need a stronger exhaust fan.  The microwave/fan combo just wouldn't cut it.  So we removed our microwave and purchased a countertop microwave that we placed on a shelf.  I printed out lots of pictures from Pinterest and Billy got to work figuring out how he could DIY a mantel/hood combo.  I am seriously impressed with his mad skills!   Billy is going to be joining me in writing posts on here very soon.

We also changed the backsplash from tumbled marble to white subways and added the pot filler.  We were able to add the pot filler because we have an unfinished basement beneath this space and we can easily access our plumbing.  Plus, some most of the drywall came off with the old backsplash so we had a big hole in the wall anyway.  The pot filler has proven to be more useful than I thought (confession: I really thought we were buying it because it would look cool).  We relocated our coffee pot to where the pot filler can reach it and that has been very convenient.  Here is what it looked like a few short weeks ago:

Before new mantel hood stainless stove with

I think the subway tile makes the kitchen feel cleaner and brighter and removing the microwave from above the range definitely gives the illusion of more space.

Before and after mantel hood over kenmore pro professional

belle foret pot stainless steel pot filler with white subway tile backsplash and diy mantel range

Graff bridge faucet with Shaw farm

We removed the appliance garage and the open shelved cabinet in order to make room for these shelves to get the microwave off the counter.  This area always felt really tight to me with the appliance garage.  Also, since we added the open shelved Ikea bookshelf "island", we now keep our toaster there.  

DIY monogram mugs on giallo veneziano granite

Here's a recent shot of our Ikea hack project:

Ikea hack kitchen island using Billy bookshelves and Numerar butcher block in kitchen with white painted cabinets and cherry

We also changed the trim around the window to the same style trim we have been using throughout the house.  I am always amazed at the difference this trim makes!

Rohl Shaw's farm sink with triple windows in white kitchen with cherry island and giallo veneziano

Menu Chalkboard and white hutch cabinet

white painted cabinets with kenmore pro range and diy mantel

Hurricane chandelier with farmhouse hutch and boxwood

DIY kitchen with Shaw's farmhouse sink and boxwood

Sources :

Sears Kenmore 30" Pro Range Dual Fuel-on sale for $2700.  We saved on delivery by picking it up ourselves.

  Pot Filler from Amazon-$227

Broan PM 390 range hood insert from Amazon-$204

I will be posting a tutorial about how we DIY'd the range hood/mantel very soon.  Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Our Other Kitchen Posts:

{diy} Kitchen Tour 
{diy} Farm Sink
{diy} Farmhouse Sink

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  1. Looks fantastic and I'd LOVE that stove!

  2. Wow! It is a beautifully updated change, and one I'd like to copy in my own home! Do you know the name of your granite counter top?

    1. Hi there! Thank you. The granite is called "Giallo Napoleon".

  3. The stove is beautiful and makes your kitchen even more gorgeous! I think if that was my kitchen I would be in there all day! Love it!

  4. It looks awesome! What size boards do you do for your window trim? I have seen a lot of tutorials but I haven't liked how they turn out but yours looks amazing.

  5. So pretty, Thanks for the inspiration I would like to do this. Now how to get the hubby on board.

  6. WOW! This is wonderful! I'm glad to find your blog! ''m your newest follower.

  7. Please, please, please include a tutorial on how you built your range hood mantel!!! I want to do the same and love yours! I can't wait to learn how you did it! Also, I LOVE your white bath! :)

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words!! I will be posting a tutorial on Monday. I hope it helps and you should feel free to ask any specific questions. Have a great weekend!

  8. Just found your blog and your home is amazing! I, too, would really like to see the tutorial on your range hood mantel as we are going to be remodeling our kitchen soon and I want to do the same. Is it just a board flat under the cabinets for the shelf, then a curved piece with two brackets attached to that? How is the hood attached? And did you paint your cabinets so you already had the paint or did you have to try to match it?

    1. Hello and thank you so much for visiting our blog. We are just finishing up a post on a range hood mantel tutorial that will be on the blog on Monday. I am going to double check to make sure we have answered all of your questions in the post. Have a great weekend!

  9. Love love love you kitchen. And love the triple windows above the sink. I noticed that the sink is not centered beneath the windows which I always should be, but its doesn't seem to matter. You really don't even notice. Did it ever bother you?

  10. Hi, your kitchen is beautiful. Would you be able to tell me what color grout you used in your kitchen between your subway tiles? Thanks so much

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