Hi! This is Chris from The Café Sucre Farine. Welcome to my little Carolina kitchen! Well, let me rephrase that; welcome to my beautiful, newly-renovated, little Carolina kitchen. I’m super excited to be here today, and to share our kitchen makeover with you.
Although our kitchen remodel has occurred over the past year and a half, I’m still amazed each morning when I come down for coffee and gaze around my beautiful work space! This wasn’t a huge renovation project, as we didn’t have the budget (or desire) to do a major gutting and restructuring of the space.
Instead, we chose to make reasonable changes that would update and freshen up the whole area. Our new kitchen is so much more functional and for a girl who loves to cook and entertain family and friends, that’s huge!
The renovation was done in phases, starting with the countertops and cabinets, followed by the island, back splash, lighting, appliances, window treatments, and floor coverings.
Since my job as a food blogger revolves around the kitchen, this “phasing-in process” worked out very well. It helped avoid long periods when I would have been unable to cook or do anything creative in the kitchen.
At first, we looked into pulling out the old white cabinets and replacing them, since they were in pretty rough shape. The cabinets were first generation Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF), and the laminate had actually begun to peel off in places.
I wanted white cabinets in the new kitchen too, so when we discovered that the cabinet boxes were wood and actually in great shape, we decided to simply give them a fresh coat of paint and replace the doors. The new doors were custom made to fit and shipped directly to us from the manufacturer. Installation was surprisingly simple, and we saved a fortune versus buying all new cabinets or having the doors professionally resurfaced.
Another major issue I wanted to address in our old kitchen was the island. It was small, oddly shaped and didn’t give me much space for meal prepping or entertaining. The scroll corbels added to the outdated appearance of the kitchen.
Scott and I got together with a local cabinetry craftsman and a granite fabricator to design my “dream island”. I’m so thrilled with the look, functionality, and practicality of this island! It has loads of workspace on top and doubles as a great location to host buffets and breakfasts for family and overnight guests.
The island also has a ton of wonderful storage space below. One of my favorite things is my “flour bin.” Actually, it’s way more! How about a huge drawer that has space for all kinds of flours and sugars? I love to bake, so having all these supplies right at my fingertips is beyond wonderful.
We found large, airtight containers with handles on top, making it super simple to pull out my supplies as I’m cooking or baking. Each one is neatly labeled, so I never have to worry about making a wrong choice.
While I love all the elements of my new kitchen, the appliances are truly the crème de la crème and I’m very excited to share these beauties with you. To me, appliances are the “bones” of a kitchen and should be chosen with care and forethought.
We were thrilled to partner with KitchenAid for this renovation; I’ve been a long time fan of KitchenAid since I first began my culinary journey back in the late 70’s. Appliances aren’t something you want to change out every couple years, so it’s important to consider durability, reliability, innovation, practicality, and style. KitchenAid checks all the boxes!
We’ll be sharing more fun details on some of the individual appliances in future posts, but here are the models we chose for our kitchen renovation:
—Range: KitchenAid® 5 Burner Dual Fuel Double Oven Convection Range
—Hood: KitchenAid® Under-the-Cabinet Vent
—Dishwasher: KitchenAid® Dishwasher with Window and Lighted Interior
—Microwave: KitchenAid® Built-In Microwave
—Refrigerator: KitchenAid® Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator
I’m crazy about the beautiful, fresh overall look of the kitchen; and that didn’t happen by accident! For the design element of this makeover, we had the privilege of working with the very talented Hanover Avenue in Richmond, VA.
Anne and I have been friends for several years, and it was a delight working with her on this project. She not only helped us make the space look beautiful and upscale (without spending a fortune), but also had wonderful ideas for making the kitchen more functional. Check out some of the beautiful and practical touches she was instrumental in!
I love my kitchen dining area. Anne chose white linen drapes (hung up near the crown molding) and a neutral sea grass rug to create a calm, peaceful look that can adapt to a myriad of color schemes on the table.
I love how building a simple box around the refrigerator has added a custom, high-end look to this area of the kitchen. Thanks, Anne!
I had one of those kitchen desks that were so popular back in the 90’s. I never used it and it was a bit of an eyesore. Now it’s a really fun coffee center and it houses my microwave. There’s also a drawer below the microwave that stores a lot of baking pans. What a transformation!
My old microwave used to be right over my old range (you can even see it as a reflection in the old granite island above!). Anne suggested a stainless vent, like the Under-the-Cabinet Vent instead to give a more high-end look and to keep the sight lines clean. It’s not something I would have thought of, but now I love how it gives this end of our kitchen a professional culinary workspace feel.
Anne had the idea of creating a little herb garden right at my kitchen window. It makes me smile each time I look at it and I find myself snipping almost every day. The great thing is, the more I snip the more they grow!
If you’ve been dreaming about a kitchen renovation, big or small, we hope seeing our “Café Kitchen” journey has given you some affordable ideas for freshening up your current kitchen space. While style trends come and go, keep in mind that the appliances you choose will be your “work horses” for many years to come. KitchenAid® appliances are professional, so stylish, functional, and totally made to last!
*The Contributor of this post has been compensated by KitchenAid for this post, but this post represents the Contributor’s own opinion.*