BEFORE + AFTER: Updating a tight shaker kitchen and bath

We just wrapped up another kitchen and bath project — and this one’s all about letting the light in! The original kitchen was extremely closed off from the bright, open living room with a dated half-wall and bar-height countertop. Another unnecessary wall made the entry feel cramped, and tightened the space within the kitchen even further. Thanks to a washing machine leak that flooded the entire room, we were called on to reimagine the layout and make it more workable for this busy family.

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As you can see below, the extra walls closed in the space, making it feel much smaller than it really is. To open up the flow, we eliminated both walls and repositioned the fridge against the back wall. This allowed up to accommodate an island that houses a drawer microwave, making room for a true hood over the range.

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We stuck with white shaker cabinets and opted for a light gray subway backsplash to complement the veining in the quartz countertops. To create a more functional entryway, we shifted the laundry and closet doors over to make the pantry more accessible. It also made room for an additional full-height pantry cabinet, which helped to increase their original storage space.

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Next up, we tackled the master bath. To make room for a double vanity, we swapped the sinks to the opposite wall, which also allowed us to make the shower stall much bigger. We added extra storage will a tall linen closet built-in and unified the space with light gray tile, a marble mosaic, and pretty gray painted cabinetry.

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To see the entire project, check out the full set of photos on our Projects page. Thanks for following along, can’t wait to share the next one with you!