Minimal Kitchen Reveal

Minimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtWell, friends… we’re finally moved in and I’ve been doing all sorts of happy dances around here. And by here I specifically mean this BEAUTIFUL room.

Some background info if you’ve missed any of this – my cousin bought a house back in May and we’ve been working on it ever since so that her and I and one of our friends could move in there. My aunt and uncle literally worked on the house almost every day and did such an amazing job on everything. There was an old mudroom/shed (haha) that was open to the kitchen so we decided to knock down the other section of wall so my cousin could have a huge kitchen – girl loves to bake! The house was built in the 1800’s – so when we started ripping walls down we saw all of those old beams and decided we couldn’t possibly cover them back up and designed around the exposed beams. If you had walked into the kitchen 6 months ago, you would never have imagined that it could possibly look like this. Keep scrolling down to the bottom of the post for some SERIOUS before and after proof of that as well as source info!

So here we are with a dreamyyyy kitchen that’s perfect for her baking and my blogging! My cousin let me help make a lot of decisions on the design of the rooms… partially because she hates making decisions and partially because she knows I’m… a control freak. Oops. My favorite part might be the bar between the rooms that my uncle made using an old slab of walnut from my cousin’s grandpa’s farm – it went perfectly with our walnut butcher block counters and is just too sweet that she gets to have a part of that in her house.Minimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtMinimal Kitchen @themerrythoughtAlright and this is the part that makes all of the previous photos 100x more impressive than they obviously already were… 😉 A peek at what things looked like when we came in to start working last May. Put these before and after images side by side to give you an idea of just how much work was put into this room.Kitchen Renovation Before and After @themerrythoughtKitchen Renovation Before and After @themerrythoughtKitchen Renovation Before and After @themerrythoughtKitchen Renovation Before and After @themerrythoughtSources
Walnut butcher block countertops c/o Lumber Liquidators
Oak flooring c/o Lumber Liquidators
Farmhouse sink c/o Kohler
Faucet c/o Kohler
Lights above island & bar: Ikea
Light above sink: CLAXY
“Foods Before Dudes” poster: chickpea magazine
DIY pour over coffee stand: Tutorial
DIY coffee filter stand: Tutorial
Marble & gold bar tools: West Elm
Gold candles: Geo Supply Co.

We’re already having so much fun hosting friends and family here! So excited to keep working on the rest of the house and sharing more rooms along the way!

xo. Caitlin

  • ClarissaWednesday, January 11, 2017 - 12:50 pm

    It’s so beautiful! Congrats on the new home – it looks so crisp and clean and inviting <3

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here ReplyCancel

  • AmyWednesday, January 11, 2017 - 1:07 pm

    That looks amazing! You’re right, those before and afters don’t hardly look like the same space. I love seeing a good remodel, especially since we’re on the hunt for our next one haha! But seriously, great job, it looks beautiful 🙂ReplyCancel

  • CourtneyWednesday, January 11, 2017 - 1:59 pm

    WHAT!!! My jaw dropped when this came up on my bloglovin’ feed and dropped again when I saw the before and afters! Beautiful, beautiful job!


  • Amy | Delineate Your DwellingWednesday, January 11, 2017 - 2:02 pm

    So gorgeous!! Love the side by side pictures so you can REALLY see such a transformation!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah EshWednesday, January 11, 2017 - 2:32 pm

    This transformation is amazing. Good work! It’s always so fun to pull out old photos, just so you can see the progress. I love how light and crisp and airy the kitchen feels now.

    Also, that Food Before Dudes sign is hilarious. Keep it. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • JenileeWednesday, January 11, 2017 - 3:20 pm

    Oh my gosh! This is so dreamy! Love that sink!ReplyCancel

  • NeelamWednesday, January 11, 2017 - 7:03 pm

    What an amazing transformation! I absolutely love the counter-tops!

  • Trish MahonThursday, January 12, 2017 - 2:42 pm

    Beautiful kitchen, the beams are stunning with all that crisp white Where are the shelf brackets from?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathThursday, January 12, 2017 - 3:17 pm

      Thank you! The brackets are from Home Depot.ReplyCancel

  • Marlene @ Idle Hands AwakeFriday, January 13, 2017 - 12:43 pm

    WOW! What an epic transformation! It looks absolutely stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Heather SFriday, January 13, 2017 - 12:54 pm

    I have to ask, where did you get your coffee mugs from? They’re perfect.

  • SarahSaturday, January 14, 2017 - 1:47 am

    Looks amazing!!! Would you let me know where the bar stools from? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, January 18, 2017 - 11:48 am

      These are actually from Walmart. I didn’t link to them because I am going to be returning them because they broke after two weeks of having them! I will probably end up getting the similar ones that Target sells.ReplyCancel

  • joWednesday, January 18, 2017 - 4:19 pm

    I really like the choice of walnut/dark wood for the counters. Looks fantastic with all the white. Minimal (maybe-but i usually Loathe ‘minimal’, perhaps Elegantly Restrained?)- but warm and inviting. Wondering very much how you finished these…I have some large chunks of butcherblock (oak? walnut? don’t know but free!) and have been looking for the perfect way to finish them…and this looks like It! The transformation of the whole kitchen is Stellar and amazing. Kudos! Apologies if you’ve covered this in previous posts? the search tool doesn’t lead me to anything promising. Please help?!ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, February 1, 2017 - 1:40 pm

      Thank you! We actually have a post coming up on how to finish butcher block counters. But if you are just looking to finish butcher block to use as a cutting board – we usually use Howard Butcher Block Conditioner.ReplyCancel

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