Our wood, white and black kitchen has a classic feel with all the modern conveniences. Let’s take a tour!
We completed our Two Flat renovation last week, but we’ve only just begun rolling out all of the room reveals! The kitchens in both apartments were the last to check off our list, and now that they’re done, we can look past the (literal) blood, sweat and tears, and celebrate!
The kitchen design was created using the IKEA Kitchen Planner, and we opted for Semihandmade doors for the IKEA SEKTION cabinets. In Unit 1, we loved the modern mix of Semihandmade Tahoe doors from the Impression line (base cabinets) and Supermatte White (upper cabinets). Our FENIX™ countertop in Nero Ingo set the tone – the mood? – for the room, and everything else fell into place seamlessly around our base layer. I won’t keep you waiting any longer, and I’ll allow the photos to do most of the talking!
Note: A full source list can be found at the bottom of this post.
Unit 1 Kitchen | Before
Unit 1 Kitchen | During
Unit 1 Kitchen | Today!
If you turn around, the view before was a little more closed off, with a broom closet straight ahead, and a small bathroom to the right of that. Today, you can see where we’ve added a staircase that leads down to the den, and we’ve swapped the locations of the (still pink!) bathroom and (now pantry) closet!
Unit 1 Kitchen | Before
Unit 1 Kitchen | Today!
Removing the (Old) Pantry
The only major change we made to the kitchen layout was removing the old pantry, and making way for new. The former pantry was an addition to the Two Flat somewhere along the way, but because the house was vacant for so long (15 years, we were told), it had fallen into disrepair. You can see in this photo that the floor was visibly sloping, and there was a considerable amount of water damage:
Removing the old pantry gave us more flexibility in designing the layout, allowing us to hug the corner with additional cabinets. Of course, this also affords more counter space, which is always a big win.
Reconfiguring for a New Pantry!
Although we removed the old, we were sure to add new! The pantry shifted to the left of the cabinetry, and we even added a little kick:
Not only did we paint the pantry in a neutral plaid (this is easily one of my favorite DIYs to date), but Scott was able to salvage drops from our Semihandmade Tahoe panels to give the shelving a more custom look! We used the ubiquitous track shelving system that can be found at any big box hardware store, but the matching shelves make it feel extra special, we think.
Everything Plus the Kitchen Sink
Above the sink, we added this cheerful sconce to the 40″ tall(!) upper cabinets. The matte black countertops and white cabinets are a classic combination, and the amount of storage hiding behind those doors is still blowing my mind. Little ol’ me would need a step ladder to reach anything higher than the lowest two shelves (if this were my home, I’d tuck one in the pantry closet), but our goal was to allow for plenty of deep storage of lesser used items. Think: stand mixers, juicers and holiday table settings.
Open Shelving for Everyday Items
We imagine the open shelving, rod + hooks to hold everyday dishes, mugs, coffee, tea and anything else our tenant’s heart desires. I styled it up with big floofy stems, and I ached to add a gorgeous piece of art above the beadboard.
Alternate title for this corner nook? The Cookie Nook.
Building In the Range Hood
We bought this range hood insert and used Semihandmade panels in Supermatte White to match with the rest of the upper cabinetry. This was our first time doing this, and Scott built a simple box frame using 2″ x 4″ scrap lumber and attached the panels to that.
I followed up with a touch of spackle and touch-up paint over the nail holes. It was more straightforward than we imagined, which is always a nice surprise! Tip: Sherwin-Williams Pure White SW 7005 is a near perfect match for Semihandmade’s Supermatte White.
A Place for Everything (+ Everything In Its Place)
Don’t let this kitchen’s sleek exterior fool you! Hidden beneath the panels are a dishwasher and extra-wide pull-out cabinet beneath the sink – perfect for trash and recycling bins.
We were sure to include several small drawers near the range for silverware and cooking utensils, deep roomy bottom cabinets for pots and pans, and the corner cabinet has a large lazy Susan. Our preference is to use drawers whenever possible on base cabinets; no more lost items at the very back!
Despite the many hiccups along the way, we still came pretty close to our original mood board! Thank you for cheering us on every step of the way, sharing your projects with us and reminding us that it’s okay to change course mid-way if we need to. We appreciate you.
PS: You can see this kitchen renovation unfold from the beginning under ‘Room Makeovers’ in the menu bar.
Unit 1 Kitchen Sources
Paint + Cabinetry: Wall color is Sherwin-Williams Heron Plume SW 6070 | backsplash + trim color is Sherwin-Williams Pure White SW 7005 | FENIX™ countertop in Nero Ingo | IKEA cabinetry | Semihandmade base cabinet panels | Semihandmade upper cabinet panels | backsplash + shelving
Lighting + Accessories: ceiling pendant light | sconce | ORB ball knobs | ORB pulls | amber glass mugs | blue ceramic mugs | stainless steel cookware | ceramic canisters | large vase | marble cheese board (similar) | soap pump