This post is in partnership with Lowe’s.
Both the kitchen and mudroom renovations were completed in tandem, which allowed us to think of these two rooms – separated only by a cute pink pocket door – as a whole. On paper, they perform two unrelated functions; one is a place of cooking, simmering and gathering, whereas the other is home to greetings and hugs, piles of coats and mounds of shoes. But as we began to brainstorm the design of these spaces, we knew they would shine the brightest if only they could work together. As we sketched ideas for cabinetry and layout, we quickly realized that not only would the same style of drawer fronts allow the rooms to feel like an extension of each other, but so would a unifying color. And as you saw in our mudroom reveal, we were even able to extend our kitchen pantry alongside the mudroom bench!
Follow along with our Lowe’s experience from the beginning:
our initial design meeting | how we pieced together panels + fillers | how we shopped for durable countertops | how we built thick floating shelves | our DIY subway tile backsplash | the mudroom reveal
We worked closely with our Lowe’s Design Specialist to come up with a plan that felt effortless, fuss-free and, of course, practical. During the meeting with our Design Specialist, it was so helpful to see so many of the options available to us at Lowe’s! We browsed the staged kitchens in-store, opened cabinets and drawers and compared range hood A versus range hood B. There were a few rounds of revisions, and we debated everything from colored cabinets to black granite countertops to more drawers to less cabinets. We stayed up late second-guessing our choices, re-sketched our ideas and relaxed when we re-remembered why we chose X, Y and Z. With every revision, we were shown how the budget would break down, and this allowed us to hone in on the options that were the most important to us (such as deep drawers in our base cabinets ) versus options that we weren’t (like excessive upper cabinetry). The expansive selection and configurations available at Lowe’s allowed us to stretch our budget to create our dream kitchen. You can see how the budget breaks down right here!
Now that both rooms are complete(!), we can look back and say that all the achey muscles and moments of overwhelm were worth it. Now, it’s time to enjoy it. Psst: All sources are listed at the bottom of this post.
The Kitchen Before
The Kitchen After Demolition
The Kitchen Now
When we discovered that the original 1930s Douglas fir floors were hidden underneath the vinyl, we might have freaked out. We knew there was no way we could have this knowledge and ignore it, so we did what any sane person would do, and we decided to refinish all the floors! Although it was a somewhat unexpected expense, it drastically changed the entire look and feel of Tree House. We brought a sample of our reddish-toned flooring to our Lowe’s design meeting, which helped us to land on Kraftmaid cabinets in the Cayden style, Dove White with a Suede finish (which has a lower sheen). To bring some contrast above our mostly white quartz countertops, we chose a warm gray subway tile with bright white grout.
The former kitchen was fully stocked with upper cabinets, and in this small room, it felt very heavy. We’ve always loved the look of open shelving, and we agreed that Tree House was the perfect place to put that look into practice! For now, we’ve loaded them up with a mix of lesser used items up high (such as pitchers and serving bowls) and frequently used items down low (such as coffee mugs and a jar of dog treats).
To the right of our range is our only upper cabinet, and it sits above our panel ready counter-depth refrigerator. You can see in the ‘before’ photos that the fridge we initially inherited was full size, and as a result, it sat directly next to the oven, also jutting out past the side wall. To give our range breathing room, we added a 12″ wide spice drawer between the two, and we added a side panel to the left of the counter depth fridge for a more built-in look.
Our only regret is that because it’s panel ready (meaning that it can be customized to have matching cabinet fronts on the doors), it should have been installed inside an appliance box. In doing so, the fridge would have been raised off the floor to allow for a toe-kick underneath (you can see how this is missing above and below). We didn’t know this, and because this isn’t super common in our area, we think this is why our designer may not have known either. So now, we all know, and no one will make our mistake moving forward!
Across from the fridge, the peninsula got a major overhaul with a new shape! It’s 4′ at its widest point and 3′ deep, and we allowed for an overhang to accommodate two counter-height stools. The peninsula is the same Kraftmaid Cayden style as the rest of the kitchen and mudroom, but we chose a Natural Suede finish, which ties into the Natural accent behind the mudroom bench.
When sitting at the peninsula, we love that you can catch a glimpse of pink from the front door!
The dishwasher is also panel ready (you can see it below on the far left), and we were so excited to add an apron front sink to our setup! Here’s a fun fact: The sink we chose can be retrofitted to a standard sink base cabinet, meaning that we didn’t have to special order a farmhouse sink base cabinet. This also means that if you have a standard cabinet and non-apron front sink now, you can add this specific sink to your current setup! We also opted for a touchless matte black faucet above, which plays nicely with our freshly painted window frames and black accents throughout both spaces.
Aside from changing the shape of our peninsula, the layout of the kitchen before our renovation was already awesome. We added the dishwasher and moved around a few electrical outlets, but the bulk of our plans relied upon what was already in place. (And how sweet is the beadboard ceiling?) It’s open to our living room, and it makes us feel so warm and fuzzy to cook (and to drink and to sing and to dance) in here!
View From Mudroom Before
View From Mudroom Now
Kitchen Peninsula Before
Kitchen Peninsula Now
Our most sincere thank you to Lowe’s for allowing us to share this process on our little corner of the web, and all the same to you for your feedback, encouragement and creativity along the way. We hope that you’ve found our renovation helpful – whether you’re in the midst of your own or embarking on one in the future! – and please let us know if there is anything else we can answer! Hover over image below for shoppable links.
Kraftmaid cabinets | quartz countertops | apron front sink | subway tile | pencil tile | bright white grout | floating shelves | range | range hood | panel ready dishwasher | panel ready counter depth refrigerator | matte black faucet | semi-flush ceiling light | pendant light | cabinet hardware | floral print | bear bottle opener | small vintage rug (similar) | clock | marble fruit stand | counter stools | amber soap pump | oak cutting board | coffee maker + jar | mineral mugs | salt + pepper grinders | enamelware | utensil crock | wood serving bowl | toaster | dutch oven