kitchen renovation

Our Kitchen Tour Before & After

Hello from our finished kitchen! It has been a journey to get here, but I’m thrilled to share the full tour and also take a look back at where we started. The concept of home as a sanctuary has always been important to me but now, in the current state of things, I feel that it is crucial. This kitchen has never seen such heavy use as it has in the past couple weeks and I count myself very lucky to feel like my best self in it. I think nothing helps someone feel more at home than a space that is a true reflection of themselves, a place they feel comfortable in. This kitchen couldn’t be more me. We poured ourselves into this kitchen, doing much of the work ourselves, but also splurging on some favorite details. I worked with Café Appliances to bring my dream kitchen to reality with their Matte White appliances and warm bronze appliance hardware (has there ever been a more me color palette? See the inspiration here). I ruminated over the details for months (pretty sure we used the kitchen without cabinet hardware for a good 6 of them) and while the bulk of the renovation was finished in 5 months, it took me another 7 to decide on and implement the finishing touches like the back plaster wall, the brass island panels and the hardware. I was originally planning to use my own brass hardware from my line with Park Studio but when I got my mind set on the brass island panels, it would have been brass overload. I wanted the warmth and softness of the wood ceiling brought down to the cabinets so really, my only choice was to get my hardware collection made in wood. I adjusted the designs to work with the new material and then tapped a local fabricator to make the prototypes. From there a new wood sss hardware line was born. We are still working on a larger production run, but they will be available this spring!

The new layout of the kitchen came quickly and easily. I had drawn up the plans before we ever set foot in the house! (see the floorplan before and after). I always knew I was going to utilize our “modern beaded” cabinet fronts from my line with SemiHandmade. They are my take on a traditional beadboard. With cleaner lines and wider spacing it brings texture into the cabinet but still has a modern feel. Two years ago I teamed up with Semihandmade to create the collection because they make high quality doors and drawer fronts that fit onto Ikea kitchen boxes, which brings a higher end look more accessible (and because we have worked together on many projects before and they are just good people. I only work with the good ones, ;) and I am elated to be able to finally use them in my own kitchen (you can see them in some of my client kitchens here, here, here and here). Even if you aren’t a kitchen designer you can use the Ikea Kitchen Planner tool fairly easily or get help in store. How it works is you purchase all the boxes, hinges, legs and interior organization pieces from Ikea and then you get the cabinet doors and drawer fronts from SemiHandmade, as well as filler panels, plinth (toe kicks), and any spacers needed, for the look of a custom kitchen for less than a custom kitchen budget. You can read more about the process  here and see the beginnings of my first project with them, our LA kitchen from 2013.

But now… let’s take the tour!

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Bri’s low-lift kitchen reno

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelI am often asked for advice on how to update kitchens on a budget or without too much work and with this kitchen we pulled out all the tricks. It is the kitchen of Bri Emery of Design Love Fest, we gave her kitchen a major upgrade with almost no heavy lifting and I’m here to tell you all the secrets.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelFirst thing first, we got pretty lucky… when Bri and I met to chat about what she wanted to do in her kitchen, the first thing I checked was who made her existing cabinets and we both celebrated when we found out it was already an Ikea kitchen. The reason for the big celebration was because that meant we could use the SemiHandmade doors and drawer fronts that I designed without having to change out any of her cabinet boxes (which also meant we didn’t have to touch the beautiful marble countertops either).  All we had to do was swap out the Ikea doors and drawer fronts for the SemiHandmade ones for a different look. It really is the ultimate Ikea hack.

When Bri bought the house it had just undergone a complete renovation. The finishes were well chosen for a flip so while they might not have had a ton of personality, the kitchen wasn’t offensive in anyway. There was already the great marble countertops (remember how when I did her dining room we added an overhang behind the range so we could add a seating area with stools?) but when paired with white semi-gloss flat cabinets, white shiny subway tile, and brushed nickel/stainless hardware, overall the space was pretty cookie cutter. It didn’t reflect the personality or style that Bri is known for.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelAnother simple way of updating a kitchen that we’ve all heard 100 times, but if you haven’t tried you will be surprised as to just how much it works, is switching out the cabinet hardware. The silver ones she had were nice and modern but by using a more unique shape and color, the whole space fees more bespoke. We used the hardware I designed for Park Studio in the half moon, and the ottawa.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuela kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelNext was where things did get a little construction dirty but for a full kitchen update it was pretty minimal and only took a couple days (like 3!). We had her backsplash demolished and re-tiled with this stunning Tabarka Studio tile. It is a cement tile with a brass inlay and after mulling over the backsplash tile for months, we saw this one and knew it was it. I then created a more unexpected pattern using them vertically on one half and horizontally on the other half, having the pattern meet in the middle on the diagonal.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelAnd finally, in order to utilize some vertical wasted space, we added a SemiHandmade floating shelf above a bank of cabinets to give her some extra surface area for storage and utility items.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuelIf all that is still too much for your budget or time commitment and you are desperate for a change in the kitchen… lay down a new rug, and pick some fresh flowers for an instant kitchen pick me up.

Shop the look:
Cabinet Doors by Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade, On Ikea Cabinets // Hardware by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Park Studio // Tile by Tabarka Studio // Stools from All Modern // Glass Storage Canisters  // Mortar and Pestle by Sheldon Ceramics 
Pink vase by Lux Eros // Cutting Board

Images by Tessa Neustadt

Here’s a look at a couple side by side before and afters.

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuel
This is facing the opposite direction but you get the idea…

a kitchen renovation in a few days // updating design love fest's kitchen with sarah sherman samuel

And let’s not forget about what we did in the dining room right next door…

 

Read all about the dining room here. 

And her back yard patio, here.

Client Mad Sugar Ranch Kitchen Reveal

sarah sherman samuel // semi-handmade // client madsugarranch kitchen reveal I’ve got a real cobbler with no shoes situation going on over here, I’m just an interior designer with no kitchen and no furniture (wah). The good news is, we made it to our new (old) Michigan house, the bad news is, our stuff has not… yet (hopefully soon). The other good news is I have my latest finished renovation project to share with you and it is giving me life. It is also giving me all the heart eyes. It is the first finished residential kitchen where I got to use my signature cabinet door line with SemiHandmade and my hardware collection with Park Studio!

My client, Eden Passante of Sugar and Charm and her husband Zan worked with architect Greg Coleman (who I love and worked with when we thought we might add a second floor to our LA house) to rework a cramped and dated kitchen to open it up into a spacious kitchen and dining room. They added square footage along with re-working the entire layout. Eden then brought me on board to design the new kitchen and dining room and I couldn’t be more excited with how it turned out.

sarah sherman samuel // semi-handmade // client madsugarranch kitchen reveal We refinished the old solid oak hardwoods to breath new (lighter) life into the space. Fireclay brick tile in Olympic goes all the way from the countertop to ceiling which brings some old charm to the brand new space. Eden’s aesthetic is modern but not without character which is why the line of modern beaded cabinet doors from my line with SemiHandmade was the perfect fit for the space. We used IKEA boxes and then Semihandmade for the fronts – my favorite, and ultimate, IKEA hack.

SemiHandmade also made the custom Oak floating shelves and large farmhouse sink was a score on Overstock. Eden is BIG on entertaining so Caesarstone countertops were a no brainer for their durability and beauty. Her slab is called Statuario Maximus.

mad sugar ranch kitchen // sarah sherman samuel

GET THE LOOK: Cabinet Doors by Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade in “desert grey” // Faucet // Hardware by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Park Studio // Sconce by Cedar & Moss // Floating Shelves by SemiHandmade // Brick Tile by Fireclay in Olympic // Quartz Countertops by Caesarstone – in “Statuario Maximus” // Black Mixer by Kitchenaid // Leather Counter Stool by Serena & Lily // Sink from Overstock // Vintage Rug // Fruit Bowls from Anthropologie 

Right off the kitchen, the dining room is an extension of the space. We found this stunning vintage rug from Old New House which is a showstopper and makes the room. I also convinced her to spring for my favorite Josef Hoffman dining chairs which are a match made in heaven. Designed in the 1920’s and still SO current, it is amazing to see furniture design like this stand the test of time.

DINING ROOM SOURCES: Chandelier // Dining Table from Article // Print by Kevin Russ from Urban Outfitters  // Dining Chairs from DWR // Rug is vintage from Old New House // Sconces by Cedar & Moss  //

And because the before and after’s are the best part… here is a look at where we started.

BEFORE

A pretty insane overhaul right? The roaming chickens might be my favorite part but the whole project is doing a good job of tiding me over until I get my own dream kitchen.

Read more about the renovation over on My Domaine today!

Photos by Zan Passante 

A-frame Finished Kitchen Update!

a-frame finished kitchen renovation semihandmade sarah sherman samuel As promised, I wanted to finally share the final images of our A-frame kitchen! We put the last final touches in the room like a rug and, most importantly, the hardware (from Ikea!) and you might also notice that we upgraded the cabinet fronts to my SSS signature collection with Semihandmade! Just in time for us to sell the house. Wha whaaa ha! But I love having the detail of the grooves and how it elevates the whole space with that extra layer of subtle pattern. And since we already had the Ikea cabinets in there, it was a super easy update by just swapping out the doors. 

a-frame finished kitchen renovation semihandmade sarah sherman samuela-frame finished kitchen renovation semihandmade sarah sherman samuela-frame finished kitchen renovation semihandmade sarah sherman samuelThis green color isn’t available yet, as we are still developing it, trying to get the perfect shade (I got the first test run!) but we are hoping to have “juniper” ready this year. If you’re dying for the green color you can always go with Semi-handmade’s DIY route, like what I had in here before and paint the fronts or have them painted to whatever color you wish. It’s a big deal to get a custom color done with thermafoil and to get it to pass Semihandmade’s high quality standards, so it’s still a work in progress at the moment. 

But lucky for the new buyer! And actually lucky for me too, because we happen to be friends with the new owners and will still be revisiting this place in the future! (are you sensing a trend? We also revisit our Michigan cabin each summer even though we sold it a few years back. What can I say, I get attached. ha) Anyway… I’m excited to share that Caroline and Jayden (of team Woodnote) and her brother Robert are the proud new owners of #samuelaframe! You might remember them because they are also part owners of light lab the creative space I designed a couple years back and that wasn’t even the first time we worked together. You might also remember they shot one of the very first lookbooks from my product line, which was then called “a sunny afternoon” and we also have our print collab too! 

a-frame finished kitchen renovation semihandmade sarah sherman samuela-frame finished kitchen renovation semihandmade sarah sherman samuelAnd guess what?! lucky for everyone they are going to be renting it out a la Airbnb, which we had always intended to do but instead sold it so we can get a bigger main house for our newly expanded family. I will be sure to update this post with a live link when they are ready for renters and since we will be taking most of the furniture with us you guys will get to follow along on how we are going to make this space a whole lot more colorful to fit Caroline, Jayden & Robert’s more bold and playful aesthetic. That’s right we are going to go ahead and redecorate the whole place. Stay tuned! Oh and more on our future family plans soon too! 

To see all of our A-frame renovation posts, and before and after’s check here.

Sources: Cabinet Doors by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Semihandmade // Hardware from Ikea // Rug is vintage from Frances Loom // Tile by Fireclay Tile (2×6 in Calcite) // Faucet from Homary // Cabinet doors and drawer fronts by Semi-Handmade (DIY slab style) // Range and self circulating range hood by Ikea // Countertops from Ikea  // Floating Shelf from Semi-Handmade // Sink from Ikea  // Sconces by Cedar and Moss  // Fridge by Kitchenaid // Paint color is “Polar Bear” by Behr on walls and “Chard” on cabinets // Wood Cutting/Serving boards by Sarah Sherman Samuel

A-frame Kitchen Before & After

We finished our A-frame cabin awhile back, just in time for the Sunset Mag cover shoot in August (still pinching myself on that) but we had quite the busy end of the year trying to wrap up a bunch of projects before our Clover girls’ arrival and I realized I never got a chance to share the full kitchen reveal!

Well almost full reveal. We still haven’t put hardware on the cabinets because I had the hardest time deciding and now that I designed my own, I can’t wait to get over there and put them on. I am also dying to put a rug down in there as well, but you get the picture. I’ll share the fully styled photos when I have them but I wanted to post these before I make an exciting announcement tomorrow! Plus I HAD to share this before and after. It is definitely one of the more dramatic transformations.  READ MORE

Trullbrook residence kitchen 90% reveal!

tullbrook residence kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samuelGreen tweed marble, herringbone floors, gold fixtures… these are a few of my favorite things and I’m so thrilled to be able to share the ALMOST finished kitchen of my clients at the Trullbrook residence which has all three and more. We are still waiting on a custom built banquette, which is in the works, but I am impatient and couldn’t wait to share at least a peek at the finished portion of the space. More to come soon!

tullbrook residence kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samueltullbrook residence kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samuelThe Green Tweed marble on the backsplash and countertops kick an all white kitchen up a notch and anchoring it with the dark green floors make it even more special. I added small touches of wood with the butcher block island and the floating shelves as well as the gold Schoolhouse Electric hardware to warm up the cool tones in the rest of the space.

tullbrook residence kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samueltullbrook residence kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samuelThe entire “before” kitchen was demo’ed and we started fresh, first with the new Fireclay brick tile floor and then with the new cabinets. Last time we checked in the floor was just being laid and the cabinet boxes placed and now we are so close to the finish line, with the banquette and new bistro table and chairs being the last addition needed.

You might remember from the original post and before photos that we have now removed the peninsula, removed a double wall oven that also made the room feel tight (replacing it with a 48″ range) and extended the entire footprint of the kitchen (which isn’t seen here yet) but you can get an idea of where the banquette will be in the above photo.

tullbrook residence kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samueltullbrook residence kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samuel tullbrook residence kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samuelThe floating shelves that flank the new pass through window help to open up the space as well and give just enough space to display some favorite items and I still can’t get over the gorgeousness of those floors.

tullbrook residence kitchen renovation // sarah sherman samuelFor all of the progress on the Trullbrook residence so far, check here.

Shop the look:
Cabinet doors and drawer fronts by SemiHandmade on Ikea Cabinets // Brick Tile Floor in “Northwoods” by Fireclay // Pendant Lights by Schoolhouse Electric // Hardware by Schoolhouse Electric // Butcher Block Countertop from Ikea // Marble backsplash and countertop is called Green Tweed  // Oak Floating Shelves by SemiHandmade // Kitchen Faucet by Waterstone // Range by Thermador // Sink from Ikea 

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel