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Tour the modern European kitchen from our Greystone project! Sharing lots of before and after photos, all the kitchen sources, and FAQs. You’ve likely seen this space quite a few times on Instagram, but I guarantee today’s post has never-before-seen photos. So keep reading!
To catch up on our modern European kitchen remodel, check out the following posts:
- Greystone Kitchen Remodel Design Plan, Moodboard + Before Images
- Kitchen Cabinet Latch Hardware Roundup
- Lighting at the Greystone House
- Beadboard Backsplash: Everything You Need to Know
- Cabinet Hardware Placement Guide
- How to Add Brass Gallery Rail to Open Shelving
Before and After
To start, let’s compare some before and after shots of our modern European kitchen. Move the slider in the middle to either side of the photo to see the before and after. Can you believe the transformation?!
Sources, by Category:
CABINETRY: Kitchen Cabinets: via contractor | Island Panels: Home Depot | Beadboard Paneling: Home Depot | Countertop: “Carrara” Quartz | Cabinet Knobs: Belwith Keeler | Cup Pulls: Belwith Keeler | Cabinet Latches: Belwith Keeler | Floating Shelves: Home Depot | Brass Gallery Railing: Paxton Hardware
FLOORING: LVP: Home Depot
APPLIANCES: Refrigerator: Whirlpool | Dishwasher: GE | Oven Range: Samsung | Range Hood: Amazon | Coffee Machine: Amazon
PLUMBING: Sink: BLANCO | Faucet: BLANCO
LIGHTING: Sconces: Lowe’s Home Improvement | Pendants: Kichler | Kitchen Lamp: Thrifted
DECOR: Ceramic Vase: Burke’s | Faux Hydrangeas: Thrifted | Kitchen Towels: HomeGoods | Decorative Soap Tray: Thrifted | Bamboo Dish Brush: Amazon | Soap Dispenser: DIY | Bamboo Cutting Boards Set: Amazon | Gold French Press: Amazon | Footed Bamboo Bowl: Studio McGee | Glass and Bamboo Storage Jars: Amazon | Salt and Pepper Grinders: Amazon | Wooden Cooking Utensils: Amazon | Brass Vase: Target | Kitchen Runner: HomeDepot | Black and White Art: Framed & Matted | Faux Greenery: Thrifted | Kitchen Island Stools: Amazon
Frequently Asked Questions
The Greystone kitchen remodel has received quite a bit of love (and hate) on Instagram, having gone viral in a reel. I’m addressing some of the frequently asked questions, below.
If you have a source question, please refer to the “Sources, by Category” section, above.
- How big is the kitchen? This kitchen was a little more than 200 square feet. It’s part of an 800-square-foot open floorplan that includes an entryway, living room, dining room and kitchen.
- How much did this kitchen remodel cost? The final cost was a little over $24,000. Most of the labor here was hired out, but this kitchen was part of a whole-house renovation, so costs like floors, plumbing, electrical are in the “general” category since they were upgraded across the entire home, and it’s impossible to estimate how much of that went solely towards the kitchen. So the $24K total is for the supplies and only some of the labor, like cabinet and countertop installation. I’m working on getting a detail cost breakdown on the blog, so stay tuned.
- Color and maker of the cabinets? The cabinets were RTA (ready to assemble). We ordered them through our carpenter, so unfortunately I don’t have a color name or manufacturer.
- Why didn’t you keep and reface the existing cabinets? I wanted the base cabinets to have mostly drawers for better functionality. Plus, we ended up shifting the footprint ever-so-slightly, so needed some different sizes than the original cabinets. At that point it didn’t make sense to try to keep and retrofit any existing boxes.
- Why did we sacrifice so much storage? This is perhaps the most-asked question, but we didn’t actually sacrifice storage. Yes, we eliminated upper cabinets, but in return we added an 8-foot island, appliance garage and a 9-foot, double pantry. So if anything, we gained storage.
- Where is the kitchen island from? We assembled the island using three 30-inch base cabinets and these ready-made island panels from Home Depot that we then color-matched to the rest of the cabinetry. Using ready-made panels allowed us to cut costs but achieve a custom look.
- How big is the island? The island is 8 feet long and 4 feet wide.
- Why didn’t we put in a a bigger window? A bigger window did not make financial sense in this case. The ROI simply wasn’t there. This space gets plenty of sunshine, as it’s part of an open 800-square-foot floorplan with windows and French doors along each side.
- Where is the microwave? The microwave is hidden inside the appliance garage.
- Where is the range hood? It’s integrated inside the wall-mounted cabinet above the range. This design choice helps focus the attention on the kitchen cabinetry and other design elements rather than the appliance itself. What’s more: It’s far less expensive than a completely custom wooden hood but is far more aesthetically pleasing than the exposed stainless steel alternative.
- How did we build the appliance garage? In short, we combined 42″ and 18″ wall cabinets and added side panels to disguise there being two separate cabinets.
- What material is the backsplash? We chose classic beadboard for the backsplash, painting it “Agreeable Gray” from Sherwin Williams. The backsplash adds the perfect dose of charm and warmth. This same material is also repeated on the back of the kitchen island to make the design element feel intentional and tie the space together. For more info on the backsplash, check out this post.