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Dramatic Before and After Kitchen Reveal

If you follow me on Instagram you have seen a few sneak peeks of this dramatic before and after kitchen reveal. I also styled the kitchen for my post on Eight Easy Steps to Style Your Kitchen Like a Pro. Here is what the kitchen looks like now.

The kitchen before was confined to a dark little space whose footprint was smaller than where the island ends now.


The entire house was filled with dark paneling, dark ceilings, and shag carpet. The talented Hattersley Construction team opened up the entire space to create a large kitchen and family space. I will do a second post on the family area soon.

My clients chose a simple shaker style cabinet built by the talented Chris Cardenas of Shoreline Woodworks.

The house is nestled in the trees and has beautiful views so we wanted the interior color scheme to defer to the view rather than fight it.

Here is another before view of the cramped kitchen space. Don’t you love the pretty wallpaper and counters?

The same view after the remodel with the beautiful views of the surrounding trees.

The beams were original to the space.  The uber-talented Brian Ford and his crew, from Stephen Ford Painting, faux finished the beams to give them the character they were lacking and whitewashed the natural wood ceilings. The large beam seen below had to be added for structure.  The skylights were added for additional light.

Everyone on the job loved working with this couple and their adorable kids.

They wanted a family friendly space to cook and entertain. Counter stools are Palecek Hermosa available through Cindy Hattersley Design.

The barndoor on the left separates this space from the dining living area (not yet complete).

The counters are quartzite (the most durable of all surfaces).  They are pricey but this young family made them a priority for their beauty and durability.

All photos of this dramatic before and after kitchen reveal are by the talented Megan Alldis.  You can find more of her work here.

If you are interested in any of the items used in this kitchen.  I have included those that are available in my Shop the Look below.

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If you don’t already follow me on Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook I would love it if you would follow along.  Have a great weekend!

Reader Interactions


  1. Mary Ann Fort says

    We love it! Steve, Leo, and the team’s vision and perfection, and Cindy’s beautiful touch make it all that much more special when it comes together. What a team! We cannot say enough about the strong character of these people and the quality of their work. Thank you.

  2. Maria says

    This is great! I am inspired by all these ideas for the kitchen. Love the wood floors is that french oak? and love the stools.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Maria
      I do not remember what the floors are but I will go back and check my notes. Those Palecek stools are a favorite of mine as well.

      • Maria says

        Thanks let me know when you get a chance I’m going g to look at floors Friday with my builder!

  3. Lori Jo says

    What a fabulous look, so fresh, bright and happy! We have been in our house for 20 years, it was time for an update, so last year big changes happened. A lot of work, but worth it, still more to do! Loving your blog 😀
    Lori Jo – 50 With Flair

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Thanks Lori Jo. I have been in my own home for over 30 so I know what hyou mean about updates. Mine needs a few as well!

  4. Lisa says

    Cindy, what a transformation! It must be so gratifying to see your vision for this space come to life. So light, airy and warm!

  5. home before dark says

    Well, let the sun shine in! Beautiful, practical, elegant. Ticks my boxes. Congrats to a very talented team who created a youthful, harmonious space for this lucky family. BTW, love the barstools.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Pat
      The barstools are wonderful aren’t they? Thanks for the kudos. I will pass along to all involved!

  6. Cathy goldman says

    Feeling a need to be inspired, I opened your blog today. You never disappoint. What a beautiful transformation! I am sure your clients are thrilled.
    We are currently dealing with some needed repairs, but nothing as dramatic and beautiful as this. Congratulations on your success as a designer, blogger, trend-setter and grandmother. You work hard and are truly blessed.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Thank you so much Sandy! Great to talk to you the other day! We need to plan our next get together!

  7. LA CONTESSA says

    WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!!!!!!!!!
    YOU better watch out as all of CARMEL VALLEY will be HOUNDING YOU!!!!!!!

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Thank you my friend! Still thinking about the magical evening in your garden! Loved the post as well!

  8. Karen B. says

    Wow, I wouldn’t have guessed it was the same space. What a beautiful job you all did. I imagine the family is beyond thrilled with their new kitchen.

  9. Gail Storti says

    HOLY MOLY Cindy! What an amazing transformation from dark and dingy to bright and gorgeous! That would definitely be my dream kitchen! Hope we get to see more of this beautiful Hattersley Construction remodel!

  10. Marsha Scott says

    Isn’t it amazing !!! You guys were able to “take a new picture” of this space and it turned out beautifully. Loving the high ceilings, skylights, beams and the light look of everything. And, if they have children this room is definitely SUPER IMPORTANT. I loved seeing your work. Almost as much as I love you !! I’m just back from Memphis to visit one of my girlfriends whose husband is up and down with continued illnesses. I think she needed to “take a new picture” of her future and her own life from now on, and with the Lord’s blessing, I’m thinking we accomplished that. Sending love, Cindy !!!!

  11. debra@5th and state says


    what a transformation, I do not have enough adjectives to describe this space. so lovely, in every regard, lucky clients


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