2013 reader remodel contest kitchen winner after remodel with open shelving, pendant lights, tile backsplash, white cabinets, hanging pots and pans on walls, farm sink
Photo: Andrea Rugg
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Best Kitchen Redo: U-Shape Plan

Since it was a small kitchen, we wanted to make it feel brighter and more open. We plotted out an efficient U-shape layout for our new IKEA cabinets, appliances, and butcher block, all of which we installed ourselves. In fact, the only work we hired out was the plumbing, the floor refinishing, and the installation of the marble countertops. The stove went where the sink had been, and we reconfigured the windows along that wall to bring in light from both corners. We installed French doors to the deck and closed off a nook by putting in a pocket door to form a pantry. Even though we didn't technically change the size of the kitchen, it felt much bigger.

Shown: Jenn hand-planed old barn wood to make the open shelves.

Faucet: AquaSource; Lowe's
Cabinet hardware: SIgnature Hardware
Backsplash: Subway tile; Home Depot
Mosaic tile: The Tile Shop
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