Before and After - Small Kitchen Turned Grand!

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Hi there! This is Coco from the COCOCOZY blog, here for another guest post! I’m so thrilled to be here on Interior Collective once again. Today, I bring you a wonderful kitchen transformation: a small dark kitchen turned into a functional and pretty space. Los Angeles based architect Tom Newman of Newman & Wolen reinvented this kitchen into what it is today. I personally took the "after" photos on my own private kitchen tour of this remodel!


Here are the before pictures of this kitchen. As you can see, the room was very basic. No style, some function - not at all the heart of the home that it could be.

Image: Newman & Wolen

Image: Newman & Wolen

Tom's client loves to cook and entertain, so she needed a space in which she could do both. The kitchen plan called for widening the space by removing an adjacent laundry room, changing the cabinets to bright white, and literally redoing all of the surfaces... from backsplash, to flooring, to counters. Here is the amazing after.



A key addition was the large kitchen island with a white Caesarstone a countertop. The island also includes a small counter that fits one counter stool - a place where the homeowner can enjoy a cup of coffee. The expansive work area now allows her to cook, entertain, and enjoy the space all at the same time.

In addition to new Caesarstone counters, the plan also called for an industrial style integrated stainless steel counter and sink - a high design touch.


Stainless steel appliances, a revamped breakfast nook, and lots of storage space round out this redo. The key here is that even a small kitchen can feel quite spacious with the right floor plan and proper choice of materials.

From blah and bland to bright and cheerful, this kitchen’s before and after shows you can successfully transform a small space into one that feels comfortably grand!

I Hope you enjoyed this little before and after. Looking forward to bringing you more tips and inspiration!


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  1. Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.

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  2. Andrea Elliott, my dream kitchen would be light and bright. Custom made lower cabinets, some upper with antique glass and open shelving. There would be rustic beams in a high ceiling, retro nickel lighting. Calcutta marble counters and a hand made tile backsplash. A antique piece special made for an island. Last but not least rustic wood floor. I can see it now!

  3. I love white kitchens – it reminds us to keep the cooking and preparing area clean! My dream kitchen would use Calcutta gold countertops with matching blacksplash tile (albeit in a mosaic type cut). Distressed wood island and French oak chevron floors. Top cabinets would have glass fronts or I would just use floating shelves made in the same distressed wood. I love the contrast between sparkly and distressed. Makes it so interesting to loo at.

  4. Absolutely love this. I have been wanting a Carrara marble counter in my new home; however, having had it before, I know it stains terribly. I had no idea Ceasarstone came in this gorgeous white. I’m definitely reconsidering.

  5. i love this redo…amazing use of space, esp widening the kitchen by getting rid of adjacent laundry room…removing walls when you can makes soo much of a difference! my dream kitchen would be similar modern open concept minus the carpet tiles…neutral doored cabinets w/ lacquer or modern wood grain finish & stainless hardware, oversized multi-purposed center aisle, built-in banquet storage seating, bar height counter for stools, seamless high-end designer surfaces, glass or metal backsplash, and integrated appliances that blend into the overall design & aesthetic. but of course a lot of would would depend on style of the house, trends at the time, and most importantly the size and layout of the space itself.

  6. I love the Caesarstone counter top, am wanting that for my kitchen counter soon. Lovely, lovely kitchen all of it!
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  7. I love the warmth and depth that the tile and stone lend to these designs!

  8. My dream kitchen (in a NYC apt) would be to have an open layout with ghost chairs stool. White cabinets with glass tile back splash and white chevron floors. It would be very organized to maximized the small footprint in a typical nyc apt. It would be a cook’s kitchen in a small space and open so that friends can mingle while I cook.

  9. Great flooring and finishes! Will the white trend stay forever? I sure hope so.

  10. I love the Island. My dream kitchen would have lots seating. Like you mentioned, people naturally gravitate toward the kitchen and its nice to have a place for everyone to relax and chat while fixing drinks and snacks.

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Coco, founder of COCOCOZY interior design blog and home furnishings collection, loves anything to do with creating beautiful, functional spaces for the home. Coco started her blog back in 2008 with a simple goal of providing design inspiration to her readers. Three years after starting the blog, she created a luxury home textiles collection that she designs and manufactures here in the U.S.