Flip Property – Kitchen Renovation Before and After

It’s been a long time coming but we’re finally able to share our kitchen renovation journey from a recent house flip. This was in a two story traditional home with a lot of charm in a nice neighborhood, it just needed some help. So we decided to update several cosmetic features, like the floors, wall paint and finishes, while also adding a few extras along the way.

Here’s some before pictures of the kitchen… and no there’s nothing much to see here!

before picture of kitchen

Kitchen at start of renovation

another angle of kitchen before the renovation

Kitchen Renovation Phase 1: Planning

So typically with flips, Joshua finds the property, completes a lot of the work itself and manages the overall project, and I (Dejene) come up with a style and design plan.

The two major kitchen projects were: 1. We knew we wanted to tear down the wall between the kitchen and living room to create a more open kitchen layout. Then 2. add in a kitchen island to add more storage space since there was a limited area for cabintry along the kitchen wall.

For the overall design, we wanted to keep the colors neutral and create a light, open space. With flip properties, sometimes it is best to present a clean neutral slate for the new owner to visualize their own style. So we chose beige cabinets, stainless steel appliances and black fixtures.

Kitchen Renovation Phase 2: Demolition

Even though the previous owner had already started to gut the place, there was still quite a bit of demolition to do since we wanted to get rid of the wall that separated the living room and kitchen.

After a seemless demolition, Joshua decided to replace some of the drywall as part of the reinstallation process. Also since a wall was removed, he added in a ceiling beam in its place. Another update was the window in the dining/breakfast area near the patio door was resized.

Next the electric and plumbing was reconfigured in the remodeled space. This was especially important for the new kitchen island, which would include a sink and dishwasher.

Kitchen demolition

another angle of kitchen demolition

Kitchen Renovation Phase 3: Flooring and Paint

The next phase was to install flooring, replace the trim and paint the walls. We decided to continue the same laminate flooring (Home Depot A&A Trinity Mocha Laminate Wood Flooring) into the kitchen that was installed throughout the entire first floor for continuity. It also allowed the space to flow seemlessly into the living room, especially now that there was no longer a wall separating the two rooms.

For the trim, we have been using Polar Bear by Behr for almost all of the projects we do. In our opinion, it is a perfect shade of white trim for a home and goes well with the wall colors we choose. For the kitchen walls, we chose the color Crisp Linen by Behr.

kitchen drywall

kitchen floor and drywall


Kitchen Renovation Phase 4: Cabinets, Island and Appliances

For the cabinets, we chose the Nantucket Linen shaker-style cabinets from our local discount home improvement store. Nantucket Linen is a soft, neutral standard, beige-colored shaker style cabinets and gray granite countertops for this reno. we use local suppliers in the area who provide both standard and custom options. 

The cabinets we ordered came painted already, but needed to be assembled. This took some time but saved money in the long run.

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cabinets being assembled

Kitchen Renovation Phase 5: Final Touches

Lastly are the finishes. Since this was a flip house, I wanted to keep everything as neutral as possible. Since we decided on a soft white/beige color for the cabinets, so I wanted to add a black accent color for the cabinet hardware for contrast.

Here are the links to the different items we chose:

Once the finishes were installed, here is what the kitchen looked like:

White Kitchen Remodel with Stainless Steel appliances

stove and oven and kitchen island

finished kitchen reno

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Did our story inspire you to finally start your own renovation but you’re not sure where to start? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Planning a Home Renovation which features a planning guide, step-by-step information and other helpful links to give you all the tools needed to jump into your own renovation project!


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