Before & After Stories: Kitchen Renovations

Welcome to our Before & After Stories feature. Everyone loves a dramatic transformation (including us!) but we too often find homeowners deterred from even considering a remodel because they believe that they can’t make much of an impact without undergoing significant structural changes.  Our goal with this series is to show you that even with restrictions or reuse of specific components, big transformations can still happen.

To kick off the series, we’re talking about kitchen renovations, featuring two kitchen remodel projects of ours in which several components were kept or reused without sacrificing the dramatic change our homeowners hoped for.



Located on a lake, this wonderful home had an interesting layout and a contemporary vibe. However, the main level needed updating. In addition to an outdated aesthetic, the kitchen also had additional pinch points when it came to function.

Kitchen Remodel Before and After Contemporary, Eden Prairie MN

Main functional issues:

  • Not enough functional storage & organization options
  • Seating for only two at a breakfast bar inconveniently located in the walkway from the garage/mud area into the home
  • Kitchen desk area not needed/utilized due to an office elsewhere in the home
  • Shallow pantry along wall provided awkward storage

Main client requests:

  • Lighting locations had to remain
  • Some appliances to be reused
  • Venting, gas, and plumbing locations to remain
  • Wallpaper to remain as it was throughout the majority of the main level

Improvements incorporated in design plan:

  • Removal of a small wall allowing the cabinets to wrap and replace the desk area
  • New kitchen layout to make room for seating for their large family, out of the walking path
  • Lots of organization and improved function within cabinets, taking advantage of the ceiling height
  • Matte quartz countertops and full height backsplash to reduce glare and add a bit of visual softness in the contrasting kitchen
  • Hidden coffee bar to minimize clutter on countertops

Visit our project portfolio to see more photos of this beautiful Eden Prairie, MN kitchen renovation.


Located in the outskirts of Lakeville, MN, this maple cabinet kitchen required an update and more character to fit the rest of the existing home. However, the cabinets were in great shape, and the layout worked perfectly for the client. This project really was all about small improvements with a big impact!

Lakeville MN Kitchen Remodel

Main functional issues:

  • TV located in the upper cabinet by the sink, taking away from functional space
  • Kitchen island used daily but in need of a refresh
  • Flooring was being upgraded to a new laminate, worthy of several large dogs

Main client requests:

  • Appliances to be reused
  • Lighting to remain
  • Backsplash and countertops to remain
  • Lighten up the kitchen space to better blend with the rest of the house featuring painted millwork

Improvements incorporated in design plan:

  • Moved TV over the fridge, utilizing unused storage space
  • Added bead board and furniture wrap detail to the island for added depth and interest
  • Professionally painted all kitchen cabinets
  • Replaced cabinet hardware
  • Kitchen updates that flow with the rest of the house to present an ‘original’ look

Visit the project portfolio to see more photos of this beautiful Lakeville, MN kitchen renovation.

Beautiful Changes Don’t Have to Come in Big Packages – Let Che Bella Interiors Help You Navigate Your Kitchen Renovation Project.

Kitchens are one of the most used spaces within a home.  If you are thinking about a full-on kitchen remodel or just a refresh for your Lakeville, Eden Prairie, or greater Twin Cities Minnesota home, there really is no ‘set’ path.  Each home and each homeowner is unique, and your solution should be unique as well.  At Che Bella Interiors, we know the right questions to ask and the right steps to take. Team up with our experienced designers, and we’ll guide you through the entire kitchen renovations process, taking into account any restrictions or requests you bring to the table, all without sacrificing aesthetics! Contact us today and let YOUR story become the next happy ending we help create!

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