browse all

a collection of my favorite clothing + shoes with shoppable links.


browse all

celiac friendly recipes, kitchen favorites & my tips + tricks



home projects, birthday themes, life on the ranch and more.

browse all



I have loved documenting our journey towards all things ranch life + raising kids rural.
Follow along as I share our favorite items, recipes, journal entries and more.

I'm Brittany


follow along

The Kitchen Before + After

posted by

Brittany Johnson

January 10, 2023

First things first, our Kitchen by no means needed a remodel. It was fully functioning and it served our family well during the first year here at the Ranch. We just felt that the heart of the home should feel more like us and loved the idea of rearranging the layout to achieve the flow and look we were going for.

There are still a couple things we would like to do (over time). But we are so happy with how the remodel came out! It was the first time we have ever used a contractor. We did the flooring ourselves as well as the design, but it was nice to have help on this one.

Like the true blogger that I am (insert sarcasm here) I forgot to take “before” photos.
So naturally, I snipped them from the listing images that you’ll see throughout this post.

Hillside Kitchen Before Image

The kitchen is quite literally in the center of our home. We have a true 1-story Ranch style house and the front door leads you straight down the middle. I didn’t necessarily love the previous “flow” of the kitchen. Some simple updates would have still made an impact aesthetically, but we were really looking to utilize the space in the best way possible. To avoid massive construction, we simply changed the layout from a square shape, to a rectangular shape to elongate the kitchen into the living room giving it a more open feeling.
We did utilize the same footprint of the before kitchen. There was only one wall that we slimmed back (non-load bearing) which allowed us to completely remove the peninsula portion of the kitchen that previous had the sink.


I love the open concept feeling that simply rearranging this kitchen presented. It allows me to be in the kitchen cooking, the kids can be doing homework at the table or watching a movie and no one feels left out. The kitchen is also right next to the dining room. So if we are ever entertaining, I wanted a big island that everyone could gather around with lots of food options down the center but didn’t want to clog the walk-ways with chairs. So we did not go for a “bar style” seating option in the island.
With the island being so long, the slab of quartz would have needed a seam. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a seam (we have one in the dining room slab). But for the island to remain clean and crisp, we decided to have a butcher block at the end for contrast and to allow one full seamless slab.

Hillside Kitchen Before Image

In this image, you can see how tight the space was. Lots of traffic when the hustle and bustle really picked up. The corner cabinet (to the right of the fridge) is where we cut the wall back to which eliminated the area where the previous sink and dishwasher were. By simply just redirecting the flow of the kitchen longways, it really opened up the room.
Also, by keeping the same footprint but rearranged, we didn’t really need to move water or power. It mostly all remained the same. But we do have a crawl space under our house which made things a little easier to move some things around.

Hillside Kitchen Before Image

The microwave above the oven was removed and a custom hood was framed and installed with venetian plaster overlay. We bulked up the hood vent liner (we did need an HVAC person to come out and do this part) and we added in a larger oven. Believe it or not, this is the exact same amount of space. We couldn’t make it any bigger due to the pantry to the right. The pull out drawers next to the oven were made smaller to fit the larger oven and we opened up the dry wall alongside the countertops to allow for a little bit of extra storage options.

Hillside Kitchen Before Image

This area was always a pain-point visually to me. The storage was awkward and the gap that remained after removing the mini fridge between the cabinets and the walk-way was so hard to fill with generic “decor”. It wasn’t appealing to my eye and drove me crazy.
I wanted to add another sink for hand washing, food prep, you name it. By elongating the cabinets to the end of the wall, we were able to add a sink and not lose storage options. We have a pebble ice machine to the left of the sink and a coffee station in the cabinet on the far left.
This section became more of a “wet bar” area. I love the way it makes the kitchen feel more tied together.


Although this kitchen remodel nearly took the entire year of 2022 and there were so many delays and back-ordered items, we are so happy with how it turned out and the decision to open up the heart of the home to meet our family needs.

If you are looking for any links to the items we purchased for our kitchen, head over to this blog post!

Comments +

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

GF Pretzel Recipe
featured post category

Making pretzels at home is definitely worth its weight especially when dipped in golden cheese. Make these from scratch and wow your tastebuds

featured post category

What a difference a little paint and Wood Veneer Hub wall panels can make. Take a look at our before and after of our gym project!

featured post category

My newest summer closet additions provided by none other than my favorite, Cleobella.

featured post category

Read a little bit about my health journey and how we are traveling the slow but steady race to find what works best.

featured post category

A delicious way to use up your garden’s chive blossoms while making a beautiful, homemade mayonnaise that everyone will love.

featured post category

The ins and outs of our complete kitchen remodel. I’ve linked what we purchased and explained our remodel process!



stay a awhile + read


check out our

animal sales

We have created a Western Lifestyle for our family. We share our journey on our Blog, Instagram and sell our Calves annually. 

Check out my