Mid-Century Kitchen Remodel

Maclay Gardens Area, Tallahassee
  • Walnut Cabinets and Quarts Tops
  • 48″ Range
  • White Oak Flooring Throughout Whole Home
  • Total Cost: $168,485.41

Designer: Brianna Browning

Mid Century Kitchen Remodel

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Mid Century Kitchen Project Overview

These homeowners are young parents and were trying to create a beautiful and durable home for their children to grow up in. While the layout stayed mostly the same we did make some important tweaks like a bigger island and a bar area. The mid century kitchen style isn’t the most popular trend today but we love how it came out. The walnut cabinets are gorgeous and the teal backsplash adds the perfect splash of color amoungst all that wood. 

The scope of work entailed removing and replacing elements such as the cabinets, counters, appliances, and lighting in the kitchen. A final touch to this remodel was the white oak flooring that now runs throughout the home.

Mid Century Kitchen: Before vs After

Drag the slider to see the transformation of this kitchen

Notice how the grain pattern matches vertically across the drawers and doors!

Before / After Floorplan

Contemporary Kitchen with Southern Style

Before Floor Plan

After Floor Plan

Two big improvements to the floorplan:

1. Creating a larger island to better utilize the empty space in the kitchen

2. Increasing the size of the range to better suit the size of the kitchen

Our Favorite Updates

Every remodel has a few striking features that make it stand out from the crowd. Aside from the stunning look of this mid century kitchen, here are a few highlights of this project that stood out to us. 

White Oak Flooring Throughout Whole Home

Previously, this home had dark hardwood in the communal spaces and white tile with very dark grout lines in the kitchen. All of this flooring was replaced to create a brighter and more cohesive style to the entire home.

Sun Room Before

Before: The old hardwood flooring needed replacement


After: The new white oak flooring is stylish and will last much longer

New Home Bar

The backsplash, floating shelves, quartz countertops, and wine fridge come together to turn this previously unorganized space into a dedicated home bar. Does every home need its own bar? No. But is it a beautiful feature that elevates the style of the space? Absolutely!

Contemporary Kitchen with Southern Style

Before: This area was a catch-all for appliances

Contemporary Kitchen with Southern Style

After: This area became a dedicated home bar with beautiful floating shelves

Espresso Cabinet

Our new favorite way to store appliances. Some cabinet companies call this an ‘espresso cabinet’ other just call it a ‘pocket door cabinet’.

Its a tall cabinet with lots of storage that sits on the countertop. It has two doors that slide into hidden pockets when open so they are out of the way. 

This picture also really highlights the beauty of the walnut and the wood grain that is pattern matched vertiall across the doors and drawer…. a super cool detail.

Contemporary Kitchen with Southern Style

Closed: The espresso cabinet blends into the rest of the mid century kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen with Southern Style

Open: Pocket door fold out of the way for easy access storage. 

Tall Cabinet with Adjustable Rollouts

Tall cabinets with rollouts provide great storage for pantry items and small appliances. These rollouts are adjustable… you can change the location easily with any tools. Simple remove them, pick a new location and put them back! 

Mid Century Kitchen Organizers

Tall Cabinets with Rollouts provide great storage. Just one 36″ Rollout provides as much storage as 6 feet of regular upper and lower cabients. 

Slat Wood Hood and Bookmatched Grain Pattern

The slat wood hood adds a a sublte focal point to the range (the range being 48″ wide makes it pretty dramatic already!). Another sublte feature if the way the woodgrain is matched across the drawer fronts and doors. 

Details like this really surprise and delight new visitors to the kitchen. 

Mid Century Kitchen Book matched grain

Notice how the grain pattern flows across the drawer fronts and doors? 

48″  Gas Range

Gas ranges are popular for their even heating, high heat output and temperature adjustment. This range is 48″ wide providing plenty of burner space and two side by side ovens. 

Transitional Kitchen Update

Before: The old electric range and microwave hood wasn’t fit for a kitchen of this size

Transitional Kitchen Update

After: Having a dedicated hood, double ovens, and a gas range makes this kitchen more beautiful and functional

Start to Finish: Pictures from the Project

Scroll through the gallery below to see pictures from design thru completion. 

Click the image above to scroll thru the ‘story’ of this project. 

Timeline, Challenges and Solutions

Project Start

May 16th, 2022

Estimated Completion

September 28th, 2022

Actual Completion

August 26th, 2022

Initially, this project looks like it finished ahead of schedule. However, the project was able to start a month ahead of schedule, meaning our original estimated completion date was based around the project starting in early June. Our cabinet company was able to get us cabinets quicker than expected so we moved the job up which was great for everyone!

We had a bit of surprise at demo… the wood floors we were removing had been installed with a urethane glue that bonded the floors to the subfloor. There was no way to remove the flooring without severely damaging the subfloor so we wound up just removing the subfloor and replacing it. This added cost to the proejct and required a change order. Fortunately our demo crew was very efficient and the increased cost was minor.

We did have one other hiccup on this project and that was a delay in getting gas run to the house. Part of that process rely’s on the city connect the gas from teh street and installing a meeting. Usually that goes pretty smooth but for this project the city was running behind and it took a few extra weeks to get it done.

After the project was complete there was an issue with the hood insert… the hood was noisy… we reached out to Bobby Dollar Appliances and they are processing a warratry repair or replacement.


Project Costs

Initial Budget: $146,942.00

Fixed Price Proposal: $167,199.29

Change Orders: $2,982.65

Final Project Cost: $168,485.41

Cost Details

The initial Good-Better-Best budget for this project was $146,942.00 while the final total was $168,485.41.

Often times, budgets will increase during the design phase of the project due to selections made by the homeowner. Things like quartz countertops, hardwood flooring, and higher quality cabinets are the reason for this.

After the final contract was signed, there were three different change orders that also increased cost. The largest of these costs was the removal and replacement of the subfloor in the dining room after the original subfloor had been damaged.

Cost Breakdown

  • Installation Labor 30% 30%
  • Fixtures and Materials 40% 40%
  • Design and Project Management 13% 13%
  • Overhead and Profit 13% 13%
  • Shipping and Sales Tax 4% 4%



The cabinets in this homeowner’s kitchen are a Stockholm door style made of walnut with a Bourbon stain from Bellmont’s 1900 line.

The cabinet hardware is Richelieu’s Contemporary Metal Pull in a brushed nickel finish


The countertops in this homeowner’s kitchen are Silestone’s Eternal Statuario in a suede finish.


The tile used for the backsplash in the kitchen is Fireclay Tile’s 2×8 Neptune tile.


The flooring laid down throughout the house is Tesoro Woods’ Great Northern Woods White Oak.


The pendant lights above the kitchen island are Circa Lighting’s Joan Large Pendants.

The under cabinet lighting was done using light bars from Task Lighting.


The gas range is the Smart Dual-Fuel Commercial-Style Range from Café Appliances.

The refrigerator is the Smart Counter-Depth French-Door Refrigerator from Café Appliances.

The wine fridge is the Café Beverage Center from Café Applainces.

Trade Partners

We’ve been developing relationships with quality trade partners for years. We tend to use the same subcontractors because we trust their work and have developed a great working relationship with them. This helps keep our projects running smoothly.

Demo: Great Southern Demolition

Plumbing: Capital Plumbing Contractors

Electric: Truevolt

Carpetry: CTR Custom Cabinet Built-Ins and Trim

Drywall: Hawkins Drywall

HVAC: Watts Cooling Heating and Plumbing

Tile: Keys Tile

Painting: A Different Stroke By Kenneth 

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