Amazing Before & After Makeover: Horse Stable Turned Kitchen

See the before and after photos.

baking ingredients in a kitchen
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Turning a former stable into a sophisticated kitchen, designer Mick De Giulio added modern touches and farmhouse style to the original country building. For more design inspiration, read the full kitchen designer interview.
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baking ingredients in a kitchen
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Before: The Stable
The barn in Lake Forest, Illinois, was turned into a kitchen and guesthouse.
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baking ingredients in a kitchen
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After: The Finished Kitchen
Designer Mick De Giulio repurposed the three horse stalls by giving each a function: one for storage, with a tall, freestanding pantry; one for cooking, with a wall oven; and one for cleanup, with a dishwasher, a sink, and cupboards for the dishes. "We just worked with what was there and had fun with it," he says. Antique Holophane pendants restored by .
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unfinshed interior
Before: Inside the Barn
The barn's interior needed a total overhaul.
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unfinished interior with door
Before: The Entry
The old door was turned into a pass-through to the outside eating area.
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unfinished barn interior
Before: The Raw Interior
Parts of the floor were nonexistent.
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rustic wood kitchen
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After: The Completed Kitchen
De Giulio designed the pot rack to resemble a wagon wheel, cut in half. Stools by covered in leather. The floor is reclaimed barn planks.
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barn kitchen stove area
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After: The Stove Area
The hood over 's CornuFé range is topped with a tongue-in-cheek stovepipe. Upper cabinets are just deep enough to hold vinegars and spices, masked by sandblasted glass.
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kitchen cabinets with chicken wire
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After: Creative Cabinets
Chicken wire, part of the barn vernacular, is used on cabinets in the cleanup stall. The sink and countertop are made of German silver, a softer metal often found in butler's pantries that's less likely to chip dishes. Victorian bridge faucet in brushed nickel.
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cutting board on countertop
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After: A Convenient Cutting Board
A cutting board is set into the countertop beside each sink, so it's always within reach. It can slide over the sink to make chopping easier or create more counter surface, and then the slot can become a drain board.
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kitchen sink with window above
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After: Farmhouse Style
The soapstone countertop, with integrated sinks, forms one long, clean line. De Giulio treats his soapstone with furniture polish.
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