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The Open Kitchen Reveal in Our Waco Fixer Upper Home

I believe the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is why I am so excited to reveal our new Open kitchen in Our Waco Fixer Upper Home.

Waco Home Kitchen

This post is sponsored by Bed Bath & Beyond. All words, reviews, and opinions are mine.

I am finally ready to share the open kitchen in our Waco Fixer upper home. It’s light, airy and an open kitchen and I am so happy with the end result. Just so you can appreciate how far this kitchen has come, here is what it looked like when we bought the home.

before photo of kitchen

Not a lot needs to be said about this “before” photo. The kitchen used to be located in the back of the house but we extended the home an additional ten feet out the back. The entire left side of the house is where you will find the “common areas” (living room, dining room, and kitchen) and the new open kitchen is still located in the rear of the home.

Let’s look at some of the progress photos.

This photo shows what the room looked like before we added the addition on the back of the kitchen.

I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I was to find that gorgeous wood ceiling hiding under the drywall.


You can see in the photo here where we added on to the back of the kitchen.


As soon a s the windows were installed I knew we were going to have an amazing kitchen.


Insulation and electrical have been added. You can see the vintage wood I found that matched the existing ceiling. I was so happy when we found it.

I believe the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is why I am so excited to reveal our new Open kitchen in Our Waco Fixer Upper Home.

Our cabinets look simply amazing. Wow.


The Open Kitchen Concept

living areas in waco home

I went with a white kitchen because I love white kitchens. And I think they are timeless. I decided to go with an “open kitchen” concept and installed open shelves up top with lower cabinets. I  have always wanted open shelving in a kitchen and this was my chance! My island is a vintage find from the Round Top Antiques Show and the butcher block island top is from a local hardware store.

kitchen with island and open shelves

How to Outfit Your Open Kitchen with Bed Bath & Beyond

Long before our kitchen was complete, I put together a plan to outfit our kitchen. I designed it just as if the kitchen was my own, even though it will be rented as an Airbnb. I created a cleaning area, baking prep area, coffee area, and a serving area (the island). Furnishing a brand new kitchen is a huge task so I partnered with Bed Bath & Beyond and selected everything we needed in our kitchen for dining, cooking and entertaining.

I can’t even believe how well stocked our kitchen now is and I am thrilled I had the chance to entertain some friends! I hosted some of my closest blogging friends last weekend and I was thrilled to be able to cook for them. My guests included Sarah at Dreaming of Homemaking, Carissa at Bless this Nest, Amy with Cuter Tudor, Leanna with Life By Leanna, Karianne with Thistlewood Farms, Amy with Living Locorto, and Megan with TxSizedHome.

open kitchen in home

Starting with the Kitchen Basics

I started off by searching all of the kitchen items on the Bed Bath & Beyond site. Oh my gosh! They have so many products to choose from! The first item I chose was my everyday dishes. I chose the Bee & Willow™ Home Milbrook 16-Piece Dinnerware Set in White and also added some serving pieces such as the Bee & Willow™ Home Milbrook Serving Bowl in White. I love how these are stored in the lower drawers in the kitchen. They are so much easier to access!

white dishes in drawer

I also selected the J.A. Henckels International Madison Square Stainless Steel 65-Piece Flatware Set. I love this stainless flatware!

new silverware in drawer

One of the most important items in my kitchen are my knives. As a serious cook, I am really picky about my “tools” and I love my Calphalon® Classic Self-Sharpening 12-Piece Cutlery Set with SharpIN™ Technology.

knives in drawer

Baking Must Haves from Bed Bath & Beyond

The first items I cooked in our kitchen were blueberry muffins. I mixed the batter in the glass bowls from my 10-Piece Tempered Glass Nesting Mixing and Prep Bowl Set and baked the muffins in the muffin pan from the USA Pan Nonstick 6-Piece Bakeware Set.  I put all of my baking staples such as sugar and flour in Kilner® Square Clip Top Canning Jars and used the Baker’s Dozen 13-Piece Measuring Cups and Spoons Set. I also used various sizes of Pyrex® Measuring Cups.

baking blueberry muffins

The muffins look great on my Everyday White® by Fitz and Floyd® 11-Inch x 8-Inch Rectangular Tray. Don’t laugh but I chose seven serving pieces for our kitchen. When you entertain, serving pieces are a must!

kitchen island with muffins

My Favorite Meal to Make That Looks Way Harder Than it Is

I cooked the first dinner in my kitchen that evening and chose to make fresh pasta! I used my new KitchenAid® Artisan® 5 qt. Stand Mixer in White and the KitchenAid® 3-Piece Pasta Roller Attachment Set. If you don’t own these you should put them on your holiday list. Making fresh pasta is such a treat and once you make it you will never go back to the boxed kind! (And yes, I am pretty sure I have the only Airbnb with a KitchenAid and the attachments needed to make fresh pasta!)

serving pasta on the island

The wine glasses are Dailyware™ All-Purpose 18.5 oz. Wine Glasses (Set of 12) and I got the stemless glasses too. Their quality and prices are amazing.

small appliances

Must Have Small Appliances

In addition to the KitchenAid mixer, I selected on the Bed Bath & Beyond site what I consider are the “must-have” small appliances to our kitchen. This includes a KitchenAid® 5-Speed Classic Blender with Intelli-Speed™ Motor Control, a Cuisinart® 2-Slice Metal Toaster in Stainless Steel, and a Black & Decker™ 1.1 cu. ft. Microwaver Oven in White

toaster and blender

I placed the microwave in my vintage pantry and I love it there! (We can pretend I measured it beforehand. This was complete luck!)

microwave in vintage cabinet

I made breakfast the next morning! It was quite a feast and here is my friend Leanna enjoying the buffet!

breakfast served on the kitchen island

I was so excited to use my new Farberware® Millennium Nonstick Coated Stainless Steel 10-Piece Cookware Set. These pans are the best and much nicer than what we have at home!

new pans in the drawer

The Coffee Station

I think the most important area in our kitchen in the morning is the coffee station! 

coffee station

I love my new Keurig® K-Duo Plus™ Coffee Maker with Single Serve K-Cup Pod & Carafe Brewer. It makes a full pot of coffee and/or individual K-cups and we have this same one at home. The mugs are part of my Bee & Willow™ Home Milbrook 16-Piece Dinnerware Set in White. And the Keurig® Variety Pack Keurig® K-Cup® Pods (60-Count) were loved by everyone!

keurig duo

I hung the coffee cups on a vintage crib mattress spring. I love this!

bee and willow shite coffee mugs

One of the favorite items I ordered from Bed Bath & Beyond is the OXO 15-Piece Stainless Steel Kitchen Utensil Set. Remember I started with an empty kitchen. And this set had absolutely everything I needed to prep and cook.

  oxo kitchen utensils 

I hope you will add some of these wonderful kitchen items to your holiday wish list. I love my dream open kitchen in Waco and I am most excited that I get to share it with others!  We are so close to getting it listed as a short term rental. And I cannot wait.

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21 Responses

  1. I’m not a fan of open shelving, as I have a ton of kitchen goods. Open shelving tends to look cluttered and messy. This looks fantastic, though!

  2. Leslie,
    A fantastic kitchen layout and cooking utensils! All of your guests are going to love cooking at your Waco AirBnB. My extended family from Alabama want to come to visit me in the DFW area and travel to Waco. This would be a perfect place for us to stay.


  3. What an incredible transformation! Your beautiful kitchen is inviting and cheerful. I especially appreciate all of your creative touches including your coffee cup rack. The open concept is a perfect fit for your new home. What fun it has been to share in your journey. All of your guests can’t help but feel pampered with your thoughtful attention to details. You’ve created the perfect home for wonderful memories to be made. Congratulations, Leslie!

        1. Lizzy, I bought the vintage island as is at Round Top Antiques Fair, so I don’t know exactly what color it is.

  4. Hello! LOVE LOVE LOVE this kitchen and am dying to know where the kitchen shelving was purchased. The shelves and brackets are exactly what I’m looking for!!

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