The Open Kitchen Reveal in Our Waco Fixer Upper Home

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I believe the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is why I am so excited to share our open kitchen in our Waco Fixer Upper Home.

Waco Home Kitchen

I am so proud of 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 to 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. And paper.


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


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


Insulation and electrical were added as you can see in the photo below. 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.

I found the island at the Round Top Antique show. It cost $250 and it was an old store counter. I didn’t paint it as that is the original color. Eventually, I removed the wood top (seen below) and added a butcher block top.


The Open Kitchen Concept

How to Decorate for Spring

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.

living areas in waco home

I  have always wanted open shelving in a kitchen and this was my chance! Here you can see the butcher block island top which is from a local hardware store.

kitchen with island and open shelves

How to Outfit Your Open Kitchen

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 is rented as an Airbnb. I created a cleaning area, baking prep area, coffee area, and serving area (the island). Furnishing a brand new kitchen is a huge task and yet I selected everything online that we needed in our kitchen for dining, cooking, and entertaining.

I can’t even believe how well stocked our kitchen is and I am thrilled I had the chance as soon as the house was done to entertain some friends! I hosted some of my closest blogging friends 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

My shopping started off by searching all of the kitchen items online. 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 because I love this stainless flatware!

new silverware in drawer

One of the most important items in my kitchen is my knives. As a serious cook, I am really picky about my “tools” and I love my Farberware Stamped 15-Piece High-Carbon Stainless Steel Knife Block Set, Steak Knives.

knives in drawer

Baking Must Haves

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 Chicago Metallic Commercial II Non-Stick 6-Piece Bakeware Set, Silver.  My baking staples such as sugar and flour were placed in Kilner® Square Clip Top Canning Jars and I 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 DOWAN Large Serving Platter -14.5 Inches Serving Plates, White Rectangle Platters. 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 3-Piece Pasta Roller Attachment Set for the KitchenAid. 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 Wine Glasses (Set of 12) and I got the stemless wine glasses too. Their quality and prices are amazing.

small appliances

Must Have Small Appliances

In addition to the KitchenAid mixer, I selected what I consider to be 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

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 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

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I hope you will add some of these wonderful kitchen items to your kitchen. I love my dream open kitchen in Waco and I am most excited that I get to share it with others!  You can find information about our Airbnb/VRBO rental here.

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  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!!

      1. I was going to also ask where cabinets came from. This is exactly what I’m looking for. My kitchen is completely gutted due to some water damage. I have been at a loss for where I was going to get my cabinets. I will let you know if I order through them. Thank you for this information. Also where did you get your farm sink from?

        1. Glad to help, Kristen! I am sorry to hear about your kitchen but I hope this project is successful for you. Check out my blog post titled, “How I Found the Best Farmhouse Sink for My Kitchen”

      2. Did you get the base cabinets through them as well or just the front? I was going to purchase to IKEA but they are on back order and I don’t necessarily like the shake her fronts they offer. Thank you so much.

  5. I have a butcher block counter top in my kitchen too and I love your island. Did you treat your butcher block with anything?

    1. I used a sealer that I bought at Home Depot. I don’t remember the brand, 😳 just a basic sealer. It has held up beautifully!

    1. Thank you Renae. You would never believe that the after is the same home as the before! The ceilings were such a wonderful surprise!

  6. The Whole house is beautiful….you did an amazing job….I hope to one day soon have a girls trip to Waco and stay in your beautiful home….❤

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