The Open Kitchen in Our Waco Fixer Upper Home

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

The kitchen is where everyone gravitates. Mornings, before the day begins, everyone gathers in the kitchen, and then again in the evenings as the day comes to a close. Today I am sharing my tips on creating an open kitchen that offers organization and a space that’s perfect for cooking and socializing.

Waco Home Kitchen

I am so proud of the open kitchen in our Waco Fixer upper home. It’s light, airy and has an open kitchen design 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.

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Our kitchen is not only a fun place to cook, but it also works very well for entertaining.

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.

By using a vintage piece instead of new cabinets I saved a lot of money. And of course, I love the vintage counter so much more!


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.

open kitchen in home

Because of the open kitchen design, most of the appliances, dishes, bowls, platters, etc. are stored in the lower cabinets. The shelving is for glassware and decor which made for such a clean look in the kitchen.

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. Isn’t it great 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

I made sure that everything you would need to bake morning muffins, birthday cupcakes, really anything was in our kitchen. The first items I stocked were glass bowls, muffin tins, measuring cups, and spoons. When you come and stay at our Waco AirBnB, I want it to feel just like home!

baking blueberry muffins

I also made sure that there were enough platters for serving. Don’t laugh but I actually have seven serving pieces for our Waco kitchen. When you entertain, serving pieces are a must!

kitchen island with muffins

Making Meals in the Waco Kitchen

I stocked the Waco kitchen with everything to make some of my favorite meals. There is a KitchenAid mixer and the pasta roller attachment. If you don’t own these you should put them on your birthday/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

Glassware is so important and having an open kitchen with shelves is such a great way for guests to be able to easily find what they are looking for. It also helps with keeping track of the glassware so that they don’t get put in the wrong place!

small appliances

Must-Have Small Appliances

In addition to the KitchenAid mixer, I selected what I consider to be the “must-have” small appliances for our kitchen. I added a blender and toaster that sit on the counter and a microwave that I placed in my vintage pantry. We can pretend I measured it beforehand. This was complete luck!

toaster and blender
microwave in vintage cabinet

A good set of pots and pans is so important when you are cooking. I love these cabinet drawers for storing them, it is so convenient!

new pans in the drawer

The Coffee Station

The coffee station is probably one of the most important areas in our kitchen in the morning! It is set up so that everything you need for a cup of coffee is in one place.

coffee station

I have a Keurig that 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.

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 is the Stainless Steel Utensil Set which also includes a Paper Towel Holder. Because I started with an empty kitchen, this set has absolutely everything needed to prep and cook a meal and comes with a matching paper towel holder!

oxo kitchen utensils

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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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