When Caleb Fullmer and his wife purchased the family home that he grew up in, they knew they'd have to renovate the kitchen sooner or later. Though they painted the '60s cabinets white and added a subway tile backsplash a few years ago, the space, marked by a disjointed layout and dated appliances, was in desperate need of a major overhaul. With their fourth child on the way, the Fullmers turned to friends and neighbors Julia and Chris Marcum of Chris Loves Julia to update the space before the baby arrived.
"We really focused on infusing the kitchen with warmth and light," Julia Marcum tells Hunker. "They are a growing family and cooking is a large part of everyday life — we really wanted to give them a space that it would be a joy to cook and gather and entertain." To accomplish that, Chris and Julia went all out, making as many structural updates as possible: demoing a wall to open up the floor plan, laying down new hardwood floors, installing modern kitchen cabinetry, and replacing dated appliances.
Scroll on to take a tour of the recently transformed kitchen, which (spoiler alert) includes the most genius IKEA hack.