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Before and After: $1500 Turquoise Kitchen Makeover

Before and After: $1500 Turquoise Kitchen Makeover
Photo: Dans le Townhouse

I'm guessing Tanya's wicked awesome Pyrex collection had more than a little influence on her choice of colors when it came to her budget kitchen remodel. She and her handy husband painted the lower cabinets and removed the uppers altogether. A new DIY countertop  and accessories later and the kitchen is unrecognizable. All on a $1500 budget! Take a look:

Photo: Dans le Townhouse

Bam! huh?? And here's a close-up of that wicked awesome Pyrex collection:

Photo: Photo: Dans le Townhouse

For more information and such, head on over to Dans le Townhouse.

Before & After: Turquoise Dream Kitchen [Dans le Townhouse]

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Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse on Jan 26, 2015:

Thanks for featuring my kitchen!  And thanks, everyone, for your comments.  I enjoy the comment about my having to buy all aqua and white now - my passion for aqua and white dinnerware and Pyrex is how I ended up deciding this crazy colourful kitchen was a good idea ;)  I go with what I love, because trends come and go but my own quirks and passions (turquoise everything!) are enduring.

Surprisingly, I gained more storage because the original cabinets were small and awkward.  The corner cabinets couldn't fit two rows of glasses side by side, creating a lot of dead space.  The cabinet above the stove (hiding a non-functioning wall mounted fan) was fake.  That left the small cabinet above the micro and the one above the fridge.  To the right of the window I couldn't reach easily because when the door was open, I couldn't reach around it without almost clambering up onto the countery.  Sadly, it just wasn't a good plan.  But it's helped me think about cabinet functionality.  All of my canned goods, spices, pots and pans, etc. are in the lower cupboards - where they were anyway.  There's a small pantry to the left of the fridge where my dry goods (pasta, cereal, etc) reside. 

Ultimately, you have to create a space you love and that works for you.  I have surprised myself by loving open shelving: 

http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2014/12/honest-thoughts-on-open-shelving-in.html

Not for everyone, but a great fix for my household! 


Gene on Jan 21, 2015:

Love this example of what you can do for just 1500.00. In looking at the cabinets they lost, I would bet they have the same if not more storage now than before with those tiny cabinets. Except for the loss of the range hood and microwave, I think this is a great option. I would imagine most of our kitchens have cabinets we never get anything out of and are just spots to stick items we should have tossed some time ago. I know my kitchen does at least. :)


Cindy on Jan 13, 2015:

Yes it is pretty, but I feel like so many of the renos you see on the internet are just for the camera. I am thinking where would my spices go? I have cupboard full of them by my stove. Everything has to be so neat and tidy. Not practical for me, but it is pretty for the camera.


Carrie on Jan 09, 2015:

I read through the interview, it's a short term fix while they save for a larger remodel.  That would be fun to do something really bold (that might look dated in 2 years) if you know its only your interim kitchen.  I think it's surprisingly cute, quite a change for only $1,500.


Anonymous on Jan 09, 2015:

and now she can only buy things in blue and white....hmm that won't date


Peggy on Jan 09, 2015:

Adorable. I couldn't do with less storage - but I love how brith and open it is without the window framed in shelving. Love the countertop too


Anonymous on Jan 09, 2015:

I hope she enjoys cleaning as well!


JanMarie on Jan 09, 2015:

I hope Tanya is at least 6 ft tall so she can reach the top dishes!


Sinkeerswim on Jan 09, 2015:

I mean, it's way prettier, but where did all the storage go?!


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