First things first: I love, LOOOVE a good before and after! It's the dangling carrot that keeps me going and feeling inspired. If someone can turn that into that, then my projects don't seem so intimidating and I get a tingling "I can do anything" sensation. And you know what? It feels good... So good, I want to spread the joy to everyone. If you'd like that same tingly feel-goodery, then follow the carrot to this awesome Scandinavian Modern kitchen renovation!
Well, it's not a Before and After because we don't have the Before photos. All I know is that this California kitchen belonging to Samantha and Barry Nugent is not only stunning, but you can copy some of these elements to get a similar look. The design is simply impeccable. I would be out there painting my kitchen cabinets gray tonight if I didn't have that gosh darn black granite.
I must admit, I cringed a bit when I saw this makeover. MWT and I have installed wooden floors and we've hired people to refinish 100's of square feet of them in both the homes in which we've lived. Now, it's not that painted wood floors can't look amazing; I'd just reserve the act for floors that are way beyond salvation. In this case, the
This is what I have now, it's the BEFORE.
I've posted about other people's powder room re-dos, but now it's my turn. When I first did this powder room, I truly believed I would NEVER want to change it. The soft gray walls, black and white photos, white pedestal sink and toilet, hardwood floors and the then-so-chic shiny brass fixtures.
How can a kitchen full of white cabinets be so dark and depressing? That's what the owners of this Lake Michigan cottage were probably asking themselves too before they gave it an overhaul. Here's what it looks
Cindy's kitchen looked like it got lost in the 70's. After five months of work, she rediscovered its vintage-ness, thanks in large part to a fresh coat of paint
Once upon a time, way back when, I became enraged with my ugly rental kitchen. Observe the horror:
I cursed it, I cried, I shook my fists at it. Then I did what everybody does (surely?), I looked for a solution on the internets.
What I found was Curbly. Inspired by the spirit of Curbly Daring-Do I figured out a solution, and posted pictures of it here..
Three (three!) years have passed. My temporary contact paper solution has withstood all kinds of shenanigans and is, I suspect, INVULNERABLE to anything but Robot Laser Eyes.
BUT, it is a New Year, a new decade even, and that always prods the part of my brain that likes things NEW and CLEAN and SHINY. So I turned a beady and critical eye to my kitchen. And decided it was time for a change.
So I did this.
Cramped, dark and dated. These three words describe a lot of kitchens out there. Like the one pictured above, for example, which overlooks the St. Croix River Valley in beautiful Minnesota. The owners wanted bigger, lighter and contemporary, but they didn't want to add budget-blowing square footage to their home's footprint. Instead, designer Laurie Butler opened it up by taking out the soffits and hanging cabinets. To gain more space, she converted two closets; one became a pantry and the other a recess for two wall ovens.
In two days, this perfectly acceptable kitchen went from bland to BAM.
Photos by: Nick Steever
Monday morning jolt--get a load of this kitchen Before and After performed by Leah in her 1920's Philadelphia home. Look at this crisp kitchen makeover.
With just a few thumbtacks, some ScotchGuard spray, and a screwdriver, Veronique made her kitchen, like, a thousand times happier with this brilliant, whydidn'tIthinkofit project: fabric covered cabinet doors. Simply take down your doors for use as a pattern, adding one inch to all sides, and secure with thumbtacks, wrapping it like a gift. Spray, secure, smile. Via.