Andrea's kitchen looks nothing like it did when she and her family first moved into their home. A makeover was in order, but the budget was small. In this case $1,000 small. The fact that she and her husband were able to accomplish the re-do for that price tag certainly drew my attention. They did have some things going for them when they started, however. Like a
Naomi's client had a kitchen spanning two poorly functioning rooms, divided by a load-bearing wall. They invested in a support beam that opened up the space in one impressive way.
Last Friday, I posted this kitchen makeover and a commenter mentioned she'd love to see some non-white cabinet makeovers. Ask and you shall receive! Check out Cassie's new and improved kitchen.
New doors, added trim and an espresso paint job gave a new life to the existing cabinets and saved some cash in the process. With all the natural light, the kitchen still feels bright and airy!
I was also impressed with the way Cassie reconfigured the refrigerator wall. She ditched the wall oven for a range and turned a teeny sliver of counter space into a whole new workzone.
This builder-basic kitchen didn't just get a facelift. It got an entire face transplant! Not only does it look like an entirely new space, even though the layout didn't change one iota, it looks completely professional-grade. See how this homeowner DIY turned out.
Oooooh my goodness, the time has come: my big kitchen makeover reveal is finally here! Take a good, long look at the "before"... then click on through for all the "after" photos your heart can handle! Warning: angelic choirs may be present; hearing protection suggested.
Oh, hey! Remember this? Before it can turn into a sparkly, made-over wonder, we need to have a game plan, y'all! A game plan and some IDEAS... inspiration, if you will. And if there's anything I'm good at, it's planning things (it's a compulsion, really). So! Let's see where this kitchen is headed, shall we?
I've been making mental notes of elements I'd like in my "dream" kitchen since the first day I stepped foot in it nearly 5 years ago. Obviously, those sage green walls and poo-colored countertops were at the top of my "things that must die a terrible death" list. The cabinets weren't doing this dark space any favors, either. So what's the game plan? Bring in as much light and shiny things as possible!
[These photos are all part of my Kitchen Inspiration board on Pinterest -- check it out for more!]
1. BLINGIN'! I love everything about this kitchen. It's a bit wild, but totally up my alley. See more here.
2. White, wood, and sea foam? This kitchen screams "fresh and clean"! See more here.
3. Maaaaaybe my favorite backsplash of all time. Go big or go home, right?? See more here.
4. This kitchen does a great job of blending traditional and modern elements -- something I'm making a note of, for sure! See more here.
5. I love the airy feel of this space and the mix of materials. Dreamy! See more here.
Are you noticing a trend yet?? White cabinets, glass tile (in aqua, please!), and light-colored countertops are my top design elements. Mix in some modern flourishes, a dash of classic style, and a good pop of color and we've got ourselves a game plan! Here's what I'm thinking:
The Big Picture:
1. Countertops: Caesarstone quartz is the cream of the crop, people. CREAM. I've chosen Misty Carrera, a soft tonal grey that will lighten up the space without completely blending in with the white cabinets. WIN!
2. Cabinets: Ripping out our current cabinets would be a major undertaking and investment. Instead, we're keeping what we have and painting them white. Benjamin Moore's Decorators White to be exact!
3. Faucet: Remember that broken faucet I was talking about? Yeah, that sucker is being kicked to the curb. We're replacing it with this modern and sturdy deck-mount faucet from Kohler. Look at those sexy lines!
4. Sink: Our old sink was crap. Plain and simple. Have more than two plates to wash? Tough luck; there's no room. I'm remedying that with this classic farmhouse-style sink!
6. Hardware: Our old cabinets were hardware-free and naked. These modern bar pulls should add a nice sleek look and greater functionality, always good things in my book.
7. Wall Paint: OMG, I can't wait to get rid of that sage green! Painting the walls in "Gray Owl" from Benjamin Moore is my ticket to sanity.
8. Window Treatments: Goodbye cheap plastic blinds! I'm replacing you with a roman shade from The Shade Store -- this graphic pattern by Alexander Girard is timeless and mod all at once.
Accessories (my fave):
9. Wall Clock: My atomic orange clock is awesome, but no longer works in this space. I've had a crush on this clock from Areaware for a while now!
10. Soap Control: A trio of glass soap dispensers from IKEA should do the job just fine (and double as vases in a pinch)!
11. Stools: I'd love to replace our squeaky black bar stools with something stationary -- maybe these steel and wood stools from Magis will do the trick.
12. Robots: You didn't think I'd forget about my robots, right? I'll be moving this porcelain bot from my guest room to the kitchen. (In case you were wondering, I've named him "Genghis".)
13. Artwork: I LOVE ART! I'll be putting some of my favorite prints and drawings in our sparkly white kitchen to add a pop of color and intrigue. (This is a block print by Nick Wroblewski entitled "Caretaker of the Desert".)
14. Kitchen Textiles: I'm a notorious tea towel hoarder, so I can't help but love these bold towels from Tikoli.
15. Kitchen Rug: Goodbye dirty, six-year-old orange shag rug! You've served me well, but I'm ratcheting up the style factor with a hand-woven wool rug from Angela Adams. This one here is called "Ruthie".
BAM! How's that for a game plan, guys?? Do you think I can pull this quirky blend of styles off? Check back on Monday for the big reveal (lots of pretty photos, promise) and we'll see how all these elements come together!
When we bought our house in 2007 (pre-bubble burst... YAY), one of the first things on my to-do list was to give our very blah, very builder-grade kitchen a makeover. Well, this last fall, after tackling every other room in the house instead, we decided it was finally time to give this sage green behemoth its due. But first: the before photos!
Kimberly's kitchen is one of those rooms that don't look like they need a makeover until you see the 'after'. Then it provokes a change of heart. It did me, anyway. How about you? Do you groove to the
Oh, hey! It's a comically small kitchen island floating awkwardly in the middle of the room! If this predicament sounds (or looks) familiar, we've got just the makeover for you.
When Mike and Trina Burke bought this 1920s farmhouse in the country it was falling apart and in desperate need of some TLC. Fast forward a few years (and many, many hours of hard work) and they're sitting pretty in a bucolic, picture-perfect farmhouse complete with the classiest country kitchen I've ever seen!
I'm not going to lie, this 'before' photo is a little scary... and probably a little sticky. And smelly, too. And, well, there's a whole lot o' yellow going on up in there. The 'after', though? Oh, the after rains down buckets of awesome--and wipes that sticky, smelly, yellow mess right off the map!
We're in the throes of our own personal kitchen makeover (more on that later), so my makeover-o-meter is operating on full power: everywhere I turn, spectacular makeovers of all kinds are waving their hands and shouting my name! The inspiration is almost overwhelming, which is why I stopped dead in my tracks when I spied this $50 kitchen makeover. Yes, folks, FIFTY DOLLARS.
Isabella's kitchen was cramped and totally forgettable. With the help of designer Cameron MacNeil, it's now open and inviting with a contemporary bistro feel. Some of the makeover highlights include marble countertops, a drawer dishwasher, a chalkboard
Way back in '09, Jennifer posted the most remarkable reveal of her Old Painted Cottage. Although the entire home was made over, we're going to look at the kitchen today. Talk about being a shadow of its former self.