Sunday, October 24, 2010

Kitchen before and afters!

Here was the low-down on our kitchen when we moved in
  • Green laminate countertops
  • Small white fridge with several rust spots
  • Overall, older white appliances
  • Small microwave located in the pantry
  • Faux-brick backsplash painted the color of brick
  • Green walls
  • Small louvered doors between the kitchen and living room (already removed in our before pics)
  • Note that the pot rack and fridge in our before pictures are actually after a few changes that were of immediate priority.
Here is a pic of the kitchen before we moved in. It turns out that pictures were hiding several rust spots on the fridge.

Here are what I consider the 'before' pics.

Some 'during' pics

I reserve the Minnesota sweats for painting and working on the house.

Six weeks and a lot of pizza and chicken nuggets later...

Since these images were taken, we have replaced the stove with a stainless steel version and purchased 2 sturdy iron and wood stools for the breakfast bar.

So here is a break-down of the after state of our kitchen
  • All new stainless steel appliances (fridge, stove, dishwasher (not shown) and microwave)
  • New matching granite on all surfaces (yes, we had to even replace the island piece which we first attempted to match)
  • New under mount stainless steel sink
  • New oil-rubbed bronze fixtures and water tap (I bet you could never tell that they aren't part of the same set!)
  • Replaced faux brick with tumbled marble tiles
  • Replaced microwave from pantry and hood above stove with a over-the-range stainless microwave
  • Added 5" crown moulding above the cabinets for a seamless transition
  • New design above sink to modernize the cabinets a bit
  • Added pot rack near the stove to free up a TON of cabinet space and allow easy access
  • Raised cabinets around 6" to open up the room and allow room for the new refrigerator and microwave
  • New under mount lights under the cabinets (not shown)
  • New cabinet and wall paint
  • Added some chalk board paint under the pot rack for some messaging fun
  • Restructured the breakfast bar to be one surface instead of 2 small levels
  • Removed louvered doors between the kitchen and living room to open the room up more
  • New stools for breakfast bar area (not shown)
  • New mail filing system near the breakfast bar
  • New brackets for under the breakfast bar

Ok, now that you have the before and afters, what do you want to know? Would you like instructions on how-to or information on where anything is from? Let me know in the comments!

Also, stay tuned for tips on not breaking the bank during a kitchen remodel. Any ideas on how much you think this one cost? Leave your guess in the comments.


  1. Looks awesome! You need a new light. I recommend this one:

  2. Looks awesome! What paint color did you use? We are doing our kitchen soon :)))Let me know pls. Jen(at) OXOXO!

  3. Hi Jen, It was Ralph Lauren 'Haystack' that we used. Good luck with your kitchen renovation!

  4. how is the breakfast bar holding up? seems granite would be too heavy for those small supports