Monday, February 28, 2011

Kitchen Makeover

Happy Monday!

I have some before and after pictures to show of our mini kitchen makeover today! I can happily say I spent less than $20 to update our kitchen...but a lot of time painting. But it was so worth it. We are enjoying it very much!

Let's start at the very beginning with this poor before pic(except for the cute little boy). Our kitchen was UGLY with a capital U! The original 1960's cabinets complete with white plastic handles and knobs. You can kind of get the idea behind the cute little boy. :)
When we moved in, I had no blog at the time...so no fun before pics. Sorry.


After a couple years in our house, we finally decided to tackle the kitchen the best we could. We painted the cabinets black. We also added trim to all the doors and new knobs. Below, you can see what the cabinet doors used to look like. Pretty huh?


We also added new beadboard backsplash, new countertops, new sink. Then we removed some of the doors from the top cabinets to have some display space for collectibles. We painted the trim red and the walls a greenish tan color. The fan was replaced with a cute light fixture as well.

This is what our kitchen looked like a couple weeks ago.


Unfortunately the red was not the red I intended when we painted all the trim in our kitchen, dining and living rooms. It was more of rusty orange than a pretty deep red. In some light it looked really orange. But we did all that work, so I just lived with it.


There's that cute little boy that was in picture #1 all grown up and goofy. :)




So with a paint brush and some leftover paint from our hallway project, I started tackling the walls and trim in the kitchen. 4 coats it took for the lovely trim to cover all that red. Fun times. But it was well worth it!

Our kitchen is lighter and brighter!
On one wall I added board and batten to give it some interest. I used a 1x6 board for the top horizontal piece and 1x3's for the vertical pieces. I spaced them about 16 inches a part. The wood only cost me around $10.


I painted the beadboard the same color as the trim. That made a huge difference.
The fridge looks "busy" with abc fun. But I'm just keeping it real.


I painted the inside of the display shelves a greyish blue (leftover paint I had). I then added some dark walnut stain over it after it was dry to blend well with the already distressed cabinets.


The doorway is the landing to the steps leading to our basement.



Looking into our dining room.


I accessorized with items I already had or thrift finds that still needed a home. The candle and candlestick was made over by my mom.


The little shelf was a flea market find and I painted it cream. The other accessories were garage sale finds.


On my wish list is a new faucet.

The curtains are from our old house. I took them with us and finally have a spot for them. The plate above the sink was bought at TJ Maxx for less than $3 on sale. It's a pretty grey blue color.


Basket was 10 cents at a garage sale.


For the display above, I searched for all my white and cream dishes to make a more cohesive display.





Yellow plate was $2 at TJ Maxx.







My $3 mini pitcher found a new home.


I love vintage signs. I bought this reproduction Fig Newtons sign at a flea market. The little boy reminded me of my son at the time. Now I wish there was 2 little boys on it.


Another fun thrifty display. The picture frame I got at a garage sale for 50 cents and then I painted some flowers on a piece of muslin for a fun spring touch. The pitcher I got at a garage sale also for 25 cents. The box with lavender was made by my mom.



If you take a closer look at the landing in the doorway, you can see I added a special little touch to that area.


I found a fun stencil at Hobby Lobby for around $8 on sale and stenciled the walls just in that little area.


I used the same grey blue color I painted inside the display shelves. I also decided to paint the little section of ceiling as well.


A closer look.
The light fixture was replaced back in the fall. I got this at EcoStores Nebraska for FREE. I removed the outdated glass and repainted it oil rubbed bronze.


I put my recovered burlap bulletin board inside this space. I just added a matching blue ribbon. Now I need some pics to fill it up.


I will be honest, the stenciling was a little time consuming but I'm sure glad I did it. It's something unexpected.


One more look at the before and after.

Before

After

Before

After

Subtle changes that made a BIG difference.

Thanks so much for visiting today! I really appreciate it!!

I'm joining a few of these linky parties.



 
Before & After Party at Thrifty Decor Chic


54 comments:

  1. Oh My Kindra! Stunned....Speechless...AMAZING! What more can I say! O.k.. one more word...Wow! ENJOY your new kitchen! Have a great day! ~Sarah~

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  2. I love it. The white board and bead and trim gives it a lighter look. I am so inspired by the things you've done. Thanks for sharing. Your boy is a cutie too. Then and now. My favorite is the view into the dining. The black ladder draws your eye in the right direction instead of getting stuck on any one thing. You definitely have a talent.

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  3. I love the blue in the top display cabinets. It really makes your display pieces pop out! Great job. Enjoy!

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  4. Great job, Kindra!!! It looks amazing! I can't believe what a difference that one little section of board & batten made. It looks fabulous. I love the blue/gray you added to the open cabinets... great choice. Your hard work really paid off!

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  5. The before and after is just amazing Kindra...it all looks so nice and so much brighter in your kitchen. I love the landing and the stenciled wall really eye catching! Great job, painting the trim was a wonderful update!

    Rondell

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  6. Oh WOW!!! What a change! And all pretty much with paint! WOOHOO! I love it!

    Carmen and the Primcats

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  7. Love the new look. Enjoy, Janie

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  8. Great job on lightening up your kitchen! We had those exact countertops in our last house.

    Oh, and we've decided to keep the big faucet. I think there was an initial shock when we held it up beside our tiny faucet. My SIL came over and thought it looked great and I liked it much better the next day!

    Just a little info. for when your trying to decide on a faucet!

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  9. It looks so GREAT! And I can't believe how much you did with that small amount of cash - good job! Can you tell me what your countertops are made of? We recently gave our cabinets a facelift and want to update the countertops too - but we're having a hard time deciding.

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  10. Great job!! So much brighter!!!
    What a difference!!

    And yes, I am so excited about IKEA!!! I can NOT wait!!!
    Where are you? What state? Come on out for the Grand Opening!!! ha !!!!

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  11. LOVELY job...really like the new displays on the top shelves. And i esp. like the alphabets on the fridge..... so REAL... atleast for me! :)

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  12. Gayle, our countertops are laminate. They make such pretty designs these days at affordable prices.

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  13. It looks so wonderful! It really is a whole lot brighter. I love it! :)

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  14. Everything looks fantastic. I remember the light redo it looks great. Could you please tell me about the light in the kitchen with the glass in it. I have post and beam ceilings and the light shining thru the glass is an awesome way to stop the beams from blocking all the light.

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  15. Kindra that is beautiful my friend!! It really brighten it up (love the black cabinets) and I love the board and batton and the stencils are so pretty!! You were busy and I can't believe you did all that for $20!! You go girl!!! :) Your treasures are so perfect as well, you have a wonderful eye for things and where to place them. LOVE IT!!!

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  16. It looks great! I love it! So fresh and airy looking just like Spring.

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  17. JeanM-The main light in our kitchen has no glass also. I bought it that way a few years ago at a home improvement store.

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  18. I love the changes! Would you share how you went about painting your cupboards? That's a project I want to try to tackle this summer. THANKS!

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  19. Anonymous-I'll share some tips this week on painting cupboards. Thanks for your comment!

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  20. WOW! Kindra you did an amazing job on your kitchen make over. I Love it! Loooove the black cabinets.
    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

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  21. Blogs need a LIKE button like Facebook has. You are truly an inspiration. I just need to get brave and tackle some things around my house. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day. Julie

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  22. This looks amazing! It's so fun to see what a little paint can do. I love your light fixture!

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  23. Boy!!! What a difference :) It's looks fantastic, Kindra!!! Appears to look bigger, doesn't it...a lot brighter. So nice and fresh... I love it. All your touches are perfect!
    Wonderful Kitchen makeover, girl!

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  24. It looks great! Of course you already knew I loved the cabinets!! SOmeday Mine will get painted!

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  25. Great job, I'm loving all the white dishes above! That burlap BB.is so neat too!

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  26. Wow...it looks amazing!! Love the way you display the white pitchers and dishes above your cabinets. Love the stenciled wall too!!
    ~Cindy~

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  27. Kindra,
    Oh My~ your kitchen looks SO amazing~ I LOVE it~!!
    I just love everything about it, the curtain above your sink, the beadboard painted lighter, the stencil~ is just breathtaking!!
    The thrift store and garage sale finds, your amazing way of putting it all together.
    LOVE it~ I hope you and your family enjoy it, I am sure you will.
    hugs, Darla

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  28. Job well done! Your kitchen looks great, amazing what paint can do!

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  29. LOVE your kitchen! I'm a new follower!

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  30. Kindra..I love your kitchen re-do..The color you painted above the cabinets really makes everything stand out more..You are amazing..I love your blog because I never know what you will be up to next but I do know that I will love it..You are sooo talented..

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  31. Your kitchen looks so beautiful. I love what you did with your cabinets. I also love your inexpensive touches from TJ Maxx...great job!

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  32. WOW what a transformation! it looks beautiful! I love the black cabinets!! and I love the after after with all the fun white accessories! it is just gorgeous...you did an amazing job!
    Now I can say I have "hung out" in your kitchen before! lol

    thanks so much for linking up!

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  33. Isn't paint an amazing thing! It looks bright and beautiful! Thanks for linking!
    XO
    Kristin

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  34. The transformation looks wonderful! The little details make a big difference. Love all your thrifty items as well:)

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  35. I love it! You did a fantastic job!! :)

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  36. WOW!! What I beautiful kitchen! I love your decor! I love your colors! I love everything about it!! I am so glad a stubbled across your blog!! I linked up to {love stitched} and saw your kitchen!! LOVE IT!
    Come check mine out!
    jeffandsadiesabin.blogspot.com
    {simply delicious}

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  37. You did a great job making your kitchen look so warm and inviting! I'm loving the new glazed pale blue inside those top cabinets!
    ~Amanda

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  38. I love freshly painted trim! Way to go!!

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  39. oh my gosh, that trim made a huge difference! and love the paint behind the upper cabinets-well done!

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  40. Wow, wow and more wow! What an amazing transformation! I love that you added all the small details about the accessories you added. Are you loving it? I dont think I've seen a kitchen makeover that was more dramatic! Well done!

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  41. I love what you did above the cabinets. We have that awful wasted space and thought about building something to match the cabinets when we were thinking of painting the cabinets, but now that we aren't going to do that I'm thinking we can still build something up there, paint them, and then fill with great displays. I think it will be easier to fill a bunch of small cubbies than ALL of that space above the cabinets, lol. That's the hope anyway. :)

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  42. visiting from the "fence" :)

    This looks awesome. And i love your black cabinets. Such an inviting kitchen!!!

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  43. It looks lovely! My fave items are the new chandy and then the old scale. The view into the dining room is amazing!

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  44. Hi Kindra! I found you at Inspiration Friday. What a great job on this kitchen. I have a question about your cabinet door hinges. I saw from one of the before pics that they were painted maybe? Did you paint them black or did you replace them? I'm going to paint my kitchen cabinets and I just don't know what to do about my hinges. I'd love to install the concealed ones but it's just not in the budget. Any advice you might have would be appreciated. Nice to meet you. Come visit my blog if you have time. I'm following you now too...~Ann

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  45. Really happy for you! It's always great to tweak our projects and find a balance of what we once loved with what we love now. Beautiful job! xx,
    Autumn Clark

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  46. Hi Kindra! We are just so thrilled that you linked up your amazing kitchen transformation to our Inspiration Friday party this week! Wow! You truly transformed that space into one that has charm and character and warmth. I love that you did the wall with the board and batten just for that extra "umph"! :-) I've been going through so many of your other posts and you truly have some fantastic ideas and inspirations.
    Thanks again!
    Vanessa

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  47. I've been waiting for your kitchen reveal. It's just as awesome as I thought it would be. I can see why you didn't paint the cabinets again. That must have been a job the first time around -- you have a lot of cabinets!! I've never been a fan of white (in any shade) but the more I see you use it the more it's growing on me.

    Now that the kitchen is done what's next?

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  48. I LOVE this! Its FAB!!! Come on 'ova and share this at my Linky Par-Tay!

    *ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

    xoxokara

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  49. Your. Kithcen. Rocks. I love it!! I love LOVE your cabinets!!! I sooo doubt Mr. Inspiring would appreciate me painting our cabinets! I love how your's turned out!!! Maybe your pictures might inspire him!?!?!?!

    Hugs ~~ Suz
    inspiringcreativeness

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  50. Your kitchen looks beautiful! What a great transformation!

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  51. Actually it takes lots of time in remodeling your kitchen and it is advisable for you to do DIY work for a cheap make over.

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