Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Little Love For The Kitchen

When we were house shopping most of the kitchens we saw needed to be ripped out and redone right away. So I was happy to see that our house had a kitchen we could live with for a while. It had your basic 90s oak cabinets and laminate countertops but the layout was good. This is our kitchen today after it got a little love. Now let's back track to see how we got here.




This is right after we moved in and opened up the small doorway between the kitchen and living room. You can see the living room redo here.  Besides just wanting more of an open concept, the only way to have an island would be to open up the doorway. 



Another view of the kitchen and a peek into the dining room. The previous owners were using that room as their family room.


This is the kitchen after the dust settled. It stayed this way until I took on the job of painting the cabinets.

The island was found at a little shop that was using it as their checkout counter. We had just ordered a plain cabinet island from Home Depot the night before, adding legs and special details were out of the budget at the time so we were thrilled to find something with character. We were on our way home to measure our space to make sure it would work when we decided to just cancel our HD order and get back to the shop before anyone else snapped it up. It was a fantastic price and is now the focal point of our home. 

 

I primed and painted the cabinet boxes and had the doors sprayed by a painter. Hardwood floors, new hardware and appliances finish it off for now. We saved a lot of money buying the fridge and stove from an outlet store.



Now our kitchen is a much happier place to be. 

Updated dining room pictures here.


40 comments:

  1. I absolutely love the island! It looks great.

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  2. The changes you made are fantastic. Great way to live with it to decide if you need to change anything. I like how you incorporate different pieces in the kitchen, like the island and server, that are not so "kitchen normal." They give the space a good vibe and coziness.

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  3. i love it! it turned out great! good for you! i like the island, would you be able to replace the top to have the hangover you want? just a thought! i want an island so bad but i dont have the room! i am doing a tour of my "forever" house and i am about to do the kitchen. of course, it will include an island and a window above the sink!

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  4. great job!! looks like you have been having lots of "fun"! we have that kind of fun at our house too!!

    come visit me and follow to see my renos too!
    (love the island!) i am in the process of making an island/cabinets from a piece of furniture! SOOO fun!

    http://missbblogs.blogspot.com/

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  5. Love what you've done! :)
    I just wanted to invite you over to my blog for a party! :) I'm having my first ever Treasure Trove Thursday and thought you might like to put in a link to something you love!

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  6. Love love love it. The island... adorable! Of to read some of your past posts...
    Have a sweet day!
    Saskia

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  7. That is quite a transformation...way to go!!!!!

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  8. I LOVE your island! Isn't it so satisfying renovating a kitchen? I think it's probably because we spend so much time there :) I wish I had room for an island like yours.

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  9. Wonderful changes! It looks so much more contemporary...isn't it amazing what some paint will do?!
    Julie

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  10. Bravo! It is one thousand times better than before!

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  11. WOW! Super transformation! I am in LOVE with your island...it has so much charm. Can you take the top off and put a new one on that is extended? You can even extend it further if you find pretty legs to hold it up or old corbels maybe. It really is just so pretty! Thanks for your sweet comments about my kitchen! You are too kind!

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  12. Love it! I wanted to ask you, if you don't mind...was having the doors sprayed by a painter expensive? Were you happy with the results? I have thought of doing this before and I would love to know your experience.

    Amanda (Casa Brasi)

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  13. Paint is such an amazing and wonderful tool! I would love to share a cup of coffee with you in that lovely kitchen. You have come so far my dear..and I can't wait to see where you go.

    Cheers~
    e

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  14. Amanda,
    We are very happy with the results! My husband knew someone that worked at the company who sprayed the doors so we got a good deal. If you have the room to lay out all of your doors you could rent a sprayer and diy. I bought one on Craigslist and can't wait to try it out on some furniture I have waiting.
    Hope this helps.

    Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments!

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  15. Everything looks so gorgeous! Jen

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  16. It looks like a totally different kitchen! I love, love, love it.

    I really want to paint my cabients but I haven't been able to talk my hubby into it - yet(I think he is begining to weaken)

    I'm totally going to show him your photos!

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  17. The kitchen looks wonderful! I need to paint my kitchen cabinets too, but keep finding other projects to distract me. It just seems like such a big job! So thank you for inspiring me to start tackling it! It makes such a big difference!

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  18. I just adore what paint can do, it looks fabulous. still love the island.

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  19. Thank you for visiting me..your kitchen is so lovely. I love that island of yours. xo

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  20. I can't stop staring at your island, and am pretty sure I got goose bumps. :)

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  21. I really love the kitchen now. The flooring is beautiful. But that island is to die for.

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  22. Just goes to show that a little paint goes AALLOOONNNGGG way! Great job!

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  23. I love your reuse and recycle mentality. It's gorgeous. Bright and happy. New and old. Warm. We recycled our kitchen cabinets, too. Original 1950's metal cabinets! LOL But they're white and they work. I keep telling myself, "You're saving trees!" Cheers. xoxo

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  24. Great improvements...it's amazing the difference a bit of paint can make! Tracey xx

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  25. oh.my.word. i love your island! great job with the kitchen!

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  26. That island is fantastic and really is perfect for the kitchen. What a transformation in there! Wow.

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  27. What a beautiful kitchen! You have an eye for good design!
    ☺ Celeste

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  28. I love your kitchen!! The Island is my favorite.

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  29. You have really done an amazing job on your kitchen!

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog :)

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  30. You've done a great job with your kitchen Londen! The cabinets looks great with the white paint and hardware. Your island is incredible too!

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  31. What a pretty kitchen!! I am especially loving the island! :) Wow, that's gorgeous!
    Blessings,
    Stacey

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  32. Wow! I was just flipping through some of your old posts, and I can't believe what you've done to your home - and all on a budget! This kitchen is amazing! I'll have to look through for more inspiration. You're going on my reading list.

    And thanks for your comment at my place!

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  33. I just love your kitchen! And that island is fantastic! I keep debating about one for our kitch. So good to find your blog!

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  34. wow what a difference. Can i ask what laminate you used because it's really pretty!

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  35. adding - laminate flooring, not counters. thx.

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  36. Sheri,
    The after pictures show hardwood floors. We installed a laminate floor in the dining room just to get rid of the carpet and blend with the kitchen that already had laminate. Later we installed hardwood for the entire house.
    Thank you!
    Londen

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  37. What a difference the white paint made... love your flooring and your island too... GORGEOUS! Thanks for linking up at the POPP.

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  38. I just came accross your blog and I must say your kitchen transformation is amazing!!!
    Take care
    Kristin

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  39. You've got talent! Skilled workmanship and an eye for great detail...lovely.
    blessings
    deborah

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