When Barbara sent us her almost-too-good-to-be-true before and after photos we couldn’t wait to share the eye candy. Here’s her letter:
I have been enjoying your blog and thought I would send over my most recent remodeling project. My parents bought a home that was built in the 70’s and gave me and my husband the project of remodeling it. Here are the before and after pictures of the kitchen. As you can see this home stayed in the 70’s until about a few months ago. Dark seemed to play a theme in the entire house. And wanna know what was hiding beneath all that brown carpet? Beautiful wood floors. We were so excited! Here are a few things we did to get the room into this decade:
- Cabinetry was semi-custom. We had a budget to work within so we went with cabinets from a company that worked out of China they are called HQ cabinets
- Countertops are from Contempo and done in Premium Black Granite
- Paint color is Glidden’s Lemon Ice
- Barstools are Ingolf from Ikea
- Clock is from Ikea
Thanks so much for the great site! I hope you enjoy these before and after photos- it was a lot of work but well worth it! – Barbara
Here are the dark and dingy before photos:
And here’s the kitchen now, after some major updating:
Is that not an amazing makeover? Especially since Barbara and her husband had such a great DIY approach and fearlessly ripped up that terrible carpet to uncover amazing wood floors. And of course we love that affordable Glidden paint and inexpensive Ikea furnishings helped to transform the space. It looks like a million bucks in there! Thanks so much for sharing your photos Barbara! What do you guys think? Is it not amazing what a little updating can do? What’s your favorite part? I’m torn between the glass fronted doors and the amazing pendant lamps over the peninsula…
Ummmm…Holy Crap, excuse me…I mean wow! Great job! Really awesome Barbara! I love the cabinets!!!!
Kristen A. says
Absolutely amazing! This is like my dream kitchen!!
…oh and, your parents have a great daughter :)
Kate @ Twenty-Six To Life says
Wow! What an amazing job! I love the black countertops and white cabinets. The whole room looks fabulous!
Job well done! I can’t access the cabinet company’s website (the page it leads to says that this IP isn’t allowed to browse there, and no I’m not at work!) but I’m dying to know how much you had to spend on them to get that beautiful result.
Those lights are amazing! I need to know where those are from!
WOW! Amazing! It makes me want to run home and start remodeling my kitchen right now!
Wow! It doesn’t even look like it’s in the same house! Amazing job!
[email protected] says
Barbara’s parents are so lucky! The kitchen is fabulous, and I agree the pendant lights are a great feature. I also really like the chandelier in the dining area. Wonderful!
Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker says
This is such an incredible before and after — I’m really impressed with their work! I especially like the lighting fixtures they went with. Very classy!
Also — it’s nice to see someone else also had carpeting in their kitchen area! We thought we were the only ones :)
Jill Stigs says
Love love love it! I have a soft spot for white cabs, black counters and wood floors so this just sings to me!
Fantastic job. Thanks so much for sharing.
Holy Mother of Makeovers!!! WOW!!!!!! Is it too nosy to ask what the budget shook out to?
So glad you’re loving Barbara’s kitchen makeover! We’re hoping she’ll stop in to answer any and all questions soon so stay tuned…
Under cabinet lighting is my favorite!!!! This kitchen is breath taking. Absolutely phenomenal. I LOVE the stark color contrasts and the shade of yellow is absolutely perfect. However, thinking about a yellow kitchen takes me back to the colorology post a while back…yellow kitchen=more fights? Maybe they could test this? Although, who would want to fight in that magnificent kitchen?!?!
Jenny @ Words On Wendhurst says
So fresh and clean! I love the redo, and how light and airy everything looks! I wonder if it is hard to keep clean? :-) Also, a yellow kitchen, should we ask them if they argue in the kitchen all the time! ;-)
Just kidding, beautiful remodel.
Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog says
What a beautiful space~ such classic choices! I love the new recessed and pendant lighting!
WOW!!! This kitchen is amazing and because it’s my personal style I love it even more! ;)
They did a FAB job and am so glad they found the treasure of hardwood under the carpet. My hubby inherited a 1959 built house that his grandparents lived in. While growing up he got used to the hideous green shag carpeting, after they passed away, he repainted and ripped up all the ugly carpet to reveal beautiful hardwood too!
While it’s a shame the grandparents seemed to care more for the carpet than the hardwood, our floors look near pristine and shiny because they have only been used for about 8 years total. :)
WOW…I’m in LOVE!! I love the color they used!! It’s perfect!
Could their kitchen be any more perfect?! I LOVE it. My favorite part is the big Ikea clock on the back wall of the dining room. Such a nice touch. And those cabinets… so much storage space. Oh and that dark granite countertop… Do I need to say again that I LOVE IT??
Love it! When I read the description of “Lemon Ice” paint and black granite countertops, I could only picture a taxi cab, but the results are beautiful!!! I never would have paired pale yellow walls with black granite, but then again my kitchen is not this cute!
WOW!! I love it! What a complete tranformation!
wow, awesome awesome makeover!!
i love the combination of the white cabinets, dark countertops, and stainless steel appliances. keeps it super clean and streamlined. love it!!! great job!!!
Oh my goodness – I cannot believe that it is the same kitchen. Absolutely fanfreakingtastic!
Congrats, Barbara, on such a beautiful renovation! I agree with the previous raves about the pendant lighting and under cabinet lighting – I have actually been thinking about attempting both in my kitchen. I’d love to hear about the pendant lights and the install process for the under-cabinet lights! Also, where is that great dining table from?!
Erin T. says
What a great job! I’m curious where the pendant lights came from. I’m shopping for pendants for my kitchen re-do.
This kitchen is so gorgeous! It looks homey and modern all at once. I love the beadboard detailing.
Wow. That is a STUNNING make over. Absolutely incredible. That is like me dream kitchen! I really love the cabinets and how a couple have glass doors. Really, really, incredible. Bravo!
In 2 words: IN LOVE!!!!!
I seriously wish I had their DIY-skills! A truly amazing makeover!
I’m in love with this whole kitchen! If/when I ever am lucky enough to own my own home this is a huge inspiration for me.
Wow, very inspiring!
I just painted our cabinets white and my husband has wanted black granite countertops but I was unsure. This makeover has me sold on the idea, and now we have inspiration for lighting too. The kitchen looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing.
HELLO…. that is AWESOME! Those hardwood floors are gorgeous. Very pretty paint color. Love it!
I love that wall color! I just can’t believe this is the same room. I’d like to try that lemon ice in our basement.
What a great makeover. We are about to undertake something similar soon and I hope ours turns out half as well, and with our marriage not ending in divorce! Just one question for Barbara or anyone else who might know- where did you find the organization stuff on the wall by the doorway? I have been looking for something exactly like that but don’t want to drop a couple hundred dollars at Pottery Barn.
Beautiful! I’m currently in the throes of a kitchen remodel myself, and it looks like I’ve made many of the same choices Barbara did for her kitchen (except a light khaki color instead of yellow paint). Seeing this remodel confirms that I have definitely made the right choices for mine! I can only hope mine turns out half as good as hers! Lovely job. :)
It’s AMAZING the difference that lighter cabinets makes!
So so wonderful lookingin there. Hoping that these will inspire my hubby and encourage him not to be scared when we eventually look at houses that have…potential.
Love the pendant lights, they look like the swanky schoolhouse electric ones. Really well done makeover. Made that old gal sing again!
We just purchased cabinets from HQ as well! Our kitchen is not 100% to the done phase yet, but you can see the cabs here
We still have new base molding to put in and the backsplash.
I called HQ and told them that the site is down, hopefully they will have it fixed soon! The receptionist said they are doing some updates!
I LOVE THIS RENOVATION!!!!!!
Reminds me of what we have done recently in our kitchen…..painted the cabinets white, nice new black countertops, sink, etc…..Now if we could just finish the floors, a custom cabinet for above the fridge and last but not least new lighting. I love the recessed lighting, we have cathedral ceilings so we can’t have that, but it looks fabulous….Kudos Barbara and your husband….I too am interested in the budget :D
Three words – Oh. My. God!
What an amazing transformation! Congrats!!!
WOWZERS! That girl is talented.
[email protected] The DIY Show Off says
No way! WOW! What an amazing transformation! I love the fresh new pretty look! Great job Barbara!
Rose @ The Art of Dealing says
LOVE this makeover. I’m saving it as inspiration for our some day kitchen makeover. Thanks for sharing this Barbara! I think my parents had the same dark brown carpet in one of the houses we lived in – but that was just in the den. The rest of the house had some swanky shaggy green carpet with matching curtains.
Wow…I’m speechless. That’s an AWESOME makeover!
WOW! Made my day to see our kitchen on this site, and for all of your great comments!
Alright lets answer some questions…
-My parents DO have a great daughter. BUT… I also have the best parents. Not only did they let us remodel this place, but we are the lucky ones that get to live here ‘rent free’ for a couple of years too
-kitchen and more fights? Hmm… never knew about this one. I dont think so, but I’ll keep that in mind next time I have a fight in there. lol.
-I went for a solid black granite countertop. It shows crumbs easier, but I dont mind because I always love a clean countertop! The look is totally worth it in my mind.
-Believe it or not the dining room table is a hand me down from my brother Stephan. I am guessing they purchased it from RC WILLEY (its a very popular furniture store here in UT).
-Pendant lighting was an Ebay find. I love the pendants too, I’ve always wanted a kitchen with a schoolhouse flare to it.
-The organizing stuff by the doorway is a white board from walmart with a picture frame ledge as the marker caddy, and the chalkboard is from Ikea. I love the potterybarn organizing stuff too it was my way of recreating it all without the cost.
-I’ll see if I can go crunch some numbers again and give you the total on the kitchen remodel. We did the entire 3000 sq. ft home remodel just under 50 thousand. But I’m not sure what the kitchen came out too. I’ll keep ya’ll updated when I find that out…
Thanks again for all the great comments!
Wow, what an awesome makeover. I love the white cabinets! It’s such a refreshing space. I was in need of some barstool ideas for my new home. Did they paint them white?
Wow – that turned out beautifully, Barbara. You should all be thrilled and proud of some great work! :)
Actually, the barstools come in white! I was worried about keeping them clean, but they are really easy to wipe down and take the beating of my two toddlers really well. And for only $60, we’ve been really happy so far.
Jen Beck says
WOW WOW WOW! Gorgeous. Awesome remodel!