When Alexis sent her fabulous kitchen makeover pics our way we could barely contain ourselves. Here’s her letter:
I love your blog and read it daily. My husband and I bought our house a year ago and are working our way to redoing just about every space. You guys are a huge inspiration. I wanted to share our kitchen before and after… we’re currently working on the adjoining family room where the fireplace is, but we aren’t quite there yet! Dark wood cabinets, knobs and chair rail molding really made the kitchen feel much smaller than it is. The photo I sent is not even a true “before” since we had already taken down the maroon wallpaper which made it even darker. Although we painted the cabinets, replaced the appliances, added a backsplash, and got new counters, one of my favorite parts of the makeover was really affordable. I bought those cork squares you used inside your kitchen cabinet and hot glued them to the old laminate to create a custom cork board in the desk area. Great to keep all those lists off the desk and still see my to-do’s and invites as reminders! Here’s a quick source list for your curious readers:
Paint: walls are Butter from Restoration Hardware while cabinets are semi-gloss White by Benjamin Moore, hardware: the knobs and pulls are also from RH (I was working there at the time and got a sweet discount!), flooring: we replaced all the various flooring on the first floor (carpet, vinyl, oak) with vertical bamboo, appliances: new stainless steel appliances by Kenmore, countertops: Silestone from Home Depot and butcher block on the island, backsplash: cheap white subway tiles over counters, pendant: West Elm (we cut the cord to hard-wire it).
Hope you enjoy the transformation at least a 1/4 as much as I enjoy your site. -Alexis
Enjoy it? We live for it! Here’s the ugh-inducing before:
And here’s the ooh la la after:
Is that not appetizing and amazing? Great job Alexis! We love your light and modern kitchen transformation (especially that crafty pinboard project and the lovely lamp over the dining table). What about you guys? Let’s play a little game I like to call Pick Your Favorite Part.