Before and After Kitchen

When we bought our present home, we fell in love with the overall style of it... the wide trimwork around the windows, the wainscoting, tall ceilings, and big porch. We had to make changes to it however, to make the house our own. Here are some before and after pictures of the kitchen. As you can see, the kitchen had a contemporary flair. I went back and forth on the thought of changing the cabinets altogether, but decided to work with them instead.





We took off the top set of cabinets and added some arrangement up on top. I think it looks less overwhelming. We also took out the cabinets above the oven and replaced them with a stainless hood for a more streamlined look. Still contemporary, but more modern country.



The existing sink was incorporated into the Corian countertop.



We snatched up 4 ft. old surgeon's sink for $100 on Craigslist. It was taken from a local hospital. It had a very awesome crackle finish glaze, but there was so much discoloration that we couldn't keep it as it was. We had it refinished for $300. So, for $400, we got a truly unique piece for our kitchen! (Have you seen the prices of farmhouse sinks? This was a good buy!) We got it because we loved it aesthetically, but it's actually extremely practical, especially for our large family of 8! Do you know how many dishes and giant pots we can hide in there? There are dirty dishes in this picture in fact!



I used a simple linen curtain for underneath. The sink itself makes for a very handy towel holder. I love the look of the dish towels hanging over the front, and it has proved to be very practical as well!


There used to be a half wall with pillars seperating the kitchen from the living room. I wanted a more open feeling to the whole space so we tore the wall down. The living room used to be a huge vaulted ceiling but we floored it in. That will be another post for another day.









Another Craigslist find was an old dark wood buffet that we made into an island. The frame holding the mirror made the perfect brackets, so we took the mirror out, flipped the brackets upside down and attached them to the back for the overhang. We cut out the panels on the front doors, and replaced them with wire sheeting and backed them with gathered linen fabric. Of course, we painted the whole thing a bluish-green and replaced the hardware. My handy husband made the top with furniture-grade pine. We mixed two colors of stain until we got the perfect color. We love the result and if we ever move, this island is coming with us to our next home! The whole thing probably cost us $350.00.



Of course, I had to distress the paint finish!





For bar stools, I found inexpensive wood ones from TJMaxx. One of the spindles on the top was broken so I decided to make little back slipcovers for them. I found two plaid Ralph Lauren pillowcases from HomeGoods and used them to make the slipcovers. The ruffles were already there... so perfect. I made bows from the fabric for the sides.








For kitchen accessories, I found these adorable spice jars from Anthropologie that are perfect for the top of the range. They hold spices and tea bags. LOVE them.



The top of the fridge holds some cookbooks and a handy basket to hold odds and ends. I found the fabric label from Michaels. It says "grow where you are planted". The dogs came from Sundance.



The vintage locker baskets on top of the cabinets came from a local antique store. I was thinking of making fabric liners for them, but I ended up keeping them plain and empty. I sort of like them just the way they are.



To the right I have a mixed arrangement, including a Red Wing antique crock. I had fantasies of collecting a whole slew of Red Wing crocks and lining them up, but the price deterred me. :) I enjoy the one I bought off ebay.



Last but not least is picture of my trashcan. Who takes pictures of their trash cans?! One of the blogs I frequent, Remodelista , highlighted these trashcans on their blog one day. Ironically, a day or two before they posted about them, I found one at TJMaxx for a steal.




Thanks for stopping by and looking at our kitchen!

38 comments:

  1. i love it!!! what a beautiful job and such an awesome mix of styles. perfect!!
    xoxo,
    lauren

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  2. I'm so impressed at the changes you made and the end result. In the first picture the cabinets are indeed overwhelming - such a great idea to take out just the top. Now you have something very unusual. Lovely job, too, on the island and accessories!

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  3. What a great job!! I really love the slipcovers on the chairs!! So creative!!
    xx-Gina

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  4. Hi from Australia Rie! It is so lovely to have found your blog and I am very excited to be able to follow you.
    I LOVE your kitchen. You did a wonderful job for so little $$. That quote "grow where you are planted" is my quote for this year. What a great idea those stool slipcovers are.
    What a stunning home you have. It must be difficult to be selling it!?
    Feel free to visit my blog:o)
    Angex

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  5. Hi Rie, like Ange I am another Aussie follower. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I just wanted to tell you your kitchen renovation/makeover is just superb. Your whole home looks gorgeous and I will be a regular to your site. Great ideas and great inspiration. thanks Sandy x

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  6. Lovely kitchen redo. You are very talented!

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  7. What an amazing transformation! I love the new sink and all the changes you made. Bravo!

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  8. Wow, you're right! I love your kitchen and the peaks I got into the other rooms of your home. That sink is awesome and you did a wonderful job of working with the modern style, yet adding a country flair. Well done!

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  9. Hi! I'm so glad I found your blog - I can't wait to follow what you do. Your home is gorgeous, I don't think I'd ever want to leave it. The sink and the island are to die for! I love the kitchen transformation - I like how you took the edge off the contemporary and incorporated some more formal country elements. Well done! I love the formal farmhouse look and try to acheive it in my own home - can't wait to see more!
    Sarah

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  10. Hi Rie - Another Australian here :) I hope you don't mind me dropping by but I found your blog via the lovely Sandy at The Shabby Cottage. I am addicted to kitchens and yours is just stunning!! Well done:) I love the sink and the fabric skirt instead of doors. Your home is just beautiful and I am looking forward to following your lovely blog. Hope you have a lovely day - Tina.

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  11. What a fabulous job you've done on this very boring kitchen! It looks absolutely wonderful and what I especially love is that it isn't the usual cookie cutter kitchen - it's original and unique. Thanks for visiting and for your lovely comment. Leigh

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  12. OMG! Your right Rie, I love it!!!!!
    You did an amazing job. I agree with everyone who has already commented. It's really fresh and original.
    Bravo!

    xo
    Brooke

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  13. I just wanted to say thank you to you all for your comments! I've for so long admired your design blogs and am thrilled to be included in design blog wonderland. :) It's nice communicating with others with a similar eye for design. Thanks again!!
    Warm Regards,
    Rie

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  14. Rie,
    I just love this. I LOVE farmhouse sinks. I love the bead board. That is such a transformation. I love all of it. You have such a beautiful home and such a beautiful family.
    Take Care,
    Maria

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  15. Such a wonderful kitchen!
    Wow, mother of six, congratulations! You must amazing organizational skills.
    I'm looking forward to following your future posts.
    xo country girl

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  16. Love the sink and the island. What a super kitchen!!!

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  17. Just found your blog via dreamy whites & so glad I did!! What a beautiful kitchen. I am in love with that island!!! Gorgeous! I love craigslist too, everything in my house from floors to chandeliers is from CL! Even our dog!

    I'm off to read more posts!

    Shellagh

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  18. I adore your kitchen -- great finds/repurposing with your sink and island. GREAT job!

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  19. Wow! Hello! Just found you beautiful and inspiring blog! I LOVE your kitchen redo!!!
    Michelle

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  20. The Nester tweeted about your kitchen which brought me here and I'm so glad it did! This is FANTASTIC! Can I tell you how much I love your sink? And those little pillowcase slipcovers are perfect. Love it. Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

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  21. As a mom on a budget who is remoldeling our kitchen (well the handy hubby is doing all the work), I can totally appreciate EVERYTHING you've done in this kitchen...it's GORGEOUS! I'm now in LOVE with your blog it's my first visit!!!!

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  22. well, i just love everything you did. you are a kindred spirit!

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  23. Your kitchen is incredible! That sink is just too cool...and the island...and your pillow case chair covers. Love it all.

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  24. I just found your blog and I love it. I love what you did to your kitchen. Especially the island. I wand a wood top for my island, and this really inspires me. I do have a question.....when you painted your island, did you seal it with anything? Great job on everything, and I don't blame you for taking your island with you! Oh, and I love the slip covers on your chairs. Very inventive. Blessings, Debbie

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  25. I have enjoyed reading all your DIY projects, your home is beautiful, I love what you have done, you and your hubby. I am going to try and make some of those slipcovers for my bar stools. Great great ideas, and your so budget friendly, keep the post coming. Your on my favorite blog list
    Blessings

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  26. Hi,
    Really enjoy your blog & I sooooo love your home! Wish I could buy it & move it to the NW!

    Shellagh

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  27. Hello,
    I've already commented on another post how much I love your house and your decorating style...and your kitchen!!! But I realized today when I was thinking about your lovely kitchen that I didn't remember seeing a microwave... and so I came back to this post to see and I didn't see one, like I thought. Do you have a microwave hidden somewhere? :)

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  28. Oh WOW! I LOVE your kitchen. My favorite part is your surgeon's sink--amazing! I really like your decorating style. You inspire me to check Craigslist more often, as well as flea markets/antique stores.

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  29. Rie,
    Nice to meet you...what is the color of your island? I get color questions often about my kitchen (my cabinets are a custom color, Ih ave no idea how we ended up with it) so I am kind of expecting that answer, but I thought I would ask.
    Amy

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  30. I know you've had the kitchen a little while now. But I'm a new follower and been playing around you blog site. I love the kitchen!!! It's so beautiful. What did you guys end up dpoing with the awesome lights over the old island?

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  31. Hi Rie!

    I just love your blog and your home! You have great style. I took the paint formula to home depot and painted my t.v armoire in it! I just need to find hardware now! I love it! But I want to distress it, I am afraid....can you give me some tips??? ( island color)

    Cindy
    xo

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  32. Your kitchen is so warm and inviting. It has a real feeling of home.

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  33. Just recently stumbled upon your blog and I am having such fun poking around here a little bit each day. I appreciate your heart for your family and for the Lord...and for making a place of beauty for both to abide.

    Was wondering if you could tell me where you purchased the roman shades that I see in your living room and kitchen. I so love the texture they add to the room and their understated beauty.

    Thank you so much!

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