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Monday, April 7, 2014

Kitchen Makeover: Final Reveal!


Our mini kitchen makeover is finally complete!  This makeover is by no means one of those jaw dropping before & afters, where you can hardly recognize the original space.  However, we think the changes we made make a huge difference overall!

To recap: our whole plan was to update our kitchen without having to paint the cabinets - not only are they newer & in good condition, we didn't feel like taking on the extra task of painting the cabinets since we plan on moving eventually anyway.  In other words, we weren't concerned with getting our
'dream kitchen' at this point.

To achieve our goal, we updated the counters with Frosty Carrina quartz, replaced the backsplash with white ceramic subway tile, & made some other minor updates (you can read more on those details in these prior posts: ordered countertopspicked out a sink & faucetdemoed our existing backsplash & countersinstalled Frosty Carrina quartz & sink, installed installed our faucet & drywallinstalled backsplash, grouted backsplash, new pendant light & finishing touches).

So here's what the kitchen looked like when we moved in back in 2008:

 It wasn't awful by any means, just not our current style.  It's funny how tastes can change, because we initially thought this kitchen was pretty nice (particularly in comparison with our former apartment kitchen).  Even though we always planned on upgrading the laminate countertops, we actually liked the travertine backsplash originally.

However, over the last few years we've made some minor changes in our home (painted, updated some lighting, & added some decor/furniture) and, eventually, the stone backsplash didn't really jive with the style of the rest of our house.  Here's what the kitchen looked like in January (before we started demo):

And here's what our updated kitchen looks like now!





The countertops read as solid bright white in photos, but in person they are a softer white
with grey veining (we think it's a great alternative to marble).
Here are some close-ups of the Frosty Carrina quartz by Caesarstone:



One of the best decisions we made was going with the larger single bowl sink & new faucet.
We seriously love the sink area now:

So those were the basic before & after photos, but here's what the kitchen looks
like after adding back our small appliances & other everyday items:


















We bought some parsley, basil, & mint from Lowe's & replanted them in these plain white pots:


 This is our 'coffee area' - where we keep our Keurig machine & Vue packs:






The alphabet magnets were originally primary colors, so we spray painted them all white:


Before & Afters:







The first thing we made in our new kitchen was some lemon poppy seed bread!





We think this mini makeover demonstrates that you can update your kitchen without having to paint your cabinets!

Mel & Nader
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