Thursday, June 23, 2011

Kitchen Before & After

My husband and I bought a foreclosure.  It took 6 months to close on the house, and another 3 months for the kitchen and bathroom to be completed so we could move in.  We live in NY state, so it’s very expensive living- about an hour from NYC. 
Our house was empty for over 2 years, and my poor husband (and my in-laws) couldn’t see the potential of this home built in 1890!  Now it is just a dream come true living in our home, of course there is always more to do. But that’s kind of the fun of it.
I’m a sucker for  before and after shots, so I’d like to start my blogging life with a before and after of a room in my home.   
My Kitchen BEFORE & AFTER Shots

And then recently we updated these lights again.

Ok.  Now a little back story.  The kitchen before felt obviously outdated, but also dirty and gross.  That’s why I decided to paint the cabinets white and the walls light blue, for that fresh clean look.  We chose the tin backsplash because I really liked the texture that it would add.  We also added white tile to the ceiling to make the room feel like it belonged in this old house.  We updated all the appliances, sink and trash can to stainless steel. And then added oil rubbed bronze hardware to the cabinets and the sink faucet.  We also removed the countertop and put in black and white marble tile countertops.  Its not granite, but its an improvement. 

Close up of the tile, which is grouted together just like a floor

We used a system called schleter which can be found at home depot

After months of living with the kitchen, I decided to go 1 step further. We then added molding to the top of the cabinets and wainscotting to the sides of all the cabinets, and also added a chairrail and wainscotting all around the room. 

Since there wasn’t that much wall space, this wasn’t that expensive, but it gave the kitchen a more expensive custom look. 

We get lots of positive feedback on the celing too. We bought it online, and just glued it up. Since our home was built in 1980, I think it brings the right authenticy to the home, but I also think this could add great character for a newer built home

We are still currently working on this space, I loved how the cabinets looked on the outside, but they still looked like this when we opened them. Ugly.

So we painted them out white

It makes me much happier to open them up and see this now.

Tile, Sink, & Faucet- Home Depot
Paint- Home Depot
Hardware for cabinets & blinds that don’t properly fit-Target
Appliances- Sears
Curtains- Fabric from JoAnns and some hot glue

Dont hesitate to ask any questions, I'll write a comment back to answer

More posts on the kitchen

All Kitchen Details

Details about the countertop

New lights on the bar

Sorry these pictures arent the best, I've just started blogging, but I feel like I'm getting better!
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  1. Just saw this over at Homestories and wow, what a great transformation! I love the backsplash :) You must love it!

  2. Yea it's quite the transformation lol. We love it all, thanks for commenting!

  3. Beautiful transformation! I love the backsplash. Thanks for sharing this great room.

  4. Please tell me more about those ceiling tiles ... where did you find them? Did you install yourself? If so, was it hard to do? What tools would I need? Clearly I want to do this in my own home. Right now I have the dreaded popcorn on my first floor ceilings ...

    If you covered all this already on the blog, could you give me the link?



  5. WOW....what a diff. Great job.

  6. I'm stopping by through Debbiedoos and I see you have my blog on your sidebar ticker thingy thing! Wow! WOW! Thank you so much ... I'm speechless ...

    You are so going on my reader sidebar thingy thing ...

  7. I love the backsplash and the ceiling tiles. Two things I've been trying to talk hubby into in our kitchen.

  8. What a beautiful transformation. Very worth the wait! I hope you will link up this project at my Show & Tell party. It kicks off every Wednesday and lasts through Friday. You can find the party at

  9. Your new kitchen is lovely, so bright and the pale blue so pretty! Tin ceilings and backsplash are really cool! So exciting! I'm now following you!

  10. What an absolutely wonderful transformation. It is lovely, and a great job. I love the tin ceiling definitely adds character to the room.

    Visiting from Debbiedoos and welcome to blogging.

  11. I'm in LOVE with your ceilings! We may have to do this in our house one day!

    I would be thrilled if you would link this up at my second ever Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL...going on right now (we had almost 300 links last week...can you tell I'm excited??! : ))

    Would love to have you by for a visit!

    P.S. I'm a new follower. : )

    ~Abbie (


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