My Kitchen Makeover Reveal




Last night, I cooked dinner for my family.  It was the first time in 5 weeks that we were able to prepare a home cooked meal in our kitchen.  We sat down together (at the table not the sofa with tv trays) and celebrated the completion of our kitchen makeover project.  I was enjoying the new kitchen so much that I snapped the reveal pictures while I was cooking.  

Here it is...


After



After





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After




Here's a look back at what it looked like originally...




Before



Before



You may remember when I began the makeover.  It started with a grand vision of the "perfect kitchen".  The "perfect kitchen" design plan quickly exceeded our budget.  Once I gave myself a reality check, I focused on making the space better instead of making it perfect.  

 Therefore, we ended up with a "better kitchen" as opposed to the "perfect kitchen".






I was able to take what I had and improve it.  






I love the way it turned out.  Not only because it's pretty, but because it didn't break the bank.  I can enjoy my new space without feeling bad about how much it cost. 
After all, isn't good design is all about how you feel when you are in the space?  
I felt pretty good last night.  






The chocolate cake may or may not have something to do with it.







Over the next few weeks, I will take you through each project one by one.






I will also post a source list with all of the product sources, paint colors etc. 






My main objective was to give our builder grade kitchen a custom look.  
One way I tried to accomplish this was by altering our stock grade cabinets with paint and trim.  






I will be posting a step by step tutorial on my wine storage cabinet.  











A real wine fridge was part of the "perfect kitchen" design plan.  
This is the "better kitchen's" version.  






I can't wait to share the details on all the design elements.







Be sure to check back to see how the kitchen came together.







For now, I've gotta go.  
There's one piece of cake left and no ones looking.  



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65 comments:

  1. Wow - it looks amazing! It's SO much brighter - what a difference. I'm looking forward to hearing how you did it all!

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  2. Our current home is on the market. In hopes of selling we are looking for a new home near our children and grandchildren. Many we've seen need kitchen updates. Your kitchen is exactly what we have in mind, should we eventually buy. I am saving your link for reference.

    Absolutely wonderful makeover. Fabulous inspiration!

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  3. Absolutely beautiful! Love the white, the crown and the rug! It's so bright! You must be thrilled:)

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  4. It looks amazing! Certainly looks like the "perfect" kitchen to me! :-)
    Xo

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  5. It looks fantastic!! Nice job - love the white & black combo :)

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  6. Tell us what color you used on the walls.

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  7. Can't wait to see the design details!

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  8. Can't wait for the next details! It turned out beautiful.

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  9. This is gorgeous! I'll be moving into a house with old, dark cabinetry in a few months, and I can't wait to paint it.

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  10. Oh its beautiful! I can't wait to hear about the cabinets, I've been waiting to redo ours! Also- nice touch with the chocolate cake!

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  11. I can't wait to see your "how-tos!" It looks amazing,

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  12. It looks beautiful and I love the detail on the top of the cabinets. Looking forward to the details of all your hard work.

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  13. this might sound crazy but I've been waiting for this for a long time! I love every room in your house and was dying to see what you did with the kitchen. thanks for sharing!

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  14. How did.you paint your cabinets? A brush or sprayer?

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  15. How did you paint your cabinets? Brush or sprayer?

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  16. How did.you paint your cabinets? A brush or sprayer?

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  17. YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW LONG I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS REVEAL!...I was SO happy because this is the first thing I read this morning! YIPEE...So very, very excited to see the project details. P.S. lOvE how it turned out. P.P.S. lOve, lOve your perspective.

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  18. Where did you get the rug?

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  19. Congratulations - what a gorgeous kitchen!

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  20. Very pretty and even better that it looks so lovely and didn't break the bank.

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  21. Where did you find the rug??? I love it and it looks exactly what I have been looking for! Thanks

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  22. Absolutely gorgeous! You did a fabulous job and I can't imagine it turning out any better!!!

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  23. Sarah,
    The results are jaw-dropping beautiful!!!

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  24. This is increadible! Looking forward to all the details!

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  25. After looking at this, I am happy that I chose white cabinets, I am using HD Solid Black Laminate for the counter top for budget purposes, but I am so glad I saw this. I have gotten so many pointers from your website. It's such an excellent resource! Thanks so much!

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  26. I love that you went with the better kitchen instead of the perfect kitchen. Can't wait to hear all about the details.

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  27. Absolutely stunning! I can't believe those are the same old builder's cabinets! I used to HATE white cabinets but I'm seeing them used so beautifully these days that I'm re-thinking that opinion!! BTW, my laminate floor is going in and it's looking awesome!!!

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  28. I just purchased the same exact light for my foyer! Looks great!~Brandy@Vintage Style and Designs

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  29. Hurry up and eat your cake -- I can't wait to hear all about it! Great job!

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  30. Wow! Great job. I have the exact same cabinets, now you've got me thinking....

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  31. Oh I love, LOVE your new" kitchen! I would be thrilled to update ours. One thing at a time I guess :)

    xoxo, Tanya
    http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/

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  32. Your kitchen is so beautiful. Love it all. What brand of appliances did you buy? Loving the fridge.

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  33. Absolutely stunning! Can't wait to be let in on all the details! Thanks for sharing, Sarah.
    Heidi @ Decor & More

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  34. Love it...especially that it improves and not breaks! My kitchen looks very similar as your before photo, and I would love to make the change to white. My base and door trim are the same wood stain as the cabs. And it would probably break my bank to change the trim out. Any suggestions?

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  35. It's beautiful!! I love the rug and lantern. Can't wait to hear all about it... :-)

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  36. Yes, need details fast, remodeling kitchen and contractor is waiting for me to tell him what I want.

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  37. Stunning and I can't wait for all the "how to" posts . PS cake recipe would be good too if you made that!!! Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  38. ps you will probably get more of a kick out of this make over than the perfect $$$ kitchen. Awesome job. Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  39. It's gorgeous. love it all - especially the light fixture and the new granite.

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  40. I too have been anxiously awaiting this reveal!!! I am going to be painting my cabinets also and actually have the same flooring as you in our dining room, entry and hall and have been contemplating putting it in the kitchen. I love the contrast with the white cabinets.

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  41. How long to the details? I have to pick a white paint this week and in desperate need of a color! Hurry! (LOVE the blog)

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    1. Hi Susan, I used Martha Stewarts "Tailors Chalk" for the color of the cabinetry. :) I hope that helps! Best of luck with your project!! Sarah

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  42. Beautiful job! Love love love the light fixture and the leopard print on the bar stools!

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  43. OOooooooo this is stunning! What a transformation. Love love love the extended cabinets. Makes your kitchen look so much grander! Can't wait to read all about the details. Would I be out of line asking where you purchased your rug? It's beautiful and it seems no one sells round rugs anymore.

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    1. kat t. ~ Try J.C.Penney's for a round rug. We got an Octagon shaped one for our foyer and they did have round ones too.

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  44. The new kitchen is, as everyone is saying, stunning! I hope you will share with us where you got the fantastic round dining table in a future post.

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  45. Beautiful!! Can't wait to find out the color on the wall!

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  46. Gorgeous! I'm painting my kitchen this month and I'd love to use the same color!!

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  47. This is simply amazing. I love every detail about it. It looks so modern but at the same time so comforting and calming. The overall impact is just great. The color combinations are also perfect. I will say, you did an absolutely incredible job on this. I am so happy for you. By the way, the chocolate cake looks so yummy.

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  48. Love the idea of the higher crown moldings on the cabinets! They turned out great. Makes such a diference. Know what you mean about eating on T.V. trays too ~ we redid our kitchen completely and try 2 months of eating that way!! Love those big glass jars on your counter too ~ where are they available?

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  49. Ack! I love it--it's perfect! I'm heartened to see something so beautiful done on a real person's budget. Great job! Can't wait for more details!

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  50. Your kitchen looks fabulous! I love every detail. I really like that rug too! I was wondering where did you find your glass canisters on the counter? I have looked everywhere for ones that have an airtight seal. Thanks.

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  51. Amazing transformation...love the molding on the cabinets, I can't believe what a difference it makes. So classy! I am patiently waiting for your "source" list, I drool over that light fixture!

    I also wanted to let you know that my daughter and I recently used your tutorial for creating a Chevron wall...I could not believe how easy it was! I have seen a lot of tutorials and yours was by far the easiest to do execute...we did a full wall in about 2 hours! TFS!

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  52. OMG I LOVE all your designs!!!!!!! I cannot WAIT to read all the details on each element of this makeover!! It looks incredible! Bravo!!

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  53. Just found this and had to comment...I'm in the throes of a kitchen re-do and it is literally kicking my butt! Your post just gave me that little extra burst of inspiration to keep going- thanks! =)

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  54. Did I miss the resource list? We ware starting our remodel next month and I'd love to have that info? What material are your countertops?

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  55. I love the lantern you used...can you share your source?
    Beautiful redo!

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  56. Ok that's it. I can't take it anymore. The interior doors in our home MUST be painted black. And then I'll work on the hubby for getting our kitchen cabients painted white.

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  57. I might be starting a remodel in the next couples of months and would love to see your resource list. Has it been posted it? Your kitchen is beautiful and I love how to cabinets turned out.

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  58. I've been trying to find the perfect color to paint my living room, and I LOVE the color you used on the walls of your kitchen! What is it?

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  59. I've been trying to decide what color to paint my living room, and I love the color you used on your kitchen walls. What is it?

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