I recently completed a little facelift on my own kitchen, so I thought I would share the before and after photos. When we bought our house, we loved the location and floor plan, but the selections the previous owners had made were outdated to say the least. This can be so frustrating as a designer because I have a hard time understanding how someone would select honey oak cabinetry and beige tile with brown grout in 2006?!? It all feels very 1986 to me, but I digress.
Being that the house was only 4 years old when we bought it, we didn’t want to invest in a major kitchen renovation because the cabinets were pretty much brand new and I didn’t mind the door profile or the layout. Not to mention, this isn’t our forever house so why make a big investment when we’ll be looking to sell at some point in the next few years? I absolutely love our appliances (GE Monogram) and the countertops were neutral enough.
This is a picture of the kitchen right after we bought the house…honey oak cabinetry and beige tile galore! It practically pains me to look at the before photos. I’m so thankful that I could see past all of the 1980’s noise to realize, “Hey, this isn’t so bad. Slap some paint on those cabinets, some gorgeous hardware, and some new flooring.” Done and done.
This next picture of the kitchen is mid-facelift. You can see the new floors that we had installed throughout the entire house, which were purchased from Du Chateau. They are a wax finished floor (no yucky polyurethane chemicals), and they’re an engineered wood which makes for much quicker installation. We chose 8″ reclaimed wood planks for a modern, farmhouse feel. While I loved the floors at this point, boy did they make the cabinets look even worse!
And for the final reveal…here are the after photos! I’m so happy with how it all turned out. My painter did a great job and it literally feels like a brand new kitchen for a fraction of the price. While I would love to have soft-closing cabinet doors and carrera marble countertops, that will all have to wait until our next house. And with a kitchen like this, I’m totally okay with waiting for my dream kitchen for a few more years!
I chose ORB (oil-rubbed bronze) hardware for the kitchen because all of the doors and hinges in our house were already ORB. I waffled back and forth between ORB and brushed nickel hardware for a long time, but ultimately I decided to stay consistent with the rest of the house. All of the hardware was purchased from Restoration Hardware. RH has the best assortment of ORB hardware…with no funky copper undertones.
I love the built-in refrigerator from GE Monogram that was here when we bought the house. It’s fantastic quality for the price (no Viking here) and has an enormous fridge, which is essential for a growing family that likes to entertain.
This is a close up shot of the floor. The picture makes the wood look a little more red than it actually looks in person. I love the texture of the reclaimed wood, but yet it’s not too textured or too glossy like so many of the engineered woods these days. There’s a long hallway adjacent to the kitchen, so I had the installer change the direction of the wood in the hallway to make the space appear longer than it is and to draw your eye down the hall.
So what do you think? Do you like my facelift? I hope so. It’s made a world of difference to us and makes working in the kitchen a much happier occasion.
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan
Cabinet Color: Benjamin Moore Cloud White
Cabinet Knobs: Restoration Hardware Duluth Knob in 1 1/4″
Cabinet Pulls: Restoration Hardware Bistro Pull in various sizes
Flooring: Du Chateau Seine