Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Kitchen Redo

I've been meaning to post some photos of my kitchen since we re-did the lighting a few months ago but had been waiting until I found a photo of what it looked like when we first moved in so it would be a bit more dramatic. Well I finally found a 'before' shot this weekend, so here it is with the gorgeous (gag) oak cabinets, fluorescent light fixture (not shown, but it was centered on the ceiling), and totally mismatched window treatment:

And here it is now:

We spruced the kitchen up on a pretty tight budget because we don't plan on staying in this house for too long and didn't want to make a big investment, but clearly some things needed to change to make this more livable. We painted the walls a neutral shade, painted the cabinets white, added some cabinet hardware, took down all window treatments (we have block walls in the backyard), got a new faucet, and most importantly, took down the the fluorescent fixture and added some recessed lights and a pendant over the dining table.

Of course there are things I would love to change (like the appliances & formica) but overall I am very happy with how it turned out!


  1. Your kitchen looks great. We are in the process of doing the same thing with our delightful oak cabinets. Also, loving the plates above the window and stove!

  2. I would definitely recommend putting up some sort of window treatment as you can lose and gain a significant amount of heat through the windows.

  3. Wow what a great change. The cabinet color and wall color just make such a wonderful change. Your new lighting choice really added a lot to the kitchen.

  4. WOW...such a difference and when you get to add the STAINLESS STEEL, you will see a much BIGGER difference...you'll love it even more. :)

    Jen Ramos

  5. I am about to paint my kitchen cabinets as well (teeny budget & in need of a spruce), can you tell me what kind of paint you used?


  6. Michelle- we used interior semi-gloss paint on the cabinets. First we sanded them really well, applied a coat of primer, then did two coats of white. Hope that helps, good luck with your project!