Between the holidays and then many cloudy days and not having good light to take decent pictures of the kitchen I have finally got some before and afters to share of the kitchen remodel. This job started at the end of October and we thought it would be finished, cleaned up and ready to use in about two weeks time, but it, of course, took longer than expected. Any job that makes a big mess always takes longer than you want it to. Mr. Savvy and I did a lot of the prepping and painting, but our wonderful carpenters did a fabulous job of bringing my ideas to life.
This wasn't a major overhaul of the kitchen, but just updating a few things. We built the house in 1995 and updated the kitchen several years later. The original cabinets were white and now we went back to white again. What goes around comes around.
This is the before from 2012. It's the only picture I could find with how the refrigerator looked before sticking out. What a difference enclosing the fridge made. It's my favorite update.
Before with the lighter wall color.
The other major update was adding the trim from the cabinets to the ceiling and all the way around the room. We had carpenters that we have used before do that part.
After all the trim was installed we painted it. We also painted the white cabinets, but one of the carpenters sprayed the doors for us in his shop.
I decided to have the doors hung back up on this upper cabinet since they were getting painted, too and we had to put new glass in them since the other broke removing it. I chose clear this time instead of the seeded so the items inside could be seen better.
The peninsula may look the same as it did before, but I painted them again in the same color, but omitted the glaze this time so they are cleaner and less yellow than before. They needed this look to go with the clean white cabinets.
You can check out the tutorial for the old look here.
The handles that were here before on the drawers were hanging before and were chipping the paint off where they hit the edge so I switched to these. These are in the Normandy Collection by Top Knobs in rouge patina.
I changed out the rooster hooks on this end to some black iron hooks.
The large vintage French bread basket on the end was a steal at the antique shop near my dad's home. I don't think I ever shared this with y'all. They are normally around $99 and up and that's for a smaller one like in the basket. I stole the large one at $30!! I seriously thought it might have been a type-o.
I would have liked to change out the back splash and granite, but those were updated around ten or more years ago and cost a mere fortune and they work fine. We can't just tear out good stuff like that.
I am more than pleased with the updates.
What we did ourselves:
Prepped the kitchen and took the cabinet doors and drawers out to be painted.
Painted the white cabinet bases.
Painted the trim.
Hung the new lights.
I painted the peninsula.
What the carpenters did:
Built the new cabinet for the fridge.
Painted the white cabinet doors.
Raised the cabinets to the ceiling and added the crown molding.
You can see more before and progress shots in the posts below:
The white cabinet and trim color is Snowfall White by Benjamin Moore mixed in Advanced paint in semi gloss.
Wall color is French Canvas by Benjamin Moore and we also painted the ceiling the same color.