Kitchen Details with Before and Afters

1.23.2017

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.


41 comments:

  1. Kim, your kitchen is beautiful! Building in a refrigerator gives a clean sight line and your carpenters did an amazing job. It all looks so fresh and a great way to start off the year. I know it feels good to get that messy job behind you! Happy Monday!

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  2. What a great update of your kitchen!

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  3. It looks great Kim. I love that you took the cabinets to the ceiling. And enclosing the frig made a huge impact.

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  4. WOW lady! This kitchen looks stunning!I love the bar stools that are in there too. I think they are a PERFECT match for your kitchen. I hope to someday convince Mr. BHL to let me paint our kitchen cabinets...

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  5. It looks great. It's a testament to your good taste that you got a fresh look without completely ripping out the old. Proof that classic is always a good idea.
    Speaking of classic, your backsplash is timeless. And the granite works well with the colors and at least isn't a dated black.

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  6. Hello! It is not that your kitchen wasn't lovely to begin with, but the changes have elevated your kitchen and created a more cohesive look given the colour of your appliances, especially. Bringing the cabinetry to the ceiling and adding crown moulding was smart. As I am of the age when my eyesight has begun to change, I am appreciating good lighting and light, reflective colours even more. Enjoy your refreshed kitchen!

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  7. Ilove your kitchen and the updates are stunning.

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  8. Your kitchen looks amazing! I think you chose just the right things to do. It's interesting to me that some of the things you did long ago are currently what everybody wants. You are ahead of the trends.

    So glad you didn't take out that granite and backsplash. I think those of us who blog and look at blogs tend to think we have to update everything. In my mind, granite is meant to be forever....or close to it. :)

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  9. your transformation is beautiful! I'm using your cabinet and wall colors as inspiration for my own kitchen. We have the same granite as you, but our cabinets are a muted cream color and the walls are almost mustard yellow. We're going to brighten and freshen everything up, and your kitchen has given me JUST the right color scheme to go with!

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  10. What a most beautiful kitchen remodel and you found great solutions to your wish list. Great details to make it even more beautiful and I love that you added a lot of warmth and character to the kitchen in the accessories.

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  11. What a nice update, Kim. I like pure white cabinetry, too. The next house I have is going to have white cabinets. This one is hickory and while I like it I really love the fresh feel of white cabinets. It just feels bright and clean to me. I think we will see less and less glazed cabinetry in the next few years.

    Everything turned out great, Kim. xo Diana

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  12. I never get tired of white cabinets. Every time I think of painting them I change my mind and just give them a fresh coat of white. I agree it's a timeless color and always looks clean. Beautiful update Kim :)

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  13. Your kitchen turned out great. The white cabinets looks great and I love the top trim.

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  14. So pretty! I love the colors in your kitchen! So bright and clean looking!

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  15. your kitchen always looks amazing but I love the updates particularly the cabinets. i would love to do something like that in mine. i will have to email you for your guys number.

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  16. Hi Kim
    Your 'after' kitchen in white, with the built-in fridge, and the refreshed lower cabinets looks bright and clean and charmingly pretty! Of course, I'm partial to white, my own kitchen being white, but I truly believe that it is the perfect colour for such a hard working space!

    Happy 2017!

    Poppy

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  17. You have such beautiful taste. I loved it before and love it now.

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  18. Wow it really looks like a million bucks! Great updates with the millwork and cabinetry and the simple details like the hooks. I love it.

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  19. Your kitchen updates are beautiful! I truly love it all. It looks so clean and streamlined. Great job!

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  20. Kim, it look so awesome! Love seeing the progression with the before and afters. I'm in love with that moulding. That's now the next thing I want in my kitchen... ;-)

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  21. Looks really beautiful Kim, Luv your "adjustments!"
    A number of the things you did~especially the integrated built up large profile crown molding were things we did on some incredibly expensive kitchens--way back when I was a kitchen designer. You've got great tastes and a good eye to do that!
    And can I add that, even before your upgrade, so nice to see you at least had a basic crown. It drives me crazy to see unfinished cabinet tops. Like dressing up and not wearing jewelry.
    Catherine

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  22. Great updates, Kim! Love the colors and the moldings and the lighting. Beautiful!!!

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  23. Beautiful kitchen! I especially like the trim, the freshly painted lowers and the wall color. I'm happy for you!

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  24. Kim your kitchen is amazing. I love that molding from the top of the cabinets with the crown. Just gorgeous. I bet you smile every time you go into that sweet kitchen. Very pretty.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  25. It looks stunning; fresh, clean, bright, and very welcoming.
    Enjoy...!

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  26. Love all the special details. Gorgeous.
    So happy I found your blog. Love your ideas.

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  27. Love all the changes!!! Everything looks absolutley beautiful.....love the new pendant lights :o)
    ~Des

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  28. Love all the changes you made to your kitchen, it looks gorgeous! I just had my kitchen cabinets painted in white and it makes a huge difference!

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  29. I love your updated kitchen. The molding and your new pendant lights are my favorite part! I need to have a carpenter build me a cabinet for my fridge. I had no idea what a big difference it would make!

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  30. Well it all sure looks pretty, makes the backsplash and counters look new too!

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  31. I love before and afters and this is especially good. But what I really want to know is how you like having the small butchers block as a sort of mini island? I have toyed with doing just this and then I wonder if it would just get in the way with a big family and lots of people, I would really welcome your thoughts!

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    1. I basically use it just to set things on which comes in handy sometimes. Mine is not in my way, but it's just the two of us.

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  32. Ahh, there's nothing like a great before and after...although your before was beautiful as well. It's just fun to see changes over time. You and your carpenters did an amazing job. I love the fresh look!
    Shelley

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  33. It's a great transformation and I really love the fact that the fridge is now less visible.

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  34. I love it all...classic and elegant, but warm and charming at the same time. Enjoy it!

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  35. I always thought your kitchen was great before but it is fabulous now! Love how you took the cabinets to the ceiling!

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  36. Your kitchen always look great, but love the new look as I love white cabinets.
    Very very pretty...........know you must be enjoying it so much.
    Thanks for sharing how you did it......and that you had the cabinet doors sprayed
    by a painter..... I would not have thought of that.....I would think someone
    would have to just come in and paint everything, so would think this must be
    a more cost affective way.
    Enjoy that wonderful kitchen
    Blessings, Nellie

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  37. I'm a blog hopper-yours is always my first go-to! Just beautiful. Can you tell me if your uppers are standard height or 42"? I would love to box ours in, but they are standard height with a 9' ceiling.

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    1. Marianne, they are 41 inches now to the start of the new trim. We boxed in 12 inches from the top to the ceiling. Thanks

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  38. Great updates! I especially like the new moldings above the cabinets and the refrigerator build-in. By the way, I have the same Top Knobs cabinet door hardware, but mine are black. That is what drew my eye to your kitchen initially.

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  39. Your kitchen turned out beautifully Kim. Love the crown molding.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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