Kitchen Afters!

>> 5.17.2010

Have you ever accidentally redone an entire room?
After going through the list of improvements that I've made to this kitchen, I found out that it was exactly what I did! What started as a small facelift turned into an almost complete renovation.

Before: off white appliances, yellow walls, green lower cabinets, laminate countertops, dim track lighting, yellowing backsplash, and dated knobs:
Over the past 9(ish) months, I've redone: the countertops/ sink, backsplash, lighting (twice), painted the cabinets, replaced the hardware, and purchased all new appliances. The cabinets and floors were the only elements that were in the house when I bought it.

Removing the popcorn ceilings and cramped upper cabinets really brought the space into 2010.
(Notice how that light fixture is missing? More on that later!)

I have to give a shout-out to IKEA I'm loving this $25 runner, it's the perfect weight for a kitchen (and the $20 artwork from the as-is section can't be beat)!

I'm really loving the black and white cabinet scheme paired with classic subway tile. Although I went modern with the hardware, can't you see the room totally transformed by swapping out the pulls with glass knobs and the rug with a floral print?

There are still a few little details that need to be updated in the space (like a touch-up job on the upper cabinets), but we're loving the space as-is for now! I'll be sure to come back with a full budget breakdown later on, but I'm going to estimate that the total for all of the projects will be around $8,000 *Edit: After Sara questioned that number in the comments, I redid my math and realized I added one of the numbers twice... it will be more like $6,000.  **See how much it really cost HERE

So... what do you think?


Audreya May 17, 2010 at 10:08 AM  

LOVE IT!!! It looks great!

And yes, I am totally in the midst of a small makeover turned large renovation... also in the kitchen!! I'm glad to hear you took almost 9 months because I was starting to think I was dragging my feet (been 5 months) but I guess these things just take time.

Congrats on getting it done. It's awesome!!

Meredith Travels May 17, 2010 at 10:11 AM  

gasp! It's AMAZING! I love it! No seriously. I LOVE IT! The transformation is awesome! I'm excited to see the budget breakdown too!

The Brick Cottage May 17, 2010 at 10:12 AM  

It looks fantastic! What a great accidental makeover!

oneluckycouple May 17, 2010 at 10:13 AM  

Kasey, it's beautiful! You did a fantastic job! Where did you get the hardware for the cabinets? You know we're about to completely gut our kitchen, and I love those! Great job! :)

miss corner cape May 17, 2010 at 10:15 AM  

really liking the two different colors you chose for the cabinets. definitely a bold choice. sigh, i wish we could get a fridge that looked like you built around it! we have cabinets that were built around an old fridge. unfortunately there is only one fridge we found that would fit exactly, but its 1800 bucks. can't do it, when there are perfectly nice looking ones much cheaper. and messing with the cabinets is not an option.

Danielle and Clint May 17, 2010 at 10:17 AM  

OMG! I LOVE the contrast of the bottom cabinets!!! Great job! This is so awesome. All the headahces were worth it!

Kim at Yellow Brick Home May 17, 2010 at 10:23 AM  

So chic! So clean! Love it!

With your elegant new color palette, you really could have so much fun with a colorful runner, or even something circle! Just like those pink blooms punched up your counters, the same could be said with an unexpected rug.

Great job, Kasey!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog May 17, 2010 at 10:25 AM  

Thanks for the love! I'm glad you all like it :).

@oneluckycouple~ The pulls are an in stock find from Lowe's. I'm much too impatient to order things online!

@miss corner cape~ I was lucky that the fridge I went for fit perfectly in my space! Maybe you can add in a molding to bridge the gap with the one you have?

Amanda May 17, 2010 at 10:28 AM  

The black on bottom cabinets are the way to go! And the subway tile, even in a small area, makes the kitchen look fancy and expensive. Great job!

cm May 17, 2010 at 10:44 AM  

Great job! I especially like the white cabinets on top and the black ones on the bottom. I hear that all white cabinets are a nightmare to keep clean. You must enjoy cooking there. I'm looking forward to the cost breakdown. Because labor costs are so different around the country, it could be useful to also see things in terms of hours, i.e. 10 hours to paint the cabinets, etc. Thanks Casey!

Mrs. Chic May 17, 2010 at 10:53 AM  

It looks so nice!! I love your kitchen, I love the black bottom lowers and the white uppers! It makes your kitchen look so large -everything looks nice...I've loved seeing all you progress over the past months - so its so great to see the afters!!! Again LOVE LOVE!! I tld my coworker you have to paint your kitchen like Kasey did!!

Kerry May 17, 2010 at 10:54 AM  

I love it! I especially love that you did the dark lower cabinets and lighter upper cabinets. I've always loved that look!

micah @ the yellow front door May 17, 2010 at 11:03 AM  

Kasey, it's beautiful!!! I love the countertops and the subway tile. And the appliances are gorgeous. Great job!!

J & L May 17, 2010 at 11:07 AM  

Way to go, Kasey! It looks great!! I've been eying that rug from Ikea for my upcoming Laundry room re-do (which is a little like your kitchen in that nothing that was original is staying - why *is* that?!?).

Tell'er All About it!

Ashley @ The Design Thief May 17, 2010 at 11:43 AM  


You did such an amazing job! Everything looks great! I love your IKEA runner too and I may have to snag one for myself!

Elisa @ whatthevita May 17, 2010 at 12:15 PM  

I am saving your images for inspiration for when we paint our kitchen cabinets! LOVE the dual-color look! WOW.

Life in Rehab May 17, 2010 at 12:17 PM  

It's just beautiful, and I am sooooooooooo jealous!

Flavia @ Estilo Home May 17, 2010 at 12:22 PM  

Wow, it looks absolutely amazing!! I seriously love everything about it. Definitely worth all the time and effort!

Katie May 17, 2010 at 12:32 PM  

i love it! i really like the contrast between the cabinets, looks great with the darker counters and the white tiles.

we have that runner in our entry and i really liked it - the best thing about it is that it is super easy to clean, perfect for a kitchen.

Kristi W @ Life at the Chateau Whitman May 17, 2010 at 1:10 PM  

Wow, it looks awesome! You did a great job. I really like that artwork.

Jenny May 17, 2010 at 1:45 PM  

I love it!! It really looks awesome, the before is hard to believe! Great job!

Jeannine @ Small and Chic May 17, 2010 at 1:51 PM  

AHHH! I LOVE it! Hooray!

What is the paint color on the wall? Did I miss that?

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog May 17, 2010 at 2:02 PM  

@Jeannine~ It's Dolphin Fin by Behr. I'm glad you like it :).

spark! (Ada-Marie) May 17, 2010 at 2:12 PM  

Looks FABULOUS! I love the color palate -- it came together so seamlessly. Your hard work definitely paid off. Enjoy your GORGEOUS kitchen, Kasey!!!

hiphousegirl May 17, 2010 at 3:44 PM  

Kasey, these are just awesome! I am really getting goosebumps! Galley kitchens are a challenge, but you toooootally made it look like it belongs in a swanky upscale loft.

And before when you asked, I recommended that you lower that bar. Now I take that back- it looks fantastic just the way it is! Yeesh girl- I have some catching up to do!

Sarah @ Hennessey House May 17, 2010 at 4:03 PM  

holy crap i think it's amazing. truly stunning. the colors all work SO WELL together and create such a peaceful, modern statement. i'm jealous :)

Lauren May 17, 2010 at 4:07 PM  

WOW! Amazing! That was definitely worth the wait!! It looks awesome! I am super jealous!!! Want to come fly out to Northern Virginia and help me do mine? (that was WAY too many exclamation points..)

Stacy May 17, 2010 at 5:14 PM  

Wow! It really does look amazing! So modern and chic now!

L. Duncan May 17, 2010 at 6:29 PM  

Girl, you did that! I LOVE everything I see! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!

Now I really need to try black for my cabinets. I can't wait to see your break down of the space.

oh and yes, you gotta love IKEA!

LizzieBeth May 17, 2010 at 6:54 PM  

I will seriously sleep better at night knowing your lower cabinets are black.

My anal retentive side would stop around like a child every time I saw those green monsters.

Looks great. But you know that ;)


Jenny @ Anything Pretty May 17, 2010 at 6:59 PM  

Spectacular! It turned out perfectly....and for an amazing price. Love the backsplash...and the colors....and the cabinet hardware...and the rug.

Cat@BudgetBlonde May 17, 2010 at 7:06 PM  

Yall did an awesome job!!!

Kate May 17, 2010 at 7:24 PM  

Great job Kasey! :)

frugalapolis May 17, 2010 at 8:01 PM  

It looks amazingly wonderful, you should be a designer! Enjoy it now.

Jacquelin Seybert May 17, 2010 at 8:39 PM  

Stunning! I love the black and white cabinet combination!

McCarthy Designs May 17, 2010 at 9:08 PM  

Kasey your kitchen looks great! I'm interested to see how much it cost you for the makeover! We are planning on updating our kitchen later this year! xx

Sara @ Russet Street Reno May 17, 2010 at 9:54 PM  

Holy crap....that is astounding! Although, I'm sort of surprised to see that it all cost 8k? I don't remember your totals adding up to that much...but of course that is a deal for a brand-new kitchen!

Dolphin Fin looks really great in there. A lot more gray than when I tried it in my upstairs room. I love it all!

Sarah B. May 18, 2010 at 5:47 AM  

It looks great! I especially love the subway tile. The whole thing is just fantastic!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog May 18, 2010 at 8:15 AM  

@Sara~ You got me! I just went back through the numbers and realized that I spent way less than $8,000... I added the countertops in twice!

Babs May 18, 2010 at 9:23 AM  

Simply gorgeous Kasey!! Wonderful job and such a fantastic inspiration!

Jamie Lee May 19, 2010 at 10:20 AM  

I love it Kasey! The changes you made are beautiful!

kiley June 3, 2010 at 10:53 AM  

Kasey, This is amazing! I love it. Great job! Thanks for commenting on a few of my blog posts, too. It's nice to know someone reads it! ha ha.

Jessica June 15, 2011 at 6:46 AM  

I've been reading through you're kitchen reno, mostly in the wrong order, but still ... what an awesome job! I absolutely love the mix or modern and tradition, the neutral bases and few pops of color.

It was cool to see the comparison of your kitchen and your neighbors. I also appreciate that you mention how he could work with what he has to make things a little bit more modern - paint is definitely a more affordable option than all new appliances.

Thanks for sharing!


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