Friday, January 20, 2012

Kitchen Makeover

After almost 10 years of living in my house I thought it was time to do a remodel job to our kitchen.  It looked tired and for sure dated. I had some experience with paint and a few carpentry skills doing other little projects around the house, so, my thought was: “Sure, I can do it!”
Well, it was not that easy. But if I have to do it again, I will gladly do it, especially with the gained experience.

This is how it looks now:




This is how it looked before:


And here you can see (well, behind the plant), the microwave taking counter-top space:


Overall, I wanted a makeover, keeping everything in its place or to a minimum change.  My budget: the less, the better. 
Things that bothered me the most:  Microwave on top of counter, open space above kitchen cabinets, laminate counter-tops, old appliances, lack of a back-splash, re-circulating fan and side-view of kitchen island because from the family room the most visible thing was an outlet (it looked like a pimple!), in the center of the island.
First thing to do:  Updating the island and installing the microwave inside it. Check all the diy work done here.

Then, we continued building our own Fridge Enclosure,


Closed that big space "full of dust" above the kitchen cabinets.
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The Cabinets got an "upgraded feel" with moldings, followed by the installation of new lights and Paint, yes, the cabinets, island, walls and ceiling got painted.
Finally, a Marble Back-splash was installed.


This is the new, brighter look the kitchen sports this Fall:

A "new" shade and a build-in plate rack were added.
It was lots of work but it was all so worth it!

Thanks for visiting.




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79 comments:

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Your kitchen remodel is absolutely gorgeous! I hope you'll answer two questions for me...first, where did you get the gorgeous light fixture over the island? And second, did you tile over the laminate backsplash that was originally on your wall, or did you remove it first--and if so, how??

Cristina @ RemodelandolaCasa.com said...

Hi Korrie, Thank you for your comment! The light fixture is from CB2, at the top is the Resources Page where you can get more info.
No, I did not tile over the laminate backsplash, that little strip of laminate backsplash was removed by pulling it with a pray bar, making sure not to damage the dry wall! b/cause it was glued pretty dearly by the builder! The marble tile was laid over the drywall after installing the countertops. More info here:http://www.remodelandolacasa.com/2012/01/installing-marble-backsplash.html

Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

You had amazing vision to turn the before into such an incredible AFTER! I love everything you have chosen and done.

Strawberries and Sweet Love said...

Amazing! I love it!

Mary Joy said...

Oh wow! I love your transformation!!!!! That is gorgeous! Congratulations!!!! So glad I found you on The Inspired Room! Great job! Can't wait to read more of your blog!

Growing in Grace,

Mary Joy

RORYJEAN said...

Wow! Great work!

shadowhaswings said...

It's just beautiful, breath-taking!!! Thank you! I'm glad I was able to connect through The Inspired Room.
Debbie from the Northwest

BerBur said...

So gorgeous!

Andrea @ Decorating Cents said...

So pretty! I like that you mixed white cabinets with a dark island.

browneyed girl said...

Did you paint your own cupboards? Sand, prime & paint them?

Sally said...

Gorgeous!! It turned out beautiful...My kitchen is a project that needs to be done, but I keep putting it off! I need to gather the energy to paint our cabinets! I'm now following your blog.
Sally
loveofhomes.blogspot.com

Debbiedoo's said...

Just gorgeous! I love the back splash and hood over the stove. Thanks for sharing.

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

BEAUTIFUL!! Love your style.

panamamama said...

So pretty! We are getting ready to start a whole house remodel and this is exactly the layout I'm thinking will work in our space. Love the colors- traditional and contemporary at the same time!

Amy @ 11Magnolialane said...

Cristina,
I pinned your kitchen a few weeks ago, its gorgeous. I am going to feature it in a series I am posting on DIYing your kitchen at www.11magnolialane.com. I love your attitude--you and my (Magnolia Lane) girl Christy could pretty much DIY anything, I am SO impressed!
Blessings,
Amy
www.11magnolialane.com

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Mandy Rose said...

Love your kitchen! I was torn between doing mine dark or white...this is truly a great white kitchen! Wonderful job!

Miss Charming said...

Love this kitchen redo! Everything is so beautiful. Love the fact that you did it yourself, too. Newest follower.

Julie said...

Gorgeous! Especially love that backsplash!

Olga@Stardust-Decor&Style said...

Love it, love it, love it! Great job! I also have a microwave on the countertop and it bothers me! Found you from Centsational Girl (we were both featured!) and I'm glad I did because I found so many inspirational themes here! Of course I'm now following you! And if you'd decide on stopping by my place, I'd be more than happy! :)
Have a lovely evening!

Lish said...

What an inspiring kitchen...The before and afters is incredible!!! We just finished our kitchen makeover too...tons of work, but definetly worth it!
http://imprintalish.blogspot.com/2012/03/kitchen-reveal.html

Shannon said...

What a beautiful transformation!!!! I love how you closed up the "dust space" above the cabinets!!!
Shannon
(www.akadesign.ca

Andrea | HomageStyle.com said...

Wow! Your kitchen looks fabulous now! Super high end!

And inspiring!

Cassie said...

Great update! I like the look after you took the molding to the ceiling. I'm wondering how tall your ceilings are in your kitchens? I'm trying to figure out if I can pull that off in my kitchen...Although mine are 12 foot I think..

Thanks for reply!

Cristina Garay said...

Hi Cassie,
Great you asked me about that! I didn't mention that on my posts! My ceiling is 9'!

Claire Maria said...

They have the ability to withstand the heat of this sort of material is fine with the activities within the kitchen. As for kitchen countertops are considered, the' use of granite inserts a rich look to it.

Showerguy said...

Very Classy Remodel. Its amazing its the same kitchen.

Brandy said...

Wow!!! Outstanding and bright. Great job!!! I'm inspired

Julie said...

Just so amazing...I am sharing this on my FB page! Hope you can visit!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Megan

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Dulce Christina... tu cocina esta fabulosa! Me gusta antes tambien, pero ahora esta muy hermosa, me encantan las lamparas, le dan el toque final a la increible remodelacion! Thanks for sharing.
FABBY

Anonymous said...

You have inspired me to update my kitchen. Yours is one of the best remodels I've seen, and I like you and your husband's DYI mentality. It is BEAUTIFUL. Hope to pull up my sleeves and start on my real soon. Maria M.

Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage said...

Its hands down stunning! You made so many gorgeous design choices. I love it.

Kristina @ ReMadeSimple said...

You are just too amazing at all this! I added you to my favorites-so inspiring to me in my bath makeovers and kitchen one soon to come!

Mohd Jebawi said...

wow… that looked amazing. such a great atmosphere. well done

Anonymous said...

wow

Michael Johnsons said...

This kitchen reminded me of makati apartment for rent units. The intricate design and the kitchen fixtures used are really great.

Ellie said...

I'm simply amazed at your kitchen! It doesn't look like the same space at all, and I can't believe you re-used things like the cabinets and island! It's beautiful!

~Ellie @ beauty4ashes-ellie.blogspot.com

Angie said...

This kitchen makeover is magazine worthy! It is all so beautiful! I am so inspired to build things now. I know I can do it. I just need to get a kreg. :) I'm a new follower! Love your blog!

Ms Jay said...

As I am workking on my kitchen I have to stop and check out other projects to keep myself inspired. I love what you did! I wish I had a best friend like you. We could knock out each others projects in no time!

Kristin said...

Wow! I was directed here from Southern Hospitality. I still can't believe those are the same cabinets. That's amazing. What a beautiful renovation!

Designs By Pinky said...

You are one TALENTED lady! I LOOOV the range hood and the cabinets lok brand new! GREAT job!

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Wayne Bledsoe said...

The place looks so nice. The modernity of the design plus the elegant-ambiance makes you feel that you are in a five-star hotel. If I were to re-model my home, I will add knotty alder kitchen cabinets because it gives more elegance, but at the same time, the modernity-design will be a great combination.

Anonymous said...

Love your remodel! Did you paint your ceiling and window trim the same color as your cabinets? Also what brand is your appliances?
Thanks!

Cristina Garay said...

Thanks Anonymous! No, the ceiling and window trim were painted each a different white color. I don't remember the color I used for the ceiling, the window and all the trim in our house is painted Behr Swiss Coffee. The appliances are LG.

jewelsathome.com said...

This is a beautiful makeover. All your changes were so well thought out, and it looks like a million bucks!

Teachermom said...

What are the dimensions of your kitchen? It looks like a similar layout to mine, but a bit wider. I'm looking into ideas to remodel our kitchen as we are coming up to 10 years in our house. I was thinking about expanding my kitchen, but looking at yours, maybe I don't need to. I LOVE your remodel!

Cristina Garay said...

Thanks Teachermom! Measuring from the wall where the window is located to the end of the fridge, and the wall where the range is located to the end of the kitchen island, the kitchen is 10'x10'

Grace Johnson said...

Thanks for this post, I was to come up with some good and efficient basement remodeling ideas. I like how the interior brings a relaxing and light mood to the occupants of the home.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Gorgeous!!! Love everything, from your backsplash to your amazing lighting!!!

Lil Mama Stuart said...

came from TT&J's roundup - amazing transformation! definitely pinning :)

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Martina West said...

I really love on how you design your kitchen especially your countertop. I wish the remodeling contractors can help me to come up an idea in my basement. I hope you can feature some remodeling ideas in your basement.

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Michelle Lunt said...

I adore your beautiful kitchen. I can hardly believe it's the same room. Great job.

Warmly, Michelle
Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Your kitchen transformation is FABULOUS Cristina and what I love the most is that it's got that special touch in the decorations, ONLY YOU have..with such great taste and talent. You can hardly believe it's the old kitchen!! The chandy is amazing. Gorgeous everything, my friend! Hope you're having a wonderful VALENTINE'S DAY!
LOVE,
FABBY

Rocio @ Casa Haus said...

Wow, this is such a wonderful makeover! I also painted our kitchen cabinets 2 years ago, and eventhough I'm far from finished, I love how that single change transformed the space.

I'm sharing your story over at my blog, I hope you don't mind... I think it's really inspiring!

Louise Trump said...

Wow, such an amazing transformation! Love the fact that the cabinets are the same but with a great new look. Good Job !
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Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Your kitchen and all the DIYs you put into it are so, so inpiring as we contemplate remodeling our kitchen. I can't believe you built that hood (and did the duct work!) I'm so excited to back through all your posts…..thank you so much for sharing all the projects that went into it!

Lee John said...

Kitchen is one of the places which need extra care and attention while working on them. But your story was different you did all in a casual way and it was interesting.
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booznbaker said...

Where did you get your lights?! I can't find anything like them and they're beautiful. Let me know if you can. Thanks! reachconnie@gmail.com

Thomas Anderson said...

Your design is so beautiful. Everything is Great!!!


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sadiesmom said...

What kind of knobs/handles did you use? Also where are they from?

Cristina Garay said...

The knobs/handles were bought at The Home Depot, those economical packages. I don't remember their names or brand. Sorry about that.

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pearse said...

Where did you get the lights ?. Gorgeous kitchen!

Cristina Garay said...

Firefly pendant light at CB2.

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Potentially Chic said...

Wow! What a huge difference and just gorgeous!

Emily said...

Great project! I am looking for similar window treatments to go in my kitchen - where did you find the grey/yellow/white shades?

Cristina Garay said...

Hi Emily, the shade is the same brown roman shade but I used fabric to give it another look. You can see the how to right here: http://www.remodelandolacasa.com/2013/10/give-your-roman-shades-new-look.html

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

oh wow.. if mine will turn out just half this pretty I will be over the moon thrilled.

thanks so much for visiting me, following and sharing this link....

you did an amazing job. The transformation is Top Class!!

Chicaflair said...

Great choice of lighting...Must have good taste...I have the same CB2 light in my dining room. ;)

danielle @ hicks-house.com said...

I love your kitchen. Your back splash and light over your island are my inspiration for when I finally get to that point in my own kitchen.

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Emily Miller said...

Beautiful inspiration! I love the way use of lighting system for kitchen d├ęcor. Lighting system really looks different and unique. Wood work is really remarkable. White and brown color combination really looks nice. Thanks for sharing this blog. Great job!

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