Kitchen Makeover - REVEAL!

 28.9.11

The day has come when I can finally show you what we've been working on for the last 3 weeks  
{and what's been percolating in my head for 2 years!}

I'm kind of in LURVE with it. I hope you like it too.

We still have some finish touches {under-cabinet lighting, area rug, wall art, curtain, etc}, but I can't exactly show you a finished product every post - I need time to curate...and build up the war chest again! Haha!

Without further ado, here's our new kitchen!

 So...what do you think?


Here's a "Before" when the previous home owners lived here.
NOT our stuff. NOT our style. And that's not even my arm either! Haha! Very dark, cocoon-like and "Tuscan".

Now you're asking what did we do to make it so lovely?

Well, my amazing husband did a lot of the work {remember, I'm the brains behind the DIY. Oh, and I'm also the Mummy, so I look after the kidlets...for the most part, ahem.}.

PAINT

 Big A took down the cabinet fronts to paint.  We used Benjamin Moore's OC-15 - Baby Fawn. 
It's a light, bright greige. It's perfect to match our granite {which we were NOT going to change!} and it also complements the floor tiles - which I don't like, which is why I need an area rug for the kitchen. 
Big A used the paint sprayer to get good, even coverage on the cabinet fronts. His paint sprayer is set up in the basement. I should really learn how to use it. While the paint was drying, it was time to tackle the backsplash.


BACKSPLASH

Most people would think the tumbled marble cobblestone-y backsplash is nice enough...and it is, but it's just not the look I wanted for my kitchen.

We found cool tiles for the backsplash at Costco of all places and planned to tile right over the marble. But Big A decided he didn't want to do that. He wanted to remove the current backsplash and do it right the first time. You can't argue with that!

So when you remove a backsplash, most of the drywall comes with it so he had to replace the drywall - something he's never done before. Actually, he never tiled before either. But he accomplished both tasks with great success and relative ease, as far as I know anyway!
A close up of the Costco backsplash tile & the granite. I really like the colour of grout we choose - it's called "Antique White" and it really brightens and punches up the backsplash!

Another gratuitous photo - I love my new kitchen!


After several days of very hard work, we he completed the big stuff and my kitchen became usable again, and oh-so-lovely!

Here are some "Before & Afters" to compare.  
Please ignore the poor quality of the "Before" photos, my camera was acting up - so I borrowed a camera from my dad for the "Afters"!



39 comments:

How to Nest for Less September 28, 2011 at 9:03 AM  

Umm... that is FANTASTIC!! I'm in LOVE. What an amazing transformation. Great job!!!!

The Stucco Bungalow September 28, 2011 at 9:16 AM  

SO SO LOVELY - What a transformation!

The division of labor is somewhat similar in our home. I "design" and he "executes". Three cheers for handy spouses!

Orange it Lovely September 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM  

GORGEOUS!! Your hubby is a rock star (and you too)! thats an amazing makeover.. you must link that everywhere so people can see it!!
Tana

Mummy Maggie September 28, 2011 at 11:26 AM  

Thanks for the love everyone! Everytime I walk into the kitchen I can't believe I get to live here! Haha! I just love it :) Glad you like it as well!

Maury September 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM  

This looks amazing! I know you must be ecstatic to finish. That backsplash is to die for. I'm a new follower! I hope you'll follow me back, but no pressure :-)

Eujean September 28, 2011 at 12:08 PM  

Oh my gosh I am IN LOVE MAGS!!! I can't wait to see it when I come visit :) GO A!!!! He is awesome and so talented! I am impressed :) VERY chic and modern. IN LOVE :)

Mummy Maggie September 28, 2011 at 12:22 PM  

@ Maury - thanks girl! I checked out your blog! LOVE it! I'm YOUR latest follower :)

@Eujean - thanks honey! I can't wait for you to see it! miss you!

Jen September 28, 2011 at 1:09 PM  

Can Adair Come Over to My House and Finish My Kitchen. We've started it but we need to fix up the backsplash (actually have a backsplash) and fix some of the doors too... :) It looks Phenominal!

Erica September 28, 2011 at 9:47 PM  

Hi! I just popped over when Jennifer at Rambling Renovators retweeted your link. Love how bright and airy it is! You did an absolutely amazing job! :) Erica

Shannon September 29, 2011 at 6:32 AM  

So pretty!!! Love the backsplash! Don't you just love having a handy hubby?
xo,
Shannon

Jenny September 29, 2011 at 2:44 PM  

I absolutely love this!!

Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

bluenoselife.com September 29, 2011 at 8:15 PM  

I love it. I love it. I love it.

Looks AMAZING. Walking into that kitchen after work will make your transition easier for sure ;)

cheryl @ nefotlak. September 29, 2011 at 9:45 PM  

WOW! what a great transformation.
that husband of yours is a keeper!!!
LOVE it!

Cindy@Cinsarah September 30, 2011 at 11:03 AM  

Love it!!! Looks so much brighter and cleaner! :)
We started our kitchen renovation in the spring and haven't even finished! LOL I'm so jealous! we kind of ran out of money since we had to get completely new cabinets and granite so it was expensive! Looks like your kitchen already had good cabinets!
Thanks so much for sharing! :)
I'm a new follower!!

cinsarah.blogspot.com

Mummy Maggie September 30, 2011 at 11:08 AM  

Thanks ladies! You are all too kind! I appreciate all the comments! Thank you for taking the time to comment! It means a lot! I'll be sure to check out your blogs as well :) Don't you just love our DIY Blogging Community?

Cindy@Cinsarah September 30, 2011 at 3:51 PM  

I loved your kitchen so much I featured it on my blog! :)
http://cinsarah.blogspot.com/2011/09/favorites-friday-93011.html

Tracy Suzanne October 1, 2011 at 5:51 AM  

Maggie, your kitchen turned out fabulous! No-wonder you're so proud. I love how much brighter it looks and your husband did a terrific job. I saw it on Cinsarah‏ and had to come by an visit. I'm your new follower and hope you'll stop by and visit me at http://cottonpickincute.blogspot.com

Hugs...Tracy :)

Gail October 1, 2011 at 9:37 PM  

Very nice! Love the way it brightened it up!

Mummy Maggie October 2, 2011 at 1:08 PM  

@ Cindy - Thank you so much! I just posted a thank you post on my blog today :)

@ Tracy - love your blog! Thanks so much for commenting my kitchen post :) I'm your newest follower!

@ Gail - Thanks! You wouldn't believe how light & bright my kitchen is now! It's SO different!

Jenny October 3, 2011 at 10:43 AM  

Just popped back to say thanks for following, and I'm following you back!!

Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

Michelle in N. Cal October 4, 2011 at 5:22 PM  

I normally don't comment very often on blogs (found you on Before and After) but this is GORGEOUS and very inspirational. Thanks for sharing!

Michelle in N. Cal October 4, 2011 at 5:24 PM  

oops! I meant I found you on Better After :-)

Caroline October 4, 2011 at 7:38 PM  

That looks awesome! And I LOVE the backsplash!

cndesigns October 5, 2011 at 7:15 PM  

Hi!
I'm chiming in from over at Better After :-) Oh my goodness! What a beautiful transformation! I get clients who want to "make my kitchen lighter" but will NOT agree to painting the cabinets! Ugh! I should show them how it DOES look fantastic and yes, really does lighten up the room! Around here, there's some sort of "wood worship" so painting it is practically a sin!Haha! I usually come back with "Just cuz it's wood, doesn't mean it's good!" Once again, lovely kitchen.

Allison @ House of Hepworths October 5, 2011 at 11:10 PM  

I love this so much I featured it this week at my Hookin Up with HoH Party!


Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like!!

xoxo

Allison @ House of Hepworths

Mummy Maggie October 5, 2011 at 11:34 PM  

Thank you SO MUCH Allison! That is amazing! I'll definitely grab a button! THANKS!

How to Nest for Less October 6, 2011 at 8:20 AM  

I'm in LOVE with this kitchen!!! Great job!

Amy of The Salvage Collection October 6, 2011 at 10:28 AM  

UN-FLIPPIN-BELIEVABLE! cabinets are fab but the tile takes my breath away. and from costco? good heavens, that's a find! i'm going to start walking down EVERY aisle again!

amy

Karima October 6, 2011 at 5:41 PM  

Wow - you (and your husband!) did an amazing job! new follower, now gfc following you, Karima

Tammy@InStitches October 11, 2011 at 10:15 AM  

So awesome, I know you are loving it. Your hubby is a keeper !

willg November 22, 2011 at 3:13 PM  

Wow, amazing job! I've been thinking about replacing our Backsplash Tile for so long now...now I might have the motivation to actually go and do it.

linda January 2, 2012 at 1:15 PM  

So amazing! Just love the transformation. Kudos to you and the hubby! Hey, maybe you could paint a rug onto the floor? I'm a big painted floor fan ... just and idea ..

Brooke @ www.Getouttamyheadplease.com January 2, 2012 at 6:30 PM  

I love it ! , you should stop over and link up at my new link party
http://www.getouttamyheadplease.com/2012/01/show-it-off-link-party-5.html

Create With Me January 3, 2012 at 1:17 AM  

What a transformation! Would love love for you to share this at my Best of 2011 party going on now http://space46.blogspot.com. Feel free to link up other projects if you'd like. Happy new year! My

Abbie January 8, 2012 at 11:43 PM  

It looks amazing! Job well done! : )

am prz May 22, 2015 at 2:07 PM  

Hi! you did a wonderful job!
We are planning on doing the exact same, and also trying to save our granite countertops. I'd like to ask you what kind of paint you used so it would stick to the cabinets. Not latex right? maybe oil?
Lastly, I see you removed the top cabinets but not the bottom. Did you also spray the bottom cabinets or did you paint these by hand? We are worried about damaging the floors or counter. What would you recommend?
Thank you!!

John Victor May 30, 2016 at 10:39 AM  

Wow that was just nice. I am sorry not just what I meant is it’s so nice. How these beautiful things came into that beautiful look! You are definitely a great designer. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

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NorthEast FactoryDirect April 12, 2017 at 4:24 AM  

This kitchen is absolutely breathtaking! I love everything about it.


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