Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Kitchen Fixer Upper

We all know I love a light, bright (and white) kitchen. It's no secret. The sight of dark oak cabinets can send me reeling, which is why I promptly had mine painted. You don't have to gut your kitchen to achieve an airy look. You can take out some upper cabinets and insert open shelves, lighten up your backsplash and paint your existing cabinets. Go ahead and add some new countertops if your budget allows. That's exactly what I did, and you can check out the before and after here. But, here is another phenomenal redo featured in House Beautiful. Kitchen designer was T. Keller Donovan and photographs by Michael Price.

The Before:
remodel kitchen before dark

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They kept the floors to save on money, which was put into some new stainless appliances. I'm asking the same question as you, "Where is the other fridge?"

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New hardware pulls and open shelving by Ikea spruce up this kitchen and stay within budget. Love the consistency of the items on the shelves in color and style. Simple painted cabinets take drab/dark to WOW!

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Replace your drab 1970's flourescent light or ceiling fan with pendants or a stylish flush mount.

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Donovan picked Corian countertops "because it's instantly calming – the material is cool to the touch." Right on! I LOVE my Corian counters as well. Indestructible and so many new colors and designs to choose from. I'm not sure if I can go back to marble.

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