Beautiful Kitchen Makeover: Simple Changes with Dramatic Results

Welcome to the 251st Metamorphosis Monday!

I have a fabulous kitchen renovation to share! Julie who blogs at Creating This Life, recently shared some great Before and After pics of her kitchen. Julie’s home was 9 years old when they moved in. They took their time before renovating which gave them some time to figure out exactly what they liked and didn’t like about their kitchen.


The fluorescent light and dated wallpaper were definitely on her “got to go” list. The cabinets were in great shape but needed a little tweaking and redesign. The laminate countertops were also in need of an update.

Kitchen Renovation Before Makeover

The area around the refrigerator wasn’t functioning well for Julie and her family so it got a makeover, too.

Kitchen Renovation Before Makeover

Here’s a view of the breakfast area before the renovation got underway.

Ready to see the After?

Kitchen Renovation Before Makeover



Beautiful! Julie went with a beautiful granite called Giallo Ornamental. I love it! Wallpaper is gone and the walls are painted Benjamin Moore, Beigewood. Cabinets were freshened up with Benjamin Moore, White Dove.

Don’t you love the lanterns Julie picked out to replace the fluorescent light fixture?  I love the romance and warmth they add to the kitchen!

Kitchen Renovation with Giallo Ornamental Granite Countertops and White Painted Cabinets

Julie was thrilled to have much easier access to her cookware once the renovation was complete.  Yay, for pull-out shelves!

Kitchen Renovation with Giallo Ornamental Granite Countertops, Pull-out Shelves and White Painted Cabinets

Her contractor also gave her some great space for items that are best stored vertically like cookie sheets and cutting boards.

Kitchen Renovation with Giallo Ornamental Granite Countertops, Vertical Storage for Cookie Sheets and Cutting Boards

This area was completely made over, adding additional storage and function.

Kitchen Renovation with Giallo Ornamental Granite Countertops, Stainless Applicance, White Painted Cabinets

You can read more about how this was done on Julie’s blog. She gives some excellent advice about why you should get several estimates and how important it is to find a contractor who listens to what you need.

Kitchen Renovation with Giallo Ornamental Granite Countertops and White Painted Cabinets

Remember the breakfast area?

Kitchen Renovation Before Makeover

Check it out now! Wow!

The dramatic change you see here in the breakfast area was easily achieved by taking down all the blinds, removing the wallpaper and adding a different light fixture. It’s such a dramatic change, you would think a lot more had been done here, wouldn’t you?  It gives us all hope knowing that little changes can really have a big impact.

Kitchen Renovation with Giallo Ornamental Granite Countertops and White Painted Cabinets

Stop by Julie’s blog for additional photos and information about this wonderful kitchen makeover.

You’ll find Julie’s blog here: Creating This Life

Kitchen Renovation with Giallo Ornamental Granite Countertops and White Painted Cabinets


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  1. Awesome kitchen, and I love the storage ideas. Thanks for hosting the party.

    Shannon ~

  2. Beautiful kitchen transformation! Love all of the storage, great ideas!
    Thanks for hosting Susan!

  3. Julie’s kitchen is amazing! I love that dining space with all the windows!! I didn’t really notice the windows with the blinds and wallpaper. Gorgeous kitchen! Thank you for sharing it with us … and thanks for hosting. Heading over to Julie’s now!

  4. What a great transformation! Love those pullout shelves! Thanks so much for hosting. Have a wonderful week!

  5. I love Julie’s remodeled kitchen and would love to know more about the lantern lights she used over the stove, I think. Where can these be purchased? They are great! Please email me a source. I could not see how to contact her.

  6. Susan, thanks for sharing Julie’s kitchen with us. I LOVE a good before and after, and this is a great one!

  7. What a beautiful kitchen and so well thought out. I do love a white kitchen! I’ll be sure to look at her blog.

    I joined your party today. Thank you for hosting. I never imagined myself writing that! =)

  8. That kitchen transformation is gorgeous! Thanks for hosting this fun party! Have a wonderful week.

  9. Having just completed our cabin kitchen I KNOW how relieved and rewarding Julie’s remodel is!! Truly outstanding…loved all of it! franki

  10. Susan, than you for sharing Julie’s amazing kitchen makeover. So many great ideas! I love that window over her sink and the fab storage ideas. Thank you for hosting the linky. laurie

  11. Great makeover Susan! Her kitchen is beautiful anyway with all those windows, but she made some smart decisions and improvements. Have a great week, thanks for hosting!

  12. Wow, opening up those windows made a huge difference – looks like a completely different room! Great post, and as always, thank you for hosting Met Monday. So much fun! 🙂

  13. Susan,
    Amazing kitchen make~over!!!
    Not only is the decor element stunning. . .
    increasing organization of the interior cabinetry allows for a more streamlined overall appearance!
    Thanks for sharing this featured guest!
    I appreciate your hosting of MM each week. . .always filled with inspiration!!!

  14. Hello Susan, Julie created a stunning transformation to her kitchen – love the dramatic contrast of the wall color and the cabinets – both great backdrop for accessories – I am delighted to join your party and do appreciate you hosting,
    I hope you have a blessed week,

  15. Julie’s makeover is beautiful and gives me hope for the one I want to do.

  16. Thanks so much for hosting! Life to the full! Melissa

  17. Beautiful kitchen…awesome makeover!!

  18. Her kitchen is lovely!!! Thank you for hosting! Have a pretty weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  19. Wow, what an amazing kitchen transformation, love the light fixtures and all the well thought out choices. That old wallpaper was making me dizzy! Thanks so much for hosting Susan.

  20. Thanks for posting this fab kitchen reno! You are so right that it gives those of us planning an update that simple changes can have a dramatic impact! Thanks for hosting MM!


  21. Hi Susan. Thanks for sharing the kitchen reno (love the wine storage above the fridge) and for hosting this week. Have a great week!


  22. What a great kitchen makeover! I’m sure Julie is really enjoying it. Thanks for hosting the party.

  23. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    Very pretty. She did a wonderful job.

  24. pam ~ crumpety cottage says

    One thing I noticed was how much “calmer” the kitchen looked. I do like wallpaper in kitchens for a homey look, but in this instance, her ‘after’ is so much more appealing to me because it evokes feelings of calm and tranquility. Maybe that says something about me as a panic-y cook, lol. 😀

  25. Wow…beautiful kitchen transformation! Thanks so much for hosting.

  26. What a great redo. I would not have thought of that color, but it makes me want to bake something. It really is a delicious color. I love the cookie sheet storage also.

    Great post Susan.

  27. Wow everyone, thanks for all your nice comments and to Susan for featuring the kitchen. You all are making my day.

  28. Rattlebridge Farm says

    I love the kitchen renovation. The attention to detail is amazing, especially with the fabulous storage.

  29. She did a great job with her kitchen. I love the storage, clean lines and coloring. I had a similar light fixture before our remodel- so glad to have gotten rid do it! She has a nice blog, I recently discovered her and enjoy seeing her updates.

  30. Wow, wonderful makeover. Love the granite and the electric stove-no cleanup for the stovetop. Making the walls dark was great contrast.

  31. That is one amazing reno! I love every detail, but especially the lamps that replaced the flourescent light. Just a beautiful job! Thanks for hosting, Susan.

  32. What a beautiful kitchen transformation! Thanks so much for hosting, Susan!

  33. I like a white kitchen! This is a great transformation, not only in the kitchen but how amazing is that eating area, now! The wallpaper and blinds were stopping the eye. Now, with that gone, and the curtains between the windows, it just makes it look alike it is all glass! Amazing. Did I say,… amazing? 🙂

  34. Beautiful! what is the color that was used on the wall?

  35. Great transformation. I love those windows. The kitchen is the most important room in the house. Choose wisely when you look at a new home.

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