Beautiful Kitchen Renovation

Welcome to the 102nd Metamorphosis Monday!

Happy 2011! It’s the start of a brand new year. I have so enjoyed viewing all your 2010 Blogging Bloopers! Your posts had me laughing and nodding my head thinking, Yep, I’ve done that before. πŸ™‚

I’m starting our new year off with a post that’s sure to inspire! Recently, I asked Jennifer Grey with The Old Painted Cottage if she would share one of the amazing “Before and Afters” from her home. Jennifer and her hubby have been renovating their home and the results have been absolutely stunning.

Today, Jennifer is going to take us through the amazing transformation of her kitchen. When I first saw the “Before” pics of her kitchen, I thought the previous homeowner had started a renovation by priming the kitchen cabinets for painting and then stopped. I was so surprised to find out that was the “finished” look. Just wait until you see the “After” pics…they are just beautiful! Here’s Jennifer to tell us how she and her hubby tackled this fabulous metamorphosis…

The Little Kitchen That Could

Hello BNOTP readers! I was honored when Susan asked me to write a guest post for her Metamorphosis Monday feature. I played around with many different topics to share with you today, as I love to tackle the hard stuff and learn as I go. After giving it some thought, of all the projects my husband and I have tackled in the past two years we’ve lived in our home, our kitchen would have to be my favorite makeover. Let’s begin, shall we?

This is how our kitchen looked the day we closed escrow and the keys were placed in our hot little hands…

Kitchen Renovation: Before Photo

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I know what you’re thinking….what were the previous owners thinking with those blue wash cabinets, the missing door on the oven, that weird blue wave that running along the top of the wall, and that horrible tile floor. I should also share with you: the counter tops were so sticky, our realtor’s forearm actually STUCK to the tile counter top tile during a meeting we were having before closing escrow!

The insides of the cabinets were all rotted from water damage and were covered in rat feces. We knew there was no way we were keeping anything in the existing kitchen so I bought my husband a sledgehammer and he went to work! In no time at all, we ripped out all the existing cabinetry and those sticky tile counter tops…

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We bought all our cabinetry, counter tops and farmhouse sink from IKEA. Each cabinet had to be assembled (by me) and then one by one, my husband and I installed each piece together.

Below you can see our progress. I was patching over all the old floor tile to create an even surface, while my husband started installing our flooring (looks like hardwood but it’s not, it’s vinyl). I should also point out, at this stage of our kitchen remodel I had installed most of the subway tile backsplash (my husband cut all the tile and I installed it). You’ll also notice we had not yet installed two of the base cabinets, the doors above the range, the four upper cabinets on the window side of the wall, as well as the cabinet hardware…

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Next we removed that huge space-age looking bay window, which I disliked with a passion, and we replaced it with a beautiful french window. Here you can see how we slightly widened the window opening and also shifted it a few inches to the right so that our faucet would be centered with the window. These little details are so important…

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Now it’s time for a little Before and After reveal!

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If you’re curious as to where we purchased things, I’ve included sources and links below. Meanwhile, here are a few more shots of our kitchen I think you’ll enjoy…

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Yes, that’s our fridge! I recovered it myself. Read about how I did it HERE.

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This old metal piece used to be a barber shop’s comb display rack…

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The “silverware caddy” with the antique spoons and forks was actually a pen/pencil holder I found at Home Goods. I love repurposing!

Kitchen Renovation

cabinets, butcher block counter tops, farm house sink: IKEA
flooring: “Country Pine” by Allure – Home Depot
cabinet hardware: eBay
french swinging door: Home Depot
pendant lamp above sink: Restoration Hardware
striped rug “margarita”: Dash & Albert
island: JC Penney
pendant lights above island: eBay
“Bakery” wall letters:
number plates above sink: The Beautiful Life, but they no longer carry them
large spoon picture: Z Gallerie
metal barstools: Agoura Antique Mart

I want to thank Susan once again for allowing me to guest post here today. This was fun! If you would like to stop by my blog, I’d love to meet you!
oxox, Jennifer

Jennifer…thanks so much for sharing your amazing kitchen renovation! What an inspiring transformation to start off 2011!

Jennifer has a wonderful shop filled with beautiful vintage/antique finds. You can visit her shop, The Old Painted Cottage HERE and her blog by the same name, HERE.

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  1. Cote de Texas says

    their kitchen is amazing. just amazing. i love her whole house!

  2. Chatty Crone says

    Susan – I am just stopping by to say hello and to wish you a great new 2011! sandie

  3. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says

    You are early tonight. Great kitchen makeover.

  4. Oh, yes. This is a memorable metamorphosis!
    I've seen this post before, and I remembered the blue wave??? on the top of the walls.
    What. were. these. people. thinking? Or maybe they weren't.

  5. I just drool every time I see that kitchen! She did such an amazing job!! And I LOVE the idea for the frig, might have to give that a try this year!

  6. Beautiful kitchen. Love the subway tile.

  7. I love this makeover! Beautiful!!

  8. Angela McInnis says

    What a beautiful job! I know it's satisfying knowing that you did so much yourself! Very inspiring.


  9. One Cheap B*tch says

    Beautiful makeover! I was scratching my head over the original cabinets though – what were they thinking???? Much better now!!! Happy new year everyone!


  10. Hi Susan and Happy New Year to you! Oh, Jennifer's kitchen is amazing. What a transformation! Now that took lots of muscle and vision and they certainly achieved a most gorgeous kitchen!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  11. Handy Man, Crafty Woman says

    Thanks for hosting Susan.

    That is a great kitchen makeover, wow!! What a difference. I just love kitchen makeovers.

  12. I showed the screen to my husband and he just said-"uh huh" so I guess I'll have to live with my old brown cabinets a while longer. It looks lovely. Jennifer did a gorgeous job.

  13. An amazing makeover! Love Jennifer's home.

  14. Donna@Conghaile Cottage says

    You did an incredible job on your kitchen… "It's wonderful and you have SO MUCH storage"… It also looks So much bigger than the before pictures, even though you have put an island in!!! "Love It"!
    Happy New Year to you and yours,

  15. ~ Lyndsay The Kitchen Witch says

    My husband and I are planning a kitchen renovation in the New Year and I am incredibly inspired by what you've done! Thank you for sharing this.

  16. Love her makeover!!!What a transformation and a lot of hard work. I will have to visit her blog to see more of her talent. Thank you for sharing Susan.

    Hey!! Tomorrow is my one year blogaversary!! I am having a giveaway. To think your blog was my very first blog that I ever read and enjoyed it so much. Still do!!! Thank you for the introduction into blogland. Kathysue

  17. Jennifer's kitchen is absolutely gorgeous!! What a nice metamorphosis to share.

  18. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Hi Susan! I love this kitchen re-do! Fabulous! Hope you had a wonderful New Year! Have a great week!…hugs…Debbie

  19. This is such a wonderful kitchen make over! Lovely lovely!


  20. Suzy @ Joy Is At Home says

    Oh my gosh I'm in LOVE with that kitchen!!! It is so light and fresh feeling! Those blue & white cabinets were just terrible! I actually thought that picture was after they'd primed over blue cabinets!:) Great job! I'll be a new follower once I hop over to that blog!

  21. Susan (My Place to Yours) says

    Great post, Susan! Jennifer, this brings back soooooo many memories of our kitchen remodel! My favorite part of a project is the demolition — because then I know all of the dreaming and planning is finally going to happen! You've done a fantastic job!

  22. Yvonne @ StoneGable says

    What a spectacular metamorphosis! I love the white and black and clean lines. Thank you for sharing!

  23. Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) says

    Boy, did I enjoy this post! I LOVED not only seeing the Before and Afters, but I loved seeing all the little details of Jennifer's kitchen – the plate holder, the utensil holder, etc. Thanks for showing us Susan and Jennifer! Gorgeous job!

  24. Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) says

    P.S. I forgot to say: Hope you had a great holiday with your son, Susan, and I wish you the best for 2011!

  25. Amazing kitchen — I love the frig the best!

  26. bcp.....My Life says

    Loved this post! I never miss one. Thanks for hosting the party!

  27. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says

    Awesome transformation. Love it all. Hugs, Marty

  28. I love Cottage 8, I've been stalking Jennifer's blog since she first unveiled. She has spectacular taste!

  29. Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish says

    How beautiful!! What a transformation! Great job!

  30. On Crooked Creek says

    What a wonderful way to begin 2011 with a guest blogger and her fantastic kitchen makeover! Green, white and black is one of my favorite kitchen decor color schemes! How refreshing!Thank you for hosting this inspirational party.

  31. The originaL cabinets you ripped out were probably the ugliest cabinets I've ever seen! WOW! What a transformation! Your kitchen is WONDERFUL! I have seen your new IKEA cabinets and sink in person at our local IKEA store, and I'm putting those very cabinets in my laundry room! You did a great job….anyone would love to have your kitchen…and your refrigerator is so neat! Good job!!

  32. What WERE they thinking?? OH my! That would scare anyone out of painting their cabs.
    Awesome makeover! Unbelievable difference!

  33. What a wonderful post full of inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  34. Jennifer,
    I just love your kitchen redo! Very lovely and creative!
    Susan, thank you for hosting!
    Dee Dee

  35. Amazing transformation! I love white in kitchens, if you want something to look and feel clean, it's the kitchen, and white usually does the trick! Love the island, it adds so much functionality as countertop and quick seating!

  36. Fiber and Fire says

    I can't imagine inheriting a kitchen like that but what an AMAZING job she did-that kitchen turned out just perfect!

  37. Dear Susan,
    Off to a great start this new year. May you have a great year!!!

    Always a pleasure to stop by your place and visit.

    Enjoyed this post and seeing how they redid their kitchen. Really neat outcome.

    God bless,
    d from homehaven

  38. Great kitchen reno. It's gorgeous!…Christine

  39. Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack says

    Hope you're off to a great start to 2011!

    What an amazing kitchen makeover! Hard to believe it's the same kitchen. I'll have to stop by her blog. Love her style!

    Blessings and thanks for hosting. Looks like I'm late! xx

  40. This kitchen is so pretty and adorable. It made me just say WOW!!!! What is the room size of your kitchen? I would love to remodel my kitchen and it is kind of shaped like yours. I am not sure if mine is as large as this one. You all are very talented :o)

  41. What an amazing transformation – it's hard to believe its the same space! Very inspiring.

  42. Blue Creek Home says

    Beautiful kitchen makeover!
    I am in love with the old Barber's comb rack as a plate holder!

  43. Hello Susan and Jenifer,
    that's a fabulous kitchen metamorphosis. Really inviting kitchen now. I love the refridegrator. Looks gorgeous.
    Greetings, Johanna

  44. Great job, your kitchen is amazing:)
    Thanks for hosting, hugs Biljana

  45. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    Thanks for hosting, Susan! Happy New Year!

  46. What great vision Jennifer and her husband had in purchasing the house with that KITCHEN! I would have had my running shoes on and been gone in a flash.

    The metamorphosis of this room is amazing. Not only did they do a great job on the basics that were needed but Jennifer's added touches "make" that kitchen. Bravo for the start of Metamorphosis Monday 2011.

  47. that is an amazing make-over.. wow. I love the new kitchen. Congrats!

  48. Michelle@Somedaycrafts says

    Wow! That is one amazing makeover. I love everything about it – especially the fridge. I am featuring it at and linking to her website, and I am giving you the credit for finding it! thanks for all your hard work!

  49. Nf1andprek-whisper says
  50. Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy says

    Jennifer, beautiful! I really like the "Bakery" sign on the wall.

    Thanks, Susan, for letting me participate in MM.

    Have a wonderful first week of the new year!


  51. I love the kitchen makeover. We will be tackling our kitchen soon and I was able to get some great ideas from this post. Ikea will be a great help to us I am sure, we planned on a sink just like the one in this kitchen.

  52. Thanks, Susan, I love this post. She used the exact cabinetry and flooring that I have been considering for my kitchen remodel. It's great to see how it all looks together.

  53. I'm wondering what the previous owners would think of this gorgeous new space. Hard to believe it's the same room! Gorgeous!

  54. Patricia Torres says

    thats a stunning transformation..

    Happy New Year to you!

  55. The DIY Spot says

    This is definitely a jaw dropping makeover. Unbelievable! Happy New Year and thanks for hosting.

  56. Becca's Dirt says

    Awesome kitchen! I know you are proud of it.

  57. Brambleberry Cottage says

    I had actually already seen Jennifer's kitchen redo on her blog – as it was being done. I still love it and never grow tired of seeing how wonderfully it turned out! Thanks for sharing it, Susan.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  58. Designs By Pinky says

    This is an amazing transformation! I actually thought the first picture was the cabinets SANDEDE down:):) I love everything about her kitchen. Can't wait to go visit her blog now!!!! Thanks for sharing this! XO, Pinky

  59. Kim @ Cheap Chic Home says

    The kitchen is pretty awesome. What a great transformation. Thanks for hosting.

  60. Sweetladyelaine says

    Beautiful! I am so amzzed at how much of the work you did yourselves!

  61. Thanks, as always, for hosting! Love your party and all the inspiration you give us!

  62. Okay, I have been so busy visiting around I forgot to comment!

    Love love love the DIY aspect of this kitchen redo and the outcome.

    Great feature!

  63. Thanks for posting this amazing kitchen makeover, Susan. Amazing!

  64. Chari at Happy To Design says

    Hi Susan…

    Wow…Jennifer and husband did a marvelous job on their kitchen! A truly amazing transformation…love how it turned out! Ohhh…and I also love how Jennifer covered her refrigerator door! A beatufiul kitchen and such an inspirational post! Susan, thank you for having Jennifer at BNOTP…and Jennifer, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  65. Beth West says

    Jennifer, I loved your kitchen transformation when I saw it last year on your blog and I still find it to be incredible and inspiring!

  66. I've followed Jennifer for years! I'm so proud of her online success! Her *new* home is gorgeous, and I love her monthly "Cottage of the Month" features! Go, Jennifer!
    Hugs, Heidi

  67. I've been a big fan of Jennifer for about a year now. I think her kitchen is to…die…for. And, the bedroom she just finished sent me into covet mode soooo fast. Just stunning and, like the rest of her house, so unique and different.
    Thanks for hosting her today.
    'xo bj

  68. AMAZING!!! Thanks for hosting! πŸ™‚

  69. Love what you guys did….

    Kathy πŸ™‚

  70. abby jenkins says

    WOW! What a transformation! We are still in the design process with our kitchen reno, actually I should be working on my 'storyboard' and final sketches of built-ins right now instead of checking out blogs! Anyhoo so happy I happened upon this, what an inspiration and reminds me to take TONS of before shots.

    What a sweet Home Sweet Home!

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