Beautiful Lake House Kitchen Renovation

Welcome to the 135th Metamorphosis Monday!

Whew!  What a weekend.  It’s been a painting marathon around here…but it’s done.   How was your weekend?  Do anything fun or was it a weekend for working around the house?

Lake House Kitchen Renovation:
I’m exited to share a wonderful kitchen renovation for this Metamorphosis Monday.  Wendy, a reader of BNOTP, recently shared some pics of a kitchen renovation in her vacation lake home located on Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia.

When Wendy and her husband first bought their vacation home, they were planning on making a few modest changes in the kitchen.  But once they took a closer look at the kitchen cabinets, the counters, and the sink, the more they realized a full kitchen renovation was in order.

Wendy said, “Since we were trying to furnish a second home, we didn’t plan on redoing the kitchen but I couldn’t tolerate the mold in the grout and the general yuck of the sticky cabinets. We thought we’d paint the cabinet frames, and buy new doors and laminate counters as a low cost make-it-work-for-now alternative.

In obtaining estimates, we met with a local kitchen designer who said she could get us a whole new kitchen with granite for what we had budgeted. REALLY? Well, yeah, but once we went to her showroom, my husband fell in love with the better cabinets and before we knew it, we were getting THIS kitchen. I’m sure ultimately we saved money since we no longer were going to have to remodel twice. The “better” kitchen was maybe half again what we budgeted originally.”

Wendy said, “The kitchen was old with laminate cabinets with oak finger pulls, and the tile countertops were probably a DIY project with ceramic tile applied to the original laminate countertops.”


Here’s a shot of that tile Wendy was talking about.  Definitely time for a change…goodbye moldy tile.

In this photo, some of the cabinets have been removed, along with the vent hood above the stove.  Demo has started on the island, as well.

Wendy and her hubby were relieved to find the flooring underneath the old island was still in good shape.

There goes the old counter…out the door in one whole piece.

A clean slate…time to get down to business!

In the photo below, the cabinets have been installed.  They are Summit by Showplace Cabinetry in a maple stain called “Cashmere” with a caramel glazing.

Wendy said, “My original plan was to have a white ceiling (it is a cedar ceiling and was already painted) and blue walls until I was looking at my Southern Living magazine featuring someone’s porch with walls painted linen and the ceiling painted aqua.”

That sounds like the “haint” blue ceilings I’ve posted about HERE and HERE that you sometimes see on front porches in the south.

Wendy added, “I stole that idea without remorse.”  Wendy, here in Blogland we steal great decorating ideas right and left without remorse.  πŸ˜‰

Let’s take a look at the AFTER!

Love the blue ceiling…perfect for a vacation home or lake house!  It would be great for a beach house, too.

Wendy said, “Microwave is new but the other appliances came with the house.  I like the black and the accent tiles pull it all together.”

Notice the “breakfast bar” Wendy created there under the microwave.

Wendy told me she got the idea for a breakfast bar from a previous post she read that was linked here on a past Met Monday.  Love that…totally what Met Monday is all about!

To create this breakfast bar, Wendy outfitted it with a toaster and coffee maker. The cabinets above hold coffee cups, cereal bowls, and small plates. Brilliant!

Regarding the island, Wendy said,  “The original island had a bar sink, but I didn’t want it.  I wanted more counter space so we did away with the sink.”  Wendy also extended the granite top out to create a great breakfast bar.

The glass panels in the end cabinet are made in the “water glass” style.

“Granite color is Caledonia.  Faucet is Arabella by Delta.”

The color of the backsplash tile is “mushroom.”   The accent tile is a mix of stone, glass and stainless steel.  It is from the Opulence series by Glazzio Tiles and the color is “Hidden Valley.”

About this fun cookie jar, Wendy said, “This funky little fish cookie jar was left behind by the previous owners. I couldn’t decide whether it was the ugliest thing ever or kinda cute in that funky way (matching salt and pepper shakers are on the little shelf by the window over the sink). My daughter advised me to hang onto it for awhile because I could always donate it to Goodwill later. But it turned out to be the color inspiration for the whole room.”

New pulls finish out the beautiful cabinetry.  Hardware is by Amarock.

Kitchen light is from the Haverhill line by Hudson Valley Lighting.

Thanks so much Wendy for sharing this amazing kitchen renovation.  It’s truly beautiful!  What a perfect kitchen for entertaining family and friends.  I know you and your hubby will enjoy it for many years to come.

Have you recently completed a renovation in your home that you’d love to share with the readers of BNOTP?  If so, drop me a few photos to betweennapsontheporchatgmaildotcom, and I may be able to feature it here for a future Met Monday.  Photos need to be clear, and preferably taken without a flash.

Looking forward to your beautiful Before and Afters!

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  1. Pam - diy Design Fanatic says

    Wow! What a difference! The kitchen looks fabulous!

  2. laxsupermom says

    What a beautiful kitchen reno! Love the blue ceiling! Thanks for sharing and for hosting this linkup party each week.

  3. Wendy's kitchen renovation is absolutely gorgeous! I love everything–the cabinets, countertops and tile backsplash.

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  4. Beautiful redo! Thanks again for hosting!

  5. Pat@Back Porch Musings says

    Wow! Susan this is a wonderful makeover. I love the little fish cookie jar, too.:-)

  6. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Wow, Susan! What a huge difference! Love the lighter new look! Thanks for hosting!…hugs..Debbie

  7. FABBY'S LIVING says

    Wendy's kitchen turned out great!! I know the GREAT feeling, we redid ours about a year and 4 months ago and we love it! I posted it here a few MM ago. So much fun to see this new wonderful kitchen too and thank you for sharing, Susan. Have a terrific week. Hugs, FABBY

  8. Honey at 2805 says

    That's a terrific renovation! Thanks for hosting!

  9. Honey at 2805 says

    That's a terrific renovation! Thanks for hosting!

  10. On Crooked Creek says

    Stunning transformation! I adore those kitchen cabinets! Who knew the fish cookie jar and salt & pepper shakers would be the inspiration for the entire makeover? Wendy did a wonderful job with all her choices! Thanks for hosting this inspirational weekly meme!

  11. What a gorgeous transformation. I think it pays to do it right the first time.
    Thanks so much for hosting Susan.

  12. Richard Cottrell says

    Love the new kitchen. What a difference. Love the cabinets. Richard from My Old Historic house.

  13. Her kitchen is beautiful! What a BIG change.

  14. Our Seven Dwarfs says

    Thanks for the great linky party as always! I appreciate it.

  15. Wow! What a transformation! The new kitchen is beautiful! I really like that beachy style!

  16. That is a beautiful reno, thanks for hosting Susan.

  17. Katherines Corner says

    one word..Wow!

    one more word for you Hugs!

  18. Ami w/AliLilly says

    WOW!! What a STUNNING renovation!! πŸ™‚

  19. Wow! What an amazing transformation! I really like the cabinet doors.

  20. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says

    Beautiful! Thanks for hosting! πŸ™‚

  21. Michelle Kearney says

    I love that blue ceiling! And thanks for hosting!

  22. Elizabeth and Gary says

    Hi Susan,
    I have joined the party today.
    I love this kitchen very much…I think one of my favorite things is the ceiling and the color! spectacular! How pleased they must be.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  23. AshTreeCottage says

    Great transformation in Wendy's kitchen! Thanks for hosting Susan.

    Susan and Bentley

  24. Megan @ Apple House Revival says

    I love the aqua ceiling. What a great idea.

    Thanks for hosting!

  25. Lynda @ Uber Savvy Buzzword says

    What a beautiful fresh space- great to see. Thanks for hosting as usual. Lynda

  26. What a lovely kitchen transformation! I love the new cabinets and the blue ceiling.

    We just built a dock at Smith Mountain Lake and enjoy going there as much as possible.

  27. Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch says

    Oh wow, it all looks so lovely and what a transformation on that kitchen.

  28. Nan @ Playful Decor says

    What a nice re-do! We have the same icky tile counters Wendy had, but we're on the 5 yr plan for that remodel. I love the blue ceiling too – looks like that's the latest trend! Thank you for sharing her re-do and hosting. I just opened my first link party for kids' rooms and nurseries! Have a great week!

  29. That is a great transformation! The light colored maple cabinets are beautiful and painting the light aqua on the ceiling is a great idea! Somehow I think the fish cookie jar has to stay- after all it was an inspirational piece!

  30. Curtains In My Tree says

    I tell you color is every where even on our ceiling now. Il love it

    I love seeing a great transformation like this also.

    those cabinets are beautiful.

    thanks for the post & party

    get a nap now


  31. Glendale logo design says

    i have some ideas for our kitchen too, im just waiting for the perfect timing to do the renovations.

  32. Tres Chere Vintage Market says

    Thank you for hosting! Have a fabulous week!

  33. Olive Cooper says

    Love the ceiling and the breakfast bar. Ceilings should be remembered.

  34. What a great kitchen makeover. Love the cabinets. I have never been one to paint the ceilings anything but white but, boy do I love that blue.

    Thanks for hosting!

  35. At The Picket Fence says

    What an incredible transformation on that kitchen! It is just beautiful and I'm so glad you shared it with us. Thank you so much for hosting a terrific party as usual. πŸ™‚ I'm so thrilled to be joining in this week (#199)!

  36. What a lovely transformation! The cabinets really looks good and the ceiling is nice! Cool post, check out also 3D Rendering

  37. That is an amazing transformation! I know they will be happy they spent the extra $$$ now, for years to come. What a pleasure it must be to work in that kitchen now.

    I have a VERY similar FISH cookie jar & almost gave it away! I'm going to dig it out & feature soon. I won the silly thing in a golf tournament. LOL
    Thanks for the inspiration.


  38. Cap Creations says

    Kitchen looks fantastic! Thank you for hosting

  39. Chari at Happy To Design says

    Hi Susan…

    Thank you so much for showcasing Wendy's fabulous kitchen remodel! It is truly inspiring…especially to those of us who are still dreaming and hoping for a new kitchen! I just love all the design decisions that Wendy made…her new kitchen really is classic and will be beautiful for many more years to come! The cabinetry is gorgeous! Oooh…and I love the beautiful soft blue ceilings…and I love that she brought some of that same blue down to the countertops through a few accessories! The granite counter…beautiful!!! And…I love the pertty glass tile insets used in the backsplash! I'm sooo happy for Wendy and her family…their kitchen is lovely!!!

    Well dear friend, thank you for sharing Wendy's kitchen with us! I have to also add that I have found so much inspiration through all the talented designers sharing in your Met Monday, party! Thank you, Susan…for hosting!!!

    Love ya,

  40. Mary of Front Porch Ideas says

    Wow, what a wonderful idea to paint the kitchen ceiling that beautiful shade of blue. If it works so beautifully on a porch, why not in the kitchen. Amazing transformation, Wendy. I really love it….and that canister set is extra pretty. Thank you for sharing.

  41. The Decorative Dreamer says

    Wow! What a beautiful renovation. I love all her choices, especially her choice of granite! So pretty!

  42. Beeutiful by Design says

    What a great kitchen re-do! Love the cabinets – thanks for sharin – Jennifer

  43. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    Wow! I really don't think you can ever go wrong with a new kitchen. I'd rather give up something else and get shiny new countertop and tile:) I love the fish cookie jar…perfect for a lake house!

  44. Cass @ That Old House says

    Haha– the fish cookie jar is a hoot! If she ever tires of it, I have a beach house where it would be perfect.

    Lovely makeover– the problem is when you make your vacation home really NICE you want to be there all the time.

    Great share — Cass

  45. Always love before and after shots of projects like this. A lot of work but it pays off in the end. I've been canning up a storm all weekend and am hosting a Canning Week Blog Party on my blog. Each day we post recipes and tutorials on how to can and have some linky's and give-a-ways too. Hope you can stop by and join in the fun!!!

  46. Cathy @My 1929 Charmer says

    Love the kitchen, the blue is spectacular on the ceiling. I also love before and after shots really helps to see the transformations!

  47. classic β€’ casual β€’ home says

    Such a great achievement! Really pretty.

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