Our Kitchen Makeover

kitchen renovation

I am beyond excited to show off the before and after pictures of our kitchen! Our goal here was to give the kitchen a more stylish, country look. Although much of the kitchen was finished shortly after we moved in the back splash and grout work were just completed last week. I'll mostly be showing off photos in this post but if you want a more in depth look at the process check out my previous post here

Before of the built in hutch. 

Before of the built in hutch. 

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As you walk into the kitchen, there's a fabulous hutch built into the corner. I wish I could say it's original to the 1840's house but I honestly don't know. It certainly looks like it could be. The cabinetry was in great shape but the inside had been painted a deep red color. I decided to paint it all white inside and it really pops! This has become a great display case for our nicer dishware as well as some heirloom pieces. We also added a small cart to the kitchen and turned it into a bar. We love to host parties and the combination of the hutch and bar cart is perfect for our hosting needs. The cranberries sampler about the bar cart was actually made by my mom!

Our built in hutch.

Our built in hutch.

The first project we did in the kitchen was paint the white walls a pale yellow. We also repainted all the trim in a brighter white. The cabinets before were quite generic and matched the hardwood in the kitchen too closely, giving the room a dull look. We opted for a more country feel with the green cabinets that we had chalk painted ourselves. I also hand painted the dark green tile to give it a faux white marble finish. Lastly, we put in a white subway tile back slash. I am obsessed with it. 

Before.

Before.

After.

After.

Before.

Before.

After.

After.

You can also see from the pictures that we repainted the fireplace. As much as I would have loved to bring back the original brick it was just going to be too much work. We really didn't care for the bright red paint on the fireplace- like it was trying to fake being the authentic brick color. So instead we opted to paint it a bright cream and it really enlarged the feel of the space. 

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I also have to give major thanks to my father in law. Not only did he put in our amazing subway tile and fix the grout on the counter tops, but he also made us this table! Seriously how gorgeous is this table? There's also a matching bench on the fireplace side of the table. He made the piece with oak boards and table legs which we'd found online and painted with chalk paint. I could not be more happy with how it turned out. We also found four mismatched chairs at a flea market and painted each a different color to really give the room that rustic country vibe. 

Our beautiful completed kitchen. 

Our beautiful completed kitchen. 

I'm so thrilled with how the kitchen turned out. And as I wrote in my previous post, we were able to make significant cosmetic changes with a minimal amount of money (but quite a bit of work). 

What do you think of our completed kitchen? Did we capture that country kitchen vibe?