You are going to love this kitchen redo by Cindy from Edith and Evelyn Interiors. You will be amazed at what she did with a builder grade kitchen, turning it into a dream kitchen. Let’s find out how she did it!!
My name is Cindy and I blog over at Edith and Evelyn Interiors! I am so thrilled to be guest posting over here at the amazing Cedar Hill Farmhouse today!
We recently purchased a 1970’s French Country Ranch home that was in need of a total renovation. The house had such great bones and beautiful custom features, but it was stuck in a 1970 time warp, complete with flocked wallpaper and pink shag carpet! We knew we could save a lot of money by doing the renovation ourselves, and though we had never done anything like this before, hubby and I decided we were up to the challenge! I thought I would share our recent kitchen renovation with you today, along with a few simple tips to get a similar look in your kitchen!
Here is the before!
And here is the after!
It is quite the transformation, don’t you agree?!?
One of the easiest and least expensive ways to make an impact is paint! We painted all of our cabinets, walls, and trim, with beautiful neutral colors of white and gray. It immediately lightened everything up. Before, it was so hard to see all the beautiful details (the circle of brick on the floor, the lead glass, and stained glass windows) when everything was so dark.
Popcorn ceilings. Every room in this house has popcorn ceilings. Every.Single.Room. Even the kitchen. Ugh! We decided to plank over the popcorn, which turned out to be an easy fix and it gave the kitchen an amazing french cottage look. The planks are a lightweight tongue and groove wood, purchased at the large home improvement stores. They come in packages of eight planks (about $15.00/pkg.) and are a wonderful, inexpensive way to update an old ceiling. After we installed the planks, we pickled them with a whitewash stain. Every person that walks in our kitchen is instantly in love with that ceiling!
We had to gut a few cabinets and a wall in order to open up the kitchen space, and even though we tried to salvage as many of the original cabinets as we could, we still ended up having to install new cabinets in a few sections. This presented the challenge of trying to match the new cabinets with the old, so that they blended together cohesively. We ended up buying stock, off the shelf cabinets from the large home improvement store. To give them the custom look we wanted, we added decorative wood trim to all the cabinets, new and old. Once they were all painted and glazed to bring out the details, all the cabinets work perfectly together.
I have always loved the look of furniture in a kitchen, and knew that I wanted this feature in mine. Adding furniture legs to the underneath lip of the cabinets did just the trick and instantly transformed the look of our kitchen! Again, we purchased ready made, turned legs from the home improvement store, cut them to the length we needed, and glued them with contractors glue to the underneath lip of the cabinets. Once painted the same color of the cabinets, they look as though they were custom made!
I wanted to add some open shelving in a few places to display some of my ironstone collection. We easily achieved this by simply removing a couple of doors to an upper cabinet (it was too tall for me to reach anyway) and painting the inside the same color as the cabinets. We also added some simple open shelves to another wall, and modified the upper cabinets in the bar area, by cutting out the center of the door, and adding metal grate to the backside. The grate is actually replacement grate for a bbq grill that we painted in oil rubbed bronze paint! Very inexpensive for a fabulous look!
We also shopped the “bone yard” of our local stone companies for marble and granite remnants. If you have a small area that you are working on, it’s amazing at the deal you can get if you find a remnant piece of stone left over from larger install jobs. I wanted Carrara marble countertops, so we did splurge on that, however, we installed a black granite remnant from the “bone yard” for the bar area and paid pennies on the dollar! And it works beautifully with the gray veining in the Carrara marble.
And if you are buying in bulk, such as cabinet hardware, don’t be afraid to ask for contractors prices at the big home improvement stores. We always asked and we were always given a better deal.
It took us eight months to complete this kitchen remodel, probably because we were such inexperienced rookies! But we have learned that with the right tools and YouTube videos, we can do anything!
Thank you so much Anita, for having me over today, I have enjoyed it so much!