Evolution of our Kitchen & Transformation Tuesday Link Party

I wanted to share a little more with you about how we got from point A to point B in OUR KITCHEN and the resources that help us get there.  I thought sharing it on Transformation Tuesday was appropriate since this was a major transformation.

I hate to show you the before picture again, but here is where we started (cringe):

The very first thing I did to change the look of this space was paint it.  Gotta love the power of paint!  I don’t typically use Glidden products, but the guy at Home Depot swore up and down

that the Glidden Gripper Primer is like glue, so I gave it a try.  And he was right!  That primer bonded to the paneling and the cupboards perfectly.  I then coated everything with Behr Interior Paint in Semi-Gloss Finish in Ultra Pure White.  Yep.  I didn’t even get any color added to it.  I wanted a super bright white for this space and that’s exactly what we got.

We also switched out all of the knobs, hinges and drawer pulls on the cabinets and drawers with hardware from Home Depot.  The drawer pulls are my favorite.  They’re vintage reproductions made by Martha Stewart.  Eventually we also switched out the black outlets for white ones.
Here’s how it looked once it was all painted:

Bye bye 70′s laminate countertop . . . na na na na, hey hey hey, GOODBYE!

Even the plain wood stools were replaced with these rush beauties (Tale of Two Stools):

We wanted subway tile on the backsplash, but after obtaining 3 quotes, decided to do it ourselves.  A friend of ours was nice enough to lend us their wet tile saw and away we went.  The hubby did a fantastic job!
There never was anything above the stove, but we wanted to add extra storage and a microwave, so we had a custom cabinet built by a cabinet maker here in our area.

They did a fantastic job.  We even had them route out the doors to match the look of the cabinets we already had.  All it took was a little primer and paint to complete the cabinet and it looked as if it had been there all along.
I wanted to tile behind the stove, but with the budget already tight and me wanting to change it up a little bit, I went searching for an alternative to the subway tile.  Of course I wanted something vintage, if I could find it.  I found this plastic backsplash panel at Menard’s and it mimics vintage tin tiles perfectly.  It cost $19.95 for a 2′ x 4′ section.  Done!  AND it’s really easy to clean.  Love!

Once the LAGAN Beech butcher block countertop (purchased from IKEA) was installed next to the stove, the hubby got to work building a cubby space underneath it to hold cookbooks:

There you have it.  The evolution of our kitchen.  It’s taken almost a year to complete, but we think it was worth the time and effort.  Don’t you?


Okay, so now for the real reason why you’re all here: THE PARTY!!

So let’s see what you’ve been up to while I’ve been gone . . . grab a button and let the Transformation Tuesday party begin!


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  1. OMG – what a beautiful transformation – love everything about it – fantastic job ( chalkboard wall is amazing )
    Thanks so much for hosting!

  2. Oh my goodness Laurie, your kitchen turned out gorgeous! I love the black and white and all the eclectic things you put in it. The room has so much character, just what I love! Congratulations on all your hard work, it was sooo worth it!

  3. I love it! What a beautiful kitchen. Your hard work definitely paid off! And that gorgeous subway tile? Yeah, borrowing a friend’s wet saw was the way to go. Tile installation can get so pricey and yours turned out looking perfect. If you wouldn’t have said you did it, I would have thought it was done professionally :)

  4. Do you keep walking in your kitchen just so you can see it? That is what I did, and still do. ;-)

    Great job!!! Enjoy.

  5. You’ve done an outstanding job on your kitchen-it’s just stunning!
    Thanks for hosting :)

  6. Wow, just saw these two posts with your kitchen – LOVE IT! It’s so light and airy feeling, compared to the darkness before. Can I come over for dinner?

  7. Your kitchen looks FABulous!! So much brighter now – you did a great job. Thanks for hosting!

  8. Wow, your kitchen looks amazing! I love the shiny black counter with the white cabinets. I found you via blog-sisters because I couldn’t resist the pretty jugs in your logo!

  9. Your kitchen looks great!

  10. Denise Steinwachs says:

    were your kitchen cabinets all solid wood?
    Mine aren’t :( and I’m wondering if I will be able to paint them.
    Will just a primer be enough?

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