Friday, April 26, 2013

Kitchen - Before and After

The small kitchen in our house was certainly not the worst kitchen in the world but it was also not good.  After we moved in we immediately changed the floor and then started changing out the contractor stock appliances, counter tops and added a tin back splash for a little character – But it was definitely time for the oak to go!  

 Although I would have loved to have all new custom white cabinetry, carrara marble or soapstone countertops and the latest high end appliances, these things were just not in the budget.  Fortunately I knew that I could get a stylish kitchen that would reflect what I love by being creative, resourceful and enhancing what I already had. 
By painting the existing oak cabinets a lovely shade of white, Sherwin Williams Alabaster to be precise, adding a small decorative molding, vintage cup pulls and brushed nickel knobs I was able to get a look similar to what I would have chosen had I went with new cabinetry - fresh and white with a vintage feel. 

 We continued on by painting all of the trim white as well as painting the oak banisters black and white - a classic look that I have always loved. We then added a new table, chairs and rug.

 The end result is a stylish and current kitchen that reflects my taste perfectly.  The best part is that we didn’t have to go broke to have a kitchen that we love.  
Another great benefit in not overspending on your re-design is that you don’t have to feel guilty when you want to change things up again. Stay tuned - changes on the way! 


  1. Erin, I love the kitchen! What a huge difference the paint and hardware make. I'm in a similar situation with my kitchen (it's ok, but def not great), and seeing what a difference your small changes made is giving me hope!
    -Kristen from Thrifterindisguise

    1. Hi Kristen,
      Thank you so much for your comments on the kitchen! I am working on a few things now and hope to have a post ready soon!
      Thanks Again,

  2. Hi Erin,
    First off, your kitchen is fabulous. I just LOVE it!!! You did such a beautiful job. The kitchen is the heart of the home where everyone ends up. We bought our house 20 years ago and we lived with the kitchen I didn't care for all that time. We just did a refacing with white cabinets, black counter and the same pulls!! We have the same style!!
    Secondly, I am responding to the comment you left on my blog. I am so happy you found inspiration from my blog to start your own. Your blog is beautiful. Love the style of it and the header picture is the best. You will love blogging. It is the best thing I've ever done. You meet so many wonderful people and the inspiration in the world is amazing.
    I know you are new to blogging, so I wanted to let you know that your blog comments are set to "No Reply". This means there isn't an email address attached to your blog account and there isn't a way for anyone to respond back to your comment. If you ever want to change that, there is a tutorial on my right side bar labeled "Are you a no reply".
    Thanks again for your kind words about my blog and for joining the Find a Friend Party Link,

    1. Dear Karen,
      Thank you so much for all of your kind words as well as the heads up on the No Reply. I will use your tutorial to get that changed. Again - thank you so much for your blog buddy tips - and all of the resources that you offer.


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