Our Kitchen Makeover

Kitchen Before Remodel

Before and After.

Kitchen Makeover


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As many of you know – we bought a house a few months ago. We did some cosmetic updates before moving in, the kitchen was among those updates. Today, I’m finally getting around to sharing our kitchen makeover with you. This is what Katie and I accomplished in about a week.

The basic overview:

  1. Paint the cabinets
  2. Sheetrock and paint the ceiling
  3. Tile the floors
  4. Refinished the counter tops
  5. Replace light fixtures
  6. Turn whole wall into 1/2 wall
  7. Re-design section of cabinetry for conventional range

We re-designed an area in the kitchen that was virtually unusable. The cooktop and in-wall oven that came with the house were – lets be nice and say – “original 1964 beauties”. Well, they didn’t fit with our vision and probably didn’t work well – we didn’t dare test them! (lol). So, the cook-top came out to be replaced with a regular freestanding range and we replaced the wall oven with a couple of shelves and doors to match the rest of the kitchen, making a food pantry cabinet.

We also turned a small doorway and wall into a nice 1/2 wall, opening the house up and allowing the light from the living room into the kitchen, as well as allowing the light from the kitchen to illuminate the hallway. It made the kitchen and hallway much more open and enjoyable. When we first walked into the house on a showing, creating the 1/2 wall was the first thing I said we needed to do, and I was right – it looks fantastic and we couldn’t imagine not having done it.

OK – Ready for some photos?

I didn’t mention, we also pulled up the carpet throughout the house to find beautiful oak hardwood floors – so we had plenty of pink carpet to lay out on the garage floor to paint the cabinet doors on top of. 🙂

Painting the cabinet doors and drawers:

Painting The Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Replacing the old linoleum flooring with nice new tile!

Kitchen Makeover Tile Floors

Here’s the kitchen cabinets before and after! Also, note that the counter tops have been refinished from a 60’s yellow-weird design (hard to see in the top photo – but it was ugly!) to a nice brown granite finish, the sheetrock on the ceiling has been done, the painting on the ceiling and walls have been finished and the light fixture has been replaced too:

Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops Finished - Kitchen Makeover

Here’s a photo compilation of the full wall dividing the hallway from the kitchen turned into a 1/2 wall. Also note the new light fixture and refrigerator. Don’t mind the toilet – that was another project we completed that night.

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Some people say when you buy a house you change two things – the locks and the toilet seats – we just changed the whole damn toilet.. But seriously, we replaced the original water-wasting 1960’s yellow toilet with a nice new American Standard water saving Toilet:

Kitchen Re-do, whole wall to half wall

And the last picture to share with you is the transformation of the area where there was a 1960’s cooktop and in wall oven. We ripped out the base cabinets, replaced them with 2 small cabinets to flank the range. We capped the new cabinets with granite (not shown). We installed an electric freestanding range (we had an electrician make sure the wiring was good, he installed a new 220 outlet for the range) and a new hood vent/light combo. We made two doors and a couple of shelves for where we pulled out the wall oven – turning that into a food pantry cabinet. Also note the doorway in the photo, that’s the full wall we turned into a half wall as seen in the previous picture.

Kitchen Redesign, removing wall oven and cook top

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at our kitchen redesign!

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Bonus Pictures!

You might be asking yourself, where’s Scrappy? Here I am deconstructing the wall… 🙂

Scrappy making a half wall

Also notice the green carpet in the background (living room and hallway). The bedrooms were pink! We tore up the carpet and found these…. After a good cleaning they looked pretty decent!

Oak Floors Found Under Carpet

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28 thoughts on “Our Kitchen Makeover”

  1. Great job on the kitchen ! I have a very similar kitchen. When my ex-husband removed the range it was replaced with a regular stovetop w oven. New cabinets replaced the oven. The range exhaust hood was not replaced. So it's original...it works no problem, it just looks old ! Do you think I can paint the exhaust hood or have someone re-paint it ? Thanks ! Kim
    1. Thank you for the kind words, Kim! :) I think you could repaint the hood, perhaps use a high-heat paint and only paint the exterior of the hood, not the inside. You may want to shop range hoods, it may be worth replacing it with a new one, depending on your needs! Thanks for your comment, have a nice day! Best, Andrew -- Scrappy Geek :)
  2. I love the updated kitchen, looks great! What a nice surprise it must have been to find those hardwood floors under the carpet. I love the look of hardwood floors!
  3. Beautiful job! We are in the process of remodeling our kitchen. I have actually stripped all the paint of our cabinets. We were planning on taking down a wall but found it was structural so we have to pause the renovations for a bit to save up some more money to be able to keep it structurally sound!
    1. Sure, why not? I'll be over in a jiff! lol. I would have liked to just put new cabinets in. But, we didn't have the time between when we bought the house and when we wanted to move in. Painting only took about 6 hours total - and it really freshened up the space! :)
  4. This looks so good! I especially love how you were able to add the pantry cabinet! Nice! Still, I think you should have cranked up the old appliances just for sh*ts and giggles. ;)
    1. Thanks Dawn! The home inspector did crank them up, they heated up and passed his inspection...but we didn't want to chance burning our new house down lol
  5. It is one beautiful kitchen now and I love that you painted all the cabines white. Ours was the same way too and decided to paint all of them white. It makes it brigther and visually larger space.
  6. Your kitchen looks fab! We just finished our kitchen last Summer so I know how much work it is, but I love looking at it knowing we did it ourselves.
  7. Love the look of the kitchen. I just recently bought a house and my mind is flowing with things to do. Your kitchen looks so refreshed .
  8. What a great makeover! Looks like you guys have a lot of cabinet storage which is awesome (we never seem to have enough!) The new tile looks great too!
  9. I like that you kept the original hardware on the cabinets. It gives a nod to the house's history in a nice new modern kitchen.
    1. We're glad we did keep the original hardware. The pulls and hinges really "pop" with the white. And yes, preserving the history of the house is something we're trying to do - all while adding our own flair. I believe the previous (and original) owner built the cabinets by hand. They're definitely built-in place cabinets and some of the things we found in the attic and basement suggest he was quite the woodworker.
    1. Thanks, Becka! It was a fun project for sure. The handles were the original hardware and do look nice with the update! We're please (PS: Have you priced door handles and hinges? Holy SMOKES! lol)

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