Kitchen Makeover





There must have been some momentum from fixing up our living room/fireplace, because we gave our kitchen a little makeover in December as well (before we ran out of steam!). There was nothing really wrong but I've always wanted to lighten up the more permanent, dark features I'm not as fond of. We also have this exaggerated space in the center of the room between the sink and the fridge, so it all started with wanting to add a small island there...

Here's what we changed:
- painted walls & ceiling a light gray (over this)
- replaced cabinets above sink with open shelving
- added a small island with storage & seating
- installed new lighting (pendants for the island & dining, a globe for the sink)
- upgraded our short, deep fridge to a taller, counter-depth model that doesn't stick out as much (so worth it in a high-traffic area!)



I snapped these after cleaning post-new year's eve, so although it probably hasn't been as neat and tidy since, we're loving the changes (here's what it used to look like). The open shelving lets extra light in from the dining area, and we can't imagine not having that island now...for prepping food, eating breakfast, accumulating piles of mail, and just about everything else.

18 comments:

Anna @ IHOD said...

Its beautiful, open, and fresh. Love the space Alli:)

Chloe Moon said...

I love the open floating shelves!! It really is pretty! =)

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Erica said...

Alli, it looks fantastic! I've always loved green in the kitchen. I haven't sold my husband on that color scheme yet, so I'm using green in my craft room instead.

Kelly said...

It looks great! I love the open shelving. We are thinking of redoing our kitchen this summer...just painting and maybe some tiling a backsplash. You've inspired me - little changes do make a big difference as I see here!

Milynn {Love + Whimsy} said...

I love the open shelving and all of that natural light in your kitchen! Such a pretty makeover :)

ashley maureen said...

love these simple updates. i'm sure you just smile every time you walk in!

holtkamp said...

wow, looks amazing!

mary said...

oh my word I just want to invite myself over for a cup of coffee! love, love, love!

Laicie said...

In LOVE with that open shelving! You are inspiring me all over the place, my whole house is in need of a little sprucing up. :)

Jennie Prince said...

You did a lovely job! I have to say, your blog style and interior style go hand in hand...I can see the similarities! I love it!

Caroline | Wild Folk Studio said...

gorgeous!

rooth said...

It looks so great - you guys did a wonderful job

Claudia Bravo MacPherson said...

I like the fact that you tied in your open shelving with your previous shelving by adding the small ones right next to them. What a great idea!

I have loved seeing your style on the blog evolve Alli! You photo skills are inspiring!

alli/hooray said...

Thank you all so much!

Kayla Poole said...

The open shelving brings a whole new life to an already lovely space!

Girl with a New Life said...

What a pretty fresh look.

I especially love the painting framed in white.

Andrea Dozier said...

I love how you've made this your own! Love the updates and the way they are so functional too! The open shelving is beautiful and I know you'll have fun rearranging it throughout the year. I think we have the same kitchen table, I am madly in love with it!

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