The Kitchen Before and After

We had our kitchen remodeled about a year after we moved in. It had not been updated other than some cosmetic changes since the house was built in 1959.   We used our basement laundry room as a make shift kitchen and ate our share of sawdust during that time but it sure was worth it. We've been loving it ever since. Take a look!

Here is the before - YIKES!

after everything has been torn out

And after - YEAH!

this is from the same angle as the first "before" photo

from the opposite angle

the wall opposite the stove

     The kitchen is at the front of the house with a lot of windows.  It's really nice to be able to see everything that is going on and it's easy to watch for the school bus in the mornings.

     Let me know what you think.  I chose everything myself so you can imagine the anxiety and nail biting that was done hoping it would all come together.  **I would LOVE to hear from!**  Your comments are really appreciated! 


P.S. I am linking to "Wow Us Wednesdays" at Savvy Southern StyleCheck it out.  So much to see and so much inspiration! 
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  1. Hi JoAnne~ What a great transformation!Love the open cupboard detail - It is beautiful- You did a fantastic job on it! Stopping by from Kim's party today :)

  2. Hi Joanne! That was a very big project and I know just how tough on the nerves a full kitchen remodel can be! It looks great and you did a very nice job. I love the open shelves and the little touches you have added. I am your newest follower. Stop by for a cup of coffee or tea sometime!!

    Susan and Bentley

  3. Hi! Stopping by from Savvy Southern Style - I'm a new follower! I love your blog and your kitchen looks amazing!
    Come visit me when you get a chance @

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

  4. I think you can get over any anxiety because this is a gorgeous did a fabulous job!!!

  5. Your kitchen turned out just beautiful. I really love your new sink and faucet.. I'm a new follower from Savvy Southern Style...I have been changing my kitchen and just put in a few recessed lights and now I want more!
    Great job!

  6. What a wonderful serene kitchen. Love the colors and the backsplash. Thanks so much for sharing this at my party. Just to let you know you should copy and paste the blog post title and not the comments. When we click on your party link it goes straight to your comments instead of the beginning of the post.

  7. Thanks for sharing your lovely kitchen for my Room Tours!! You did a great job - it looks amazing! Room Tours is a new feature for my blog and I haven't yet promoted it (although as you know you can see the tours if you look around!) Hopefully by next week my readers will be introduced to the tours and will be coming by to visit you!!

  8. Found you thru Melissa's blog - and girl, you had me at that beautiful backsplash. LOVE. Great transformation. Just beautiful.

  9. This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I found you via The Inspired Room. I'm most impressed with you picking everything out. To redo my kitchen is such an overwhelming thought - - you 'hit it' with yours tho!

  10. Hi,
    I found your blog through a friend. I LOVE your kitchen! I've been looking around for inspiration for mine. We bought the house I grew up in from my mom last year and have flipped a lot of it. Still have much to go. I am about to strip the varnish, sand, and paint our kitchen cabinets. I WANT THE COLOR ON YOUR CABINETS. Did you paint or replace them? If you painted do you remember the color you used? I hope you see this comment. I don't know how old your post is.

  11. Your kitchen is just gorgeous! Sure love that open shelf.

  12. I love what you've done with your kitchen. I love the cabinets and the color of the cabinets. I redid my kitchen last year and just redid the counters, sink, floors and had the cabinets painted white. It made a huge difference cause our kitchen had the original sink and yucky counters. Enjoy!

  13. I LOVE this kitchen remodel! I'm in the process of planning my Northern Virginia kitchen remodeling, and I've been so attached to the idea of doing a 1950s retro-style kitchen with pale yellow and robin's-egg-blue appliances (like your KitchenAid mixer!!). The more I scan through pictures of other remodeling projects, the more giddy I get to start my own...but the kitchen is my favorite room of the house, so I've got to make sure I do exactly what I want with it! I just love the nostalgia and fun colors of the 1950s era; but would I want it as my entire kitchen? *sigh, darn this indecisiveness! Oh well - thank you for the ideas! I can't wait to settle on a plan and get started! :D

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