Monday, August 23, 2010

Kitchen Transformation Part 2

After the floors were finished and the old cupboards removed, my brother got to work on the cabinets.



The frame was built out of plywood and trimmed in pine.



I had the job of priming everything with Zinsser primer.



I don't recommend sticking your head in a cupboard, while using Zinsser, for too long.
Really strong and stinky!


We tossed around the idea of buying the doors, but in the end, he wanted to build them himself. I am really happy with them. They have a recessed panel and 2 of them have a glass insert. Some of the drawers have a recessed panel and some are flat. He made the drawer fronts, but we ordered the drawer slides from Lee Valley.




I had a really hard time choosing a countertop. I wanted something that would be true to the feel of the older home. Most solid surfaces were out of my budget and butcherblock was not easily accessible. I wanted pine, but everyone told me I was crazy! My brother, however, thought it would be a great idea! He found some unfinished pine stair treads and pieced them together. I stained and varnished them and they came out great. All for only $70!

Let's look at the before picture again:




And here is the after with painted cupboards, walls and trim and a new backsplash:



A view with my new sideboard. A peninsula was part of the kitchen plan, but my brother is a busy boy!
This works well  for now! 


The pine countertops are still holding up well. There are a few dents, but I like them!
My sundae painting, made by Gaby ;)

I love the glass knobs. They add a little sparkle:) 



Resource list:
Glass knobs - Lee Valley
Chrome cup pulls - Lee Valley
Appliances - Fridgidaire Professional Series Furniture Gallery
Lighting - Canadian Tire
Wall paint- Souvenir ICI
Cabinet paint - Natural White ICI
Roman Shades - made by my aunt Marilyn



86 comments:

  1. I still can't believe this is the same kitchen.. Wow! p.s. Love the sundae painting by Gaby. see you soon!

    :)rae

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  2. It not only looks great, it functions well and you want to spend time in the Kitchen.....Next purchase: stool to lounge on.

    Pam

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  3. It's beautiful Jane. You have a gift. Thanks for sharing.
    Kathleen

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  4. I love your kitchen! And I am happy to say I think you may have brought me to the white side now :)

    Crystal

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  5. AMAZING!! My favorite part is your subway tile backsplash. It looks so classic. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Love it! This is totally my style. I love the dark countertops with the white cabinets. My favorite part is the chandelier and knobs though...gotta love some sparkle (:

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  7. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!! WOW what a transformation. Keep blogging...I am seriously addicted!!
    Sherri

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  8. Thanks so much everyone for the encouraging comments! You are all too sweet:)

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  9. You are SOOOOOO talented! Now I really have to go over for a visit! Beautiful!

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  10. OMG! You have been a busy girl...I LOVE your kitchen!
    Suzanne

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  11. I love your choice of kitchen cabinets, that style in white is sooo nice!
    Also the hardware you picked is excellent I love the look of the glass knobs.
    Great job, I just found your blog and you have a great eye for decorating.

    Kendra YoungDIY
    http://youngdiy.blogspot.com/

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  12. I'm redoing my kitchen now, so your project is very inspiring.
    You did an amazing job!
    Can I borrow your brother for awhile :-)
    xo xo

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  13. Am i wrong to be jealous? WOW this looks sooooo good. I love tile. I need to get my hubby in a class fast!

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  14. Lovely! My mom is restoring an old house and your kitchen is exactly the look that she wants. She doesn't have Internet access, but I'm definitely showing your kitchen to her the next time she visits me.

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  15. Ohmigosh, that looks incredible! Love the cabinets and the pine countertop - your brother is very talented. What a terrific transformation.

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  16. absolutely love it jane!!!

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  17. I had no idea you were so talented! I love, love, love your kitchen! It's giving me ideas for mine. You really should consider starting a business. I could be your first customer!

    Patty

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  18. Beautiful job, Jane. I love the countertops!

    Sue
    xo

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  19. Hard to believe! WOW! GORGEOUS kitchen and counter tops! Just WOW!

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  20. This is GORGEOUS. I can not believe how much work you all did yourselves. It definitely paid off! And I love that you found an alternative to butcher block. I think the counters look unique and amazing!

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  21. This kitchen is ABSOLUTELY amazing! I can't get over the transformation! Awesome job! By the way, that is so cool that you're in PEI - I love Anne of Green Gables and I've always wanted to visit. I live in Ohio so it would be quite a drive, but one day I'll get there!

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  22. Beautifully done! I can imagine that home improvement supplies are a bit harder to come by in PEI... not like you can just run to IKEA! I'm sure you'll enjoy using your new kitchen!

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  23. Absolutely gorgeous! We are in the middle of our own kitchen transformation. The before looks very much like yours! Unfortunately, we don't have the beautiful wood flooring under it like you discovered! Congrats on such a beautiful space!

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  24. Oh. My Goodness. Your brother has some serious talent, and you absolutely transformed your space into a dream kitchen. I just love everything, and the countertops are perfect. They add so much character.

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  25. What a stunning transformation! I'm speechless... such an amazing improvement.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  26. Oh my word -- it turned out beautiful!!

    Janet

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  27. You have a talented brother - what a lucky girl. This kitchen is gorgeous.

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  28. Beautiful kitchen redo! The floors look amazing. Hard to believe it is the same kitchen!

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  29. Jane,
    Very nice! I thought it was an interesting, and successful, choice for the chandelier - somewhat traditional style in a modern flavor kitchen. This has the hallmarks of great vision. Must be a lot of fun to work in!
    How did you plan this project?

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  30. Oh my god. You are officially my hero. What an amazing job you did. Your kitchen is beautiful.

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  31. Very wow! I love it! What a spectacular transformtion!

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  32. Your kitchen is absolutely fabulous!!! I love the pine countertop and how bright the room is! Fabulous job to you and your brother!!!

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  33. WOW!! That is an amazing transformation! You and your brother did a really great job! I have kitchen envy....and I just finished my own kitchen remodel with white cabinets! Well done!!!
    Visiting from Centsational Girl!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  34. Just amazing! It's so inspiring to see such a great DIY makeover. I love the look of those wide drawers to the right of the sink. Very custom and expensive looking!

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  35. Your new kitchen is absolutely fabulous! I can't believe these pictures are of the same space! Amazing job :)

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  36. Hi Jane! Just saw your new kitchen @ Centsational Girl - yummm. A trans-coastal, red-mittened high five from Vancouver... have bookmarked this to liberally refer to in a few months' time!! Cheers

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  37. I'm visiting from Centsational Girl... FANTASTIC job!!! Your kitchen is picture perfect! Where did you get the white backsplash tiling from? It's all so gorgeous!

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  38. Oh.My.Goodness. This is AMAZING. I love it! The pine counter tops were brilliant! I love the shine and the white cabinets look fantastic! Great job.

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  39. just gorgeous! i bet you are so happy in this kitchen! congratulations on your awesome new space. your brother does fabulous work! how nice of your family to help you out so much!

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  40. I LOVE the countertops. How did he piece them together? That's crazy and so beautiful. I love the kitchen. And I love the little alcove with your painted wood trim and gorgeous original doors. Lovely!

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  41. Wow, my first time by your blog & this kitchen is just awesome. Great job on every little detail!

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  42. Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for the comments everyone. You are all too kind:)

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  43. I love your countertops as well! I have a question though. How did you (or your brother) finish them? We made a kitchen island with edge-glued boards and they way we finished them will have to be re-done (which we expected) and we're looking for different solutions.

    Congratulations!

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  44. beautiful!! I found your blog through centsational girl, and am so glad she posted about this! I'm in a desperate need to redo my kitchen and am always looking for ideas. My brother is an excellent carpentery guy himself, too bad he lives too far away to build my cabinets! :)

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  45. yup.. I found you through centsational girl too :) Lovely job! I'm in the middle of a white cabinet transformation too. Did you do your own backsplash tiling job? Thoughts or suggestions or tips?

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  46. Your kitchen looks FABULOUS! You did such a great job. I can't believe your brother made the cabinets! Amazing. I love the pine countertops too!

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  47. Your kitchen came out gorgeous! I love your idea for the pine counter tops- they look great!

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  48. OH MY!!! OH MY!!

    we need to redo our kitchen and you just did it the same way we are planning. i was nervous but now i know how beautiful it can be. full steam ahead. i followed from centsational girl post and i am so glad you posted this!!! do you have a cost breakdown and or any tips???

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  49. Oh my goodness! That is amazing! I especially love your counters.

    Beautiful job!

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  50. What kind of tiles are those for the backsplash? Love this kitchen. What a transformation! Great job :)

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  51. I love your new kitchen. You and your brother did an amazing job. Boy do I wish I had a brother. :)

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  52. That's ONE great brother AND one amazing transformation!

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  53. You have no idea how happy I was that a friend referred me to Centsational Girl, which in turn led me to YOU! I am going to be tackling painting our kitchen soon. I love how yours turned out. AND, I was also thinking of doing glass knobs with the cupped pulls, so I am super happy to see it on someone else's makeover! :) Gorgeous job. Those floors are incredible. Signing up to follow you!

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  54. Found you via Centsational Girl, fabulous work!! Enjoy your beautiful kitchen. Janell

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  55. Your kitchen just came out gorgeous! I love the chandelier, glass knobs and the moldings! Everything just looks beautiful!

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  56. GREAT job...looks like Zinnser is the way to go..!
    I love a white kitchen & that will be the color of my future kitchen. :))))))))
    Chandelier looks great.

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  57. LOVE this kitchen! Your brother did a fantastic job on those cabinets. I love your choices for the countertops and the glass knobs on the doors. You really kept a nice feeling for an older home. LOVE the chandelier. Amazing remodel!

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  58. Your new kitchen is absolutely gorgeous. Well done!

    I love the glass knobs, they look great.

    The sundae picture is a true work of art. Looks a little like a form of abstract!

    It was a lot of hard work to do it yourself like that, but how great it must feel when you walk into that gorgeous room.

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  59. My neighbor (who has granite counter tops) and I (who has cheap laminate) were just talking last night about how we both wanted something different like wood countertops. Those are beautiful! And the transition between your old and new kitchen are stunning! Job well done.

    Brittany

    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  60. Beyond Gorgeous!!!! Your brother is a real gem:)

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  61. OMG! I got the chills when I saw the after. It is so girly yet it isnt. I think you built my dream kitchen! Seriously. Congrats!

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  62. OMG, it came out beautifully!! Just stunning.

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  63. Hi Jane! I love the kitchen and the shed! You are really talented! Keep up the good work and great posts!

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  64. Hello! Just popped over from Rambling Renovaters. Your kitchen is STUNNING! What a splendid transformation, I'm just in awe. And I am so happy you went w/ the pine countertops--perfection!

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  65. What a transformation! I'm going to be redoing my kitchen here shortly--someone's making our cabinets as well. It was cool seeing the step-by-step process. Enjoy your beautiful new space!

    Kat

    mapleleavessycamoretrees.blogspot.com

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  66. It turned out so beautifully! I love the colours and the bling. (Found your blog via Rambling Renovators).
    Shannon
    www.akadesign.ca

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  67. Just beautiful! Very much in keeping with your home. I love the wall paint color, the varied drawer fronts and especially the stained pine counter.

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  68. I have been keeping an Inspiration file of white kitchens to convince my boyfriend that white cabinets are the way to go and I am adding yours to the file. Beautiful and thrifty!

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  69. Just letting you know I spotlighted this post today at NewlyWoodwards.

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  70. i love your kitchen and am using it as inspiration.

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  71. Love your kitchen makeover and I am in the process of doing mine.

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  72. What did you minish your counter tops with? I am in need of new tops, but cannot afford granite, etc! Your kitchen looks amazing! You have an amazing brother!

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  73. Oh wow! WOW! The cabinets are gorgeous and I love the counter tops - so much charm. You've done a beautiful job with it all!

    Thank you so much for linking up to the Roomspiration - kitchens. It's so nice to "e-meet" you! I look forward to seeing more!

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  74. Beautiful, Jane! What a talented brother you have! You must be so pleased at the outcome and he should be proud of the great work he did.

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  75. Beautiful! The subway tile is so shiny and gleaming!

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  76. Searching for kitchen ideas I came across your blog. Your kitchen looks beautiful! Wondered if there were any more details on how you did your counter tops?

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  77. Stunning!!! Hard work pays off!!!

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  80. Lovely job! Found you while doing a search for my own huge DIY kitchen makeover. Hopefully I'll be posting it on the blog soon as I'd like to move into the home in a couple weeks with a finished kitchen - phew! Now that it's been a few years, how's the pine holding up?

    www.kammyskorner.com

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