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Before and After: Kitchen Makeover

So, finally, it’s here! The post everyone (or at least me) has been waiting for… the kitchen reveal!! I have been working for four months on completely remodeling my kitchen. Here’s what I started with:

See how I remodeled and organized a completely dysfunctional kitchen in this room reveal. The kitchen makeover was completely DIY, and took a total of four months! #AButterflyHouse #DIY #DIYProjects #Kitchen #BeforeandAfter #RoomReveal #Organization #HomeImprovement

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It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t functional (hello, complete lack of appliances.) It was everything I never wanted my kitchen to be. And now I have:

See how I remodeled and organized a completely dysfunctional kitchen in this room reveal. The kitchen makeover was completely DIY, and took a total of four months! #AButterflyHouse #DIY #DIYProjects #Kitchen #BeforeandAfter #RoomReveal #Organization #HomeImprovement

So much prettier. So much more functional. 

See how I remodeled and organized a completely dysfunctional kitchen in this room reveal. The kitchen makeover was completely DIY, and took a total of four months! #AButterflyHouse #DIY #DIYProjects #Kitchen #BeforeandAfter #RoomReveal #Organization #HomeImprovement

I am obsessed with these 30 inch wide drawers. They store so much stuff, and give me the perfect “food preparation area.” I keep all my food, utensils, mixing bowls, etcetera, in this corner, so I’m not running all over the place trying to make dinner.

See how I remodeled and organized a completely dysfunctional kitchen in this room reveal. The kitchen makeover was completely DIY, and took a total of four months! #AButterflyHouse #DIY #DIYProjects #Kitchen #BeforeandAfter #RoomReveal #Organization #HomeImprovement

I also absolutely love the butcherblock countertops. Oh my goodness. So pretty. So inexpensive. So easy to prep and install. They are amazing, and I’m so glad I ignored all the people complaining about upkeep. I love them.

On the other side of the room, I started with this:

See how I remodeled and organized a completely dysfunctional kitchen in this room reveal. The kitchen makeover was completely DIY, and took a total of four months! #AButterflyHouse #DIY #DIYProjects #Kitchen #BeforeandAfter #RoomReveal #Organization #HomeImprovement

I closed up that laundry room door, and now have a much more functional U-shaped kitchen that looks like this:

See how I remodeled and organized a completely dysfunctional kitchen in this room reveal. The kitchen makeover was completely DIY, and took a total of four months! #AButterflyHouse #DIY #DIYProjects #Kitchen #BeforeandAfter #RoomReveal #Organization #HomeImprovement

My cat, Penny, decided this was the perfect time to perch on the countertop. I went with it.

It doesn’t even look like the same kitchen, but I swear, it is. I now use that corner as my “food cooking” area. Everything I need to actually cook food is in the little drawers next to the stove (the stove utensils, oven mitts, etc.) It works so well.

See how I remodeled and organized a completely dysfunctional kitchen in this room reveal. The kitchen makeover was completely DIY, and took a total of four months! #AButterflyHouse #DIY #DIYProjects #Kitchen #BeforeandAfter #RoomReveal #Organization #HomeImprovement

I also have all my “extra” appliances over there. You know what I’m talking about, right? That waffle iron you use once a year. The air fryer I probably don’t really need. Everyone else is guilty of accidentally buying these things too, right?

See how I remodeled and organized a completely dysfunctional kitchen in this room reveal. The kitchen makeover was completely DIY, and took a total of four months! #AButterflyHouse #DIY #DIYProjects #Kitchen #BeforeandAfter #RoomReveal #Organization #HomeImprovement

I also created a little mudroom for the back door. It’s super helpful for keeping organized as I run in and out the door. 

See how I remodeled and organized a completely dysfunctional kitchen in this room reveal. The kitchen makeover was completely DIY, and took a total of four months! #AButterflyHouse #DIY #DIYProjects #Kitchen #BeforeandAfter #RoomReveal #Organization #HomeImprovement

There is also now seating in the kitchen. It’s small, but it works, and I am so excited to have a place to eat breakfast each morning. I made the bar with the leftover butcherblock from the countertop; if you’re interested to see the whole process, click here.

I am also completely obsessed with the sunflower mirror, which I made from scrap wood and dollar store sunflowers. I thought it’d be cute, but I didn’t think it’d be this cute.

See how I remodeled and organized a completely dysfunctional kitchen in this room reveal. The kitchen makeover was completely DIY, and took a total of four months! #AButterflyHouse #DIY #DIYProjects #Kitchen #BeforeandAfter #RoomReveal #Organization #HomeImprovement
Confession Time…

So finally, there are some things I need to confess. I don’t universally love everything. I feel like I’m breaking some kind of blogging rule, that everything I make is suppose to be *amazing* so you feel inspired to go and do your own project. But that’s not life, and yes, there are some things I screwed up.

First of all, the wall color. When I moved in, the wall color was the absolute least offensive thing about the kitchen. It was a nice, neutral creamy color.

As a result, it did not even occur to me at the beginning of this project to change it. Now that the kitchen is all done and pretty and new looking, the creamy yellow-pink wall color stands out. Big time.

It even makes my bar seating area look less cute than it actually is. I suppose I could go back and paint the remaining walls a more-white color, but I am a bit tired of remodeling this kitchen, so that will have to wait.

Secondly, the plywood floors. I don’t love them. I detail why in this post, but suffice to say, if I could go back and do the floors in a real flooring type, I would. Granted, I now know that I came in almost $1,000 under budget, so I could’ve afforded real floors, but I didn’t know that at the time.

See how I remodeled and organized a completely dysfunctional kitchen in this room reveal. The kitchen makeover was completely DIY, and took a total of four months! #AButterflyHouse #DIY #DIYProjects #Kitchen #BeforeandAfter #RoomReveal #Organization #HomeImprovement
Overall Though…

I love my kitchen, and am so excited that I can finally cook real food in it! There is so much storage, which as someone who hoards kitchen supplies, I definitely need.

The seating and mudroom area are functionality that I was so thrilled to squeeze out of this tiny kitchen. I am so glad I tackled this project, even if it took four months to do everything myself. And I came under budget, too, which was an exciting bonus!

Thinking of redoing your own kitchen? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below! Additionally, if you like my kitchen, go ahead and save it to Pinterest so you can look at it again later!

See how I remodeled and organized a completely dysfunctional kitchen in this room reveal. The kitchen makeover was completely DIY, and took a total of four months! #AButterflyHouse #DIY #DIYProjects #Kitchen #BeforeandAfter #RoomReveal #Organization #HomeImprovement
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MaryAnn Coy

Tuesday 14th of January 2020

Did you recycle and relocate some of the cabinets? The 2 lower drawer units look new, but the other cabinets match so beautifully I wondered. It's a great job. Penny makes a perfect counter decoration. She won't need to be washed either. A very lovely calico. Absolutely love the new commodious fridge, I love an oversized fridge. A built in laundry center, bright and sunny, not in a dark, dingy, basement! Fantastic! Nice big microwave, and a gas stove. Really great job. I love the mirror too. The perfect U shaped functional kitchen. Lots of counters and lots of storage space!

MissLindsayFay

Monday 20th of January 2020

Thank you! All the cabinets in these pictures are new, but I did recycle some of the old cabinets for other projects; my dad took a couple for his garage, and one of them became a tilt out trash can in my office!

MaryAnn Coy

Tuesday 14th of January 2020

I like your Kitchen. It's bright and airy. Where was the original stove and fridge? I see the countertop fridge, but assumed you brought that with you. The mud room also looks nice and it's impossible for it to become a stash until later space. You've made it useful, without room to become a dumping space. As for the paint and flooring, I wouldn't worry about it. You might need that $1,000 somewhere else. Painting can be done anytime. You might even decide on a color at a later date, Sunflower yellow? Totally doable in such a bright room. The floor will be long lived, and does look good. Wood floors in a kitchen need to be sturdy. Enjoy!

MissLindsayFay

Monday 20th of January 2020

Thanks! When I bought the house the stove and fridge were already missing, but I think they along the wall where I placed the bar area.

Liz

Tuesday 14th of January 2020

I love what you've done to your kitchen. It looks so cheery and inviting. I too have done remodels in homes we lived in and I have made errors. I wish in our "now" forever home, we installed butcher block countertops.

I totally agree with houseaddict post, apply epoxy for your floors. It will also save your subfloors.

Beautiful job!

MissLindsayFay

Monday 20th of January 2020

I love butcher block countertops, and they're a pretty budget-friendly option. Just saying :)

Andrea

Wednesday 24th of July 2019

Wow I think it looks great! What a transformation. I met you at lunch briefly at the Haven conference. Are you doing all this work yourself? I never even thought about using plywood. And I'm so happy to hear that Home Depot will cut it for you in advance. What a great tip.

MissLindsayFay

Wednesday 24th of July 2019

I am doing the work myself. It's a ton of research and learning and work, but it's lots of fun too! And it was so nice to meet you last week! I had a great time at the conference - I hope you did too!

Amy

Wednesday 10th of July 2019

Great renovation. I always have at least one thing that I forget to do or that I don't love with a reno project.

MissLindsayFay

Thursday 11th of July 2019

Thank you! And same. I'm still waiting on the day I finish a project and think it's absolutely perfect.

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