House {to} Home Series_Kitchen/Dining Room

Welcome to Part 2 of my

If you missed part one
(the befores, check it out)

today’s feature
the kitchen & dining room
Let me first begin with some reminders of what these rooms looked like on closing day.

With this as our inspiration…

here is the now…teal be gone, & green come on!!!

III & I are pretty ecstatic with the results :)

The walls ended up being a little less yellow & and little more green for a warmer effect;
the cabinets & blacksplash a little more cream.

We did most of the work ourselves, but had a little help with those handier than ourselves.
(granite installation & new appliances…)

Before I give you the run down, I have to give a little shout out to my Dad; our house would not be anywhere near where it is today with out his help & guidance…he was our carpenter in shining armor!

Here is what’s new in the kitchen.

1) new stainless refrigerator (squeezed into a space that is about .5 and inch too small!)

2) new stainless dishwasher

3) new stainless stove & microwave…our stove is a flat top electric
(if I had to do this again we’d probably reconfigure for gas)

4) granite countertops (a brown/black mix)

5) backsplash (installed by my sister & me, off white mix of small bricks)

6) Removed wavy do-dad over sink, painted & glazed kitchen cabinets, and added new hardware
(I first painted the cabinets an off white. Then mixed 3 part glaze to one part toupe.
Brush on, wipe off. Then they were sealed.)

7) undermount stainless sink, perfect for wiping crumbs off the counter)

8) dresser turned kitchen island (tutorial)

 9) replaced panel with flat focet
(Paneling before, my dad removed it & replaced it with the flat surface, then added the crown molding)

10) stocked with kitchen goodies from our fabulous wedding guests & thrifting…

not shown: painted the walls green (can see behind the fridge & in dining room pictures)

We didn’t take very many pictures along the way (no blog yet, sorry…)

But trust me, there was a lot of blood, sweat, & tears put into this project (well, not tears)

I just love cooking in my own little kitchen oasis

. . . . . .

on to the dining room

There wasn’t as much to tackle here…the dining room & kitchen are in one big place. There use to be a wall separating the two, but the previous owners took it down.

We purchased a high table (complete with lazy susan & leaves to magically transform from square to round),
replaced the light fixture with this fabulous stained glass (one of our little splurges),
& painted.
The curtains are IKEA & I plan on dressing them up with a little ruffle soon!
The art is from my aunt’s fabulous design store…makes you feel like your in Italy…kind of.

 We also scored on this $5.00 special bookshelf, great for extra storage! Might stain or paint it one day, but right now I’m kind of diggin’ the natural look!

Thanks for stopping by for the House {to} Home series!
I’ll be back next Wednesday featuring the living room, entry way, & powder bath!

Do you have some great before & afters?

Linking up here , here, & here

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  1. Holy Shmoley! I love the transformation:)I would LOVE for you to link up at my party going on right now!

  2. I just bought a house and we had to redo the kitchen. It was so much work. I love your brown/black granite countertops. They look so nice. Great job!

  3. I really like the brown/black mix granite countertops! Your kitchen looks fabulous! I cant wait to redo my kitchen.

  4. oooooh, lovin the green paint color!

  5. This looks amazing! The colors you chose are fantastic!

  6. Great job. I would never have thought about turning a dresser into an island. What a great solution!

  7. I have the oak cabinets now and am looking to paint them… what paint, glaze, sealer did you use? I would love to know as that is exactly what I am glooking to do with mine!!!!!

  8. That is amazing!! I love the way it came out! I am visiting from Craft-O-Maniac and I am a new follower!!
    Hope you had a great weekend and that I will see you at my blog soon!

  9. Hopping over from delightfully inspiring Thursday party…

    I just love your kitchen….You really did a fantastic job…

  10. Twania's Art and Vintage says

    What a wonderful transformation and I love your tips. I enjoy your blog site,truly inspiring.

  11. Molly Martin says

    Laura Beth! This is amazing! You've inspired me, even though we're renting! Where did you get the $5.00 bookshelf?

  12. Awesome Job!! I featured this today at my Delightfully Inspiring Thursday Party.

    Stop by and grab a button, if you'd like:


  13. I just want to let you know that I am featuring your kitchen at my blog today. Thank you so much for sharing it at the link party.

  14. Looks amazing! Fantastic job!!

  15. That is beautiful! Great job! I especially like the cabinets, they make the room look bigger.

  16. Amanda @ Serenity Now says

    You did a great job! I love the “After” shots. If you could please add a link back to me too, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

  17. I am loving your kitchen! I am crazy about the white cabinets! Thanks for the inspiration!



  18. This is the second site I've seen use that picture as inspiration! You did a great job.

  19. Beautiful! Great job! Very inspiring! The green is so happy!

    And a dresser as a kitchen island?! Brilliant!

    Found you through Sugar and Dots.

  20. Wow! Everything you did is fabulous!

    I found you through Serenity Now's Weekend Bloggy Reading Party. Glad I stopped by!

  21. Awesome job! Love the green wall. so fun!

  22. Wonderful makeover. Your kitchen looks amazing!!

    I featured it on my TT&J facebook page :)


  23. montanna says

    To add to your kitchen countertops ideas, one which is made from natural wood is also a considerable option. It is less costly and can be easily matched with almost all kitchen décors you can think of.

  24. You did a fabulous job! So much better! Thanks for linking this up as well.

  25. Love…love…love it!! Great job!!

  26. Fantastic! It looks ah-mazing!

  27. GREAT job! Your kitchen is so pretty!

  28. Looks great…LOVE that kitche island :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  29. You really livened up the place. I love the green and the tile backsplash! Thank you for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman's Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  30. WOW girl… AMAZING JOB!

    Thank you for sharing at the link party!

  31. the chevron dresser is amazing. WELL DONE. WINKS-JEN

  32. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! And, using a dresser for an island is SUCH a great idea :D

  33. Wow, both rooms look fantastic!

  34. great job! Look so different and so wonderful

  35. gorgeous! great job! i dream of the day when we can redo our kitchen!!

  36. Your kitchen looks wonderful, Laura Beth! I love your cabinets! We are looking to downsize and I have white or cream kitchen cabinets on my “wish list”. I am so over oak!

    Visiting from WUW! : )

  37. Good job! I really like the idea of using a dresser as an island…very creative!

  38. What a beautiful makeover !! Your rooms are looks awesome … love the “new” cabinets … and, what a vibrant, fun color in your dining room !! *Becca* (newest follower)

  39. Wow! Your kitchen looks amazing. I love before and after pics. Enjoy!

  40. You did a wonderful job on these rooms…beautiful transformations! Hopped over from Wow Us Wednesday…

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