Bright White Modern Kitchen Makeover

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    White Modern Kitchen MakeoverIt’s been 1 year and 2 months since we moved into our home, and I’m excited to say that our kitchen and living room are finally done! It’s been a lot of work, a lot of it cosmetic, most of it DIY, and a LOT of white paint.

    I can’t believe how different it looks from when we first moved in. Luckily, I have the listing photos of how the house looked when we bought it!

    The main issue with our house was that it was UGLY. I mean it looked like they bought all the sale paint at Lowe’s and just went to town on every room. There was poor use of space and nothing was well-maintained. Luckily for us, the bones of our house are great – it just needed a lot of elbow grease. I feel like I always able to visualize how I wanted it to look, which was really helpful motivation throughout the year.

    The list of projects is long, but some of the main projects were: repainting the walls, ceilings, trim, and cabinets; painting the cabinet hardware, replacing the kitchen backsplash (a project I completed after teaching myself how to tile on my mantle and vestibule); removing the blinds and frosting the window glass to let in all of the natural light that was being blocked out; floating whitewashed maple boards throughout the kitchen and mudroom; building a breakfast nook; building an industrial shelving unit; and a ridiculous amount of cleaning, like sanding down the butcher block countertops and replacing the oven’s insulation.

    We’re planning on taking a break from house projects for a few months to enjoy our hard work and finally let our friends inside, and next year we’re hoping to install a deck in the backyard, build a workshop in the basement, and rewire the house. But for now I’ll just enjoy making breakfast.

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    1. I love how much of a difference you could make with paint, new tiles, and one amazing shelf! I would love to get a new kitchen, but because of budget, this might be more realistic. Trying to convince my husband that tiling can´t be THAT hard… Also, I love your black vestibule tiles.

      PS. I came here via Design Sponge 🙂
      – Ragnhild

    2. It looks amazing! And like everyone else, I love the kitchen rug. My kitchen has ceramic tile flooring which is so cold (physically and visually) but it never occurred to me to add a rug! I'll definitely be on the lookout for one now.

    3. Would you share the brand/source for the kitchen flooring? It looks great. Was it easy to install? We have a similar situation in our kitchen and pondering options that go directly over what likely has asbestos mastic on the original lineoleum, so want to leave it alone, but not build up the floor too much like traditional hardwood would have with prep layers like we've done elsewhere when we've ripped up old carpet. Thanks.

    4. I'll probably get hate for it but after trying and failing a few times with several different whites I went with an untinted bright white eggshell from Valspar and a bright white semi-gloss for the trim.

      I've always heard the rule "warm neutrals in new construction, cool neutrals in old" – my house was built in 1875 so I definitely agree! Anything slightly yellow makes it look dingy to me!

    5. No problem! I ended up trying it out of frustration from getting so many cans of paint mixed just to find that even "whitest white" and "bright white" still had warmth in them. I love bright bright white- I know a lot of people like more warmth but it makes me feel too much like an old South Philly grandma house with carpeting and a million table lamps 😛