Before & After: An 1840s Kitchen Gets a $640 Makeover

Before & After: An 1840s Kitchen Gets a $640 Makeover

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Amy and her family moved into their 1840 colonial last summer, and it had some issues. As Amy writes on Hometalk, "Clearly the previous owner was going for a Tuscan-type look — apple green glazed cabinets, school bus yellow sponge painted walls, and a wood countertop that had been neglected for years."

Luckily, with some paint, a new light fixture, and new countertops, Amy was able to completely transform her kitchen.

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Look at that! We are seriously swooning over that beautifully restored wood countertop on the island counter. And since there is filtered natural light, the white cabinets do a lot to open up the space. We love that most of the upgrades to this kitchen just involved updating the paint job.

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Another great feature of Amy's kitchen that needed an update was the built-in working fireplace right next to the dining area. Prior to the remodel, the paneling above the fireplace was the faded green color and the walls were a textured yellow.

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Here's a side-by-side comparison of just how big of a difference repainting the cabinets made in this kitchen. What once was a very niche style was easily transformed into a more classic style. Plus, they got rid of the tile countertops, which can be a pain to keep clean.

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The bead board backsplash really fits in with the colonial style of the house.

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And finally, the dining area had also been the textured yellow color prior to the renovation. We think the grayish-brown walls make for a much more relaxing dinner environment. And, of course, that fireplace across from the table doesn't hurt either.

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