A sunny spot for dishwashing.
This bright, happy kitchen belongs to Bonnie, a crafter, gardener, and Etsy seller in North Carolina who bought her grandmother's house and turned it into a modern, no-doilies-in-sight kind of place. Ok, maybe there's a doily in there somewhere, but isn't it inspiring? Click to see more before and after shots, including those great IKEA countertops.Bonnie saved herself a lot of money by keeping the existing cabinets and just updating the hardware. She replaced the dated counters with IKEA butcherblock and switched out the flooring, which also makes a huge difference in keeping the room calm and bright.
We love the shelving that flanks her dining table; Bonnie keeps "good looking" food (like pasta or grains) in IKEA storage jars, mixed with a few vintage ones, and stashes less attractive boxes and bags in the cupboards below.
• Get a full source list at Young House Love, which featured Bonnie's kitchen.
• See Bonnie's entire house (and more kitchen pictures!) at her blog, Going Home to Roost.
If you browse Bonnie's house tour, you'll see she also removed a wall next to the dining area, which opened up the space and let in tons more light. Go take a look—and don't miss the beautiful turquoise fireplace.
Related: Sybylla's Bright IKEA (Plus Vintage) Renovation