Kitchen Before & After: From Dark & Dated to Light and Sophisticated

Reader Kitchen Remodel

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Raquel admits she and her husband were "victims of first time reno naiveness." They thought their down-to-the-studs kitchen renovation would take six weeks. Five months later (!) they have the kitchen of their dreams, complete with new floor, cabinets, countertops, and a lovely shimmery tile backsplash. See what this kitchen looks like now!

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In Raquel's words, "we changed everything." They tore down a wall to make the kitchen feel more spacious and open, and added a half wall to partially separate the dining room from the kitchen. They also installed all new stainless steel appliances, white cabinets, a new sink and faucet, and dark wood floors, which really ground the space.

She goes on: "Also, the house didn't have gas but I just couldn't go back to using electric so we opted to install propane by running a gas line into the side of the house directly to where the stove is located. Definitely one one of the best decisions we've made."
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The shimmery champagne-colored penny tile backsplash is particularly nice! But there's another hidden element here: "We had a bulkhead we couldn't get rid off (cabinets above the sink area) so we decided to buy small cabinet doors and nail them to the bulkhead and voila! We love it. You can't even tell that they are just there for show."

Appliances: Kenmore Elite
Cabinets: Custom American Woodmark. Color: Charlottesville Maple Hazelnut Glaze
Countertops: Staron by Samsung. Color: Aspen Snow
Sink: integrated with countertop
Faucet: Glacier Bay Pulldown Kitchen Faucet
Floors: HomeLegend Bamboo solid hand scraped - color: cafe
Backsplash: Merola Tile Penny Round / Color: caffe Porcelain
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You can see more photos of Raquel's renovation at her blog Chicaflair.

Thanks for sharing, Raquel!

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(Image credits: Chicaflair; Chicaflair)

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