Before & After: A Granddaughter Remodels Her “Oma’s” Kitchen

updated May 30, 2019
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When we came across Kristin’s kitchen remodel on Hometalk, not only were we wowed by the transformation of her space, but also by the story of her home. Kristin, who blogs at Yellow Bliss Road, bought her grandmother’s house shortly after her grandmother, whom she called Oma, passed away. She’s now updating the 1950s home to be a modern home for her family. Take a look at her newly remodeled gray-and-white kitchen.

Isn’t the result beautiful? Kristin completely revamped the whole kitchen top to bottom. Because she knew she couldn’t accomplish the remodel on her own with two small children, she hired a contractor, and the kitchen was completely updated in about eight weeks. It might seem short for a remodel, but we’re sure those were eight very long weeks. In addition to replacing the cabinets, Kristin also got all new stainless steel appliances.

In a reversal of many of the remodels we see here on The Kitchn, Kristin went for white cabinets and a gray subway tile backsplash. We love how the gray complements the stainless steel and that beautiful brushed steel stand mixer.

This corner of the kitchen used to hold a bench-seat breakfast nook that Kristin has fond memories of from the time she lived with her grandmother, but it was sadly too outdated to fit in with the new kitchen. We love the mini seating area she created and the bright illustrated prints hanging on clipboards. The artwork adds just the right amount of color to the kitchen — and, of course, it matches the dishtowel perfectly.

One last detail we love is the stainless steel farmhouse sink. Yes, a porcelain farmhouse sink would have worked in the space as well, but the stainless steel does a great job of tying everything together.

For more photos of Kristin’s kitchen and to see a complete list of sources for the remodel, visit her blog, Yellow Bliss Road.

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