Before & After: Grandma’s Kitchen Gets an IKEA Facelift

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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.

(Images: Bonnie)