Before & After: Open Shelves Are on the Menu in This Kitchen Remodel

updated May 30, 2019
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(Image credit: Sarah Barthelow)

Like many new homeowners, the only concern Sarah of Little House Pantry had about her new home, a 1916 bungalow in Seattle, was the kitchen. It had been the victim of a remodel in the 1970s, and wasn’t quite Sarah’s style.

A few quick upgrades gave Sarah’s kitchen a fresh new look and feel.

(Image credit: Sarah Barthelow)

While there wasn’t any major renovation — the cabinets are all the same, as are the appliances and the flooring — the kitchen has shed its aura of 1970s remodel.

Sarah writes, “I gave the whole kitchen a coat of paint and removed the ugly laminate upper doors. I also painted the backs of the cabinets, and filled the shelves with pantry jars.”

(Image credit: Sarah Barthelow)

The last piece that Sarah added was the chalkboard wall “and bold orange lettering proclaiming EAT that I made myself — jigsaws aren’t that hard to use after all!” she writes.

We love how such a simple project as removing the cabinet doors and painting one contrast wall can really inject some life into the space. And we’re impressed at how organized Sarah keeps her cabinets now that they have no doors!

Thanks for sharing your remodel, Sarah!

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