Sewing, Refashioning, Repurposing & Thrifting Through Life

DIY Kitchen Makeover

on November 30, 2015

This post has been a long time in the making. There are so many elements to write about that I am splitting them up in a multi-part series to cover everything we’ve done in our kitchen over the last several months because there are so many different things we did in here and each of them deserves their own post so I can tell you all about how we did it.

Here’s a look at the before.


Our house was built in 1990. We purchased it in ’97. We sold our previous house in one day due to a bidding war and didn’t have much time to find another. Our daughter was 3 years old and we  were expecting our first son. We moved in when he was 2 weeks old.  Call us crazy. This house was our dream home at the time. It was big, or at least it seemed that way then. Well, 18 years later and we hadn’t done anything to this room expect for some re-staining of the cabinets years ago to this reddish hue. It was an ugly yellowy-oak colour to begin with.

Notice there’s no backsplash and that drives me crazy! The countertop is that cheap builder’s laminate. The tiles, while not really in style anymore are not all that bad. They’re white with grey streaks and grey is in now so hey, who cares? Would I like to replace the floor? Sure, but realistically, we are getting to be empty nesters. Two of our three children are away at school. The plan is to downsize in a few years so I don’t want to pour too much in here before we list it but I do want to bring it up to date.

Here’s the after.


What we did:

  1. Restained the cabinets using Java Gel Stain from General Finishes and added new hardware. There were 30 of them!!! I did this part.
  2. Replaced the countertop with butcher block.
  3. Replace the double sink with one big apron sink. LOVE! I wasn’t sure how I would get used to having only 1 sink but I love it even better than the double. I don’t miss the old one at all.
  4. Replaced the faucet and water filtration system.
  5. Replaced the kitchen island with the refinished early 1900s sideboard. I wrote about this piece here.
  6. Added a new glass tile backsplash.
  7. Installed 16 new potlights.
  8. Replaced the chandelier and ceiling fan with a new chandelier and the lovely pendants.
  9. Refinished a 1940s tabletop and added that to a 1920s dining table base.
  10. Chalk painted some tufted dining chairs.
  11. Added new drapery to the sliding door.
  12. Painted over that ugly yellow paint.
  13. Replaced all the electrical outlets.

AND…we did it all ourselves! How much do we love DIY? We are very lucky, Mr. Restyle and I. We work extremely well together. We are like a powerhouse when we get moving. Lucky for me he took these pictures on his phone without my knowledge. My hands were usually covered in stain or paint during this makeover and of course, I didn’t take any pictures. The separate posts will have better quality pics, I promise.

Kitchen B&A.jpg

Some more pictures.

View of the pantry before. Yes, I still have white appliances and all those crazy magnets all over the fridge!

pantry before

Pantry after.

pantry after.jpg

The refinished walnut table and chairs made over with chalk paint.

table after

stove after







5 responses to “DIY Kitchen Makeover

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  4. Rude Record says:

    WOW you guys have achieved something very special together. It’s a beautiful makeover. You must be extremely proud of the final results. The before and after photos are testimony to all your hard yakka [Aussie for work]. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with RUDE. We are inspired +++


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