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Revamping an old kitchen

When we first bought our home, around 4 years ago, one of our main interest was to redo our kitchen. On the initial walkthrough there were a lot of disappointments on the aesthetic’s of this area. But after carefully studying the possibilities we decided that revamping an old kitchen wasn’t such a crazy idea.

The original space

Before we bought this house, the previous owner had it rented. And the couple who lived here… well, lets just say they weren’t interested in the use (or cleanliness) of this space. In a nutshell, the kitchen walls were painted in a very bright yellow color and splashed by cooking oil (don’t ask why!). The backsplash consisted of a red and white checker pattern and the cabinets were very basic and some of them even damage. The tiles on the floor had a pinkish undertone and after removing them we found the original veneer which I bet was from back in the day.

And did I mention this is a 1938 house? Considering the age and closeness to the sea, it was in a great shape and the only mayor changes we did were the bathroom and kitchen. You can see some of the bathroom transformation and initial ideas here.

Revamping an old kitchen with Ikea

One of the things we’ve envision since day one in our new home was to have a large kitchen. But since we were on a budget, we had to deal with the space we had. We still have future plans to transform our garage (which is very small for today’s cars) into a new and bigger kitchen and to add an additional room and bathroom.

After removing the existing door that open into the kitchen, we open this narrow entrance and this did an amazing difference in how the space was perceived. To replace the basic and damage cabinets we turn into Ikea. They had a great selection, outstanding guarantee and an easy tool to design a kitchen. Here is my design throughout the Ikea Kitchen Planner:

After I double check the measurements to make sure everything fit perfectly, we schedule for the kitchen installation. This procedure was so easy fan fast!

Prior to this installation, I’ve shopped online for some basic accessories for this kitchen. Scroll for the list of sources here:

Kitchen thought the seasonsCoffee station and storage ideas for small kitchens

When decorating for the seasons, kitchen is not the first thing that comes to our minds. Since there’s enough room in our kitchen, sometimes I add a little scenes of the current season. Get a glimpse of our kitchen styling through the seasons here and here.

Revamping an old kitchen doesn’t have to break the bank. Think about changing the color of the walls, updating the lights and even a new rug to create a dramatic change into your space.

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  • Reply
    Rebecca Poole
    March 21, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Beautiful transformation!

    • Reply
      Gloribell Lebron
      March 21, 2018 at 10:46 am

      Aww thank you so much! It was such a relief to have a “bigger” and better kitchen. Thanks for stopping by!

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