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I won’t lie, it’s been a little difficult to not show our modern cottage kitchen makeover for months but Woman’s Day Magazine revealed our kitchen and dining room on their website last week so I have the go ahead to finally show you. Last summer (I cannot even believe it’s been that long), I installed blue glass subway tile for the first time on our back splash. What a long but fun project! I had never used a wet saw and was like a kid in a candy store after I cut my first tile and it didn’t break. I was pretty excited. The existing 1970’s kitchen was dark and outdated. Our new kitchen is a white, modern cottage style with a blue glass back splash.
Here is a shot of the before and after,
The cabinets were sanded, primed and painted by a local painter just about 2 years ago. I have since repainted some of the lower cabinets simply to freshen them up and cover knicks. Once you paint cabinets, you have to expect to repaint and/or touch them up every two years or so, especially if they are white! I will do a tutorial soon on how to cover dark stained cabinets with primer as well as the steps used to paint white kitchen cabinets.
Here is a shot of the kitchen before from our dining room.
We tore down the wall between the kitchen and dining room to give it a more open and modern feel. We did this just before I started blogging so I did not take any pictures. Who would have known that pictures would be so important.
Here is a shot of the kitchen after from the dining room.
Last summer I spent a week tiling the kitchen backsplash with blue glass subway style tile. When Woman’s Day contacted me about featuring our kitchen, the backsplash hadn’t even been started and I only had 3 weeks to get it done. I had no idea what color or even how to install tile so needless to say, I panicked. I got online and read through tiling tutorials and finally ended up at Home Depot to purchase supplies. I ended up special ordering the blue glass tile from Dahl Tile and was a bit nervous because at $16 a square foot, I couldn’t afford to break many! Would you believe me if I told you the tile was removable? Oh yes, my first tiling job and I made it removable. A modular backsplash. I’ll share the tutorial soon.
The cabinets are painted with a Benjamin Moore white paint called “decorators white”. We also added a custom brown glaze on top of the painted white cabinets.
Here is a picture taken for the Woman’s Day Magazine January feature.
I love how the blue glass subway style tile coordinates with the red kitchen aid appliances. I think the red appliances and red bar stools give the kitchen a great pop of unexpected color. The range hood below was spray painted with Rustoleum hammered silver spray paint.
We also added a french door between the kitchen and hallway that leads to my parents master bedroom. We added 5″ crown molding as well as roping detail to give the cabinets a custom look.
I purchased the roping molding and just nailed it to the 5 inch crown molding with 1 inch finish nails. You can purchased crown molding with all the detail already but it was more economical for me to do it this way.
Here is a view from the newly installed french door near the dining room looking into our mudroom and sitting area.
I think the red stools offer such a fun pop of color and coordinate perfectly with the red kitchen aid products that Target donated for the Woman’ Day makeover .
Here is a picture of the kitchen before without the newly installed french door.
Here is the newly renovated kitchen with the addition of a white french door.
Here is a shot of the dining room that is open to the kitchen. This shot was taken during the Woman’s Day makeover. I am so thankful that they let me keep the proofs from the professional photographer!
I am so happy with the transformation of the original dark and outdated 1970’s kitchen to a new modern cottage kitchen. My mom and dad recently had the house re-appraised and were very pleased with the increase in the home value. Kitchens and baths are certainly worth the investment for resale value. Target is giving away a $100 gift card here on the blog later today or tomorrow so stay tuned! UPDATE: You can enter the TARGET $100 gift card giveaway here.
Other projects in this room:
How to cut glass tile
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What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.