Monday, February 27, 2012

Kitchen Before and After


Our Design Plan

Our design plan included butcher block counter tops, subway tile back splash, refacing and painting the cabinetry, and an apron front sink. We decided not to carry the blue wall color from the living room into the kitchen, and went with a neutral gray instead.

We expanded a doorway...

ripped out the old counter tops...

installed a recessed light above the kitchen sink...

stained, sealed and installed butcher block counters and a new sink...

installed cabinet organizers...

and a subway tile back splash...

refaced and painted the cabinetry...

and painted the walls.


Budget Breakdown

Backsplash (tile, grout, mortar): $111
Counter tops (butcher block, wood conditioner, stain, Waterlox sealer): $270
Paint: $69
Sink: $275
Faucet: $138
Hinges and cabinet hardware: $104
Drawer slides: $13
Recessed light cover: $8
Light switches and outlets: $14
Electrical wire: $25
Wood brackets for bar: $21
Lumber for cabinets: $105
Cabinet organizers: $177

Total: $1,330


  1. You guys are amazing - that kitchen looks like it should be in a magazine!

  2. Wow! That is quite the stunning transformation!

  3. Looks wonderful! Any words of wisdom on how you undermounted your Domsjo sink?

    1. Thanks! Just make sure you reinforce the cabinet the sink will be sitting on, because the Domsjo is heavy! We reinforced both sides of the cabinet on the inside with vertical boards. We also had to cut a notch in the top of the cabinet so the sink could rest below the countertop.

    2. I want to do it the same way, with the back ledge not covered by countertop. I'll also be making additional holes for a soap dispenser, airgap, and airswitch for the disposal. Does having the ledge uncovered present any problems or bother you in any way? We're getting Caesarstone quartz countertops. Thank you so much for responding.

    3. I haven't had any problems with it. Just make sure you caulk really well around the edges. We used a silicone caulk made especially for wet areas. Good luck with your kitchen remodel. I'd love to see pictures when you're done!

  4. Wow, this looks great!!! The difference the white and lighting makes is absolutely stunning! I was searching for some examples of similar kitchens to what we are hoping to do with ours. We bought an IKEA kitchen basically and are installing everything. We've actually switched the dining room and kitchen so it's been a HUGE project, but we're nearing the end (I hope!). I was wondering... have you had any problems with your Domsjo sink? We bought the same one, and are just concerned about scratching it up, making black marks with pots/pans, etc. ??

    1. Thanks Ruth! I'd give the Domsjo a "B" for performance. We haven't had any issues with scratch marks, and a little Bar Keeper's Friend of baking soda removes and black marks left by pots and pans. However, there are two small chips in the left side of the sink near the drain. I'm not sure what caused them since we are very careful with the sink, but have since purchased a sink mat to prevent any future chips. This is one of the few mats we found that would fit the Domsjo: