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Thursday, February 9, 2017

The "Builder Basic" Kitchen Makeover Reveal - Dramatic Transformation

I can't believe how different and how much I love my new kitchen.  We moved in the week before Christmas, then on Jan 6th my contractor called and said he had some time open and did I want to start my remodel.  Of course I said YES.  Well, here we are a month later and IT IS DONE.


Now let's back up and take a look at what this kitchen looked like when we bought the house.  Definitely "Builder Basic" with straight off the shelf oak cabinets, laminate counters, 12 yr. old basic appliances that barely worked and badly worn linoleum floors.


No frills - "Builder Basic".  That is one of the things I liked most about the house, I could do anything I wanted to it and I didn't have to work around upgrades that I didn't like.  This kitchen was really shy on cabinet space, so I decided to rearrange a couple of cabinets and add a few more.

We were going to use most of the cabinets, and rearrange a few of the existing ones.  We bought the matching off the shelf cabinets at Lowes to replace the small cabinets on the left side of the range and the small island cabinet.


The old ones out and t he new ones in place.

I raised the small cabinet above the microwave, replaced the 12" cabinets top and base to the left of it with 24" cabinets to match the right side cabinets.  Then I replaced the 30" island with a 24" base and and 18"drawer base.  Next was to add some crown molding and then paint.  We also removed the track lighting, added pot lights and pendants and enlarged the peninsula.  New floors, granite and appliances and we were done.

This is what I wound up with.  I totally love it.


What a difference and I have so much more usable cabinet space.



Replacing the small 30" cabinet with these two new pieces (a 24" base cabinet and an 18" drawer unit) gave me more storage and most of all some drawer space that I really needed.  It also gave me a larger work surface.  We extended the granite 4 inches on the back side and - --

added the molding detail to cover up where the two cabinets were joined together.  This detail gave the island more presence.


The show stopper has turned out to be the counters.   I adore this granite. The gray, cream, white and brown tie the whole room together.  We added corbels and extended the overhang to 12".  I also carried it all the way to the wall. This creates a huge area and work space.  (The old formica counter only had a 6 " overhang and stopped at the small wall)

 The island has some great pattern too - - - -





and I think the swirls in some areas are gorgeous.


I love the crown molding, it totally transformed stock cabinets.  They now have a custom look.  (The cabinets on the left of the range were originally only 12" wide top and bottom.  I replaced those with 24" cabinets to match the right side.  This gave me more storage and created more visual continuity with the cabinets.)


This doesn't look "Builder Basic" anymore.

The marble back splash has just enough pattern to be interesting, but not enough to compete with the granite.


The very last detail was just installed on Saturday.  The new base cabinets did not have any shelves, so I had custom shelves made by "Shelves That Slide".  The island holds all my mixing bowls.


The cabinet next to the oven holds my every day use pots and pans.


I love that my lid rack fit in here also.


Now everything I need is at my fingertips.


The wonderful walk-in pantry in this house is a bonus for sure.  Now I have a lot of cabinet space, so this is the icing on the cake.


The new floors are a dream.  100% waterproof.  All I have to do is vacuum and mop - and look at how gorgeous they are.  This is a product called NuCore from Floor & Decor.


The entire back of the house is breakfast room - kitchen and family room.  So the kitchen is the center of this whole space.


I like the new breakfast area light, it is simple and plain and goes beautifully with the gold accents in the kitchen.





This is the family room on the other side of the kitchen.  I will show you more of that later,

I love this view from the family room.


It is always such a thrill when your vision turns out even better than you hoped.  I absolutely love my new kitchen.  (Update - I bit the bullet and ordered the other two barstools - NOW IT IS FINISHED)


So what do you think?  Amazing simple transformation or what?  I will do a resource post later this week.

To see all the Behind The Scenes - - - - Kitchen Remodel Update - Picture Timeline #1
                                                                Kitchen Remodel Update - Picture Timeline #2


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85 comments:

  1. OMG!!! This is a gorgeous transformation!!! Everything looks so fresh, clean, airy and chic. I wish you the best in your new home and can't wait to see how you transform all the other rooms!

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  2. Marty - it GORGEOUS! What an amazing transformation. You picked so many beautiful finishes and the tweaks you made to the cabinets made such a huge difference. Love that backsplash...love it all! You must be thrilled. Congrats!
    Shelley

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  3. Beautiful! In the new house we are building in Florida, the crown molding on the cabinets was an upgrade I was not willing to do without. It makes such a difference in the look!

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  4. Oh Marty this is absolutely fabulous! I know you must walk in there and just stare at the space. That granite is stunning. I love the colors and pattern. What you did with the cabinets was so smart and looks great! I'm really happy for you.

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  5. GORGEOUS Marty! It looks amazing. Great job planning it and achieving your vision for the kitchen!

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  6. Wow, Marty! What an amazing remodel! I love it!

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  7. I absolutely ADORE your new kitchen. The counters and backsplash are a dream. Your new hardware is so stylish! Bravo! I know you will enjoy this for many years.

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  8. Gorgeous and functional! I love that you are able to combine a great updated look with the true function of your kitchen. The pull out drawers are so efficient and easy to clean. Your floor anchors the colors and the granite counters blend the colors beautifully! Your choice of backsplash tile and cabinet hardware are the jewelry that adds the shimmer and finishes the look. You did a great job of going from builder basic to updated gorgeous! Thank you for taking us along!

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  9. I'm knocked out Marty, this is Fabulous!!! LOVE the granite and the island, and amazing what a difference the cabinet molding and height change made!! It's just gorgeous!!

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  10. Beautiful! You have done a great job. What a wonderful kitchen!

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  11. I knew you'd do a wonderful job of designing! You will enjoy it ever so much!

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  12. Now that is a "wow" transformation! I just love the light, bright, elegant and glam feel! Enjoy it all...

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  13. Beautiful!!! I love everything! Wonderful job Marty! Time to enjoy! 🍾πŸ₯‚πŸ·

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  14. That is just lovely Marty! What a difference! Great job!

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  15. Beautiful job! Your bright kitchen must be a joy to wake up to each day. Love your granite. What is the name of that pattern?

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  16. Wow, Marty is is stunning!! What a great makeover! I still want to talk the mister into replacing our backsplash.

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  17. AWESOME makeover .. I LOVE it!

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  18. It's gorgeous! So glad to hear you extended the countertop to 12". Those few inches can make all the difference in the world when it comes to kitchen workspace. Love it all!!

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  19. Marty to say I am happy for you is an understatement!! I know how thankful you are to have this new kitchen and it is perfect for you. I say it is a huge transformation!! Great job, love the hanging lights over the breakfast bar, those are stunning!!! Enjoy all your planning and hard work!

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  20. Amazing and stunning!!! All this in such a short space of time!!! Great job....enjoy!!!

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  21. Wow, Marty! This is gorgeous! Raising the cabinet above the microwave is genius!! The granite is beautiful and so is the backsplash, swoon. You are really going to enjoy it, great job!

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  22. What a vision and love how it all played out. I keep going back and looking at everything you did and love it even more each time.

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  23. Marty you knocked it out of the park! It looks like a brand new kitchen! The painted cabinets look wonderful and the counter and backsplash are fantastic! When we remodeled I didn't think to raise my cabinet above the range for my microwave. Seeing this makes me wish I did! Love how the counter comes out and around all the way to the wall- perfect!! The new flooring really looks fabulous- ties everything together nicely! Love the new light fixtures too- great choices all the way around.

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  24. Marty, your new kitchen is gorgeous! You and your contractor did a super job. I love the countertops and the floors. It all looks so bright and cheery now.

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  25. Gorgeous, Marty! Love, love, love every detail! You did a beautiful job dreaming up this renovation and it all came true. I am so happy for you! Take care, Maria

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  26. Marty, you have done a fabulous job on this project. It is well thought out, and the counters are awesome. I think I know just how you feel when you walk into the kitchen first thing in the morning and realize it is your dream kitchen come true. so happy for you.

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  27. Marty, GRANDSLAM, the is gorgeous from top to bottom.

    Cindy

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  28. Amazing. I especially love the sliding shelves.

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  29. Your kitchen looks so beautiful! I really love the gold hardware:)

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  30. Looks beautiful Marty! Such a good job in all the selections of granite back splash, flooring and such!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  31. Holy cannoli, this is GORGEOUS!!! I love it too! You did an amazing job and I LOOOVE the granite and the backsplash. The backsplash is is a subtle but beautiful compliment to the granite. Everything is fabulous, I am so happy for you!!!!

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  32. It is fantastic! I was wondering since you raised the cabinet and now the microwave is higher, do you have a hard time getting things in and out of it.

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    1. No, if you look at the old one, it was installed way too low. Now the microwave is the height it should be.

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  33. MARTY!! Wow, girl, you outdid yourself on this one. What wonderful planning you did, and congratulations on finding a good contractor to carry out your plans! All that time you spent on your old kitchen turned out to be time well spent, didn't it? You're a pro! :)

    Congratulations!!

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  34. Great job, Marty! It's just gorgeous and bright and elegant! If you allow a suggestion, I just think that would be a fabulous focal point if your horse picture would stay in the television's wall, in the opposite side of your kitchen.
    Congrats!

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    1. The horse painting is above the sofa in the familyroom, so you do see it from the kitchen. Thanks.

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  35. amazing kitchen transformation!! looks fabulous and completely different!! Love it all!
    Enjoy it! :) ~Lisa

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  36. Wow Marty, your kitchen is gorgeous!

    hugs,
    Sissie

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  37. Oh Marty...it's gorgeous! I bet it's a dream to cook in too! ;)

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  38. Beautiful kitchen renovation, so light and bright. The granite is beautiful and so is the back splash. I think another barstool would be a better fit than just two being that you have the space and for some reason odd numbers always look best. Again, beautiful job!

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    1. I agree, I would like two more, but right now my budget is DONE. Hopefully I can add two more down the road.

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  39. Oh, Marty, I love it! Your kitchen turned out absolutely gorgeous! What a vision you had to hear you say it turned out even better than you thought! I love your white cabinets and the moldings you've added. The island looks so much better and your granite is so beautiful! Love the back splash an your pretty new floors. It's hard to believe you just moved in before Christmas! I'm so proud for you and your new home is so beautiful! Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  40. I am so excited for you, Marty!!! You did a fantastic job with choices all the way around. I love how it turned out. It gives me hope for downsizing in the future. I like 'builder basic', too, because you can really dress it up while still using the parts that function okay.
    Hope you have a wonderful week enjoying your new kitchen. xo Diana

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  41. Marty, your kitchen is simply gorgeous! The floors look fab and the granite is just perfect. Excellent way to get more use out of the island. "Shelves That Slide" are a good thing. xoxo

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  42. Marty, what a beautiful kitchen...I know you are so excited. Love the granite and backsplash...they complement each other. Your new flooring adds the finishing touch!

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  43. Hi Marty! I've followed your blog for several years. I have to admit that when I first saw your "builder basic" kitchen, I thought, "Oh my word, there is NO WAY Marty is going to be happy with that kitchen!" Your previous kitchen had so much wonderful personality poured into it and this one was just so... builder basic. :) You have totally transformed it into a lovely, lively space! I love that beautiful granite and of course all the little vignettes - I think of you every time I create a little vignette somewhere in my home! What a wonderful kitchen you have now - congratulations! ~ Janet G., formerly "Painted Piglet" blog and now "Hazel & Verdie's."

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  44. Wow, it is just amazing and so gorgeous!! Everything came together so beautifully and I bet you love being in there. Gorgeous, Marty!!

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  45. It's gorgeous. I love the granite and the backsplash. I know you are thrilled.

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  46. Hey Marty...I wanna come live in your house....lol

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  47. It's gorgeous! Such a difference a remodel makes, and you have good skills of putting colors and styles together.

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  48. Definitely! I almost couldn't believe it was the same kitchen Marty! love all the upgrades you made, now all you need now is some more counter stools! ;-)

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  49. Marty,
    Your updated kitchen is beautiful. Great ideas to expand the cabinet sizes and to install pull-out drawers...

    Judith

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  50. Looks amazing! Wonderful job Marty great transformation!

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  51. Well done, Marty! Everything came together brilliantly! Thanks for sharing your lovely house with us! Blessings, Janet

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  52. You have had a clear vision of what you wanted for your kitchen and it has really come together well. I love, love, love how, throughout your home, you are incorporating traditional and antique pieces into the builder basic setting, and blending it all so well. The kitchen is beautiful, and I would love to have a cup of coffee in your warm and inviting breakfast area.

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  53. Total success, everything turned out gorgeous...well worth the time spent making your decisions. Love the warm/cool scheme, which can work either direction throughout the year. Love it! Sandi

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  54. Marty you are amazing. The kitchen is beautiful. Everything you think of or do is done to perfection. I thought you your "crazy" to leave your adorable little home, but I must say I was wrong. You have taken a basic house and turned it into a palace. Thanks for sharing.

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  55. It's simply gorgeous, Marty! Now the island looks like it fits. I'm sure you're cooking away.
    Brenda

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  56. Just beautiful Marty! I can't believe how quickly you pulled together the entire space. The granite counter top with that marble back splash are stunning together. A job amazingly well done! Enjoy!!

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  57. Marty, I can understand why you're so thrilled! What a gorgeous transformation! Love the island especially.

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  58. Wow, Marty! Your new kitchen looks absolutely fantastic!!! Love the cabinets painted white and your new granite counters. Everything looks so organized and pretty. Your breakfast nook super cozy too and I like that new light. Fantastic job and I am sure you will be enjoying this room for years to come :). Have a great weekend!

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  59. Wow, Marty, how did I miss this post of yours! I love your kitchen! Even though we had our cabinets painted and a new sink, countertops and appliances; there are still things I don't like about some of our cabinets and I could still love to get corbels for under our counter on our dining room side. Is there really such a thing as perfection in a home? I guess there's always something to change or want. Anyways, just had to tell you that you did good on this!

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  60. I'm so happy for you Marty, a beautiful new house, and close to family, what more could you ask for? Well done!

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  61. Oh Marty, I love the kitchen. You really did an amazing job on it. Everything is perfect.
    You will so enjoy cooking in that lovely kitchen.

    Mary

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  62. Definately not builder basic any more! Very Posh Marty! I love what you have done. Having a pretty kitchen just makes the day better. and maybe even the cooking more fun! :-) Sheila

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  63. Marty it's absolutely gorgeous!!! You did a fabulous job taking that builder basic kitchen and turning it into quite the showstopper!!! I'm in love, it's just perfect!!

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  64. Marty, the kitchen transformation is gorgeous!....so light and fresh. Love the cabinets, the amazing countertops and the gold hardware!!! Great job Marty!!

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  65. WOWZA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It's better than I even imagined it would turn out to be - Marty I am thrilled for you!

    Yay! Looks perfect!

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  66. This looks fabulous, Marty!!!! You did a fantastic job!! You turned dull and boring into light, bright and exciting!
    I just love those shelves that slide out, one of the best inventions since sliced bread!!!

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  67. STUNNING simply STUNNING. I love it all and looks amazing. Will be terrific space to work in as well and relax and enjoy.

    WELL DONE.

    Fondly,
    Ramona
    Burlington ON Canada

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  68. Great makeover Marty! THat kitchen will be timeless and last for years! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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  69. Marty I know I commented over on FB but I wanted to be sure to comment here as well. What an amazing space you have now! That granite is divine!! Love that you used brass hardware. We are using it as well but tarnished brass.

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  70. Love your new kitchen! You did a fabulous job,Marty. I love the long gold drawer pulls and the granite is so pretty. The corbels are a great addition. Cute stools too. It is efficient and striking in looks. Love your floor choice. I'm so glad you like your new kitchen.

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  71. Wow! Marty, it's gorgeous! Are you a kitchen planner and just haven't told us. Love the white cabinets and those countertops. You have maximized your storage space and made it beautiful at the same time. So glad I clicked over to see this.

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  72. Wow I am swooning. Your kitchen came out so beautiful. Oh Marty this is fabulous. I bet you smile everytime you walk in there. Great job.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  73. Your new kitchen looks great! Congrats!

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  74. Ahhhh! Looks so good! Such a great transformation :)

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