Tuesday, August 27, 2013

80's tract home kitchen makeover...

I've been so excited to share this makeover with you for a couple reasons:
First, to show you how you can take an 80's tract home with a small kitchen and
give it a timeless look with personality.
 Second, to show you it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg, my client didn't replace any
 appliances, as hard as she wished one of them would break and it would be the perfect
 excuse to upgrade, it didn't happen. 

Let's get to it:


BEFORE


We couldn't find a photo of  Before the Before, but she called it her drive-thru window, imagine
upper cabinets leaving a small opening (window) above the sink looking into the family room.
 We (really she) removed them, creating a better sight line and bringing light into the kitchen.
 Painting the cabinets white was the background for the timeless look we were going for.


That light area on the wall was a door to the potty! Brilliant idea, Mr. Builder!
We couldn't close it off quick enough, you can access it through the bedroom on the other side.


We added two glass front cabinets for interest and nickel hardware to all the doors and
drawers.

BEFORE


Her table was great quality, just not a great color, we refinished it with a darker stain
to give it a warm, rustic look.


 She found the gorgeous side chairs in a neighbor's trash, we painted them white and
 had them reupholstered in houndstooth, and paired them with Ikea Henriksdal slip covered
 chairs. Her simple iron chandelier was a Craigslist find, we added a few crystals for bling.


We wanted a light colored rug against her darker wood floors and table,
a kid friendly indoor/outdoor from Albert & Dash is pretty and easy to clean.


We (really we!) used Rustoleum's Countertop Transformation Kit to update the faux
butcher block counters, (tutorial in the works). We love the new look, the price and
you can finish it in a weekend!



There's a close-up for you.


The sink area overlooking the family room, which is still in progress. :)


The beautiful hardwood floors, were installed throughout the first floor.


One last shot of the black botanicals - our favorite statement in the room!
They deserve a post of their own, I'll share our tips on how we created them.

It's been such a fun project helping you transform your 80's kitchen Lori,
thank you so much for allowing me to share it with everyone!

Stop by to see the inspiration:
Kim @ Savvy Southern Style - WOW Us Wednesdays 

58 comments:

Khammany @ Sweet Inspired Home said...

Wow! I can't believe this is a track home! It turned out beautifully. I really love the chandelier with the added abling. Can't wait for the tips on the black framed botanicals. They really make the space chic and classy.

Khammany @ Sweet Inspired Home said...

Oops, "tract" home. I wrote this on my phone and it liked track better! Anyway, have a great night!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

WOW, pam, WOW! the eating nook is my favorite part- i love the pairs of chairs and LOVE the table! love the art! beautiful!

Unknown said...

That before kitchen was ugly (and I thought hopeless- a potty in view, Flintstone wall phone, dreary cabinets, etc.) I can't thank you enough, Pam, for all of your hard work and amazing talent and vision. The results far surpassed my hopes for a bright, fresh, beautiful kitchen. You could not be kinder or more fun to work with, not to mention patient. Somehow you saved me $ with each decision while greatly improving both the value and our enjoyment of our kitchen. We love it all! (The only downside- I burned dinner last night while staring at my beautiful botanicals!)

You are Simply the Best, Lori

John Malsberger said...

Hi Pam, just beautiful! Been following your blog for a while now and love it! Could you tell me if the walls are gray or taupe? Thank you so much.

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

It looks fantastic! The table and chairs look beautiful. And It's view is sooo much nicer. I bet they love how open it is now.

Patricia said...

Wow - what an amazing transformation. The room looks just beautiful - the countertops look perfect and I love the wall color with the gorgeous hardwood floors ! The pops of blue pottery on the counter near the stove is lovely.....

Luci @Bungalow At Home said...

Very nice!!!
Well though out affordable changes and the the kitchen looks almost new!
I too love the unexpected wall of botanicals!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

MY OH MY, Pam, this is so lovely!!!!! So much more sophisticated with the black and white color scheme, yet totally livable! What a great makeover - I love all the details!! The counters look amazing, the table is gorgeous in it's new color, and the botanical wall is killer!!!! What color did you use on the walls? I like how it gives the white a little definition but is still neutral. Really pretty - wonderful job!

Andrea said...

Simply gorgeous, Pam! I love the touches of black and those countertops, WOW. I can't wait to see the tutorial for those. I bet your client is thrilled!

Denise @ frazzled JOY said...

Beautiful transformation Pam! I love the dining area - the table looks brand new and the rug is perfect. I am intrigued by the counter redo - I have laminate and would love to get rid of it but not sure the house is worth the investment of natural stone - maybe this would be an option. Thanks for sharing :)

Cathy Wall said...

Pam, you are a visionary! Love how you have transformed the space without a full blown renovation! It is now bright, airy and oh so stylish (especially love your color palette!) No doubt your client is incredibly pleased!

Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell said...

So nice! I love how the table looks now with the white chairs...and of course the art - it's amazing!

cindy @ a curious gardener said...

Pam, what a beautiful transformation! So many great ideas, the entire space is so fresh and attractive! I know your client loves coming into her new kitchen every morning. Well done!

Kristin@bliss-athome.com said...

such a huge improvement!! I bet she is sooo happy :) Great way to show how you can totally change a space with out making those huge purchases. xo Kristin

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Pam, you both did an amazing job with this transformation. There really is no reason why people need to live with dull builder grade kitchens when they can do this. Love it.

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

Simply just beautiful! I LOVE that you kept budget in mind, but still made it look like you had unlimited funds! I love the countertop transformation. I have used it for a client and it is amazing!

Tracy said...

Love it! That table transformation is insane! I want the details!!!

Vel Criste said...

What a great transformation Pam! A huge salute again to you and your genius-ness! Love all your choices from the countertop color, the glass cabinet and the rug and of course those botanicals really, really caught my fancy!!!! Love it!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Oh Pam, it's fantastic! I can't decide my favorite part, but it has such a nice, open, airy, clean, crisp feel! Love the botanicals and am feeling that I might have to have some black ones! And, I know you mentioned it, but we must have a full tutorial on the table. That's exactly the look I want for a table that's going in the kitchen. Way to work your magic, friend!

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

What a transformation! I spy a ginger jar! Did you buy the glass cabinet doors? I am thinking about switching some of mine out!

Amanda said...

Pam this is fabulous!!! That art work is gorgeous!! I am sure your clients are very pleased.

Mrs. DeVore said...

Beautiful transformation! I'm loving those black botanicals!

June G. said...

Simply beautiful!! It IS all in the details! You certainly pulled this job together nicely and made your client extremely happy! I could use your help in my kitchen! My home was custom built in the late 60's therefore the cabinetry is good quality just old and squeaky. I hate to do a total tear out but don't think it would be wise to put a new counter top on old cabinets. I'd like to spend that money on a few new appliances...any ideas?

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

What a lovely transformation! Great job - as always!

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Just luvly. Luv the table redo!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Pam...you out did your self...it looks fantastic...I really would love to know how you made the botanicals..

pam {simple details} said...

June G. - I'd be happy to give you some ideas if you'd like to email me, there wasn't an email address attached to your comment. Thanks!

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

That is amazing. Not sure which element is my favorite. Love the darker stain on the table. Love the chandelier and of course the countertops look awesome. You two make a great team. It is beautiful!

The Governors Daughter said...

can't wait to hear about the black botanicals!

Dana Frieling said...

The "Pam" touches are beautiful and you truly brought this space up a thousand notches! Loved reading Lori's comment and how she sang your praises. It's awesome, friend.

Pamela Bolton said...

Please, please, please do a post soon on the botanicals. My 80's kitchen looks a lot like your after pics minus those terrific botanicals. They wood just finish my breakfast area.

Calypso In The Country said...

Pam, it's gorgeous! I love how you completely transformed the room without spending a fortune! I love the new look of the table and I adore all the black and white - and the Dash and Albert rug. The indoor outdoor rugs are great for kitchens! Cheers to you!
-Shelley

Leslie said...

Wow Pam! Nicely done! LOVE those botanical prints. They really do make a statement. White.. love those cabinets!

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

You never cease to amaze me Pam. You really have the best taste and I can see why people are asking for your help! You are sooooo talented! Great job with that space, and love the dark/light contrast.
xo Nancy

Karen said...

Beautiful redo, you guys did an a fantastic job on those counter tops.

Danielle said...

Looks so wonderful! x

chateau chic said...

What a beautiful makeover!! I really like what you did with the round table.
Mary Alice

Christy James said...

OMGoodness! What a huge transformation!! I love everything about this, especially the table makeover. It really adds warmth! Great job!
XO

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

GORGEOUS! Oh my goodness, isn't this awesome?

WELL DONE - you both had vision, and to do it frugally is just wonderful. Love this light and bright and updated kitchen. YAY!!!!

modern jane said...

So gorgeous! It's completely transformed! I love the botanical prints on the wall:)

Elena said...

Those are all great choices to transform that 80s kitchen. It looks fabulous!

Kim @ Plumberry Pie said...

Just beautiful, Pam! I love it when someone can use what they've got on a tight budget and turn it into something beyond fabulous! And this is the kind of look that will stand the test of time. Thanks for keeping me inspired!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Amazing ...Love the counter tops and the black and white...what can I say!!

Deidre said...

Hi Pam just want to say G O R G E O U S !!!You really outdid yourself,what a difference.

Colleen Proctor said...

What color of white (and brand) did you use on the cabinets? I like that it blends so nicely with the white appliances (not to bright and not too creamy). Job well done!!

Julia Konya said...

I can't even tell you what my favorite part is because I love it all so much. It's perfect! What an amazing transformation!

stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs said...

PLEASE share on the botanicals! I LOVE everything about this kitchen... you are so talented, Pam!

Sandy said...

Beautiful, I love the table and counter tops. My favorite might just be the botanicals!
Sandy

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, Pam it all looks wonderful. Love the counters you did.

Biscuits and Boxwoods said...

What a great transformation!

Melanie@TheFrenchCottage said...

As everyone has said, this is beautiful. I love how much of a transformation occured with just "paint". Changing it on the cabinets, counters, table, and chairs...wow, what a difference!

Eliesa Prettelt said...

This is a fabulous example of what a change can be made with paint, a little bit of elbow grease and a few inexpensive elements! Looks very elegant and beautiful!

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ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

WOW Pam...love love love everything about this kitchen makeover!!
GORGEOUS!

Stephanie Norris said...

What a wonderful transformation! A little elbow grease, some vision and she has a beautiful kitchen! That door to the potty right in the middle of the kitchen? wow now that was weird.

Tiffany said...

CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHAT TYPE OF STAIN YOU USED ON THE KITCHEN TABLE THANKS

pam {simple details} said...

Hi Tiffany - Here is a tutorial for the table makeover - good luck if you're updating yours!

http://simpledetailsblog.blogspot.com/2013/09/diy-arhaus-inspired-weathered-table.html

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