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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Kitchen makeover

I’m always impressed with home makeovers, but this before-and-after made my jaw drop...
Sarah from Smitten Studio is renovating a cabin with her husband on Lake Michigan. Here's the dark and drab kitchen they started with. I'm terrible at visualizing spaces, so I would have walked in and been like, Oh, okay, nevermind. But...
...here's the stunning transformation! How incredible is that? It feels like a completely different place. The farmhouse sink is especially gorgeous. What an amazing job. Bravo, Sarah and Rupert!

P.S. Our bedroom makeover.

(Photos by Smitten Studio)

118 comments:

Molly said...

That looks beautiful. I would actually force myself to cook something in there.

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Marie said...

Looks awesome! Where did the fridge go though?

Jesse said...

I want to live in that kitchen -- cook, eat with my family, read a book and play with my boy. it's so lovely.

Maz said...

Drooooooooooooooooooool!!
I can't wait to own my own house and make something just as fabulous!! but I second the question about the fridge.. where is it hiding?!
Love, Maz x

eatgreatbegreat said...

Wow! This kitchen turned out absolutely amazing! You'd never guess that it was the same room! Beautiful!

Ellen said...

I believe the fridge is under the counter there, next to the range.

Beautiful little kitchen remodel! I love the shelves and the molding above the subway tile. Smart.

Mary said...

Beautiful! So cute and just my style. The white cabinets, dark fixtures, farmhouse sink. Love it all.

Callie Glorioso-Mays said...

Ah! I love home makeovers! I love how it turned out so bright and inviting! Unfortunately the downside of living in base housing (my husband is AF) is that we don't get redo our houses. :) Right now we can't even paint so I'm learning to be creative with other things!

Belle on Heels said...

pardon my French, but holy shit! That's amazing. I'm with you...I would've taken one look and been like, Thanks, but no thanks! So impressed with this.

Pamela said...

Impressive although the lost of a reg sized fridge is mournful.

fibreandspice said...

Wow; that is impressive and intimidating and inspirational all at the same time. Gorgeous!

Life Is Author said...

Oh my goodness, that is so beautiful!I have just moved and am in the middle of decorating so this is a lovely inspiration.

Amy Lauree said...

So sneaky where they put the fridge! I love how bright it is.

kraken said...

I think I got the impression that it is a vacation home, so I think having a small under the counter fridge would work out fine.

Lisa Pappalardo said...

So beautiful! I would love that kitchen!

xo Lisa
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Sheila said...

That's the stinky thing about renting; there is only so many little projects that can be done without compromising the security deposit. I already hung some pretty questionable shelves :/ Someday I will outgrow my vagabond phase ONLY so I can do fun projects like this and have no one to stop me (mwah ha ha).

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Emily said...

I think it is in that second image - beneath the counter in the form of two drawers. One drawer is fridge, and beneath it is freezer? That's my best guess - OR they cleverly got it out of all the pictures because fridges are too large and unsightly??

LEIGH said...

OMG! This is so amazing! It's a dream kitchen!

megan said...

Unbelievable!! What a gorgeous kitchen!

Amanda Wagner said...

Where did they put the refrigerator??

simone antoniazzi said...

So light & bright, what a great job they did, wow!!

lisaathome said...

Oh my gosh, this is my dream kitchen. Gorgeous.

Shruti Kapoor said...

Lovely, makes the space so open and bright..curious to know how much did it cost for such a renovation!!

Caroline Alexander said...

Wow! The great thing is that the footprint of the space stayed the same. Just shows what you can do with a bit of creativity.

Heather said...

WOW! That took some real creativity - especially for such a small space! I love the white/wood combination.

Sarah Carlson said...

Amazing! It's stunningly airy and crisp looking. I feel like all food would feel fresher and tastier in the new kitchen! Where did the giant refrigerator go?

MrJeffery said...

love that sink! love the white walls too.

Kate C. said...

Wow they did a beautiful job! I love the sink and the contrast between the dark counter tops and light cupboards.

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xo

marija said...

It looks stunning...

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sumslay said...

But if it's a vacation home, that might be the perfect size!

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Stunning, but I would need some color on the walls to take care of the sterility factor. Otherwise, nicely done!

Michelle Panting said...

I cannot wait until I can get some white subway tile up in my kitchen! This is lovely inspiration!

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carolyn said...

not sure it counts as a "makeover" since they replaced virtually everything. i would say "gut renovation" instead. regardless, it looks great!

parisbeekids said...

Oh wow! I dream of having a kitchen sink like that!!!!

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Lauren Knight said...

This is my dream kitchen! What an inspiration!

A FANCY DAY said...

I'm so bad at visualizing spaces too! This is gorgeous!

Danie at Pasadya said...

How adorable! They did an amazing job. :)

sarah said...

Ha! yes, that's right Emily. The fridge is that set of drawers. They also surprisingly hold a lot more then you would think!

marketa anna medas said...

please let check my transformation of one reconstruction :)
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Patricia Paramo said...

I love makeovers!!

Not everybody has that interior designer talent and these two sure have it!

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marketa anna medas said...

and more:) http://thankyouanna.blogspot.sk/2013/01/other-reconstruction-is-done.html

sarah sherman samuel said...

Hi Joanna, thank you for all the kind words about our little space. So fun to see it here.
x sarah

Ladies in Navy said...

is that even real?! beautiful!
kw ladies in navy

JenV said...

Sarah, your kitchen is amazing! Perfect in my opinion. Kudos to you and your husband. Thanks for sharing it Jo!

Alison Jimenez said...

Love farmhouse sinks ... the new kitchen looks amazing!

Jana Miller said...

Such a cute little white kitchen and probably affordable too :)
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Jessica Wray said...

Oh my ever living. That is the most beautiful little kitchen I have ever seen. Some people are just so gifted at making beautiful spaces.

Mary said...

So much beautiful counter space! Love it!

KT said...

that is exactly the kind of kitchen I want. So gorgeous!!

Sydney said...

That's fabulous!

Little White Lie said...

WOW. Stellar job!

sweet67 said...

Wow. what an amazing transformation!

Kelly Lee said...

Gah-orgeous! Some people really have that ability to imagine the possibilities. I wish I was more like that.

Also I now want a farm sink. But I somehow don't think that works in Palm Springs. ;)

Kimberly said...

This is perfect! So beautiful!

Ali said...

Your use of "jaw-drop" is so cute. I love it! So cute!

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Christina Marie said...

Wow, that kitchen is tiny but they really made it work. Good job!

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LED said...

WHERE'S THE FRIDGE!??!!

Sarah said...

This is amazing! And makes me want an all white/light filled kitchen! So simple.

Lauren Jodoin said...
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Lady Grey said...

Oh my God! This is unbelievable! I so wish I was good at this kind of thing!

Lauren Jodoin said...

My question was where did they fit the fridge, but after reading the above comments, I realized it's the 2 drawers shown! How cleaver for a vacation home!

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Stella Dobry said...

Wow! Uh-mazing!

Olivia said...

That's great!

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Sara J said...

Love the farmhouse sink, but an electric range, really?

jm said...

love it!

jm said...

Some places don't have access to gas. Love the white paint.

Jade Sheldon said...

Think they'll let me move in?

Attiser said...

love it!

readeatcreate.com said...

Oh my lord that doesn't even look like the same space. IT's absolutely breathtaking!

s jgracie said...

where are the cutting boards from?

dervla kelly said...

seriously, this is insanely good. the LIGHT!!

Milynn {Love + Whimsy} said...

Wow!! That is an amazing transformation! such a great Job!

Vale Cervarich said...

I agree :)

Lynford Rozario said...

Oh my goodness .....loved your new look of kitchen especially the white walls....

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Rose said...

gorgeous! and pretty much my dream kitchen too- kitchens and bathrooms are the things I dream about most in a home makeover sense, my pinterest board is all kitchens and bathrooms!

Marco Complementos said...

Gorgeous, but where did they put the fridge????

Hayley Judd said...

What a beautiful kitchen! Those countertops are fantastic. My dad made some like that for my parents' house and they just get better and better.

Lottie Simm said...

i need to sort our kitchen out, move it around and things, and i think this has inspired me to finally do it :)

Daniela Pittiglio said...

What an amazing transformation!!! It doesn't look the same space!
What a pity that they are not around here to help me out with the wooden cottage we are thinking to have on our land.... Such a great job indeed!!! ;)

Kim said...

even my husband said, "that's the perfect kitchen." haha... love everything about it!!

Elizabeth said...

Where are the shelves above the sink from? They are exactly what I'm looking for!

katherine said...

I wondered where the refrigerator went as well....

Kathy said...

Love this! Want it in my house NOW

Melinda DiOrio said...

Wow! That's a really impressive makeover - especially for such a small space!

Alexandra said...

The makeover looks great and definitely a winner my only question because I am curious... how come on before photos there wasn't so much light coming from the window as it is during the makeover? My kitchen is similar to "before" atm and we don't get much light at all (no matter what time of day it is). Maybe there's a hidden secret? I've noticed recess lightening on "after" were those on when pictures were taken "AFTER"?

Alexandra said...

The makeover looks great and definitely a winner my only question because I am curious... how come on before photos there wasn't so much light coming from the window as it is during the makeover? My kitchen is similar to "before" atm and we don't get much light at all (no matter what time of day it is). Maybe there's a hidden secret? I've noticed recess lightening on "after" were those on when pictures were taken "AFTER"?

H said...

Holy moly this is beyond gorgeous!! I especially love the nautical-looking blue rug!

Jennifer of JennySue Makeup said...

WOW. I mean super WOW.

Julie Blake said...

STUNNING! What a beautiful transformation - I am in love with that farmhouse sink : )

amber said...

Glad someone asked! I've seen a dishwasher like this and assumed it was the dishwasher. Fascinating!

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Your kitchen looks so clean and brightful

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mary @ BG JOURNALS said...

definitely a lovely final product...but am i weird that i actually liked the before? i apparently like a somewhat dated and rundown look. yep, i think i'm weird for sure.

anecdotalgoat.com said...

Beautiful! This makes me even more anxious to finish my own kitchen makeover. My "before" looks about the same vintage as this "before." We've painted our cabinets white and painted the walls gray. Next up, new counters!

Creaves said...

Pretty! I wish my open shelving looked that nice.

daintythingies said...

That is AMAZING, I wish I could do that but my landlord would kill me, even if I improved it. Do you have the same problem being a renter over there too?

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Botany's Desire said...

Wow, just so simple and beautiful.

jayme reynolds said...

That Kitchen looks great! I am currently having my kitchen renovated and I am unable to cook anything. I'm still undecided as to which of the ovens and ranges to choose. Do you have any recommendations?

Shopaholic said...

What kind of cutting boards are those? Are they vintage or reproduction? I love the shape! Any idea where I can get some?

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ben1014 said...

This looks like a really nice job. Amazing what you can do in a small space and how the bright colours can make a small space look really large. I would love to know where you are based. People can also make an old kitchen look like new by just refacing their old units, changing the worktop, sink and taps. You can see a sample here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-Sg3OZ85hw and once you have made an agreement with your kitchen remodeller/supplier it should only take a day to achieve this? Reasonable priced way to get a new looking kitchen.

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Kevin O'Gara said...

What a gorgeous kitchen, I'm in love!

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proof your kitchen doesn't have to be over-sized to be stylish!

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