Before & After: A Smelly, Dated Dropped Ceiling Gets the Boot In This Kitchen Renovation

Before & After: A Smelly, Dated Dropped Ceiling Gets the Boot In This Kitchen Renovation

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Hayley Lawrence
Jan 20, 2016
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After buying this foreclosed one-bedroom in a trendy area of Charlotte, North Carolina, new homeowners Katie and Patrick were greeted with a less-than-encouraging scene. As they shared in their House Tour, "The day we officially moved in, this is what we found: a foreclosure notice, a bullet, an inmate identification card, and a dead pigeon." First on the long list of much-needed home improvements was a renovation of the dated kitchen.

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Katie and Patrick tackled a smelly, ridiculously low dropped ceiling that made their already tight kitchen feel like it was closing in on them. They enlisted the help of family to tear it down, repair nail holes, remove glue residue, and dispose of the nasty construction.

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(Image credit: Hayley Lawrence)

Thanks to IKEA, the sink, hardware, cabinets, and countertops added modern style at an affordable price! Additionally, with the ceiling raised, lighting added, and a half wall removed, the kitchen got the light it so desperately needed.

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(Image credit: Hayley Lawrence)

On the dining room side, IKEA cabinets double as a counter and additional storage. Now that their kitchen is up-to-date, Katie and Patrick look forward to hosting that breakfast party they keep talking about.

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Thanks, Katie & Patrick!

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