Before & After: '80s Kitchen Gets a Breath of Fresh Air

Before & After: '80s Kitchen Gets a Breath of Fresh Air

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Tara Bellucci
Apr 29, 2015
(Image credit: Paige)

Paige's '80s kitchen needed to time travel a few decades forward. Now, hardly any wisp of the past remains; say goodbye to the cabinets, appliances, floors, counters, and even a wall. This kitchen transformation is truly stunning!

(Image credit: Paige)
(Image credit: Paige)

From Paige:

Last August we set out to destroy our '80s nightmare of a kitchen and replace it with something fresh and unique. We knocked down the wall that divided the kitchen and dining area so we could add a bar area for additional seating and open the place up.

What we did ourselves:

  • Tiling and grouting the herringbone backsplash (yes, we're crazy). We bought a tile cutting table saw from Home Depot (only about $100-$200) and Todd figured out how to use it. Thankful for his OCD perfectionism!


  • Painting the pantry doors and staining and hanging the open shelving. I used a tutorial I found on Pinterest for the industrial-looking hardware for the shelves. It was fast, easy, and worked like a charm!
  • Installed appliances and sink

What we hired out for:

  • Cabinet installation. Our cabs are the Ikea Sofielund model - and I love them! Soft closing drawers for the win! But it's very important for cabinets to be even and level so we got them installed by pros. It would have also probably taken us about 6 months to do it ourselves.
  • Carrera Marble countertop - I don't even think it's possible to install a natural stone counter yourself. So we hired out for this and it only took them about 4 hours to get it on.
  • Floors - these were part of another project and were installed by Lumber Liquidators.

For more photos and details, check out Hive Honey.

Thank you Paige!

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