While Emily's kitchen certainly wasn't in the worst shape visually of some of our submissions, I became much more invested in this transformation (and wept for the state of her baked goods) when I found out she was using a 50 year old oven.
From Emily: Our kitchen was original from 1965, and after living with it for two years we decided it was time to renovate - I'd been using the original stove and oven! The cabinets were falling apart, and after having to do some extensive plumbing repairs in the kitchen most of the base cabinets had no shelves left.
We decided to go with IKEA cabinets because WHY NOT? Great value, great product and a 25 year warranty. We did have someone quote us for custom (the cheapest line they offered), and it was still 4 times as much as IKEA. I did all the design and kept the layout the same except for moving the oven over to another wall, creating a baking center and thus opening up the stove area.
I still can't believe this is our kitchen, there is so much more room even though the cabinets seem bigger. We should have done this years ago!
To see more of Emily's kitchen, check out her blog E. Olsen Designs.
Thank you, Emily!