Before & After: Heather's "This Is So Me" Kitchen

Before & After: Heather's "This Is So Me" Kitchen

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Name:
Heather
Location:
Hingham, MA
Division:
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
Our 1975 saltbox colonial hadn't been updated much since it was built, but it had great bones. Our contractor started the kitchen project immediately after closing. It was dark and dirty, and we wanted an open space that could be the heart of our home. The current layout was functional; it just needed more... more counter space, more storage, more personality. Adding an island was key. We also removed a wall between the family room and the kitchen. We had a vision for what we wanted, so we only needed help with labor. We saved money by purchasing our cabinets at Cabinets to Go and putting them together ourselves (the contractor installed them), buying the appliances at an appliance outlet, and buying fixtures and tile at various online outlet sites. We used vintage light fixtures over the island to tie our love of mid century design in with the modern kitchen, and we made sure our Fiestaware was the star of the show. Total cost approx. $22K.
My makeover advice::
Even though we closed in December, we didn't move in until the end of February when the project was completed. If you can find a way to not live in the house while you're doing a kitchen reno, I'd highly recommend it.

Also, don't be afraid of color. We realized we had a lot of colorful things, so we let our "things" be the highlight. But if you don't have colorful things, make new colorful things with walls, cabinet and backsplash color.
What I love most about my new space::
When people come into our kitchen, often they say, "Heather, this is you." I love that it reflect my personality. I put a lot of myself into it, and I'm glad it shows.
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