Before & After: A Kitchen Goes from Beige to Bright

Before & After: A Kitchen Goes from Beige to Bright

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Tess Wilson
Dec 2, 2017
(Image credit: change & co.)

This kitchen had so much going for it—high, wainscoted ceilings, gorgeous black countertops, tons of cabinet space—but it needed a little something. Does that something involve pineapples? Perhaps...

This renovation by change & co is one of the few Before & After projects we've seen recently in which so many of the original elements have been retained. The countertops, faucet, and fridge are all the same, and the cabinetry and island were simply repainted. The microwave was removed, creating a shelf for colorful cookbooks. The pendant lights, stools, and drawer pulls were replaced, while the can lights were removed. For a room in which not that many things were changed, the room feels completely new.

One of my favorite things about this makeover is the way the new kitchen interacts with the new dining room. The yellow chairs play perfectly with the pineapple wallpaper (in fact, a quick glance would make one believe the wallpaper is in the kitchen), while the shape of the drawer pulls echoes the shape of the pineapples themselves. Meanwhile, the black countertops and pendants coordinate with the black dining chairs and the black base of the dining room table, while the wood floor juxtaposes nicely with the dining room's wooden tabletop, buffet, and mirror. These are stand-alone rooms in a time when open-floorplan reigns supreme, but the designers found a way to link them so cleverly. And for two predominantly white rooms (also a major current trend), there is plenty of color and playfulness.

(Image credit: change & co.)

This is the breakfast nook Before—I believe it is in the kitchen because of the wainscoting on the ceiling. This is a perfectly nice room, just a bit drab and beige.

Like the rest of the kitchen, the room has been repainted white, making the most of all that daylight pouring in. The yellow pendants echo the yellow of the stools and pineapples, while the bench is kind of like a mini version of the dining table. Those mint chairs are such fresh fun, and they could be swapped out if the residents ever want an all yellow/black/white look.

Be sure to check out change & co's whole-house renovation for lots more wallpapered fun!

Thank you, change & co!

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