Projects & Improvements

Before & After: A Kitchen Goes From Garish To Gorgeous

published Jul 1, 2014
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(Image credit: Katrin Scharl)

Yellow kitchens can be cheerful and sunny or they can leave you feeling kinda queasy. Katrin, who blogs at Taking Notes, found herself with an acid bright kitchen that fell firmly into the latter camp. But armed with a paint brush and various shades of white and grey paint, she has worked a magical transformation.

(Image credit: Katrin Scharl)

Katrin ripped out the old units and dismantled the aged and defunct stove (just visible on the left in the before) and installed IKEA cabinets, which she painted in Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe and Slipper Satin.

(Image credit: Katrin Scharl)

But the most stunning transformation has to be the grey and white checkerboard floor, which Katrin painstakingly prepped and painted, accidentally stained with carrot soup, then painted all over again.

(Image credit: Katrin Scharl)

I had always envisioned a diamond patterned floor for this kitchen. However, it just seemed to be a whole lot of work so I just put it off again and again. Well, unsurprisingly, it actually WAS a crazy amount of work, but I couldn’t love the outcome more.

See more pictures of Katrin’s beautiful farmhouse and garden in Germany at her blog Taking Notes.

Thank you Katrin!

Re-edited from a post originally published 7.1.2014 – cm