Before and After: An Unbelievably Quick Kitchen Update

published Jan 4, 2018
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(Image credit: Lisa Brown)

This kitchen has quite a bit of vintage charm, and all that white certainly does a great job reflecting the sunlight pouring in from the window. And there’s nothing better than a window over the dishwashing sink, but the room could definitely use a little something. Fortunately, that certain something was do-able in a single week.

(Image credit: Lisa Brown)

Here’s what Lisa Brown had to say about her kitchen pre-renovation:

When I bought this property (on a whim, but that’s another story) I could not STAND the old Lino washed wood ’70s kitchen, and vowed to renovate immediately. 1.5 years later I finally got around to it!

Many of us can relate to that “finally getting around to it” phenomenon. Hoorah for Lisa for not giving up on her vision. Now let’s ogle the post-renovation photo:

(Image credit: Lisa Brown)

Stunning! It’s the rare paint job that can make somewhat dated tiles look like the most stylish design element in the world. The hue of the wood floor works perfectly with the green paint, and the green itself provides drama and glamour while the cream upper cabinets keep everything bright and light.

This is how Lisa described the project:

I spent a week over Christmas while both housemates were away carefully priming and painting the old girl with a dark green on the bottom and cream on top cupboards (I couldn’t afford to change the bench top and tiles so needed to pick something that would go).

This is such a remarkable makeover considering it’s the work of just one week. Also remarkable: the fact that the countertops dominated in the kitchen photo before, but are barely noticeable now. That green really draws the eye and distracts you from the less attractive elements!

(Image credit: Lisa Brown)

Here’s a detail shot of the cabinets’ new ornamentation—a tiny touch of gold has such a large impact, and these handles have a particularly pleasing shape. They’re definitely an upgrade for the large knobs that came with the place, which seem like just the right size to constantly snag on everything.

The finished product now has small gold door handles which I picked up from a US seller on Etsy. Et voila! A fresh new look for my humble lino kitchen.

All in all, I would say this was a weekend very well spent!

Thank you Lisa!