Before and After: This Remodel Cleverly Updates Old White Kitchen Cabinets

updated May 3, 2019
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This kitchen upgrade has been in the works for a while now—its new owners waited for the right renovation moment for two years, then made most of the changes you’ll see, then replaced the floors another two years later. It’s an imperfect but probably practical progression that many of us can relate to.

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Here’s what Room For Tuesday came up with, and it works so well. The floor tile’s pattern might also look amazing in a bunch of colors, but the black-white-gray creates the perfect balance of ornateness and simplicity. The floor is wonderful, but it doesn’t dominate the room or enforce a specific palette; the cabinets could be painted someday and the floor would still look great.

The stove is GE from Home Depot, the knobs are Liberty from Home Depot, the towel is from McGhee & Co., and the wall tiles are Merola Tile from Home Depot.

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The cabinets are really the only thing that survived the renovation, though even those have been altered, losing their little bottom flange. Removing that cabinet detail and adding white countertops and backsplash have made the room feel much taller and spacious. The previous dark counter-backsplash combo really interrupted the flow, but now there’s one uninterrupted sweep of white from floor to ceiling, with plenty of texture and accessories to provide interest along the way.

The floor tiles are from MSI from Wayfair (currently on sale), the dishwasher is GE from Home Depot, the faucet is Delta from Wayfair, the sink is Kohler from Amazon, and the quartz countertop is Silestone from Home Depot.

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These floor-to-ceiling cabinets seem super handy (at least one of them looks large enough to hold a broom, mop, and bucket) so it’s helpful they were kept since that would have been a lot of storage space to lose and expensive cabinets to replace.

The drawer and door pulls are Liberty from Home Depot, the counter-depth fridge is GE from Home Depot, and the wall paint is Sherwin-Williams’ Steely Grey.

Thank you, Room For Tuesday!