Before & After: Meredith & Stephen's DIY Kitchen Rehab

Before & After: Meredith & Stephen's DIY Kitchen Rehab

Jason Loper
May 17, 2011

When Meredith and Stephen moved into their house, they were faced with this dark, dated kitchen. This kitchen had all the usual ugly suspects: dark cabinets with knobs in the center of the doors, a big ugly fluorescent light fixture, and the previous owner's half-hearted attempt at electrical work jutting from the ceiling to the island. It's enough for most owners to bring in the professionals for a rehab but the Heards went DIY all the way!

Meredith and Stephen document their adventures in DIYing on their blog, Welcome to Heardmont because, as they say, "being proud of where you live begins with saying 'I did that myself.'" And this couple should definitely be proud of the amazing transformation of this kitchen.

Aside from the obvious change that painting the kitchen cabinetry made, Meredith and Steven also scraped off the popcorn ceiling, replaced the tired old fluorescent light fixture with modern can lights, and knocked down a wall to open up the space between this room and the adjoining dining room. And because this is the real world, where time and budget are factored into house projects, the couple lived with the old kitchen island for awhile before recently replacing it with a new IKEA island. Also, as budget allows, they have gradually replaced the appliances – only the original range remains, to be replaced at a later date.

Check out all the details about Meredith and Stephen's DIY kitchen makeover at their blog, Heardmont History: The Kitchen and Adding Green in Our Kitchen.

Images: Welcome to Heardmont

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