Outdated & Dark Kitchen Remodel Into a Bright, Cheery Coastal Kitchen


While I can't give the entire step by step DIY for this project, I still wanted to share some before and after pictures of our kitchen remodel. I know when we first bought this house I had a hard time visualizing this remodel. I had no clue where to start or what it would like look once it was done. I was nervous almost the entire time! Thankfully my dad was good with numbers and measuring and knew exactly what he was doing.
I'm hoping that some of you can use our before and after pictures to help you during your kitchen remodel. I know I LOVE looking at before and after pictures, especially when I'm looking for ideas on what to do or what is actually possible when it comes to a remodel.
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This is our before. And let me just tell you what you can't see from these pictures. You can't see that the cupboards are cracked and don't properly close and some don't even open. You can't see that the countertop is 1.5" away from the wall and you can not see that the floor is completely ripped in some areas among other things. So while it may just look outdated, it's almost unsafe.
outdated dark kitchen remodel into a bright cheery coastal kitchen, home improvement, kitchen design
This is another before picture of the frig and bathroom. Yes, the bathroom is behind the refrigerator. With this layout we don't even have room to put a table in the kitchen.
outdated dark kitchen remodel into a bright cheery coastal kitchen, home improvement, kitchen design
There's the bathroom. Say "bye bye!"
outdated dark kitchen remodel into a bright cheery coastal kitchen, home improvement, kitchen design
First we demo'd the bathroom and took out the wall. We also had to remove a chimney in order to make the room larger. And because of making the room larger we had to put up new 12" X 20' beams in the ceiling in order to support the new kitchen as well as make the attic space above safe for walking on.
outdated dark kitchen remodel into a bright cheery coastal kitchen, home improvement, kitchen design
This is looking back at where the bathroom was and the chimney that has to come down. The entrance to the kitchen is right between the refrigerator and the back side of the fireplace. It's very cramped!
outdated dark kitchen remodel into a bright cheery coastal kitchen, home improvement, kitchen design
We took everything down to the studs, new insulation, new windows, new drywall, etc, etc. I think after looking at these after pictures you can tell that it's 100% new! And I have room for a kitchen table!
outdated dark kitchen remodel into a bright cheery coastal kitchen, home improvement, kitchen design
At the end of my pantry closet we added a little breakfast counter. We love looking out the windows to watch the deer, birds and squirrels and this is the perfect spot to do that while enjoying a cup of coffee. The metal face in the window was made by my neighbor. It is unbelievably tall with a few posts coming out the sides and we use him to hang a variety of feeders on it. We even gained enough room to bring our washer and dryer up from the basement - they are behind those bifold doors.
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Here's another picture looking back towards the entryway from the living room. No more ugly fireplace - we built a wall around it so I could have a pretty wall with pictures on it.
outdated dark kitchen remodel into a bright cheery coastal kitchen, home improvement, kitchen design
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  • David L Taylor
    on Dec 11, 2016

    very nice.. I even darker cabinets. Can I ask what neighborhood on expenses for kitchen?

    • Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom
      on Dec 11, 2016

      Yes! Im not sure exactly, but can give rough estimates. Cabinets - $2200 Floors - $550 Appliances - $2300 All together about - $9000

  • Kcama
    on Dec 11, 2016

    Lovely job. What is the flooring....how do you like it now that you're using it...how water proof is it? We have a 1200 sq ft familyroom/kitchen/laundryroom/bathroom that we need to refloor.

  • Oce6113159
    on Jan 8, 2017

    Hi. I have a similar kitchen situation...chimney and wall needs removed, a support beam needs to be installed. Was curious how much cost did you incur in those particular construction costs? Thanks.

    • Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom
      on Jan 8, 2017

      Those projects were the hardest - knocking down and removing the chimney and then installing the new support beams. We had to install 12" x 20ft long beams and about 12 of them and they costs about $350.

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  • Lisa House
    on Jan 26, 2017

    Beautiful, absolutely beautiful! I would give anything to have a true eat-in kitchen, I prefer a table and chairs over an island any day!

  • Melissa Smith
    on Jun 28, 2017

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! One of the best kitchen remodels I've seen. Love the doggy bowl stand too.:)
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