The "Builder Basic" Kitchen Makeover Reveal

I can't believe how different and how much I love my new kitchen. We moved in the week before Christmas, then on Jan 6th my contractor called and said he had some time open and did I want to start my remodel. Of course I said YES. Well, here we are a month later and IT IS DONE.
From truly Builder Basic to my dream kitchen.
Now let's back up and take a look at what this kitchen looked like when we bought the house. Definitely "Builder Basic" with straight off the shelf oak cabinets, laminate counters, 12 yr. old basic appliances that barely worked and badly worn linoleum floors.
I raised the small cabinet above the microwave, replaced the 12" cabinets top and base to the left of it with 24" cabinets to match the right side cabinets. Then I replaced the 30" island with a 24" base and and 18"drawer base. Next was to add some crown molding and then paint. We also removed the track lighting, added pot lights and pendants and enlarged the peninsula. New floors, granite and appliances and we were done.
This is what I wound up with. What a dramatic transformation.
The show stopper has turned out to be the counters. I adore this granite. The gray, cream, white and brown tie the whole room together. We added corbels and extended the overhang to 12". I also carried it all the way to the wall. This creates a huge area and work space. (The old formica counter only had a 6 " overhang and stopped at the small wall)
This doesn't look "Builder Basic" anymore.
The entire back of the house is breakfast room - kitchen and family room. So the kitchen is the center of this whole space. I love this view from the family room.
It's always wonderful when your vision comes out the way you hoped. Love my new kitchen.
Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life
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  • Carolyn Carolyn on Feb 17, 2017
    What kind of paint did you use on the cabinets? What prep did you do?

  • KKAbsherwrites KKAbsherwrites on Dec 09, 2017
    Beautiful! What pattern name is the granite? Love it!

  • Elaine Barrieau Elaine Barrieau on Mar 12, 2019

    Do you mind if I ask what the cost was to re-finish the cabinets only? I also have a similar kitchen (though no island) and would like to do the same to my kitchen. Thanks! Elaine

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