Updating a kitchen with oak cabinets

This kitchen gets additional warmth from cherry counters, an antique island, gingham-check wallpaper, and an apron sink.

may have lit a match under me to get rolling on our kitchen project.

When we moved in, our entire house was 80’s – like, major 80’s.

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In this kitchen, cream-colored custom kitchen cabinets lighten the space and add contrast to the steel stove. To indulge the splurge on marble countertops, these homeowners saved elsewhere by keeping the original room layout and plumbing as is.We had a simple recessed light there before: The after photos are the most important ones anyway, right? We decided to hire out for the cabinets because after reading too many Pinterest tutorials, we both agreed that I was totally nuts if I thought I could get this done in a reasonable amount of time (with three kids – one being a toddler).Once they got started on the cabinets I was so glad, so glad, we hired out.Kirk decided he would rip off the backsplash and get started adding the beadboard before I had a chance to do so.So here’s our Here, you’ll see he already installed my new light over the sink. Aside from the cabinet paint job, everything else was DIY (do it yourself) or, ourself.The kitchen shown belongs to blogger Judy Meek, who first tried open shelving in 2011 and documented her steps for her readers. “Besides the open shelf over the peninsula, I’ve also opened up a shelf over the dishwasher for glasses, a shelf over the coffeemaker for cups and a long cabinet over our cooktop for our everyday dinnerware.


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