John and Alice's Kitchen

J & A Kitchen:: The Progress So Far

Last Updated on December 26, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

There are still lots of little things that need to be finished, and I haven’t even done a bit of decorating, but I wanted to show you the progress in John & Alice’s kitchen so far.  I’ve shown you glimpses here and there, but now I’ll give you the full view.

First, let’s remember where this kitchen started out…

j and a kitchen before 1

Yeah…that was A LOT of green wallpaper and orange oak!

Just about two weeks ago, the progress wasn’t really feeling like progress.  It was one of those “has to get worse before it gets better” situations…

j and a kitchen during

And now, the progress looks like this…

j and a kitchen almost after 1

Aaahhhhhh…isn’t that nice?!

Okay, please try to ignore the big gaping hole on the right.  The electricians broke the glass top on the stove when they were re-installing it, and they came yesterday to take it for repair before I had a chance to take pictures.  So just imagine, if you will, a nice black drop-in range in that huge hole.

Anywho…moving on…

The lower cabinets are painted in Elephant Skin by Behr, color matched in Sherwin Williams oil-based paint.  The granite is called Giallo Ornamental.  It’s the perfect mix of cool whites/grays and warm browns.

j and a kitchen almost after 2

The backsplash is a very clean, simple white subway tile in a matte finish.

j and a kitchen almost after 3

The upper cabinets are painted in Alabaster by Sherwin Williams.

j and a kitchen almost after 4

So that’s the progress so far!  Now I just need to figure out what to do with a few…well…trouble spots.  The granite people left me with a couple of little treasures, like this scrap piece of plywood they used to fill this space above the dishwasher…

j and a kitchen almost after 6

And this scrap piece of wood with a screw hole in it that they used to fill in this space where the old trash compactor used to live…

j and a kitchen almost after 7

So, yeah…now it’s my job to make their scraps look good.  I also have to get a little creative with this space left when the trash compactor was removed.

j and a kitchen almost after 8

But anyway, that’s the progress so far!  I’m so pleased with how it’s turning out.  It’s quite a day and night difference.

Here’s one last look…

j and a kitchen before 1

j and a kitchen almost after 1

So what do you think so far?  Definitely a huge improvement, right?


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    Janell Beals
    May 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Fantastic!!!! Alice and John must be thrilled with the transformation and I love the color combo on the cabinets! (plus the blacksplash, hardware, etc!!!) You must be so happy! Janell

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    Denise Morris
    May 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    It is beautiful!!! Looks like a completely different space!

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    May 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I'm so excited to see how this turns out, as that gray/white/black combo is something very similar to the solution I want for my kitchen when we redo it eventually…

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    May 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    So pretty. I love it!

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    May 4, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Ahhhmazing! What a major transformation! I love that the lower cabinets are darker, great job!

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    May 4, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Wow!! Absolutely gorgeous!!

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    Kim Perdew
    May 4, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    WOW it doesn't even look like the same place

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    May 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! Can't wait to see it all completed. Nice job Kristi!

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    Lynne Ledom
    May 4, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    What a transformation! I had similar cabinets and painted them and it took 20 years off the age of the kitchen. I don't know why people are scared to paint their outdated cabinets. Heck of a lot cheaper than replacing them.

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    May 5, 2011 at 1:26 am

    What a transformation! Excellent job.

    I have similar cabinets and I actually kind of like the oak, just not the yellowish color that it's turned over the last 20 years. Does anyone know if it's possible to strip and re-stain cabinets? Can I take the doors off and take them to a place that refinishes furniture?

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    May 5, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Bethanee, yes you can strip and restain cabinets. And you can also have it done professionally, although it's quite expensive.

    One thing I've done in the past is use Minwax gel stain from Home Depot, instead of using the regular stain. I painted it on like paint (instead of using it like the directions), and it gave a beautiful stained look, but without all of the hassle of having to strip the cabinets completely. It took at least two days to dry, though, and several more days to cure, but the results were great.

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    Anne Sullivan
    May 5, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Wow, that's incredible!!! So…do you make house calls in California? 😉

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    Terri Roberts
    May 5, 2011 at 4:01 am

    WOW….. just, WOW!

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    May 5, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Kristi it looks fabulous! They must be so happy, and so appreciative of the hard work you have put in. Apartment therapy is taking before and after submissions, you should submit this one for sure!

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    Krista Moyer
    May 5, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Do they keep their trash under the sink? Otherwise, the trash compactor space would be optimal for a pull-out can on rollers with a front or door matched to the cabinetry. Or maybe a recycling center?

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    May 10, 2011 at 2:24 am

    What a transformation. Love the gray.

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    June 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Turn the trash compactor area in to a wine storage rack

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    July 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I guess you can always put shelves where the trash compactor was for cook books and other storage

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