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[–]borfdayparty 626 points627 points  (13 children)

My wife is a kitchen and bath designer so the old kitchen was not up to her standards.

I didn't want to do this in the first place and I certainly wasn't going to pay someone else to do it so here I go!

[–]CottonWalker[S] 269 points270 points  (12 children)

How can you read my mind

[–]Sluisifer 99 points100 points  (4 children)

Kudos for reusing the cabinetry; it's a shame to see perfectly good stuff go in a remodel when, as we see here, a coat of paint is generally all you need for a big difference.

[–]InnateFlatbread 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Generally I completely agree. This remodel is a good example, they’ve done a great job.

Sadly we couldn’t do that in our place - it was all chipboard and breaking down from water damage / burnt. Yep. Burnt. And also 450 deep instead of the standard 600, so no appliances or fixtures fit.

We pulled it all out the weekend of settlement.

[–]vrgovrgo8 16 points17 points  (0 children)

I couldn’t agree more; We did the same thing in our remodel. They’re good cabinets, they were just a weird colored stain that had a lot of yellow in them.

[–]darth-thighwalker 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Great job! What's your sink overhang?

[–]cardinal29 522 points523 points  (7 children)

All we have left to do now is put some crown on the cabinets and change the light over the sink.

(Sponge Bob "French accent" voice-over)

"Two years later. . . "

[–]CottonWalker[S] 148 points149 points  (5 children)

Funny :) but the crown will be here Monday and I don't like to let things be unfinished

[–]leewd 1084 points1085 points  (75 children)

That 3 inch spot next to the stove is awesome! Nice work around!

[–]Ponchoboy12 165 points166 points  (69 children)

It is the perfect spot to keep all your herbs, if you would put something it can roll on in there. Like this!

[–]simbelmyne 89 points90 points  (2 children)

Not sure how hard it would be, but turning the really narrow piece into a cabinet for cutting boards or cookie sheets is a great idea! (Edit for typing too fast)

[–]dearyoudearyou 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I put my cookie sheets in my tiny sliding cupboard!

[–]hupiukko505 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My 1963 condo actually has a solution like this! Pulling a handle brings out an absolutely enormous cutting/baking board.

[–]la_peregrine 322 points323 points  (57 children)

It is a terrible place to keep your herbs. The heat from the oven would ruin them..

[–]lol_admins_are_dumb 163 points164 points  (49 children)

Not really. This is the commonly parroted mantra but it's really not all that true. By the time you buy them off the shelves they have mostly stabilized -- the volatile oils have already degraded. The heat coming off the sides is really not all that much higher than room temperature. If you're really that super concerned about freshness of flavor you would be picking them right off the plant and putting them in your dish each night, but in the real world we are fine sacrificing some freshness in order to buy them in a jar at the grocery store.

[–]BuildMajor 50 points51 points  (2 children)

Commonly parroted mantra

I am aroused by ur sequencing of words

[–]deehan26 10 points11 points  (0 children)

You can dismiss a lot of established hyperbole using this phrase, definitely putting it in the playbook.

[–]Shackmeoff 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Your word boner is showing.

[–]matteatschicken 27 points28 points  (4 children)

Plus get all covered in oil splatters

[–]simbelmyne 11 points12 points  (0 children)

The oil splatters are a real struggle. I have a similar thing between stove and fridge.

[–]eNaRDe 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I saw the before picture and was like "Really? its not that serious"....Then I saw the after pictures and now every little gap similar to that one I see in a house I will cringe cause I know the beautiful potential it has :(

[–]Bhunts08 410 points411 points  (23 children)

Why do that and spend the money to NOT level the cabinets?

[–]eatgoodneighborhood 241 points242 points  (14 children)

What I don’t understand is why the countertop guys didn’t just shim the stone to level.

[–]MeppsBlackFury0 224 points225 points  (8 children)

I used to install granite and cabinets for years, so I can chime in a bit here.

Ideally, you'd want to have as much cabinet edge supporting the stone as possible, and shim the spots that are raised off of the cabinets slightly. In addition, a solid, level foundation is always better than cedar shims and silicone holding your expensive, quite inflexible, and heavy countertop. A solid foundation will make you countertop last through wood movement throughout the years.

Also, there is probably a seam somewhere, because of the sink. It's a huge weak spot behind the apron sink, even with the reinforcing mesh and rebar set into the underside. If I were to do it, it'd be in the corner if at all possible. This is usually based off of dimensions. So that's leveling two pieces of granite perfectly to meet at the seam on an uneven surface. Which also could result in large gaps between the cabinet edge and stone. This is usually necessary anyway, even on new or level cabinet installs. Albeit with very minor shimming and gaps. The seam is also a weak spot, but only once installed.

The last reason is because even if it's only on a 1/8inch slant the whole length of the stone, if you level it you might have as much as an inch or more gap off of the top of the cabinets which looks visibly off.

TLDR they did level it, but with the cabinets themselves. A true level would be quite difficult with likely two pieces to seam together if the cabinets are too long for one piece. It's always better to have a solid flat foundation of cabinets than to shim granite up and lose support area, and have the countertop be visibly unparallel to the cabinets in extreme cases.

[–]eatgoodneighborhood 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Oh yeah, the seam is a good point, and the gap at the top face of the cabinets.

I’ve never installed stone before specifically, but isn’t it not actually resting on the cabs themselves but large beads of silicone on all the corners and low spots? Or do you just set it on the cabs and run a bead at the splash?

[–]MeppsBlackFury0 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I installed directly on cabinets and shimmed any low spots. Ran beads of clear silicone under the cabinets along every edge possible that touches the underside of the stone. The weight of the stone is usually enough to hold it in place but the slilcone prevents too much movement if you bump into it. I also ran a bead along the front of the cabinets and smoothed it. Any shims were cut off and siliconed in so you never see them and hit them taking food and stuff out of cabinets.

[–]FutureSailorFuckFace 11 points12 points  (1 child)

What you’re supposed to do is level the cabinet bottoms with shims. I can’t wait to one day own my own house so I can build the kitchen to my liking

[–]sonia72quebec 76 points77 points  (3 children)

The countertop seems to be overhanging more on the left side of your sink that on the right side.

[–]somethingblend 20 points21 points  (0 children)

I was just wondering if the edges of the counter around the sink were too sharp? I really like that style of sink, but I feel like other I've seen we're a bit more smooth?

[–]jfireballz 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I thought the same, and just dismissed it as optical illusion. There must be dozens of us! Dozens!

[–]bobomb01 276 points277 points  (21 children)

Subway tile backsplash, farmhouse sink, monochromatic color scheme. Joanna Gaines would be proud.

[–]portajohnjackoff 63 points64 points  (2 children)

but where's the ship lap?

[–]GoddessKae 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Beat me to it! Must just be one of the episodes where they didn't ship lap, but they'll make up for it in some other part of the house

[–]CottonWalker[S] 94 points95 points  (13 children)

It's like you know what's on my tv right now

[–]tico_de_corazon 49 points50 points  (2 children)

Now to go full Chip and Joanna, just knock down all the walls in your house for a true 'open floor plan.'

[–]civic19s 39 points40 points  (1 child)

"Open concept" must be repeated 4000 times per hour on hgtv. Its a rule

[–]Jacky_P 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I love the South Park episode that makes fun of it. Had to think of this sub and some of the crappy projects when I saw them taking out load-bearing beams.

[–]bobomb01 14 points15 points  (7 children)

Oh trust me. I'm in the same boat.

[–]ThatoneWaygook 13 points14 points  (5 children)

sigh I'm in the same boat. I keep telling my spouse that just because it's not on Pinterest doesn't mean we can't try it

[–]Bhunts08 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Bro.... every fucking house I paint is grey. With white flat stock trim. With some garbage barnboard shit horribly placed in the centre of the room. On top of some matching grey/wood look vinyl because it was on Pinterest.

[–]ThatoneWaygook 8 points9 points  (0 children)

The blandest of conspiracies

[–]Ahab_Ali 546 points547 points  (137 children)

It looks nice, but I would have snuck in some color just to break it up. That is a whole lotta grey.

[–]CptnAlex 474 points475 points  (11 children)

I agree, but I think the solution is very colorful kitchen utensils & small kitchen appliances. A red toaster or ceramic mixing bowl would pop in that kitchen.

[–]ShotIntoOrbit 96 points97 points  (1 child)

Yeah, my parents have off-white cabinets and grey walls and they have an orange Rachel Ray pots and pans set that makes it look very nice. Colored pot/pan here, colored utensils over there, colorful flowers right there and it looks nice. You can very easily change the look of you kitchen just by changing the color of stuff on your counter instead of doing remodel work that way.

[–]imisstheyoop 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You also have to factor in functionality. Cast iron, stainless and wooden spoons are far too functional to not use just because they don't match the color scheme of your kitchen. In fact those are almost all I use.

[–]Ahab_Ali 66 points67 points  (1 child)

That is an excellent idea.

[–]ChrisBrownsKnuckles 9 points10 points  (0 children)

That is the idea behind bland color schemes. Do you want to show off your walls or do you want the items in your home that you love to stand out. Bring in color with art and objects and try to keep it off the walls, doors and whatnot.

[–]Anomalous_Pulsar 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yes! Plus small appliances & accessories like dishrags and kitchen comfort mats/fireproof rugs are a much less expensive way if you want to change up your look or decorate per seasonal changes.

[–]portableoskker 81 points82 points  (4 children)

That's the style these days. Kinda like avocado appliances in the 70s.

[–]LongUsername 76 points77 points  (3 children)

And in 2 decades the interior designers are going to be complaining how aught-tens this looks, just like they were complaining about all the brown wood on the cabinets.

[–]MicroBrewer 37 points38 points  (1 child)

Dark white

[–]painess 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I understand this reference.

[–]BGumbel 67 points68 points  (10 children)

I wonder if in 15 years we'll see a post of this exact same kitchen turning it back into how it was.

[–]Greenbeanhead 14 points15 points  (9 children)

I wonder that too, but those wood cabinets make kitchens to dark imo.

[–]BGumbel 8 points9 points  (7 children)

Hard to say what the next in will be. It's Interesting, this new style seems to take a lot of classic farm house elements. But I've been In a bunch of farm house and never seen one of those sinks, rarely seen grey, and never seen subway tile. I have seen a lot of metal cabinets, I've seen cabinets with glass doors (which I love), and the tables weren't these monstrous centerpieces, they we're usually round and not rustic. Now that isn't to say this new American "rustic" "artisan" style isn't attractive, I suspect it's completely made up, and it's roots are likely not American at all.

[–][deleted] 37 points38 points  (27 children)

Grey and white is in fashion now idk what it's gonna be in 5 years tho

[–]AnyDogWillSuffice 126 points127 points  (21 children)

I'm hoping ugly 70s fake walnut comes back into style, then i won't have to update anything before i sell my house in a few years.

[–]telefunkenU-47 70 points71 points  (18 children)

Not sure how ugly it is, but there are people out there that don't want sterile white. Can't tell you how many houses I've passed on (or considered needing immediate attention) because the current style is "remove all walls, paint everything white."

[–]konfetkak 40 points41 points  (6 children)

That and after living in several apartments I would never want white cabinets in my home if I had a choice. I know it’s trendy but they always look dirty. They show every fingerprint or dirt smudge. We have applewood cabinets in our current apartment and I LOVE them.

[–]tits_mcgee0123 10 points11 points  (4 children)

I'm about to paint my great room light gray and y'all are scaring me!

[–]mofomeat 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I agree that the whole 'series of greys and sterility' is pretty cold and sad looking, but paint your room anyways. Give it a shot. If you don't like it, you can just repaint it again.

[–]tits_mcgee0123 5 points6 points  (0 children)

True. Also our floors are cherry colored fake hardwood, so there's not a whole lot of colors to pick from that don't clash terribly!

[–]meghanlovessunshine 9 points10 points  (0 children)

For what's it's worth we painted our kitchen and living room gray, and I love it. You can change the entire look of the room just by changing throw pillows or curtains and everything matches

[–]MinionOfDoom 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I painted all our cabinets in our old house from white to a fantastic gray. The walls were originally yellow (yuck) so I painted them a light blue. I loved the color scheme so much that when we moved into our current house and completely renovated the kitchen, we bought Ikea Bodbyn Gray Sektion cabinets and I painted the walls the same blue as our last kitchen. I love color.

[–]PutinsRustedPistol 20 points21 points  (1 child)

It's like walking into the setting of a dystopian novel. I can't stand this current trend of making one's home look like a hospital corridor.

[–]BGumbel 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Looking forward to Closed Concept houses becoming a thing

[–]Stock_Barbarian 10 points11 points  (0 children)

According to my local cabinet shop walnut has become the most popular domestic wood in cabinetry at the moment.

[–]AsgardDevice 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Hasn't grey and white been in fashion in high end kitchens for a long time now? It just wasnt something the masses did.

[–]Burnthevillages 115 points116 points  (3 children)

I actually disagree, but I love the cleanliness of Grey and white. You can always add accents of color, but permanent color can never be removed. It’s beautiful!

[–]Ahab_Ali 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Accents are all it needs. Just something to break it up.

[–]pm_me_ur_CLEAN_anus 33 points34 points  (5 children)

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Gray is this generation's wood paneling.

Nothing wrong with being trendy, but just make sure you do it in places that are easy to change, like wall colors and decor, not permanent installs like tile and cabinets.

[–]MinionOfDoom 7 points8 points  (2 children)

[–]reymt 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well, at least there are some warmer colors for balance.

[–]strider_1456 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I think cool neutrals are great for a kitchen! Instead of color, I think a variety of textures/materials works well (bamboo, copper, wood pieces, etc)

[–]rostoffario 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I agree. The grey backsplash is makes the room really dark and it's going to look dated in 5 more years as grey becomes a thing of the past. Otherwise I like the rest of the renovation. Crown molding would be a nice addition to spruce up the uppers.

[–]DMUSER 81 points82 points  (61 children)

Oh. I thought the top part was the after.

I like the before more apparently.

[–]rastacles 42 points43 points  (0 children)

Yeah. To each their own I guess. I think top is ten times nicer.

[–]Promnitepromise 113 points114 points  (7 children)

The “stove hole” fix looks awesome. I’d say next time you have some scraps, turn that into a drawer/cubby for holding aluminum foil, cling films, etc.

[–]suddenlyreddit 73 points74 points  (17 children)

As someone with a white porcelain sink, get some barkeepers friend. You get a lot of metallic rub spots in the sink over time and it's the only way to keep it clean looking. In hindsight, I would have gone for a metal sink. :(

[–]viensminou 16 points17 points  (3 children)

Don't use that on porcelain (enamel or ceramic)!!! It's fine for a move in clean, or once a year deep clean. You will absolutely ruin the finish. It may look clean but you are slowly degrading the surface and actually making it more susceptible to stains (especially since your sink is white). You are creating tiny micro scratches (etching) the porcelain surface.

Barkeepers friend uses oxalic acid, as does Zud - this is great for dissolving rust but bad for a variety of non steel surfaces or coated SS (found on many refrigerators to keep fingerprint free). I'd start with a gentler product like Bon Ami in cleaning your sink, or good ole baking soda & vinegar (but don't let it sit on the surface for long).

[–]thisismyhiaccount 61 points62 points  (6 children)

What's with the weird wall? Can't you knock it down?

[–]CottonWalker[S] 63 points64 points  (5 children)

That wasn't even a project I wanted to consider

[–]thisismyhiaccount 29 points30 points  (4 children)

Oh I see. All good. For reason the non-continuity is really bothering me. Curious as to why it was design like that. Anyhow great job on the reno, looks good!

EDIT: oh I see now, the 'stand alone' cabinets don't line up with the other cabinets. Yeah probably not a small project.

[–]C0ckSm00ch 20 points21 points  (1 child)

My guess is those extra cabinets aren't original and they wanted the extra cabinet space so this is overflowing into a dining room or a nook. Whoever added them didn't want to deal with removing the wall either so they half-assed it too.

[–]Torynn 9 points10 points  (0 children)

maybe it's like a faux butler's pantry, on the way to the dining room?

[–]phobos512 15 points16 points  (0 children)

The lip of the countertops overhanging the sink is making me twitch, as are the hard corners of the countertops at the front edge of the sink. Why wouldn't you want the overhang flush with the sink edge and then sealed? I just see grime building up under there in no time...

[–]ChunderMifflin 403 points404 points  (66 children)

Can I have your 'before' kitchen?

[–]cookiemonster247 81 points82 points  (9 children)

Real wood is hard to come by

[–]lustywench99 55 points56 points  (5 children)

We have real wood. My kitchen looks a bit more like the before but it's stained darker. We replaced the outside hardware but time has come to replace all the sliders and equipment on the inside of the drawers. I am not excited. Don't know how.

I really like it but you don't see many majestic brown kitchens. Our whole house is warm and brown instead of popular and cool (toned). I'm just waiting for the pendulum to swing back and then I'll have cool (warm toned) stuff already.

[–]red_beanie 41 points42 points  (4 children)

its happening. kids are getting older and buying their own houses. and the wood of their child hood is getting put back into their houses because it feels warm and like home. i have a wood dresser and nightstand i got from my parents, and i dont think ill ever her rid of them. again, they add a warmness to the room that only wood can.

[–]Teadrunkest 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Lol I’m around a lot of very young families (18-30) and this is not the case at all. They go for the HGTV neutral more than anyone else.

[–]whitedsepdivine 108 points109 points  (15 children)

Right? I feel like shit that their old kitchen is better than my current

[–]Nov52017 167 points168 points  (14 children)

Their old kitchen is better than their current.

[–]buzzdog115 75 points76 points  (1 child)

I thought the same thing when I opened up the pic I was like uhh isn't the new one supposed to be on bottom haha.

[–]gamerdude69 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I thought the before and after was reversed.

[–]saurabh69 71 points72 points  (6 children)

At first glance I thought the brown kitchen is the newly done one. The countertop looked even and flowing end to end. Most importantly, the kitchen sink. I am not a homeowner and 100% of the apartments we looked at, have white sink in the old houses and they charge premium of you want the newly renovated stainless steel sink.

[–]red_beanie 161 points162 points  (5 children)

seriously. i loved that more than the new one.

[–]NicholasFelix 99 points100 points  (4 children)

I was looking at that brown kitchen thinking that was the new one and the very boring beige kitchen was the old one. Never have guessed that the second one was by a professional designer either.

[–]videki_man 47 points48 points  (1 child)

Yeah, to be honest, I expect the kitchen of a professional designer a bit less... average. It's kinda meh, nothing special.

[–]Hellointhere 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Like putting all those outlets under the upper cabinets with a light rail so they can't be seen cluttering the wall.

[–]imjustyittle 29 points30 points  (2 children)

Came to say the same! I prefer the warmth of the wood.

[–]anautisticpotato 13 points14 points  (2 children)

They are both nice but I'm a wood lover.

[–]DreamGirly_ 12 points13 points  (6 children)

I would prefer the before kitchen but with the new counter top and tiling. And possibly the handles.

[–]HowdyHoYo 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Wow. I can't believe how many of you prefer the oak cabinets. That screams 90's.

[–]Inovindil 18 points19 points  (1 child)

It took me a while to figure out which was the before and which the after. The thing that gave it away was that weirdly placed wall.

[–]HumbleDenim 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Nice upgrade, love the design choices. That small gap didn't seem like much until you filled it, and I love how you did it.

[–]GreenBrain 127 points128 points  (34 children)

I am not an interior designer and it is never more apparent that this was the right choice for me then when I open these threads and get surprised by which kitchen is the before and which is the after.

[–]krathil 104 points105 points  (16 children)

Probably because you aren’t a designer living in a bubble with an echo chamber telling you what looks good. The current fad sucks. Old one was better.

[–]Simonzi 48 points49 points  (1 child)

My wife wants to re-decorate our whole house in the 'rustic chic' trend that's in right now. Pretty much, making everything look like it came out of a barn.

I keep having to remind her it's not normal to replace all your furniture every 2 - 3 years with current trends.

[–]speedolimit 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I hate to break it to your wife, but “rustic chic” is old news. She’s already behind the curve.

[–]qefbuo 7 points8 points  (1 child)

The only reason I can find to justify an upgrade is if that wood grain is actually a laminate, and if it were me I'd upgrade to real wood grain.

[–]eclecticsed 72 points73 points  (4 children)

I think if I hired someone to remodel my kitchen and this is the design they showed me, I'd switch decorators. I feel unhappy just looking at it.

[–]Teadrunkest 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Well usually you work with them on what you want lol. If they’re designing without any of your input I definitely would hire someone else.

[–]GreenBrain 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Well, I certainly prefer some colour. What is up with the institutional white on grey on black look that seems to be in these days. And why do they want long boring tiles to backsplash the kitchen? Though I do prefer that functional looking faucet.

[–]networkengineers 2 points3 points  (0 children)

For me it's all about balance. The white cabinets are fine- but they should have been complemented by a butcher block countertop and a wood floor or something like that.

Here the white cabinets with white floor, white countertop, and grey backsplash is just too monochromatic.

[–]NotSoCheezyReddit 32 points33 points  (3 children)

I liked the old kitchen better, really. How is grey better than brown?

[–]thinkabouttheirony 28 points29 points  (1 child)

I think it’s just a highly personal thing. For me the dark brown wood, old brown counter and yellow pain feels so old fashioned and depressing. Something about that combination feels very sad to me whereas the new one feels fresh, clean, bright, happy. Just personal taste!

[–]KiraDidNothingWrong_ 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Same, the second kitchen looks cold.

[–]mtndewcheetos1 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Good job OP, love the 3 inch gap idea. I'm definitely a 'wood look' fan, just stained my kitchen cabinets a wheat and im in my 20s. Love that warm woody feel. I think these cabinets would look great in a lighter stain with some stainless steel handles to match the appliances. For me the white/grey modern look is just to sterile, like a hospital or something. But if it boosts the home value more then whatever right. Congrats on the new home

[–]Mulufuf 75 points76 points  (9 children)

Well I'm an old guy, so my aesthetics have been warped by the seventies, but to me the top looks like a warm home, and the bottom looks like a rental apartment. I'm glad that you like it though.

[–]SensibleCardigan 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I probably would have gone with stainless hardware to match the appliances but this is a gorgeous kitchen! Good job op.

[–]annedemers 18 points19 points  (5 children)

Mastic isn't rated for glass tile, you're supposed to use thinset. If you get a failure you'll know why.

[–]warmchairqb 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Looks great though now the floor looks a bit drab. Change to wood or dark red tiles for color? Otherwise the lower cabinet by the stove - that needs to be a pull out based on the handle placements.

[–]Kratzyyy 32 points33 points  (2 children)

I love that you reused the cabinets that were there instead of ripping them down, I never would have assumed they'd come out looking so nice but they look basically new.

[–]MyOversoul 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I really like this... but the marble counter laying over top of the edges of the sink bugs the heck out of me. My brain wants a smooth edge there but it looks like the counter overlays it so much theres a gap, a spot for mold to grow. Probably just looks that way.

[–]73jharm 7 points8 points  (12 children)

OP, what type of countertop is that ? I really like it and we are doing a kitchen now too. Haven't decided between quartz or granite.

[–]CottonWalker[S] 13 points14 points  (4 children)

It's a quartzite/marble. It leans both ways depending on the individual slab. It's named fantasy brown

[–]firenskill2000 17 points18 points  (3 children)

Wow I’m surprised at so many people liking the older one better. I think the new one looks great.

[–]goregote 5 points6 points  (0 children)

very nice work. That sink looks awesome and so does the countertop. I would have chosen smaller, less obtrusive cabinet pulls though.

[–]BeachGlassBlazer 6 points7 points  (0 children)

We have this little bump out section of cabinets that aren't attached. It's a little odd but I like having the extra storage.

Its a mini Butler's Pantry

[–]downvoteifyouredumb 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I like the before much more than the after

[–]Xaxxon 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I honestly looked at the first picture for about a minute before deciding which was the before and which was the after.

Then I looked at the caption and I was wrong.

I prefer the "before".

[–]nefarious_weasel 117 points118 points  (2 children)

That would def be a downgrade for me, I love warm tones. The new marble is bitching though.

[–]mystacheisgreen 8 points9 points  (1 child)

That looks like one of those affordable granite options from my experience.

[–]viomoo 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Brown fantasy quartzite. Not too expensive, but looks nice!

[–]levi1212 20 points21 points  (10 children)

About how much did this cost you? I am planning on upgrading a kitchen that is in its original state from 1968. Lime green sink, green vinyl covers on the cabinet shelves, etc. Looks good btw! Nice work.

[–]CottonWalker[S] 34 points35 points  (9 children)

I don't know if I'm a good person to ask that. It cost us about $5000 but my wife got all the materials from work at a heavy discount. We paid between 60-70% of what it would actually cost.

[–]ryspot 18 points19 points  (7 children)

I'm assuming the biggest cost was the counter tops and then the farm sink? Either way, great idea in painting the cabinets rather than buying new ones to save a lot of money.

[–]teatabletea 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Wow. My whole kitchen (27 linear feet of cabinets) cost less than that to replace all cupboards, sink, tap, counter, backsplash, paint). I could have painted, but I hate the hinge on the outside style with the centre bar splitting one cupboard into two halves.

[–]Givensnofuccs 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Just saying the “modern” look is extremely basic. Most contractors use the gray and white tones because you can match anything to them. Also house flipping is so common that people use that look to Appeal to the general shopper/renter.

[–]notsowise23 50 points51 points  (1 child)

You went from bright, colourful and warm, to cold and grey...

[–]VintageBlazers 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Hospital chic

[–]sonsonmcnugget 8 points9 points  (10 children)

Nicely done! My wife and I renovated our kitchen after we got married and we did the same thing with cabinets. Had light oak real wood cabinets that we weren't fans of but didn't want to replace them as they were in good shape. Amazing what painting them white and adding new hardware does. https://i.imgur.com/4qfp9eW.jpg

[–]sruffian 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Looks good! Is there a reason you didn't tear out the protruding wall next to the stove?

[–]IllstudyYOU 4 points5 points  (3 children)

looks awesome , but my bricklaying eye is telling me alot of your plugs are not level, but other than that looks great!

[–]CottonWalker[S] 3 points4 points  (2 children)

You would be correct. But I didn't install those and I wasn't removing the drywall to move the boxes a quarter inch

[–]KiraDidNothingWrong_ 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That's cool and all but did you really have to remove the sticker from the dishwasher? Doesn't matter what you add now it's ruined.

[–]jicty 53 points54 points  (3 children)

I actually prefer the before

[–]bluffmeister 16 points17 points  (2 children)

As do I. Seems like the majority of people do too.

[–]ojw2142 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Looks great, nice job!

[–]daltonalexander 9 points10 points  (0 children)

That small addition next to the stove makes a big difference. Looks great!

[–]Rockabellabaker 8 points9 points  (1 child)

This is a lovely upgrade, love the hardware, gives a nice pop. Question for you because I didn't see it in the descriptions...did you do a base coat of paint before the cabinets were painted white? Not sure how hard you are on your cabinet doors (I tend to be a bit clumsy with heavy pots and pans) but I've noticed a couple of dings on my cabinet paint already. I did two coats of primer, two of cabinet paint and that was almost 2.5 years ago. Otherwise same sanding, patching and cutting in with brush, painting with foam roller, etc.

edit* I just saw your comment about a clearcoat to protect the surface. Cool. I should have done that....

[–]CottonWalker[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

We didn't do a primer coat. The paint was a paint and primer in one and we did a few coats of it and a topcoat as well. We have touched up a few spots that got scratched when we put the sink in. It was heavy and my wife and I are small people. The sink weighs more than we do individually

[–]universitystripe 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Amazed at the amount of people who thought the before picture was the finished product. Okay, you like natural oak, I get it. But you prefer a standard stainless sink and cheap Formica countertops?

[–]MrFIXXX 30 points31 points  (0 children)

1st one looked alright to me.

[–]strider_1456 4 points5 points  (1 child)

How was the cabinet painting experience? I REALLY want to paint mine...but I have never taken on a project that big. Seems simple enough if you follow the steps...but I am nervous to start!

[–]CottonWalker[S] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

It's doable. Not necessarily hard, just time consuming. I did however tell my wife that if she ever wants me to paint cabinets again she better start that conversation with "Here's this new paint sprayer I bought you..."

[–]so729sjd2 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Can you describe the process of sanding the cabinets in detail? I am planning on doing the same but have absolutely no experience aside watching youtube videos and reading DIY guides. Anything I should watch out for and things that would make it an easier process?

[–]CottonWalker[S] 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Sure. I used an orbital sander with a 600 grit to do all the flat surfaces and then a sanding sponge to get all the corners. All you're trying to do it rough up the surface so the paint can grab. Don't try to take it down to bare wood especially if you have veneered cabinets because you'll eat through it extremely quick without even realizing. Wear a mask and do it outside. Good luck!

[–]quarl0w 2 points3 points  (1 child)

We have a very similar kitchen. Honey oak cabinets, but a tan laminate counter. This is the scale of remodel I would consider, paint, counter tops, backsplash, undermount sink, and cosmetic cabinet change.

I have thought about painting the cabinets, but they aren't smoothe. Did yours have the grain texture? New doors and drawers fronts are still really expensive.

Ours are lighter brown, about the same color as the knotty alder that is really popular. As many have commented, solid wood cabinets are still seen as premium, so I worry about paint ruining them, and making it look like a DIWhy instead. That's what makes me lean towards new quaker style cabinet doors instead.

[–]CumfartablyNumb 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Can I Just say I love your sink. The raised countertop... oh man, I wish I had that. My sink is always so gross from gunk I try to sweep into it that gets stuck on the metal rim

[–]evilgreenman 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Great work. How did the paint dry on the cabinets? Can you see the brush strokes?

[–]CottonWalker[S] 4 points5 points  (3 children)

No because I used a foam roller which gave an amazing smooth finish

[–]suchdownvotes 3 points4 points  (2 children)

What's the granite style? Fantasy Brown?

[–]AmberCutie 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'm perplexed by the choice of cabinet/drawer pull hardware. Seems like a really odd finish/color for the room. Brass? Can't tell but its strange.

[–]for_the_love_of_beet 6 points7 points  (4 children)

It's beautiful, and my only complaint is that bright white bulb over the sink. I don't understand why anyone uses those. They're so cold and harsh and industrial looking. Might as well be fluorescent. Just awful. Replace it with a warm white bulb and the whole project is an A+.

[–]Nissir 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Honestly couldn't tell which was before and after, they both look ok.

[–]Jake0024 37 points38 points  (6 children)

From all brown to all gray, not sure that's an improvement.

I like the inset sink.

I like the mini-counter next to the stove.

Cabinet handles are a bit much.

EDIT: the rust-colored faucet is literally cringe worthy, I think I’d gag pouring a glass of water from that.

[–]beberoo 9 points10 points  (5 children)

The handles! So dark, square, and don't match anything else. There are so many colours, textures and patterns happening here. They might look good on a rustic style dark stained wood cabinet set but not on clean white.

[–]sonics_fan 84 points85 points  (46 children)

Kinda baffled by how many think the before looks better. I guess we're closing in on 30 years removed from 1990 so maybe it's going to come back into style.

[–]wuu 32 points33 points  (2 children)

When I was growing up everyone re-did their kitchens with that wood style. So, whenever I see those medium wood panel cabinets I just think "home depot clearance". Especially in situations like OP's where there are weird gaps that they didn't even try to fill.

I'm shopping for houses now and I'm looking a lot of craftsman style and four square. Many of them have tons of nice unpainted wood. Then you get to the kitchen and it's half-assed home depot special.

[–]lol_admins_are_dumb 91 points92 points  (9 children)

Or some people just have preferences and don't let what's currently fashionable influence that. Kind of weird how you can't even express a preference without automatically equating it to what's "trendy"

[–]Beth_Esda 36 points37 points  (0 children)

Ikr? The stained wood look has so much more personality than flat paint does. And my opinion doesn't have anything to do with when I was born -- I'm a 90's kid and all my childhood homes save one had painted cabinets.

[–]fe360 5 points6 points  (0 children)

VINTAGE BROWN

[–]C0ckSm00ch 49 points50 points  (11 children)

I'd rather my home not resemble a boring office space or hospital.

The before was nice and with a better wall color would be even better. I prefer a slightly darker shade of wood, but it looked nice. If you are going to remove all of the character of decent wood, rip them out and sell them and put in some MDF or something.

[–]mrcloudies 26 points27 points  (10 children)

I honestly think the before is hideous. In my opinion there's no character, whatsoever. It's builder grade, home Depot cabinets with an ugly stain.

But hey, we don't have to live in each other's houses! I like painted cabinets personally. And I love grays and whites with pops of color.

What the kitchen needs is some accessories to bring the character back.

[–]VerucaBlind 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The dream of the 90s is alive in kitch-ens.

[–]LVprinting 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Looks updated and nicer for sure. I think brushed nickel or darker outlet covers would look nice as the white covers pop a lot.

[–]bullcityslut 6 points7 points  (0 children)

This is gorgeous. Congratulations!

[–]Autism_Allergy 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Looks nice, you didn't change the floors? I'd go for a white floor tbh.

[–]Datingisdifficult100 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I have a white floor in my kitchen and dream of the day it gets replaced bc it always looks dirty. I literally have dreams about someone coming and replacing the tile.

[–]CottonWalker[S] 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Maybe one day but that tile runs through the kitchen and into the main area of the house. It would be a monster of a project to get everything moved to rip it up and replace.

[–]lotusblossom60 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Love it. Love the sink. Looks a lot like my kitchen!