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The Beach Cottage Kitchen Reveal

The time has come and I'm excited to share our little "mini" kitchen renovation with you. The last kitchen reno I did had a budget of $18,000 - NOT this time! The budget was tight and isn't our dream kitchen; however it is so much better that I can't relate how excited we are to just walk into the new room!

Let's backtrack a bit; we bought the house in October 2008 and it was built in 1989.  No updates had been done since it was erected so we had our work cut out for us.  We had decorated our previous home with Tuscan accents and colors so we were in that frame of mind when we moved to the beach.  Jump forward to 2011 and the ocean has touched our souls with its fury and ever changing beauty.  

The color of sand, sea and skies now embrace our home's walls.  The gray rainy days helped us decide that light and airy accents were not only pretty but necessary to brighten up our attitude. So let's get to the before and after of our beach cottage kitchen...

The before kitchen had cabinets with old ugly hardware and many dents, dings and huge gouges in the doors.  Here are photos from when we first moved in...



Since the cabinets are still strong and sturdy we decided to sand, prime and paint what we had. Two coats of Kilz Primer and two coats of Behr Ultra Bright White semi-gloss made our kitchen cabinets look new! Here's the after . . .




What do you think? Look better? We think so!





We'll change out the appliances next, but everything works so we're using them until they die! LOL! Good thing they match our "sandy" colored walls in most of the house. The oven's back splash is a piece of aluminum sheet metal that David has been dragging around with us for years.  It was scratched up so I took some heavy duty sandpaper and deliberately made oval scratches which created a design - it looks pretty cool after dark when the light shines on it...kind of like waves!



 An old flannel sheet (so soft and worn) was ripped into some strips for jar ties...



Here's our new island! It is a detached counter that holds a TON of storage. David helped me add some rolling wheels on the bottom (locking wheels) and it raised the height too.  We're both pretty tall so it's great having a taller area to bake or work on crafts and stuff.  It will really come in handy during the Holidays for serving food too.  The clock on the end of the island was a fabulous deal from Ross Stores many, many years ago - have always loved it and can't bare to get rid of it. Oh, the brown wood door you see is our pantry and we have plans for that in the near future - it will look SO much better when were done with it.

This shelf unit was originally dark red and left here by the previous owners. We trimmed it down, sanded and painted it Seaglass Blue.  The microwave is attached to the top shelf with bolts. It adds even more storage and is super handy! 



Here's a photo taken while standing in the dining room looking into the kitchen.  The hanging hurricane light was a housewarming gift from my brother and gets used quite often during the Winter when we lose electricity. 



I painted the "back splash" area in the same Seaglass Blue color that I painted the shelf unit. It adds a really nice pop-of-color in the kitchen.



We replaced all the door pulls but didn't expect to have to replace the kitchen faucet since it was replaced the first week we lived here. But while we were sanding the cabinets we went to use the faucet and it just stopped working - sputtering & spitting water all over -- Eh gads!  After a day of trying to fix it we decided to spend the money on a new one (there goes the budget, darn it!). 



A new pendant light from Ebay really brightens up the kitchen sink area.


Total amount spent....drumroll, please....$200.00 including accessories!! $100.00 of it was the new kitchen faucet.


Thanks for visiting our beach cottage kitchen - we thank you for your support and encouragement while we were covered with paint!

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55 comments:

  1. It looks awesome. So much better. Love the colours and all the little details.

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  2. i sure love what you've done with the place! it looks amazing. such a lovely lovely transformation. i'm so excited for you :)

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  3. it looks fantastic! amazing what white paint does..
    cheryl x

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  4. I'd love to do this in my kitchen. A little elbow grease and paint goes such a long way! Beautiful job!

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  5. Very pretty! It's so bright and cheery now! I have a large Frenchy Clock in my kitchen too, it's up higher though, yours looks awesome on the Island. Isn't it amazing what a bit of paint and new hardware can do? Love all your accessories too. It looks just wonderful.

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  6. That is an AWESOME redo! Great job! :)

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  7. This is beautiful MArie! Absolutely gorgeous! And I adore that little tulips box! I'm so happy you popped over to see me today because I've been a bit of a blog stalker here for quite some time :) hehe

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  8. Very nice! Thanks for stoppin by Girl In Air! I'm a new follower

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  9. The kitchen turned out beautiful!! ~Liz

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  10. So light and bright now! What a wonderful transformation!!

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  11. An amazing difference! It looks wonderful. Enjoy!

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  12. Oh it looks great! So much brighter now. I'm sure you are loving the change. I really want to get ours done. I'm dreading all the work!

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  13. Thanks for stopping by!

    It really looks awesome, I am so impressed with everybody who sands and paints their kitchen cabinets, I am not sure I would dare to do it... (probably because I know I do not have the patience to do it properly).

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  14. I bet you find yourself walking into the "new" kitchen all day long, it looks wonderful!!!!!

    I loves all the little touches and splashes of color. I added an open shelf case in my last kitchen and loved it! So functional and I could quickly find what I needed.

    Kudos Marie, to you and your hubby, you guys did a GREAT job!

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  15. I am amazed at how pretty your new kitchen looks for 200.00 and alot of work you have made it very updated and beautiful. I love the color you chose and am very proud that you are not pulling out perfectly good appliances and putting in a land fill until they day and the sandy color goes with the theme. Love your kitchen!
    Sherry

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  16. Morning Sally Lee,

    Fabulous!!!!

    We just did the same thing...also kept our older appliances and formica counter tops as they are al in good shape. We had to pick our battles, if you know what I mean ;->

    Well done...looks like a whole new room. Be Proud!!

    Janet xox
    http://theemptynest-janet.blogspot.com/

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  17. Wow! It looks a completely different room, and on such a low budget! I recently made a childhood dream come true by moving to a beach town, and I'm so looking forward to getting my own house and transforming it! You're an inspiration!

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  18. It looks great! What a change for $200! The power of paint always amazes me:) I love those fresh coastal colors. You did a fantastic job, and I love that you worked with what you had!
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!

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  19. Marie it is just gorgeous!!! It looks so open and airy and so perfectly beachy!! I love the new island and of course your bucket of driftwood looks perfect right by it. :) I love the blue backsplash, what a beautiful color and all your treasures look so amazing!
    You guys did a wonderful job and I bet your are just loving it!!! :)

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  20. AHHHH! So in love! YIIPPEEE for you!!!
    Smiles~
    Cricket

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  21. You've done an AWESOME (to use an old-fashioned and over-used word that actually applies here) job on your beachy kitchen...looks rather like mine...all white with sky blue walls.

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  22. Adorable kitchen! Glad you added your link to the party, thanks for joining in at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  23. What an incredible transformation....if people just realized what white paint can do, they would always start there before starting over....thanks for stopping by...just became your newest follower.
    jana

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  24. Pretty Nifty there missy....doesn't feel so nice? well done and enjoy!

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  25. Massive improvement for little dollars. Great job. It's only up from here!

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  26. What a fantastic job. Love the before and after pictures. It's so bright and cheerful now. I too love the French clock on the island. Really kept the budget down and got a much improved kitchen.

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  27. Amazing! The power of white paint never fails. Looks perfect for a beach retreat.

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  28. The kitchen looks amazing and I must say I am very impressed with your paint job! I am just finishing up painting a bathroom vanity so I know what a HUGE job you must have had! It looks incredible!

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  29. Wow, this is gorgeous! Hope to see u at My Dream Canvas.

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  30. I LOVE it! And after seeing the cost, I love it even more! I think the signs on the sides of the upper cabinets and the clock on the island really add some personality. LOVE it!

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  31. Truly amazing transformation!! I can't believe it is the same kitchen. Just beautiful!!

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  32. Thank you for your kind comment on L'Heure Bleue At Home. I love what you've achieved and will visit often.

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  33. wow! i am so impressed! i just recently painted our kitchen cabinets... it makes such a difference, right? i just need to install the hardware i bought...
    loving your blog!
    -kelley

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  34. Great change! We have dreary dark wood here. I wish it were white!

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  35. Your kitchen make-over looks amazing -- so much brighter and more cheery! I love it!
    ~Amanda

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  36. Just lovely. What a major imrovement you have made. I love the touches like the blue lantern and the galley sign. All very beachy.
    Best Carolyn

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  37. Wow..I think it looks fantastic!! Great job on a super low budget!

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  38. What an incredible transformation! Everything looks really great and all for $200. Super job!!

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  39. Not our dream kitchen as yet, but we are enjoying the upgrade together. Thanks for all your nice comments.

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  40. This came out sooooo pretty. I think you did an amazing job. It's very bright and beachy now. I love the color of paint you picked

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  41. what a great transformation! Amazing. You have done such a wonderful job. Thanks for dropping into the whimsical wife! :-)

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  42. Wow! What a difference...it looks so much brighter. It so nice and fresh and beachy :)

    ~Tricia

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  43. Holy Cow! What an amazing difference, so bright and cheerful! I think the back splash is my favorite. But those drawer pulls are great, and the paint color is so pretty! WOW WOW WOW

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  44. What a totally amazing transformation! You did an awesome job on your new kitchen! I LOVE it!!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  45. Hi,
    Just popping over from Sarah's Good Life Wednesday. It is lovely to meet you.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

    Gg - Notes on the Journey
    Good Life Wednesday #46

    ps. wow. your kitchen is stunning.

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  46. What a great makeover!! Big, big difference!
    Love where you placed the clock!

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  47. it is a million times better!!!! Wow.... Absolutely gorgeous!

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  48. Thank you for sharing. I love the kitchen! I wanted to let you know that I'm linking to this post from my blog. This is such an inspirational blog.

    ~Sarah from Ugly House Lovely Home
    http://uglyhouselovelyhome.blogspot.com

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  49. What a difference!! You must be thrilled with how open and airy the room looks now. Love the clock on the island, too.

    My best- Diane

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  50. Just found your blog! So nice! :)

    The kitchen turned out great! Love all the beachy details.. the hardware on the cabinets and decor looks great!

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  51. I love what you've done!
    The cupboards are beautiful in white and the bluish background.
    Love the backsplash!
    Everything is gorgeous and beachy!
    What a breath of fresh beach air!!

    Deborah xoxo

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  52. Great kitchen redo I love it., it is so much brighter. Love the blue color on the wall too.

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