Need inspiration for a kitchen renovation? Look at these before and after photos!

Are you considering renovating your kitchen? Here are some of our favorite before and after kitchen renovations.

Before highlights

  • Cool Disco Lighting
  • Grungy natural wood trim
  • Red laminate counter
  • Black backsplash
  • Red fan hood
  • Oak cabinets
  • Mishmash of appliance styles and colors
  • 1980’s vintage chairs and ottomans

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After Highlights Photos: Liz Donnelly

  • Light bright cabinets
  • Antique pendant lighting (over the island)
  • African mahogany island top
  • Carrera marble countertop
  • Great tufted leather swivel chair
  • New stainless appliances
  • New prefinished hardwood flooring
Kitchen from TV area
Kitchen from TV area


TV area
TV area

Wow, what a difference new cabinets and flooring make!

Notable items in the before shots…

  • Green laminate cabinets
  • Rough wood wrapped peninsula
  • Groovy lighting
  • Out of date…not vintage flooring
  • Laminate counters…to go with the cabinets!
  • Black appliances to go with…?



Ah…the after what a difference. Photos: Liz Donnelly

  • I love these mushroom color cabinets
  • The wood ceiling looks so much better when it is surrounded by painted cabinets
  • New stainless appliances perk up the space!
  • The quartz counters are fantastic too!
  • It is so bright and light now

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I love this kitchen transformation, it does not look like the same home…


  • Too much oak
  • Wall to wall cabinets excessive open storage…looks messy and busy
  • Dated lighting, easy thing to change
  • Hanging pots and pans bring the ceiling height down

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AFTER… OMG RIGHT? Photos: Liz Donnelly

  • We removed the French doors, and replaced two doors with one wide opening
  • Notice there are no upper cabinets…light and bright
  • We added a bank of windows and brought the outside in
  • New light painted cabinets are Candlelight Cabinetry
  • The green granite is fantastic. The homeowner had to make this last-minute swap when the slabs we ordered came in damaged! I love the result.
  • The new pendants are Hubbardton Forge Lighting
  • We had Paul G White order and installed the tile backsplash


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One of my favorite before and after projects

  • Dark cherry cabinets with brass hardware…1980’s special
  • Boring brick fireplace
  • White track lighting…dreary
  • Black appliances…depressing

Black and Brown kitchen

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After…WOW Photos: Liz Donnelly

  • New chic lighting
  • Wonderful white Candlelight cabinets
  • Bright wall color
  • Amazing granite
  • Wood breakfast bar
  • View now the star!!


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This before and after did not take much but the impact was huge!

  • Replace appliances
  • Paint cabinets
  • New track-lighting
  • Add the island


I love these after shots! Photos: Liz Donnelly

  • I love the paint on the cabinets, makes the room so bright and light
  • The new island was a great find, an antique English pine cabinet, made into a kitchen island.
  • New range and fan finish the update look!
After shot of the kitchen
After shot of the kitchen



We also have kitchens that we did in homes that we built from the ground up, No before photos just after!

Photos: Jamie Salomon

I love the lights in this kitchen-photo Jamie Solomon


Photos below: Liz Donnelly

photo:Liz Donnelly


photo:Liz Donnelly
photo:Liz Donnelly

I love looking back at before pictures, I appreciate the renovation results so much more when I see where we have come from!

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Happy January…we are bitter cold in Maine, I hope you are all staying warm!

Best, Celia

Kitchen Update

Designing a kitchen for myself is not easy, I am a bad client!

I started this process with the desire for new cabinets. My old cabinets are 30 years old and very tired looking. The hinges do not match the hardware, and there are at least 6 coats of peeling paint on them. I intended to keep my granite, but found that the process of removing it and then putting it back after the cabinets went in was not cost affective (it was $2,000 more to put on new counter tops). As with all construction, one action leads to another. When the counter tops are removed they cannot save the backsplash. Do you see how things are adding up? Oh, and they cannot remove the sink from the granite to install on the on the new counters…really come on!

The project is adding up quickly. Well, it is too late now so I guess I better just enjoy the ride.

Here are the final choices…

brookshireThese are Shrock Cabinets and will be painted in Dover Grey.


The top cabinet will have glass doors and the interior of these cabinets will be painted blue

Benjamin Moore Wythe-blue
Benjamin Moore Wythe-blue

The new counters are going to be honed Marble.

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The stove wall (below) and backsplash are going to be nickel gap boards


Justine Hand (nickel gap boards)



The hardware that goes with my scheme (functional-vintage) best is this…

knob pulls

On Thursday my existing granite was removed, then all we had to do was demo the cabinets. This is what our kitchen looks like now.


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NOW…doesn’t it look great?


I looked into the most cost-effective way to dispose of the cabinets, 1-800-got-junk does not give you estimates before they come, they said it would be $445 to dispose of the cabinets.

former kitchen

I sent them away that is just too much, so I broke down the cabinets and put them in this Bagster it was only $149.


If you are considering a renovation on your kitchen, stay tuned. Our next post is a guide to buying kitchen cabinets.

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Best, Celia

Kitchen renovation on a budget

Budget friendly and kitchen renovation do not often go together, but I am trying. I am planning to renovate my kitchen, the cabinets are being held together by the layers of paint I have put on them. I do not have a big budget, I am trying to keep everything under $20k.

  • We are keeping the same stainless appliances in the kitchen, so that is a help.
  • We have granite, but refinishing it is proving to be expensive. (I find that sort of shocking, we live in such a disposable society; even granite is removed rather than re-finished.) In any case we have two options for counters.
  1.  Keep our granite and polish it ourselves or pay the $3k+ to have it re-finished.


  2.Buy new counters I like either the Lyra Silstone (1st photo) or the Quarsar (2nd      photo) they are about $98 square foot installed.

lyra counter


  • We are installing new Shrock cabinets: Pleasant Hill Door style see below.


  • I love the simple line of these cabinets…the price is right too.The color of the cabinetry is TBD, either a light mushroom if we keep our granite counters, or off white if I go with a new counter.
  • I want soft-close drawers…in fact I can’t wait for that!
  • All the upper cabinets will have glass doors, I know I can keep them tidy.
  • These are the two I am looking at…which one do you like, I am leaning towards the top one?

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  • How will we open these new cabinets ? I love these knobs, especially the second one…which one do you like ?

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  • If I go glass, I will get these pulls

cup pull

  • The final step will be a new back-splash, I am thinking herringbone subway tile or if I win Powerball I will go for the second one, I just adore that one!

backsplash love

1st choice backsplaxh

Few tips to keep in mind

  • Full height doors save money and maximize storage space. (Drawers require additional framing which eats up storage)
  • All drawer cabinet bases maximize drawer use.
  • Use pullout shelves in base cabinets with full height doors to help use entire space most efficiently.
  • Glass doors on some or all upper cabinets will make your kitchen feel bigger.
  • Use all your space no need for a soffit to accommodate shorter cabinets put cabinets to the ceiling, use your space wisely.

I hope you enjoyed my post. I will do a photo shoot in about two months to show you the final result.I have a lot to do, I have not even ordered the cabinets yet! Please let me know your thoughts.

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Best, Celia



What countertops are trending in 2013?

Home decor is not unlike fashion. There are classics (looks that will last), and fads that will fade. Here is some insight into what is trending for countertops in 2013.

I found the information below from Yahoo-Home very helpful!

1. Poured Concrete
Poured concrete counters offer a strength and style that is seemingly timeless in appearance. They offer a natural and organic look for a kitchen. These counters need to be sealed well, perhaps more than once, to prevent staining. Poured concrete can be tinted to any color you wish. If sealed it is stain-resistant and can be cast and poured into any shape you desire. Its appearance improves with age, as opposed to other styles that may start to look weathered and dingy after just a few  years. While concrete is heat-resistant, the sealer is not; hot pots and pans should not be placed directly on top of the concrete. Cutting boards should be used as well to prevent damaging the sealant. Concrete requires just a little bit of maintenance and is a very desirable option at a very desirable price.


2. Butcher Block
A butcher block countertop offers a look that is elegant, yet casual and environmentally friendly. Its soft surfaces means that some maintenance is required, but nothing that will take up any significant amount of time. Cutting should be left to cutting boards. A nice butcher block surface should be sealed and oiled about once a month. Cleanup is easy, requiring simply mild dish detergent and a light cloth or sponge. The only potential negative is that the surface, if not well maintained, can dry or crack. Excess water should always be wiped off. There are many kinds of woods with varying thicknesses available. Butcher block, like the poured concrete, is another well-priced option.

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3. Reclaimed Wood
Reclaimed wood is all the buzz lately. What is reclaimed wood? It’s simply wood that has been salvaged from older homes and barns that are about to be or have been slated for demolition. Reclaimed wood is a smart and attractive option, offering a look and a feel that the newer butcher blocks can’t match. Reclaimed wood that was used from older trees is much sturdier than the newer counterparts made from younger trees. When purchasing reclaimed wood for your kitchen you are doing wonders for the environment by reusing old materials. If you are concerned about the environment, want a “greener” feel to your kitchen and love the casual elegance that wood has to offer, you should see how you can obtain reclaimed wood products near you.

4. Cork
It’s not just for wine anymore! Cork is a material that is growing in popularity in our kitchens. It is dense, sturdy and lightweight. It is a sustainable product (another good choice for those of you who want environmentally friendly alternatives) that has sound-cutting properties that may appeal to parents of noisy children worldwide! The material is resistant to water and heat and has antibacterial properties. Cork can be a very versatile and sensible option.

5. Stainless Steel
Stainless steel has an elegant and classy feel that is also modern. These counter tops are resilient to water, heat and germs. Over time they are susceptible to dings and scratches, and these surfaces show every little finger mark. Other than a regular wash and polish to clean up these stray prints, stainless steel requires very little maintenance.


6. Soapstone
Soapstone is a natural stone that is quarried like granite. It’s a softer surface composed mainly from mineral talc, but the varieties used for kitchen counter tops are generally sturdier as they contain more quartz. This quality makes it a great option for a kitchen surface. Soapstone offers a smooth, matte feel and it has a naturally gray color that darkens with age. Like stainless steel, this material is not impervious to dents and scratches. But, any scratches can just be sanded or oiled away.


7. Recycled Glass
With kitchen and design trends leaning toward more environmentally friendly choices, as noted above with the use of the reclaimed wood and cork, another option to consider is the recycled glass countertop. They are not only beautiful with many colors and options available, but they have a life expectancy of 50 years. They are easy to care for and to clean but may require re-sealing every few years. While recycled glass does cost less than granite, it is probably not for the budget-conscious.


8. Pewter
Pewter is an alloy of several metals. It is fairly soft and not as sturdy as stainless. It will show nicks and dents, so one must take some care when working on this surface. It has a beautiful, gentler look compared with its more clinical stainless counterpart. Pewter’s dark silvery color is muted and is not brash like chrome. Because it is a softer material, it is easily shaped and stamped. A hammered antique look would mask some of the dents and dings that naturally occur on any type of kitchen surfaces. While pewter has a more traditional look, it can still appear right at home in a more modern or eclectic setting.

9. Slate
One tends to think of rooftops or walkways when one thinks of slate. A natural, fine-grained rock, slate is softer than granite but harder than marble. Slate has a naturally uneven surface that many find aesthetically appealing, and these naturally occurring dents make it hard to detect nicks and scratches that inevitably happen on well-used kitchen surfaces. Slate also has a dull matte finish and would not be the material of choice for those who prefer more of a high-gloss look. Maintenance is easy – a simple wash with soap and water. Slate is not a material conducive to bacteria build-up. To prevent staining and uneven coloring or discoloration, it is best to use trivets under hot pots and pans and coasters under glasses and other items containing liquid.


10. Quartz
Quartz is a plentiful, naturally occurring mineral. It is one of the most scratch-resistant minerals available, and because of this it is extremely easy to care for and clean. Wiping stains from its surface is even easier than with granite, which makes it a very desirable choice for your kitchen countertop. Quartz does not need to be sealed, has a long lifetime and is available in a wide variety of colors. For those wanting a natural, mineral countertop in their kitchen, but who also want to stay away from granite for a slightly more unique look, quartz could be the answer!

So now you know more about some of these popular materials, is there one that you like best?

There are numerous options available for your countertop; the fun is in finding the one that fits your look and lifestyle best.

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Best, Celia


Before and After Kitchen & Bathroom

This project was interesting because the home owners had wonderful furnishings, they just needed help getting the most from this wonderful post and beam home.

The kitchen had great bones, we changed the layout by moving some walls and adding others. The biggest improvements were painting the cabinets and adding a center island.

The island base was actually an antique cabinet, that had been customized to house a TV.  I saw its potential, I love adding a vintage touch to a new space. The antique store was willing to negotiate, as tv cabinets are somewhat obsolete. The homeowner got a soap stone counter top at the local remanent yard and we added wooden bracket to brace the over hang. I love the result!

We enlisted the help of Fogg Lighting in Portland, ME to come up with a comprehensive lighting plan. Lighting is very important and is insufficient in many homes. Many people update their kitchens, with new appliances, cabinets and countertops but forget to come up with a lighting plan for the space.

Before Pictures of Kitchen

After Photos: taken by Liz Donnelly

Before of Master Bathroom:

After Shots: Taken by Liz Donnelly

I love the  sophisticated sconces, the classic marble counter top and new steam shower.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the before and after of this home. The home owners are wonderful and I have really enjoyed getting to know them.

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Best, Celia