our 1895 kitchen before and after reveal

I realized this morning that I've never actually done a full kitchen post, so I decided to share it in it's imperfect/dishes on the counter but clean enough for me state. :) When we moved in four years ago to a foreclosed house we had only an idea of how much work was ahead of us, but it's so fun to see it before and after! It makes it all worth it. :) 

Here's the before:


And here are some after shots! :)












We're still finishing it, but it's my favorite before and after of the whole house, and I thought it would be fun to see again. It's one of those things where you don't realize how much has changed until you look back. :)




Other than appliances, we put less than $1000 into this kitchen to paint the cabinets, replace the countertops, sink, and faucet, add beadboard, shelves and a lower cabinet to the kitchen. Rob did all the labor, even ripping out the old paneling to reveal the upper section of plank walls {that all had to be caulked individually, of course}. :) He's a beast. I sure love that man.

I love how it turned out altogether! :) I didn't intend to do gray upper walls or beadboard at all, but half way through we found we had to cover the old walls with something because of old door cutouts in the wood. We had the paint left over from our dining room, and we wanted to use our extra gallon, so we went with what we had- Chelsea Gray {BM}. After we were done, I realized the colors ended up looking kind of like Emily's kitchen, which I have loved for years {and so does Better Homes and Gardens, LOL!}! It was a lovely accident- I'm so glad we went with the beadboard!

We still might stain or paint the shelving and the new table top, but I'm not sure yet. What do you think? Should we paint the shelves white? I'd love your thoughts!!

37 comments

Daenel T. said...

Could your kitchen be any more beautiful? I think not! Please, please, please don't stain the table top. I'm not a naturalist when it comes to wood but I think the table top just pops the way it is.

I would so love to renovate an old home. I love the character and the charm of the old homes. Seriously, they just don't make homes like that anymore.

Jenn-Neal said...

I would stain the table top and shelves similar to the color of the floor. It will really warm up the room. Beautiful kitchen!

Bonnie Getchell said...

Wow!! Absolutely stunning, Mandy! I love the pops of aqua.. it's all just so beautiful! I would stain the shelving the the table top the same color. Maybe a darker stain that will add a bit of warmth to all of the pure white. Either way, though, it's just gorgeous!

-Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

Liz said...

it is beautiful!!! i love reveals!

Kenz2410 said...

It's beautiful! Love the kitchen table and the beadboard.

Megan M. said...

I love the raw wood on the shelves. I actually did a double take and thought they were such a nice juxtaposition to all the finished wood. And I thought the table was stained. But it looks awesome "as is" also.

Anonymous said...

Leave the table! It's GORGEOUS!!!

Christine said...

Definitely leave the table as is! I think painting the open concept shelving to match the cabinetry would look nice(r) :)

Valerie said...

Table looks great as is,love the light wood! Maybe stain it and the floor shelves a bit darker, but not as dark as the floor. Perhaps paint the shelves next to the cabinets, but definitely not the table and floor shelves. To matchy-matchy gets hotel-like.
Wonderful job, love before and afters!

Kim Holt said...

I would keep the table just the way it is.....but do paint the shelves white:) Beautiful!!!!

JoyBelle said...

You have my dream kitchen!!! That is all. :-)

Anonymous said...

I love the look of the natural wood against all the white, so I would leave the shelves as they are. All the changes made a huge difference!

Lindsey Hellrung said...

I love your kitchen! It is so beautiful and elegant yet practical. I like the shelves raw, the way they are. It gives the kitchen some contrast. Thank you for all of your posts. I love reading about what God is doing in your life and through you. The post about your week off and you going through boot camp was right on for me and the ladies in my bible study. I love how God does that! This is my favorite verse lately and I wanted to share it... Isaiah 25:1 "O Lord, You are my God; I will exalt and praise your name, for in PERFECT FAITHFULNESS you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago. Have a blessed day!

April Pearson said...

Can you come do my house? I LOVE EVERYTHING you have done in yours!

Nancy said...

It looks great!! We have shelves just like that and beadboard backsplash, but our beadboard is unfinished as well. I was initially planning to paint everything white, but we fell in love with the bare wood look. It reminded us of a place we stayed on vacation once. We've decided to just leave it all unfinished for now. We can always change it later, but we can't go back once it's painted. Our ceiling is also unfinshed planks.

jessi bridges said...

We are going through the same process over here. As I type my husband is laying new floors in my kitchen. After that we'll be painting the cabinets and hopefully get to put in new counter tops! We were so blessed that my parents gave us their old (new to us and in really good condition) appliances a couple months ago when they bought new ones. Seeing your before and after photos is making me more excited to get ours done!! It's beautiful by the way, I love the chandelier!!

Teresa R said...

I would leave the tabletop as it is; but I would paint the shelves the same turquoise as the base of the table

survivingtoddlerhood.com said...

I love it!! I'm pinning too! I'm hoping to do a couple cheap things in my kitchen this summer, one is repainting cabinets and getting to hardware, the other is changing our counter and splashboard .
I like how you have the one cabinet open, I might try that.
I also like how there are so many different mediums and textures in your kitchen. I vote to leave the table and the shelves as they are.

Jacqi said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I wouldn't change a thing. The natural wood touches add to the character! Love the open cabinet over the microwave, too!

Anonymous said...

it is so lovely and welcoming - what color did you paint the walls?

Angie said...

I love love love everything about your new kitchen!

Sophie from France said...

Is it your husband redid the top of the table? What he took as wood? I need to redo mine and I don't know what to take over ... oh, and shelves in white or turquoise and the table's top raw ;-))

Bek said...

The shelves could go either way, but leave the table as it is! The blue legs are my favorite part! :)

ALedom said...

Love the kitchen, what did you use for the counter top?

mwimp said...

its gorgeous! I wuld say if ur staining the top I wud stain the shelves to match to mix it up a little!

Jennifer Kindle said...

you are lovely!!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your kitchen. It looks gorgous and I would move in with you right away!
I do agree with a lot of the others: leave the table as it is. I love the fact that it's a differen't tone of wood and it pops so much more being a lighter shade than it would if you stained it. As for the shelves I'd also leave them because I think it looks really nice and kind of intentional. Like you wanted something similar to the table top somewhere else in your kichen. If you absolutely must paint them, I'd go for white - like the cabinets.
Best Sarah

Haley said...

Love your kitchen! I would leave the table and paint the shelves the upper wall gray color.

Danielle said...

Your "new" kitchen is beautiful! Then again, your before kitchen looks better than my current kitchen.

Olivia Jones said...

Absolutely perfect! :-D

Adrienne Reina said...

oh my your kitchen is gorg!!! Right out of betther homes and garden. I absolutely am in love, we have alot of the same tastes. Love it! We are moving soon and your kitchen gave me some inspiration. thank you for sharing your sweet home sweet sis! Love all of what you have done! Thanks for remembering too!
Blessings,
Adrienne
www.reina4jesus.blogspot.com

Orietta said...

Beautiful kitchen! I recently moved into a foreclosed home as well & I love all the remodeling. It will take me a while to finish because it's just me & the kiddos. But I am proud to say, I've learned to install flooring!

Shannan said...

Beautiful and fun! Where did you get the large glass jar\canisters below the red clock? What all do you store in there? I love how it looks and so practical instead of just knick-knacks sitting around!

Jen said...

Where did you get those shelves/brackets? I love them!

hosanna said...

It's beautiful! I need to know, what are your countertops? We're doing some small kitchen updates this summer and I am just stumped as to how to get nicer looking countertops on a not-even-close-to-affording-real-stone budget. This kitchen gives me hope! You have done a wonderful job making it your own.

Rachel White said...

I want to know where you got those apothecary jars, too! I've been looking for ones like those for my kitchen. I think you should paint the shelves the aqua of your island to tie it all in together more.

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I absolutely love white beadboard and white cabinets!!! The only thing missing now is to paint those shelves white too!!! White in the kitchen gives it such a clean, simple, vintage look that makes me want to sit there with you and a cup of tea while enjoying some girl talk! &=)