Because I’m a crazy person, I recently signed on to design and renovate a kitchen for a lucky viewer on Good Morning America with just one week to get it all done! The show recently put out a casting call for a family in need of a new kitchen in time for Thanksgiving and on behalf of Lowe’s I stepped in to help create a beautiful new kitchen for an adorable young family using all in-stock items from Lowe’s and I’m excited to share a look at the before and after process with you guys! First off, lets take a look at what this kitchen looked like before…
The biggest issue is that the entire kitchen was extremely dated. The house is 50+ years old and the kitchen hadn’t been touched since it was built so everything needed an upgrade. The vinyl floor tiles were peeling up and the appliances were all on the brink of breaking down. There were also a few things that were oddly placed such as a the wall oven next to the cooktop which took up unnecessary space and there was a light fixture that you can’t see in these photos that was placed way off center in the back corner of the room. I had a chance to chat with the homeowner, Kari, for about 20 minutes to hear her thoughts on what she wanted. Her dream was to have an all-white kitchen with subway tile, more counter space and she loves to cook so she wanted appliances that functioned more efficiently. After assessing all of this I had just one day to pick out all of the cabinetry, appliances and finishes from Lowe’s and just 5 days for demo and new kitchen build-out. Talk about a tight timeline! Here is what the new kitchen looks like now…
Doesn’t the new kitchen looks so fresh and modern? The first thing I did was lighten and brighten up the whole kitchen with white shaker style cabinets and a soft sage green color on the walls which is called Winter in Paris by Valspar. To keep the makeover budget-friendly, we kept the same layout with just a few minor adjustments. The cabinets are the Kitchen Classics Arcadia cabinets which are an in-stock item that you can buy at your local Lowe’s store or online. I had the contractor add crown moulding to the top and lots of filler panels to give the cabinetry a more custom built look. I love this shaker style of cabinetry for its modern yet timeless feel.
Another big upgrade was adding all-new floors and appliances. I chose these soft gray porcelain floor tiles that have the look and feel of wood planks and really help to elevate the space. As for the appliances, the homeowner had a fairly new GE refrigerator that she loved and was the only thing we kept in the new design. To complement her existing refrigerator, I selected brand new appliances from GE so that everything feels seamless and integrated. The dishwasher works much better than her previous one and is also designed with the controls on the inside so that their 2 year old can’t push the buttons like she used to do on their old model. The new appliances really help give the kitchen a more modern feel.
Because the homeowner loves to cook, I gave her a new GE double oven range which is a huge upgrade from the old cooktop and wall oven which was oddly placed. Now Kari can cook a lot more at once and be much more efficient in the kitchen. And by installing a freestanding oven range, we freed up extra counter space that was previously taken up by the wall oven. I also installed an above the range microwave which does double duty as a hood for additional space efficiency.
Another element I love is the beveled subway tile backsplash. Kari really wanted white subway tile so instead of going with a traditional flat tile, I chose this beveled style which adds a bit more architecture to the space. They’re just 53 cents per tile which is super affordable and for a kitchen around this size you’d spend around $100 on the material!
The new chrome pull-down faucet is another great find that’s under $100 and has fantastic customer reviews.
I always love an undermount sink which has a super clean look. The countertops are quartz which is a material I love using because it’s heat resistant, stain resistant and scratch resistant so it’s a powerhouse in a busy kitchen. These are from the Allen + Roth line at Lowe’s and the style is called Sugarbrush. It has soft gray, marble-like veining throughout which adds subtle contrast to all of the brighter white tones in the kitchen.
Overall, with the time constrains and despite the limitations of only choosing from all in-stock items, this kitchen turned out beautifully! One quick note is that our contractors worked around the clock, until 10pm most nights just to get this kitchen finished. And when we filmed the reveal segment for Good Morning America, the plumbing wasn’t even fully hooked up! (Just keeping it real folks!) But the homeowners Kari and Chris absolutely love their new kitchen and I’m so happy I could step in to help them transform it just in time for Thanksgiving! Here’s a shot of me with Kari, Chris and their adorable daughter Byla just after the reveal! This was such a fun project to work on and I hope this inspires you to make some easy and inexpensive upgrades to your own kitchen!