A Kitchen/Living Room Remodel: After

So remember a few months ago when I shared the before photos and progress of my mom’s kitchen reno? Well. We FINALLY finished. Mom is thrilled with the results, and I’m thrilled that the project is over!

Mom moved back into her house in mid-to-late May, and I moved a week after moving her, so I didn’t get a chance to shoot photos before the kitchen and living room went from pristine to real-life. And we still plan on installing a tile backsplash, but we ran out of time before her move date to complete that part. Still, you can see the bulk of the results, dish rack, frying pan, and all.


It’s definitely an improvement over her ’80s, hardware-less, oak cabinets. And what you don’t see in the photos is that the doors and drawers are all soft-close. She’ll never hear a cabinet door slam again!

There wasn’t money in the budget to replace the appliances or floors (the rest of the house got a bit of a reno, too), but luckily the appliances were fairly up-to-date. Mom did install a new range hood, however. Felt like I needed to point that out again because her IKEA Eventuell range hood is virtually INVISIBLE…and totally awesome! Mmm-hmm. It’s there, over the range, but you don’t even see it. Brilliant.

Wall paint is actually the same color, but refreshed: Olympic Silver Spoon. It’s a light grey that Mom and l love so much we’ve used it in both our homes. Mom painted her whole house this color; I have a couple other shades of grey going on with it. Will share those later.


Here is an in-progress shot of the counter installation (you can see the wall cutout that was part of the reno in my original post). We ordered an extra piece of IKEA Atlantic Salt quartz, and I tracked down and ordered the invisible counter brackets through Centerline Brackets. With such a small counter, I didn’t want an L-shaped bracket that would show when sitting on the sofa in the living room that faces the counter. The brackets I chose are nearly invisible underneath the counter (yay!), and our contractor caulked and framed them out underneath just beautifully.


Mom also chose to pay a bit extra for an undermount sink. Man, totally worth every penny. Look at the difference!


She chose a single-basin, non-IKEA sink that is tough-as-nails, 18-guage stainless steel. So there will be no dents in her sink, ever. If you ever renovate your kitchen, be sure to pay attention to the gauge of the sink if you are opting for stainless steel. 22-guage stainless is loud and prone to dings. With sinks, you get what you pay for.

So there you go, guys. Now you know why my blogging has been so scarce this spring!


  1. Oh looks fantastic!!! Thank you for the sink tip! We are doing a small add on to our kitchen and a utility sink is in the plans. The ikea cabinet choice looks amazing. Great job!

    1. Thanks, sweets! It was a big project, and there is still work to be done, but we’re proud of what we did for my mom.

      Totally with you on the grey love. As I reveal more photos of my own home, you will see that!

  2. This looks great V! I liked the after pics and might go with the white and charcoal too. Thanks for the advice about the sink. On the look out for that 18-gauge stainless steel.

  3. Wow there really is a huge difference in the before and after pictures. I really like the grey color that you used. Grey is also one of my favorite colors to have in my home. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Right now we have similar counters as your before pictures and we are also thinking of doing some remodeling. I love what you did, it turned out great. I was looking at the color spectrum and I think for our homes style going a little darker would be better. This was fun to read. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Awesome job on the renovation. The choice of cabinets and countertop go well together. They really compliment each other well. The before and after difference is remarkable. Great post!

  6. Home improvement, by definition, is making changes to one’s home by making improvements on the house’s looks. Home improvement is usually done by professional contractors, handymen, and even the house owner himself.

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  8. It was a lot of fun to look at all the details and take lots of pictures of their kitchen. It was really nice to see an Ikea kitchen in person and to get a lot of good ideas for my own kitchen.

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