From Z to A+!

From Z to A+!
I know a few people might gasp at Karen’s audacity to paint over her brick walls, but guess what?  It’s z-brick, which is basically the equivalent of crab with a k.  Not the real deal.  It was starting to feel more closed-in than cozy, so she painted it a soft blue and the cabinets white, and I love how it still has all the texture of  brick without all that … brick-ishness.  There were plenty of other major changes like rebuilding mismatched doors, moving the wine-rack and extending the cabinet, new flooring, counters, sink, faucet, and appliances, and it still came in at only $2,700!  Great job Karen!

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  1. May 9, 2012 / 4:03 PM

    wow! colors make such a big difference.
    I love white kitchens!!!


  2. May 9, 2012 / 4:13 PM

    love it! looks so much bigger!

  3. May 9, 2012 / 4:21 PM

    What a change!! Love it!

  4. Anonymous
    May 9, 2012 / 4:24 PM

    Looks great! Any idea what she did to change the countertops for such a low price?

  5. May 9, 2012 / 4:47 PM

    What a wonderful change! LOVE it!

  6. May 9, 2012 / 5:22 PM

    When I first saw the bricks, I thought to myself that the after had better not be painted, so I was a bit sad to read the first line of your post. But you are right, fake brick is okay to paint over. The kitchen looks so light and airy. Beautiful job!

  7. May 9, 2012 / 5:42 PM

    What a difference – love it! I also love that the old cabinets were freshened up, but kept.

  8. May 9, 2012 / 7:10 PM

    What a great update. However, there is too much going on over the sink. 2 lights, square wreath plants plates etc.

  9. Marcia
    May 9, 2012 / 7:15 PM

    I did something similar in my kitchen and I really kinda like the brick now. It’s very reminiscent of the brick buildings you see in smaller towns in Belgium. Great example of working with what you have!

  10. May 9, 2012 / 7:52 PM

    Waaaaaay better…..she gets the texture with out all that hideous brick color.

  11. May 9, 2012 / 7:54 PM

    This looks like a completely different room! So much brighter. I love it!

  12. May 9, 2012 / 9:07 PM

    Love the white kitchen, but what is up with all the numbers and words? I honestly don’t get it and no, I am NOT being sarcastic. We all know that we “eat” in the kitchen and “sleep” in the bedroom, but I see numbers and words EVERYWHERE?!?

  13. May 10, 2012 / 2:50 PM

    What a lovely transformation. So soothing to the eyes. Great job!

  14. Karen Sunday
    May 10, 2012 / 3:18 PM

    Thank you so much Lindsey for the time and talent it takes to do all these before-afters as far as the counter tops they are just the basic laminate at menards about 375.00 my husband did the work that is how we kept the costs down thanks so much this was fun!!!!!! Karen S

  15. May 11, 2012 / 12:02 AM

    Love it, Love it and I love that they continued to use their appliances. Looks great and “affordable” ….

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