Get Cooking

Jonathan is a food blogger, but his kitchen was holding him back. He simply couldn’t take beautiful blog photos of say, a lemon tart against those yellowy-beige walls and builder-basic countertops.  He probably could, but not without a lot of f-stopping and light balancing and by then the lemon tart would have completely melted anyway.

(Is it obvious yet that I know nothing about photography and lemon tarts? No? Great).

After making do for five years, he decided it was time to finally make his dreams of a white kitchen come true.

white kitchen makeover before


white kitchen makeover with open shelving

He had the cabinets painted white, which now contrast beautifully with the hardwood floors. Before, they blended in so completely you couldn’t tell where one stopped and the other started. Black soapstone counters make for a perfect photo backdrop, and replacing the cabinets above the sink with open shelving gives the whole space much more breathing room. Blog-worthy for sure!

Much more to see from Jonathan and his kitchen makeover on his blog The Stiers Aesthetic.

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Sebring It On

I’m not at a loss for words often, but today’s kitchen makeover might just … you know … do … that.

Actually, I am at a loss for words often, sort of. Example: the other day I was trying to say the words ‘chocolate chips’ while literally holding a bag of chocolate chips in my literal hand, and the only words that kept coming out of my mouth were ‘carrot cakes.’ Like, Lindsey, that’s not even close. Get your life together.

Mom brain, it’s real.

Anyway, I’d love to make some carrot cake cookies or whatever in this beautiful kitchen from the makeover masters at Sebring Services.

sebring kitchen makeover before


sebring kitchen makeover after

Nope, I would never cook in this gorgeous kitchen. It’s just too perfect to muck up with such frivolities as cooking and eating. Pshh.  I think I’d just invite people over to come look at it. And charge them admission.

sebring kitchen makeover before 2

sebring kitchen makeover after 2

“Hi! Welcome to my new kitchen. Please come in. Here, have a small cup of water. Don’t touch anything. K, bye!”

sebring kitchen makeover before 3

sebring kitchen makeover after 3

But seriously, isn’t it fabulous? Everything is so crisp and serene, simple but still plenty of visual interest, from the backsplash to the pendants to the wood casing on the windows which warm it up an keep it from being too stark.  Perfection.

Check out Sebring Services for more, they have a huge remodeling portfolio to page through which is a great way to spend half your day!

sebring kitchen after

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Of Tables and True Friends

Hey party people, how’s your Tuesday?

“It’s fine,” you are thinking. “But you’ve got me all wrong, Lindsey. I’m no party person. I haven’t had a party in years. I’m too ashamed of my worn out dining table to ever dream of inviting guests over.”

Oh no. Stop talking nonsense. I will let you have none of that. First of all, true friends won’t care if your table is a bit run down.

(I know that doesn’t help much. That’s like when I say I hate my freckles and my friends are like, ‘but I LOVE your freckles,’ and I’m like, well cool beans for you. So glad you get to be the happy one in this situation).

So here’s another idea. You can totally restore your whole dining set. Better After reader Jessica did, and it only took her six months and lots of shed tears and a paintbrush burning party when she was done!

See, either way you get to have a party.


Dining Room Table Before


Dining Room Table

It’s true that fabulous results take time and patience. Jessica worked on this makeover whenever she could and eventually transformed that weathered and worn dining set into the stunning version it is today.

But listen. It also doesn’t have to take six months. True friends will come over and help you paint. Unless your true friends are not so great at painting, in that case you might be better off on your own. Maybe they can just bring the dessert to your dining set showing-off party instead.

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Glitch in the Kitchen

If you have kids, or have ever met a kid, or have seen kids on TV, you know about Minecraft. If your kids are into Minecraft, then you too have probably spent what feels like an eternal amount of eternity watching them play Minecraft. “Mom! Wanna watch me play Minecraft?” Me, thinking: “I’d rather give myself a root canal.” Me, out loud: “SURE BUDDY!!!”

Then you watch as they build an entire universe, one 8-bit brick at a time. And there is a vast amount of space, and nothing looks quite like what it’s supposed to, and things are floating around, and every now and then, for some reason, there will be like, a pig? That about sums it up, yeah?

That also sums up Eden’s before kitchen. Minus the pig part. As far as I know.

Her cabinet layout was a little nonsensical, the giant white fridge made no effort to fit in, the oven was in the middle of the island, with one heck of an oven vent floating overhead. And the worst part, tonnnns of wasted space in the center of it all!

But Eden had big plans. Hot Minecrafty mess out. Rustic kitchen makeover in!

Dark Wood Kitchen Before rustic kitchen makeover before


rustic kitchen makeover

Obviously her plans were to gut it, throw an enormous chunk of money at the mess and start completely from scratch, right? WRONG!

Eden is the queen of working with what she’s got. She reused and restained the cabinets, her husband build the fantastic new island himself, and the appliances were all found second-hand. They sourced the granite themselves, finding the lowest possible price. Even the fridge built-in was cobbled together from ReStore cabinets and an old entertainment center!

Head on over to her blog DIYHER to get all the details and see her unbelievable budget breakdown. So much good stuff!


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