Posted by Judith Cholfe on Monday, November 4, 2013 Under: Decor



Well, hello!!! Hope everyone had a fabulous long weekend?
This week’s blog is about a kitchen make-over…..
First, I’ll show you the BEFORE pictures….


It’s a galley kitchen, but long enough to have a large table and 6 chairs.

This country cupboard housed extra glasses, a blue glass collection, and some collector plates…and a very large collection of cook books.
This whole wall appears very jumbled and cluttered, and the cupboard narrows the walk space into other areas. 

While the sunny yellow and wedgewood blue still looked quite pretty,(BUT DATED), the owners wanted to change it up, as the whole ground floor was renovated. It’s a lovely bright kitchen with so many windows… 
The kitchen was ripped out to the bare dry-wall.

The appliances were also changed out with stainless steel…

Now, we’ll get to the after…


The whole kitchen was painted a bright white. CUSTOM shelves were built in to hold the large blue glass collection, instead of it being spread all over the place. (If you have a collection, it has a far bigger punch if it’s kept together in one space).
The small wall area above and below the large window were the only areas to be painted another colour. Just for an amazing POP, we chose this electric green, (Behr #410B-5, HIDDEN MEADOW).
Because the kitchen is quite “BUSY” with the green and the zebra, for the back-splash we went very, very conservative with white subway tiles and a very narrow ribbon of black 2 tiles up from the counter serface.

The blue glass needed to have a bit of green thrown in to be more co-hesive with the wall colour. Tea towels and oven mitts were also bought in the bright green as accents in other areas of the kitchen.
(If you’re brave, add a totally unconventional animal print as your window treatment).

The owners found this beautiful PUB-STYLE table and higher chairs. 
(There is even a “Lazy Susan” recessed in the centre of the table that rotates).
The counter tops were replaced with black granite, and the new white cupboards go to the ceiling with a wonderful crown moulding.

A second picture showing the crown moulding…..

The hardwood flooring looks stunning against the bright white cupboards.
We had enough space to have a small elbow extending the counter surface with another custom glass-doored cupboard underneath. This little cupboard was added specifically to hold “Grand-mother’s china” that was brought over from England. It’s actually amazing how much this little elbow increased the work space. To create this elbow, the fridge was moved to the opposite wall, thus, also creating an almost open feel from the kitchen, down the hallway, into the family room off to the side, and continuing to the front door.

After searching all over the place for a set of canisters, (and having no luck at all), the existing set was painted with the same paint from the green wall, to carry the green further into the black and white of the kitchen.

This wall was where the cream-coloured country cupboard was…
To add pizazz, we chose a simple black and white wall-paper, printed with old menus from fictional restaurants….

The entire kitchen feels up-dated and modern after the renovation work,
and more work space was created. Pot drawers were used instead of cupboards underneath the counter, giving more storage and organization. (I highly recommend these in any kitchen reno).

The owners are absolutely ecstatic about their NEW KITCHEN……

Contact me if you’d like to book an appointment, or have any questions you’d like answered. (705) 727-6282 or

Have a great “SHORT” week……
Until next time….Judy

In : Decor 

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Judy Cholfe Hi, thanks for stopping by! I am Judy Cholfe, IRP...(Interior Redesign Professional), owner/operator of JC Redesigns, Interior Redesign/Staging-- Servicing Simcoe County and GTA. (705)727-6282 Decorating is my passion and I want to share that passion with you, the client..... I want to energize, motivate, and inspire people to do something fun and creative in their own homes. I also totally love anything DIY.

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