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Before and After: A Country Kitchen Lightens Up

I spotted the makeover of this small kitchen in an 1895 house in Dutchess County, NY, in Country Living and felt really inspired. When your room is plagued with dated features like these knotty pine cabinets, sometimes it's hard to see the potential in a space — even more so when you've got only 180 square feet to work with.

Home owner Jennifer Vreeland saw beyond this dreary space, and chose to remove the cramped, wall-to-wall cabinetry in favor of two open upper storage units and a hanging pot rack. The change immediately opened up the space, making it feel airier and less claustrophobic. Top that with fresh coats of white and baby blue, and the space looked instantly lighter and more spacious. See the after photo and hear about her other changes when you


Vreeland kept the country vibe with a slim antique farmhouse table and iron draftsman stools. She made the smart choice to go with a modern, streamlined sink and an oven in powerful sunny yellow, giving the room a touch of modernity and keeping it fresh. I love it! Do you?Source

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ndchristine ndchristine 8 years
I love it!
tabbcat tabbcat 8 years
Oh God, this looks like an absolute mess. I like the light/airy feeling, and that old look was pretty stifling, but I don't know that this is really anyone's dream kitchen.
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 8 years
a yellow aga!! :) i like the new style more... but i don't know if the kitchen's big enough to have an island and i hate the fabric curtain underneath the sink!
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
I love some of the new elements, but it really does look a little messy. Too much drawing the eye or something.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
She has my dream stove!!! Love those AGA's!!
Sarabear Sarabear 8 years
I can't imagine going from all those cabinets down to two. I only have two now, I wish I had more.
melinda19 melinda19 8 years
I like the look she was going for too, but kind of a wreck!!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
kayleigh83 kayleigh83 8 years
Hmmm... I'm conflicted. While the kitchen was at first a bit dated, she had a lot of great things to work with. And rather than working with them it ALL changed. The cabinets were beautiful but a bit heavy - why not add glass panels in some or all of them to modernize it? Then you can keep the cabinets... I agree with GlowingMoon that it looks a little hodge-podge. I see what they were going for but they moved too far from the great original they had into a not very cohesive ending.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
No, I don't love it. Personally, I prefer the pine cabinetry of the old kitchen. The wood looked good and aged, and the craftsmanship seemed good. The knotty pine was charming (it had wabi-sabi) Also, I liked how the wall cabinets were flushed to the ceiling. Nice detail. The hardware was interesting, too The new kitchen looks too disconnected to me. It's hodge-podge, and a little chaotic. As far as the wall cabinets, I LOVE how there's a gap between it and the ceiling (read: sarcasm). The gap is too short to store anything. What is it for?? To trap dust? In my opinion, the kitchen has been down-graded (as opposed to upgraded).
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 8 years
Wow! What a difference!
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