Before: Cramped and Characterless
Ashley Thurman, whose kitchen makeover was featured in the June 2016 issue of Better Homes and Gardens and on her blog, Cherished Bliss, gave her cabinets a new look using a combination of simple fixes and more involved reconstruction.
1. Alter Awkward Spaces
First, removing the doors above the microwave and refrigerator created instant open display areas. To fix a tall, awkward cabinet next to the range, Ashley shortened it to counter height, then added on to the short cabinet above it so that all her upper cabinets aligned.
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3. Boost Storage and Prep Area
The biggest change in Ashley's kitchen came when she removed a traffic-blocking peninsula. She still needed storage and prep space, so she built an island from scratch.
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4. Upgrade Countertops
After painting her cabinets and island, Ashley topped them off with butcher-block countertops. She purchased 8-foot lengths of unfinished butcher block, cut them to size, applied a food-safe sealer, and installed them.
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After: Farmhouse Fresh
The changes Ashley made give her kitchen a clean, classic look and loads of function. Now, there's plenty of work space on both sides of the range and a convenient path into kitchen. The white cabinets and butcher-block countertops team with subway tile and a wood-look laminate floor for long-lasting style.