Beautiful Beach House Kitchen Makeover
Since our beach house was featured in Home Beautiful magazine,
I’ve received lots of emails (which is just lovely) and heaps of them have been about the kitchen.
Everyone wants to know how to transform a daggy kitchen like ours was (above)
into a fresh, neutral kitchen.
So I thought I’d show how we transformed this ‘green timber horror show of a kitchen’
into a kitchen with a relaxed beach vibe.
The first step was to remove the peach colored tiles on the floor and the splash back.
Underneath the old tile floor was a pine floor.
We had the pine floor sanded, then stained in a matt chocolate.
To be honest I just don’t like that yellow colour of pine floor boards.
By staining them, we’ve kept the wood grain look but have removed the yellow colour.
The second step was the bench tops which were peach laminate.
We simply tiled over the top with porcelain tiles.
I wanted a super easy bench top as the house is let for holiday rentals.
And I didn’t want to worry about red wine marks etc.
We also tiled the splash back and chose a white tile which has raised “dots” all over it.
All tiles are from my Mum’s tile shop Traditional Tiles.
The third step was the timber cabinets. They were in great condition but they just look dated.
So we painted them. The paint colour is called Nappa from Resene (we chose double strength).
Whilst we’re talking paint, the interior of the whole house was painted white including the kitchen.
We chose Resene’s Black White for a really crisp white.
To enhance the look of the cabinetry we also replaced the skirting boards
which were looking a bit old and tatty.
We chose a laminate which looks like brushed aluminium for a neutral but clean look.
The fourth step were the windows. I disliked the venetian blinds and got rid of them straight away.
To create a real beach house vibe, we decided on white plantation shutters.
They were an expensive but worthwhile change.
The sixth step was the lighting.
I wanted something with a natural feel.
So these rattan light shades from Ikea were ideal.
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