before and after, guest blogger

Pancakes & French Fries: Before & After

  1. Kristen says:

    cute! i love pancakes & frenchfries 🙂

  2. Bromeliad says:

    Ha. You almost got me with the "before" photo.

    Great reno. And I love your frugal philosophy. The handmade and the original has something that money can't buy.

  3. Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle says:

    It looks so high-end. I can totally relate to having to modify you budget when you decide to stay home. I did the same thing four years ago. It must be very satisfying to have such a great finished product knowing that you did the bulk of the work yourself.

  4. Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage says:

    I love the after.

  5. Kiki says:

    Awesome kitchen… and I love the after photos – the palette is neutral and very sophisticated…


  6. Cassie says:

    This before-after is amazing!
    I love the wall decor, how the black countertop and black walls make the pictures and decorations POP!

    This is so inspiring 🙂 Thank You!!

  7. Amy Hadley says:

    Goes to show with some thought, even walmart flooring can look smashing.
    (And love the meld today of two blogs I love!)

  8. ashlina {the decorista} says:

    gorgeous! i love it.

  9. Leah says:

    love your post! really great kitchen & mix of "high/low" as designers say. i really can't tell what is high/low at all! since budget is always an issue w/me, it is great to hear what people have responded to when they've seen your kitchen.

  10. Joy_UK says:

    One of the most beautiful kitchens I have ever seen 🙂

    Jules, you rock xxx

  11. Jules says:

    Thanks, everyone. 🙂 I was nervous about doing a guest post here because I am many things, but a designer is NOT one of them.

    Leah–no one, besides the occasional (online only) designer or design and decor buff has ever made a comment about my soapstone counters. It's always the back splash and floors. It used to bother me since they were SO expensive and we debated on getting them for so long but, now that my budget is consistently low, it's very satisfying to know I don't need loads of money for my home to look nice and feel welcoming.

  12. LindsB says:

    OK, I think I need to get some of that VCT for my next house- who would have known such a pretty pattern could come out of them- I just LOVE it!

  13. Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue says:

    What a fabulous makeover!! It really came together even though the budget changed. Beautiful!

  14. Rhianna says:

    Wow! You did an amazing job!

  15. Debbie@Vintage Scout Interiors says:

    The floor was a great solution on a budget! I will admit, as soon as I saw those counters, I said "If that girl got that for next to nothing- she is my hero" I think having that soapstone brings it all up to another level. I totally agree with you- don't just do something cheap to do it- wait and get it right. Lovely job!

  16. BTLover2 says:

    Absolutely brilliant transformation! That kitchen is gorgeous and I love the story behind it. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  17. BMF says:

    I really enjoyed this post. (Always awaiting your next one) Laughing my way through. As an avowed serial painter I have learned never to use tape. It adds like 16 extra unnecessary hours to a job. Also guilty of not painting the ceilings and completely regretting it later. Lazy. Do you mind if I put a link to this post on my blog? I would love to share as I am painting my stairway hall from top to floors and you have a very witty tutorial here.

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