farmhouse-style kitchen before remodel
Photo: Courtesy of Jillian Woods
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Before: Dark and Bland

Then Jillian turned her attention to the cabinets. After removing doors from some of the upper boxes to lighten their look, she and her husband, Derek, installed a header capped with molding to add more height. A two-tone paint job—white on the uppers and gray-green on the base units—gave the cabinets a style boost. To put the finishing "old house" touches on the space, she lightly distressed the cabinets' edges and whitewashed her dinner table's legs. Now the room has a relaxing, more spacious feel. Says Jillian, "The new kitchen even makes cooking less of a chore."

Shown: Rust-colored walls and bland wood cabinetry weighed down the small room.
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