Living Well

Tips For Transforming Your Kitchen (Without Gutting It)

It’s incredible what a little paint, new countertops, backsplash, faucets, and hardware can do to transform a kitchen.


Because this is exactly how we completely updated a kitchen for an out-of-town client.


The house was built approximately 12 years ago and the homeowner was ready to lighten up the entire home.   The colors and furnishings were dark, ornate, and not always practical to the busy lifestyle of this family of seven.


There was lots to do throughout the entire home, and a complete gut job was not in the plans.   While we completely revamped the other rooms through paint, refinishing the hardwoods, new furnishings, art and accessories, we decided to do the same with the kitchen.


So we transformed this kitchen by focusing on its finishes.





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Before Pictures of the Kitchen






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After- Dana Wolter Interiors Photography by Graham Yelton



Amazing, right?  This kitchen- and home- feels completely different……..


And while this large family entertains and has a revolving door to friends and family, I felt like the breakfast area could function much better for them than how it was.  Or did.  See what I mean?










The existing round table was too small for the large space, so we designed one of our custom banquettes- and custom tables- for the space.   Voila!!!    Forget fitting just six people around the table…..  Let’s hold an intimate dinner party instead!



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Dana Wolter Interiors Photography by Graham Yelton




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Notice the nail detail on the side of the banquette? Dana Wolter Interiors



I was thrilled with how this banquette turned out, though I have to admit I was a little nervous.   You see, walls aren’t always symmetrical and angles are not always exact, and for this banquette to fit JUST right, with a custom table made to fit around it, my upholsterer and I could not make a mistake.  Thanks goodness for people who are really good at their craft.


So if you aren’t loving your kitchen, and gutting it isn’t in the budget for now, don’t fret.   Take these suggestions and make some changes.   As always, if you need a plan to transform a room, or two, or your entire home,  email us at and let us help you.



Have a great day, everyone-





To see more of this home and its transformation, readd the latest article in Birmingham Home and Garden.   Let me know what you think!



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