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A Budget-Friendly Kitchen Makeover with Turquoise Cabinets & Open Shelving

Stick a fork in it, our budget-friendly kitchen makeover is done and it’s time for the big reveal of turquoise cabinets and open shelving!  What better day to show off the turquoise kitchen I’ve been dreaming about since last summer (actually, since August 2012) than on my 30th birthday?  I wish I had added “awesome turquoise kitchen” to my 30 before 30 list because a whole bunch of things didn’t get done while I was making magic happen in here.

Budget Friendly Makeover for Dated Oak Kitchen

It’s such a fun space!

Turquoise KitchenAqua and White Kitchen Makeover

EDIT: Since Posting I’ve added some new photos, but click here to see how to kitchen has changed over the years!  It looks really different today…

Turquoise Kitchen MakeoverOpen Shelving with Aqua Pyrex Collection

Do you remember what the kitchen looked like before?  Here’s a side-by-side comparison because I think you need to see this affordable kitchen makeover to believe it:

Budget Friendly Kitchen Makeover Before and AfterHow to update a kitchen on a budgetBefore and After Budget-Friendly Aqua Kitchen Makeover

This budget-friendly kitchen makeover, as smitten as I am with it, is temporary-ish.  Down the road we’d like to gut the kitchen and do all new cabinetry, flooring, counters, tile – the works, but it might take us years to save up the cash so we decided it would be wise to spend a little bit now to make it look and function better for us while we squirrel away some dough and figure out what we want from the space.   Here’s a summary of how we transformed this 1990s oak kitchen on a budget (with links to previous posts included throughout, and also listed at the end – along with our complete budget breakdown and sources).

The upper cabinets were removed because they were so small and offered surprisingly little storage space.  We primed and painted the remaining kitchen cabinets a turquoise that is nearly identical to my Pyrex butterprint collection.  With the upper cabinets and tile gone, the walls needed a little TLC so we installed a few new pieces of drywall and used paneling for an insanely affordable backsplash.  I painted the paneling a slightly creamier white than the rest of the house.  I waffled about painting it the same as the rest of the space because it would make the paneling blend in even more, but I worried that the cream flooring and off-white stained counters would read really yellow against a bright white.

Colorful Kitchen IdeasBright Colorful Home DecorOpen Shelving in Kitchen

To replace the awkward cabinets we ripped down, Hubby and I built a simple open pantry from plywood, which we primed and painted to match the walls (using a semi-gloss finish).  Windsor Plywood sells laminated wood shelving which is the perfect width, so we grabbed four of those, which I primed and painted to match the walls and pantry (also in semi-gloss).

How to Make Open Shelving

Even though I painted out the knots, some of the texture of the wood grain remains, which is what I had hoped I would achieve – I didn’t want them to look like melamine, but I wanted them white and bright.  Because the shelves are constructed from small pieces of wood laminated together (like our counters), they likely won’t cup or warp like a solid piece of wood could.

Hubby used wood glue and pegs to join two pieces together to make the longer, top two shelves.  You remember our bracket debate?  On the studs or where they looked good?  I lost and we originally put the brackets on the studs.  We were so focused on our respective concerns for the placement of the brackets, we goofed up the shelf height!  We realized (thanks to readers!) that our wood shelves violated Ontario building code by being too close to the stove – oops!   For the second attempt at a configuration I wanted the brackets centred on the stove but when we removed one row they left massive holes from the giant screws required.  We filled them with wood filler, but they didn’t look perfect so we left the other brackets where they were.  It was my Mom’s idea, actually, not to centre the brackets on the stove because, as luck would have it, both sections of shelf on either side of the stove are now exactly the same size.  In the end, half of the brackets are on studs, and the other half are held with giant anchors.  Floating shelves might have been a simpler solution, but we thought this would be easier – ha!  (Plus Hubby was adamant that he wanted these brackets, which hold 500 lbs each.  I think he’s telling me to go buy more Pyrex . . . ).

A glass vase with turquoise KitchenAid utensils and a row of three of my framed enamel landscapes from Hungary offset the asymmetry.  Kinda.  It’s one thing that still bugs me a little, but I think I can live with it! 

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To make the open shelving look more intentional, we installed them so they lined up with the shelves of the DIY pantry we made.  We also lined them up so one shelf runs right over the top of the fridge, so the fridge looks less “out there,” and more built-in, for a similar feel to cabinetry.  I added tons of handy storage with twelve 2 gallon glass Montana canisters for storing our dry goods.

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Happily, the DIY solid maple counters Hubby built still look amazing – as does the stainless steel sink and faucet we installed awhile ago.  That’s the genius of working at a snail’s pace: by the time the reveal is ready, I’ve had a chance to put everything though the wringer.  I love finally seeing everything finally come together in this kitchen makeover! 

Affordable DIY Kitchen MakeoverHow to Make Your Own Wood CountersDIY Solid Wood Counters

I’ve been trying to be relaxed about the wood counters and just use them, but I do take certain precautions.  After wiping them down or after an especially splashy dish-washing session, I wipe off any water with a dry tea towel.  I used trivets for hot things and coasters for beverages – although rogue drinking glasses haven’t left any rings.  I have this thing about the rubber feet on the bottom of the knife block and blender, though:  I’m worried they will stain, so I bought a little cream-coloured cutting board to set them on. 

Turquoise Kitchen Accessories

I stashed my orange kettle because I’m just really loving this icy palette of cream, white, and shades of turquoise.  I’ve got some mint and blue in there for variety (and now some colorful new art).  My Mom gave me her vintage glass Pyrex kettle, which doubles as a tea pot.  I like that it doesn’t draw add to the busyness here.

Retro Inspired Aqua Kitchen
We stopped and started working on this kitchen so many times, and I lived without a functional space for so long, so it feels really, really good to have completed our budget-friendly kitchen makeover.  It’s better than I could have ever imagined and I just wish you could see it in real life, where it is brighter, less grainy (!), and more aqua (it looks denim blue in some pictures).  The glassware sparkles and the wood counters gleam.

It’s a cheery kitchen and when you’re actually in it, it’s not so AQUA – it feels mellower.  It’s a joy to cook and bake in here and it has such a great vibe when we entertain.  Guests sit on the stools, chatting with me while I bustle, and they stare at the shelves, all glassy-eyed.  Everyone who we have invited over has immediately felt at home, which is such a great feeling!  It’s perfect for our little lakeside home because it has a relaxed, happy, cottage feel. 

Here are all of the posts related to our budget-friendly kitchen makeover:
Turquoise kitchen inspiration
Painting the cabinet doors with a paint sprayer
Painting the cabinet boxes and installing hardware
Building the solid maple counters
A little bit on wood movement
Staining the counters with a sprayer
Installing the sink and faucet
Choosing paneling as a backsplash
Installing paneling (and now, trimming it as well)
The great bracket debate
Building a DIY pantry, and working around some weirdness
Reveling in the mess 
Enjoying our new kitchen stools 
UPDATE: My thoughts on open shelves, six months later 

Here is the budget breakdown for this affordable kitchen renovation:
Maple lumber for counters = $611
Counter stain and clear finish = $40
Sink = $200
Faucet = FREE
4 Laminated Wood Shelves = $80
13 Metal Brackets = $102
6 Sheets of Paneling = $108
Paneling Trim & Screws = $112
Window Trim and Baseboard = $30
Electrical Box Extenders = $42
Ikea Light = $30
2 Plywood Sheets for Pantry = $90
Knobs = $24
Floor Vent = $13
Edge Tape = $10
Primer for Cabinets = FREE
Paint for Cabinets = FREE
Paint for Walls, Pantry, and Shelves = FREE
Modernica Stools = A lot (they don’t count, they’re technically in the dining room πŸ˜‰
Pantry Canisters = FREE
Grand total = $1492!!  I’m pretty excited that we made such a significant change in this kitchen with less than 1500 bucks.  I’d need to add a bit more if I had paid out of pocket for items like paint and our fancy faucet.  Conversely, I think buying prefab wood counters from Ikea might be cheaper than our DIY walnut counters, but I’m totally in love with the decadently thick slabs of solid maple we’ve got going on – they make the kitchen.  I’m not counting kitchen accessories, like my Pyrex collection, linens, glassware, etc., because most of these accessories I’ve collected over time.  Hopefully our ancient appliances can hang on until the next kitchen reno!  Oh, and if you see a math error (of I’ve forgotten something), please let me know.  

Cabinet primer (Zinsser Bulls Eye 1,2,3 Primer) c/o Canadian Tire
Cabinet paint (Premier Interior Latex Semi-Gloss, in CIL’s Niagara Mist), c/o Canadian Tire
Panel paint (White on White, Eggshell), c.o CIL
Pantry paint (White on White, Semi-Gloss), c/o CIL
Paneling (B Grade Dover), purchased from Windsor Plywood
Trim, laminated shelves, metal brackets, purchased from Windsor Plywood
Faucet (the Lita), c/o Pfister
Sink (Atlantis Commercial Grade Pro Series), Purchased at Costco
2 Gallon Glass Montana canisters, c/o Canadian Tire
Cabinet hardware, Purchased from Lee Valley
Glass light fixture, Purchased from Ikea
Stools, Purchased from Modernica
Birdie foaming soap pump, c/o Umbra
Skinny Robin Egg blue can, c/o Umbra 

Whew!  Shall we ogle this budget-friendly, bright turquoise kitchen once more before I get on with my birthday festivities?  Yes, we shall.  The before, one last time:

And my turquoise, retro-inspired kitchen now:

Vintage Inspired Aqua Kitchen
Open Shelving with Aqua Pyrex Collection




  1. Emilie Williams
    June 11, 2014 / 12:39 pm

    It's gorgeous! So fresh, open and airy. Love the colour. Great job!Emilie

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 11, 2014 / 1:29 pm

      Thanks Emilie!! It feels bigger now than it did before – fresh, open, and airy is exactly what I was going for!

  2. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    June 11, 2014 / 12:54 pm

    what a difference! it looks awesome! i love your pyrex collection- so fun!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 11, 2014 / 1:30 pm

      Thanks Cassie! I've been itching to unpack my pyrex and display it on the open shelving since day one.

  3. Jane Gallant
    June 11, 2014 / 12:59 pm

    Amazing! So daring of you but it totally works. Love seeing your collection on display too!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 11, 2014 / 1:32 pm

      Thanks Jane! I've always wanted a white kitchen but I just got this itch to do something different.

  4. Patricia
    June 11, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    Hi Tanya, this is so beautiful! You must both be delighted at how it turned out, it's stunning! I love the colours, but, you know, my favourite thing might be the way the sink is so perfectly placed in the countertop (I guess I've never seen one with that profile before, I really like it). And Happy Birthday!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 11, 2014 / 1:33 pm

      Thanks Patricia! The sink is hubby's favorite element too. I'm glad we didn't undermount it as planned because we would have hidden so much of it.

  5. N K
    June 11, 2014 / 1:43 pm

    Looks amazing πŸ™‚ Love that you went with cream and not bright white! πŸ™‚

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 11, 2014 / 2:15 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚ Cream walls – as opposed to bright white – is my equivalent of stepping out of my comfort zone, lol. Turquoise cabinets? Never doubted them, but the slightly less white walls freaked me out!! Thanks for the vote of confidence, because I still give them the side eye some mornings.

  6. Haley
    June 11, 2014 / 2:47 pm

    This looks amazing! I love all of the blue and white. I like the idea of a map in that empty wall space.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 11, 2014 / 5:30 pm

      Thanks!! I figure it's fitting πŸ™‚

  7. Elaine - Visual Meringue
    June 11, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    Looks great Tania. So fresh, open and pretty. Wonderful job πŸ™‚

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 11, 2014 / 6:02 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚ I'm so happy with how it turned out. I'm also happy to be done!!

  8. EJ @ Not A House, But A Home
    June 11, 2014 / 4:22 pm

    I love the counter and sink! So so so much better! Great job :)And Happy Birthday!!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 11, 2014 / 6:04 pm

      Thanks!! Yup, the counter and sink HAD to go – so glad we took the plunge and made counters. It was such a great experience and we both learned a lot about our respective diy roles!

  9. Jo
    June 11, 2014 / 10:13 pm

    Beautiful! I am coveting your Pyrex collection- I LOVE the turquoise!! And I didn't really notice the asymmetry by the stove, until you pointed it out- you did a good job of tricking the eye. Happy Birthday!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 12, 2014 / 4:19 pm

      Yay! Happy my trick worked!! I actually have a set of four of those enamels so one of them had to bow out because the three just looked so perfect there. I had a different piece of art planned for above the stove but it needed symmetry to work. This was a happy accident! Moral of the story: art fixes everything πŸ™‚

  10. Tia Brumbelow
    June 12, 2014 / 12:19 am

    I really love how bright it looks!! Great job πŸ™‚

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 12, 2014 / 4:20 pm

      Thanks! I think this room will be the happiest room in the house when winter rolls around again. Instant mood-booster!

  11. Michelle {Jarrah Jungle}
    June 12, 2014 / 3:52 am

    Wow those pops of blue really look great. Such a happy sunny kitchen to cook in. I like the blue utensils and appliances too, you did well to find all those in just the right shade of blue πŸ™‚ Great job

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 12, 2014 / 4:22 pm

      Luckily I had the blender already – and the mass of Pyrex – but I splurged on the kitchen utensils. We have so much less drawer space here than in our previous kitchen and I figured having them out in the open would not only free up drawer space but also make them easier to use. I found them new, in package, on Ebay for a fraction of the price as in store (they're KitchenAid brand). I was really lucky that when they arrived that they were the right shade.

  12. Shanti @ Everyday Bohemian
    June 12, 2014 / 9:18 am

    Happy birthday & congratulations!! So gorgeous. I have so many colors of pyrex, it would be a disaster to put it on display LOL but yours is absolutely captivating! I love the splashes of greens thrown in. I, too, would be a bit paranoid about the counters πŸ˜› but they were the perfect shoice for the space. Yay! I think that window needs curtains! Thoughts?

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 12, 2014 / 4:26 pm

      Thank you :)I've seen some really beautiful, colourful Pyrex collections on display. I think the only thing is that the cabinetry, walls, etc., would be better done in a neutral. Ordinarily I would opt for curtains but we're doing curtainlessness (it's a word) on this whole side of the house because it has lake views. I think if just the kitchen had curtains but the dining room and living room right beside it (the space is open concept) didn't have them it might look odd. The wall looks SUPER empty to the right of the window but once I get some art hung up there I think it will fill it out nicely. Having said that, I have this really fun 1960s aqua print that I held up to see if I'd want them as curtains awhile ago. Swoon… So pretty. So maybe I'll change my mind and you'll see some curtains after all!!

  13. White Cabana
    June 12, 2014 / 11:49 am

    WOW! That top row of Pyrex is crazy! Looks amazing, Tanya! Congrats – your hard work has transformed this kitchen. The counters do look amazing and it is a much brighter space. You must sit on the stool just staring at everything. Happy birthday!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 12, 2014 / 4:28 pm

      Thanks! Yes, I do sit at the stools and admire the kitchen. It sounds so conceited, lol. It's just that the space has looked like a disaster since September, so in addition to loving how it transformed, I'm also marveling at the fact that it is finally done! Using it is such a joy too, because everything is organized and at hand.

  14. Jae
    June 12, 2014 / 1:29 pm

    Your kitchen looks fabulous! What a great job.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 12, 2014 / 4:29 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚ It's making me really happy. You can see this room from so many parts of the house because the living areas are open concept – plus it's what you see when you walk in the front door or patio doors. It's nice to have such a focal point finally put together. It's getting me excited to finally tackle some smaller projects – credenza top, curtains, some accessories for Szuka. I'm looking forward to doing a few projects that can be done in a weekend, not a season!

  15. Emily @ Go Haus Go
    June 12, 2014 / 7:22 pm

    It looks so great and I LOVE your dedication to the turquoise. It's so beautiful and unique and yea, those chairs are fantastic. I had no idea Modernica even made stool versions of those. The shelves, the bottom cabs and the chairs are my favorite parts. Well done!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 12, 2014 / 10:11 pm

      Thanks Emily! When we moved to the lakehouse, I pictured a home with nothing but cool colours: blues, turquoise, and some greens. I've deviated a little bit, here and there, but for the kitchen I wanted to streamline the palette because I knew that with so much open shelving there was a risk of things appearing cluttered and messy if there were too many colours competing. Even though it's my favorite colour, it was a challenge to stick to it but the end result makes such an impact I'm glad I stuck to my vision.

  16. patty
    June 13, 2014 / 5:56 am

    I seriously think your counters are my favourite part! They are too damn gorgeous. But your kitchen looks amazing. Love it. Would plunking a microwave down be all right if it were turquoise…? haha. I did notice the oven/ shelving thing not being all centred and I'd wondered why so I'm glad you wrote about that. I like your fix for it too πŸ™‚ Can't wait to see more rooms finished, even if it is only a temporary quick fix.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 13, 2014 / 4:02 pm

      Thanks patty! I am surprised that the counters aren't hubby's favorite part after he labored so long on them… I'm still so amazed! I painted our last microwave so turquoise is an option, haha. Hmmmmm :)With the shelves it was a no-win. Centred on the stove the brackets would have all been unequally spaced. With this arrangement there's an even space between two segments, but it's not centred. Brackets – the bane of my existence! I only see the Pyrex now anyway!

  17. Sarah AKA The Thriftress
    June 13, 2014 / 11:42 am

    The new kitchen is so much brighter! I love the shiny countertops and pyrex. These kind of makeovers always have a special place in my heart because they are by and for REAL people. Enjoy your new kitchen!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 13, 2014 / 4:04 pm

      Thanks Sarah! I'm so happy you said that because I like "real" makeovers too. When people spend a truckload of money, I just can't relate. Even when we do the real deal reno, I'm hoping to spend $10-15,000, not $50,000-100,000 like my favorite glossies. Even $10,000 makes me antsy but I know that to spend less I'll be getting inferior quality products and I'd really like phase II to last.

  18. Jazmyn Strydom
    June 13, 2014 / 1:50 pm

    LOVE it Tanya!!! Honestly… if you ever want to dream… shoot me up an e-mail [email protected] and I can do some drawings for you on the side πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ Just tell me your wish list and I can do it in my spare time πŸ™‚ I would love to! We have a laundry room in the showroom that is Piedmont Grey CC-690 with Whitney (cambria) quartz countertops… eventually we will have photos up of it online. But for fun.. check out our website you can see what I am involved in! But yes… offer stands… to do up drawings for fun πŸ™‚

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 13, 2014 / 4:06 pm

      Thanks Jazmyn! I am going to take you up on your offer because I'd like to really think through the next reno and use this time to figure out how I use the space, what's missing, what do I love. I think in phase II I'd like to widen the U a bit and maybe move the dishwasher. I'd like corner drawers instead of doors (saw that, loved it). I will noodle on it and hit you up for some ideas! Now I'm checking out the website to see you work your magic.

    • Jazmyn Strydom
      June 13, 2014 / 5:42 pm

      Just FYI (for us anyway) corner drawers come in 38", 39", 40", 41" and 42" boxes. Nothing else (although all our other cabinets are 100% customizable). With that being said… looking at your kitchen you probably have a 33 or 36" corner cabinet. So you need (for us anyway) 38" PLUS a 6" cabinet (spice pull out or full height for cookie sheets) do not put corner drawers up against your range they may not pull out!! πŸ™‚

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 14, 2014 / 6:58 pm

      I definitely think we have to move the dishwasher and stove to get drawers in there, which is one reason I'd like to widen the U also. I just HATE corner cupboards, but I'm open to other ideas which could make those books of the kitchen more functional.

  19. Miss Kitty
    June 13, 2014 / 2:09 pm

    Wow! Such a GREAT transformation for so little money! I ADORE your dishes that match your color theme…perfect. It all looks so very fresh and fun and (in your words) intentional. You are so wise to make those whimsical economic changes since you plan to change things out in a few years. Congrats on a great kitchen. Thanks for sharing all your tips. I saw your post over at "From My Front Porch to Yours".

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 13, 2014 / 4:08 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by! And for your kind words about my kitchen makeover. I'm happy it looks fresh and fun – I wanted fresh and fun!

  20. erica | wicked bride
    June 13, 2014 / 2:10 pm

    So impressed by this. Can't wait to see it in person.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 13, 2014 / 4:09 pm

      I might even let you use the top shelf Pyrex πŸ˜‰

  21. sweet violets
    June 13, 2014 / 5:07 pm

    What a beautiful transformation…..I can't stop looking at all the pictures!!! You are one brave girl to go for all that deep aqua……so fresh and clean!!! Love the shelves and your collections, wonderful to see out in the open!!! Why would you want to change this in the future?? It is so perfect now!!I recently changed over to those same glass canisters from Target to hold all my dry goods, they seal so well. Job well done girl!!!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 13, 2014 / 5:14 pm

      Thank you!! I do love how it turned out but I think in five years I might want closed storage again (the dust!) and we'd also like to widen the U, move the dishwasher, re-do the floors. The cabinetry, although a fun colour now, is not in the best shape. The doors are okay, but the boxes have been treated a little roughly. It's awesome for now, though. So happy not to look at all that oak anymore.

  22. Brynne Delerson
    June 13, 2014 / 5:44 pm

    I've been dying for some free time to hop over here and tell you how amazing i think your kitchen is! A-Mazing! The pyrex collection is the perfect finishing touch!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 14, 2014 / 4:07 am

      Thank you!! I know how it is – I've been reading my favorite blogs – like YOURS πŸ˜‰ – on my phone and I can't comment, for some reason, when I read on my phone. I appreciate you taking the time and leaving me such a sweet note! πŸ™‚

  23. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication
    June 14, 2014 / 4:16 pm

    The kitchen is absolutely gorgeous! The white and the aqua are such an amazing pair! The Pyrex is such an amazing touch on those shelves.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 14, 2014 / 6:51 pm

      Thank you!

  24. Amanda @ Serenity Now
    June 14, 2014 / 5:58 pm

    Looks amazing!! Absolutely adore your color scheme. I'd love to feature your post next week, but I don't see a link back to the blog party.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 14, 2014 / 6:56 pm

      Thanks Amanda! I'm pretty smitten with my kitchen too, and it's been so lovely to hear so many others are too. I have a link back to you blog, and the other blogs I linked up to, near the end of my post: after the budget breakdown and sources, but before the last bunch of photos. Hope that helps!

  25. Nova at
    June 15, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    Amazing transformation! I love the way you've incorporated the tableware/glassware in the overall look. Well done!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 16, 2014 / 1:00 am

      Thank you!! Oddly enough, the turquoise Pyrex was the inspiration for the kitchen. I'd always wanted to try brightly painted cabinetry and I love my Pyrex collection, so…here we go πŸ™‚ It's definitely a happy space now and it felt so good to get my beloved collection out from behind closed doors.

  26. The Cookie Puzzle
    June 16, 2014 / 1:18 am

    STUNNING! I love everything about your new kitchen…the color, the layout, the open shelves…beautiful…simply beautiful!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 16, 2014 / 5:08 am

      Thank you so much!! It's so lovely to hear such nice things about the kitchen makeover because it was way more work than we anticipated, plus we tried some unusual things. So happy to hear you like it!

  27. Reenie
    June 16, 2014 / 8:28 pm

    Very cute.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 17, 2014 / 4:16 am

      Thank you!

  28. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    June 17, 2014 / 3:25 pm

    This is unreal. I love the makeover, simply stunning. I am using this as a feature at next week's party. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 17, 2014 / 11:37 pm

      Thank you so much for the feature. I'm so flattered because there were so many incredible projects and posts linked to your party! I will be sure to share the feature with my readers.

  29. BlueClearSky Elizabeth
    June 17, 2014 / 8:57 pm

    Awesome! I adore turquoise and I am totalling crushing on the pyrex collection. Wow! We live in southern Ontario and Canadian Tire is one of my favourite places to shop. Thanks for sharing!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 17, 2014 / 11:38 pm

      A fellow Ontarian!! Canadian Tire definitely stepped up their game a few years ago and continue to offer such great home decor and organizing options. It's not the store I remember from twenty years ago.

  30. Katerina
    June 18, 2014 / 1:23 am

    Looks great for just painting and replacing a few things, good job indeed! A question however, how do you go by without an extractor fan-hood? I would love not to have one so since you don't I'm wondering if it works? πŸ™‚

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 18, 2014 / 3:18 am

      Thanks Katerina. I've got a longer answer to your question here: short answer is that the range hood didn't work in our last house, and it didn't work in this house either. We've just learned not to need one – especially with a window nearby. When we remodel down the road, I'd love for a working one – finally!! But until then this feels like normal for us. It will feel weird when we actually have one that functions…luxury πŸ™‚

  31. Cheri, the Quilting Nanny
    June 18, 2014 / 3:32 pm

    Beautiful! I love it! I wish I could do that with my kitchen! Husband would NEVER allow it! He is stuck in…somewhere where there is NO decor/design! This wiould be so perfect for my kitchen and I would use turquoise blue! Wow…what a nice thought! found you on Wonderfully Creative Wednesday!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 19, 2014 / 2:00 am

      Haha, my Hubby was so reluctant to paint the wood in our last home so I left it natural. He was also stuck somewhere with no decor. I told him it was my turn with this home to decide on cabinetry! Showing him photos helped him see the big picture. Now he is 100% smitten with the blue.

  32. Megan Pace
    June 18, 2014 / 3:58 pm

    This makeover is stunning! It is such a happy space! I am working on my kitchen right now too. It adds up quickly. I love your money saving ideas!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 19, 2014 / 2:02 am

      Thanks Megan! It adds up SO quickly. I actually thought we'd get away with less than $1000 but I was surprised by how much we spent on the little things (brackets, trim) as opposed to the bigger statement (paneling, counters). Good luck with your kitchen reno! I'm hopping over to your blog right now, hoping I can take a peek πŸ™‚

  33. Carmody Tisdale
    June 18, 2014 / 4:50 pm

    I absolutely head over heels with the cuteness of this kitchen. Well done and for under $1500.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 19, 2014 / 2:03 am

      Thank you Carmody! I am so excited for the day when I can have a "real" budget. I'm already dreaming about the next reno.

  34. Creative Dream
    June 18, 2014 / 5:19 pm

    This looks amazing! Love the colour! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays πŸ˜€ Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 19, 2014 / 2:04 am

      Thanks for the invite! I will definitely come over and party with you on Friday.

  35. Suzan Sweatman
    June 19, 2014 / 12:22 am

    What a beautiful color for your cabinets – everything looks just gorgeous !!!xox

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 19, 2014 / 2:05 am

      Thanks Suzan. I've been so eager to paint kitchen cabinetry – for years! – and this was my chance so I thought go big, or go home. I'm so happy with my bold choice.

  36. Burlap and Babies
    June 19, 2014 / 3:25 am

    Wow!! What a change! Love the open shelving and how bright and cheery it is. Would love if you want to link this up over at our Motivational Monday link party on Burlap and Babies. {}

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 19, 2014 / 2:31 pm

      Thank you for the invite, I'd be happy to join!

    • Burlap and Babies
      June 29, 2014 / 4:13 am

      Thanks for linking up! Be sure to stop by again next week to link up another post.

  37. The DIY Homegirl
    June 19, 2014 / 5:40 pm

    Amazing makeover! I may be a bit biased since it's my favorite color, but this is such a big improvement! You've married the modern and vintage decor very nicely. Thanks for sharing!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 19, 2014 / 11:16 pm

      Thank you so much! It's my favorite colour too so this kitchen is pretty high on my list of life achievements, lol.

  38. phoenixrestoration
    June 19, 2014 / 6:11 pm

    Stopping by from VMG Brag About It – Love what you did with the space on a tight budget. Great work. πŸ™‚

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 19, 2014 / 11:16 pm

      Thanks for coming over to take a peek and thanks for your kind comment!

  39. Corey W.
    June 20, 2014 / 3:26 am

    Shut the front door!!! I think I'm in love with your kitchen. What an awesome transformation and that color is just so stinkin' cool! Love it! Thanks for partying with us at The Makers!Corey @

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 21, 2014 / 1:19 am

      Thanks for letting me share my project with The Makers!

  40. Marie
    June 21, 2014 / 4:25 pm

    The top of the pantry, what r your plans for keeping it from gathering dust?

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 21, 2014 / 6:50 pm

      I use those long handled swiffer sweeper dealies.

  41. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    June 21, 2014 / 11:41 pm

    What a wonderfully fresh and pretty kitchen! Such a great color. I love the open shelving and your pyrex collection is just the cherry on top!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 23, 2014 / 4:02 am

      Thank you, Sharon!! I've been wanting to get my Pyrex collection out from behind closed doors for years. It's good for keeping my collecting it check, too, because I'm constantly reminded how much I have.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 23, 2014 / 4:02 am

      Fun!! Thanks, Amy, I'm so flattered! I'll be sure to add the link to my press page.

  42. Dawn from We Call It
    June 23, 2014 / 10:20 pm

    Your kitchen looks wonderful, and I'm drooling over your Pyrex and Hazel Atlas collection. My readers would love it too, if you'd like to link it up at my History & Home link party this week. Starts Tue 5am Eastern. Enjoy that fabulous new kitchen,Dawn @ We Call It

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 23, 2014 / 10:30 pm

      Thanks Dawn!! I'd love to meet more Pyrex-lovers, so I'll happily join your party. Thanks so much for the lovely invite πŸ™‚

  43. Katie Nathey
    June 24, 2014 / 5:26 am

    This kitchen is AMAZING and I LOVE all of the fun pops of turquoise! Thank you so much for sharing it over at The Makers link party! Have a great week πŸ™‚

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 24, 2014 / 3:22 pm

      Thanks Katie!! I've always wanted to paint kitchen cabinets and this was my first (maybe last?) chance so I thought I should go big…I'm so smitten with the turquoise.

  44. Christy James
    June 24, 2014 / 11:54 am

    What a fun makeover! I love how bright and fresh it feels. Bold choice with cabinet color, but it totally works!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 24, 2014 / 3:23 pm

      Thanks Christy!! I think the turquoise works because it's balanced by a lot of white. Painting the upper cabinets turquoise as well might have looked a little too bold…

  45. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    June 24, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    So happy to feature your beautiful kitchen at the party this morning! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 24, 2014 / 3:23 pm

      Thank you for the link love!

  46. Krista thehappyhousie
    June 24, 2014 / 11:21 pm

    So super unbelievable – LOVE the turquoise. We too have a 'lake house' and I love using turquoise in our dΓ©cor. Love the modern fresh clean white. The whole thing is GORG!! Featuring you tomorrow as Hostess Pick of the week over at Work it Wednesday at The Happy Housie!! Grab a button if you are so inclined:) Heading up to follow you now! ~Krista

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 25, 2014 / 6:25 pm

      I think there should be a rule: lakehouse = some turquoise decor, lol. Thanks so much for featuring my kitchen!! I'm so flattered.

  47. Pyrexa
    June 25, 2014 / 2:36 am

    The turquoise butterprint look great displayed on your open shelving.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 25, 2014 / 6:28 pm

      Thank you!! I designed the whole room around my Pyrex collection which, as I type that, sounds incredibly obsessed.

  48. Lolly Jane
    June 25, 2014 / 3:09 pm

    Love everything about this space! SWOON!!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 25, 2014 / 6:26 pm

      Thank you!! I'm so happy to see my plans finally realized – I'm swooning too.

  49. Creative Dream
    June 26, 2014 / 9:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week πŸ™‚

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 2, 2014 / 4:19 pm

      Thanks for hosting such a fun party!! I found a lot of great ideas from your other readers.

  50. Katie Edwards
    June 27, 2014 / 4:05 pm

    This is SO COOL. I want this in my house.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 2, 2014 / 4:21 pm

      Thanks Katie!! I wish I could pack up a turquoise airstream trailer and drive from city to city making magic in other people's kitchens – wouldn't that be a dream job? Except everyone's kitchens would look the same and there would be no turquoise paint left in the world.

  51. Adria
    July 1, 2014 / 12:48 am

    So lovely! I would have never thought that I would love such a bright color, but this is so gorgeous! Amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 2, 2014 / 4:22 pm

      Thanks Adria! I definitely went bold but I'd been itching to paint kitchen cabinets for years and I knew white just wouldn't make me fulfilled enough, lol. I might never have the chance again (Hubby LOVES wood but conveniently hated this kitchen's wood) so I didn't want to squander my only chance! Luckily, I love it.

  52. Kate
    July 18, 2014 / 2:22 pm

    Love it! Can you tell me what you used to stack your nesting bowls to look like that? It's amazing! I have a fireking collection that I'd like to display like that!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 18, 2014 / 11:37 pm

      I use empty sour cream and yoghurt tubs which I trim to the right size.

    • k8innm
      January 6, 2015 / 6:39 pm

      Yay! Finally got around to trying this and it works great! I like the take out containers from the deli as well!

  53. Dora C
    July 29, 2014 / 10:48 pm

    It looks so amazing! You are a redecoration genius, Tanya πŸ™‚ I love the bright colour you used and the little matching accents

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      July 30, 2014 / 5:57 pm

      Awww, thanks Dora!! You're too kind. I'm just having fun with this space.

  54. Zografia Avgerou
    January 4, 2015 / 12:32 pm

    wow! what a difference! It's so beautiful and light! I love the color you used! I am visiting from hometalk!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      January 4, 2015 / 4:08 pm

      My worlds collide, lol. Thank you so much for your kind comment! I'm so happy you found your way here πŸ™‚

  55. Anonymous
    January 5, 2015 / 7:35 pm

    I am visiting also from Better After & am speechless at the beautiful job both you & your hubby did on the kitchen. Luv the pyrex(!), color choice & the brightness of the space all add to the overall feeling of calm. It is just beautiful. Blessings, ><>..Jenny

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      January 5, 2015 / 9:40 pm

      Welcome!! Thanks so much for stopping by, and for your kind comment! I'm so pleased with how it turned out – better than I had even hoped πŸ™‚

  56. Lydia Pudel
    January 6, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    Oh my God!Tanya!I just found your blog!Love, love, love the remodel! Love the color! And these chairs are adorable!Thank you so much for sharing;)If you like, come on over and visit my blog too;)Love & hugsLydia

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      January 11, 2015 / 2:50 am

      Thank you so much!! I will definitely check out your blog.

  57. Anonymous
    January 9, 2015 / 5:58 pm

    Love your kitchen. It is beautiful. I want mine like yours. Thank you for your ideas. Showing your plans to my brother in law. Thanks, again. Jan

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      January 11, 2015 / 2:49 am

      Thanks for your sweet comment, Jan! I'm so happy you like the kitchen. I hope you're able to make a dream kitchen for yourself πŸ™‚

  58. Barbara
    January 10, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    I have just added this to my ALL TIME favorite tours! In my imagination, I see this same kitchen in MY home, but with Crazy Daisy! THANK YOU for giving me permission to buy every last piece of CD I see!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      January 11, 2015 / 2:50 am

      Thank you so much! A Crazy Daisy version would be AMAZING! Definitely scoop up every last piece you see – I'll even keep my eyes peeled! On the hunt for any particular piece?

  59. Anonymous
    January 17, 2015 / 3:09 am

    It's beautiful – so clean and bright. I love it.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      January 17, 2015 / 5:36 am

      Thanks! I've had such a hard time photographing the space. The turquoise reads brighter and the walls yellower. I'm happy it looks bright because in real life it feels so airy. It's been difficult to capture that πŸ™‚

  60. Melanie I in CA
    February 15, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    Also Known As: The Kitchen that is Not in Earthquake Country. πŸ˜‰ I cannot even imagine having so much glass up on shelves. LOL. It's funny how our region can affect design choices. I love looking at all your pyrex tips. Do you have an entry on cabinet-painting? I've not been brave enough after living in two places that came with terribly painted cabinets that just didn't hold up.Thanks!

  61. thebeanhouse
    June 15, 2015 / 6:54 pm

    Where is the picture of the scooter from? It's beautiful!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      June 16, 2015 / 6:14 pm

      Thanks! It's a painting by Artsheaven, they do reproductionso and custom oil paintings, which is based on a photo I took in Budapest Hungary.

  62. Anonymous
    August 11, 2015 / 9:50 pm

    Nice! Where did you place the microwave, toaster and coffee maker? Mine are clunking up my kitchen.Thanks — Jan

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 12, 2015 / 1:14 am

      Thanks Jan! I have a fairly large four slice toaster that is stashed in the cupboard to the left of the stove. We actually had plans to put the microwave on the bottom shelf of the pantry, to the left of the fridge, but after living without it during the makeover process, we decided to forgo it – and we don't miss it! We ended up using that spot for our cooler which we use so often because we live so far from a grocery store. I like keeping it handy. Coffee isn't an issue for us because we don't have a coffee machine. I use a simple Melitta drip system with a ceramic pot and removable filter holder, which I keep in the credenza in the dining room. I'm a tea drinker, which is easy to store: a glass kettle on the stove (tea pot and kettle in one!). My tea selection, though, is huge and I stuff that in a corner cupboard in stackable tins. I always had a pretty clutter free kitchen counter, even when I had a bigger kitchen, so the transition wasn't difficult. My only wish, storage-wise, is for a bigger fridge or a deep freeze! My fridge is always packed but, alas, no room for anything larger. I've done a lot in the cupboard to maximize storage here, decanting things into identical tins and stacking pots and pans, etc. Maybe one day I'll have to do a post with storage tips, because I pack quite a bit into my little kitchen!

  63. Sami
    August 20, 2015 / 2:31 pm

    I came upon your kitchen on Pintrest, and I'm drooling with the turquoise colour! My favourite!!! An then all your turquoise pirex dishes, what a great collection. Love it all, you've done a great job!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 20, 2015 / 4:07 pm

      Hi Sami! So happy to have found another turquoise-lover. Thanks for your kind words πŸ™‚

  64. Anonymous
    January 12, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Hi Tanya – I am a Design Consultant in Toronto! So impressed by the makeover you did on your kitchen. Well done!

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      February 6, 2016 / 7:49 pm

      Thank you so much! I'm sorry I didn't reply earlier. It's so nice to hear a professional approve of my makeover πŸ™‚ It's such a fun space and it's really be helping me figure out what I do/don't want when we renovate for real.

  65. Valerie Carper
    February 6, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    Love it, curious did y'all consider a farmhouse sink?

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      February 6, 2016 / 7:50 pm

      I love a farmhouse sink but because we made our own wood counters, my Hubby insisted on a top mount sink and we found a great stainless steel one for a fabulous price at Costco. I have a kitchen pinned to Pinterest with white cabinets and an aqua farmhouse sink and I'm drooling over it!

  66. Anonymous
    August 11, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    Looks great. Only thing I would change is the cheapo ikea light at top to a chandelier or something with more pizzazz!

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      August 11, 2016 / 6:03 pm

      Thanks!! But the light stays. I loooove that light so much.

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      August 11, 2016 / 6:03 pm

      Thanks!! But the light stays. I loooove that light so much.

  67. Alice Sievert
    May 9, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    I LOVE it!

  68. Poulin Design Center
    May 25, 2017 / 4:39 am

    Just discovered your site and I love it!and this kitchen is soooo Gorgeous! and It is so modern and clean looking. I’m really impressed. thanks for sharing with us.

  69. Dawn Underwood
    May 31, 2017 / 6:18 am

    I recently painted the doors on my cabinets a teal aqua blue and did a backsplash called carribean oasis. Tiled floor in a blue purple hue tiles and did the countertop in laminated blue. Decorated added shelves with beach accents and sea shells. Makes my kitchen feel tropical just as I wish it were!Thx for showing us your beautiful update so I knoiw I'm not alone wanting that tropical feel!Dawn in Denver

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      May 31, 2017 / 12:29 pm

      Hi Dawn! Your kitchen sounds magical – like such a happy space. It must feel like every day is a vacation!

  70. Belva Campbell
    December 13, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    Hello, I just saw your kitchen redo on Hometalk and clicked on the link to come to your blog. So this is about 3 years since you've completed your kitchen redo. It is absolutely gorgeous, I love the colors! The one thing I'm confused about is the vent hood over the stove. I don't see one. So how do you vent the smoke when your cooking? Again, beautiful redo! Belva

  71. Donna
    July 8, 2018 / 8:18 am

    Where did you find the bar stools??

    • Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse
      July 9, 2018 / 1:30 am

      They’re from Modernica and I’m so happy with the quality!

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