This may be one of the most dramatic kitchen makeovers we’ve seen in a long time and not just because of all the white paint. Apparently, Jodi Mockabee and her family had to design and execute this renovation in just three weeks, and in all that craziness, I can’t believe she managed to pull off such a remarkable (and extensive) redesign. The soft gray plaster walls look amazing with the exposed wood beams, and Jodi managed to create a perfect meld of rustic, industrial and vintage in this gorgeous, airy space. Great work, Jodi! I hope you can sit back and enjoy it now :) — Kate
More pictures and project details after the jump . . .
Time: 3 weeks
Cost: around $15K for whole house (mostly in the kitchen)
Basic Steps: We didn’t have the money or time to drywall the walls and/or take down the current paneling, so we decided to embrace it and do what we could with what we had. I actually love the look of painted paneling, and I knew I wanted a bit of an industrial edge to our place, so plastering became our solution. I should mention that it was a very inexpensive fix! The rest has a bit of a vintage/farmhouse vibe. I love all things vintage/reused, and ever since I can remember, my dream was to have white cabinets and marble countertops. . . . Marble was also an inexpensive option compared to other manmade materials. I was surprised to see that what I wanted most was on the lower end of the scale (that’s usually not the case)! The open shelving was salvaged wood and the L brackets were from the garage, [which] saved a lot in cabinetry!
My advice is to sketch, sketch, sketch! We changed the entire layout of the kitchen and pantry and only had our escrow period to finalize our plans (30 days). I drew up the kitchen in a million different layouts, finally deciding on what is pictured. Without constant revisions, who knows what it would have turned out like. Prioritize what you really want. My light fixture was a splurge compared to the scale of everything, but I knew that would be what tied everything together, so we budgeted around it.
Don’t rush things that don’t need to be done right away. We have plenty to “finish” — lots of trim that hasn’t been done, some décor, window solutions, new windows, etc. But our goal is to do things within our means, so that means patience, which is something I have never possessed great quantities of (sigh). Also, have a chart! We had a chart that would keep us on schedule and on budget so that things could get done in a crazy amount of time. (Did I mention we had to move out of our old place at the same time? Yes, it was crazy.) — Jodi