Before & After: A Minneapolis Kitchen Gets A Fresh, Bright New Look

Design*Sponge / Alison Allen Kitchen Makeover

Design*Sponge / Alison Allen Kitchen Makeover

I am beyond thrilled to be able to kick off 2014’s Before & Afters with Alison Allen’s fabulous kitchen makeover. My fiancé Daniel introduced me to Alison’s blog, Deuce Cities Henhouse, a few months back and the two of us have been absolutely hooked ever since. Alison (AKA Scoops) chronicles her life and the renovation process of her 100-year old Minneapolis home on her blog, all with trademark wit and a sharp, yet unfussy sense of modern style. Her most recent foray into DIY-Home-Renovation-Land has been her home’s kitchen—which, let’s be real, was not too shabby to begin with, but could certainly have benefited from an upgrade. With a few teases here and there over the past few months, we’ve been waiting in anxious anticipation for the Big Reveal. Well, today, I’m pleased to announce that we’ve got it right here—and it was totally worth the wait! The transformation is utterly stunning; the space has gone from quietly charming (albeit not totally functional) to a total knockout. Complete with a fresh and unifying black and white palette, Alison has maintained her kitchen’s old-school charm through small doses of turquoise color and vintage finds, and created a space that is lightyears more functional, dynamic, and au courant! Check out all of the photos of this wonderful transformation after the jump! —Max

Design*Sponge / Alison Allen Kitchen Makeover

Design*Sponge / Alison Allen Kitchen Makeover

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SOURCE LIST

Paint
White Wall Paint : Clark & Kensington – Casual White
Dark Gray Wall Paint : Behr – Paramount
Trim and Cabinets : Farrow & Ball – All White
Radiator Paint : Rustoleum Universal : Satin Black
Hardware Paint : Rustoleum Universal : Flat Black

Decor
Light Fixture : School House Electric – Factory Satellite 3 in Aqua Shades
Ceiling Medallion : House of Antique Hardware 16″ Medallion
Enamel Basin & Bowl : West Elm
Lidded Atlas Canning Jars : Etsy Vintage
Aqua Waterscape Vase : West Elm
Kitchen Aid Mixer in Pistachio : Kitchen Aid
Butter Dish : Antrhopologie
Utensil Pottery : Crooked Creek Studio on Etsy
Raw Wood Large Cutting Board : West Elm
Tall Hive Vase : West Elm
Coffee Canister : Ikea
Black and White Kitchen Towel : Anthropologie
Clock : Crate and Barrel – Discontinued
Vintage Clock Radio : Good Bones Vintage Co on Etsy
Vintage Fire King Sugar Bowl and Creamer : Etsy Vintage
Enamel Canisters : West Elm
Plant Hanger : Handmade – Tutorial Here
Marble Cheese Board : West Elm
Wooden Cheese Board : West Elm – Discontinued
Cheese Knife Set : West Elm – Discontinued
Dish Scrub Brush : Honest Company
Sponge Bowl : Target Threshold
Footed Butcher Block Cutting Board : Handmade – Tutorial Here
Wood Bowl : Target Threshold
Mortar and Pestle : Ikea
Mudroom Chalk Boards : Ikea
Black Light Fixtures : Ikea
Table Cloth : Ikea (Curtains turned Table Cloth)
Tea Pot : Warren Mackenzie
Beaded Ornaments : Fox & Owl
Storage Bins : H&M Home

Artwork
Spiral Artwork : Kalie Eckerson via the MCAD artsale
Chain of Lakes Topographic Art : Crafterall on Etsy

Furniture
Chairs : Eames White Side Chairs with Dowel Base
Step Stools : Ikea

Styling
Nicole Ripplinger @ Middle North Creative

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  1. Antado says:

    Wow! Great changes!

  2. Wow!…Huge impact! colors are great…fresh and clean. The torquoise accents really finish it off.

  3. I’m madly in love with the black sink! And the wooden shelves that blend into the brick are also divine, and the cutting board on the wall, is such a work of art.

    I did like the aqua paint in the original picture, though, especially with the yellow. I have a similar combo in my living room and get loads of compliments on how soothing it is. However, the brighter shade of aqua in the rest of the kitchen was definitely an eyesore. And that copper tile back splash with it was headache-inducing. I, personally, wouldn’t have thought to use a dark color in such a minute space, but kudos to how beautifully it turned out. Black and white are always a winning combo in my book. Add a dark grey, and it’s even better. Nice job.

  4. Wow!…Huge impact! shades are great…fresh and fresh. The turquoise accessories really complete it off.

  5. Brooke says:

    I love it!!!!! May I ask where you purchased the bag that is hanging with the jacket? It’s adorable:)

  6. Samantha says:

    Wow! I really like the vintage modern style of your kitchen now. I agree that it is more functional and organized this time. I also like the color. Great idea! Thanks for sharing this.

  7. Your kitchen looks really very appealing. A good lighting can also turn your kitchen into a beautiful and pleasant place of your home.

  8. mati says:

    So simple and so nice, this work make the people to think else about interior design
    Its a well done design.
    i knew in israel a good interior designer zohara klein, that makes magic ‘ from old houses she made them fancy and modern one – זוהרה קליין

  9. very creative kitchen pictures. loved the design. Great Job!

  10. Robin says:

    Let’s here it for white kitchen appliances. I’m so tired of stainless. Love the natural wood, color accents. Everything is great and fresh.

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