Makeover By Monday | English-Inspired Kitchen Makeover

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THIS KITCHEN! It ranks high on my all-time-favorite projects list. We did a 3-Day renovation on this kitchen for our TV show “Makeover by Monday”. If you missed it, you can stream it on Discovery+ (or buy the episodes on Amazon). This is the second kitchen we have done in this series, to see the first click here! When I was looking for projects for the show, I initially thought making over a kitchen in 3 days would be too tough. But then I saw the before photos of this kitchen and I HAD TO take on this project! Let’s dive in!

A Great Canvas

There are so many amazing, original features to this kitchen that I knew I wanted to keep. I love the old sink, black and white wall tiles, hardwood floors, and the built-in. My job was to create a cohesive look that would showcase all those elements. Ruth and Annette, the couple that owns the house, are the best! They gave me complete creative freedom (which is my favorite kinda client).

One thing we discussed before the makeover was the doors and the built-in. In photos, the wood looks kinda nice…In real life, we saw it was cheap wood that actually had the grain painted on. They were in bad condition, and the Ladies were very happy with the idea of painting them. Once I got the green light on painting, I knew the color palette I wanted to use!

The walls are one of my favorite paint colors, Modern Mocha (by Behr); and the doors are another staple of mine, Aged Beige. I really like combining pink and burgundy, so I painted the built-in Divine Wine. I just love how all the colors work together, and those details on the built-in and doors pop now. Since we were removing some of the wood in the space, I wanted to add warmth with the wood ceiling, which was the greatest decision ever! I’ll talk about that more later on.

I could live in this kitchen forever! I am still amazed at how it went from a disjointed room, to a cohesive, cozy space in a few days. The colors feel so rich and it just feels like the perfect place to entertain.

Vintage Items

I wanted to use as many vintage items as I could in this kitchen. We found the island at a flea market, the rug was vintage from Turkey, the dresser was found in the couple’s basement, and all the tchotchkes were found on my thrifting adventures. A new coat of paint on a couple stools from Goodwill and they looked great!

Rehabbing the Kitchen Built-in

The built-in had a lot of damage, but we wanted to keep it. Painting it this striking berry color (Divine Wine) gave it a whole new life! The Ladies mentioned they love gnomes and whimsical creatures, so I found a few garden buddies to add to the built-in and some Woodland Wallpaper for the back of the shelves.

The Wood Ceiling

The ceiling. Swoon. I was not sure we could pull this off in the timeframe, but Mr. Yolo was confident, and wow! I am SO glad we did it. It’s a showstopper. We used tongue and groove planks from Menards. And the staining process was a bit of an accident. We stained the planks walnut, but it was was too dark. So we took paint stripper to pull back some of the stain and get a more rustic look…not sure I would recommend this process, but it did turn out quite beautiful. After the planks were nailed and glued to the ceiling, we used rough sawn cedar as the beams. We left those natural, and I love how the woods look together.

Kitchen Utility Rail

I worked with our carpenter buddy, Micheal, on this project. I have created a utility rail a few time before (you can see the tutorial in my Magnolia Workshop), but wanted this one to be unique, so I sketched out a scalloped bracket, and Micheal created and assembled them. Then I used Rub’n Buff on a copper pipe to create the brass rail. I love that it adds storage to the kitchen, while looking beautiful. We mimicked the scallop brackets over the sink to create more open shelving, and removed the bulk of the cabinet.

I think that’s about it! Let me know if you have other questions in the comments!
You can stream Makeover by Monday on the Magnolia Network  on discovery+ and the Magnolia app.

Shopping Sources

Brass Chandelier
Black Electric range
Black Retro Fridge
Art: Clare de Lune Peonies and Wild Greens
Drying Rack
Brass Faucet
Garden Gnome
Chasing Paper Woodland Wallpaper
Lollly Lolly Coffee Mugs
Paint Colors: Behr Modern Mocha, Divine Wine and Aged Beige
Vintages Items: Rug, island, dresser, stools, styling items

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  1. Lyn says:

    I love the chandelier! Is it a shiny gold or matted brass? If shiny gold, do you think that it could be rub n buffed to appear as it does in the photos If so, which rub n buff gold? Thank you for sharing this wonderful room!! I really love your design aesthetic, and love your lighting and fan choices. Already we have used a couple in our home.

    1. Jenni says:

      It’s more of a matte! I did not do make any changes to it. Thank you!!

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