Before and After: A Seriously Impressive $10K Converted Garage Kitchen

Before and After: A Seriously Impressive $10K Converted Garage Kitchen

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Tess Wilson
Nov 26, 2018
(Image credit: The Grit & Polish)

Years ago, this garage had been converted into a full apartment, and the time had come for not just an upgrade, but a total gut job. Six weeks later, this bare bones corner is a darkly glam kitchen.

Unfortunately, this is the only photo available, but here's a bit of insight: "We don't actually have a photo of the original kitchen, but trust me when I say, it was bad. The layout, the aesthetics, the functionality... none of it worked." It's extremely relatable that nobody thought or had the chance to take a photo before the gutting began; just imagine a terrible kitchen in a converted garage, and be suitably impressed when you see the space now:

(Image credit: The Grit & Polish)

Cathy of The Grit & Polish did an incredible job on this kitchen. It's set apart from the rest of the space both by the amazing raw-edge island and the dramatic paint color. The polished concrete floor is the only non-DIY element in the place, and it's great on its own but especially with the stainless steel appliances. The industrial look is balanced by the artwork, the refined lights, and the elegant cabinetry in a dramatic hue. The impressively integrated hood vent was DIY, and there's a tutorial on The Grit & Polish if you'd like to attempt it yourself.

The light over the sink is from Phansthy on Amazon, the horse painting is by George Stubbs from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the landscape is from McGee & Co., the light on the post is from Pottery Barn.

(Image credit: The Grit & Polish)

This is seriously one of the greatest paint colors ever. In some lights it's green, in some it's blue or teal, in others it's black—such a deep, rich hue that has plenty of life. The creamy white paint on the ceiling and some of the walls makes the most of the daylight streaming through the window, while the window itself creates a fascinating chiaroscuro effect. The slatted ceiling adds old-world charm that ties in with the works of art, and its white paint keeps it from being distracting.

The dark green paint is Sherwin-Williams Jasper, the cream paint is Sherwin-Williams Snowbound, the faucet is from AguaStella on Amazon, the rug is from Urban Outfitters, and the appliances were found at a scratch-and-dent sale. The total of the project was $9,500.

Thank you, Cathy of The Grit & Polish!

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