A Small Kitchen Makeover

Meet Amy…

Last November she was hired to bring a 1930′s Spanish bungalow back to life, while honoring the antique feeling of the home. Here are some before shots of the kitchen

And here are the incredible after’s…

To create warmth, Amy layered natural materials, ranging in color from a rusty terracotta to a rich mocha, and highlighted it all with pops of antique brass. Check out the leathered granite counter tops…

It’s ‘Copper Legnia’ and it came from Daltile. To achieve the finish, Amy said “they apply a chemical wash, whereas with a honed or polished finish they use sandpaper”.

The breakfast table was custom made out of this wood…

(Please tell me your mouth just watered too.)

Using chairs that are the same color as the table helps keep things visually calm, and making sure they’re a different texture creates visual interest at the same time. Love that! And what a neat idea for a centerpiece too, huh? Amy said she purchased the antique ceramic vessel, filled it with newspaper, then laid craft moss on top in clumps.

The drawers pulls are from Rocky Mountain Hardware.  Amy says, “Hardware is like jewelry to me!”.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this kitchen come to life as much as I did! For more inspiring before and after photos of Amy’s work check out her blog at AmyMeierDesign.com/blog.

Amy’s Source List:
Pendant lights: Circa Lighting (Single Sloane & Small Hicks)
Stove: Viking (Model #VGSC5304BSS)
Floors and counters: Daltile
Cabinets: Crystal (Color- Linen White with Glaze)

Drawer Pulls: Rocky Mountain Hardware


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  1. says

    Fantastic makeover; I especially like the cane chairs at the table. Do you know where they are from?

  2. says

    What an honor! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing my work with your readers! What a fabulous start to a Friday :)
    Amy Meier

  3. Kim in MD says

    What a gorgeous re-do! I love the leathered countertops! It all just came together so beautifully- just stunning! :-)

  4. Julie says

    And just when I thought I had decided on a direction to go with my kitchen. ADORE this color pallette. So fresh and calming, but not washed out.

  5. says

    She is incredible! I follow her blog and I loved seeing this kitchen the first time around when she posted it, and probably love it even more after seeing the photos again and reading your descriptions! So glad you chose to highlight Amy!

  6. Monique says

    I have a small kitchen in need of an update so it’s especially rewarding to see a small kitchen redo. It’s beautiful. Well done.

  7. says

    So pretty!!! I love the subway tile in the dark brown. Oh and I am happy to see I’m not the only one who shoves newspaper in bowls and vases so I don’t have to use a ton of the pretty stuff. That was a great idea, just laying the moss in clumps like that. I thought it was covered rocks. Her idea is so much simpler!

  8. says

    I just about fell OFF OF THE SOFA!!

    THAT is some serious gorgeousnessssss…Steve and I are about to start on another cute beach cottage renovation ourselves (see blog) I have always love love loved brass, so much more than the silver look..Im happy to report that BRASS is the new SILVER..Ive seen it coming and am all YAY!!!

    happy weekend, peeps!
    coastal nest cottage

  9. says

    Thanks for sharing, Layla!

    Our kitchen is overdue for a reno… I’m trying to get the “smaller” projects out of the way first but I’m getting pretty antsy.

    Hope you have a great weekend!


  10. Lili says

    I was so falling in Love with the before picture…till I saw the AFTER!! BEAUTIFULLY DONE!! – Mon chapeau!!

  11. Joanne says

    Love the plates in the frame. So many white or blue plates on walls in homes makes this look all the more enticing. And keeping the light cabinets but adding all the dark accents is very pleasing to the eye. Very well put together.

  12. says

    I would also like to know where she got these chairs…they are wonderful and would look good in my small scale home.


  13. says

    My husband cringes everytime I come to this site. He knows I am going to want to paint, floor and sew like a madwoman.

  14. says

    Stunning Spanish bungalow Amy !!

    Hi Layla,
    If you get a chance stop over, The Old painted cottage and I, are having great spring basket givaway!!!


  15. says

    Love this makeover! This is such a great space.
    Don’t usually love gold fixtures, but the pendant lights are gorgeous from Circa.
    Love how they tie in with the gold frame. So pretty and warm.
    Thanks for sharing, Layla!


  16. says

    WOW! That turned out absolutely beautiful! Sometimes I think that I could design if I had the money, but then I see things like this and my mouth just drops! It’s absolutely beautiful!

  17. Karen says

    Haha, okay, I saw the first “before” shot before I read the text and thought it was the “after” shot!! Not a bad little kitchen before, but wow, what a difference in the real after shots :)