Amber’s New White Kitchen: 1990s No More

by hookedonhouses on November 6, 2012

Welcome to Amber’s kitchen. She writes, “Here’s my labor of love. My husband and I gutted our 1990’s kitchen with vinyl tiles, and laminate counters. He planned the layout and I chose the design.” The results are impressive. Here’s how it looked before:

Hard to believe it’s the same room, isn’t it? Here it is now:

Gorgeous! And I see no traces of the 1990s left, that’s for sure. Thanks, Amber!

See More “Hooked on Your Kitchens” Contest Entries: Kitchen Stories.

This is one of the entries submitted for my “Hooked on Your Kitchens” Contest. You’ll vote for your favorite soon, but I wanted to give you a chance to see and hear more about the kitchens first. I’ll try to post some more today. One rule: keep comments polite and positive. Thanks!

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Mary Ellen November 6, 2012 at 8:12 am

one word – “BEAUTIFUL” . I’m green with envy.

Kate November 6, 2012 at 8:19 am

This Kitchen is beautiful – I only wish there were some before pictures too!

romy November 6, 2012 at 8:44 am

Yes I agree with Kate! A before picture will add more woaws to this project!
Anyways, beautiful kitchen! congratulations!

House Crazy Sarah November 6, 2012 at 9:04 am

ditto – it’s gorgeous but now I’m so curious to see what it was before the reno!

Monica November 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

I would also love to see a before-more to get a feel for what the old floor plan looked like.

hookedonhouses November 6, 2012 at 9:32 am

If she wants to send me before photos, I’ll post them! :-)

rosie November 6, 2012 at 8:26 am

That kitchen is exquisite! I think I need to be invited over for coffee to get a better feel for just how amazing it is :)

In the first picture, under the cabinets on the left, it looks like a little glass block window-what is that? There are too many gorgeous details to mention and not one trace of 90’s left for sure! Amazing!

Joan November 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Rosie, if you get invited, can I tag along? Please?

Alie B November 6, 2012 at 8:31 am

Wow! Absolutely amazing. Love that sink! :-)

lynda November 6, 2012 at 8:32 am

Very nice. I hope you enjoy it for many, many years!

Kim November 6, 2012 at 8:50 am


Lisa November 6, 2012 at 9:17 am

Wow, beautiful kitchen!

Richella at Imparting Grace November 6, 2012 at 9:17 am

I have only one word that will suffice for this kitchen:


Ann Marie November 6, 2012 at 9:18 am

I would LOVE to know what color the cabinets are. I love they aren’t as bright “white” as the trim. I also love the little window in the back splash in photo 1.

Monica November 6, 2012 at 9:23 am

Wow, this is beautiful! I’d love to move right in and start cooking. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Jennifer November 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

A gorgeous kitchen!

tara dillard November 6, 2012 at 9:46 am

Looking from the fabulous kitchen to the deck is still the 90’s. Scale of the interior furnishings is great & a nice mix. Why the clunky scale on the deck & rooms-to-go ‘look’?

Boards need to be stained for interior/exterior to flow into a vanishing threshold.

Perhaps that’s next. Would be another great before/after. They are a team of talent.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

Shabby Chick November 6, 2012 at 10:02 am

*PLONK*…..stunning…..amazing…..drop dead gorgeous. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mary Jo November 6, 2012 at 10:02 am

Beautiful! I like the dark wood floor and island, they give warmth to balance all the gorgeous white. I also like that it is so open to the other areas.

Emily November 6, 2012 at 10:23 am

Love the cabinetry!! The uppers, the glass, the furniture-style bases… I wish I had chosen that for my kitchen!

etta November 6, 2012 at 10:25 am

Wow!! I LOVE this kitchen!! I’m just curious to see the before pics :-)

hookedonhouses November 6, 2012 at 10:39 am

For all of you who asked, Amber just sent me a couple of before photos and I posted them. The transformation is pretty amazing, isn’t it?

elizabeth November 6, 2012 at 10:40 am

I saw this kitchen on Cote De Texas. You should Amber her to share pictures of the rest of the house. It is gorgeous!

hookedonhouses November 6, 2012 at 11:02 am

I’d love to see it!

Bethany {at} Powell Brower Home November 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

wow – im in awe of this!! so great!

Teresa November 6, 2012 at 10:49 am

One word… Stunning! Love the farmhouse sink and the glass cabinetry. Everything is well planned and thought out.

Carrie November 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

Wow! Well that confirms that I need to paint my oak cabinets white ASAP!

Carey November 6, 2012 at 11:33 am
hookedonhouses November 6, 2012 at 11:47 am

I read Joni’s blog but missed that post. Thanks, Carey!

ELIZABETH November 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm


Catherine November 6, 2012 at 12:03 pm


My dream kitchen. Going into the ol’ ‘permanent home’ inspiration file this one….

Debbie November 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

GORGEOUS!!!! I’m so impressed that they did this themselves! It’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! (Love those little windows above the countertop to the left of the stove.)

Trish @TheOldPostRoad November 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Night and day! What a difference! Love it.

Julia November 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

What a great transformation! Gives me hope.

Rebecca C. November 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful remodel. Great job!

Kim November 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm

What a gorgeous transformation. There’s nothing I dislike about Amber’s kitchen.

I love what the family has done to their whole house. They took every room into consideration and I love that. I think their house would be worth sharing on your blog.

Monica November 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Gorgeous, and great job! One question, can you find out who makes the double pendant above the island? Would love to put that in our new house! Thanks!!

Kim November 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm

It is a CLEMSON DOUBLE PENDANT light fixture made by Restoration Hardware. You can view it here:

hookedonhouses November 6, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Thanks, Kim!!

Monica November 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Yes, thank you!!

Blake November 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

So very beautiful! A truly amazing transformation!

Joan November 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Can I add one more Wow! ?? That is the most fabulous renovation ever. Everything about it is just perfect. Congratulations to Amber and her husband on a job well done.

It’s gorgeous!

Laura November 6, 2012 at 6:23 pm


Jane November 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm

What a gorgeous and appealing difference!

Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} November 6, 2012 at 8:05 pm

That is one gorgeous kitchen! White is always my favorite color for this room!

LouAnn November 6, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Master, miracle, marvelous makeover!

Becky November 6, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Holy cow this is the most wow make over I’ve seen. Makes me want to rip everything put and start over. Gorgeous!!

Kimberly November 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Beautiful transformation! Yes, hard to believe it’s the same room.

JAN November 7, 2012 at 12:50 am

This is one of my favorite kitchens ever,love everything about it! Lucky family to have this inviting space to enjoy everyday. This is so enjoyable, sharing the heart of the home.

meg November 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm

That is one extreme makeover! Gorgeous.
We are gutting our and I will certainly use this as a source of inspiration.
Would you mind asking Amber if she has 10 foot ceilings please? I like the glass cabinets topped with solid, but not sure if it’ll work in my post-War home.
Thank you for considering!

Sydney November 7, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Absolutely beautiful! I am in love with the posts in the barstool area.

Xenia November 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Amber’s kitchen is beyond gorgeous!!!! It is truly STUNNING!

Signe November 8, 2012 at 10:23 am

Such a fantastic transformation. Great layout and amazing choices for appliances, hardware, cabinets, window treatments, etc…. all in all, just a fabulous kitchen!!!

Lisa @TheDecorGirl November 8, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Absolutely stunning. One can see this is a kitchen for someone who cooks, aka a real kitchen. Those big drawers are the best addition to any kitchen. This is a really great before and after!

snaggy November 10, 2012 at 12:11 am

Love it

Regina November 10, 2012 at 10:01 am

Fantastic kitchen-love everything! Can you tell me any information on the cabinet knobs and pulls? Thanks!

Melanie November 14, 2012 at 10:25 am

Can’t believe that’s the same kitchen. Simply stunning.

Amy November 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm


liz November 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I LOVE THIS KITCHEN!!!! I am thinking about remodeling my kitchen, so I have literally looked at hundreds of photos – but this one stopped me in my tracks!! There is just something about this space which I became immediately attracted to. I love everything about it – especially the fact that even though it is all white – it has a very warm and cozy feel to it. This is an amazing and extremely well thought out renovation – my absolute favorite so far!!!

Judith November 27, 2012 at 11:01 pm

AMAZING!! Incredible job :)

jamie November 30, 2012 at 9:51 am

I have been drooling over this kitchen! Oh how I wish our remodel turns out with this same feeling. Great inspiration!

Menahil December 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

GORGEOUS!! The last pic WOWED me, If that was my kitchen I'd nvr leave the house!

JoLynn February 17, 2013 at 2:16 am

That sink is killer!! LOVE it!!

Debbie May 29, 2013 at 11:22 am

So gorgeous.
Are the cabinets custom? Just love them.

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