Before & After Showcase – Ashley’s Black & White Kitchen

I am so excited to share with you a new regular feature here on Bower Power.  I’m calling it a Before & After Showcase…and that is exactly what it is…a time to share, put on display, and applaud a fellow blogger who has taken something hum-drum and made it something worthy of the fist bump, a pat on the back and a piece of bacon.  I hope you all will visit the featured site and tell these DIYers what an amazing job they did, share your favorite bit of their transformation and in general spread the love.     

Ashley & Greg Brown are the bloggers behind the blog, 7th House on the Left.  They have been tackling their 1970’s home…and their kitchen transformation is so amazing that it literally makes me drool.  Let’s get right to it…the before was a lacking layout with little storage space…

and the after is a bright and white scene with a new layout and a gorgeous wall of tile…

They reworked the dishwasher, fridge and range location and I think it makes a world of difference. 

They also create lots more storage space by taking out a window and putting in some beautiful glass front cabinets and expanded the peninsula to have shelves on the end.  Love that.  Oh and check out those yummy floors. 

My favorite bit is their faux-zinc letters that Ashley created for her range backsplash.  Don’t they look like real metal? 

Overall – it’s a beautiful space that could short-circuit my computer (still drooling)….

What’s your favorite part?  The tile?  The hardware?  The Eat signage?  That amazing farmhouse sink?



  1. says

    I want this kitchen. I am obsessed with white cabinets and making over my kitchen ASAP. It’ll have to wait (as many large things do) but now I really want to add in some of her details… the book case at the end of the cabinets?! Yes, please! I have the perfect spot for that… now to just demo, rebuild, and add those small but important details!

  2. Karen says

    I’ve been reading Seventh House on the Left ever since YHL did a feature on it. I love when one blogs does an occasional spotlight on another blog… it usually leads me to one I haven’t discovered on my own.

    If we’re going to start complaining about one blog doing something another blog is doing, we need to start a list. Gray walls, white cabinets, marble countertops, white slipcovers, ceramic animals, faux taxidermy, coffee filter wreaths, chevron, sisal rugs, open shelving, pallet furniture, industrial lighting,etc, etc, etc. Need I go on?

    If you stop reading every blog that does something similar to another you ain’t gonna have much left to read. Personally, I like see the different spins put on similar ideas.

    Looking forward to the next Before and After, Katie. :)

  3. Kathy Davis says

    Geee whiz Katie! I’m sorry you have to put up with negative comments from time to time. I just don’t understand that! Growing up, my daddy always used to tell us, ” If you can’t say anything “nice”, don’t say anything at all”. Frankly…I ENJOY everything you take the time to share with us. As far as I’m concerned you are one of those individuals that God uses as an ENCOURAGER …your posts never fail to put a smile on my face and a lightness in my heart! THANK YOU!

  4. says

    Katie, I love this idea for your site!

    The little bookcase “end cap” they put on their peninsula is genius! Right now I have a trash can in that exact location, but that bookcase totally inspired me to put the trash can under the kitchen table or something. Pretty is as pretty does.

  5. says

    this is jaw-droppingly awesome! wow wow and more wow.

    sorry if someone has already asked this and you answered, but will you take submissions for your new before and after feature? just curious.

    thanks, katie!

  6. says

    Thanks, everyone, for the comments! This renovation process was a lot of fun and we’re looking forward to getting started on other room makeovers in our house in the near future.

    Katie! Thank you for featuring our kitchen! You are always so sweet and supportive :)

  7. says

    I absolutely ADORE your kitchen renovation! Wonderful taste & love the clean feel!! Did you use your existing cabinet & buy new doors or did you buy completely new cabinets? We’re getting ready to tackle our 1995 oak cabinet-kitchen & i’m having a hard time deciding if I should replace door or buy all new!

    thanks for your help!

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