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Jana & Peter's Labor of Love Remodeled Kitchen


Jana & Peter


Scotts Valley, California



Square Feet:


How many people live in home:

2 people (with 3 cats and lots of house guests)

What makes your small kitchen so cool?

We did it mostly ourselves with the help of some great friends. We used solid wood, milk paints and tung oil for the cabinets, nothing toxic. It is efficient, has everything we need and we have fed up to 50 people out of it.

One challenge you overcame in your small kitchen, or a good resource you've found.

When we bought our house everything was rotted and disgusting (see the before photo). We gutted everything and started over. We did it all in the evenings after work and on the weekends. A true labor of love.

Favorite Meal to Cook in Kitchen

Pizza. Homemade crust and sauce. Everyone loves it!

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Comments (54)

Looks so great! I especially love the windows below the cabinets, one of my fave features in any kitchen! I also really like the cabinet doors and wood floors. Great job!

posted by HeyNowTex on July 18, 2011 at 10:00am
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I love it! The cabinet color is gorgeous & everything looks so gorgeous and functional. I can't believe the transformation from the before photo :)

posted by christine @unspeakvisions on July 18, 2011 at 10:17am
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So cozy!

posted by Rosie4 on July 18, 2011 at 10:48am
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What a fabulous place to cook, and the banquette is charming. This is my favorite kitchen yet!

posted by cedargr0 on July 18, 2011 at 10:49am
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Lots of personality. Very inviting.

posted by Kateri_ on July 18, 2011 at 11:16am
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I love painted kitchens and before photos.

This is so gorgeous and so not AT commentary styled.


posted by hello123 on July 19, 2011 at 7:47am
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What a beautiful, functional kitchen. I love the hidden away shelves with the micro by the fridge. It doesn't look like it's there til you turn the corner.

posted by splim on July 18, 2011 at 12:18pm
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This is a dream kitchen to me. Beatiful re-do!

posted by onebravegirl on July 18, 2011 at 1:24pm
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Awesome work, and I must say, I love the pizza as well! :-)

posted by Dan Dawson on July 18, 2011 at 12:55pm
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Wow, this looks awesome, great job!!

posted by rfulmer on July 18, 2011 at 1:07pm
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Very cool... I love the eco-friendly aspects too!

posted by postmaster debbie on July 18, 2011 at 1:20pm
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I am in love with it guys!!! Awesome use of space. Totally functional, but yet gorgeous. I love the accents of orange in the space and I'm diggin the green cabinets. Love love love the sink and the hardware on the cabinets. Fabulous job you two!!!

posted by gaea tunnissen on July 18, 2011 at 2:48pm
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You two are the freaking bomb. So much talent. Wow.

posted by danesanders on July 18, 2011 at 4:02pm
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the cabinet color is great...this kitchen is huge compared to mine but I love it.

posted by ggsays on July 19, 2011 at 12:04pm
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It's so warm and welcoming. I could see this even in the snowy midwest where I live. Can almost smell curry and coffee... Nicely done!

posted by Linda P. on July 19, 2011 at 12:26pm
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So charming and beautiful, love it! Do plants do well by those two little windows in the corner? Those are my favorite feature! Gorgeous!

posted by NLB1125 on July 19, 2011 at 12:55pm
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This kitchen is so cozy ! It makes me want to brew some fresh coffee and put on a Neil Young album

posted by kitchenhip on July 19, 2011 at 3:19pm
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This is such a great kitchen. Jana & Peter, can you tell us what those countertops are made of? And if you can share where you got that awesome sink, I would love to know!

posted by deelw on July 20, 2011 at 12:01am
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Hi deelw. The countertops are concrete. I forget where we bought the sink from (somewhere on-line) but it's made by Elkay. It was my big splurge, I really wanted a sink with two drainboards. I do all my cutting on the right and usually have a draining rack on the left. It's easy to keep clean and super efficient.

posted by Jana & Peter on July 20, 2011 at 11:53am
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Way cooler than those other kitchens!

posted by Graham and Sarah on July 27, 2011 at 2:29pm
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simply amazing!!!!

posted by Darcie Gripp on July 20, 2011 at 3:23pm
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Thanks, Jana & Peter! I've been looking for a sink like yours - I bet it was worth the splurge :)

posted by deelw on July 20, 2011 at 11:25pm
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I would love to have this as my own kitchen! Warm, inviting, efficient, and what an AMAZING transformation! The color pallet is perfect!

posted by Melissa Becker on July 20, 2011 at 11:44pm
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Lovely! Where did you get that table?

posted by js13 on July 21, 2011 at 12:51pm
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We got the table from Crawfords in Santa Cruz. It's an antique-ish store. They restore old furniture from Pennsylvania. One of our favorite spots!

posted by Jana & Peter on July 21, 2011 at 8:20pm
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I truly gasped when I saw the 'before' picture. Wow, wow, and WOW!

posted by Annie-O on July 22, 2011 at 5:32pm
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This is amazing! Well done :) I love your kitchen.

posted by sunnychef on July 24, 2011 at 4:21pm
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Jana, I LOVE your home and your kitchen!


Melissa ccsn

I am voting for you!

posted by hunting4furniture on July 25, 2011 at 1:17pm
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Small and super cool!!

posted by Cayennegirl on July 26, 2011 at 10:26am
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Great use of space, it looks a lot bigger than it actually is, and stylish to boot.


posted by sara alana on July 26, 2011 at 12:27pm
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A fabulous transformation. I know how much work that required! Love it.

posted by Kate (NC) on July 26, 2011 at 1:24pm
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It's so homey. I love the corner windows under the cabinets.

posted by zenshuga on July 26, 2011 at 2:13pm
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As an interior designer I appreciate all the effort that went into your kitchen. Usually I'm not one for painted cabinetry but this is quite stunning. My only dislike would be the window frames left unpainted. By painting them white to blend in with your backsplash - your eye would go straight to the outside - rather than stopping by the wood surrounding it - it would give a more spacious and open feel at the corner - but love the windows under the cabinetry!!!! Great work

posted by idpat on July 26, 2011 at 2:57pm
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I really love the cabinet color.

posted by aaakid on July 26, 2011 at 4:02pm
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Beautiful job Jana & Peter! You are so talented!

posted by Ahebenstreit on July 26, 2011 at 4:01pm
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I love this one and I thought it looked familiar. It finally dawned on me now that it is a prettier version of the kitchen from the show "Friends".
It is gorgeous!

posted by Karen302 on July 26, 2011 at 4:50pm
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from a dismal looking kitchen to a good working one for me first price, bravo

posted by charpini on July 26, 2011 at 11:29pm
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Perfect! I love it.

posted by Caralyn on July 27, 2011 at 2:45am
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Beautiful, compact and cozy kitchen! Love it!

posted by cvbysea on July 27, 2011 at 9:43am
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I love love love your kitchen. The shelves, colors, and the openess! you have my vote!!

posted by pier723 on July 27, 2011 at 12:42pm
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Love your kitchen and your pizza!

posted by meg king on July 27, 2011 at 12:51pm
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Super cool, smart, efficient. Dig it.

posted by dMello on July 27, 2011 at 1:02pm
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I love love love this kitchen! It is beautiful and homey and simply lovely. I'm adding it to my collection of dream designs for when I get to own my own home. Congratulations!

posted by Elizabeth Flesh on July 27, 2011 at 2:11pm
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Oh My Goodness! I love this. Good job Peter and Jana!!!

posted by lynni on July 28, 2011 at 12:52pm
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I love that you kept a wood floor and have a carpet down--both features that often bring forth cries of impracticality. As long as you treat the materials with common sense and don't expect everything to stay pristine, you can enjoy these beautiful materials in your kitchen.

The cabinet pulls seem a little too glitzy for the feel of the rest of the space, but otherwise, wow!

posted by shawnamuffin on July 28, 2011 at 12:22pm
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This kitchen is warmth, love and kindness. Applauds and congratulations! beautiful job. All the hard work really shows, very inspiring

posted by smooshmallow on July 28, 2011 at 12:38pm
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love how this feels, warm and comforting and usable. If some sauce splatters it won't ruin any design lines or color palette before its cleaned up. This looks lived in and real and the kind of kitchen you would turn the corner and go AH! how wonderful :)

posted by cmerry on July 28, 2011 at 2:00pm
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Ooh, where did you find your sink? I'm looking for a sink/drainboard combo to fit into an a existing granite counter, but I'm having some troubles finding the right size!

posted by aewurster on July 28, 2011 at 11:18pm
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Gosh, this is so awesome! I love the cabinets, the banquet, the table, the ceiling, and the pops of orange. Brilliant transformation. Having renovated a kitchen, doing the work ourselves, I can tell how much effort and thought went into this. Very much deserving of the prize!

posted by adanielo on July 28, 2011 at 9:48pm
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Nevermind...just read your earlier post on the sink.

posted by aewurster on July 28, 2011 at 11:18pm
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Awwwww...what a kitchen and dining area. Love it! This is the ONE. The kind of kitchen I would like to have someday - cozy, functional, and compact. Good job! Congrats!

posted by Gigi Win on July 31, 2011 at 4:20am
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Beautiful and cozy kitchen. So many great features, but I love the banquette, which I am dying for. Great job with the eco-friendly nature of the kitchen also!

posted by Sheilap63 on August 1, 2011 at 7:14pm
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Thanks everyone for all the kind words and encouragement!

posted by janaluu on September 4, 2011 at 8:23pm
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Really well done. I love the integrated bookshelf in the front of your kitchen peninsula and the way it seamlessly transitions into the banquette. Well done!

posted by Loftmen on January 29, 2012 at 2:31pm
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