Room Remix: Kitchen Gets a Spotless Green Makeover

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There’s nothing I love more than a beautiful before and after, and even more so when the redesign is eco-friendly. Cathy McMurray of Olio United took the Earth into consideration in nearly every decision when she and her husband took on a major kitchen renovation, they got a new countertop from Floform’s Portland page and the result is stunning!


Here’s some information about the project in Cathy’s own words:

The before pictures were shot during our final walk through, so this is the way that the previous owner had the kitchen and dining room set up. If you look closely in the first photo, there are parts of the kitchen that were unfinished when we moved in: no backsplash, unpainted window trim, no baseboard or door trim, no cabinets on one wall, etc. We replaced/covered every surface, including the ceilings. We took out the makeshift hutch in between the kitchen and dining room, which opened up the space a lot more, and added an archway. (Our main floor is only 850 sq. ft.)


And here’s some information about the eco-friendly products they used to make the room complete:

  • Countertops: Made of chipboard that was naturally dyed with an ebony color. It is normally sold as decorative paneling, but Cathy and her husband decided to try it as a countertop since the cost was a fraction of other materials they were looking at. They found it through a local company in Portland called Canopy Home.
  • Cabinets: Made of FSC-certified walnut and maple ply
  • Wallpaper: Grasscloth, paper-backed woven jute by Twenty2
  • Paint: Very low- or no-VOC options, mostly from Yolo Colorhouse
  • Appliances: Bosch dishwasher, Amana refrigerator and Dacor oven are all energy efficient and made in the U.S.
  • Flooring: Cork in the kitchen and bamboo in dining room
  • Backsplash: Recycled glass tile from Portland’s Stardust Glass

Isn’t the result absolutely breathtaking? This makes me want to do a kitchen renovation right now! Ok…maybe not right now, but it gives me hope that if we ever decide to purchase a fixer-upper, we could turn the kitchen into something as gorgeous and green as this! I’m really loving the hanging pantry, made of FSC-certified wood, that’s shown above. You can read more about Cathy’s remodel at the Olio blog. You could also checkout hopkinsandporter at professional home remodeler.

Do you have a green home project you’d like to share? Submit your story and photos for a chance to be featured here at Green Your Decor! I love before and afters, and I’d love to showcase the ingenuity of my readers in making something beautiful and eco-friendly!

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7 comments… add one
  • Avatar Natasha Liburd October 2, 2009, 8:04 pm

    What a transformation… I love the new color scheme- very refreshing! The backsplash is my favorite!

  • Avatar Fig+Sage October 3, 2009, 2:15 pm

    Wow – its gorgeous!!! This makes me want to remodel something too…I like the kitchen/dining room shot – it looks so inviting!!! Thanks for sharing this Jennae ­čÖé

  • Avatar Kenmore October 6, 2009, 3:02 pm

    That was an amazing transformation! We seen some great renovations too and this is an excellent example of using eco-friendly products to make a kitchen greener and more beautiful. We look forward to more photos from other kitchen projects!

  • Avatar Condo Blues October 6, 2009, 8:56 pm

    I love the cabinets. Mostly because I dislike my kitchen cabinets ­čÖé

  • Avatar Tiffany October 7, 2009, 11:17 am

    I want that backsplash!!

  • Avatar Megan MacDonald October 14, 2009, 1:06 am

    I love the polka dot back splash! I can see a sticky-fingered kid sitting on the counter for a treat and running their little fingers along it. It’s the sort of kitchen a child would always remember ­čÖé

  • Avatar Donna June 9, 2016, 10:01 pm

    Wow! Perfect transformation.I am a great fan of eco friendly living and I am happy to know that you are using eco friendly materials for your kitchen renovation, it would not only benefit the environment but you and your family as well. Congratulation, you’ve done a great job, your kitchen is very gorgeous, fresh and comfortable, you remind me to remodel my kitchen too.

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