The House That Lars Built Brightens up a Dark Kitchen with White Wood Blinds

Abigail Sawyer | 25 Jun 2018 | Kitchen

Brittany Jepsen from The House that Lars Built just revealed her STUNNING kitchen makeover and we couldn't be more obsessed. After seeing her nursery reveal with floral wall murals and office upgrade with a hand painted geometric floor, we thought she couldn't do better, but her transformation of this tiny, dark kitchen blew us away.

The basement apartment kitchen started as a dark galley with heavy wood cabinets, laminate flooring, and worst of all - mini blinds on their last legs.

Brittany Says:

"A huge part of the problem was our metal, mini blinds. Yes, like the ones in a college dorm room. They were very fragile, difficult to work with, and cheapened the whole space."

before and after shot of dated kitchen with brown cabinets and after with pink Persian rug, blue and white painted cabinets and white wood blinds with cloth tapes

A big challenge for Brittany was finding a window treatment that would make the most of the limited natural light in the dark kitchen.

Brittany Says:

"The kitchen is tucked into the corner of our house where there’s only late afternoon light. With such a small kitchen, we need all the natural lighting we can get."

kitchen with blue lower cabinets, white upper cabinets, subway tile backsplash, white blinds and oriental runner rug

To give the kitchen a brighter feel, Brittany painted the wood cabinets white on top and went with a soft navy for the lowers. New countertops, a classic subway tile backsplash, and updated flooring completely transformed the space. Pink accents and a lush Persian rug add just the right pops of color.

The only thing left was to update the windows and ditch those mini blinds once and for all.

How to Maximize Natural Light in a Small, Dark Kitchen

To brighten up the space and add more polish to the windows, Brittany selected the Premium 2 Inch Wood Blinds in White with Cloth Tapes in Snow.

closeup of kitchen wall with subway tile and small window with white wood blinds with cloth tapes

Brittany Says:

"We chose the 2” Premium Wood Blinds in White and I’m in love with them! They keep the room light and airy and are a cinch to control. We used to not even raise our old blinds because they were such a pain to maneuver. Now we constantly have light flooding in which is such a game changer! I also chose to include the cloth tapes in white which gives a very classy look to the blinds."

Cloth tapes give the blinds a more traditional feel and add charming detail to such a small window. Brittany's windows are a perfect example of how white blinds and thick window trim can look a whole lot like higher-end window shutters.

woman in blue and white dress standing in front of kitchen window tilting open white blinds

The two-inch wood blinds also give a unified look to the window in the back door. A clean white valance hides the hardware at the top, and hold down brackets keep the bottom rail anchored to the door so it doesn't swing when the door opens.

kitchen with blue lower cabinets, white upper cabinets, subway tile backsplash, white blinds and oriental runner rug

To further amplify the light-and-bright feel, Brittany got rid of the dated fluorescent light and replaced it with several can lights. They make the kitchen feel cheerful and provide practical task lighting for food prep.

woman standing in galley kitchen with blue and white cabinets and wall of windows with white blinds and blinds on back door with window

Brittany Says:

"With our new blinds we are feeling the light! And it feels GOOD!"

If you can believe it, the kitchen didn't gain any additional square footage but feels so much bigger and brighter, just with surface-level changes.

Get the Look!

Brittany chose Premium 2 Inch Wood Blinds in White with Cloth Tapes in Snow. To read more about Brittany's kitchen makeover AND get a special discount for her readers, check out her post, Small Space: Kitchen Renovation.

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    Abigail Sawyer is the Manager of Social Media Marketing for She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw