Brightening up Your Kitchen

Today’s renovation makeover is located in Fredericton, at the residence of Peter & Holly McDougall.  The homeowners wanted to brighten and refresh the space, with modern painted cabinets and staggered height sizing.

Peter & Holly sat down with Jim, Avondale’s Professional Kitchen Designer, to go over layout changes, designs and quotes, in a meeting at the McDougall home.  In 2 hours, the whole package is complete.  Here is a look at the proposed on-site hand drawing designs:




Take a look at the kitchen before.  While the cabinets were in great shape, the wood was weighing down the space, and the green laminate counters had had their day:

Kit Fridge BEFORE ....

The homeowners opted to add a wood island, keeping the warmth of the natural material, while brightening up the rest of the room with painted cabinets.  The design has swapped out most of the lower doors with easier to access soft close drawers:

Kit Fridge AFTER

A before shot looking towards the patio doors, notice the panel at the left, which will be removed creating a better flow to the room:

Kit sink BEFORE

Panel removed, opening up the kitchen from this view.  Bulk heads have been removed, and the kitchen features open top crown upper cabinets, mixed with ceiling height cabinets:

Kit sink AFTER

The kitchen felt a bit crowed originally with two half walls separating the dining room and kitchen area:

Kitchen BEFORE

Two stools at the island overhang give extra seating without taking up space:

Kitchen AFTER

Cutlery inserts next to the dishwasher keep all small utensils organized:

ACC Cutlery

A high volume garbage can system allows you to keep your trash can off of the kitchen floor. Simply clip the bags into the drawer, and un-clip when ready to remove.


Large drawers can hold everything from plates, to small appliances to pots and pans and Tupperware.  Heavy duty soft close slides keep the drawers running smoothly:

ACC island Drawers TOP

ACC Island Storage Drawer

ACC pots Drawer

ACC tupperware CutleryThe panel in front of the sink flips down, for scrubbie and dishwasher tablet storage.  Under the sink is a tea towel holder and pull out area for cleaning supplies: ACC sink

Thank you Peter & Holly for choosing Avondale for your Kitchen Makeover!

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1969 Vintage Camper Gets Avondale Kitchen

Hi Everyone!

We have something a bit different for you today. We will talk you through the renovation of our Showroom Manager’s renovated 1969 Glendale Camper, complete with an Avondale Kitchen Reface. Enjoy!:


Last year I purchased a 1969 Glendette Camper, with the hopes of remodeling it into the perfect glamper.  After a year (a long break in the winter!), it is almost complete.

Let me start off by showing you the before photo.  It was a bit rough, but overall the bones seemed like they could have potential. I picked up this trailer from kijiji, for $800.00, and hauled it home:


Inside, the floors and cabinets were dark and dingy. The first step was to repaint all walls and remove doors.IMG_8093


Bobae loved helping with all of the details!


After the base of the interior was painted, it was time for the new floors. You can see that part of the floor was uncovered.


We decided to call in the big guns and have Tile your World come in and lay the new floor. It took him a few hours, and it made all the difference.


Here’s a little side by side before and after of the old and new floor:


The best thing about the new floor? You can’t see the dirt!!


After the floor and painting were complete, it was time for the fun part! I put together a few samples, to try and come up with a theme, or direction of the project. Grey and white polka dot for curtains, a teal pattern for cushion covers, the chosen flooring, and soft pastel accents. The name of the game? Soft, girly and clean.


We removed the existing counter, sink, range, and propane heater, and replaced with a straight run of countertop. I chose a Wilsonart laminate that came straight from the mid-century vault, to add to the charm of the original era.

I chose a chateau style door to replace the original doors and give the look of a refaced kitchen.  We swapped out the original light and replaced with a pretty mini-chandelier.



As you can see in the photo above, I have one more drawer front to install, but I was just too excited not to share the progress already!

We replaced the laminate on the kitchen table with the same as the main kitchenette:


Enjoying the new table!


I chose a sparkly, yet durable handle for the doors, to add some shine and glam!


The closets and storage section of the camper originally consisted of smaller doors, but we swapped them out for full length doors for a streamlined look:



What a difference a coat of paint can make!



I printed off some free printable art onto card stock and framed with dollar store frames to add a bit of a welcoming touch as you enter:


Now that the inside was complete, it was time to move to the outside!

All of the metal strips and screws were rusty and dirty. We wiped them all down really well, taped them off, and sprayed with a Armor Coat rust paint.  It made a HUGE difference.




After all of the metal was covered, it was FINALLY time to paint the exterior! We cleaned the entire camper with soap and water, then let it dry over night.

I chose a plain white exterior paint, and 2077-40 Spring Azalea for the stripes.





How exciting! We’ve taken her out three times now, and every time we sit in awe and say “I LOVE this camper!”


Happy camping everyone!



Are you ready for your dreams to come true?  Give us a call today or stop in for a factory and showroom tour. We have designers in your area every week, from Grand Falls to Saint John!

317 Lockhart Mill Road, Jacksonville (Woodstock), NB, Canada