Hello beautiful friends! I have some exciting news to share today that involves our kitchen makeover!
We completely redid our super dark kitchen two summers ago, exactly one year after moving in.
Here is how it started:
The bones were fantastic, but the dark color was just not my style. As soon as I could, I set out to transform this space into one that I love!
I took ya’ll through every project one at a time here on the blog until our kitchen transformation was complete!
I’m sharing our kitchen makeover again today because of my exciting news!
Our kitchen got a three page spread in Country Sampler’s special Farmhouse Style 2021 Kitchen Issue!
I was excited to have our kitchen included in this issue for sure, but it wasn’t until I opened the copy they sent me that I learned we made the cover!!
Woot woot! I know many of you watched and followed along as our kitchen makeover unfolded, and I just wanted to share this with all of you!
And in case your kitchen is in need of a little TLC, I’m recapping the 10 DIY projects that really pulled this kitchen makeover together!
I’ve included the links to each project throughout if you’d like to see more.
1. Paint the Cabinets
Painting the cabinets is by far the best bang you’ll get for your buck in a kitchen! I used my How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets the Right Way tutorial to paint this kitchen the very same way I did in our previous kitchen.
I knew from the start these cabinets would be painted.
The after is like a breath of fresh air compared to the before!
2. Update the Hardware
This is an easy update anyone can do!
We started with simple brushed nickel knobs that weren’t all that interesting:
I decided to switch them out for a mix of knobs and pulls in chrome instead:
Our island and butler’s pantry got these pretty glass ones:
I believe we found these all at the Home Depot.
A quick peek at our Butler’s pantry just off the kitchen…
3. Beef up your existing kitchen island
There was nothing wrong with our kitchen island, other than it was a bit underwhelming for the space:
I beefed it up with the addition of a few 1x4s and bead board:
Then, I painted it in this beautiful blue, Sunken Pool by Behr:
4. Build a Cover for your Range Hood
One way to get a totally custom look in your kitchen is to build a range hood cover.
Here’s what we started with:
It had a basic stainless steel range hood and a funky stainless backsplash complete with what we believed to be a warming rack.
Luckily, all of the buttons for the range hood were on the bottom, so I was able to encase the rest of the hood pretty easily.
This is one of my favorite projects on our kitchen to-do list!
I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I used.
5. Add glass to your existing kitchen cabinet Doors
I love the look of glass cabinets in a kitchen, but because most of the contents of our kitchen cabinets aren’t that visually appealing, just one cabinet with glass works for me!
This cabinet door started just the same as all the rest with raised panels:
Adding glass, or should I say “glass” to this one set of doors breaks up the cabinetry and adds a little something to this corner.
6. Add or Replace Lighting Fixtures
Our previous pendant lights were exactly as I described the island in its before state, underwhelming:
Look at those dinky things!
My Hubby switched out the old pendant lights with these gorgeous ones I found on Amazon HERE.
They are so elegant and very reasonably priced! We used clear bulbs so the light is quite bright.
7. Replace the Faucet
Our old faucet wasn’t as functional as I would have liked:
I much prefer one that I can get my big pots under with ease, so my Hubby replaced the old faucet with this beauty that I also purchased on Amazon HERE:
I absolutely love our new faucet! It has a pull-down sprayer that is so much more functional than our old one. Plus, it has three different spray settings. And of course it is just pretty to look at as well.
8. Add/replace backsplash
Our new backsplash is probably my very favorite thing about our new kitchen!
Previously, there was no backsplash in our kitchen, other than the stainless piece at the back of the stove:
This gorgeous mother-of-pearl tile stole my heart the minute I found it!
It shimmers and sparkles and makes me happy just looking at it!
I purchased this beautiful mother-of-pearl tile from Amazon HERE.
Just look at how the tile glistens when the light hits it…
9. Replace cabinets with open shelving
Another project on the to-do list for this kitchen was to remove this lone, skinny cabinet:
It was too skinny really to be functional, so I replaced it with open shelving:
I used the same brackets that I used on our kitchen island from the Home Depot. Luckily there were studs behind each bracket, so I was able to drill screws in between tiles and right into the studs to hang these.
I used stair treads that I cut down for the shelves.
They don’t hold a ton, but they definitely hold more than the odd cabinet that was there!
You can see what I made from that cabinet door HERE!
10. Update your barstools
The vinyl tops to our kitchen barstools were looking a bit ragged before:
It wasn’t too hard to update them at all with brand new white vinyl:
I replaced the nailhead trim with chrome ones to tie in with our hardware and faucet:
We were very fortunate that we were able to use our existing cabinets!
I hope you enjoyed seeing all the projects that came together to recreate our kitchen!
I was very lucky to start with a great kitchen, but even the most dated of kitchens can be transformed with a few DIY projects!
You have to see how my sister and I transformed it! You can see it all HERE!