This is it, amazing friends! Our kitchen makeover is complete and I am SO thrilled to share it with ya’ll today!
Shall we take one last peek at what it looked like before?
Dark, dark, and more dark with the wine-colored cabinets and black granite:
I am so grateful we were blessed with excellent bones to begin with.
But…goodbye darkness, hello light and bright, with a side of charm!
I knew from the start these cabinets would be painted.
I just like a lighter, more airy feel in my spaces.
And almost one year to the day we closed on our house, it is finally done!
It is like a breath of fresh air!
The first thing I did was get rid of those dark cabinets with a whole lotta primer and paint.
I used the exact same method as I shared in this How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets the RIGHT way tutorial.
Next I beefed up our island with the addition of a few 1x4s and beadboard:
I shared that process with you HERE.
The next project on our kitchen to-do list was adding this cover to the range hood:
I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I used.
Revisit how I built this cover for our range hood HERE.
I also added “glass” panels to this cabinet in the corner:
It breaks up the cabinetry and adds a little something to that corner. I shared step-by step how to do this in our last kitchen in this post HERE.
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!
He also replaced our old faucet:
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. I also purchased this on Amazon HERE.
I also recovered our kitchen stools with new bright white vinyl:
See that makeover HERE if you missed it.
The floors got a refresh with a good grout cleaning. I used the same chemical-free method I used in our Guest bath Makeover HERE.
And can we talk about the backsplash tile?? La piece de resistance! I shared a sneak peek HERE, but it looks totally different when grouted:
It shimmers and sparkles and makes me happy just looking at it!
I purchased this beautiful mother-of-pearl tile from Amazon HERE.
I opted for a bright white grout. I’ll follow up soon with a how-to for the tile installation for anyone who might be interested.
I hung this mirror above the stove using command strips for now, but I can always change it if I find something I like better to hang in that spot:
Just look at how the tile glistens when the light hits it…
I took it up three quarters of the way on this side and capped it off with a piece of tile trim:
(You can also spy my knife blocks that I updated with a whitewash finish there as well. See that project HERE.)
On the other side, I took the tile all the way up around the window:
I am still undecided on window treatments for this window and we are actually enjoying it as is for the time being.
The final project in this kitchen was to add open shelving to the right of the sink:
I used the same brackets that I used on our kitchen island from the Home Depot. Luckily there are studs behind each bracket, so I was able to drill screws in between tiles and right into the studs to hang these.
They don’t hold a ton, but they definitely hold more than the dinky cabinet that was there, and they will be fun to decorate seasonally.
I am so thrilled this space is complete! It took us about five weeks from start to finish.
If you can salvage your existing cabinets and opt for painting them, the savings is huge.
Now I haven’t tallied up all that we spent on this space, add I’m sure it was a good penny, but not nearly as much as it could have been had we replaced all the cabinets instead of painting them.
This is what Brennan thinks of our new kitchen!
He kept peeking around the corner while I was taking photos to see if he could come in yet lol. (And yes, our kitchen doubles as his pizza restaurant as well. 🙂 )
My Hubby didn’t understand the blue on the island at first, and I told him he doesn’t need to “understand” it ha ha. But clearly it is to tie these two spaces together and I love how it does that:
I had painted the walls several months ago and I chose to use the same paint that is in the rest of our downstairs: Campfire Ash by Behr. It works so nicely with what we have going on in here.
Another thing I added was this pull-out trash container for our trash:
Our trash can used to sit out on the end of the island facing the dishwasher because that was really the only spot for it, and when the dishwasher was open, you couldn’t get by on that side. This was a great solution and I love that it’s out of sight. I found this pull-out trash can with hardware on Amazon HERE.
And that’s our big kitchen reveal!
I couldn’t be happier with the finished space! I hope ya’ll love it as much as I do.
Thank you so much for your encouragement every step of the way!
If you missed any of my kitchen makeover-related posts, you can find them here:
I’ll be back Thursday with this cute bookcase I picked up last weekend for $15 at a yard sale:
See ya then!
UPDATE: No need to wait…see how this cutie turned out HERE now! 😀
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