Kitchen Progress: It looks Awful!

Hello awesome friends! Thank you for all your encouragement with this big project!

Yes, it is true, our kitchen looks pretty awful at this point. I’m talking about the ugly priming stage! So yep, it is supposed to look that way!

I marathon painted until two in the morning on Tuesday night and got all the cabinet doors completely primed for paint. That way I could let them dry overnight, so I could start painting them yesterday. I have one coat of paint on the backs of the doors so far…

So. many. doors. ya’ll. But they are looking good already!

I started yesterday by taping off the kitchen and laying brown paper on the counters and floors in prep for priming:

Priming took about four hours.

I know it is only primer and the finish really is truly awful at this point, but you can at least see a glimpse of what it will look like when it is painted! It already feels so much lighter in here.

I also got the laundry room cabinets painted and the butler’s pantry:

That little area used to be a dark hole, but it is looking much brighter in there as well.

Just look at my cabinets…what a hot mess they are! They need some serious organizing.

And after a little cleaning up…

It sure is messy work, but at least we are still able to function in here while we are working.

The island is getting covered in beadboard so I only primed the front of it so far:

I will tackle that after the rest of the cabinets are painted.

Something I forgot to mention on Tuesday is another project I have added to the list. Someone mentioned in the comments that I should add a cover to the vent hood over our stove and I love that idea!

You can see the cabinets above the vent are pretty useless anyway:

I love this DIY one from my friend Cristina at Remodelando La Casa, and also this DIY version in the beautiful kitchen of my friend, Krista at the Happy Housie. Hopefully mine will turn out half as nicely as theirs did! I think that will look so good; I just need to figure out how to make it happen with the one I have first.

And that is about it for now. I told you it looks awful ha ha, but not for long! I should have a good update for ya’ll by Tuesday!

UPDATE: We have paint!!! See how our kitchen is looking now HERE!

Have an amazing weekend!! You know what I’ll be doing. 🙂



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    Wow you’ve got a lot done! You have the worst part done. It is going to look amazing. Are you putting on new hardware? I will have to look back because I don’t remember what you had on for handles. I had to do my kitchen doors in stages because I did mine in the winter and I didn’t have enough space in my basement to do all the doors at once. Can’t wait to see your project on Tuesday, hang in there, I am rooting for you!

  2. Christina in SW FL says

    Wow, Christy, what a difference with just the primer! Amazing amount of work, whoa! Go you!!!

  3. Can’t wait to see your reveal! I’m sure it will be awesome. We moved a year ago into our new home to be close to our grandkids and what a lot of decisions to make (each with a price tag attached). I wanted a light and airy feeling and I think we achieved it. I feel I got a lot of confidence from following your blog for the last few years. Thanks.

    • Thank you, Heidi! It is really hard to make all those design decisions at once. And can I just tell you how much joy I get from hearing that you have been inspired in some way from what I’ve shared?? That totally made my day!! XOXO

  4. I have these identical kitchen cupboards (from what I can tell from the pictures). Same ugly red-brown color. I was about to start the process of painting them when I found your blog.
    Would you please share the kind of primer and paint you are using? I love all your home projects!!

    • Oh good timing then! I am using Behr’s Interior Satin Enamel in Ultra Pure White right off the shelf. It is in a blue can. I used Kilz primer in the gold and white can. 🙂

  5. It will be sooo worth it once you are finished! Hang in there! I been out of the loop for a bit ….wasn’t sure what all comments you had but for that “funky” single side cabinet on the right…..if you did decide to keep it my ideal was to take the door off and maybe do “chicken coup type wiring” for the frontage..for the hood vent area…we used pecky cypress…wood of your choice might pop in that space. Love the recipes framed! What a clever ideal!

    • It truly will be SO worth it, Marsha, thank you! I had my hubby take that cabinet down, but I do love the idea of chicken wire…on the hunt for some chunky shelves for that side. 🙂 XO

  6. A wonderful work in progress! I know this is going to look so fabulous..can’t wait to see the finished kitchen tour!
    Have a great day!

    • Thank you, Tamara! It is looking so much better with paint. I can’t wait to see the end result too! XOXO

  7. Christy, it is going to be beautiful – just like everything else you’ve done in your new home – can’t wait to see the final results! A new cover for the range hood will make such a difference – anxious to see what you come up with. I have one for the first time (a wooden cover – not the vent itself) and it is my favorite thing about my kitchen! Thanks for keeping us posted 🙂

    • Thank you, Patty!! That will be a DIY job for sure, so I still have some figuring out to do on that one. Enjoy your weekend! XO

  8. Wendy Somerville says

    Looking good Christy! What paint are you going to use as the final coat? The beadboard will look awesome on the island. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks, Wendy! I am using Behr’s Interior Satin Enamel in Ultra Pure White right off the shelf. It is in a blue can. Hope to work on the island today! XO

  9. Actually, I don’t think it looks that bad. You should see some of my projects and the mess I create. Yes, the cabinets definitely needed to be white! They are looking so much better already and so is everything else!

  10. Going to look so bright & light soon,I love bright kitchens. I’m amazed at your energy.

    • Aww thank you, Margie! I am amazed at my energy too ha ha…I will need a looonnngg nap after this is all over! XOXO

  11. Unfortunately, things have to get bad before they can get better. But, your new kitchen will be so worth the bad! Also, I must admit I was hoping for more hubby pics! ????

    • Yes so true ha ha! The painting is done now…hoping to work on the island today. Maybe I need to get the Hubby to “help” me? 😉 XOXO

  12. Hi Kristy,
    After looking at the two versions of the vent fan cover it makes me want to talk about the stove back splash. Tile is the standard solution but that just does not work for me; that tile always gets grimey and the grout will get nasty. I hate to say it but that stainless steel back splash is a really good, sanitary, easy to clean solution.
    I also have a concern about those pull out hoses everyone seems to be putting in their sinks! They have been around awhile and I hate to think of all the bits/pieces, bacteria that has gone down that hose! No, I am not a germ freak but I think they are SO unsanitary. Am I alone in thinking like this???

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Mary! Unfortunately the stainless piece behind the stove is already gone. Hoping we keep the tile clean! We don’t have a pull out hose so no worries there! XO

  13. Constance Colvin says

    Hi Christy! I’m curious: did you tape off the muntins on your glass doors or free-hand them? You’ve done a lot of work! (-:

    • Hi Constance! Luckily the glass was only held in place with a few screws, so I just removed the glass. XO

  14. Debra A Wise says

    Alot of hard work Christy but you can see what it’s going to be when you’re done. It’ll be gorgeous!

    • Thank you, Debra!! It is a lot of work, but SO rewarding! And luckily it is a one-time thing…I hope ha ha! Have a great weekend! XOXO

  15. Joan Ness says

    Wow, Christy, you are moving right along! I love the idea of the hood cover and the examples you linked. I’m sure you will come up with one just as attractive as any of those. And speaking of attractive…I’m sure I’m not the only reader who was hoping to see your shirtless hubby wandering through your progress pics! No one would have noticed your cupboards for sure!
    My daughter and I are painting her kitchen cupboards and trim white this weekend. She has a much smaller kitchen than yours and her cupboards are currently an awful off white so we are going to use the Behr enamel with the primer in it. I have been reading through all your pointers for painting cabinets so hopefully we are prepared and they will turn out well.
    Good luck with your kitchen makeover progress! I know it will be beautiful when done!

    • Yes yay for progress! I’m hoping my vent hood turns out half as nicely lol. I’ll be working on the island today…maybe I should get the Hubby to “help” me with it ha ha! Good luck on your daughter’s kitchen…it should be fun doing it together! XOXO

  16. Vee Muller says

    I love junk, especially craft junk! Love your blog!

  17. Bonnie Hipps says

    What a beautiful kitchen it will be, course I wouldn’t expect nothing less from you. You have done so much in your house to truly make it a home. Happy painting this weekend and don’t forget to take breaks. Hugs!

    • Thank you, Bonnie! You are the sweetest! I actually finished all the painting except for the island last night. Hoping to hang the doors today woohoo! Happy weekend! XOXO

  18. You are so amazing!!

  19. Sheila DelCharco says

    Well done!! *hand claps* I love Cristina’s kitchen and I think that good would look amazing in your kitchen! Keep up the good work!

  20. I”m loving all you are doing! Love those hood covers, too! Woot! Keep on going… it will be lovely!

    • Thanks, Julie! Just finished up all the painting except for the island last night, so the worst part is behind me yay!! Have a great weekend! XOXO

  21. Beth Beard says

    Shanty 2 Chic also has a really pretty vent hood diy that would look amazing with your white cabinets.