The Kitchen (the real reveal)

Kitchen Remodel


When I saw that Whisperwood Cottage was hosting a talent scout kitchen link-up, I decided it was time to get my old kitchen post squared away. Now I know there are zillions of better kitchens then mine, but I figured it would give me a good reason to get some better pictures up! I posted on my kitchen back in Sept 2011. This was before a really did much blogging. I threw a few pictures in the post just to show my friends. The pictures were of different projects, different years, some were showing a project, and you could see the rest of the kitchen half finished in the background. You probably get the idea that it was not one of my best posts.As far as I can tell, I only linked this post up attached to my “Best of 2011” post and have also linked up some of the projects individually, so hopefully I’m not re-linking this!

So here are a few pictures that I found and did some editing on. They still aren’t perfect, but so much better. I also found some good before pics.
 show you a more reasonable post on …“The Kitchen”!
-The Before-
In this kitchen, pink was painted between all of the cupboards. There was nice gold hardware too. The pink cupboard areas actually matched the pink walls, well at least the walls that weren’t covered with bright yellow tile (floor to ceiling bright yellow tile). All of it did match the yellow, pink, and purple flower basket border along the ceiling though….so no worries, haha.
Pictured below are the yellow doors that you passed as you entered the kitchen. You can see that nice fruit and flower basket boarder through the doors.
This picture was taken after my sister, and I sledge hammered the pantry out to build a built-in table eating area. You can see what I used the pantry doors for HERE.
The stair spindles were between the kitchen and the stairway. This later became a wall/seat for the built-in eating area. This picture also shows the pink walls. I know, poor pictures. Never knew there were such things as blogs when I took this.
Oh ya, looks like I’m a lot of help here! In this pic you can see the vinyl flooring  and even a small shot of the florecent lights.
Door before…and more pink walls.
Close up of that nice yellow tile that was covering half the kitchen from floor to ceiling!
OK, so there are the before pics. Now for the afters!
– Afters –
Open shelving. I’ve had these for about a year now….I highly recommend open shelving! It really helps messy people like me, stay organized.
These are backed with chalkboard paint and you can read more about that process HERE.
Best part about all this shelving is getting to decorate it!
For more information on how I remade the wire baskets with scrapbook paper click HERE. (They hold extra spices and glassware.)
You can read about where I find many of my display items HERE.  I’m pretty sure it’s titled “The Goodwill and Self Control”!
I’m glad I choose chalkboard paint to back the cabinets. I love the pop of color that the black creates with all the items on the shelves, and it’s also fun to use for holidays and little notes.
I really wanted to salvage the old cupboards. There are times I’ve had my regrets about not putting in new ones, but these cupboards were solid, and huge (which is good and bad) and I’m a salvager at heart, so I kept them, stripped them, repainted them and added hardware.
Remember in the beginning they had pink in between the doors and gold hardware.

Here they are after stripping, priming, painting and new hardware. I do really like them.

To fix the “old deep cupboard” problem, we made pull-out drawers. I couldn’t live without them now! A “must have” for houses I live in from here on out!

If you’d like a tutorial see here: DIY Pull-Out Drawers Tutorial  (never mind the missing baseboard, we were mid-kitchen reno).

Remember the sledge hammered old pantry?
Now it’s a built-in eating area! I knew It would drive me crazy to have to go out of the kitchen into the dinning room to feed kids, and to visit with people that I had over for coffee, so this project gets my #1 vote for kitchen practicality. We use it about 6 times per day!
The table was a basic round, wood banquet table. I cut the sides off so it would fit perfectly. I bought it off Craigslist because I liked the vintage looking legs.
I found the lamp shade at Goodwill and used the $15 hanging pendent light wiring from Home Depot to hang it on.
Remember the door before?
Now there’s chalkboard on the bottom. It’s usually called the “chore door”, and I write the kid’s to-do lists on it. You can read more about that process HERE.
 If I only would have known about the simplicity of chalk paint and wax before this project.
Here is the sink area. We had a friend hook us up with some really reasonable granite! The company used their “scraps” to make our counter tops. You’d never know it, but there are two different kinds of granite counters in the kitchen.  A different one on each side. Since we agreed to do this, they gave us an incredible deal!
I still really like my back splash tile boarder, and I decided to replace all the yellow tile with white subway tile, all the way up to the ceiling. I love it!
All the tile work we did ourselves. The back splash boarder was originally 6 strips high when I purchased it.  I cut it down to four, and pieced the rest together, so I could save on costs.
I must have taken these pictures around October, because there is a spiderweb towel on the stove.
Here are a couple extra pictures of the kitchen.
Another picture of the chalkboard shelves.
Remember the old yellow doors that lead into the kitchen? Now they are white. I’m glad that the previous owners kept the original shutter doors. Looks like there is a kitchen “greeter” there.
Thanks for visiting my kitchen. I know I’ve posted on some of the individual projects of this room before, so this may be a bit of a re-hash, but now they are all together (and in decent picture form).
I really do enjoy this room. Hopefully it will give you some fun ideas.


  1. fantastic Katie! love the chalkboard accents! what a lot of work and details! Sooooo worth it! 😉

  2. Katie you worked your little tail off on that baby! Oh my goodness, so many things I adore about your kitchen. First- of course your coffee sign- yep- cheers to that! 🙂 Love your open cabinets, chalkboard door, the light- the built in eating! Your EAT letters- seriously this is so bright and comfortable, it’s a winner for sure! Great job Girl!! Jen

  3. So beautiful! I love the eat in area and the chalkboard shelves!! Great job!

  4. THANKS FOR SHARING! Love it x 18!

  5. What a great makeover – love, love your open shelving and the other details. It is a fun and very usable kitchen!

  6. Katie- That is just a FANTASTIC makeover. I can tell a lot of time and thought went into the redo. You did a GREAT job! I love my pull out shelves, too. You are right they are a “must have” if you are remodeling or redoing. xo Diana

  7. Such a great kitchen! Makes me want to try the open shelving more and more 🙂
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

  8. Love your kitchen. You have so many great projects in there! Not sure which is my favorite they are all so great!

  9. Love the eating area. I crave booth seating.

  10. Oh, I just love it! You did such a great job! I loved seeing the whole process. Great post!
    xo Becca

  11. Love love love! And so tidy too!

  12. Wow this looks amazing. I LOVE the open cupboards! Great Job!

  13. this looks amazing!

  14. I am loving this. Every detail was done SO well.

  15. It looks great! I love it when people can makeover a kitchen without taking on a huge debt. Good for you!

  16. Awesome! I just tiled my parents kitchen, we went with subway tile and it looks awesome. i really love the way you used the glass at the counter instead of a band up higher!

  17. Your kitchen is Awesome! Love the little nook – I can see why it would be used so much. Also love the shelves and the fact that you salvaged rather than replaced the cabinets! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  18. I love the Kitchen.. I have open white shelves in my kitch almost identical yo yours.. and Ive neber known what to do with them… well i am DEFFINATLY painting the back with chalk board paint now! So glad I found your post.. found you on Weekend Craft Sorie at Homemaker in Heels!

    Amber Rae

  19. I love what you did to your kitchen AND on a budget! I must say your coffee sign was a treat for the eyes too as I am drinking that blessed stuff right now. I am visiting you for the Country Momma Cooks Link Up and enjoyed myself 🙂

  20. Beautiful! I haven’t seen some of these. Your open shelving and styling of it is gorgeous! What an amazing transformation!!!

  21. very beautiful kitchen! you did an awesome job!

  22. Wow, what a great kitchen! From the chalkboard and the banquet seating, all the way down to the numbered jars in the window, it came out beautifully. I found you at Jennifer Rizzo’s Pop of Color party. Stop by and see what’s up at my place sometime!

  23. Love it!

  24. Hi Katie – just love your kitchen remodel – you are soooo talented! What a big change – looks so cozy now. I love yor sign that says that coffee is a vitamin – yep, right with you there. Great work as always! Heather 🙂

  25. I am in love with your new kitchen! Love the coffee sign too. 🙂 I bet you’ll have lots of good times cooking things up in there. Thanks for sharing at A Pinteresting Party!

  26. Hi Katie!
    I love your new kitchen – it looks neat and cozy. Especially the breakfast nook is great! Have a great weekend!

  27. Gorgeous! But I’m not surprised. Everything you do is elegant and chic! Love all your pretty details!

  28. What a fantastic job on your kitchen! I love everything, from the chalkboard cabinet backing to eat-in banquette to the perfect blue door! Love.

    Visiting from Saturday 7… Rhonda @ home.made.

  29. Wonderful kitchen, Katie! Thanks for the kind words on my onesies for Andrew’s monthly pictures. Nice to meet ya! 😉

  30. It looks amazing. Love the corner breakfast cozy seating. I wish my kitchen looked so good.

  31. Hi, my sweet friend! Let me start by saying your white cabinets and tile work turned out gorgeous… all your hard work really paid off! You know I love your decorative touches, you’ve got a knack for that kind of stuff! 😉

  32. Wow, that looks terriffic! I would love for you to share this (and any other rooms in your house) at my May House Par-tay at– now open!!

  33. Great job I love how your kitchen turned out, stopping by from the serendipity and spice blog hop

  34. Wow, what a transformation. I love your open shelves with the chalkboard – very creative.

  35. wow! love those shelves, the black really makes them pop!

  36. I like the addition of the chalkboard paints to the cabs!

  37. Wow what a great kitchen you have now! Worth all that hard work I am sure!

  38. I love this. I plan to come back and stare at it again. 🙂

  39. Stopping over from your guest post at Hating Martha to visit and look around. Your *twine jugs* were awesome and clever. I’m gonna have to hunt some down I think.

    Love the chalkboard door, and the cute baby scooting around on the floor too!


  40. I really like your cabinets! I just posted my decluttered kitchen too:) Loved all of the chalk board paint!

  41. Looks amazing! I love the Coffee is not a drug it’s a vitamin sign…cute. 🙂

  42. Wow – I absolutely LOVE what you’ve done with it. It looks like a lot of work, but the kitchen looks perfect. I like the look of open shelving, and your eating corner looks cozy! Nice job! I’m pinning this!

    Thanks for linking up at Romance on a Dime!

  43. you got me with the chalk paint! I think it is a GREAT idea to paint the back of your cabinets!!!

  44. Great job!
    I shared it on my FB page!

  45. Beautiful job!!! I love your open cabinets and drawers. Megan

  46. Love the whole kitchen but those open cabients are drool worthy!!!

  47. Love the transformation! The chalkboard paint looks great behind the shelves. I would love for you to link this up to “I Made This” at Grits & Giggles!!

  48. It looks really great Katie! Good Job!

  49. Great kitchen makeover! Found you through 36th Ave.

  50. OMG! Can I pick your brain about your built in banquette?! I am about to build one of these in a couple weeks in my new house! did you use plans for this or did you just kinda wing it? What did you use for the black “cushions”? does it open under the seat for storage?! Your new kitchen is GORGEOUS. Love it 🙂

    • My dad helped with the banquet. We just winged it. We used an MDF board for the top of the bench and one of each seat (there are 3 parts to the seat. 2 long and 1 corner piece). I always planned on cutting out a part of the bench board and gluing it to the seat board, so that I could have storage in them (it would have went together like a puzzle). I never did, but if I was going to be living in this house forever, I would definitly do it! It would be nice to have the storage. Don’t assume my plans are great though, I’m not the best with wood.
      For the cushion, I went to Joann’s and got foam cut. You can probably use a 40% off coupon. The I just stapled marine grad vinyl to them. It has help up REALLY well. Hope that helps!

  51. What a change!!! Love the banqutte area…so cool! You did some serious hard work and for sure it pays off!

  52. Love your kitchen redo. We are doing ours right now and doing open shelving. Love that look! Thanks for linking up!

    Danielle @Blissful and Domestic

  53. Wow! This looks amazing. I am visiting you via the party at Somewhat Simple. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

  54. I love it! I love everything about it. There is too much to adore about your kitchen.. 🙂 Thanks for linking up at friday fun party

  55. Over from Romance on a Dime. I am absolutely lusting all over your kitchen. Gorgeous!

  56. Awesome transformation! I really love the chalkboard background on the open cabinets…and of course white paint refreshes anything! Great job 🙂

  57. WOW!! It came out awesome! Thanks for sharing at my party! Have a great weekend 🙂

  58. L-O-V-E seriously, beautiful. I don’t even know what else to say! Thanks for linking up to Delicately Constructed Friday!!
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  59. Hello Katie,
    Your kitchen makeover is simply fanatic. Love IT! Thanks for sharing.
    Smiles, Paula

  60. As spectacular as everything you do!

  61. Found you at Stephanie Lynn’s. What a wonderful kitchen remodel! I am you newest follower:)

  62. This is absolutely amazing! I love how open and beautiful your kitchen is. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays! This will be featured this week.

  63. I love love love the numbers and words… mine would look cluttered yours look perfect.

    Ann Kelly

  64. Wow Katie, talk about a transformation! Your kitchen looks great and I love the open storage. Thanks for linking up again at Whimsy Wednesday. Always happy to see you there!

  65. Great kitchen revamp! Love the chalkboard wall behind the cabinets!

  66. So gorgeous!! I love your open cupboards so much!! Sharing at the party tonight- thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  67. Katie, this looks absolutely spectacular.

    Featuring this at this week’s Drab to Fab party!

    This week’s party is also live. Come on back and share more of what you have been working on!

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

  68. This transformation is stunning! Thanks for linking up to Fabulous Friday. I featured you today.

  69. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for posting your hard work. I am going to pin this to my board – the cupboards are the same as mine – except mine are still greasy fingered wood from the 60s. We moved in 5 yr ago and I was leery about painting them because I have seen bad paint jobs. Amazing – and with 5 kiddos in the house. Hope you get to stay awhile and enjoy your hard work. God Bless

  70. Beautiful Kitchen! Thanks for sharing!

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