The Kitchen Makeover

The Kitchen
Notice the: unmatched floor, the big light box, nasty gold chandelier, maroon vertical blinds, cheap wood trim, builders grade cabinets, and what you can’t see is the dirt, grime and grease all over the walls and cabinets
It’s been a pretty long journey
1-first we tackled the wood floor
2- Than the blinds and trim– Hello neighbors every evening still cuz’ I don’t have replacements up- but to me I’d rather live without them than with those hideous loud broken things anymore
3- Than came the lights–down with the box and ugly chandelier that I’d whacked my head on a million times while doing the floor and up with the three pendant lights and flush mounts
4- Than we started the bar area– we gave it some paneling so it didn’t look so plain
5- Than finally we started on the cabinets– after the wood floor was in I was overwhelmed with oak– oak everywhere oak oak oak and I always had planned on painting the cabinets but that was the thing– I always had- Dave hadn’t 🙂 It took some convincing and even I was a little scared but after living with the overwhelming oak I was ready
1- First up on the cabinets was the boxes for the top– I wanted to raise the height of them somehow but than we went and saw my brothers cabinets he was building that he had put beadboard over his soffit and it looked awesome so we copied it 🙂
2- Than came painting– oh the painting
a- remove all of the doors and hardware and label everything
b- become overwhelmed by the sheer amount of doors to paint
c- sand, prime,let dry, paint, let dry, paint, let dry, paint, let dry flip the doors over and do the other side now. 🙂 And make sure and be six months pregnant have to be bending over the doors on the garage floor and trying to make it as safe as possible to be doing this, oh ya also it’s January and freezing in the garage. Make some great memories doing this.
Finally we put it all back together
It’s still not finished we still have a light we need to put in and curtains and more caulking and of course decorating but for right now I’m just enjoying it being as far done as it is– plus we already moved on to other projects for now (like building Bryn a bed and working on the fireplace) someday the whole house will be done and it will be great and than most likely we’ll move 🙂
But we aren’t just doing the projects to make our house look nicer, it’s actually part of our parenting plan of raising our kids– we don’t live on a farm or in the country so our kids aren’t having the opportunity to work and learn how to work, so every Saturday we work on our house or some project because really we believe that is where it’s at. Family time, sacrificing, working hard, accomplishing things, learning how to do things, being together, helping each other– that is what we are trying to teach and I must say it’s pretty fun to see my little boy learning how to work and hammer nails into pieces of wood.
I linked this post with make your Monday @ Twice Remembered
The Special K's(0:

Love it love it love it. And even better when it’s for FREEEEEEE (loved that movie too, btw). So much light! Your sweet family has worked so hard, and it turned out AWESOME! Way to be(0:


The kitchen looks great! I’ve been trying to convince Nate we should paint our boring cabinets white as well.

Jamie Blake

Wow, Alicia the kitchen looks FANTASTIC!!! I absolutely love it. Way to go!


Wow! I’ve thought about restaining our kitchen cupboards, maybe I’ll think harder now! You guys are amazing, now rest up a bit before that baby comes!!


The kitchen looks great!! Love the white (wish ours were white-or black…). Love the beadboard, especially along the bottom cabinet. And LOVE LOVE LOVE the trim around your sliding door! (I dream of that kind of trim throughout my whole house…;) You’ll have to let me know what kind of covering you’re going to put up over the door asap, because I’m stumped as to what to do for ours. HATE the vertical blinds! But at least ours aren’t maroon;)


Oh Alicia! It is beautiful. You are a miracle worker! I would have never had that much vision. It is just gorgeous!


Hi Alicia,

Can I ask how you painted the cabinets? What kind of paint finish did you use? Is there a protective coating over it? I am trying to convince my husband that this is the way to go with our tiny kitchen and he is worried that the white will get too dirty. Thanks! I love the beadboard idea and may need to incorporate that in ours too!


Oh I love this! What a beautiful transformation. If I didn’t have a vaulted ceiling in my kitchen, I’d be using that bead-board trick too. Great idea! I bet it’s so refreshing to walk into your “new” kitchen every day. I always got the most done when I was pregnant too. LOL


Thanks everyone for the sweet comments—
Amanda– I spray painted primer first and than used an enamel paint in semi- gloss and after I finished with all the coats I spray painted a clear protective coat over all of them. Hope that helps

Just Beachy

That looks so great , I was going to ask if you copied my cabinets because 8 years ago we did the same thing to our soffits with the beadboard , it just looks so great.

Anna See

Fabulous job! SO clean and serene!


Your kitchen turned out really nice. I did not envy you while I read your post. Let me just say been there, done that. basically it takes 10 times longer than you plan. but it looks good and is so worth it! nice job!


Your kitchen looks amazing! Really super beautiful in fact! Such a difference, I love the beadboard soffit and the paneling on the bar area. Your floor is gorgeous and the light fixtures make such a difference. I also like your parenting philosophy, it makes good sense! Hugs, Cindy S.

Ashley J Houck

wow. your kitchen looks AMAZING! we are getting ready to do the exact same thing in our kitchen. did you paint the cabinets with a brush or use a paint sprayer? any tips?

The Wheelers

It is lovely! Great job! What color did you use on the cabinets and walls? THanks for sharing your work!


I have the same cabinets, HAD similar sliding glass door blinds and loathe it all! Love your soffit and paneling ideas. I’ll have to work on my hubby too!


Love it! What color white did you go with for cabinets?

Rain Girl

God! You did all that when you were 6-month pregnant??? Wow! You are so, so brave and smart.. and it looks lovely… totally amazing… 🙂


I love the transformation and the part about working together with your kid on the weekends. 🙂 Would you mind sharing the paint color on you kitchen walls- looks like what I’m looking for. Do you like it? Thx!


I love your kitchen remodel! We are about to tackle our own–and I am trying to ask those that have already done this project–latex or oil based paint? Which did you guys use and have you been happy with it? Thanks for any info!!