Tuesday Transformation: Kitchen

Tuesday Transformation: Kitchen

The older I get, the more I feel my life goes into overdrive.  I feel like we just moved into our current home, and it will be three years this fall. We are planning our first major renovation later this year – the master bathroom.  However, everything else in the home has been pretty minor and included little projects and lots of paint.  I thought it would be fun to share what the home looked like when we moved in the Fall of 2013 and compare it to today. For today’s Tuesday’s Transformation, I’m sharing our kitchen.  

Here’s the before:


And after:

Painting Kitchen Cabinets with Chalk Paint

I would love to buy new appliances, but new appliances mean knocking out cabinets that would lead from one thing to another.  We really wanted to make the kitchen work for now, and hopefully, someday we will renovate the kitchen.

 Until then, here’s what we did:

  • PAINTED THE WALLS.  I painted the walls using Valspar’s Cincinnati Hotel Briggs Beige.  I love this neutral warm color and used it for years in our previous home.  To see all the details, click HERE.
  • PAINTED THE CABINETS.  If you have been following me for a while, you know that I actually painted my cabinets TWICE.  Do not make my mistake and read all the details HERE.
  • CHANGED THE CABINET HARDWARE.  I won all my hardware from a contest and had fun picking out vintage-inspired pieces. Click HERE for all the hardware details and links.
  • ADDED GLASS TO CABINET DOORS.  I went with seeded glass and am so glad I did.  You can read more on the glass HERE.
  • ADDED A BACKSPLASH  I absolutely love my subway tile.  This is the one project we did not DIY and hired out.  Click HERE to see more.
  • REPLACED THE FAUCET. I went with an oil-rubbed bronze faucet and love how it ties in my black appliances.  You can see all the details HERE.
  • PAINTED THE FLOOR. The floor was in bad shape and very worn with water damage. When we first moved in, I hid it with a large rug.  Unfortunately, my kids kept spilling things on it (and I did too), and it just wasn’t working for us.  I painted a rug, and you can see my tutorial HERE.
  • PAINTED THE FRIDGE WITH CHALKBOARD PAINT.  This was one of my very first DIY projects when we moved in.  I love it and still update the calendar every week.  You can see more HERE.
  • ADDED SHIPLAP TO MAIN WALL.  I jumped in on the shiplap trend, but let’s hope it’s not a fast revolving one.  I love the texture it adds to the space, and you can see the full tutorial HERE.

Here’s another one more before and after (sorry the angle is different):


Painted Kitchen Cabinets.

Everything we have done to the kitchen has been slow updates over time.

Chalk Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Painted Kitchen Cabinets Tutorial

Although it isn’t my dream kitchen, it is a space that we have made into our own (and is brighter and happier than it was)! Want to see more Transformation Tuesdays? Check out these other makeovers:

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Kitchen Makeover


Barn Wood Fireplace Makeover

If you’re a fan of primitive or rustic farmhouse decor, then you need to check out this barn wood fireplace makeover.

 Fireplace Makeover with Paint and Barnwood

A friend of mine recently moved into a new home, and she wasn’t in love with her fireplace and surrounding bookshelves.  We completely transformed the area with barn wood and some paint. Here is a photo of the before:

Fireplace BEFORE makeover

She wanted to update it without doing any major renovations.  With my limited Photoshop skills, I came up with a plan:


My suggestion was to add a mantel, install wood paneling on the back of the fireplace, paint the bookshelves gray, and add new hardware to the cabinets.

Here’s our after:

Making over a Fireplace

Inspire, a local company that specializes in unique construction and remodeling added old barn wood to the fireplace and created a rustic mantel to complete the look.

Adding Barnwood to fireplace

After the barn wood was installed, I painted the bookshelves and cabinets with Amy Howard’s One Step Paint in Selznick Grey.

Amy Howard Selznick Grey

I used the Matte Sealer to complete the look.

Amy Howard Sealer

We ended up using the same hardware, and I painted it using Rust-Oleum’s Metallic Spray in Oil Rubbed Bronze (affiliate link):

Painting Bookshelves with Chalk Paint

I also spray painted the fireplace screen and surrounding brass with Rust-Oleum’s High Heat Enamel Spray in black (affiliate link):

My friend went to a local store called Open Gate Design and Decor and had a blast shopping for the mirror and all the accessories.

Barnwood on Fireplace and Painted Bookshelves

Accessories for Bookshelves

Barnwood on Fireplace

It was fun to help transform the fireplace and bookshelves into a centerpiece for my friend’s home.

Painted Bookshelves and Paneled Fireplace

Fireplace Makeover Thanks for letting me help with your barn wood fireplace makeover, Kate!

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Fireplace Makeover with Paint & Barnwood