Miracle of miracles. . .I am finally showing you my new white kitchen! Which isn’t really all that new, because I actually finished it a year ago. It’s taken me that long to get all the photos taken. Because apparently having the kitchen perfectly clean on the same day that the sun is shining is akin to sending a man to the moon. Maybe harder. Which is why there are very few photos of rooms in my house on my site. By the time I can get a room totally clean, it’s too dark to take pictures. Once the three year old wakes up the next day, she is drawn to clean spaces and quickly changes them into war zones. Seriously, I don’t know how people do it.
The room is still not 100% done, but I might die of old age before that happens, so I’m sharing it anyway. Even though I still have a few more things to update, I love my kitchen so much more than I used to!! It took me awhile to get up the courage to paint the cabinets, but when I realized that every single kitchen makeover I had pinned involved a white kitchen, I figured I should go with what I loved. The space is sooo much brighter now!
Here is a before shot:
Here it is after the makeover:
Here are the changes I made, and the honest truth about them:
-We installed a new darker wood floor. I have a love/hate relationship with it. It is gorgeous, and it doesn’t dent easily, but it shows every.single.crumb. Which stinks when you have actual people living in your house.
-I tore/scrubbed/swore at/sanded the wallpaper border off the wall and painted all the walls.
-I painted all the cabinets white. I used Behr latex paint in white semi-gloss for the cabinet bases. I used spray paint on the doors and drawers like my friend Stacy did on her cabinets. Now I am a HUGE fan of spray paint, but truthfully, I wish I had used latex paint on the doors. I’ve painted two bathrooms and a laundry room with Behr latex paint, and they have held up much better. The spray paint was much faster, and it left a smooth finish, but it hasn’t held up as well. Not sure why, but there you have it.
-I painted the light box on the ceiling from oak to black. We still need to replace the ceiling fan, but I haven’t found something I love. So it glares at me.
-I installed beadboard underneath the counter where the barstools sit.
-We installed chunkier baseboards.
-We replaced all the cabinet hardware, the door knobs, and the door hinges. Goodbye old brass!
-After buying a table and chairs at a yard sale, attempting to refinish them, and hating them, my husband insisted that we just buy a new table and chairs. Bless him.
-After attempting to install pendant lights, and failing miserably, we ended up calling an electrician. Even he was baffled. But now our lights are in, and they are beautiful!
-I painted our exterior door white. We still need to replace the door knob.
OK, brace yourselves, here comes a bucketload of pictures:
Above these cabinets I put a couple of plates from Tai Pan Trading, silver vases and greenery from Ikea, and a bird from my stash. I also framed a piece of fabric and put it up on a plate stand. Easy peasy!
These little blue glass buckets are from Tai Pan Trading as well. I love the color! I filled them with glass marble beads and daisies from Hobby Lobby.
This bucket is from-you guessed it- Tai Pan Trading. The greenery is from Ikea. I placed it in a container that I spray painted and wrapped a ribbon around. I painted a thrift store frame aqua, then filled it with sheet music and an old key wrapped with ribbon. The bird is from the Dollar Store, spray painted white.
Up here: spray painted frame from the thrift store, glass bucket from my stash, candlestick and greenery from Ikea, and a thrift store teacup.
Above the door I hung my easy Reverse Stencil Sign. I love me some birdies!
I made this beadboard shadowbox and hung my grandma’s old spoon in it. Love!
I have always planned a weekly menu, but this dry erase board has been so helpful. It’s nice having it up where I see it. It helps me remember to take my meat out of the freezer. I used to forget all the time! Plus my kids don’t have to ask me a dozen times “What’s for dinner?” 🙂
And because they’re pretty much my favorite thing ever, here are some side by side before and afters:
Let me just say that the day I took the before shots, the stars aligned and the lighting was absolutely perfect. I’ve tried a dozen times at least, and couldn’t replicate the same look for my makeover pictures. How crappy is it that my before pictures are more clear than the afters?
Oh well, in real life it really does look a hundred times better! I sure love my happy white kitchen!
If you have any questions, let me know. 🙂
Update: A few people have asked me about the paint I used on the walls. I actually painted it way back in 2011. I used Dutch Boy Refresh Paint in a color called High Country. At the time, I wrote a review of the paint. In a nutshell, I liked the paint, and it is holding up better than I though it would. I just wish it didn’t have such a flat sheen. You can all the details about it here: Dutch Boy Paint Review.