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Kitchen Makeover Reveal

FINALLY the day has come that I can officially say that the kitchen is complete! It feels wonderful to finally make the reveal – you’ve all been very patient and so kind with your comments!  After weeks of project posts and minimal pictures, here it is~

If you haven’t seen the kitchen before, here it is.  The cabinets were an orangey oak color with hunter green laminate on the countertop.  When we first moved into our house about a year ago, we quickly updated the cabinets with new hardware, but left everything else…until now!


When originally sharing the pictures of the kitchen in this post, I was kind of embarrassed.  Now I’m glad to have them because this space has made a huge transformation and it feels so good to say I did it all myself (with a bit of help from my husband too).  With my new kitchen space, I hope to inspire you to know that you can do it too!

Here’s another before ~

Okay, enough of the before… let’s get to what you’ve been waiting for… 

The Process & The Reveal

The process of this kitchen makeover started several months ago.  After contemplating the color of the cabinets and what to do with the countertops (which took forever), I decided to use the Rust-Oleum Transformations Kit in the oynx color for the countertops.  This was the first step taken in transforming the space and that alone made a huge difference!

Then I moved on to painting the cabinets.  Again, it took quite awhile to decide on this color and I love it!  I’m not usually one who likes change and sometimes things have to grow on me, but NOT this color.  As soon as the cabinets were complete, I was in L-O-V-E!  The color is Benjamin Moore Berkshire Beige and the overall tone is a taupe / gray color.  Depending on the time of day though, other hues of blue and green can also be seen.  It’s just so unique and complements the many other colors throughout my home.

Next step? Adding a custom tile backsplash.  I wasn’t sure how tiling over laminate would be, but it worked and the look is fabulous!  The small 1″ x 1″ natural travertine tile has the same hues as the cabinet color and they complement each other beautifully.

Another detail that I added to the kitchen, are faux supported brackets underneath the upper cabinets.  I’ve always loved the look of brackets and chose a profile that was fairly simple and in keeping with the modern sophistication I was trying to achieve for the kitchen.

And there is one more change that I made…I took off the door to the side cabinet to create open shelving.  This space now holds baskets (for my kids plates & cups), as well as some of my cookbooks.

Lastly, to make this kitchen complete, I removed the ugly vinyl toekick (that was falling off anyway) and vent cover.  I replaced the toekick with new ceramic tile (leftover from the fireplace surround) and spray painted the old vent instead of buying a replacement.

You know my love for tiling… it was easy and if you need a step-by-step tutorial to tiling, check out {this} post.

And there you go… that’s it, in a nutshell!  (O, and obviously you saw that we got new appliances as well ~ those old white ones weren’t cutting it anymore).

This is the overall space NOW!

And some little details…

Do you recognize the vase, creamer, and scale?  If you’re a Facebook fan you would ~ check out how much I paid for those and more!

Now we’re ready to get down and finally enjoy this space (and the summer)!

And one more time (I can’t resist) ~



So what do you think?

What projects, transformations, and/or DIY projects have you been up to this summer?

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