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Kitchen Makeover

So this has absolutely nothing to do with photography but I figure I would share here anyways ๐Ÿ˜‰

I will get right to the point! Here it is the final product (well mostly final!)


This was my kitchen before! Excuse the terrible photo but I actually forgot to take an official before picture so this is pretty old but nothing had changed!

So it all started with the sink… I hated our faucet and decided I wanted a new one.

The new faucet was just so pretty it got me thinking! I wished my kitchen was lighter and brighter! So I asked my husband… what do you think about doing a backsplash?! I am thinking teal (of course) and he was like sure after I showed him some pics of what I had in mind!! I fell in love with some gorgeous tile but it was super expensive and you had to put up each 3×6 subway tile individually! yikes! After some research I settled on this mostly because they were sold in sheets and I could return any unused sheets no questions asked (which turned out to be really important since about 40% of them showed up broken and I ordered a ton extra to make sure we were covered (it was only available online):

My awesome dad agreed to help me with the tiles and I decided that I would paint the kitchen a darker version of the aqua! That was the easiest part of this project ๐Ÿ™‚ It went from this:

To this in just a few hours and $33 ๐Ÿ™‚

ย I contemplated hiring someone or taking on the task of painting the cabinets white myself. In the end I couldn’t argue the savings and I decided to paint them myself! (I have had a lot of interest in how I did this so if you want a how to blog post comment below!) I started with the island!

ย It was a very slow process and took me over a week of working on it pretty much nonstop between taking care of the kids and trying to keep up with my business ๐Ÿ™‚ But WOW it made a huge difference and I am so glad I didnt listen to everyone who said not to do it myself. It saved me about 3k to diy!

Once we got it all painted my dad came to help with the backsplash! We rented a wet saw and I had all the materials ready to go! Here we are hard at work!


Like I mentioned it isnt totally finished yet! Still need to finish the baseboards and touch up the cabinets and decide on a canvas for over the pantry but here are a few last shots of it done for now and the decor I chose!

So what do you think?! The entire project cost around $600 (which I paid for entirely by selling old toys and stuff we don’t use at a yardsale and a few Home Depot gift cards I got with American express rewards points ย !) ย and took about 2 weeks with a few breaks! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for checking it out!!

October 22, 2013 - 6:39 pm

Kayelily - LOVE your colors! I love before and afters. Great job! Your countertop looks the same as mine–Tealeaf by Silestone. It was love at first sight when we gutted and renovated our kitchen in 2003.

October 22, 2013 - 8:19 pm

Vanessa - Looks so good. Yes a blog post on how you did this/what you used would be awesome!!

October 23, 2013 - 10:47 pm

Kara - Would love to hear how you did the cabinets!

October 30, 2013 - 4:40 am

Yazil - Yes….I would love a DIY on the cabinet painting. We just bought a house and I need to pain the cabinets ASAP before we move in. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thnx!

November 13, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Heidi - I third that request! Your kitchen re-do looks AMAZING, its so refreshing to see and know it was all DIY. I just bought a house as well and want to paint the cabinets white as well and would love to know how you acheived such a flawless look! Please help!

December 8, 2013 - 1:47 am

Tara - Looks great – would love to know what you used on the cabinets. Thanks for sharing!

December 25, 2013 - 5:45 pm

Carrie - Looks great! I’d love a “how-to” on the cabinets!

December 26, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Angela - Would love a know how you did the cabinets. Looks fab!

January 8, 2014 - 6:20 pm

becky - Looks great. I am going to paint my cabinets and would love to know how you did it! Thanks

January 9, 2014 - 6:43 pm

Anita - Wow! I love how pulled together the whole kitchen looks.
I tried painting my cabinets and the paint is scratching off from everyday use….any advice and your tutorial would really help, thanks!

February 1, 2014 - 2:15 pm

Dana - Wow, getting ready to do my kitchen, but I’m also doing my countertops. Would love to know how you painted the cabinets. I’m going to paint mine myself too and I’m a little nervous lol

March 31, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Whitney - How can I get the scoop on how you did your cabinets. My dad is certain those cabinets cannot be painted.


April 18, 2014 - 11:43 am

Erin - Love the painted cabinets and am looking to diy ours. Would love to hear the products and process you used.

April 24, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Jenna - How to????

April 24, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Jenna - How to????

April 30, 2014 - 11:19 pm

Gwen - How to

May 5, 2014 - 9:58 am

Steph - Your kitchen turned out great! What is the name of the wall color you used?

May 23, 2014 - 5:45 am

Melissa - This is exactly what I need to do…would love the how to for the cabinets. Thanks!

July 14, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Margery - I LOVE your kitchen. I currently am researching on painting my dingy brown cabinets to a crisp white. Please share your process. Your kitchen is fabulous!!

July 18, 2014 - 2:54 pm

Sara - I would love to know your process for painting the cabinets white! They look so good! Do you have a link to the blog post where you have the step-by-step process for that?


August 3, 2014 - 10:45 pm

Judy Camp - Want to know all the how-to’s for these beautiful cabinets. Did you strip…use primer…kind of paint ????? Mine are terrible, and I’d LOVE to have them look like yours!

August 6, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Judy Elliot - Looks great. I am going to paint my cabinets and would love to know how you did it! Thanks


August 6, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Judy Elliot - I am going to paint my cabinets and would love to know how you did it! Looks great! Thanks


September 1, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Gayle - I love your cabinets and have been talking about painting ours. I’m only afraid that the paint will get scraped off by something, who knows what and then it will start peeling. What did you use? Your make-over is just what I am looking for.


September 10, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Natasha Young - I would love to know how you painted the cabinets white. I am looking for houses and many have older looking cabinets and I would consider buying them if I knew it was easy to paint them white like you did! thanks!

September 17, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Heather - The makeover looks great!Curious how you went about painting the kitchen, and how the paint has held up. I want to do the same thing to our kitchen!

September 23, 2014 - 10:56 am

Debi - I would love to know the color of the paint you used on the walls!
It’s the color I’ve been looking for but not really finding ๐Ÿ™‚
Beautiful redo!!!

October 1, 2014 - 10:10 pm

Kimi - I would like to know where you bought your tile. And the color of it.

October 21, 2014 - 6:16 pm

Melissa - I’m very interested in painting my cabinets would you share in how you painted yours ๐Ÿ˜‰ thank you!!!! Your kitchen looks wonderful!!!

October 21, 2014 - 6:17 pm

Melissa - This what I’m looking to do! Can you please share with me on how you did it?

October 30, 2014 - 9:44 pm

Amanda - Hi!

Your kitchen looks amazing! Do you have a tutorial on how you painted your cabinets? I just purchased a home, and my first project is painting the cabinets!



July 13, 2015 - 2:10 pm

Jackie - Hi! Why did you need the spacers in the backsplash tile if they came on a mesh sheet?

July 14, 2015 - 10:48 am

admin - to keep them from sliding before we filled in the spaces with grout!

July 28, 2015 - 12:08 pm

Teresa - You did a fantastic job, and you’re a lucky girl to have had all the great help from your Dad!

August 1, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Cathy - Hi Can you tell me what your paint color on the walls is?
thank you

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