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My Little Kitchen Makeover

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My little kitchen was so blah when I moved in. It was so dark and... woody. What drove me nuts the most was that the pulls that were installed in the middle of the cabinet doors. Honestly... who does that? So after putting it off for over a year, I began my little kitchen makeover.
  • my little kitchen makeover, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
  • my little kitchen makeover, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
The first thing I did was take down the hutch to open up the space. I would lose a little cabinet space but I had plenty more on both sides of the kitchen.
  • my little kitchen makeover, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
Yay, no more hutch. It definitely felt so much more open.
  • my little kitchen makeover, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
I painted the walls Blue Fjord and the wall with the bay windows Burgundy Wine Red as a sort of feature wall.
  • my little kitchen makeover, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
  • my little kitchen makeover, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
I picked up 4 gallons of Valspar paint + primer at an outlet store for for a steal at about $13 a gallon. I had them tinted to an antique white at Lowe's for free. Yes, free!
All the cabinet doors were removed and I removed all those silly centered pulls and filled in the holes with some wood filler. Then I began painting cabinets. My kitchen already looked 500% better and much brighter after the first coat.
  • my little kitchen makeover, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
I decided to paint the inside of the upper cabinets the same Burgundy Wine color as the feature wall.
  • my little kitchen makeover, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
And the upper cabinets were painted.
  • my little kitchen makeover, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
I picked up some old cedar fence panels at a garage sale a few months back to use as my backsplash. I pried the boards apart and removed all the nails, then cleaned them up.
  • my little kitchen makeover, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
I cut the cedar fence into smaller pieces and staggered them. I then used liquid nails to attach them to the wall. I decided to glue the rusty nails I had removed back into their original holes to make it appear as if they were held up by the nails.
  • my little kitchen makeover, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
Next, I took a hammer to the center panels of the upper doors to knock them out. Oh what fun that was but oh what a mess it made.
I painted the doors with two light coats, leaving brush strokes. It's hard to see in the pictures but doing this definitely made the doors pop against all that white on the cabinets.
After washing down some chicken wire, I attached them to the doors with some staples in place of the panels I knocked out.
  • my little kitchen makeover, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
I love the way these doors turned out!
  • my little kitchen makeover, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
Finally finished!
  • my little kitchen makeover, kitchen cabinets, kitchen design, painting
A few little stars were added a few days ago to complete the look :)
Watch for future posts on the barn loft ladder chandelier and the little country kitchen table pictured above.

Got a question about this project?

  • Kim Kilmer
    Kim Kilmer Springfield, MA

    Looks awesome. Great color combos and your creativity is wonderful!

  • Mary
    Mary Canada

    So much nicer, awesome work!

  • Trixie63
    Trixie63 Lima, OH

    You are the man! It looks great. What are you using for the island? I'm ready anytime for more pics

    • Trixie63
      Trixie63 Lima, OH

      Thanks for your reply. I hope everything is working out for you

  • Sandra Crosbie

    Oh wow. I absolutely love it. I love the colour the chicken wire the handles. You did a fantastic job.

  • Toni Mosley
    Toni Mosley Waldorf, MD

    Wow...just beautiful!! What a difference!! You did an amazing job!! Wanna come do my kitchen????????? lol....

  • Gregory Ervin
    Gregory Ervin Las Vegas, NV

    You did such an awesome job. We're buying a manufactured home to put on some land in CA...definitely following you!

  • Cindy Carley
    Cindy Carley Wamego, KS

    Darling idea...........looks fantastic!! ~~ GOOD JOB!!

  • Sandie Boyer Deal

    My new hero! I love your creativity..I'm gonna follow you if it's ok??

  • Julie J C
    Julie J C Saint Cloud, MN

    Even though your kitchen was not horrible to start with, I can see you really wanted the personalization and freshness of your own space! Everything got cleaned and sorted out too, and that has additional value.

  • Jenny
    Jenny Fuquay Varina, NC

    I lived in a 1974 mobile home for 10 years in the 90's. The kitchen was horrible. I wish now that I had the vision to have painted the cabinets and put on new hardware, etc. The only thing we did was change out the flooring and pain the walls. I look

  • Gayle Walter
    Gayle Walter Spring Lake, MI

    Your kitchen looks so awesome! I love everything about it, especially the backsplash. HUGE IMPROVEMENT!!!

  • Cathy Rayburn-Trobaugh

    Amazing!

  • Debbi W
    Debbi W Panama City, FL

    Good job!

  • Beth Langhans
    Beth Langhans Williamson, NY

    Your a "guy!" I'm damn impressed! Excellent job!

  • Sally-Charles Evans
    Sally-Charles Evans Mayfield, KY

    When I saw the first of the back splash I thought UCK! The finished product is amazing! Love it!

  • Corey Tays
    Corey Tays Leoma, TN

    Did you put any kind of sealer on your backsplash?

    • Issaac @ Practicing ImPerfection

      No I didn't. I was afraid it would discolor the wood or leave a gloss finish. I wanted a natural, raw look.

  • Corey Tays
    Corey Tays Leoma, TN

    You did great!

  • Robin Robertson
    Robin Robertson United Kingdom

    What a fantastic job. It looks much brighter now.. taking down the dividing section makes a huge difference too. I love white cabinets with a wood counter... the wood gives it a lovely warm feel. You did a great job!

  • Janice Powell-Hanek
    Janice Powell-Hanek Roseburg, OR

    Love this!!! Good job!

  • Melissa Carter
    Melissa Carter White House, TN

    I just beautiful!! GREAT JOB!!!

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