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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.
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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.
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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?

  • Julie B
    Julie B Adrian, MI

    One of the best redos I have seen in a long time. Super adorable. Great job!

  • Judy Elshire
    Judy Elshire Bozeman, MT

    You did a FANTASTIC job!!

  • Faye Rickerson
    Faye Rickerson Warner Robins, GA

    Great job! How did you glue the nails back into the nailholes after you had glued the boards to the wall? Did you drive the nails back into the boards?

  • Kate McMillian
    Kate McMillian Molalla, OR

    Looks great, but I'd be concerned about the ability to clean food splatters, & dust from the chicken wire and barn boards.

  • Mindy Boyd Overstreet
    Mindy Boyd Overstreet East Moline, IL

    This is the best redo I've seen in a long time. Complete transformation and very well done!

  • Mildred Colburn
    Mildred Colburn Fayette, AL

    beautiful

  • Lisa Aragon Gabrielson

    What a great transformation!!!! My Husband is going to make an old ladder into a pot rack for me, but I like the old ladder light fixture.

  • Myrna Phelps
    Myrna Phelps Framingham, MA

    Nicely Done!

  • Heartbeat
    Heartbeat Northampton, PA

    Great job, as someone commented
    About the wire. My last house was owned by an elderly woman who
    Didn't clean the wire. It was so bad I replaced it with glass. So just remember to keep it clean, it looks great

  • Sharon Hall
    Sharon Hall Rochelle, IL

    looks great, I am looking forward to ladder chandelier post

  • Carolyn
    Carolyn Roseville, CA

    Great job! You make it look so easy!

  • Dee Lowe
    Dee Lowe Las Vegas, NV

    What a huge difference just taking down the hutch-love your ideas.

  • Julie Briggs
    Julie Briggs Syracuse, NY

    What a fabulous makeover! Very creative.

  • Therese C
    Therese C Greenfield, IA

    You need to pat yourself on the back...three times! Bravo! I love it!

  • Therese C
    Therese C Greenfield, IA

    Do you mind if I borrow 'part' of your ideas? Thanks in advance!

  • Heather White
    Heather White Wakarusa, KS

    I too have a pre-fabricated home, Le Sigh, with the wonderful cabinetry that was clearly an after thought, but after seeing this post Issaac, you have given me hope that I can have a beautiful kitchen I love! Thank you so much for your post!!

  • Terra Gazelle
    Terra Gazelle Springfield, LA

    Wonderful, warm kitchen. Great make over.

  • Tammy Easterling

    Best kitchen make over I have seen. Love it! ❤️

  • Bernadettevdl1

    Absolutely fabulous, well done!!!

  • S_roop12
    S_roop12 Biglerville, PA

    Beautiful kitchen. I love the back splash.

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