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My Little Kitchen Makeover

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.
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.
Yay, no more hutch. It definitely felt so much more open.
I painted the walls Blue Fjord and the wall with the bay windows Burgundy Wine Red as a sort of feature wall.
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.
I decided to paint the inside of the upper cabinets the same Burgundy Wine color as the feature wall.
And the upper cabinets were painted.
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.
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.
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.
I love the way these doors turned out!
Finally finished!
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.

Ask the creator about this project

  • Kim Kilmer
    Kim Kilmer Springfield, MA
    on Oct 9, 2015

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

  • Mary
    Mary Canada
    on Oct 9, 2015

    So much nicer, awesome work!

  • Trixie63
    Trixie63 Waverly, OH
    on Oct 9, 2015

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

    • Trixie63
      Trixie63 Waverly, OH
      on Oct 11, 2015

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

  • Sandra Crosbie
    Sandra Crosbie Ireland
    on Oct 9, 2015

    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
    on Oct 10, 2015

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

  • Gregory Ervin
    Gregory Ervin Las Vegas, NV
    on Oct 10, 2015

    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
    on Oct 10, 2015

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

  • Sandie Boyer Deal
    Sandie Boyer Deal Eustis, FL
    on Oct 10, 2015

    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
    on Oct 10, 2015

    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
    on Oct 10, 2015

    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 back now and think that I could have been so much happier there if I just had some creativity!! Great job!! Love the ladder/pot rack!

  • Gayle Walter
    Gayle Walter Grand Haven, MI
    on Oct 10, 2015

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

  • Cathy Rayburn-Trobaugh
    Cathy Rayburn-Trobaugh Marble, NC
    on Oct 10, 2015


  • Debbi W
    Debbi W Panama City, FL
    on Oct 10, 2015

    Good job!

  • Beth Langhans
    Beth Langhans
    on Oct 10, 2015

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

  • Sally-Charles Evans
    Sally-Charles Evans Mayfield, KY
    on Oct 10, 2015

    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
    on Oct 10, 2015

    Did you put any kind of sealer on your backsplash?

  • Corey Tays
    Corey Tays Leoma, TN
    on Oct 10, 2015

    You did great!

  • Robin Robertson
    Robin Robertson United Kingdom
    on Oct 10, 2015

    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
    on Oct 10, 2015

    Love this!!! Good job!

  • Melissa Carter
    Melissa Carter White House, TN
    on Oct 10, 2015

    I just beautiful!! GREAT JOB!!!

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