Cabin Kitchen and Dining Space Renovation DIY

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This is what the kitchen looked like when we saw it for the first time on the real estate agent's website.
We just weren't too big of a fan of the knotty pine ( I thought it was hickory until some smart home talkers told me differently).
The before photo from
We began this project by removing the cabinet over the microwave in the corner and by replacing the bad cook top. We then started painting the cabinets in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and finishing them off with wax.
You can see close up details on a previous post I did here.
Now I know there are wood enthusiast out there and I respect your vision! BUT I am not a yellow wood kind of person and this kind of change works great for us. The kitchen, finished being painted looks like this :
Cabinet reno completed
We also wanted to create more storage space in the cabin (it is only 600 sq ft) so we decided to add some more cabinets. I figured I could get some unfinished cabinets like this one and I could stain it black.
The cabinets we purchased from Lowes
We decided to top these cabinets with lumber and to put shelves of lumber as well. We like how it adds to the overall rustic look of the cabin and adds so much more storage for us.
Close up look while still working
The finished product looks like this
Finished Product
We hope you like the way we updated the kitchen area of our cabin. We sure love it. Also the elongated shelves was all the husbands idea!
It is important to note this is not our full time residence so we do not need a dining room as we simply eat on tv tables but we are foodies and have a food website so we do need ample space to work inside the kitchen.
If you want to see more details on the renovation, please go take a look at my website!

Suggested materials:

  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint   (Local Annie Sloan distributer, Shades of Amber)
  • Cabinets   (Lowes)
  • Stain   (Lowes)
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  • Joella Viterna Riggs Joella Viterna Riggs on Nov 27, 2017
    I love the cabinet color, but what is the wall color? I don't do well mixing /matching colors and your combination looks great.

  • Mary Johnson Mary Johnson on Jan 02, 2018
    you did a very nice job. I know it;s a lot of work. I am interested to know how you did the ceiling, if you did. The realtors picture looks like it is a typical 8 foot ceiling but your pictures look like it is vaulted. Did you remove the old ceiling and replace it?

  • M&M M&M on Jun 14, 2019

    Can I use the chalk paint over cabinets already painted white? What Color did you use? What did you use for the boards in center of cabinets.


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  • Ann Mcleod Ann Mcleod on Dec 03, 2017
    Those are the same cabinets I used in my new construction house. It's designed to look like an old country farmhouse only brand new. I had the cabinets painted a similar shade of green. Counter tops even look like mine. I love mine and yours.

  • Lor19052709 Lor19052709 on Dec 20, 2017
    This is soooo much better. I'd love a cabin just like this .....perfect for Christmas skidooing!