Small Kitchen Magical Makeover

Kendall K.
by Kendall K.
1 Material
7 Days

This whole project started because I bought a cornflower blue stand mixer! I was planning on doing a massive renovation in a few years by expanding the kitchen into the back yard. I figured I was looking at tens of thousands to do so and I was trying to save up for it. I'm so happy with how this project turned out, now I can save that money for another project!

My tiny ugly brown kitchen with my new mixer!

My kitchen opens up to a strange small dining area where the fridge is located. I call it a nook more than a dining room. I decided I was going to turn it into a little sitting area since we never sit in the nook the way it is.

Boring dining area (nook)

I was going to do most of the work my self by painting the kitchen cabinets and walls. I was also going to line my cabinets and drawers with some fantastic high grade wrapping paper and seal with Mod Podge (intended for exterior furniture). I managed to get one cabinet done and then was hit with my first bout of vertigo (what a horrible experience!). Thankfully I have a fantastic contractor/ carpenter who helps me when I need him. So I gave him a jingle and he came running with his helper to save the day!

The one cabinet I completed!

My re-lined drawers

The whole project took about a week. My guys finished painting the cabinets, primed and painted the doors, painted the walls (Behr "glass of milk"), attached all the hardware and even built me a new side counter with a recycling station and some shelves!


It's already looking better!

I had already ordered new counter tops because ours were chipped, stained and absolutely gross. I did not have the budget to put in the quartz counters I wanted, so I decided to put in "woolamai brush matte" laminate that actually turned out to be perfect!

I decided to turn the nook into a little sitting area. We never eat in this area so this was a great way to re-utilize the space. I found a fantastic re-done settee that tied the colours in perfectly and a funky table that I painted with chalk paint.

Love this table!

I decided to have a "vintage seed packet" theme. I printed off some photos and mod podged them onto some small boards and put painted laser cut frames on them.

Some of these ended up on walls and some I attached to painted crates that go above the cabinets for additional storage

After finding some great "final touches" like vintage tins, hand painted signs, mirrors and a blingy clock,I could put it all together! We are absolutely thrilled with the end result! I'm amazed how much brighter and bigger the kitchen looks! I cannot thank Mark enough for saving the day and making it turn out way better than I expected!

Suggested materials:
  • Behr Marqee in "Glass of Milk", primer, kitchen grade cabinet paint, knobs and drawer pulls   (Home Depot)
  • Knobs and pulls   (Home Depot)
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  • Maura Maura on May 23, 2018

    where did you get the shelf paper pls? Its beautiful.

  • Robyn Wells Plantz Robyn Wells Plantz on Nov 13, 2018

    I notice the colored liquid in the jars on the shelf. What is the liquid? I've tried before but it separates and doesn't look good after a while.

  • Anna Anna on Mar 08, 2021

    Blue is not my color, but it is very nice what you have done here!! Very nicely done!! Great job!! Where did you find that table?? So adorable!!

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  • Very cute for such a tiny kitchen! I'd move your coffee maker to the area by the sugar jar and declutter the sink area, my thought, your kitchen! I love the white and blue!

  • Krafty Kathy Krafty Kathy on Oct 24, 2022

    I love the blue counter tops and blue shelf paper. I collect Blue Willow which we use daily so your kitchen is just my style. Those crates are great too.