Monday, April 1, 2013

Kitchen Reveal!

Okay everyone... It's finally here! The BIG kitchen reveal! :) We have been working on our kitchen ever since I moved in... about three years ago. I hope you guys are as excited to see it as we are to show you!

Here's the mood board I shared a few months back:

1. Cream in My Coffee by Valspar
2. City Arboretum by Valspar
3. Yellow Bins by Target $6.99
5. Distressed Green Knobs by Hobby Lobby $3.99
6. Bronze Knobs by Hobby Lobby $2.99

Looks nice, right? I was going for a cozy classic country look. I think we stayed pretty true to our plan.

Now for the shocker. Here's what we started with:

Ew. The kitchen featured blinding yellow walls and dingy cabinets. The upper cabinets would disintegrate every time you touched them. A tile backsplash was started behind the sink but never finished. And it was done incorrectly. (Who used caulk to grout with?) And the whole space was just filthy. 

We started by replacing the upper cabinets with the help of some friends. I scored the perfect cabinets online for a mere $60. You can see more of the cabinet project here. I painted all the cabinets white but after awhile I decided I needed to repaint them since the primer I used kept showing stains. Here are some progress photos after painting them white:

Todd and I primed and painted the kitchen with Cream in My Coffee by Valspar. Yum. 

I then purchased some stainless steel appliance paint. I decided to give it a try on our old fridge and range hood since we didn't have the funds to purchase new appliances.

Overall the stainless steel paint was a success for about the $8 it cost. You can read about that adventure here.

Next on the list was to tackle the icky floors. There were some nasty peel and stick tiles. 

We replaced the ugly flooring with nicer parquet-style peel and stick tiles. For a small budget, vinyl tiles look pretty nice! 

For more photos of the kitchen floor project, check out the original post here.

Next on the kitchen "to do" list was to repaint the lower cabinets City Arboretum by Valspar and to cut, install and paint the beadboard backsplash. Time consuming but pretty easy peasy. :)

Then the fun stuff! Shopping for accessories and decorating a bit. I will share where I got each item and what other deals I scored as the post continues.

Here's the final result!

Take a peek into our new kitchen...

I love how sunny and cheery the sink area is in the mornings. I sewed some simple curtains and hung them on a white tension rod.

I found a cute little yellow pitcher at the Dollar Tree. I put a clear plastic cup inside for a trailing plant. It seems to be thriving.


Jose enjoys sitting with my plant, looking out into the backyard.

The sink would not be complete without this little white shelf. I got it at a thrift store for only a dollar or two. The shelf was originally unpainted wood. I primed and painted it a crisp white. I placed my elephant ring holder on top. I also invested in a nice soap pump. It was in the bathroom accessory aisle at Target. I filled it with some bright yellow dish soap. 

The paper towel holder was made by my Grandpa. I painted it the same yellow as the back door.

Doesn't that backsplash look nice? I think you will appreciate it more after you see some closeups of what the walls looked like before.

The back door got a fresh coat of Maple Taffy from Valspar after much scraping and a coat of primer.

The clock was a wedding gift from our friends Sean and Rachel. The bulletin boards I got at Kohls wayyy back when I was in high school. The rug is from a discount store; purchased back when I lived in my apartment. The white jelly cabinet is from Target online. It was a Christmas gift to myself right after Todd and I got married. The microwave, believe it or not, is a compact size that my mom bought me when I first went off to college.

The green candle was a gift from my mother in law. The candle holders were thrift store purchases awhile back.

Now let's take a look at the fridge area. Check out that stainless paint job! When we had a repairman come out to take a look at our fridge because it was leaking, he was a little confused... He didn't know how we could have a stainless steel fridge when our fridge model was made before stainless was possible. How's that for a good paint job?

The bins on top are a way to add storage for paper products and overflow products. Behind the bins we are able to store (and hide!) our griddle and George Foreman grill. The bins were purchased online via Target for $6.99 each. They were a bit more than I wanted to pay but I really wanted yellow containers.

The knobs were all purchased from Hobby Lobby at 50% off. The upper cabinets are the dark green ones and the lower cabinets are the bronze knobs. The owls are above the stove... I just couldn't resist!

Here are the towels I splurged on. They are bathroom towels from Target. I fell in love with the yellow and white floral pattern and just had to have them for my kitchen. I actually prefer bathroom hand towels for the kitchen because they are more absorbent. 

Now for some countertop accessories. I love these green Corningware casserole dishes. I got them from my friend Laura as a bridal shower gift.

Next to the stove we have small pinch bowls for salt and pepper. They were on sale for 99 cents each at Crate & Barrel.

I found this gorgeous yellow glass pedestal bowl at Target on clearance for $4. It's supposed to be a cake plate. I keep my faucet handle salt and pepper shakers on it and my stainless steel oil pitcher. Both the shakers and the pitcher are from Crate & Barrel as well. And may I mention at no cost to me? I used a gift card from our wedding!

Also on the counter by the stove are three square glass vases that hold a variety of utensils. The spice rack was a wedding gift from my cousin Logan and his wife Mel. One day I would like to upgrade to a magnetic spice display to free up some counter space but for now this works great!


And speaking of counter space, let's take a closer look at those new countertops! They were handmade by my uncle at his saw mill and were given to us for our wedding gift. How amazing is that?!

On the wall above the stove, I made a "BAKE" sign. You can view the tutorial for that here. It was really cheap since I used dollar store frames and leftover curtain material.

Above the upper wall cabinets we have additional storage space. You can also check out our mini ceiling fan. :)

Todd's "touch" in the kitchen is his Hulk cookie jar. It can't be used as a cookie jar because it doesn't have a tight seal on it. I allowed it in the kitchen since it matches the green theme. :)

Here's some more shots of the floor with the completed kitchen. They seem to be holding up pretty well!

I know that was a lotttt of photos so here is the before and after again. 

Here's a breakdown of costs:

1 Gallon Cream in My Coffee by Valspar via Lowes $30
1 Gallon Primer by Valspar via Lowes $20
1 Quart Primer by Zinsser via Lowes $10
1 Quart City Arboretum by Valspar via Lowes $10
1 Quart Maple Taffy by Valpsar via Lowes $10
1 Quart stainless steel paint via Home Depot $8
Mini ceiling fan via Lowes $60
Trim for backsplash $30
Beadboard for backsplash $20
5 Upper cabinets $60
Vinyl parquet flooring $70
Small white shelf $2
3 Yellow bins via Target $21
2 Yellow floral bath towels via Target $10
1 Handsoap dispenser via Target $7
1 Yellow glass cake stand via Target $4
1 Yellow watering can via Dollar Tree $1
4 Frames via Dollar Tree $4
1 Yard paisley fabric via Hobby Lobby $5
2 Distressed owl knobs via Hobby Lobby $4
5 Distressed green knobs via Hobby Lobby $10
6 Bronze knobs via Hobby Lobby $9

*If accessories/items are not listed under costs but are shown above, I already had them, they were gifts or I used a gift card.

Total Cost $405!!!

Although it took Todd and I a couple years to complete our kitchen, we are pretty happy with the results... and the money that is still in our pockets! We hope you enjoyed our kitchen reveal!

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  1. Great job! I love how sunny and cheery it feels! Amazing what paint can do!!!

  2. What a great before and after. Nice job!

  3. Such an amazing job, Lindsey! I love the green cabinets, the yellow door and your storage above your cabinets. It's beautiful.

  4. Very impressive! Looks fabulous! I love your countertops!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

  5. Hi,
    I hopped over from Give Me the Goods Monday... you did a really great job on such a low budget! Very creative and resourceful...and I love the cottagey feel! Thanks for sharing,
    Krista @thehappyhousie

  6. Hey you!!! It is gorgeous! I have been waiting for this one! I bet you love cooking in there now!!! I love how fresh and vintage it feels! The floors and the cabinets are wonderful! And your colors are spot on!!!! Great work!!

  7. Adorable little kitchen! I love the pops of yellow! Totally impressed by the cost too! Thank you for sharing at the Give Me The Goods Link Party!

  8. Wow! What a difference a little paint makes, huh? Super cute! I love how you used yellow as your accent. It's not too much and it makes it so much brighter. The whole kitchen just looks 'clean' now. Love your little owl knobs too. Great job on painting the appliances. You'll have to keep us updated on how it holds up. I always wondered about that stuff. Again, great job! Proves you don't have to break the bank for charming.

  9. What an amazing redo! Thank you so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d}.

    Have a lovely week.

    Mary Beth

  10. That is a wonderful, wonderful renovation!! Your new place looks like a delight to cook (and bake) in!! Great work!

  11. Wow, what a change. It looks fantastic. Looks much more than the $400.00 you spent. I am a new follower :)


  12. Lindsey, what a FANTASTIC job you did! Your kitchen is beautiful and looks more like a $4000 makeover then $400!

  13. You did a fantastic job!!!! Absolutely love it!

  14. This is an incredible makeover for $400, I am so impressed and inspired!
    - Lora

  15. What a transformations! I like the touches of yellow and green -- so cheerful. Also, I like your "BAKE" letters! What a cute idea!

  16. I just love what you did! I can't believe you only spent $400! Love the Hulk!

    Thank you for linking up to the In and Out of the Kitchen link party! I look forward to seeing what you bring to the party next week!

    Cynthia at

  17. super amazing! i love how bright and cheerful it is, and i love how you styled above the cabinets with glassware, so still being useful but not taking up visual space. and stainless paint! THAT i am going to need to try on my super old dishwasher!

  18. and your husband did an amazing job. What a difference, and so much light. Love the painted frig and hood, turned out great. Thanks for sharing, Paula Lusk

  19. Love the transformation....amazing difference! Really awesome job for the $$ spent! Lots of things I love about it, but I really liked the owl cabinet pulls too! Thanks for sharing it at the Shady Porch!

  20. Unbelievable and beautiful! Wow! I'm including a link back in tomorrow's highlights, Lindsey. You've done an amazing job, as usual! Love it!

  21. What a fantastic redo! Love, love the yellow accents. You did an amazing job!

  22. Holy Smokes!This is a great kitchen reno and the price is right!

  23. Hello Linsey! What a transformation! It went from Blah to BEAUTIFUL and you did it at a fraction of what a regular kitchen reno would cost so Pat Yourselves on the Back! I love the accessories that you have chosen and the countertops are a huge up-grade as well as the floor. It is such a pleasure to view from this end but it must be heavenly to be in your little kitchen Now! You and Todd make a great team!


  24. This is just amazing. You did such an awesome job!

  25. Good JOB!!! Good to know about the stainless steel paint. I am going to find some tomorrow and get to painting! And those floors look amazing!!

    Thanks for Sharing your breakdown of prices too. Yall did a fantastic job.


  26. Love what you've done and on a budget, too! I'm glad to see how the SS paint worked out for you.
    I have a suggestion about the black dishwasher...see if the panel is white on the other could leave it white or paint it with the SS paint to match your other appliances.

  27. Great Job! Love this so much!

  28. This looks awesome!! You didn't mention or at least I might have missed you mention what you did to the counter tops. They look black in the earlier pics and then they look like butcher blocks in the remodeled pics. I


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