Can you believe it? I’m finally showing you my finished kitchen! [Granted, we do still need to install the flooring, but hey, for now it’s close enough.] And I am so pleased with it!
My before wasn’t bad—we did have nice counters and cabinets. But now, I feel like we have something beautiful. It has certainly been a lot of work. Read about our counters HERE and the cupboards HERE. The walls are painted Versatile Gray by Sherwin Williams in their Cashmere paint. I love the color—during the day it’s a really pretty gray color and then it transitions to a bit more of a beige tone at night. I love the way the white of the cabinets pops off of it, and our red couches look BEAUTIFUL against it. I went with the Cashmere paint because it has primer in it, so the paint looks the same whether it’s going on the plane white walls or covering our previously painted tan walls. And just one coat with minor touch ups did the trick.
My barstools are now painted red, and I’ll share that with you later this week.
One of my favorite transformations in this space was our tile backsplash. They began green and now they’re a beautiful, bright white.
They weren’t a high-gloss ceramic tile to begin with, so I was confident a simple makeover wouldn’t be a problem. I simply scuffed them up with sandpaper, primed with Kilz oil based primer, did three coats of SW Pro Classic in Pure White, and the sealed with a few coats of polycrylic. We also caulked between the tile and counter to give it a clean finish. I LOVE the contrast of our paint and tiles. So far they’ve held up really well with being wiped down to clean up, and I’m confident they’ll continue to last. From the research I did for painting tiles, if you have a high gloss ceramic tile, you should probably use a tile/cement primer first.
I also loved decorating the space above my cabinets. I had some great pieces to work with from before—old tins, cookbooks and utensils my MIL had given me, but I needed a few new signs to finish off the look.
I thought a chalkboard would be great for this side of the cabinets.
I used a sign I’d made before from a cupboard door, removed the vinyl word that was on there, and painted the center with chalkboard paint. I love the verse that’s there for now, but will also enjoy being able to switch up what it says throughout the year.
On the opposite side I made two new signs. The Fresh Produce sign was inspired by THIS one, and is made from a wooden seat from my old kitchen chairs. I painted it with chalkboard paint, distressed it with sandpaper, and then painted the red lettering on. The price is written with chalk.
The other sign is also made from an old cupboard door and was inspired by THIS sign. If you make one too, just don't be like me and spell premises wrong ;)
The beverage box in the center came from my in-laws, and I have another one just like it that I can’t wait to find the perfect way to incorporate it into my house.
One last detail that I want to share with you is this fun caddy I got for holding pens, scissors and paper. (I got it from THIS seller on Amazon, but they are out of my item. A cute comparable would be THIS one, it’s just a little more than I spent.) I love that it’s decorative, fits with the style of the rest of my house, and big enough to be completely functional.
I’m loving my new kitchen and can’t wait until we get the new flooring installed. But that’ll have to come after we’ve finished painting. We’re through with the dining room and part way through the living room. I’ll be back to show you my finished painted buffet and stools soon. For now I’m searching and searching for the perfect rug and curtains.
Thanks for stopping by!