Kitchen Remodel {Before and After}

Of any project that we have ever done in our home this project made the biggest impact!

We built our home a little over 11 years ago so everything was still nice in our kitchen but my taste had changed.

It took me about four years to convince my husband to go along with painting the cabinets.

What really sold him on going for it was the awesome instruction we received from Amber and Brad at Shades of Amber.

They were amazing at giving us step by step instructions in how to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (our step by step instructions will be coming next week).

Our island had always been an odd shape and not a great useable space.  Because the island had two levels of counters it actually made it hard to do almost anything.

Once we knew we were going to refinish our pre-existing cherry floors and add cherry floors throughout the living room and studio we knew we had to make a final decision about our island.

If we were going to change it…now was the time.

I really wanted a larger island that would allow for storage, homework, baking and just a nice place to gather round and talk.

We will be adding a new counter along the back of the kitchen and a back-splash this fall.

I hope you enjoy the changes we have made and maybe you will even talk your husband into painting those cabinets:-)

I hope you will join me next week as I show how we built our island and step by step instructions how we painted our cabinets.

Thanks for looking!

{BEFORE}

{AFTER}

{BUTLER’S PANTRY}

You may enjoy these recent posts about our remodel:

*Adding Open Shelving

*Ripping out the built in desk

*Living Room Makeover

Living Room {Before and After}

The next two weeks most of my posts will be about our recent remodel projects.

I love these kinds of posts and I hope you enjoy them too.

Today I wanted to share our living room before and after.

We extended our cherry floors from our kitchen into our living room and it made an amazing difference in the appearance of space and the ease of visual flow.

I love the color and minimal grain that you see in cherry floors but the softness of the wood is a huge drawback.

We already had cherry throughout the entry and large kitchen and it was cost prohibitive to start over with another wood.

Over time the cherry darkens and I believe gives the home a wonderful warmth.

We have a lot more dust bunnies and the kids don’t love all of the sweeping we now do (obviously they aren’t pros in the sweeping or we wouldn’t have the dust bunnies).

I am loving the updated space!

{BEFORE}

{DURING}

{AFTER}

Maddy’s Bedroom Redo {Linky Party Too}

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A little over 8 years ago we moved into our brand new home.

I am an older house kind of girl so a new house means lots of work to bring even a touch of character.

We have spent years adding built in bookshelves, beadboard, wainscoting, crown molding etc.

We have changed out lots of lighting and have tried to create little nooks around this home of ours.

The first room we painted over 8 years ago was Madolyn’s nursery.

It really was such a pretty nursery.

We had custom sage toile roman shades and bedding made.

It was pink and sage and so sweet.

We also had big girl bedding made to help the room grow with her.

After 8 years we knew it was time for a change.

At first I was coming up with all these ideas for her room.

I was thinking blues, greys, creams and whites. I was thinking a crystal chandelier and linen bedding.

The thing is that Maddy was all for it and she does love blue….but….I knew that the room was for me not her.

I started to really think about her and her personality.

I decided to go a completely different direction and I scratched all my other ideas.

We started putting yellow paint samples on the wall.

Maddy and I spent a lot of time looking at vintage fabrics and pulling our fabrics together.

A few trips to The Barn followed.

Her very favorite color, turquoise, would be on display.

We had to recruit daddy to do some woodwork and then I followed up with many (many) coats of white paint.

The icing on the cake for Maddy was the lighting that she had picked out.


At night the shadow of flowers covers her walls and ceiling….and she couldn’t be happier.

We are all in love with her room and how it turned out.

It is completely her…just the way we wanted it!

I now have two jealous boys that are anxious to have their rooms redone:-)

I have linked up to my friend Jen’s linky party.

Check out the other rooms that have used molding to make huge transformations.