The Kitchen

Ok so I promised I’d tell you the story of our kitchen renovation.

Our previous home owners had put in beautiful cabinets. Hardwood, sturdy, made of ash. The only problem? They were just a bit too traditional for my taste. As someone who enjoys cooking, the upper cabinets just frankly restricted our space quite a bit. We enjoy entertaining on occasion, so our sight lines were also a little blocked off.

Here’s what the kitchen looked like when we moved in.


In these pictures, we hadn’t done anything yet. The hardware was brassy. Again, the kitchen was definitely nice, just not quite our taste.

So, then our next step was to paint and change out the brass hardware to more of a deep bronze. In some of these pictures the paint color was not on yet, but eventually it was a light greenish/yellow. I picked this color to be a little bit more cheerful. We took the doors off the china hutch- that really updated the look right away.


Then the kitchen stayed this way for the next couple years until this winter. We were already in the middle of a big basement project. I knew I wanted to update the kitchen in a more major way down the line, but it will be awhile before we can fully afford that. (Kids!) That’s ok. But I definitely needed to problem solve. Late one night (remember, I did have an infant son!) I found myself standing in front of the stove. What if I just moved things around? Paint? Take down some cabinets? I know it’s cliche- but let me tell you, paint and reorganizing a space are probably the hugest and least expensive changes to a space.

So anyway back to the story. There I stood in the kitchen. “Joe??” I think my husband secretly cringes every time I call his name in that questioning manner. He knows my wheels are turning. “What if we just change the layout and change some cabinets?”

Joe is careful- I say this with affection because he is definitely less impulsive than me. 🙂 I think he said something around the lines of maybe we should finish the basement project first. And maybe a, “I’m not sure if you want to do that at this juncture.” Well, you guessed it. I talked him into it. I assured him I would do the painting and we could do both projects. Thanks Joe 🙂

The first step was picking out paint. I did a lot of research- a LOT. Repainting cabinets is a huge job. I wanted it to be high quality but I did want to skip the sanding if I could. I don’t mind a brush stroke here or there. I LOVE the paint I picked. I found it through the blog of another person who embarked on a similar project. To give her credit- here’s the link to the blog I found! We used General Finishes Milk Paint- Queenstown Gray and Snow White.

Once the paint came, I tested it out. It is pretty amazing stuff. The white took more coats, but in the end, fantastic.


The first thing I tackled was the coffee bar. I painted this in gray. Took a long time but worth it! With a plug in the back, we can now house all our glassware, bar and coffee materials here. So happy with the result.



So one winter evening, February 16th to be exact, my father-in-law Mike came over and we began taking down upper cabinets. Pretty sure everyone thought I was crazy. But they supported me!


As a reminder, here was our little 11 month old who liked to help!


Then I began painting the lower cabinets. This was quite time intensive but so cool in the end. We also shifted the cabinets over.


Next we had a new fridge delivered! A counter-depth one. We absolutely love it. Eventually it moved to the other side of the kitchen but was placed here temporarily.

The fridge is amazing.




Then it was time to begin taking down cabinets on the other wall as well as paint the lowers.



I wasn’t too happy with my cheerful” yellowish/green wall color. So, I painted all the walls in toasty gray. It has hints of green in it but is mostly a light gray. Neutral and bright at the same time.

Next step was to paint the kitchen table and chairs as well as the small little island the same Queenstown Gray as we painted the coffee/wine bar.


Within this time frame, my new Chip and Joanna sign came! And our new garbage/recycling set-up. They even sent us a fun note 🙂



Mike then helped Joe take down the last set of upper cabinets. I also painted the dishwasher with liquid stainless steel. I knew we couldn’t get a new dishwasher at the moment and it made quite an improvement on the ivory one we had.

Then at John Michael’s first birthday party, we installed the hood- it does vent out through the roof. We swapped the stove and refrigerator. Then we put in a lot of recessed lighting. This made cooking so fun!

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Before my parents left in March, we put in the open shelving.

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Mike and LuEllen gave us a new light to put over the kitchen table in May!

Then my dad set about installing a gas line for our new (to us) gas stove!

And our most recent upgrade was a new overhead light and some track lighting over the sink from my family friend Geoff.


So we started mid-February and finished early July! 4 1/2 months while we completed the basement and other small things- not to mention we have full time jobs, a dog and a kid!

Joe and I worked hard on this project, as did both sets of our parents- who we can’t thank enough! We love it.

So here it is- start to finish!!




So what do you think??

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