Our Kitchen Makeover

In all of the the updates we made to our new house, our kitchen was definitely the space that received the most amount of work and underwent the biggest transformation. It also took the longest to complete, and there were a couple of times that I wondered if I would ever have cabinet doors again. But all of the work and the wait were so worth the finished results!

Kitchen Before:

When we first toured the house, I wasn’t sure what I thought about the kitchen. I liked the layout and space and thought the cabinets were beautiful, but I’ve always LOVED very white and bright kitchens, and this kitchen was the exact opposite. But I knew it wasn’t anything a little paint couldn’t fix!




Kitchen After:

We sanded and primed the cabinets and trim with oil-based primer and then painted them with two coats of highly recommended white trim paint from Porter Paints. We replaced the hinges and hardware, installed new countertops that we purchased from IKEA for only $140,  a white subway tile backsplash, and a white apron sink from IKEA. We painted the walls Silver Sage by Restoration Hardware, and replaced all of the light fixtures with some inexpensive ones that we also found at IKEA. (Love that place!)




I have always loved the look of custom vent hoods, and Phillip and his dad built me this beautiful vent hood that is one of my absolute favorite parts of the kitchen!


There is also a cute little breakfast nook that leads out to the screened porch. I found a table and chairs on Craigslist, and a bench at TJ Maxx that works perfectly for that space. We keep it up against the wall to allow for a nice walkway out to the porch, because the boys and I spend a lot of time out there. I also keep the a little play kitchen from IKEA in the breakfast nook, because the boys love to cook and play restaurant.


Update: A reader asked how I hang my plates. I use these adhesive plate hangers hung on screws (not nails). I have used them for years and they work great!


I really love our kitchen and I am so very happy with the way it turned out! It truly is the kitchen of my dreams!


I hope you enjoyed the tour of our kitchen. If you missed any of my previous home tour posts, you can find them here…

Dining Room

Living Room

School Room

That pretty much completes the downstairs, so next week, I will take you upstairs to check out a few of my favorite rooms, including the nursery, which is almost finished except for the wall arrangement! I am 33 weeks pregnant today and can’t wait for our sweet little girl to get here!



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  1. I just love the transformation! I have always admired white kitchens too, although mine didn’t end up white when we had it painted a few years ago. The cabinets ended a sage green, which is my “happy color”. White is so bright and cheery! The plates on the wall are creative and unique, and is that a chalk board in the picture frame by the fridge?

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Alicia, I bet your sage cabinets are beautiful. That is one of my favorite kitchen “looks” as well. Yes, that is a piece of chalkboard in a vintage frame over by the fridge. We use it to write our prayer requests and our praises.

  2. Beautiful..like you!

  3. I’m so very inspired. I’m yelling through the house, “Jeremy! Come look at this kitchen!!!” lol $140 for the counters? That’s awesome! (our new place will TOTALLY need new counters. they are that awful green marbled stuff ugh) I love this so much, and am so excited about our kitchen makeover. I was wondering what color to do my counters. Wondering no more, this looks awesome.

  4. Beautiful space! We’re anticipating a major renovation next year, due to foundation issues, which will mean a new kitchen. I always wanted a white and black kitchen with green, that’s what our house was when we bought it. Now we’re going the other way, I’m in love with grays in kitchens!

    Love Ikea!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Thank you Jess! Gray is such a great neutral, especially to play with pops of color in the accessories. You’ll have to share pics after you finish your kitchen renovation!

  5. Hi I love your updates! Where did you find the table and chairs with bench??

  6. Whoa, What a difference!!!! Your kitchen is my favorite room ever, I love how open and beautiful it looks, it must be amazing to cook in there 🙂
    White is always a good choice. good job girl!!

  7. Siobhan says:

    I’m just curious what the dimensions of that table are? It’s so cute and such a great find!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      The table measures 48″ x 36″. We recently found two more matching chairs at a local thrift store so I am excited to now have four chairs instead of two chairs and a bench!

  8. Where could I find this kitchen table? It’s exactly what I need!

  9. HI,

    I absolutely love your style and the design of your kitchen. I hope you remember where you got that table and chair with the bench. I would love to incorporate that in my apartment. Thanks for sharing your remodel experience!

  10. Lisa Sayre says:

    Could you tell me the brand and color of the paint on the wall where the plates are hung? Your house is beautiful!

  11. Where did you get that great kitchen table outfit? I really like it and it’s just what I’m looking for!

  12. Where did you get the small white table, chairs, and bench combo? I’d love that for my small 1920s kitchen. I have the prep area under a window with counters and cabinets and across infront of the doorway is a walkway with bare wall. I’d like to put a table but husband thinks its too small of a space and. I miss having an eat in kitchen.

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      Paloma, I actually found the table and two chairs on Craigslist and the bench at Marshall’s. It worked really well in that small space!

  13. Joanne O'brien says:

    I would like to order the small dining table and chairs. How do i go aboit tbis?!

    • Amanda Medlin says:

      I found them on Craigslist, so I’m not sure where they originally came from. Sorry I can’t be of more help.


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