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!
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!
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…
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!