Final DIY Kitchen Makeover Reveal – One Year Later
The last time I posted about our DIY kitchen makeover project was November of 2018. How in the world was it that long ago?! I knew it had taken us a looooong while to finish things, but I didn’t realize that it had been THAT long. I posted the semi-reveal for the One Room Challenge after
we Jesse had painted all of the cabinets, replaced the cabinet hardware and removed the upper cabinets over the stove peninsula. The transformation of painting and removing cabinets was incredible! The kitchen was so much lighter and brighter! Shortly after that post we installed a new range hood since the old one was an under cabinet mounted hood. Once that was installed the kitchen was totally functional and we lost all of our project mojo. So the kitchen sat with old tile and patched walls for a year. After we completed the first big stage of this DIY kitchen makeover life got busy with Jesse traveling, the holidays, sicknesses, a kitchen flood that resulted in new floors, and we just completely lost our project steam. Finally, in January 2020, I got tired of looking at the patched walls and old tile every day and decided to finish the kitchen. Jesse was busy with grad school, so Phase 2 of this project was 100% me. I was a little intimidated to take it on, but I just couldn’t deal with things being incomplete anymore! In retrospect, I’m glad that the kitchen went this way because it forced me to step outside of my comfort zone. Now I know I can tile a backsplash, patch a ceiling and install shelves on my own.
DIY Kitchen Makeover
The first step of Phase 2 was tearing out the old white, patterned tile backsplash and replacing it with something more updated. We chose a gray subway tile with warm undertones to coordinate with the beige, brown and gray counters. The tile had actually been delivered back in 2018 and was just sitting in the garage for a year. I started with a small wall to get my feet wet with tiling, and once I realized it wasn’t that hard I jumped all in. I mostly worked in the evenings after the girls went to bed, so the project took me awhile, but I had it done in a few weeks.
Once the tile was finished and the faucet replaced the next step for this DIY kitchen makeover was patching and painting the wall and ceiling. I decided to paint the wall the same pale gray as our living room, which was Olympic’s Faint Flicker. It’s been awhile since I’ve had to buy paint for a project and it turns out Lowe’s doesn’t have Olympic paint anymore, but I was able to have it color matched to Valspar. I also had them color match the paint on the ceiling so I could paint over the patches there too. Finally painting the wall and ceiling was such a game changer for the space. It finally felt like a kitchen again instead of a construction zone! It’s amazing what you get used to when you live with it long enough!
Once the walls were painted, it was time for the final piece, adding some floating shelves. I received a pair of shelves from Ornamental Moulding and Millwork in a light, rustic finish. They are made of Ambrosia Maple, so they are thick and solid, which made me feel safe about loading them with dishes. The shelves are 3 feet long and fit perfectly in the space. I love how the darker grains in the wood coordinate with the trip work around the windows and doors. I styled the shelves with my colorful glassware and dishes, but some fun accents and a plant. I wanted the shelves to infuse color and life into an otherwise neutral space. I’ve had these green bowls from Ballard Designs and green wine glasses for years. I was specifically saving them for a time when I could display them in our kitchen.
My design aesthetic for our house has been all about working with the style of the house, but brightening things up to fit my personal preference and vision. I’ve never felt closer to having this house truly feel like mine than I do now that the kitchen is finished. It’s light and open, full of neutral elements and a few pops of bright colors. It feels cohesive with my fun, always springtime dining room. I feel inspired rather than discouraged. I can’t say it makes me want to cook more, but at least it’s nice to look at while I’m grumpily cooking dinner. 😉