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You've Come a Long Way Baby - Kitchen Reveal

It's been quite the journey...
From brown, dusty, and outdated (with an ugly wallpaper border thrown in):

To painted, a chalkboard wall, and the upper cabinet removed from over the bar:
(I still love my chalkboard wall!)

To now with its granite counters, beadboard backsplash, and new paint on the lower cabinets. We still need to do the ceiling but with the weather cooling off, we need to work outside (there's a wedding we need to get ready for!). So for now the kitchen is done and I love it.

The stove side - I left the upper cabinets closed on this side. Sometimes stuff needs to be hidden from view- ha!
Love my chicken rug!
I adore my under cabinet lights!

New jar canisters with red lids. *more love*

On the sink side I had previously removed the upper cabinet doors but there was no backing to the cabinets - just wallboard. So Bruce added the beadboard to the backs. He's my hero! Each section had to be cut to fit and of course, they were all different. Did I mention Bruce is my hero? :o)

Oh how I love my new sink and faucet!

 Then there's this cabinet above the refrigerator. The door swung up. Not very practical and very hard to reach when you're not very tall. I took the door off, had Bruce back it with beadboard and now I have an out of the way spot to put some of my cookbooks and a few of my mom's old things.

Then I needed a rug for in front of the sink but I couldn't find what I wanted in the stores. Josh and Main had a great selection and I found just what I wanted! (No one paid me to mention them - I'm just happy I found what I wanted for a good price!) It's soft and cushy underfoot and the red stripes goes with the Target chicken rug in front of the stove! Plus red. Need I say more? :o)

The chalkboard wall finally got a plug (Thanks again, Bruce!) so we made a coffee cart.

I can't tell you how nice it is to have the coffee pot and Keurig off the counter! The Frostie crate holds the k-cups and the coffee and tea.

The under-counter lights are on both sides. Now my kitchen has plenty of light! I love it! And I'm really liking my lower cabinets painted the darker shade. It just looks cleaner than the white did. I adore the two-toned look.

I'm so happy with the way the kitchen turned out! No, we didn't do everything we thought we would originally. We didn't reface the cabinet doors (amazing what fresh paint can do!) and the ceiling doesn't have the beadboard on it yet, but I love how the space looks and works now. It's going to be perfect for when we're living here permanently and it's great for now.

Next week, I am participating in Cozy at Christmas Blog Tour hosted by Katie of Let's Add Sprinkles.

I'll be sharing the farmhouse dressed all Christmas Cozy on Tuesday the 6th. I hope you will go check out all the talented bloggers each day!

Linking up at these parties:
Vintage Charm Party
Make It Pretty Monday


  1. Cecilia- your kitchen is wonderful. I loved seeing its transformation. And you are absolutely right- it is amazing what paint will do- especially white pain:)
    I would love to sit there and have coffee and visit with you about everything you did.


    1. Thank you, Laura. I'm so glad I took before pictures. I forget how bad it was. Yes, paint is definitely transforming! Would love for you to visit over coffee!

  2. Looks great, Cecilia! Can't wait til we can paint our kitchen cabinets. I'm tired of that oak look. But I haven't been able to convince Hubby how great white looks. We have white appliances, so I think it works. Will have to show him yours. Don't know why they ever put cabinets on top of the fridge. What were they thinking? You know it had to be a man that started that.

  3. What a difference. Your kitchen looks beautiful. Love that chalk board wall. You know me and whites so I am glad to see you embrace white paint. Made a fabulous difference in your kitchen. Happy New Week.

    1. Kris, white was needed in this kitchen! It doesn't get a ton of natural light (how I would have loved to put a larger window in over the sink!) plus I really do think neutral is best for walls- most of the time 😉. Bruce thought a dark countertop would be the way to go but when we brought the sample home, we knew it would suck all the light out. Love my white granite! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Just love how it all came together, Cecilia! The beadboard in the back of the cabinets is perfect ;) Hugs, Cecilia

    1. Thanks so much for sharing your beautifully updated kitchen @Vintage Charm! Pinned!

  5. The kitchen is so pretty, warm and inviting. Congratulations on this huge accomplishment.

  6. I love it too! Your granite is gorgeous. What were we all thinking when we put those borders everywhere?!

    1. Thanks, Eilis! I don't know...I certainly put up my share of them. What a pain to remove! I definitely don't miss them or wallpaper!

  7. Your kitchen looks fantastic! What a big difference. I love the granite and the paint job. :)

  8. Hi Cecilia ... your kitchen is beautiful I know what you mean about the oak cabinets; wallpaper and boarder and dated counter top. That is just what I have. I do have under-counter lighting though. lol...Would love to up-date but not in the budget for awhile. Love your choice of rugs. Looking forward you seeing your Cozy Christmas decorations.
    Audrey Z.

  9. I love it. I'm sure you are enjoying it. It is darling. I love all your sweet vintage touches.

  10. Oh- I just love it---from the chalkboard wall to the bead-board to the under counter lighting. You did a great job! It is bright and clean and fresh looking. Perfect--and I would feel right at home there!

    What? You didn't keep that border? lol xo Diana

  11. Your kitchen makeover is wonderful! Love the bead board, counter tops, the lights..all GREAT!

  12. Gorgeous transformation! I love before and afters. Your vintage touches and and white cabinets are marvelous!
    Happy Tuesday,

  13. Cecilia, what a transformation! Everything is wonderful, but I especially love the beadboard (*and* all the extra care your sweet guy put into it!) and the undercabinet lighting.

    1. Thank you Jean! I adore my beadboard and I'm so proud of my husband. I'm a lucky girl!

  14. The beadboard, the new counter, the lighting, and of course, the removal of the cabinets over the peninsula and painting the cabinets white all came together to create a lovely, cozy, light filled space. You're really sprucing up the farm Cecilia! I'm sure you can't wait to be there full time :)


  15. Your kitchen is just gorgeous Cecilia! I love the two toned painted cabinets and the open shelving. Your counters are beautiful, well it is all beautiful. You did a great reno, and yay for your hero hubby. :)

  16. Wow! I love it! Everything looks perfect. The sink and faucet are beautiful as are the granite counters. Love that big red and white rug too! I am looking to replace my kitchen rugs at some point and I love the size of that one. I will have to check that place out. I am also looking for under cabinet lighting. I actually have some in my Amazon cart. I know it will make a difference with light. My kitchen doesn't get a lot of natural light and is not bright enough to suit me. Again...I LOVE it all! I know you are thrilled to have it done. Aren't handy hubby't the best!

    Hugs, Vicky

  17. Oh Cecilia...I LOVE THIS! I can tell you would be a wonderful and warm hostess! This is a perfect makeover to evoke all things comforting in your beautiful kitchen! Marvelous job! Enjoy!

    1. Thank you so much! I am so happy with's so warm and inviting to me! I'm so glad you dropped by!

  18. Wow! What an amazing transformaton Cecilia. The kitchen looks so much more happy and brighter! I'll be back to visit your tour. Blessings of the season to you!

  19. OMGosh Cecilia, what a transformation! Your sink and taps are amazing!
    Love the open shelving and the two tone cabinets! It's beautiful!
    I hope that you are having a happy week friend! Hugs, Kimberley

    1. Thank you, Kimberley! I just love it - it is wonderful to have it done and just the way I wanted it. :o)

  20. Cecilia, this is wonderful! I know you are going to enjoy this new kitchen!


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