Kitchen Remodel {Before and After}

Of any project that we have ever done in our home this project made the biggest impact!

We built our home a little over 11 years ago so everything was still nice in our kitchen but my taste had changed.

It took me about four years to convince my husband to go along with painting the cabinets.

What really sold him on going for it was the awesome instruction we received from Amber and Brad at Shades of Amber.

They were amazing at giving us step by step instructions in how to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (our step by step instructions will be coming next week).

Our island had always been an odd shape and not a great useable space.  Because the island had two levels of counters it actually made it hard to do almost anything.

Once we knew we were going to refinish our pre-existing cherry floors and add cherry floors throughout the living room and studio we knew we had to make a final decision about our island.

If we were going to change it…now was the time.

I really wanted a larger island that would allow for storage, homework, baking and just a nice place to gather round and talk.

We will be adding a new counter along the back of the kitchen and a back-splash this fall.

I hope you enjoy the changes we have made and maybe you will even talk your husband into painting those cabinets:-)

I hope you will join me next week as I show how we built our island and step by step instructions how we painted our cabinets.

Thanks for looking!




You may enjoy these recent posts about our remodel:

*Adding Open Shelving

*Ripping out the built in desk

*Living Room Makeover

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  1. Becky @ Farmgirl Paints

    i had to go back and forth between the pics over and over. what a beautiful transformation:)) i’m starting with changing our cream backsplash to a big white subway tile and under-counter lighting first to see if i can brighten it up before i paint. if i can get out of it i will. and not enough time in the day:/

  2. Lynda

    I have been waiting for your reveal! I love it! Your new island is so beautiful and looks like it is so much fun to use! Pretty paint choices as well.

  3. Laura French

    Oh my I LOVE that Carrera marble! The colors you have chosen are fabulous and the change is so perfect! Fantastic! Well done! Please keep us up to date on how the chalk paint wears will you? XOXO

  4. Galia

    Fabulous, looks great. I look forward to your step by step- we have timber cabinets and bench top to address. I had thought milk paint but am happy to look at chalk paint and have been thinking that if Spring brings enough energy… We also have an island drama too, sadly ours involves a floor level difference of two steps so not easy to fix, we’ve always had an island where friends and family have gravitated despite tables and couches. Here without it we feel awkward when people come 🙂

  5. Laura French

    Where did the microwave go??? I keep looking at the before and after and see SO many more cool things! I am in love with that sink too…would love to replace my stainless sink with a beautiful farmhouse sink like this!

  6. Teresa Swanson

    I love what you did with the center kitchen ‘island’. Everything looks so fresh, and open and accessible. The white paint really adds to the openness. It makes it all look more roomy.

  7. Stacey

    Oh you painted! I remember you saying that your hubby loved the stained cabinets. It’s beautiful!! Love the marble and all the perfect little touches.

  8. angela

    I love it! love all of it! but especially the sink!!!!!! The island is perfect…thanks for sharing…and I’ve said it before but I love the color in your living room.

  9. Keeping It Cozy

    Oh Jeanne, this is just beyond gorgeous! I actually had to scroll through the photos about four times. I just love it! I also can’t wait to hear more about the chalk paint process. Our kitchen cabinets need some touching up and I’ve actually considered repainting them entirely with chalk paint. I’m so anxious to read what you have to say about it! Hope you are doing well!

  10. Tresa

    I love this and am considering doing the same to my oak cabinets. I’m curious however, how much you spent on the chalk paint? I hear it is a bit expensive.

  11. Ramona

    Wow! I’m usually not one to choose to paint wood, either, but this looks lovely! Like it was meant to be! You had a vision, and it all came together very nicely! We gutted our kitchen about 8 years ago; exactly what I wanted, and it still makes me smile every single time I walk into it. Enjoy!

  12. Cathy G.

    That island!!!!!! so happy for you to have that lovely kitchen………soooo dreamy!!!! Can’t wait to remodel mine!!! It just turned out gorgeous!!!!!!!

  13. Sherry HIcks

    Jeanne I love the transformation! I painted my cabinets in current house that just sold and we are doing white in house we are building really really lightens up the space and to me is very traditional. I would love to ask what type of countertop is on your island is it carrara or a quartz? I am in the stages of needing to pick and I have looked at so many carrara marble look alikes was curious what you picked it looks beautiful! Thanks

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