Our Mini Kitchen Makeover

Dec 19

Let me just start off by admitting that I am THE WORST at taking “before” photos. At least of my own personal projects. I usually get 15 minutes in and realize I never took a picture of what the thing looked like before it was half covered in chalk paint. Our mini kitchen makeover is no exception. So, this is what ya get.

The walls were blue and the cabinets were this yellow-ish antiqued ivory color. Not terrible, but not for me.

It was a spur of the moment decision to give the kitchen a makeover. I sent Jeff a text one morning saying I was thinking about painting the kitchen and he said, “Do it today.” So, I did! Like me, he has a serious “just get it done” mentality. Things happen fast around here.

Even though I’d LOVE to have  a farmhouse sink and some subway tile in our kitchen, I don’t want to put a lot of money into upgrading this house because it’s very temporary, so all I bought was some paint and inexpensive pendant lights.  I went with Benjamin Moore Horizon for the walls and Simply White for the cabinets. These are my go-to colors to brighten up a space. I love the boldness of black cabinets and even a fun color like dark green, but for our farmhouse I went with white.


I gave the cabinets a quick sanding, wiped them down with this cabinet degreaser , primed them, then painted them with one coat of Simply White.


Here is the after! We switched out the lights with these warehouse pendant lights . My dad always helps me by spraying the cabinet doors in his shop; which saves me at least 4-5 hours of painting. In total the kitchen probably took about 3 days to update and cost (minus the cleaner and sand paper which I already had)  about $135. Feel free to reach out to me for time and budget friendly tips on updating your kitchen!

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