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Ten Minutes to the Room you Love Makeover…My Kitchen

Posted: February 19th, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions |




Okay so here is my kitchen story — This is what our kitchen looked like the day we moved into our house almost 3 years ago. We knew it needed major work but we didn’t want to rip out the cabinets or the beautiful silestone countertops and tile backsplash. It needed just a lot of paint and some decorating…



So here is the after and I must say I was pretty pleased with it until I became obsessed with the Nester’s blog and knew I needed to do some un-cluttering(Did I really need a tea pot when I don’t even drink tea?!) So the Nester has challenged people to take 10 minutes and try to spice up your spaces. I took this challenge very literally and besides the new appliances in our updated kitchen it was all about taking out what is not needed and simplifying! So here are a couple things that I focused on:

- Add a touch of lighting from a lamp.

- Clearing off the frigerator!(and you are right Nester, that one thing makes life seem a little less crazy!)

- Only putting out appliances that you use everyday or that would take too long to get out.

And since those cabinets weren’t ripped out, we used an amazing cabinet coat paint called insl-x that I would highly recommend to anyone. It coats on evenly, dries fast, no priming or sanding needed and gave the cabinets such a fresh look without spending a lot of money! We also found little wooden cabinet embellishments at Home Depot and just tacked them on and painted over them to give them a custom made look. We finally added a curtain in between the kitchen and the laundry room to soften the room and show the division a little bit more (and block the loudness of the dryer too!)

kitchen after



Thanks for stopping by — now go visit The Nester to get more ideas!


35 Comments on “Ten Minutes to the Room you Love Makeover…My Kitchen”

  1. 1 suzanne said at 9:42 am on February 19th, 2009:

    LOVE your new look!!!


  2. 2 Kelly said at 10:04 am on February 19th, 2009:

    Love the curtain in the doorway- makes you want to walk through it!

  3. 3 rachel said at 10:16 am on February 19th, 2009:

    much more “homey” now! good job

  4. 4 Tricia Anne said at 11:14 am on February 19th, 2009:

    I really like your kitchen!!!
    I wish I could paint my cabinets. :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  5. 5 June said at 11:17 am on February 19th, 2009:

    You have a beautiful kitchen! So clean, cozy, and love the cabinets!

  6. 6 Sherri S said at 12:14 pm on February 19th, 2009:

    I LOVE your cabinets painted. I have thought and thought about doing this for the over 13 years I have lived in my house. Please tell me…how difficult was it? Prep work? Sanding? Love the extra ‘details’ too.

  7. 7 queenbee said at 1:04 pm on February 19th, 2009:

    Love your white cabinets I have been wanting to paint mine for awhile. Great job.

  8. 8 AnNicole@OurSuburbanCottage said at 1:57 pm on February 19th, 2009:

    Your kitchen looks great! That’s also a great tip on the cabinet paint. I painted the cabinets in my old house with the old sanding, priming, painting, sealing technique and it was a pain - even though I loved the finished product. Good to know there’s another option out there!

  9. 9 Lazy Mom Leslie said at 2:28 pm on February 19th, 2009:

    It looks great! The paint made such a huge difference on the cabinets! The whole room seems so much more relaxing and soothing after you cleared the clutter. Great job!

  10. 10 Rachel said at 2:55 pm on February 19th, 2009:

    beautiful kitchen!

  11. 11 teresa said at 3:56 pm on February 19th, 2009:

    wow- what a transformation- I going out and buying me a lamp for the kitchen-
    Love it white-
    Thanks for sharing.

  12. 12 Kimm at Reinvented said at 4:55 pm on February 19th, 2009:

    Great job, I love the cabinet embellishments!

  13. 13 Anna said at 8:02 pm on February 19th, 2009:

    I love the curtain in the doorway!

  14. 14 Amber Filkins @ {ae filkins} said at 8:40 pm on February 19th, 2009:

    I love it!! You did a great job the first makeover, but I especially love it after the second one. I love that curtain in between, it definitely softens it. I love the chocolate brown on the walls, and the lamp, and that white bread box. It’s all so soft and cozy.

  15. 15 Rachel said at 8:49 pm on February 19th, 2009:

    OooO deep brown walls lovely…

  16. 16 Jamey Jeppson said at 9:14 pm on February 19th, 2009:

    Your cabinets look fantastic! We are planning to do ours as well. What color paint did you use? And did you go over them with a glaze or any kinds of topcoat?

  17. 17 jenjen said at 10:49 pm on February 19th, 2009:

    Wow - what a transformation! Your kitchen is beautiful. I love the cabinets and the brown walls. It all looks beautiful!


  18. 18 Katie said at 5:37 am on February 20th, 2009:

    Thank you for your kind comments! Honestly, this is one of the easiest and flawless paints I have ever used. Not only is there no sanding or priming needed but the coat comes off looking like it has been sprayed on - completely even - without any poly or glaze needed! We used the almond color which is an off white/cream. They have it in white also but that seemed too stark for us. We are also using this paint on our trim because we like it so much. Please let me know if you have any other questions and I would love to know how your project turns out! Good luck!
    Blessings, Katie

  19. 19 The Nester said at 5:56 am on February 20th, 2009:

    Ok, not to pick favorites but this is a GREAT post!

    I loved that you showed us a HUGE transformation that looks so good and then a small transformation that finishes it off!

    Love those wooden things too! OH and your paint suggestion! NICE!

  20. 20 Dana@Just Passing Through said at 7:51 am on February 20th, 2009:

    Thanks so much for the recommendation on cabinet paint. I am dying to paint mine, so this is really helpful. I really like the look of your kitchen!

  21. 21 Jen said at 1:05 pm on February 20th, 2009:

    Great job! I really like what you did, but what I really love is…your toaster! Want it.

  22. 22 jodi @ bpr said at 1:16 pm on February 20th, 2009:

    great job - thanks for the paint tip - we’re getting ready to paint cabinets, so we’ll definitely check it out!

  23. 23 Katie said at 1:40 pm on February 20th, 2009:

    thanks so much! Thats too funny — the toaster is my favorite too! If you can believe it, it was a steal at sams club!

  24. 24 Carrie said at 3:29 pm on February 20th, 2009:

    Wow! It looks amazing - especially the white cabinets really make a difference. Of course, everything is just so new & pretty.

  25. 25 new every morning said at 12:38 pm on February 21st, 2009:

    What a gorgeous transformation!
    I love the color on the wall too!

  26. 26 Tiffany said at 4:46 pm on February 23rd, 2009:

    I love your color choices! What is the name of your silestone? These are EXACTLY the colors I want in my kitchen!

  27. 27 queenbee said at 11:11 am on February 24th, 2009:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love to meet new bloggy friends. I love your kitchen transformation with the white cabinets and chocolate wall color. I have been wanting to paint my kitchen cabinets for awhile, but haven’t wanted to go through the hassle of sanding, priming, painting, but I may try the product that you used, can it be purchased at Lowes or is it online only?

  28. 28 Katie said at 6:05 pm on February 24th, 2009:

    Thanks for your compliments Tiffany! (I really do need to give the chocolate brown(Otter by Sherwin Williams) credit to my husband - he wanted to go bold - and with the cream we think it really turned out great!) I don’t know the name of the silestone because it was already here when we moved in, but it has speckles of tan, white and blue. I have to admit I am not a blue person but it really lightens up the kitchen. Keep watching because they might be changing soon!….

  29. 29 jane said at 7:47 pm on February 26th, 2009:

    hi! WOW you did a great job on your kitchen, and you really took nester’s tips to heart. GOOD JOB! it looks great! and thanks for the paint tip! i will tell my dh about insl-x and see if it will work for us. my cabinets are OLD, but still fine, so a good paint treatment would be welcome in my kitchen. many thanks! jkj

  30. 30 Clean and Classic Interiors » Blog Archive » Bring in the Spring!…Painting our Wood Trim said at 4:29 am on March 2nd, 2009:

    [...] much more refreshing and airy! (and that paint — yep - insl-x - same as my what I used on my Kitchen Cabinets - love [...]

  31. 31 Emily said at 8:16 pm on March 2nd, 2009:

    Your kitchen is what inspired me to redo my own. I had always wondered how hard it would be to paint cabinets - and we thought about it for a long time - until Tami G. sent me your before and after photos and told me what kind of paint to use. We tried it and it worked like a charm! No sanding, no priming - just paint. Add some hardware and there you have it - a brand new kitchen! Thanks so much for sharing!

  32. 32 Katie said at 2:14 pm on March 3rd, 2009:

    Hi Emily! I am so glad that it worked so well for you guys! I just wish everyone knew about it so they didn’t have to do all messy prep work! I can’t wait to see pictures!

  33. 33 Clean and Classic Interiors » Blog Archive » A Pillow Parade Staring “An Extremely Easy Chair Makeover!” said at 4:32 am on March 10th, 2009:

    [...] you remember my Kitchen Story Part 1 — this then is my Kitchen Story Part [...]

  34. 34 Clean and Classic Interiors » Blog Archive » An Extremely Easy Chair Makeover said at 7:42 pm on March 11th, 2009:

    [...] you remember my Kitchen Story Part 1 — this then is my Kitchen Story Part [...]

  35. 35 Angela said at 6:03 pm on May 3rd, 2009:

    Beautiful transformation! Love the dark paint (is it brown) on the kitchen wall.

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