Kitchen – Mini Makeover

What do you do when your main bathroom is completely torn apart (to the studs), and there are 5 million things to do to put it back together?

Make over your kitchen, of course.

The timing might not be perfect, but you can NOT ignore motivation.  Sometimes I’ll buy paint for a room and it sits for months before I get motivated to use it.  Not it this case.  Buckets of motivation!

Here is the picture that inspired and motivated my makeover.

(I could NOT stop thinking about those blue cabinets!)

And here are the things being made-over…

Walls (paint)

Cabinets (paint)

Refrigerator and dishwasher treatment

Counter tops


Pretty typical stuff.  My kitchen was not that bad, but it was kind of boring.  Wood cabinets, wood floors, tan counter tops and back-splash.  yawn.

We replaced the kitchen 6 years ago when we bought the house.  I think I was so overwhelmed with everything that needed to be done (along with being pregnant!) that I picked the most neutral things I could find.  And considering how the kitchen looked when we bought it, anything was an improvement!

This would be the perfect place for a picture of how the kitchen looked when we bought the house.  But of course I can’t find those pictures.  grrrr.  It was a sight.  Not a pretty one, for sure.  Someday I’ll find them, and I will certainly share!

Instead, here is a (terrible) picture of what my kitchen looked like before I started the mini-makeover.

Pre-painting disaster!

I started with painting the walls, of course.  There was a gallon of paint sitting around that I bought a couple months ago, that I thought I had bought for the kitchen walls (I told you I let paint sit forever!  Actually, I bought it because Sherwin Williams was having a 40% off sale.  Can’t pass those up.)  Turns out, that gallon was meant to be used for a hutch.  I finally realized this after wondering all afternoon when I had become such a sloppy painter.  I had drips everywhere.  The paint is thick, and meant for doors and trim.  Says so right on the can.  That would have been a good thing to notice before I was 3/4 of the way done!

Oh well.  It’s a great color – SW Westhighland White.  At first, I was traumatized by the white walls.  Our bedroom is painted a creamy white, but every other wall in the house has color.  It looked so strange at first.  Doubt was setting in…

But I kept looking at the walls from this angle (I painted the small hallway white also),

and I loooooved the way the color looked through the hallway and against the bathroom door.  Eventually I started to love it in all parts of the kitchen.

Oh yeah – the bathroom door that I told you about here is finally finished!  There was a whole lot of cranky (Kevin) about that door, but well worth it!  ;)  I need to post about that one!

There are lots of beautiful white rooms across Pinterest and blog-land.  I love it in pictures – so fresh and clean-looking.  How about you?  Would/have you ventured into white wall territory?

Next up for me – cabinet painting!

Much love-



  1. Ordinarily I don’t go for white walls any more, but with most things, it tends to come around again and becomes enticing with the new ideas and other items to play off of it. My daughter just painted white over walls in an apt. bedroom someone had left dark gray. My other daughter has decided she now wants white walls. So it goes. Love that beautiful green wood door with the white. Thanks for stopping over to Quirky Vistas and following. It’s much appreciated!

  2. Brenda,

    I LOVE that door! Seriously. It is absolutely amazing! What a pretty contrast to your kitchen :)


  3. Hi,
    So nice to meet another PA. blogger. Actually I love your white walls although I am not a white person. Looks great in your house. Are you familiar with
    Maria Killam? She is a wonderful blogger and color guru. I have learned so much from her. Sorry I can’t remember her blog name but you can search for her.
    I will be following you so we will chat again soon.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

    • Hi Ahrisha! You’re the second PA friend in 2 days! (And second ever, so far for me!) Thanks for the blog suggestion (her blog is so it was easy to find!). What a great reference it will be.
      Thanks for following along!

  4. I DO love the all white look, if enough texture and charm are added via useful objects and accessories. It’s looking good – especially with your great door.

    • I agree Revi – the texture thing makes such a difference! I have added a few things since those photos and i’m liking it even more! Thanks so much for stopping by (and following)!

  5. I am considering doing my kitchen, my walls are currently behr grape leaves. And my cabinets are rustoleum Heirloom white uppers, walnut bases. BUT, I need a new counter top, and am considering painting my walls, white.

    • Hi Deb! I just looked back at my before pictures and I have to say that I love the new look sooooo much more!!!! You might question yourself at first, but then you will love it! Good luck –

  6. I live about 40 min from pittsburgh, so glad I came across your blog! I was wondering where did you find a door aka: the old barn door?

  7. what paint color in a creamy white would you suggest for walls & trim? I have color in my furniture, pillows, pine & painted furniture & drapes, so I want creamy white walls. I’ve seen SW Westhighland White & it’s a bit too white. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Sue! I am just dipping my toes in the world of white walls. While I haven’t personally used a creamy white for a wall, I did some blog stalking for you. The Lettered Cottage used Natural Choice by Sherwin Williams. Centsational Girl matched Ben Moore’s Floral White and Valspar’s Ivory Dust to her creamy white kitchen cabinets. And Frugal Farmhouse Design loves Ben Moore’s Ballet White.
      I used a creamy white for trim years ago – I will search for the color for you. I remember that I was really happy with it.
      Good luck with your search! It seems like it should be so easy to choose a white (or off white). But it is so darn difficult!

      • Another creamy white that is very nice is “Acadia White” by Benjamin Moore. It was suggested to me by a woman who works in their store.

        • Thanks Sue! I will definitely add that one to my list the next time I am looking for whites. It’s so much harder than you think it would be!
          Thanks for sharing –

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