Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Interior Tuesdays: My Kitchen

I thought I would get started on the house tour. I already gave you a peek of my daughter’s room, but it was NOTHING compared to the before and after craziness that was my kitchen. We moved in to our house knowing it needed work. But I only signed on the dotted line after my husband promised we’d use our wonderful home-buyer’s tax credit to completely renovate the kitchen.

I’m so glad we did.

Here are the before and afters. Enjoy!

Kitchen 1 before

Are you loving the wallpaper? And how it was not only applied on the cabinet fronts, but also INSIDE them? I should’ve taken a picture of that.

No more wallpaper for us! We replaced the archaic homemade cabinetry with shaker style doors in a honeyed maple finish. The cabinets actually match the wood floors throughout the rest of the house.  We had a brand-new white stove that came with the house, so we decided to stick to white appliances throughout. Plus I love them. Easier to clean than stainless in my opinion.

kitchen 2 before

That is, in fact, an ironing board in the wall. And those drapes were custom made…in 1965. It said so on the tags. Needless to say, they had to go.

I made my own roman shades from this tutorial and a tablecloth I LOVED from Target. They really liven up the space.

The frames are all from IKEA. You’ll be happy to know they now hold family pictures. It just took awhile for me to select the right ones. For the other frames I just inserted coordinating textiles, including a scrap from the same material as the shades. And we painted the outside of the ironing board in magnetic paint, covered with chalkboard paint. Now my little girl scribbles on the lower half and LOVES it.

So there you have it in a nutshell. It was a long month of renovation and planning and last-minute shopping trips, but it was so worth it. I don’t know how much longer I would’ve lasted in wallpaper wonderland.

Have a remodel you’d like to share? Email me! kadiekinney@gmail.com


  1. Wow! What a difference! I love how you painted that door so your daughter could scribble on it, what a great idea.

  2. Words cannot express my love for this makeover!! Especially those awesome shades and your frame wall! LOVE!

  3. *whimper*

    If I had a house for you to remodel for me, I'd hire you in like 2 seconds flat! Too bad I can't remodel where I'm at. You are AMAZING!

  4. What kind of flooring was that in your kitchen? I would like something like that in my own kitchen.

  5. Steph, it's a Tile by Interceramic. They closed their western offices but you might still be able to get in in Ohio. It's called Royal and the color is Balmoral. I'm glad you like it!

  6. Our vinyl (YUCK) flooring has started to peel (BLAH) so we need something new right away. I'll check into that. Thanks!

  7. Thanks for sharing this wonderful ideas! I am a chef and my passion is cooking, but my kitchen somehow hinders my activities. I am thinking of completely renovating my kitchen. I plan to incorporate a bohemian style with a garden theme. With what you’ve shared, maybe I’ll be able to finalize all my thoughts on what I want for my kitchen and finally commence with the renovation.

    Bronwyn Hass


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