Hey, Pretty Painted Kitchen!

Hey, Pretty Painted Kitchen!

I love a great makeover, but I really love a drastic transformation! This kitchen did a complete 180 with just paint, new hardware, and new pendants.

For this project I worked with a previous client, Amanda (see her daughter’s room here) and her husband, Greg to makeover their kitchen. The project didn’t initially start with a full blown kitchen makeover, but actually just started with painting their island. Amanda had been looking to paint her island and had me over for a color consultation. Together, we looked at her current wall colors, granite countertop colors and overall scheme of colors in the kitchen, adjacent dining and living rooms and we landed on painting the island a blue/gray.


Here are some before pictures of the kitchen:


This beautiful kitchen seemed to get lost in all of the light wood tones and without anything to break up the wood, the kitchen looked a little lifeless. At the time when Amanda and I discussed the island, in the back of my mind I wondered if painting the island only would be enough to make this kitchen come alive?

We chose to paint the island in Sherwin Williams, Waterloo. Here’s the kitchen after painting the island:



After the island was finished, Amanda and I started to talk about the lighting, taking a look at changing the hardware and also removing a built in desk that matched the kitchen cabinetry (more on that below). I think it was at that point that I may have brought up the idea of painting the rest of the cabinets. I remember showing Amanda a picture of a kitchen a friend of mine had just had painted and the stark difference it made in brightening the kitchen up as well as modernizing it. We were also liking the idea of a two-tone kitchen and that’s when I started pulling a lot of inspiration pics together of what we could accomplish here.

The decision was to paint the rest of the cabinets white…BUT, WHAT COLOR WHITE?! There are so many to choose from! We consulted on some whites, had a couple narrowed down, and in the end it was Amanda’s husband, Greg who actually chose the white. He went to Sherwin Williams to get a paint chip of a white we wanted, not remembering the exact name, he chose one (it was not the color we were looking for), but after bringing the paint chip home….we all decided that was the color to go with! It’s called Sherwin Williams, Extra White. (I did not paint the kitchen cabinetry, if you’re wondering! I did paint the kitchen island though. Furniture painting is my thang…kitchen painting…not so much! Painting an entire kitchen is a huuuge job, best left to those who have the experience and tools/materials required to do such a large job).

Throughout the whole design process, I had found new hardware for the cabinets, new pendants for over the island and a new drop light over the dining room table.

So here is the kitchen after all was completed! (And many kudos to Amanda for really keeping the project flowing steadily…her ambition was to surprise her husband prior to him being deployed overseas).

I mean, I still honestly cannot believe this is the same kitchen!! Every time I look at the before and after, I’m floored. Its’ just stunning. I love the way the oil rubbed bronze hardware pulls and pendants play off of the charcoal colored grout. This kitchen looks so fresh to me, modern and a touch farmhouse.

Lastly, Amanda and Greg did remove the built in desk that matched the kitchen cabinetry and we decided to replace it with a vintage desk that I found and painted the same color white as the cabinets.




I could not be any more pleased with how the designs turned out! It’s been so wonderful to work with Greg and Amanda and helping them personalize their home!

If you’re looking to makeover a space in your home, please let me know, I’d be honored to work with you! We’ll do something amazing in your home and within your budget!

-in home consultations (Madison area)

-color consultations

-mood/pinterest boards

-vintage furniture painting

-wall art or shelf styling

-choosing furniture

-choosing finishes

-planning layouts

-Not sure what you want? But, know you want a change….

Feel free to reach out! I LOVE/am OBSESSED this stuff!!



Cabinet Pulls


Over island pendants (in bronze and clear glass)

Enamel Farmhouse Pendant over dining table (in gray)

Set of baskets (under vintage desk)


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