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It’s kitchen reveal day! I’m so happy with how this entire makeover turned out and I hope you’re going to love it, too. It has been a very busy few weeks and I’m very proud of myself for what I managed to accomplish – pregnancy and all!

Note: This was a “phase 1”, budget-friendly makeover that tided us over until we fully remodeled our kitchen in 2021.

Before I show you all the pretty “after” photos, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane to see what we started with:

Kitchen before makeover
outdated kitchen with scalloped trim over the stove

Nasty linoleum floors, old backsplash, rattan chairs (not kid friendly!) and a fan in the wall over our cooktop. Not the most horrific kitchen ever but not exactly magazine-worthy either, right?

In the past 5 weeks, I’ve:

  • installed a new floor (see the tutorial here)
  • painted all the cabinets a brighter white
  • installed new cabinet hardware
  • built a vent hood cover (see the tutorial here)
  • and most importantly – installed the most beautiful Jeffrey Court HD backsplash tile (read all about that here).

Ready to see the finished product?

I’ve got a full video tour for you or you can scroll through all the photos below.

Note: All sources, details, colors, etc. are listed and linked at the bottom of this  post

Related: 11 Ways To Upgrade Your Kitchen Without Remodeling

bright white kitchen cabinets with blue striped runner
A wooden table and chairs in a kitchen with dark, wood floors and blue/white rug

Look how bright those cabinets look! And you guys, the backsplash is literally my favorite thing ever.

white scalloped backsplash tile

Have you noticed that our kitchen has SO many straight lines? Between how long it is, the shaker style cabinets, the rectangular table, the striped rug and the square edge on the countertops. Not only is the fan tile beautiful but it serves a design purpose – to serve as a contrast between all those lines. It softens the look of everything and helps the kitchen stop feeling overly linear.

LVP flooring and stainless steel dishwasher

My new floor also helps to make the kitchen feel bigger (not that it ever really felt small!) thanks to the fact that it’s run lengthwise. Instead of the squares of the linoleum visually breaking up the floor this flooring draws your eye along the length of the room. Plus, it looks clean (wahay!) and wipes up really easily with just a Swiffer!

diy range hood

Let’s talk about the DIY vent hood. I think this is my favorite DIY project ever next to our fireplace makeover (which also featured Jeffrey Court tile!).  For being a quick afternoon project, it has made our somewhat junky cabinets look quite custom.

A stovetop built into the cupboard with decorative hood, with stainless steel fridge nearby

The vent hood is pretty from every angle and gives off such a soft light at night that makes the kitchen feel so warm, cozy….and like the kitchen I’ve always wanted!

side view of diy wood range hood

Some of the other details that help finish off the space are the new gray chairs. If you have messy toddlers you’ll appreciate me needing new chairs in here. I’m all about keeping my life as simple as possible, and trying to clean rattan chairs was not an easy task. These guys wipe clean with just some paper towel and water. A busy mother’s dream! They’re also comfortable and I love how the gray ties in with the gray doors in our mudroom.

flowers on the kitchen table

The new cabinet hardware pairs so nicely with the brighter white cabinets. I did a lot of research on the best paint for cabinets before tackling this project. It turned out so well! The satin nickel pulls that were previously installed always looked a little dull. By replacing them with polished nickel, they tie in better with the light fixture and add more of that bright, crisp look I’m going for.

chrome bar pulls on cabinet doors
An stainless steel oven built into the white cabinetry, at counter height,

The new runner rug is also a great addition to the space. If you know me, you’ll know that I’m a sucker for blue and white stripes. So this rug immediately spoke to me. Every room in my home has some bit of blue and I think it’s the perfect finishing touch to the kitchen.

woman walking across striped kitchen runner

The reclaimed wood shelves were not installed as part of this makeover but I did install them only a couple of months ago.

repose gray kitchen

The wood adds warmth to an otherwise cool toned kitchen and I made sure to mirror that warmth in other items on the countertops such as the bamboo utensils and cutting boards.

black laminate countertops
White shell-patterned tile backsplash with a pot of wooden utensils nearby
white painted cabinets

Finally, the pretty faux flower arrangement from Balsam Hill adds some fun spring color to the kitchen table.

kitchen table with gray chairs and flower arrangement

And because I love a good before and after, especially when they are side-by-side, here’s a few to really bring home the transformation:

full kitchen side by side comparison of before and after
backsplash tile comparison of before and after
range hood side by side before and after

My goodness,  it’s so satisfying seeing everything side by side like that!

Thank you SO MUCH for following me on this journey over the past few weeks. Whether you’re a long-time reader or just discovered me through this challenge, I really appreciate all your love and support.

Through my own hard work, I’ve transformed my kitchen from something that was completely out of tune with the rest of our house to a beautiful space for us to cook, eat and laugh.


Paint: Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams (walls), Extra White by Sherwin Williams (cabinets)

Furniture: Chairs // Table // Wall Shelves 

Lighting: Pendant Light

Appliances: Ductless Vent

Other: Tile // Floor // Cabinet Pulls // Drawer Pulls

Accessories: Rug Runner // Floral Centerpiece // Woven Basket // Ceramic Pear // Large Blue Bowl // Small Blue Bowl

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  1. Kate Tesch says:

    You did a great job on this project! It proves once again it’s not how much you spend but the good taste of the person making the design choices that makes the biggest difference. Enjoy!

  2. Ümran Oguzcan says:

    Awesome ideas and wonderful remodeling. I always admire your inpiring ideas. Thanks God I met. Have healty days

  3. You guys did an awesome job! Looks great!