Friday, February 11, 2011

My kitchen

Through a lot of research, hard work, trial and error I have made a lot of progress in my kitchen.
I have painted, glazed, and added crown molding to my upper cabinets, raised the cabinet above my microwave, tiled my back splash, switched out a florescent light fixture with can lights, framed out my window, put new hardware on my cabinets, added beaded glass to three cabinet doors and made a plate rack.
I am still trying to decide on the color for my lower cabinets. Also, going to get a different counter top eventually...maybe butcher block on the island area?
I am going to blog tutorials about all my projects in the days to come so that anyone and everyone who wants to update, without having to hire out and spend lots of money, can.

I am linking this post up with...

The DIY showoff

Between Naps on the Porch, Metamorphosis Monday

The Shabby Nest, Frugal Fridays

Just a Girl, Show and Share Day

The Shabby Chic Cottage, Transfomation Thursady

Blue Cricket Design, Show and Tell Wednesday

Funky Junk Interiors, Saturday Nite Special

Tatertots and Jello, Weekend Wrap up Party

Thrifty Decor Chick, Before & After Party

Savvy Southern Style, Wow Us Wednesday


Under the Table and Dreaming, Sunday Showcase

Click on the links in my "Favorite Places to Link" page to check it out.
Thank you!!!


  1. Looks great!


  2. oh you made your own plate rack now you have my full attention !!

  3. Great job so far!! Black distressed would look beautiful on the lower cabinets. Martina

  4. Emily, you go, girl. Your kitchen is looking awesome. I can hardly wait to see you continue.

    I shared our "new" kitchen last Monday. Here is a link if you would like to take a look.

  5. Wow! It looks really good. Great job! I think black on the bottom would look good too!

  6. Beautiful, Emily! You are a painting queen!! Love how the glaze adds dimension and interest. That plate rack is awesome - I wish I had one of those. Great job!

  7. Emily, job well done! And a girl after my own heart. I too have worked to make over my 1970's kitchen. It's not easy to do on a budget.

  8. Loving the direction you're going. SO fab!

  9. Your kitchen looks great! I found you on Tatortots and Jello. :) I am painting my cabinets too and so I am out checking everyone else's great kitchens! I am going to reveal my kitchen on my blog this weekend. It's a lot of work, but it looks nice when it's done. :)


  10. wow! your kitchen is stunning! last year we did a DIY complete kitchen reno- so much work, but so worth it! you can see it on my blog it's on the sidebar! oh and if you would like I am having a party here:

    have a great weekend- so glad I stumbled upon your blog!

  11. Congrats on your 'new' kitchen - it looks great! We recently gave our 30 year old cabinets a face lift too, and now are working on new countertops. Lots of work, but SO worth it!

  12. Emily,

    Congratulations on the DIY feature! This makeover is fantastic! My husband and I painted and glazed our oak cabinets last spring; I also decided to "bump" out the cabinet above the microwave (smiles). Love the glass doors!

    Warm Wishes,

  13. Looking good! Just demo-ing my kitchen and living with drywall dust EVERYWHERE!!!

    Sue @ Beach Bungalow

  14. Very nice kitchen. I love the plate rack. Thanks for all your links this week.

  15. your kitchen looks wonderful! wow, you have done so much work yourself...amazing!
    love that you will paint the lower cabinets another color...have you decided yet?
    butcher block will look great on the island!

  16. I am so impressed. Your kitchen/dining (before) is so similar to mine (even the oak cabinets. I have long wanted to do a little makeover but have been too nervous. You are very inspiring!

  17. Beautiful kitchen! The plate rack that you made is fabulous. The can lights are definitely a good idea ;) Thanks for sharing your kitchen with us!

  18. fantastic job girl!!! did you decide on lower cabinet paint yet? I think a greyish shade of blue would be awesome, or grey.. but I'm partial to those colors anyway :)

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  20. This is almost the same layout that my kitchen is. I will have a small cabinet next to dishwasher. You did a great job and I hope you don't mind me using some of your ideas. Just love it.

  21. do you have a tutorial on raising the cabinet above the microwave? email


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