Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Dill House Diary // Kitchen Reveal

Beyond excited to finally be able to share our kitchen reveal. A few months ago, we started work on our kitchen, and I rather foolishly thought the project would only take a few weeks. Instead, it took several months. My poor husband pulled so many late nights working to finish the tile, the shelves, everything. But the wait was so, so worth it. I'm so excited to finally share photos of the amazing transformation. 

When we bought the house, the kitchen was rather bland. White cabinets, white countertops, white floor, white appliances. Rickety ceiling fan with only one functioning bulb. You get the picture. And if you don't, here's an actual picture: 

Wop, wop, wop. Sad music. Yep. 

Not horrible, but not great either. Thankfully, my husband and I can make a blank slate work. We put off the kitchen renovation until this year because so many other massive projects had to be done first. But this summer, we finally were able to take  sledgehammer to the cabinets and get to work. Drum roll please....

So what's new? Where to start! 

We knocked out the cabinets over the sink and replaced them with open shelving. We also added a subway tile backsplash all the way to the ceiling. Rather than replace the rest of the cabinets, we refinished them using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Violet, a beautiful grey-blue color. Additionally, we extended them to the ceiling to create a custom look. Finally, we replaced the wobbledy ceiling fan with a new light fixture and the ugly linoleum floors with hardwood. 

The decision to install open shelves was perfect for our space. You would think that a small space wouldn't work well with open shelves, with everything on display, but it so works for our little kitchen. Open shelves do require that you arrange your kitchen goods in an eye-pleasing way. But, it's nice to have everything right at my fingertips. An unexpected perk: no one ever has to ask "where's the glasses?"  or "where's the coffee mugs?" 

Having a small kitchen does require that you come up with some creative storage solutions. Other than open shelving, we added a basket for our cutting boards and some cute cannisters for things like coffee and tea. Just because things are in the open doesn't mean they can't be pretty. 

I don't know about you, but I love our little kitchen. Coming downstairs to this adorable little space just makes each morning so much better! There's something great about DIY projects too. You not only get to put your own spin on the place but you actually to create it, to make it your own. I think I'm extra-proud of our kitchen because we did it, tile by tile, brush stroke by brush stroke. 

Thanks for visiting our little kitchen! Hope you like it as much as we do! 


  1. Love the way this looks....that color is perfect

  2. I am so glad that you found inspiration here! thanks for sharing with us

  3. Amazing! I'm so glad I found this!I love how it turned out!!! Great job!

  4. Seriously. You have done such a great job. I love your new kitchen!


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