Kitchen Update Reveal



my kitchen is “done”.


Wanna see?

Huh?  huh?  wanna?  wanna?

Let’s start with a BEFORE picture shall we?

And now…the AFTER:



Now, I fully realize that my kitchen as it was, was nothing too horrific.

There was no flocked mustard wallpaper.  Nor was there avocado green tile.

And frankly, in that picture (aside from the glaring hunk of tile missing from the corner) it looks pretty dang good.

BUT, it looked better from afar.  It was kind of a disaster up close.

The missing hunk o’ tile?

The one that was the FIRST thing you saw when you walked in the door?

Replaced with pretty, shiny, gorgeous Wilsonart HD Laminate.


What did she say?

She didn’t…

Oh yes, yes I did!

That, my dear friends, is LAMINATE.


Not your 87 year old Granny’s laminate.

Not the weird, peeling buttery yellow laminate in your first apartment.

The latest, greatest, oh so pretty (and affordable!) laminate.

Laminate that I pretty much want to marry.

Because you see, when you got a little closer, you saw that the white tile with WHITE grout…was anything BUT white.

Every 6 weeks I spent some quality time with a bottle of full strength bleach and a toothbrush.

And two days later, Andy would spill his blueberry shake.

Every. Single. Time.

And it drove me INSANE.

I had no idea I could despise something as innocuous as tile.

But now, instead of THIS unsanitary nastiness…I have this:


Just wipe it clean.



Where there were once simple can lights, we have pendant lights hanging over the bar area.

As for the cabinets…they were fine.


They were in great shape, had simple lines and were sturdy.

But…they were this 1987 Honey Oak with a hint of orange.

So much potential.

Like that homely girl  in What Not to Wear that got a haircut, some makeup, and burned her horse face shirts…to find that she was bona fide supermodel material?

Basically, that was my cabinets.

Give ’em some make up, a little bling and a better hair do and they’re ready for the runway!

I like cabinet hardware.  I think it looks more finished.

Besides, I pretty much needed an excuse to use those pretty glass pulls!

We also got a new stainless steel sink and a new faucet.

My faucet’s got CURVES!

I kinda wanna whistle at it every morning.

We’ve slowly updated a few appliances from the white to stainless steel over the years.

Left on the list is the oven and the stovetop.

The oven doesn’t bother me as much because it blends in with the cabinets…but I’m secretly hoping the stovetop dies.  Soon.

My sink area is one of my favorite transformations.



Isn’t it so happy and bright?!

Makes me kinda wanna do dishes.


Okay, not really.

I just want to stand there and look out the window.

Now, if you’re really astute, you’ll see that we’re not 100% done.

We have to put up a backsplash (probably white subway tile), but that’ll happen in a couple of weeks.

And, we hope to pull up the peachy-pink-is-supposed-to-be-tan-but-its-not-really floor tile and continue the pergo woodlooking stuff that we put down in the living/playrooms.

Annnnd…I’m on the hunt for a mini chandelier to hang over the sink.

I have the perfect size/style hanging in my room, but it’s a candleholder.  I need an electrical type one for above the sink.

Got any recommendations?

My knobs are blingy glass so what’s a little more?  :)

I realize that painting over wood is controversial.

But I’m so totally okay with it.

Want to know more about my jadite pendant lights?  See HERE.

To see my kitchen backsplash (glass subway tile!  eek!!!) see HERE.


{A huge, giant thank you to Wilsonart who provided the countertops in exchange for participating in a video series for them.  As mentioned before, I was not required to blog about it, or link to them, but I’m gonna anyway.}


linking up with 30 handmade days, and tatertots & jello.


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  1. 1

    woo hoo! looks great! :) so feel your grout pain. and your lack of grout joy. so happy i never ever have to look at it ever again.
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  2. 2

    Looks FABULOUS J!
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  3. 3

    So pretty! Excellent work!
    it’s amazing what the white paint and hardware does for the cabinets. I especially like the cabinets without doors and the tiffany blue painted in back. Great idea!
    I just had my kitchen done as well, a complete gut. It’s become my favorite room in the house. Makes me wanna cook and bake. But not do dishes, so I hear ya on that one!
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    rachel slagle says:

    your kitchen looks fab.u.lous!! i love it :)

  5. 5

    I LOVE it!

  6. 6

    It looks awesome! Love the pendant lights :) and I have that SAME tile in my kitchen that we have been dying to replace w/ granite but its just not in our budget, so we’re DEF going to be checking out the Wilsonart! :)
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  7. 7

    HOLY MOLY!!!!! I can’t believe how amazing it looks. i am totally inspired. wow!!!

  8. 8

    i love it!!! now we’ll have to come over and use it!! :-)

  9. 9

    Hurray for you … so fun!!
    Check IKEA for the chandelier … it seems they have a pretty small one for like $39?
    Love your new lights and new undermount sink … swoon!!!

    Happy Day!
    Andrea@KnittyBitties´s last blog post ..A peek

  10. 10

    I love it, Jeannett!!! SO beautiful!
    Robbin´s last blog post ..Releasing Our Children

  11. 11

    Well…you KNOW I love it!! Can’t wait to see it this weekend :)

  12. 12
    Jennifer E says:

    It is beautiful! My kitchen is totally jealous now.

  13. 13

    wow those countertops are incredible! the whole kitchen is smashing. great job!
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  14. 14

    Jeannett, I just LOVE how it all turned out! Super fabulous, friend. ;)
    Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia}´s last blog post ..color love coral

  15. 15

    Wow, your kitchen looks fantastic! LOVE it! Have you considered doing interior designing on the side?- you’ve got some talent!
    Sarah´s last blog post ..In Pittsburgh

  16. 16

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!! i love your white cabinets :] and the splash of color inside.
    Gussy Sews´s last blog post ..on finding inspiration from the handmade community

  17. 17

    I am SO IMPRESSED! I love it – it’s amazing!
    Makes me wish I owned a house that I could slowly fix up :)
    Congrats on your new kitchen! As a busy mama, it’s probably the most used room in your house, so glad you made it the way you want it!
    Kirsten´s last blog post ..Another Day- Another Haircut

  18. 18

    What a fun makeover! I love the cabinets with the teal in the back too, such a happy springy look!!!
    melissa @ the inspired room´s last blog post ..I heart Sarah’s Summer House

  19. 19

    Looks awesome! I am so going to paint my kitchen cabinets (much to my husbands horror). I heart the turquoise paint in the cabinets, makes your milk glassware pop….

    Again, thanks for the crafty ideas!


  20. 20

    and my, WHAT a transformation this has made! GREAT STUFF!
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  21. 21

    Wow! Looks fantastic! Amazing what a bit of hard work, some creativity, and some color can do to spruce up a much-used, much-loved space!

    Visiting from Lisa Leonard — fun blog you have!
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  22. 22

    I love the makeover. I’ve finally convinced my husband to let me paint the kitchen cabinets white. Are you completely happy with the HD laminate? We have a lot of countertop to replace. So anything will cost a pretty penny.

  23. 23

    Thanks for posting this! I have the paint all ready to paint my old oak kitchen cabinets (deep teal) and am checking out Wilsonart laminate too! I have had Wilsonart laminate counters in my kitchen (Hunter Green) for about 20 years (!), and they are still good – really – but tired of Hunter green and ready for change. Priced granite (gag) and thought if I got a great 20 years out of this counter – seriously, I’m good with that – especially with the new colors and surface durability! I do not want to spend a fortune on a color of granite that I might get tired of. By the way – everyone said the Hunter Green woud show scratches and wear really fast – Ha! sure, it doesn’t look new- I cook HARD – no fussing with the countertop and well, it still is pretty darn good!

  24. 24

    Oh man I love it so much! I would love to paint my cabinets but I am so intimidated.. They’re also less than two years old, but I didn’t get to pick them so it doesn’t matter right? :D

  25. 25

    love it all! great job.

  26. 26

    I love how it turned out. The lights above the island are gorgeous. Can’t believe your counters are laminate. How did you get such a great deal from Wilsonart?

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  27. 27

    I’m coming over from Cottage Chick…..I love your updates. Especially the color splashes throughout. Gave me lots of ideas!

  28. 28

    Oh my…It is gorgeous !! Love it..bright and welcoming !! so jealous, we have been doing a ‘redo’ since January, just have the countertops, backsplash & new island to not take a break..sigh. You may have given me the push to the finish..

  29. 29
    Darlene Thompson says:

    It is gorgeous! Love it, you have done an amazing transformation. I am hoping to do mine in the fall. I love the lights over the cabinets, such a wonderful color.

  30. 30

    Gorgeous job! I had my cabinets painted white 25 years ago when we built our home….
    haven’t regretted it one day! My kitchen is so bright….and when it gets dirty….you can
    see it and take care of it! Your kitchen is just beautiful! I came over from The Cottage Chick
    to see!

  31. 31

    Wow, it turned out great! I love your pendant lights!
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  32. 32

    WOW….you did an amazing job…enjoy that kitchen sink area…and keep on whistling…..going back to check out more of your blog….come on over for a visit…nice to meet you…Mariaelena

  33. 33

    I love the kitchen! Looks so awesome! I would put beadboard backsplash up instead of subway tiles just because I think it gives it such charm. Plus I bet it is less expensive. We re did our kitchen 4 years ago and I have awesome nice Kraft wood cabinets in pine and now I wish they were white :( but my hubby is sooo opposed to painting wood (that midwest boy in him). It was a battle to let me paint the banister white.
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  34. 34

    Wow!! That looks fabulous and so many parts are EXACTLY what I’ve been envisioning for my kitchen!! Off to send this to the hubster to see if I can get him on board! Fantastic job!
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  35. 35

    Just found you on tatertots and jello and I am loving your kitchen redo. We just moved into a house and we also did the laminate countertop. It really is amazing:) thanks for sharing your fabulous kitchen!

  36. 36

    I found you via TT&J an my goodness your kitchen makes me do a happy dance Ive pinned some pics on pinterest for my love affair of turquoise and red. The kitchen rocks.

  37. 37

    It looks fabulous! I feel like we might have been separated at birth, we redid our kitchen last summer and they could totally be twins!

  38. 38

    Could you please, please, please post about how you painted the kitchen cabinets? Maybe you have a video of the process???? I have the paint, I have the grungy cabinets, and I can’t muster the oomph to get started, i.e. I’m scared sh*tless to start and make grungy look like a grade school art project. HELP!

  39. 39

    Your kitchen is beautiful! We are getting ready to remodel our kitchen and our drawings are very similar to your design. All of our appliances will be locaated in the very same spots. I was wondering if you would mind sharing the deminsions of your room. Any information you can share would be most appreciated.

  40. 40

    I love that you went with laminate and I love those pops of turquoise! Great job on this makeover!

  41. 41

    Your kitchen looks great…I especially love those new pendant lights!!! Visiting from CSI :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  42. 42

    it looks great ~ love the splashes of color!

  43. 43

    Oh how I would LOVE to have new counter tops…I too have nice sturdy cabinets that can be painted…I went to the web-site and looked around at the counter tops..just trying to figure out if they would be expensive or not…I just came by your blog by another blog I follow called Home Grown Hospitality so happy I did..I too am doing your new Project…making banana bread as I type..Have a blessed day.

  44. 44

    Looks great! We have white cabinets in our kitchen and are going with a dark countertop like yours (a Wilsonart HD laminate also). Can you tell me what color yours is- it looks like maybe Raven Gemstone? I’m undecided whether to upgrade our sink too but love how the undermount looks.

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