Kitchen Caper

A few years ago we tweaked our kitchen. We weren’t ready to gut it but it needed a little freshening up. By “we” I mean the nice men we hired since my husband and I aren’t exactly DIY people. We’re more like, DEDIYP – Don’t Ever Do It Yourself People.

So we decided to keep it simple. Just painting the walls and the cabinets. No big deal. But then we decided we needed a new faucet for the sink. And how can you have a new faucet and not a new sink? And how can we do all that and not get new countertops? That’s just crazy. Then our contractor guy said,” hey, have you ever thought about wainscoting the island?” Uh. No. We hadn’t thought of that. We just wanted a paint job. When it was finished we were blown away. It looked so different to us. A NEW kitchen, we thought.

Kinda. Sorta.

I took before and after shots. Every good makeover needs a photo reveal. You know how some people have a music soundtrack for life in their head? I have a sitcom/make-over show in my head. Totally normal. No therapy needed here. But I really didn’t know what to do with the photos, so I stashed them away.  Last night I cleaned out my phone pics and found them.  Moral of the story – don’t ever delete any photos because 2 years from now you may start a blog and need proof of story.

Back to the chicken….I mean kitchen.

We went from the warm wood to the white cabinets (even though Dave, our DEDIYP guy, told me never to paint cabinets a stark white. I ignored him. I’ve been dreaming of white kitchen cabinets since Martha painted hers at Turkey Hill. You know who I’m talking about, don’t pretend you don’t).

So here is the reveal, a tale of two kitchens. Kitchen confidential. The kitchen has two faces. A kitchen story. Sorry.





We still have to do the  back splash. Maybe I’ll go crazy and do a turquoise ocean mural or something. Or maybe it’ll just be white.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. hlthaker
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 06:59:02

    I’m curious why he said to never paint kitchen cabinets white…just because they’ll get dirty or is there some other reason?? Also, wow! The kitchen actually looks bigger now, even though the island looks bigger now too.


    • wifemothereventplanner
      Jan 25, 2013 @ 09:51:51

      He thought the white was too white – to which I replied,”you’ve obviously never met my husband.” Pdum pum. Just kidding. He said it would look too stark and sterile. I think he’s had a lot of women complain once they see the white paint on. Little did he know that I was going for stark and sterile 🙂


  2. Patrick Wilcox
    Jan 25, 2013 @ 08:33:43

    While the old kitchen was fine, the new one is fab. Good job!


  3. christine kissel
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 22:53:02

    it looks awesome and i am so glad you keep the gecko on the trash bin. it really completes the kitchen.


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