February 14, 2013

My Minty Kitchen Remodel!

I did it! Painted our kitchen the color of a Jordan almond, taking it from a too-bright butternut to a just-right mint, like I've long been dreaming of. It wasn't so easy pulling this off with two kids in tow, even though Tessa did "help" with painting. Luckily, spilled paint wasn't too difficult to scrub off these floors. Probably will be best for me to take on less ambitious projects for now, at least until the baby starts sleeping through the night. Still, no regrets here. We are loving our new kitchen. Here are our before shots:

And our after photos: 

benjamin moore cool mint

I also removed the cabinet that was to the right of the sink, and we put up open shelves (that still need to be painted white). We didn't actually lose any storage because we moved the cabinet into our laundry room, which is just off the kitchen. I had aspired to paint our kitchen cabinets white, but now that the room is a different a color they don't bother me anymore. So this has at least been moved way down on my project list. 

benjamin moore cool mint

I cleaned up our chalkboard wall, too. Previously this whole wall was a chalkboard, but since we obviously don't use the very top, I used tape and framed it out in mint.  

benjamin moore cool mint

Another change we made was to move the refrigerator, making better use of the space we have. 
I also painted one wall the same creamy blushy color that's coming down our staircase, creating a cute little nook. And, again, paint has made such an enormous difference with minimal money. I spent about $60 on two gallons of paint (Benjamin Moore's "Cool Mint" and Behr's "Porcelain Skin") and about $30 in materials to build the shelves. Really, we've been working on updating this kitchen for a while now, considering that I painted this corner hutch with Annie Sloan chalkboard paint this past summer, and we added the kitchen island this past March after a trip to Ikea

behr porcelain skin
benjamin moore cool mint

Our kitchen is definitely the heart of this home; I'm writing this blog post at the kitchen island right now. We eat breakfast here every morning, and I usually eat lunch here, too. Friends tend to gather here during dinner parties. It's bright and sunny, and now it's more cheerful than ever. This space is totally me. Since Nekos is the cook in the family, I'm happy that he is obsessed with it, too. We keep walking into our "new" kitchen and saying, "Oh! Whose kitchen is this? Ours? Rad!" 


  1. Blair MundayFebruary 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    wowee! love the mint (in your house - how funny that i just repainted our mint kitchen!). and i love the little nook. such a pretty accent color.

  2. Bekah JoyFebruary 14, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    SO cute! Love it, love it.

  3. Briana ShepleyFebruary 14, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    It looks fantastic and it totally has me wanting to revamp some of our walls! So thanks for that ;)

  4. Lil Muse LilyFebruary 14, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    looks great!! and i can't believe you did that with a newborn and a toddler. hello supermom.

  5. Ami ChurchFebruary 15, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    I love it! Seriously, it looks great.

  6. Mind DoodlesFebruary 17, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    I couldn't comment on your latest post for some reason but I just wanted to say, you're a really beautiful writer. I love your blog and when the time is right your career will be waiting, it always is when you are talented.

  7. Light Up Ice CubesFebruary 17, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Love this. I am emailing the link to the guy who is building my kitchen–I love the detail over the sink. I have been trying to describe this to him.

  8. Kip WhiteheadFebruary 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    You didn't change a lot, am I right? Although I love your new kitchen now, it seems like I preferred your old shade. Maybe you just need a lighter shade of yellow, the one you had before was so bright that it was a bit overwhelming. Still, your new kitchen is still a darling!

  9. MarkMarch 7, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Nice job on the remodel. Functional and nice looking. I like the chalk board for the kids.

  10. Remodeling BirminghamMarch 12, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    Great Job!! I really appreciate your work.After remodeling your kitchen is looking very nice.Thanks for sharing.

  11. Kristopher DissApril 4, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    I love the transformation! The wall paint now is very relaxing and calming compared to the bright yellow paint before. I'm glad that you didn't remove the quilts in the kitchen, it gave your kitchen a fun and playful feel. It looks very nice. Congratulations! :)

  12. AnonymousOctober 12, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Modernize your home by fitting solid wood kitchen worktops and let your neighbors feel envy of your fully redesigned home and kitchen interiors.

  13. Jessica SmithDecember 4, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    Wow the remodel was beautiful. You did an awesome job. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  14. Washim AkramMarch 5, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Start by suggestion ideas. What sort of an overall idea are you going for? Think about materials and colors. What feel do you want your kitchen area to have? Do you need two ranges, lots of reverse area, or additional walls storage? construction companies san francisco

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