From frumpy to fabulous & still a work in progress…..

I love to see the “after” of home projects. I think that’s why Fixer Upper shows are so popular and there’s something exciting about making a change and improvement to something, especially when you do it yourself. I use the term “after” roughly because I’m not kidding when I say they will be changing a lot as I try to get a feel of the spaces and how I want things arranged. Some of these photos have even changed already, so keep scrolling down to see those changes as well….resources are at the end of this post.

It’s truly is amazing what a difference new floors, stain and paint can make in a space.

Before the hardware and floors. Can you believe what a change painting out the orange oak does for the whole room. Fresh, vibrant and updated just with paint! If you look in the photo below, you’ll see that cabinet that was over the bar space is gone. Presto, an open kitchen.



Now add furniture, some pretty accessories and the look gets pulled together








This was with the old paint color of the dining hutch. I just refinished it this weekend. The old white chalk paint looked too busy next to my newly painted kitchen cabinets. I wanted a cleaner more crisp look.




Look what the black does to the space. It doesn’t compete with all the white any longer and my china and silver seems to stand out even better. I used Waverly chalk paint in the color Ink from Walmart.

I’m really happy with the end result…


The other change I made happened accidentally. I made a slight error in judging the size of my kitchen while shopping in Canton for an island. So when I got the piece home, well not gonna happen! Totally bummed about that, so I had to see if it would fit anywhere else. I love the industrial look of it and decided to place it behind the sofa and take the buffet to another spot in the house. I painted the cart the same color as the china cabinet, found some baskets to fit and the rest is history…now I’m in search of an island


Paint colors: (walls) Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter in satin, (Door & bar) Benjamin Moore Mopboard Black in semigloss (trim & kitchen cabinets) Benjamin Moore Simply White in satin

Kitchen hardware: Satin nickel

Floors : Vinyl ( I know it looks so real) Tattered Barnboard. Since we are on a lake, I wanted something to withstand wet dogs and kids in and out all day long-It’s so easy to care for.

Stain: MinWax  stain Jacobean

Hutch & buffet (first photos) painted with Annie Sloan Chalk paint in French Linen and Country white, finished with dark wax. Then re painted with Waverly chalk paint in Ink.

Let me know what you think and if you have any questions, please comment below!


June 5, 2017

  1. lauren says:


  2. Mary Sloan says:

    Beautiful Deborah !

    • says:

      Thank you! Still a lot of things to do, bit it’s been fun!…stay tuned for updates. lol

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  4. Phyllis says:

    That cabinet painted black makes all the difference in the world!

    • says:

      Hi Phyllis,
      Thanks for stopping by, glad to hear from you! Yes it really is amazing what a little paint can do! Glad you like it.
      Hope you come back again soon

  5. Mellody says:

    Thank you for showing us your house and sharing the colors ! It’s amazing !
    I had the same cabinets then I painted them expresso but it looks too dark . I would like to paint them white . What are your thoughts ? Do u have steps you took to paint yours ? Thank you in advance!

    • says:

      Hi Mellody,
      First of all thank you!!
      First, I cleaned them with a degreaser, then primed ((after removing all the doors) then we applied probably 3 coats of the Benjamin Moore simply white Heavy duty paint. I did not do a topcoat because I was afaid they would yellow. But I’m researching some because I feel like they need better protection. I have friends that had theirs professionally done and sprayed, but that wasn’t in our budget to we had to do them ourselves.
      Hope that helps you a little. If your cabinets are espresso, you may need a really heavy duty paint and a few layers to cover the darkness.
      Thanks for your feedback and following. I hope you’ll come back often and good luck with your cabinets.

  6. Heather P says:

    Do you know the brand of your flooring and where it was purchased? Love it!

    • says:

      Hi Heather,

      Unfortunately I don’t have the information. We purchased it from a local Ace Hardware store and I can’t find the information of the brand. I know the color was called weathered barnwood and the floors are vinyl. (we were just moving in when it was installed and things were so crazy I must have lost the info) I’m still searching because I get asked this all the time.

      Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful!

      Thanks for following,

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