My 3 Monsters: Budget Kitchen Makeover Progress

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Budget Kitchen Makeover Progress

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HI guys!  Don't you just love it when a plan comes together?! Almost two years ago I put together this mood board for the main living area of our house -- kitchen, dining room, and family room.  I studied interior design at BYU and I'm kinda' nerdy so this is what I do for fun.  At the time, my husband was out of work and I was feeling very overwhelmed, wanting change, but feeling stuck.  It helped to dream a little bit and visualize a better time in the future.

It didn't seem so at the time, but dark days and challenges do come to an end.  Over the past few months, I've slowly and surely started doing some of the projects I had dreamed of at that time.  Our home is still a work in progress, but y'all, I didn't know I could LOVE this dinky little house so much!  It is bright and warm and the perfect backdrop for our little family.  

I hope this post doesn't come across as braggy.  I'm not trying to be like,"Look at the majestically lovely place I have created for my perfect family who never make messes, darlings. Please hold your applause for the end of the tour."  I mean, come on.  You've all been on Pinterest.  You've all seen the uh-mazing homes that are out there on the internet for us all to drool over and we all know that mine is not really one of them.  This post is meant to encourage you to create a house that you love, even if it's not Pinterest-worthy.  Surround yourself with things that you love, collected over time.  Put your heart and soul, your blood, sweat, and tears into your home.  Dream a little when that's all you are able to do, knowing that someday it will all come together.  I promise.

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So, we started with a plan -- the first photo of this post.  My first project was giving all my golden yellow walls a coat {or three} of white paint.  It took all of my fall break from work to complete it and was a TOTAL pain in the booty.  My husband was wary because we have always had colorful walls and the whiter things got in here the more stark and "sanitary" things started to look.  Now, I want my house to be sanitary, I just don't want that to be word people use to describe it.  I assured him that when we added in some bright, colorful accessories it was going to be warm and inviting again. And then I prayed that I was right.  {I love my mirror-turned chalkboard on the white background wall. Chalk art design found here. Bright and fun scrappy garland tutorial found here.}

So I decided to tackle the cabinets in the kitchen.  We had already painted all the cabinets white and added chicken wire inserts to the upper cabinets.  With everything white, it seemed like we needed a little color in there. What I really wanted was to paint the lower cabinets navy blue {I have a little love affair with navy blue going on right now} and get lighter countertops.  I used a Sherwin Williams color visualizing tool to give my husband an idea of what it would look like:

So I spent the first few weeks of my summer break stripping the white paint off the lower cabinets and repainting them with my favorite navy blue chalk paint . {Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Relic} I also used an adhesive vinyl product called Instant Granite to give the countertops a little makeover.

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Then, the plate wall -- something I always knew I wanted to have somewhere in my home.  It fit perfectly on the wall above my kitchen.

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I have been collecting plates from thrift stores with this project in mind for a while, but several of the plates I ended up using were melamine plates from Target.  They weigh next to nothing so I could hang them with Command adhesive strips, and they look just as good as the nicer ceramic dishes when they're hanging on the wall.  I chose a really amorphous layout rather than something symmetrical.  That way I can add to it over time as I find new plates for my collection.  

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I also hung new curtains from Kirkland's in the living and dining rooms.  That really helped to warm it all back up and make it feel home-y.

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I keep saying the walls are white, but really they're a milky, creamy color called Du Jour from Valspar.  I love how it changes with the changing light in our home.  {It makes a much prettier backdrop for my Vintage tea cup display, too.}  The cabinets, trim, and picture frames are all Ultra-white and I love the subtle contrast.

Are you all photo-ed out for one day?  I'll share some of the progress we've made in the living room soon.  We still have a lot of projects on our "dream list", but it's coming along.  What projects are you working on this summer?  I'd love to see 'em!

Have a great day, friends!



  1. Very lovely. I would love to know more about this Granite look adhesive material. My countertops desperately need upgrading but it is just not in the budget. Care to share??

    1. Thanks Tammy! It's a product called Instant Granite that I found on Amazon. It is similar to contact paper, but much thicker and shinier. It sticks really well to my old laminate countertops. Kind of a pain to install without bubbles and creases, but we got the hang of it pretty quickly. Here's a link to their site:

  2. it looks beautiful!


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