Kitchen Makeover

Remember that Rosemary Gallery paint I mixed up in my last post about the kitchen?

Rosemary Gallery | Green Paint Color | Kitchen | The Lettered Cottage

Wellllllll, some exciting things have happened since I published that post, and in a nutshell, it looks like we’ll be able to start swapping some things out in the kitchen this Spring! We hadn’t really planned to do any more big projects in there until after our little guy was home, but thanks to some newly-formed design-related partnerships, and the folks at The Design Network, we’re going to be able to do it sooner than expected. #ILoveMyJob

I’ll be blogging about every step of the redo here, as well as creating an episode about the whole makeover for TDN, too! 😀

It’s probably just as well that we get it done while we’re waiting for Sweet P anyway. I’m sure the last thing I’ll want (or have time) to do next year is paint kitchen cabinets! #TheYearOfTheToddler 😉

We’re partnering with a countertop company on the tops, and a tile company on the backsplash, and after that, Kevin and I will get to work painting the cabinets and island. The folks at our local Benjamin Moore introduced me to an AWESOME new cabinet paint the other day and I’m SO excited to use it! We’re going for “farmhouse fresh”, so we’ll be bringing in a new color palette and a mix of old & new cottage-style elements, in hopes to create a kitchen that feels just like home. :-)


So, I guess we should start with a “before” photo, right? Ok- here’s how it looked the day we moved in (October of 2012):

The Lettered Cottage Kitchen | Before

And here’s how it looks right now:

The Lettered Cottage Kitchen | During

We put shelves inside our cabinets, painted the walls (Gray Owl lightened by 50%) and replaced the existing pendants lights (thanks to Barnlight Electric) last year, but that’s about all the personalizing we’ve done so far.

We’ll start “Mission: Personalization” by replacing our current countertop with something that more in keeping with our style.

Mustard | Rust | Black | Granite | Cabinets

I don’t have much experience with Craigslist, but I’m going to give it a whirl and try to sell that existing granite on there. #WishMeLuck #CraigslistFreaksMeOutALittle

The countertop material we chose to bring in is Caesarstone’s Frosty Carrina. It’s white with light gray veining and I just love it. Here’s a photo of a sample chunk of it that countertop peeps let us borrow:

Ming Green and Thassos White Flower Tile | Rosemary Gallery Custom Paint Color | The Lettered Cottage

It’s a little hard to see the gray bits, but maybe it’ll photograph better when we’ve got a larger span of it in place next week.

As for the backsplash- these were the three tile selections Kevin and I got to choose from:

1) Honed ming green subway tile

Honed Ming Green Subway Tile

2) Ming green and thassos white Flower tile:

Ming Green Thassos White Flower Tile

3) Ming green and thassos white Sunflower tile-

Ming Green and Thassos White Sunflower Tile | The Lettered Cottage Kitchen

Can you guess which one we chose? 😀

The cabinets around and above the stove will be painted Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, and the island will be painted my custom-mixed Rosemary Gallery. I’m also excited to finally be able to use the corbels my friend Lucy found for us on the “new” island, too:

Lettered Cottage Wood Corbels | Kitchen Island Makeover

Demo on the existing backsplash starts today, so I look forward to sharing some updated photos again sometime within the next couple of weeks! 😀

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  1. says

    I will be following closely. I’m excited for you as you update the kitchen to your style. I want to change up our tiny galley kitchen soon.

  2. Tania Russell says

    Hi Layla!
    Ok, so I called Sherwin Williams, and they said that the special cabinet paint is called “Pro-Classic” :)

    • Layla says

      Cool! 😀 The paint we’re using for this makeover is actually from Benjamin Moore though. I found out it’s a Muralo product called Ultra Waterborne. Looking forward to firing up our brushes in the next couple of weeks! 😀

      • Tania Russell says

        Ah! ok! I will check that one out too! I love the Benjamin Moore colors! :) Have fun, can’t wait to see your posts. I’m loving the backsplash you chose!

  3. Sharon says

    Love all the tiles and the direction you are going with your kitchen!

    I also love your canister set! Do you remember where you got them?

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