Our kitchen is still one big work-in-progress, but we have had fun personalizing it, little by little, over the past few years. It started out pretty builder basic…

…but with a little bit of shoestring-style dough, and whole lotta elbow grease, we’re slowly but surely making it feel more “ours”…

We change up the “art” on the chalkboard wall whenever we’re feeling artsy-fartsy, but the phrase on the wall in the photo above is part of this quote. Here are some more links to some of the things we’ve worked on/brought into the room…

Project links:

Bead board backsplash (We painted it with plain old, right-off-the-shelf, semi-gloss while paint from Home Depot and it’s held up wonderfully over the past four years.)
Mirrors on the inside-backs of the upper cabinets
– We created taller cabinets by adding extra molding on top of upper cabinets
– Corbels underneath the upper cabinets
Salvaged cabinets on the right side of the room
Butcherblock countertop
Stainless steel shelves
Chalkboard paint
– Cabinet paint: Mourning Dove (Martha Stewart by Sherwin Williams) and Alabaster (Sherwin Williams)
Ceramic tile removal
Ceramic tile removal (part 2)
Hardwood floor installation and staining
– Wall color: November Rain, by Benjamin Moore

Decor links:

– Baskets in open cabinets: Ikea
– Herb crates on wall:
-Metal picnic basket: Etsy
-Wicker basket on floor:
-Butcherblock countertop: Ikea
– Rug: Pottery Barn outlet

Here are a couple of links to the posts we wrote about our appliances:


We’ve still got drawer and door hardware to add, tongue-and-groove ceiling boards to put up, crown molding to put up, recessed lighting to install, a wall of windows to put in, upper cabinets to move (to the chalkboard wall), cabinetry to build around our refrigerator, a farmhouse sink to drop in, a more colorful rug to purchase, and we’d eventually like to top our counters with something carrera marbel-esque, too- but we do things one thing at a time around here, so who knows when the room will actually be done- ha!


Spring Door Decor
Spring Craft

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  1. Kimberly says

    I LOVE November Rain by BM! I have used it in several areas in my home and it seems to transform dependent on the lighting. You are doing a great job!

  2. says

    Hello, Today was my first time looking at your blog. I love it.

    My kitchen looks like your old one,in a small house, could not figure out what too do Thank you .Is there another wayto get down loads of the magazines or in printed form.I am not able to get them on my nook. Do you give advise on other areas in peoples homes? This site made my day so much brighter.

  3. says

    Love this kitchen! Your blog was one of the first ones I ever stumbled across. Your beautiful home and inspirational blog was what planted the seed for my own blog!
    My husband and I recently bought our own home and a chalkboard wall in the kitchen was a must-have. Thanks to you, I’ve blogged about the challenges of re-doing our kitchen and the perks of a chalkboard wall, and linked it up to you! Love following you and your husband’s journey. Thanks so much for sharing!

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