Tommy and Shelley’s “New” Kitchen

I’m so excited to finally be able to reveal Tommy’s and Shelley’s kitchen today! The episode we created for The Design Network posted on their website this morning, so if you’d like to check it out, just click on the banner below:

The Design Network

Tommy and Shelley have been such incredible friends to me and Kevin over the past year, and we are so grateful that we were able to work on a room in their house with them.

Tommy and Shelley | The Lettered Cottage

They have inspired us SO much personally and professionally, so it was absolutely awesome to be able to spend so much time with them last month. We love their kids, too- and it was really neat for Kevin and I to be there with them for so many hours at a time. It gave us an idea of what it feels like to have kids running around, as we wait to be matched with a little one of our own! Ethan (their youngest) told Shelley that I was his “best friend” at one point, and boy did that make me smile! (I’m sure it had something to do with the fact that I gave him three scoops of ice cream while I was watching him one day- LOL!) Our child will probably be about a year younger than Ethan is now (4), so I felt really blessed to be able to talk with him, and hold him, and listen to him. Felt like a mini “sneak peek” of what’s to come! :-)

This first episode was hosted by yours truly, but this makeover was a total group effort. Me, Kevin, Billy, Suzanne, Tommy, Shelley, Brian, Cade, Lil’ Shane…we all got our hands good n’ dirty on this one!

Here’s a look at the kitchen before we started working:

Oak Cabinets Before | The Lettered Cottage

It functioned fine, but it didn’t really *feel* fresh or reflect the family’s bright & shiny personalities.

Oak Kitchen Cabinets Makeover | The Lettered Cottage

Tommy & Shelley actually put their house on the market earlier this Spring, because it’s one bedroom too small for the size of their family. Two months after they listed it, they accepted an offer and started house hunting for another house. They fell head-over-heels in love with the very first house they toured, and they were so excited about the idea of moving there! The people buying their house wanted to close before they would be able to purchase the new house though, so they went ahead and moved all of their things into a storage unit in the next town over.

Then, just two days before their closing date, their buyer’s financing fell through. They were no longer going to be able to buy Tommy & Shelley’s house, and shortly after that, someone bought the house that Tommy & Shelley had hoped to make an offer on and move into. :-(

They took a week or so to think about how to proceed. Should they put it back on the market, or do some renovating and turn it into a 4 bedroom?

Re-listing it felt super stressful after what had just happened, so in the end, they decided to renovate! First, they hired a contractor to wall off the breakfast room at the end of their (extra-long) kitchen, and turned that space into a bedroom for Ethan. They moved their table and chairs into the dining nook off their living room, and I can’t wait to show you that “new” space in the near future, too.

That’s where we came in. Their granite and backsplash were both pretty neutral, and they weren’t looking to spend a fortune on a completely new kitchen, so we started by freshening up their cabinets.

Orange Oak Cabinet Makeover | The Lettered Cottage

They preferred a more streamlined look, and they weren’t a huge fan of the tone of them. It leaned a little orange, which felt too warm next to their cool-toned counters and backsplash. We went with Benjamin Moore’s Navajo White in semi-gloss (mixed at Sherwin-Williams), and created a shaker style door with one sheet of thin plywood, a pneumatic nail gun and a tub of spackle:

Navajo White Paint | Shaker Doors | The Lettered Cottage

Kevin and I painted (and distressed) all their doors at our house, and we just used a really great primer and two coats of Sherwin-Williams Pro Classic Latex Enamel on everything.

Layla and Kevin Palmer | The Lettered Cottage

That. Stuff. ROCKS! I’m serious. I wasn’t paid to say that. Tommy forked over almost $80 for a gallon of it, but holy smokes! I have never worked with such a forgiving, self-leveling paint in my life! The description on Sherwin-Williams website says, “It delivers a high-performing, non-yellowing finish that withstands even the toughest wear and tear. This formula goes on smooth without brush or roller marks”, and man- that is the truth!

The hardware we used on the doors and drawers all came from eBay. That’s where I buy all my knobs, pulls and hinges.

Navajo White Cabinet Door | The Lettered Cottage

Navajo White Paint Cabinets | Oil Rubbed Bronze Cup Pulls | The Lettered Cottage

We needed 30 knobs, 60 hinges, and 20 pulls and the grand total for all 110 items came in right under $100. That breaks down to like 90 cents per item! I usually type in something like “LOT of oil-rubbed bronze knobs” in the search bar on eBay, and it pulls up a bunch of auctions hosted by folks who are selling hardware in bulk. The seller I bought this stuff from was offering free shipping at that time, so that was awesome, too. :-D

The butcher block countertop area was one of my favorite things to see come together. Before, the upper cabinets continued waaay down into the breakfast area, but the base cabinets were only three feet wide:

Orange Oak Cabinet Makeover 1 | The Lettered Cottage

We re-used the glass-doored upper cabinets at Keith the Fireman’s house (more about that in a future post), and then re-hung the solid doors on the cabinets above the desk area down at the other end of the room. And although they gained an extra bedroom, they did lose a lot of upper cabinet storage in the process, so we gave them back some new storage on the bottom:

Comfort Gray Kitchen | Navajo White Cabinets | Special Walnut Butcher Block | The Lettered Cottage

That chunk of cabinets is made up of their three foot wide existing base cabinet, some scrap wood, and a salvaged cabinet Tommy got for free. We topped the whole thing off with a big ol’ slab of butcher block from Ikea instead of trying to find (and pay for) granite that matched their existing granite. Now they’ve got 8 feet of counter space there and the top only cost $169! They sealed it with several coats of food-safe Waterlox, so they’ll be able to get tons of use out of that thing. I love the warmth it adds to the room, too!

And how about that great big cut-out on the wall above it? Even though the kitchen technically got smaller square footage-wise, the room actually feels bigger and more open now. They have plans to put a butcher block bar top on the other side of that wall so that folks can sit there and eat, and interact with whoever is in the kitchen. Can’t wait to show you how that comes together in the future as well!

The wall accessories were purchased (on clearance) at Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn, Target, and I got the peg rack on Etsy.

Kitchen Makeover | Comfort Gray Paint | Navajo White Cabinets | Butcher Block Countertop | The Lettered Cottage

The walls are painted Sherwin-William’s Comfort Gray, and we used some more primer, Navajo White paint, and oil-rubbed bronze hardware over in the desk area. I decked it out with a few simple accessories that they can feel free to keep there, or use in other parts of the house:

Kitchen Makeover | Navajo White Paint | Comfort Gray Paint | The Lettered Cottage

Remember the lamp from this blog post: Brass Lamp Makeover

Old Brass Lamp Makeover | The Lettered Cottage

And the dish towels from this one: DIY Hanging Dish Towels

Ribbon Trimmed Loop Hanging Dishtowel DIY Project | The Lettered Cottage

It was so much fun to surprise Tommy and Shelley with them in their kitchen. Thankfully they hadn’t seen them on my blog before the big reveal! :-D Here are a few more photos of some of things I had fun dotting around the room for them to find:

Cottage Kitchen Decor | The Lettered Cottage

(Green and burlap picture holder by Heather Parrish)

Flowers and Fruit | Beachcomber Basket | Pottery Barn | The Lettered Cottage

Cottage Kitchen Decor | Target Ottoman | The Lettered Cottage

Cottage Kitchen Decor | The Lettered Cottage Blog

Shelley had mentioned that she didn’t have a complete set of dishes anymore, so we picked them up a set of new dinner plates, salad plates, and bowls at Ikea:

Ikea 365 Dishes | The Lettered Cottage

Oh how I love a fresh new set of plain white dishes! Especially when they only cost $34.99 for a set of six place settings!

Our next-door-neighbor, Tammy the Caterer, was so sweet to come feed us at the end of our last day “on set”. We were all completely plum-tuckered, so she swooped in with her fabulous food at just the right time! Bacon-wrapped green bean bundles, mmmmm!

Layla Palmer | The Lettered Cottage

Anywho- to see the whole makeover in action, click on over to The Design Network. And if you’d like to check out episode #2, it’ll post over there on Monday, November 4th! :-D

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  1. Whitney says

    Can you provide more information on how you used a thin piece of plywood to create the shaker style on the existing cabinet doors. How do you eliminate any seams? Thanks so much!

    • Layla says

      Hey Whitney!
      I talked (and showed) how we did it over in my episode, so if you’d like to check that out, just click on through to that footage! :-D Also, we took care of little seams and holes with caulk! :-D

    • says

      Fabulous! Replacing the orange-y oak with white cabinets gives it such a fresh, happy, clean look! I’m amazed at the what you paid for all the hardware. The accessories and styling look so much more personal now and less “builder.” Was the two-tier stand theirs or did you get somewhere? I’d love something like that.

  2. patty says

    love everything you do.. especially the cabinets… beautiful… how did you change the cabinets over to shaker style – just with plywood. also did you sand between coats… it looks professionally sprayed and love the hardware and teh distressing too… beautiful job Layla and Kevin!!

    • Layla says

      Hi Patty! You can actually see exactly how we changed them to shaker doors over on the episode at The Design Network. We didn’t sand between coats, and we just used a high-quality paint brush. Thank you for the sweet compliment! :-D

  3. Lisa says

    This is just beautiful, Layla! I just watched the episode and think you did a great job explaining everything, in a very relatable, down-to-earth manner. I can’t wait to see what is next for you and Kevin (and to show my husband this episode when he gets home tonight ;)

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Lisa! I appreciate your comment so much, and hope your hubby enjoys the inspiration and info, too! :-D

  4. JoAnne says

    I clicked over & watched the video without sound from Facebook on my lunch hour so I didn’t realize the room was made smaller. You’re right, it does look bigger. And more beautiful, too!

    • Layla says

      Thank you, JoAnne! It’s crazy how that happened, but I’m so glad Tommy & Shelley are pleased with the “new” space and can’t wait to help them with the room on the other side of that big cut-out, soon! :-D

    • says

      The kitchen table was bought at a flea market for $200. We stripped it and put on a few coats of polyurethane to help protect it and make it easier to clean.

  5. Crystal Kirkland says

    You should be so proud of yourself. The show was fabulous. You look like you have been doing this for years!!

  6. says

    Their kitchen re-do looks fabulous. I have to say I’m proud of them for redoing instead of moving. Their house will turn out perfectly with your help. :) Love the video!

  7. Allison says

    I love your blog!! I’m totally addicted, and it has inspired me to redo my kitchen cupboards, which are identical!! I am
    really interested in how you turned the cupboards into shaker style using plywood, but I cant find any videos. Is there a link?

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Allison! :-D You can click on the words “The Design Network” anywhere in this post, or click on the big The Design Network banner at the very top of the post. Either one will take you over there, lickety-split! :-D

  8. Sandy A says

    Love Love Love! We are planning a “Re-Do” of our kitchen cabinets and this is so inspiring! What a difference–so bright and alive…

  9. Marianne in Mo. says

    Just watched, wow, great makeover! Love the outtakes at the end too – fire ants! I will have to keep the cabinet refacing in mind. We have those unpaintable type white cabinets (hydrofoil? ) something like that, and I H A T E them! Very hard to clean if you can believe it. I checked with mfg. about painting, and with my painter son in law, and they both said painting was out of the question, due to how the finish is applied. You all did an amazing job…wanna come to Mo. and do mine? ;0))

  10. Amber says

    Absolutely stunning. Job well done! If you are ever in Ohio, I would love a low budget, money stretching makeover in any one of my rooms. Love your style! You have so much talent and seem to be a natural in front of the camera.

    • Stacey says

      I love how bright, fresh and clean everything looks in this reno! I would love to update my kitchen, but my house is only five years old. We have dark granite counters and fairly dark stained cypress cabinets. Our kitchen also opens into our living room that has fairly dark mahogany wood floors. I would love to paint the cabinets, but I know you should not paint real cypress cabinets that have wood knots and all. Any thoughts or advice?

      • Layla says

        Hi Stacey! Thank you for the kind comment! :-D
        I’m not familiar with real cypress cabinets, but I don’t know why they couldn’t be primed and painted too!
        I say go with your grin! If you are craving a lighter look, go for it. You live and love there, so have fun creating a space that is a reflection of who y’all are! :-D (Unless something crazy happens to real cypress wood when you paint it. Then don’t paint them- LOL!)

  11. says

    Oh my gosh Layla! I love the cabinets and pulls–be still my heart. My dream kitchen. Give me a white cabinet and bronzed/black bin pulls and I am good! I can’t believe how you fixed those cupboards!! I love nuetrals and then the butcher block, cabinets, pulls! And your accents–too cute. This is unbelievable. Oh, now I am itchin’ to see YOUR kitchen redo!

    • Layla says

      Go for it, Kristin! And send me the “before and after” pics when you’re done. I wanna see! :-D #IHeartBeforeAndAfters

  12. shawna johnson says

    The kitchen turned out beautiful! Love the butcher block counter area! Always amazed with what you come up with! Can you tell me where you purchased the rug? Thanks!

    • Layla says

      Hi Shawna! We got the runner at the Pottery Barn Outlet in Georgia a few years ago. It used to be in our kitchen at our last house, but our new kitchen is much smaller, so we thought we’d move it over to Tommy & Shelley’s! :-D

  13. Louise says

    Wow! Absolutely stunning, as always! Love that trick with the plywood to make the shaker cabinet doors! Brilliant!

    • Layla says

      Thank you so much, Louise! We learned it from our friends Peter and Josette and it really does work like a charm! :-D

  14. shelby says

    YAY! Oh my goodness, you are so stinkin cute! I couldn’t be happier for you, been following you for years and this makes my heart glad! God is good! Great job and congrats!

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Shelby! So sweet of you to check in with us over that past few years. I love blogging, and it makes me smile to know like visiting it, too! :-D

  15. Shelly says

    Excellent job Layla! You should be really proud of both this makeover and your Design Network episode. Keep up the great work!

  16. Sarah Swartzentruber says

    Hi, Layla! LOVE the space! Would you be able to tell me where the runner came from (the rug under the sink)?

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Sarah! The rug used to be in the kitchen at our old house and we got it at the Pottery Barn Outlet in Georgia several years ago. :-)

  17. Kim a. says

    Any way you could share more details on sources for the decor? I love the green metal basket the kitchen gadgets are in, and the woven charger and woven tray with the handles! Would love more Deets :) awesome makeover, as always!

    • Layla says

      Hi Kim! Thank you! The green metal basket came from HomeGoods, and the woven charger is from Target. The tray is from Pottery Barn and is called the Beachcomber Tray. I got it for $6 because it was on sale for $31 and I had a $25 coupon. I was so pumped about that score! :-D

    • Layla says

      The wooden shelf came from J&G flea market several years ago. It was marked $12 so I grabbed it with a quickness! :-D

  18. says

    Ikea dishes are hands-down my fave! We’ve had them for a few years now and I still am super happy we settled on them.

    Love all the heart behind this project. :) Deserving folks!

  19. Kristen says

    LOVED this transformation. Been following your blog for years now and I just love your style. If you ever find your self in Minnesota again and need a place to make over I would volunteer my house in a heart beat. You got your pick of any room in our house. It would be so much fun! You and the crew could even stay at our scrapbooking retreat! See, I got it all figured out. ;) Seriously though, great job and great episode. Congratulations!

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Kristen! Oh how I can’t wait to go back to Minnesota again! Scrapbooking retreat you say? FUN!!!:-D

      • Kristen says

        Heck ya! It’s more of a “crafting” retreat where groups of women come for the weekend and hang out and do crafty things. It’s really fun. You can check out our website at It sleeps 15. Plenty of room for you and your crew. And it’s real close to my house. Perfect! :)

  20. says

    Layla and Kevin, thank you so much for all the work you put into making a tough situation into such a blessing. We’re not sure which we enjoyed the most, the kitchen or the time we got to spend together designing, texting, calling, painting, filming and just hanging out.

  21. Ellen says

    Love this whole room! One question, is the trim and door in the room the same color white as the cabinets? We have white moldings and doors throughout our house but the same granite in this post so not sure if we can mix a creamy white on the cabinets with a pure white on the trim and doors?

    • Layla says

      Hi Ellen!
      Nope. The cabinets are creamy white, and the doors and door trim is bright white. I think it’s okay to mix the two- but it’s totally a preference thing. Go with your grin, and you’ll always win- LOL! :-D

  22. says

    I have been reading your blog forever, and just love it and thought I better comment here…
    I think you should have your own diy show, and I would watch it all the time! I love how you used what was in the kitchen already and didn’t just tear everything out. It looks so great!!!
    You have a gift for what you do – I think your great and love that you are using your gifting to bless others.
    God Bless you and all you do!

  23. says

    Layla, we have a familiar relationship with navajo white from the early 90’s. cracks me up…. such an iconic white.
    Beautiful job.

  24. says

    Awww, Layla, so great to see you in action again! You are so good, my friend. Loved seeing this kitchen renovation, you did it all perfectly. I know they are thrilled with the results. One super job by you, my dear! Congrats on this awesome opportunity, you so deserve it. xoxo

  25. Jen says

    So brilliant to change the cabinet style like that. The kitchen looks wonderful! Thanks for the inspiration

  26. Marm says

    Loved the transformation and the episode was fun to watch. Congrats. I noticed Kevin’s name in the credits, but hope to see him on camera with you too. You are great together.

    • says

      Hi Marm! Since we got to film this episode ourselves, I spent most of my time behind the camera. I may make an appearance or two in a future episode. ‘Til then, I’m going to leave the hosting to my honey and stick to my “fun stuff”- filming and editing! :-D

  27. says

    I’m having problems viewing the video. Like the others I’d like to know what thickness ply you used and did you get a sheet of it and just rip widths of it to cover the detail on the wood?

    • Layla says

      Hi Lillian!
      I’m so sorry you aren’t able to view the video! :-(
      I think the plywood was about 1/4″ thick, and yes, Brian the Carpenter just ripped us some little strips to attach to each door front. Check out either of the links on the comment I just left for Karen and you’ll be able to get a better visual! :-)

      • says

        Thanks Layla – I’m disappointed too about the video. I’m in Australia so sometimes I find I can’t view videos based in the US. Kept telling me the video feed was corrupt and I couldn’t download it. I’ll check out those links now. Thanks. I adore your sense of aesthetic. Can’t wait to hear more about your adoption too :)

  28. Karen Frank says

    Hi Layla & Kevin
    Great makeover! I was wondering if you could do a tutorial on how to makeover the kitchen cabinet doors with plywood. So many of us have these. The cabinets are in good shape but outdated. Your technique saves so much money and makes the kitchen current.
    Love your blog and I am loving the room maker over class video
    Kind regards

  29. Kellie says

    Love it! Just wondering, did you stain the butcher block before you waterloxed it? If so, what color and stain did you use? We are looking at doing the same thing in our kitchen very soon.

    • LJ Jasper says

      Layla Palmer – You are a a natural on camera! So winsome and approachable…. just delightful! GREAT makeover…. affordable, smart, beautiful…. you guys did such an awesome job! The opening segment, the graphics, the photography all top notch. BIG BIG congratulations…. can’t wait to see the next webisode!

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Kim! :-D We’re taking a break from kitchens for a minute, but thank you for extending the invitation! :-D #plumtuckered

  30. Michelle Wright says

    I have the same orange oak cabinets in my kitchen – BLAH. I need a change also. You guys have done an incredible job on that kitchen a big thumbs up from me. I will watch your episode and see if I can get my husband to agree in a change like that. Change is good – right?

  31. says

    Layla, this kitchen is to die for! You guys did an incredible job. It was great to see the reactions of the homeowners seeing their “new” kitchen for the first time. The idea for the plywood on top of the existing cabinet doors…BRILLIANT! Just one question though – what did you seal the butcher block with?? We are looking to sand the deck sealant off on ours (don’t ask!) and reseal with something better. I’d love to know what you used. It had such a nice matte sheen.


    • Layla says

      Thank you, Jennifer! It was so much fun to work on!
      There’s a link to the product we used up there in the post. It’s called Waterlox and it waterROCKS! :-D

  32. says

    Amazing work as always! Layla, you are a natural in front of the camera! Great video and I can’t wait to see the next one. How did the additional bedroom turn out? I couldn’t believe how long that kitchen was before!

  33. Kellie says

    Gorgeous in every way!!! How do you do it?! I loved the trick with the plywhood and the beautiful butcher block counter. The color scheme was perfect. Way to go!! Keep the ideas coming….we’re signing on a short sale-needs lots of TLC– home today! I’m keeping a journal with your paint colors and tips. Amazing!

  34. Judy Ryan says

    Layla, just wanted to be sure: did you mix Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Latex Enamel the shade of Benjamin Moore’s Navaho White, but did not use Ben Moore paint? Great job. Judy

  35. says

    You did an amazing job Layla, I really enjoyed seeing you’re video. You’re so natural and polished on camera. Great Job!

    • Layla says

      Thank you, sweet Karen! I really appreciate you saying that, and look forward to sharing episode 2 with you soon! :-D

  36. Cindy Smith says

    I think I have the same cabinets and I am so over them…but I love what y’all did with Tommy and Shelley’s. So did you reuse the existing cabinet doors or did you build new ones?? I am very curious and would love it if y’all did a tutorial:)

    • Layla says

      Hi Cindy!
      We just added thin pieces of plywood to fronts of their upper cabinet doors. You can get a good visual on the episode if you’re up for checking out, or just click on the link to the Tudor Style post I mentioned a few comments ago. That’ll show a good visual too! :-D

  37. says

    Wow. What a big impact for the bucks. Layla, you just sparkle. The video was such fun to watch, especially the “blooper reel.” LOL Congratulations. Can’t wait to see what you do next.

  38. Annette says

    I enjoyed watching your design video. Your personality really shines through. I love the new blog header. I don’t remember what it looked like before, but I love it now!

  39. says

    have mercy, woman! you are going to have me painting cabinets if you keep us this great work.
    (that means wow, you are inspiring!)
    congratulations on a tremendous redo and a fabulous video. you were so good!
    p.s. i do have to tell you that i laughed quite hard at the fire ant outtake at the end. impressed that you were so calm about it!

  40. Lizzie says

    Hi Layla! I LOVE this makeover. My husband and I just purchased a house that has a very similar kitchen and we’ve decided to “remodel” it similarly! Question: Your post mentions that the cabinets are painted BM’s “Navajo White”, but I’m wondering if the crown molding/baseboards are also “Navajo White” or if they are a different white? Thank you!

  41. Nancy says

    LOVED watching the video and the transformation of this kitchen. I have followed your blog for some time and watched your renovation of your previous home (loving what you did) and your projects on your new home.
    How frequently will you be doing episodes on the Design Network? So looking forward to more of your work!!

  42. Caroline says

    It looks AWESOME!! I got some great ideas for the remodel of my own kitchen, thanks so much!! Can’t wait to see more of your work!! <3

  43. Venita says

    We have the same cabinets, with the orangey hue to them. We want to paint them white, did you sand and strip them first, or just use a good primer alone?

  44. Lindsey says

    I have been wanting to paint my cabinets, but was under the impression that I would be sanding for days. Did you guys sand at all or just use that amazing primer and then paint?!

  45. says

    Just watched the video. I love how Shelley kept repeating the word “AWESOME!” It IS awesome :) You did a great job, it looks like a totally different space!

  46. Melody says

    Hi, Layla! I think you’ve finally convinced me to paint my kitchen cabinets. Can you tell me which butcher block counter top you purchased at IKEA for this remodel?


    • Layla says

      Sure! It was the Numerar countertop, but I don’t see that length (or price) on their website anymore, so maybe it’s only available in stores?

  47. says

    It never ceases to amaze me how y’all can pull such huge and stunning transformations from simple changes, and skillful painting. I mean, you’re able to create such amazing visions, in rooms, or with one little lamp without the extreme demo and budget you see on TV…. It’s really stunning. I’m wildly impressed.

  48. Stacey says

    Wow, that was a great transformation and I loved your video. Congratulations on a job well done and taking it to the next level with your videos!

    • Layla says

      Hi Karmen,

      Tommy and Shelley’s contractor cut the hole in the wall and finished it back up for them! :-)

  49. kylie says

    loved the video and your blog. My kitchen is very similar with the exception of the wall color. The previous owners painted every room tan. Which isn’t terrible but after being in the house for a year it now seems a little dark and drab. What was the color you used?

  50. Rhonda Irizarry says

    I think it turned out wonderful. Wow so clean and bright.. what a happy difference this has made, love it.

  51. Dana says

    Beautiful kitchen! Did you distress the cabinets by hand or with a power sander? Thanks for the inspiration.

  52. Sheena says

    Love the cabinets. I am getting ready to do something similar with mine. I didn’t happen read or see in the video that you used any finish on the cabinets…is that correct?

  53. vicky says

    Love the cupboards. Question??????? When the plywood was placed around the cabinet, how did you keep the gap along the top arch from showing up underneath?

  54. vicky says

    I just figured out the answer to my previous question about the gap. DUH!
    However, another couple of questions.
    #1 Did you have any trouble with the hinges not closing correctly? I read another blog and they chromed theirs due to not being able to get new ones to work correctly.
    #2 Also, no sealer needed with the Pro Classic Latex Enamel from Sherwin Williams?

  55. Kim E. says

    Hi Layla,
    Quick questikn for you. I just recently started to paint my stained cabinets. Everything looks good, except I’ve noticed that some of my doors and drawers are sticking and causing the paint to chip. I am so discouraged. Insert frowny face here. I googled this problem to death and it seems like felt pads might be the answer to my problem. Did you have this problem with your painted cabinets and do you think the felt will help? Thanks, Kim

  56. MM says

    Hi Layla, this is gorgeous. My husband and I are buying a home with a very similar kitchen to the “before” and hoping to make this transformation! I notice the grout lines on the floor in the before pictures are much darker than in the after pictures. Did you just clean them, or did you stain them a lighter color somehow? Ours are way too dark!

  57. Ashley says

    Hi Layla!
    I am in LOVE with this kitchen! We are getting ready to start painting ours white, and the color/finish you used on these doors is exactly what I am looking for! Can you please share the color white you used, and what type of finish?? Thank you so much!

  58. says

    Hi Layla! I also painted my kitchen this color… but know we are stumped as to what to paint our dining room and living room. Our home is a 2 level Charleston style home where the floor plan is completely open on the bottom, with only arch ways separating the kitchen from the dining and the dining from the living. I not better than to paint the entire down stairs one color, but like I said before I need some suggestions on paint colors that compliment Comfort Gray. Do you have any? Thank you in advance!

  59. Stacy says

    Hi Layla,
    I love the cabinet transformation! What width did you cut the thin plywood? I watched the video and read through the comments but couldn’t
    find it anywhere. Thank you!

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Stacy! I think it was 1/4″ thick plywood. ? Maybe 1/8″? We got it at the home improvement store, and I can’t remember exactly- I’m sorry! :-(

      • Stacy says

        Hi Layla! I meant the width of the strips when you are facing the cabinets. Like 3 inches, 2.5 inches? Sorry.

  60. Renee Williams says

    WOW! I read over this when Shelley first posted it on Facebook and have now returned to it to try to get some pointers to do my own 1970’s kitchen….. HELP! OLD style cabinet doors, “Butcherblock” laminate countertops, linoleum flooring….YUK! Being on a small budget and needing a redo really bad, I wanted to try to figure out how you framed the cabinet doors and I remembered you mentioning the paint that you purchased at Sherwin Williams. If you fell it is worth the money (and you did state that you were not paid to say how awesome it was) , I want to use it. That will be much cheaper than NEW cabinets. I was also in a dilemma as to whether to use bronze of nickel hardware and I just noticed that you used the bronze so that answered that question. Thank you so much for your help!!!

    • Renee Williams says

      I also have a question…… my cabinets are currently painted. What type preparation would you suggest before starting this same project with my cabinets? Thanks again! :)

  61. Cindy Willcoxon says

    Hi Layla, Beautiful kitchen! Can you tell me the name of the granite countertop? Thanks!

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Cindy! The granite was there before Tommy & Shelley moved in, so I’m not sure what kind it is. I’m sorry! :-(

  62. Jeni Heilman says

    I love this kitchen redo (Tom &Shelleys). Can’t seem to find the episode or it won’t download Help

  63. monica says

    Dear Layla,

    I LOVE the cabinets and kitchen transformation!
    You are a true inspiration for me and all the projects around my house so first of all thank you so much for being so talented and so unique!
    I am about to paint my kitchen cabinets as you did for Tommy and Shelley kitchen (currently orange oak). I noticed that you lightly distressed them as I would like to do.
    Could you please tell me if you used any wax or polyurethane after that?
    Thank you so, so much!


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