Monday, April 29

A white kitchen, finally!

The Vivian house is yearning for spring.   We're running out of projects to do inside the house (I never thought I'd say that)!  This winter, our big project was the kitchen.  When we moved into our house, we  rearranged some of the cabinets and stove/microwave to open the space, but I had dreamed of white cabinets from the moment I layed eyes on this kitchen.  It only took an entire year of begging Jesse to agree, but we have finally painted our cabinets!  This did not come without reservations, however.  We heard plenty of "those are oak!" comments, but I wasn't disheartened.  Oak or not, I wanted them white!

Some before photos:

And of course, our super star helper hard at work!  I think I spent more time chasing her and pulling things out of her mouth than painting, but then there was nap time!

And after, a refreshingly lightened and brightened space!  And I just love it here, mixing and flipping and baking and chasing the toddler.  It feels like a new space- it's so energizing!

I loved the idea of open shelving, so I took a door off the middle cabinet and we added some brackets- I just love the openness- I'm thinking of tearing down some more doors in the near future...

What you may be able to see out of that windows is the flock of turkey that hang out at our bird feeders-  Molly is so accustomed to a strutting gobbler in the yard that she runs by the window, yells "kurkey" and keeps going.  It's been a lot of fun watching them during my morning coffee.  I really hope they'll be back in a few weeks with their babies!

The shades are a diy approach I discovered at a friend's house using a vinyl mini blind, and I couldn't be happier with them.  I think they complete the cottage look I was going for.  The fabric was inspired by these shades at lifeingrace {the most beautiful kitchen}.

Of course, I have a wishlist of updates that I just couldn't get Jesse to agree on- including backsplash and new refridgerator, ripping out that bulkhead and taking the cabinets to the ceiling, new floors, a beverage station/bar and an espresso machine.  Keep posted, maybe one day they'll arrive!
Happy Spring!




  1. OH, Lisa!! IT's amazing! Don't you just love being in there, now? My first cabinet redo will always live large in my heart. It is just beautiful! And, of course, I LOVE your window treatments!
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Blessings, galore.

  2. Your kitchen looks amazing. I linked up my kitchen with Edie's Home. On Purpose. link up, too. I finally painted my kitchen gray. You can see the results here:

    White cabinets are next on my list. Yours are beautiful!

  3. such a beautiful transformation!!!!!

  4. soo pretty! That is on my list of things to do, too! And we will be painting over oak as well - but I'm like, I don't care! I Want them painted! Great job :)

  5. Oh my gosh, what a difference! I am glad you went with your instincts and didn't let the naysayers talk you out of painting over your oak cabinets. Your kitchen looks fantastic!
    And what a cute little helper you have there.