Kitchen Remodel before and after

Our kitchen remodel was finally complete (for the most part) in 12-15.

From start to finish, including ceiling, it took about a year!

It still needs a couple things done.  But it is 99% done, which I am satisfied with for now 🙂


Our kitchen for me was just too dark and not enough counter space to work on.

So one thing leaded to another and before I knew it, we had pretty much redone the whole kitchen!

But you know what they say….

If you give a moose a muffin!

Here is what we started out with.

Not a bad kitchen at all, just not my style.

(previous owners)

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I painted it to lighten it up a bit, but never did decorate because I did not want anything on the top.

 Too much dusting for me 🙂

That molding on top of the cabinet is my practice piece for what I eventually wanted up there.

I’ll do a post on how we built those soon!




So we added Our tongue and groove ceiling , added the boxes and molding to the top of the cabinets (post coming soon),

had the orginal cabinet boxes and new molding all painted BM’s Simply White by a professional,

and had NEW cabinet door’s and drawer fronts made and painted the same color.


I was in looooove with the farm house sink, but as you can see with the stacked

island I never had much usable space to do anything on the island.

It was also super high for the kids.

They NEVER sat at the island, which made me sad.

 I wanted them there sitting and talking to me while I was in there.












I reconfigured this whole area the night before the painter was supposed to come!

I always wanted a hood above the stove.

Once we took out the fridge and the microwave I knew I had to do it or I would regret it!

After a few phone calls to my cabinet guy to see if he could do what I wanted him to do with how I wanted to change it

and a little convo with the hubs we went for it!

We cut the cabinet next the microwave even with the one above the microwave.

Then I had my cabinet guy make on large door to go over the whole thing.

It has big hinges on it and lifts up toward the ceiling.

Then we moved the stove to the middle and built 2 smaller cabinets (one to go on each side).

The one on the left holds cookie sheets and the one on the right has the slide out for spices.



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Some of my favorite things that we added to the kitchen:

Paper towel drawer:

I something similar to this on Pinterest and my cabinet guy is awesome and re-created it for me!

I hate clutter on the counters and this works perfect!



Double slide out garbage cans

I had a slide out can here before, but it only fit one can and it had a lot of wasted space above it

and that is where we put the paper towel drawer.


This is an extra 4 drawers on the end.

Before I had an overhang where those drawers are at now.

We never had a bar stool there anyway.

 I hate wasted space!

So we extended the island out and added these drawers for all my dish towels.


All my spices before, were in the cabinet, next to the microwave, above the stove.

Which really worked fine, but since I changed the area around the stove I

wanted them down lower where I could reach better.

I love having them down lower next to the oven.


One the end of the lower bank of cabinets there use to be a desk area.

We never used that either and I love all the storage space I can get,

so we added another bank of drawers there.


It was a hard labor intensive project that took about a year.

But I am so happy with the results and still love it all!



Cabinet color: BM Simply white
Wall color: SW Repose Gray
Pantry door color: BM Chelsea Gray
Countertop’s: Pental Quartz in Carrera
Bar stools: Overstock
Wicker chairs: Ikea
Slip covered chairs: Ikea
Sign above table:  Made by me (Decal is by Urban walls)
Sign above stove:  Made by me
Hand towel:  World Market
Clock above pantry: Ikea
Boxwood’s on table: At Home Store
Table: Downeast Home Furnishing’s (Discontinued)
Table Runner: Homegood’s

Feel free to Pin pictures or ask any questions that I did not answer!

Today is a good day for a good day!



The final product

This is how the ceiling turned out.  I am really happy with it!

It really lightens it up.  I only have the bay windows on the dining side and that is it.


I bet you are wondering what in the world we are doing with those different colored boxes on top of our cabinets.

No, I do not think that looks good 😉

We are building up the cabinets.  I didn’t want to have to worry about dust up there and decorating that space.

After we are finished with the crown and the rest of the trim I will have my painter come and spray everything Benjamin Moore Simply White to match the ceiling.

Except for the island.  We are in the process of getting a new island built.  I want it all one level so I have more usable space.

We may be replacing all the door and drawer fronts also depending on what the bid comes back at.

It might actually be cheaper to do that than to pay for my painter to paint them because it is so labor intensive.

The island will look something like this


And the cabinets on top will look something similar to this except BM simply white.


Hope to be posting a reveal soon!


Our tongue and Groove Kitchen Ceiling

I live on a little farm in a farm house.

So why not have a tongue and groove ceiling in my kitchen to go with it?

This was definitely a labor of love.  Would I do it again?  It’s kind of like giving birth with no drugs.  Ask me again in a couple of years and I might say yes.

It was hard because I wanted a clean crisp look.  If you want it rustic, GO FOR IT!  It would be so much easier!

  If you are ready for the birth with no drugs, GREAT!

I am so happy with the results though and I will never get tired of looking at my ceiling.

This is where I got my inspiration

Jenna Sue Design


I really feel in love with her kitchen!

So I convinced my husband to do this ceiling in ours 🙂

This was definitely a labor of love.  Would I do it again?  It’s kind of like giving birth with no drugs.  Ask me again in a couple of years and I might say yes.

It was hard because I wanted a clean crisp look.  If you want it rustic, GO FOR IT!  It would be so much easier!

  If you are ready for the birth with no drugs, GREAT!

I am so happy with the results though and I will never get tired of looking at my ceiling.

This is how our kitchen looked before.

(We are building the cabinets up to the ceiling and that piece on top is a little mock of what I want.)


Here’s what we started with…

Blue Pine tongue and groove from Home Depot

I think each board was like $2.

The whole ceiling ended up being about $500


Then we found the floor beams in the ceiling with a stud finder.

We marked them and put a chalk line on them.

We felt it best that all the wood be nailed into something solid.



Then we started nailing them up.

  We chose a random pattern because I was not planning on putting up wood beams to cover the seams and I did not want them all in one place.

(Although that would have been waaaaay easier!  The seams were a major pain in my rear to fill and sand!)


This cute boy did not like the sound of the nail gun!


We didn’t  worry too much about the edges because we were going over it with crown molding.


It was easiest for us to both have a ladder.  This is definitely a 2 person job.


We have quite a few can lights.

Neil came up with his own little way of cutting them out.

Hopefully you will understand 🙂

He measured the circumference of the can light and made a pattern to trace onto the wood.


We held the piece up to where it would needed to be.  Marked where the can would go.  Found center and the edge and marked it.


Then traced on the circle and cut it.





Then we would nail that piece up and when we came to the other half of the circle we would put it up and mark the edges.


And measure how far out we needed it to come.  Then we would do follow the same process as the first piece.  Mark, trace and cut.


We went through and filled and sanded once everything was up.

This is what we used I was told by my cabinet guy this would be best for the expansion and contraction of the wood.


All up, patched and sanded.  I’m not going to lie.  This. was. PAINFUL.


I primed it with Kilz primer and then painted it in a semi-gloss finish with Benjamin Moore Simply White.

I didn’t worry about the edges painting either, again because we were putting up crown.


Crown going up.

  I did pre-paint the crown before we put it up so I didn’t have to cut in the edges on the groove where the wood meets together.

That would have been a headache!


We followed this pattern from Sawdust girl.  I really love her.  I’ve been following her for years.


Tomorrow the finished product 🙂