I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had been painting my kitchen, and I finally took the time to take some pictures of what it looks like now.

Because everyone likes a good before/after picture, here is what the kitchen looked like when we moved in 7 years ago. Think lots and lots of dark paneling and a terrible layout!

During renovation…this is pretty much what it looked like when Avery was born. I was kitchen-less for the whole summer, since hubs was doing the renovations himself in his spare time. It was not fun, but we managed to survive as we always do.

We painted the kitchen walls dark red 7 years ago when we first renovated it, and it stayed that way until a few weeks ago when I couldn’t take the dark walls anymore. It was time to lighten it up.

And here’s what it looks like now…


I painted the “Cafe & Bakery” sign using a scrap piece of wood. Hubs thought that maybe the sign would motivate me to do more cooking and baking. Unfortunately, he was wrong. Poor guy.

Proof that I do indeed bake…every once in a while!

I sewed a couple of pillows out of Ikea dishcloths, and I used stencils and fabric paint to do the lettering. The kids love sitting on this window seat while I’m getting dinner ready. I sewed the cushion cover using a tablecloth I found at Target.


Canisters from Goodwill that I painted chalkboard labels onto…super easy & functional.

 I wanted some artwork for this little wall and didn’t find what I was looking for, so I painted the antique spoon onto canvas. It was a fun little side project.

So that’s the tour of my much-improved kitchen. And I am so happy now when I walk in! Because the walls are now neutral, I can add other colors as an accent, which I couldn’t do before.

And can I just say, I LOVE this wall color. It’s Allen+Roth from Lowes and it’s called Cobblestone.

November 02, 2012 — Aimee Weaver