Our Farmhouse

Operation: Kitchen

As a Mom, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  And you know this statement to be true because you are either (A.) a Mom or (B.) you have met a mom.  And since so much of my time is dedicated to meal prep and clean-up, it was only natural to make our kitchen a pleasant room to be in, right?

When we made-over our dining room, it was only natural to transform the kitchen as well.  These two spaces occupy the same room, so a cohesive flow was a high priority.  The kitchen is a galley-type kitchen, with two entrances on either side of the room.  The floor plan only covers an 8 foot x 14 foot area, but I have found it to be enough room for our family.  The only other option would involve demo and construction to increase the square footage, and since our budget consisted of paint supplies only, we decided to stick with the floor plan as it is!

Before our move to this house, I greatly reduced the amount of cooking supplies that we have, so the cabinet space has been more than adequate.  All of the cabinets are of good quality and the lay-out seems to work for now.  The chief complaint was all the wood!  Between the paneling in the attached dining room, wood floors, wood countertops, and the wood cabinets, it has been a wood-overload!  See for yourself and let me know if you agree..




The next two pictures are of either side of a “peninsula” that separates the kitchen from the dining room.



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Ready for the transformation process?  Here we go!

{Oh, and a little background…my husband was out of town and my Mom was in town to tackle these projects with the kids and I!}

First up, was removing all of the cabinet doors:


You can see the dining room in the background of this next picture.  All of the before and after pictures of the dining room can be seen here.


At this point, all of the cabinet doors, drawer faces, and the cabinets needed to be cleaned.  After doing a bit of research, we settled on using TSP for this part of the project.


Then came the sanding.  Because I had purchased a really good paint, this process didn’t need to be as involved.  After using a rougher and then finer sand paper, we wiped everything down with tack cloth.

We were so blessed with such beautiful weather during this week.  The sun shining was energizing and we were able to work outside without the threat of rain.  Plus, the great weather kept the kids occupied playing outside!


Projects around the house often cause a mess and inconvenience.  But, a kitchen under transformation adds another layer to the disarray!




Then began the hours of cabinet painting.  We cleared out our family room, laid down plastic, and used every available can, shoe box, etc. to lift the doors up off the floor.

The first step was priming.  After doing a bit of research and talking to various stores {and consulting my budget}, I settled on Behr Stain Blocking Primer and Sealer.  It dries quickly and can be re-coated in one hour!

I began the painting with the inside of each cabinet.  Shhh…I opted for 2 coats of primer and 1 top coat for this side.  I didn’t “cheat” on the outside of the doors…for those I did 2 coats of primer and 2 top coats.

The first step in painting is the cutting in with a brush and then the application with a foam roller.  After the inside was all painted, I waited 24 hours to flip them over.  Then began the whole process over again of cutting in and painting two coats of primer; followed by cutting in and painting two top coats.  And then the cabinets sat…for 3 whole days!  It tested  my patience to just wait it out, but I really wanted to get it right…the first time!

So, what paint and color did we choose for the kitchen?  Again, after a bit of research, I settled on Benjamin Moore Advance in satin in their Chantilly Lace shade.  We have been so very pleased with this paint and the color.




Meanwhile, in the kitchen, painting was in process too!



While we waited for the paint to dry, I gave the hinges a makeover as well!  They were originally dull, dingy, and gold-ish.  I was going for a clean black and white look, so enter spray paint:



And yes, these are some of the 200 screws that were also spray painted black.


A few months after this transformation, and we are quite pleased with our kitchen.  There are some future plans that include cabinet handles {enter angels singing, “Hallelujah!”}, new countertops, and a farmhouse sink.

Here it is today though!











Here are some views from the kitchen into our dining room, so you can see how we tied the two rooms together.



What a difference a week, some elbow grease, and paint can make!

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Thanks for following along as we update our farmhouse…little by little!




  1. Bonnie

    It looks beautiful. I just can’t believe how much you have gotten done in such a short amount of time. Looks great.

  2. Tameka Bowman

    Wow! I absolutely LOVE this!! What a difference!!

    1. leighsn

      Thank you, sweet friend! It’s a huge difference and I actually forget what it looks like before because the change is so much better! 🙂

  3. Susan Barrick

    So pretty! I looks like you. I love it.

    1. leighsn

      Aww, thanks Susan…someday I may come and steal your kitchen! 😉

  4. Beautiful!!! It’s tedious hard work but so worth it.

    1. leighsn

      Thank you so much for the encouragement, Tracy! 🙂

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  8. I am now even more convinced that you are a girl after my own heart. We both aren’t afraid to roll up our sleeves and do some serious work on our homes. I’m having so much fun binging your blog tonight. 😉standing ovation for this kitchen makeover!!!! 😍😍👏👏👏👏👏👏

    1. Leigh

      Sarah, You are so kind! I think we should sit down over coffee and trade room makeover stories! Let’s meet half-way! 😉

  9. Linda Swanger

    Beautiful, what a difference. You all did a great job. You should be proud.

    1. Leigh

      Thank you, Linda! Little by little we are making our mark. 🙂

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