Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
The time has finally arrived! Can you believe it? We’re revealing our navy kitchen and how we gave it a makover. This was one of our biggest and longest projects to date. Due to it taking a month to paint all the cabinets, ordering and returning the hardware twice, a camera lens breaking, and just life in general, we’re thrilled to finally invite you into our navy and white kitchen. YAY!!
A few weeks ago I shared with you the before of our kitchen. Before we dive into all of the details, I’d love to show you a few before and after photos! It was so much fun looking at these and realizing how much we have done to the kitchen.
I think we can all agree there was a lot of white except for the bright pop of orange found along the top of the kitchen. The before images are actually very forgiving of the condition of the cabinets from when we first moved in. Let me give you a little close up of the damage on the cabinets. We spent about a week of scrubbing, cleaning, and repairing the cabinets before I even started painting.
Our kitchen has been completely transformed after getting new appliances, painting the cabinets, attaching new hardware and adding a few decor pieces. I couldn’t be happier!
For the lower cabinets, we used Outerspace by Sherwin-Williams in their new Emerald line. I love this color! It’s the perfect navy with a hint of gray. We went with Emerald because very durable, we didn’t need a top coat, and I can wash the freshly painted cabinets with soap and water.
For the upper cabinets, I used Extra White by Sherwin-Williams. It’s the same color that I used on all of the trim and doors in our home. The bright white helps to balance out the light in the space and compliments the navy. The orange is gone as well and we painted the kitchen walls in Seattle, which is also the color we used throughout the main living areas of our home. I have a post all about this color and where you can find it, The Perfect Gray Paint for Any Home.
Knowing that we wanted champagne gold colored hardware, this was the easiest thing we picked out for the kitchen. It was ordering the correct size that proved to be difficult! We had to return and reorder a few times until we got it right.
We also added shiplap to the sides and backside of the bottom cabinets and it made the biggest difference! It’s probably my favorite new feature of the kitchen, especially by painting them navy as well. This part of the project only cost us $25 to complete due to using a thin plywood for the shiplap.
Throughout our kitchen space we used three different sizes handles depending on the cabinet size. Majority of the them came from Wayfair but they were sold out of the smallest size that we needed. I was thrilled when I found them on Amazon as a Prime item and at a cheaper price.
A few weeks ago I found the kitchen rugs on Joss & Main. They’re a pattern that I normally wouldn’t go with because I usually play it safe and don’t go too bold with patterns and colors. But I really wanted to step out of my comfort zone and try something different. I’m so glad that I did! I’m loving the warmth, color, and design they bring to the space. If you follow me over on Instagram, then many of you helped me pick out this rug. Thank you!!
We still have a lot left to do but we’ve also done so much. Here’s where we are on our kitchen project list:
install new range hood
paint upper and lower cabinets
attach shiplap to side and back of lower cabinets – attach new hardware
– add trim around the window
– install backsplash
– install new sink
– build a custom island
– build wooden shelves over existing shelves
– install concrete countertops
I can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled I am to finally be sharing our kitchen makeover with all of you. We love what we’ve done so far and hope you do too! I’m thinking about doing a blog post on my process of painting the cabinets from beginning to end. Let me know in the comments below if this is something you’d like me to share. Enjoy a few more pictures of our navy kitchen makeover!
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