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Navy and White Kitchen Reveal

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!!

Navy and White Kitchen Reveal

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. 

Before and after of our kitchen makeover

Before and after of our kitchen makeover

Before and after of our kitchen makeover

Before and after of our kitchen makeover

Before and after of our kitchen makeover

Before and after of our kitchen makeover

Before and After Kitchen Makeover Reveal

Before and After Kitchen Makeover Reveal

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.

Kitchen cabinet makeover

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! 

Navy and White Kitchen Reveal

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.

Navy kitchen cabinets

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.

White kitchen cabinets

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. 

Champagne gold handles

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.

Using shiplap in the kitchen

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.

Navy and White Kitchen Reveal

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!!

Navy and White Kitchen Reveal

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:

– replace appliances

– install new range hood

– paint walls

– 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!

Our kitchen reveal

Our kitchen reveal

Our kitchen reveal

Our kitchen reveal

Our kitchen reveal

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  1. kevin says:

    can you update this review are you still happy with using sherwin williams paint? is it holding up?

    i found a youtube

    were you said your paint is peeling off and you have to keep touching it up

  2. […] appliances and it looked like a brand new kitchen! You can see the details of our kitchen makeover here and […]

  3. Eunice says:

    I stumbled upon your kitchen through Pinterest as I’ve been looking for the perfect navy grey color for cabinets and I’m SO inspired by your kitchen!! It’s beautiful and exactly what I want to do to mine! I’d love to know how you guys took on this project. Also, what kind of paint finish did you use? Thanks so much!

    • ElizabethRishel says:

      I’m thrilled that you found us! And yes, the subtle hint of gray in the navy is what we love about this color. Short version: we de-greased the cabinets and cabinet doors, gave everything a light sand (careful not to sand deep scratches), applied primer, and then painted them the navy color. We used the Emerald paint found at Sherwin Williams. It’s self leveling, took two coats, didn’t require a clear coat, and you can wash it with soap and water. We used a satin sheen/finish. These were painted 6 months ago and they still look like the first day we painted them. I hope this helps!

  4. Alyssa says:

    Holy crap! This is so gorgeous! Love love love the handles 🙂

  5. Reilly says:

    This is absolutely beautiful!! I love the color and I love how you used shiplap on the open ended cabinets more then anything! You kitchen is gorgeous and the color choice is perfect. Following on Instagram now as I love your style! thank you so much for sharing this.

    • ElizabethRishel says:

      Thank you Reilly! Shiplap was a game changer and probably my favorite part about the makeover. I’m thrilled that you stopped by and took the time to read it!

  6. Shannon says:

    Liz, this is stunning!! Your hard work paid off and it looks wonderful! I know there’s more you want to do but this is to die for!

    • ElizabethRishel says:

      Awe, thank you Shannon!! I appreciate you so much for taking the time to read all about it! Thank you for your sweet words.

  7. Mylene Raspado says:

    It’s so beautiful friend!! We can never under estimate the power of paint!! Loving all the details, and the addition of the shiplap! Can’t wait to see the rest of the kitchen unfold!

    • ElizabethRishel says:

      You are so right! Paint is such a game changer when it comes to transforming a home. And it’s budget friendly. Thank you so much for checking it out!

  8. Karen says:

    Oh my gosh how beautiful!! I love the colors you chose! Such an inspiration!

  9. WOW! This looks incredible! I love the navy and gold together, those pulls are awesome! We have the same cabinet pulls, but in a brushed silver. I’m obsessed with the gold!

    • ElizabethRishel says:

      Thank you so much! I think it’s my new favorite color combo. I was hesitant at first but ended up loving them!

  10. Stunning! Such a great renovation!

  11. Lauren says:

    This looks so amazing! You did an awesome job!

  12. Aimee says:

    Yes! Please share your process for painting.

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