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Before + After: Kitchen Facelift

White Kitchen || Fancy-Free-Me

Two months ago I began my Kitchen Facelift. It was a lot of work. I painted the cabinets, the walls, the doors, added hardware to the cabinets and woven blinds to the windows. Phew! Are you tired, because I know I am. I also couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome! I wanted a white kitchen and by-golly I got one.

Before we dive too far in, lets take a trip down memory lane. Here is where my kitchen started. Green walls, cream paneling, orange oak cabinets, no window treatments and a whole lota UGLY.

Before Kitchen || Fancy Free Me

I haven’t shown you this next photo. It is of the other side of my kitchen. I was always too embarrassed to show this mess. But I’ve grown a bit on this Facelift journey and I’m ready, just don’t judge too hard.

Before-Kitchen-Nook || Fancy-Free-Me

So, now that we are caught up on all the old and ugly lets move on to the bright and shiny!


My kitchen instantly felt 10x’s larger with this paint job. It’s also brighter. Remember when I was debating what color to paint the walls? Well clearly I went with white and I couldn’t be happier. It keeps everything really clean and simple, which is the opposite of what I had before, quite the welcome change!

White-Kitchen-2 || Fancy-Free-Me

White Kitchen Cabinets || Fancy-Free-Me

I am in love with the cabinet hardware. This kitchen had no hardware before I started my Facelift. It was so annoying to pull open the doors and drawers with the tips of my fingers, never mind incredibly messy.

I was literally jumping up and down in my kitchen after all the pulls were installed. I can’t tell you what a difference they have made in my life.

White-Kitchen-Nook || Fancy-Free-Me

Before my kitchen nook was super dark, I hated my kitchen and cursed the lighting on a regular basis. Since painting everything white the light reflects off every surface. My little nook is so much more welcoming. I added long door pulls on my tall cabinetry to accentuate the height of this space. They also make opening the doors a breeze.

White Kitchen Chair and Table || Fancy-Free-Me

This chair was my first DIY. I did it waaay before I began blogging. It’s my baby, my pride and joy. I found it all beat up and 2-toned at a flea market. She cleaned up pretty nice.

White Kitchen Chair || Fancy-Free-Me

You can see the other side of my kitchen in the background of this photo. It’s a galley kitchen if you were wondering.

My favorite accessories in the kitchen are these coach plates. They belonged to my grandparents, so that’s enough to make them special to me but I love how delicate clean and simple they are. They are the epitome of design for me.

I also finally got my black door. I’ve been swooning over black doors for ages and finally incorporated it into my own home.  It was a blessing in a way. We had a dilapidated screen door with a broken keeper, ripped screen, oh geez the list goes on, it was basically a tetanus shot waiting to happen! And after I painted the door black what you could see of the screen door through the glass stuck out like a sore thumb. So it came down and it should have 5 years ago.

White Kitchen Black Door || Fancy-Free-Me

I also cleaned off the paint from the escutcheon and polished the brass door knob. They look great against the black and I’m a sucker for details.

My crab bell was missing when I shot the photos, little hands like to take it off the door knob when I’m cooking. I hear it ringing all over the house and then silence…I usually find it a day or two later stuffed in a cushion.

So there you have it! One kitchen facelifted.

Now I’m off to relax this weekend! Have a good one!


Today I’ve been doing a lot of kitchen thinking and planning. Step 1: Select a painting process, manufacturer and quantities needed. I’m 99.99% sure I’ve figured this step out, Hallelujah! I’ve even ordered some paint samples, I’m so excited for them to get here. (seriously they’re white, how excited can one be?? Don’t judge.) But I just couldn’t help thinking that I missed something… Remember my black door post here. I think my back door could use a coat of black paint! I’m very excited about this prospect, considering I’ve been coveting the look for quite some time.

I considered red for a hot second but who am I kidding! I’m a neutrals girl at heart and I have no red doors pinned or bookmarked to my millions of black doors. There’s just something about the drama and class created by black. And just to get you all as excited as I am, I’ve included some lovely white kitchens with fab black doors!



I only have a zillion other decisions to make-ok that may be a teensy exaggeration. Mainly just a wall paint color, cabinet hardware, window treatments, and a runner, oh! I almost forgot, I think I’d like to incorporate chalkboard paint somehow too! And don’t worry, I’ll share the cabinet painting process and brand I’ve selected once I’ve actually placed the order.

What do you think of the black door idea? Drab or Fab?

Black Door Drama

There is something about a black door that just makes my heart sing. It is a bold look that gives your home a rich and polished feel. It is a dramatic statement that you can’t get away with just anywhere. It works best on doors that have beautiful features like paneling or lites. The black paint emphasizes these features by drawing subtle attention with a bold, yet neutral punch. In all the photos I’ve shown here, the black door is paired with white trim for a clean and classic look. These are some drool worthy doors I’ve been collecting on Houzz.

Attention to details traditional-entry

Kitchen traditional-entry

HHL 2010 - Bathrooms contemporary-bathroom

T Eatons Loft Entrance transitional-entry

Just a Girl traditional-entry

What do you think? Do you dare to do the black door?

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