white kitchen

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!


When we bought our house 5 years ago I couldn’t wait to paint every wall in the place. Regretfully, I painted my kitchen green. But let’s be real…it couldn’t get much worse with those oak cabinets.


So now that I’ve painted the cabinets white I’m ridding myself of the green. Problem is, I’m being terribly indecisive about painting the walls white or painting them a very pale color, most likely a french gray.

**in the photo above the paneling and trim has yet to be painted with a fresh coat of white paint and the door will be painted black. 


I want a really clean and fresh feel in the kitchen. Which is why I’m leaning towards all white. But, I’m concerned that going all white will leave the room feeling a bit sterile. I will be adding woven blinds to the windows, so there will be a bit of color other than white if I do go the all white route.

Here are a couple of inspirational photos to get you nice and confused like me.

inspirational white kitchen


This white kitchen from my pinterest board looks so clean and crisp. I love the open feeling.


inspirational hued kitchen


This kitchen from a Mix and Chic home tour has walls painted a nice french gray. I love that it accents the white without cluttering it up with too much color.

It’s really subtle, I know. Sometimes I feel like I’m splitting hairs.

So what do you think? I’d love your help with the decision. Do you like the hint of color or should I go all white and incorporate some great accents?


KITCHEN FACELIFT: Painting Progress

Soooo, I’ve made some serious progress in the kitchen. The cabinets are painted and the doors are up! Most of the hardware is on, I still have to get the drawer knobs on.  And just to remind you of how far I’ve come and how far I’ve yet to go this first pic is a before shot of the space.

FancyFreeMe Kitchen


Say goodbye to the ugly oak! And hello to crisp clean white!

white cabinets

Knobs still need to be installed on the drawers.






I even like my granite now. I always thought it was dark and cloudy. I love how the white cabinets bring out the light portions of  the stone. I think the brass knobs really pull everything together.



The wainscoting still needs to be painted from cream to white and the green walls need to be painted as well. The backdoor will be getting a coat of black paint and woven blinds will adorn the windows.

For a painting how-to click here and here.

Have a good Easter weekend!

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