I am soooooo very excited to show you the kitchen!!! I cannot tell you how much difference some paint and new lighting makes in a space! It feel like we added a window too…light just pours in! Ok…I’ll shut up and get on with the eye candy we all want to see…..


Let me jog your memory…..

kitchen reveal

Amazing right?!?! I know!! We painted the walls a half strength of the foyer paint (Behr Light French Grey). The ceiling is a shade lighter…Reflecting Pool. The white cabinets are Porter Paint White Umber…along with the trim.

kitchen reveal1

We took out the pantry and added in some open shelves and a base cabinet…along with our custom wood countertop. So open and easy to use…we are really loving the extra countertop space!

kitchen before pics

The lighting we had before was great for the “Tuscan” look….but we wanted something fresh and a bit airy. The lanterns I found are actually outdoor lanterns…scored them for $29 each at Home Depot! The original lanterns I fell in love with were $130….so these saved us a bundle. I did have to spray them white. We LOVE how they came out. The water glass shimmers at night…so lovely.








kitchen reveal2

The chandelier was also a STEAL…from the Restore. (Habitat for Humanity store) You should seek this store out in your own town….seriously the best deals. This light was $18! It was bright brass….but I made it sing again! I will be doing a separate post just about the lights :) I made a video about how to install your own pendant lights. It is really a simple project…and you can do it girls!!! I will show you step by step how to take out and old light and re wire a new light…easy :)

Last thing we are working on now is this custom mirror for the cooktop area. The black granite tile hasn’t really annoyed us like we thought it would. We are going to live with it for awhile since it would be costly to replace. However, the area above the cooktop will be outfitted for a custom mirror. This is a great, budget friendly solution to visually opening up the space without taking out an tile. We called our local mirror and glass cutter…gave them the exact size…and they cut us a mirror. We are going to trim it out and place it in that spot. Easy! And look how it bounces the light! It’s like we have a 8 burner cooktop!! :)Love it!DSC_0008


I know the question yall are dying to know…what did it cost you?!? Here is a basic breakdown of the kitchen update.

Demo pantry and re-drywall : $425

Built new base cabinet and shelves above: $70

New wood countertop: $10

Paint walls, trim and cabinets (includes paint) : $800 (we were going to do this ourselves…but when we got this quote…we surrendered! Plus our contractor sprayed the cabinets which made the finish really lovely and professional)

New Pendant Lights: $15 (we sold the other chandelier for $55, and the pendants are for sale still on craigslist :)

New Chandelier: $18

Paint for new lighting: $7

Storage, décor, etc.: $30 ( I had some of the jars prior to this update)

Custom mirror for backsplash: $39

Total: $1469

We think it was worth it….to go from this…


to this….


Some other kitchen post you may enjoy:

Kitchen Update sneak peek

$10 Wood Countertop

How to take out a small pantry

Inspiration board for kitchen update

Coffee Bar in Kitchen

And here is a post I did about painting the cabinets in my bathroom:

Painting Cabinets

I will be doing a few more post about the kitchen. Thanks for your sweet words about the space :) Amazing what a bit of paint can do. Let me know if you have any questions….just comment and I will reply back :)

Sharing at : One project closer, 30 days, While he was napping, Whipperberry, Tattertots and Jello, Under the table and dreaming, Stories A to Z, 36th Avenue, Thrifty Decor Chic

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. Gosh, I thought you had a beautiful kitchen before. This new look is so pretty, light and bright. I love it. I have been trying to talk my husband into letting me paint the kitchen cupboards but so far he is a no go on the idea. Glad you were able to transform your kitchen the way you wanted it to be.

  2. Awesome transformation!! I do LOVE a white kitchen, makes your space look so much bigger!! Just curious – do you think the mirror will be high maintenance? I love the look but wonder if the grease splatters will drive you nuts like it would me! lol Nice job!!

  3. Wow! it was pretty before but awesome after. Looks a lot bigger too!

  4. Beautiful job, Tracie! Your kitchen was lovely before but does look so much brighter now! My hubs was just trying to talk me into getting our cabinets painted a creamy color. I think it would look great with our counters and backsplash but I’m ascared! :) Def have to take before and after pics if he talks me into it~!

    1. You will be sooooooo happy you did it…seriously makes all the difference in the world!

  5. Oh wow Tracie! It turned out amazing! It’s so bright and light and airy! It really was a pretty kitchen already, but the new makeover is even more beautiful! Great job!

    1. Thanks so much Kim :) We are really loving the change!!

  6. What a fabulous transformation! Very elegant. Not too much “stuff” and just the right amount of open storage space. I love it!

  7. Wow!! Love it! Can’t wait to see it in person !

  8. Wow, I just love your kitchen! Beautifully done!

  9. Your “new” kitchen is so nice and bright. I am loving the lights you picked for over the island. Great job.

  10. I think I try to do a lot of DIY at home but I need a lot of courage to bring all the changes like you. I live in a rented apartment and have to thinka lot ebfore making any changes to the flat.

  11. Tracie, WOW!!!
    You are amazing! Love it!

  12. I love this! I have been wanting a white kitchen for a while now and am pinning this for inspiration. I am a new Pinterest follower of yours visiting from Thirty Handmade Days. Vicky from Mess For Less

  13. Wow it is beautiful. thanks for sharing

  14. It is absolutely beautiful! I think it looks like a totally different room- and much bigger too. Can’t wait to see it in person!
    Love you!

  15. Nice transformation! I really like what you did with the pantry area and the economical lighting.

    Found you via One Project Closer link party. :-)

  16. Looks great! Way to make an impact on a small budget!

  17. Awesome job Tracie! Wonderful and light. Beautiful!

  18. Oh my wow!! What a gorgeous kitchen!! We just finished ours, too. I linked up at HomeStories as well….and although I really love my kitchen and it’s quaintness (well, i don’t love the smallness.. just the quaintness of the renovation) your kitchen is AHHMAZING! Wonderful job! :) Happy to have found your blog. Can’t wait to take a look-see!

  19. GORGEOUS!!! Totally worth every penny!!

    1. You’re so sweet ;) Thanks!

  20. It looks amazing! SO much brighter. Makes me super excited about our kitchen redo we are about to undertake. Going from orange oak cabinets to decorators white and can’t wait!
    Can I ask where you found the basket on your wall for your fruit? I’ve been looking for something like that!

    1. Hi there! I found that at Kirklands. A steal for $14!!! Good luck!

      1. Thank you so much! Our Kirklands closed a few years ago and I miss it. I’ll check online. :)

  21. Very pretty kitchen. I am loving the white cabinets. We are about to paint ours and I’m unsure about going darker or white.

    1. What do you have now? We could weigh in if you want to share a picture with me ;)

  22. I love it, I think your lanterns are even cuter than your inspiration and isn’t it nice to have them so much cheaper? I am redoing my kitchen right now and am going with black granite. Tell me what is it that you don’t like about it.

    1. Thanks! I love my lanterns too ;) I do like the black granite…I was just concerned it would be soooo dark against all the lightness. It ended up being just fine though :) I still love me tropic brown granite too ;)

  23. Love it! I’m trying to work up the nerve to paint mine… they are however much older and not nearly as nice as yours were to begin with!

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  26. I love what you did to it. The combination of colors, grays and whites, is so soothing but perfect for a clean kitchen like yours. Plus I love the wood countertop and open shelves where the pantry used to be.

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  28. I love, love it. I saw this on Pinterest today and pinned it. I am thinking about doing this to my cabinets.
    I may have to do that counter too.

  29. You did an amazing Job. WoW is all I can say. Happy to be your newest follower.

  30. I’m loving the kitchen and especially the lanterns! How did you turn the outdoor lanterns into the pendant lighting? It looks easy to do but I’m no electrical expert.

    1. Hi there! Actually they are wired the same as indoor lights ;) I just had to paint them white. I have a easy video tutorial coming up tomorrow on how to replace and install new lighting. Really very easy…I promise!

  31. WOW WOW What a lit up roomy! fresh as fresh aked Pie/ when I come to see it hahaah. You & who ever helped did a Deginers job. I did like it before also. The lantern light I may copy if you dont mind. Mines 56 yrs & my Irish grandma would like that. LOL

  32. I LOVE this kitchen!! We are actually in the middle of a kitchen refresh ourselves. We have chosen Porter Paint color “Delicate White” for our cabinets but after seeing your pictures I am reconsidering. Can you tell me what finish you used on the cabinets (eggshel, satin, etc.)? Also did you use the Silken Touch paint or the Glyptex? Thanks for your help!!

    1. So sorry for the delay!! We used Porter Paint Breakthrough in semi gloss.

  33. It looks wonderful and I like how your idea of “budget” really is considered budget. When I see kitchens called budget and they are really $30,000 kitchen renovations I don’t think that qualifies. LOL. It sure looks wonderful. I bet you just adore it. Congrats on your space! Enjoy =)

    1. We are really loving it!!

  34. Hey Girl! Beautiful! Can you tell us how to do our cabinets the same way? I’ve been wanting to get rid of my ugly cabinets, but can’t justify the cost. I wouldn’t mind painting them, but am fearful of scratching the paint. Thanks!

  35. Loving the whole look. Question I love that you took the pantry out but where is all things pantry related now? I want to cut my pantry back as it is across from my fridge and no space in this galley kitchen to move. But where would I put all my can goods, baking goods…you know the ugly pantry stuff. LOL

    We have ugly granite and I need to do something to make the kitchen look more my taste. We bought the house and the kitchen had just been redone…none of it my taste and they left the cabinets that were an oak form 1976! yuck…

    Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Karen! We have a cabinet above the oven that houses our baking items. I have them all in tupperware. I also use my lazy susan for all canned goods, mixes, spices, and small electrics. This is a great idea for a post…so I may be showing you soon ;) Take care and good luck!

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