Reader's Kitchen Projects

white kitchen with blue island and green shades

Hi friends,

It warms my heart when I receive an e-mail from one of you, my dear readers, telling me you just finished a project that was inspired by some of my work.

Yes, that makes me very HAPPY!

That's perhaps, the first goal I set long ago, when I started this blog: To share my projects with you, and to try to give you a detailed description of what was done, so you too, can accomplish that same project on you own.

Closing the empty space above the cabinets made a huge difference in my kitchen, and is one of the projects that has inspired
many of my readers to go and give their kitchens a new look.
DIY - kitchen makeover - transform those builder grade cabinets

Well, around six months ago, Bobbi wrote me a note telling me she was about to start her kitchen redo by closing the space above the kitchen cabinets.
Her husband wasn't big help. I don't know if that's good or bad. Hmmm, In the end, I think it's good because she did all the work herself and I'm pretty sure she gained the confidence to tackle anything around her home from now on. :)

Isn't this a wonderful transformation?!
builder's grade kitchen transformation

The only job she hired out was the countertop installation. WOW, look at all of her work! She closed the space above, added moldings, painted the cabinets, installed that gorgeous backsplash, added hardware, etc...

oak cabinets painted and brought all the way to the ceiling - marble backsplash

The kitchen was pretty, but now it looks like a high end kitchen with the gorgeous details she gave it.
Thanks so much Bobbi for sharing your beautiful work!

oak cabinets painted white - dark island and appliances.

This kitchen, once again, was inspired by the same project. Anna and her husband closed the space above the cabinets, added moldings and gave the whole kitchen a white paint treatment.

white kitchen with black appliances

You can see their makeover at Crazy Gorgeous right HERE.

oak builder's grade kitchen transformed with paint, moldings and love

Morgane at Bear, Dolly and Moi also transformed her kitchen. A great example of how you can bring beauty to a dated kitchen AND on a budget!

Instead of closing the space, she made it look like open cabinets, inspired by this project HERE:
giving the look of stacked cabinets

Let me close this post with the before and after of my kitchen makeover.
oak cabinets painted white - blue island - oak floors

As I usually say, it is lots of work, but it's totally worth it! The projects I showcased today are a vivid example of my words.

Remember: You can do it!

For more DIY home ideas check these out:

complete tutorial - diy

inexpensive alternative for wooden floors

white kitchen with beadboard treatment on hood

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  1. That's my motto...YOU CAN DO IT! BTW, I have been so jealous of your Kreg jig for so long...I GOT ONE FOR MOTHER'S DAY!!! I can't wait to start using it. My next big purchase is a biscuit joiner....I think I have finally settled on putting board and batten in my entry and I think it would really give my joints a tight, fitted look! Thanks for YOUR inspiration!

    1. How awesome, Beck! The Kreg jig was the first tool I bought when I started the kitchen reno. I've been using it for almost every single project I've tackled ever since. You're going to love it! And hey, this is not sponsored. :) I can't wait to see how you pretty up that entry, board and batten sounds really good. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. You have the best DIY inspiration. All the kitchen makeovers are just gorgeous. You are so sweet to feature them.

    1. Oh, you're a doll, Katie, thanks! I love what they did to their kitchens, and hey, I love what YOU did to yours too. ;)

  3. Yo también tengo ese espacio sobre los cvinets sin usar ,, una buena idea de cerrarlo y tener más espacio para ordenar,, usted es muy inspiradora

  4. Coming over Metamorphosis Monday.
    Ohh, such great mmakeovers and so many things to read about.
    Adding crown molding to kitchen cabinets is on my to-do list. :)

  5. Your kitchen makeover is how I found you! It's fantastic and so inspirational!

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