Eight months ago I wrote a post sharing my client/friend’s kitchen.  In that post I discussed some of the plans we had to give it a makeover on a budget!  A few months ago I gave you an update on it’s progress (you can see HERE)!

And today I get to show you the After and I’m just a little bit excited!!!!!!

As a reminder (or if you are new here) I’ve included some of the Before pictures.





The goals were a “white kitchen” with color (hence the wall color which is Sherwin Williams Watery), more up-to-date features, and a light and airy feeling while still balancing masculine and feminine elements.

What do you think?


















Looks like a different kitchen, right?

I helped with the design decisions, cutting the tiles for the backsplash, and painting the table but other than that Kelli did the rest of the work and I couldn’t be more proud of her!!

She had a lot of firsts with this makeover:  First room makeover, first time using a miter saw, first time painting cabinets, first time doing crown molding,  first time installing cabinet hardware, first time laying flooring, first time installing a backsplash, first time painting furniture (the chairs),etc.

She did all of these things over an 8 month period (after her 3 little ones went to bed at night) and little by little she reached her goal.  Now she has this beautiful kitchen to enjoy for many years to come!

A DIY kitchen makeover is not for the faint of heart but I can tell you from experience that it is so worth it!!

The average cost of a kitchen makeover is $21,826.  Kelli’s kitchen makeover came to $3,000 (with the highest cost being the granite for $1500 and the flooring for $500).

Below are links to the sources and tutorials used in making over this kitchen!



Painted in Sherwin Williams Alabaster using THIS tutorial.



Delta Savile Stainless 1-Handle Deck Mount Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet

Stock sink from Discount Granite

50/50 undermount heavy duty 18 gauge-304 grade stainless steel (18/10 Chromium/Nickel)


Pulls & Knobs
Franklin Brass Heirloom Silver 4-inch Pierce Drawer Handle Pull


Franklin Brass Heirloom Siver 1-1/8-inch Webber Cabinet Knob
(affiliate link)


Discount Granite & Home Supply in Impala Black (once again doesn’t look in person the same as it does online)


Anatolia Tile 8-Pack Venatino Polished Marble Wall Tile (Common: 3-in x 6-in; Actual: 2.95-in x 5.9-in)




Painted using the exact colors and method described in THIS tutorial.  Two coats of polyurethane were applied afterwards to protect it which also gives it a warmer color than in my other projects where I didn’t use a polyurethane afterwards.


Painted in Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron using THIS tutorial.


I picked out this ceiling fan for down the road when they are ready to replace it.


Rug & Countertop Decor


As always let me know if you have any questions!!  What do you think made the most difference in this makeover?


I hope you have a great weekend!!:-)


Shared on TipJunkie’s Tip Me Tuesday!

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