Kitchen Makeover; Painted Cabinets and a Pop of Color!


 Submitted By Pretend Fancy

Let’s remind ourselves of where we came from to get this post started off right.




ahhh, breath of fresh air. This picture was taken on another day and the lighting was better than most of the others, but oh well.

I used the same paint from the cabinets on the table. It is holding up great.

The rest were taken today. I am still loving my red chairs that I made over. You can read about that here.



Are you in love with my light fixture? Because I am. Big time. That was my twenty dollar score at Habitat for Humanity.


I was super impressed that John figured out to hang it. That is one area that I refuse to DIM (Do It Myself). Electricity is scary. My hair is big enough without any accidental help.

Ah, my dumpter dive dresser that I turned into an armoire. More about that transformation here.


I had curtains here at first, but they were just not sitting right with me. So I took the roman shade from Maddy’s room and decided to jimmy rig a cover and use it in the kitchen. You’ll laugh, but that fabric is from the back of an Ikea duvet cover that I had sitting in my closet. ha! You might ask how I put it on the shade?

If you look really closely you’ll see the answer to that question…safety pins! No I am not joking. Not only am I the cheapest person alive, but I am also possibly the most likely to short cut something.

But I really love how it turned out.

Then I bought a crab on etsy and that kinda made me happy. I dry-brushed a gold frame with the same paint I used on the bottom cabinets.


Woo hoo, I picture of the done cabinets!

I added beadboard to the back of the cabinets to add some interest, and to make my life more difficult. You know how much I love to complicate my life.



It took me a long time to get everything to my liking on those shelves. I texted pictures to my Mom and sister several times. This is what we ended up with. I love it. And maybe you don’t believe me, but we use everything that you see (although granted the yellow teacups are used less frequently than other things.) 🙂

Oh, and there’s my homemade horse weathervane on top. It is made of foam core board and a dowel. I got the inspiration from this blog, which copied the idea from Ballard designs (although I made mine with a different type of base than she did). I wanted a statement piece over the cabinets that could stand alone, since I’m not a fan of tchotkes on top of cabinets. (no offense to any of you that might have stuff up there, I just can never get it to look right).


Another view of the kitchen. Don’t you love how my floors look next to the blue of the cabinets?? I also added corbels underneath. They are smallish, but I wanted them that way so that they wouldn’t eat into the useable counter space underneath.

I also took out the old hardware and added these pulls from Home Depot’s Martha Stewart line. They were actually quite cheap for bin pulls and I LOVE how they look.


And there she is, the love of my life (well after family, cough cough). My new faucet. Doesn’t she really make the kitchen look like it’s not just trying too hard. Instead, she makes everything look on purpose.



I had the most amazing luck with finding this fixture on craigslist for a fantastic deal, plus the guy installed it for us, which really ended up being worth the money, as our sink gave him a hard time (and he’s a contractor!). We ended up having to add that little soap dispenser because the faucet handle was hitting the sprayer when it was off. We were both super frustrated and unsure what to do, and then I thought of a soap dispenser and he put the sprayer in the other spot. It worked out great!


I added a walmart basket on top of the fridge for some extra hidden storage and for looks.


Blue patterned plates are plastic from Target, red stripe bowl from T.J. Max, cups from Ikea, small plates from thrift stores, teacups from a garage sale. I don’t think people believe me when I tell them that I get my things for really cheap. It just takes time to collect. 🙂



Oh lovely lovely floor. I stole the rug from our laundry room.

This is for those that wonder about wood grain. You can barely barely see it in this photo.

I tried really hard to capture it here. Like I said, it really isn’t that noticeable.


Where I keep the inevitable plastic stuff that you need with kids. Genius right? Basket found at Target.


Fake topiary also a must




The teacups were an Etsy find that my Mom bought for me a while back. I love them and will take them to my grave with me. They will have to pry them from my cold dead hands. There’s a mental picture for ya. lol!





So there you have it at last. I hope it was worth the wait and the five million photos. If you are curious about anything feel free to comment or email me. Otherwise, you just plain better comment to tell me how much you loved it because these posts were brought to you by some serious blood, sweat, and tears. (and not just mine). ha!
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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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  1. I love the colours you did your kitchen (very similar to mine) and the pops of red in the dining area are fantastic. Well done. It is a ton of work to revamp a kitchen, but so worth it.

  2. Love, love, LOVE it! I keep thinking I should do something to my kitchen, and then my husband reminds me, “You like your kitchen, just not when it’s full of dirty dishes!” Love the safety-pinned window treatment, too – that is awesome.

  3. WOW! I could use some Pretend Fancy at my house! Amazing remodel! I love love the stacked tea cups! So cute!!

  4. Your kitchen looks so good. I like the reds in it a lot and that is a great light fixture. I have been tempted to paint my cabinets, but still on the fence about it. I notice the horse weather vane and thought hey she has the Ballards one that inspired my copycat and then I read you made it because of a post on another blog and it was mine. Thanks for the mention and you did such a great job that I would have thought it was a Ballard one if I didn’t read the post. 🙂

  5. I love this remodel! The color choices are so pretty and clean, the pop of red chairs is cheery and fun. I actually really like that the grain of the wood shows slightly through, proof they are wood and not plastic. The faucet is the showpiece of the sink area, a great way to make a simple sink stand out. Great remodel! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Love the look you achieved, but how do you keep things clean on open shelves? How often do you have to take it all down and clean everything, including the shelves? Loved your comment about how long it took you to get just the right things on the shelves…and emailing pictures to your sis and mom! My daughter and I do this kind of stuff too and our husbands just shake their heads at us, totally not understanding why one thing looks good, but another looks perfect!

  7. You are so brave to try something this big! I have been wanting to try to paint my cabinets, but I am a big chicken. But you have inspired me to maybe try it….Now to decide on a color :o) Your colors are just too pretty and I can’t get over the deals you find! Will you find me some smoking good deals too?? Thank you for sharing and what awesome photos to boot!!

  8. Really pretty! Did you mention the blue paint color and sheen you used? I didn’t see it. Did you use a brush, or roller, or sprayer…? It looks great!

  9. I love those red chairs first of all but your kitchen is fabulous! I hope mine turns out half as nice, alot of work but the transformation is so wonderful!