Evolution of our Kitchen Makeover

by | Aug 11, 2021 | Decorating, Kitchen, My House, Room Makeovers | 23 comments

Now that we’ve been living in our home in Minnesota for four years, I thought I would share how some of the rooms have evolved since we moved in.  I did an “evolution” series on my last home (you can see the kitchen evolution post of our previous home HERE) and received so many great comments and feedback in response.  It was fun for readers to see the transformation all in one place while also appreciating how long a real-world makeover can take.  Some rooms come together quickly, but most rooms in most homes just evolve over the years.  Room makeovers aren’t really a before and after, but more of a then and now.  They will continue to be dynamic and evolve.  So, here is our kitchen makeover as it happened over the past four years.

This photo was taken the very first day we were in the house.  (You can read our amazing moving story HERE.)  We had literally just brought in the contents of the van and were getting settled with what we had until the two containers holding our stuff were delivered.  Now that I think about it, is it a normal thing to take your vacuum with you in the car instead of just putting it in the moving truck?  I guess I knew that cleaning would be the last thing in the old house and the first thing in the new house, so I wanted to have all of my go-to cleaning supplies.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

I actually really liked this kitchen initially.  I partly wanted a kitchen that was a total redo so I could design it myself around antique freestanding pieces, but that wasn’t going to happen in this house.  This kitchen was sturdy and in great shape.  It had a wonderful layout, plenty of storage, nice cabinetry, and I love the wood floors.  The changes I wanted to make in the room were almost entirely cosmetic.  Sure, we could’ve (and still could) remove the upper cabinets and do some built-in opening shelving, build a range hood, etc., but that just didn’t feel necessary for this kitchen.  This cabinet layout feels right for the style and surban setting of the house.  You can see a full tour of the kitchen when we first moved in HERE.

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One of the first customizations we made was finding a hidden spot for the microwave.  I did not want to give up counter space for such a bulky appliance and I was determined to find an out-of-the-way place to put it.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

We ended up removing a shelf from the pantry and put it in there.  Fortunately, there was an electrical outlet for some above-cabinet rope lighting.  We’ve had it in the pantry for four years and it’s worked out great.  We keep the doors open when we’re cooking anything, which is 10-15 minutes at most for steaming vegetables.  You can read the original post about moving the microwave HERE.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

The other thing that happened almost right away was replacing the appliances.  THIS is the dishwasher we bought and THIS is the fridge.  We had them ordered before we moved in, so the fridge and dishwasher were delivered our second day in the house.  Both were over 13 years old and both were damaged.  We were replacing the stove, too, but that took longer to arrive and we needed to have some work done to switch from an electric stove to a dual fuel range.  I’ll share more on that in a minute.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

The other things on the initial to-do list were to swap out the modern pendant lights, hang my pot rack, and add some shelving to the awkward niche between the door to the laundry room and the butler’s pantry.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

Here we are in the middle of full-on unpacking mode.  Those first couple of weeks in a house are so chaotic and exciting, aren’t they?  I really do think it takes a few years to really find your legs in a new house.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

My brother and parents came to visit after we had just been in the house for a couple of weeks and they helped us knock out a bunch of projects, including swapping out the lights and hanging the pot rack.  My mom bought me THIS pot rack as a house-warming gift when we moved into our PA house and I was pretty determined to use it again.  It’s one of those things that makes a kitchen feel like it’s my kitchen.  And it provides incredible storage.  We actually use it to hang our everyday pots and pans, which is very handy and practical.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

And I love the warmth and shine the copper adds.  You can read how we swapped out the lights and hung the pot rack in THIS POST.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

This niche was the perfect place to add some shelving and we kept it simple by using metal brackets and pieces of chunky 2 x 12″ boards.  You can read how we installed them HERE.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

I have used the heck out of that shelving for the past four years and it was such a cheap and quick part of creating custom storage in this kitchen makeover.  It gave me a place to store my Kitchen Aid mixer, a place to tuck a step stool and a place to display cookbooks, folded linens, and dry goods in jars.

The kitchen was feeling a bit more like ours, but there was one big project on the list that I wanted to get done before our first winter in Minnesota closed in – paint the cabinets.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

You knew I was going to do it; I knew I was going to do it.  It was just going to happen, so it might as well kick this kitchen makeover off by breaking out the primer and paint.  I painted the cabinets in sections to prevent the project from being overwhelming.  I wrote all about it in a series of posts starting HERE.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

Midway through the cabinet painting, my new Dual Fuel Kitchen Aid range was delivered!  We had to have a gas line run in order to install it (which involved putting two holes in the guest room wall and closet), but it was something we planned for even before we moved in.  A gas range was one of the things on my must-have list and it was worth a couple of holes in the wall to make it happen.  The range I purchased is retired, but THIS one looks like the updated version.

I have loved this range and I’m so glad we splurged on a practical appliance we use every day.  Not only is it a pretty centerpiece surrounded by the white cabinets, but it’s such a hard-working range.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

Once the cabinets were painted, which was arguably the most impactful part of this kitchen makeover, I replaced the modern cabinet hardware with these glass knobs that had a more vintage vibe.  These knobs are not rated well and, after living with them for four years, I can tell you why.  The screws do come loose pretty regularly on doors that are frequently used.  We’ve done so many things to mitigate that (like using rubber washers), but it still happens.  They can also break.  We broke a couple installing them and have broken 2-3 more since when we drop something that hits one of them.  These issues aside, I do love the look and I was able to get them when they were on sale, so I’m still happy with the purchase.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

I painted the trim a bright white and the walls Pearly White by Sherwin Williams.  I knew at the time that it was unlikely to be the final color on those walls, but I wanted a fresh coat of paint on the walls in a color I liked.  It ended up looking much warmer in this house than in the dining & living rooms of our previous home, so I eventually changed it.  I think it had a lot to do with the light as well as the yellow tone on the floors.

But, at this stage of the kitchen makeover, I was still sort of feeling things out.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

Looking back at these pictures now, I am so impressed with how much the kitchen was transformed with some inexpensive changes.  Other than the appliances, we had only added paint and accessories and changed out the lights and hardware.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

Our kitchen stayed like that for over a year before we decided to move forward with the kitchen makeover and change out the counters.  I had an opportunity to work with Hanstone Quartz as a sponsor and it was the perfect opportunity to lighten the counters and add a backsplash.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

I selected Hanstone Quartz in Monterey.  You can read all about the counters HERE.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

It was a huge difference that made the kitchen feel brighter and even more like my style.  We added a marble backsplash in a classic subway pattern.  You can read about that HERE.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

Once the new counters and backsplash were in, it was time to do more painting to tweak the wall color and add a pop on the island to make this kitchen makeover feel complete.  It was all looking a little pale in person.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

You can see what a huge change the wall color made by comparing the two photos below…

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

The new color is Stonington Gray mixed at 50% strength.  (You can read about customizing paint colors HERE.)  And I painted the island in a custom green I designed.  You can find the recipe for that color HERE.

The final thing we added to bring this kitchen makeover to how it looks today was the antique butcher’s rack above the stove…

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

Staub Coq au Vin enamel pot

It was gifted to me by Maria of Dreamy Whites and it’s like she knew I had the perfect spot for it!  You can see how I hung it HERE.

I’ve tweaked the accessories now and then, but in large part, our kitchen has remained the same over the past year.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

And it’s a great kitchen.   Very functional, lots of storage, and now it’s not only a great kitchen, but my kitchen.  And that’s what working on your home is all about.  It’s not about trends and what other people like, but what you like.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

I hope you enjoyed this little tour through the evolution of our kitchen makeover and took away a few ideas to use in your own.

evolution of our kitchen makeover | miss mustard seed

kitchen aid mixer | ironstone cake stand

 

23 Comments

  1. amy

    inspired and admired. Thank you for sharing…..everything.

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  2. Kris

    Thank you for this evolution through time. It’s refreshing to read about your “then and now” approach and how you decorate for you and your family rather than according to the trends of the moment. It’s a much more realistic approach. Our homes are meant to be lived in, not showpieces. Yours is the best of beautiful and homey.

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  3. Jenn Anderson

    I just love it! =)

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  4. Anita

    Love, love, love your kitchen!

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  5. Jennifer

    I really appreciate your thoughtful style on refreshing/redoing spaces in our homes. I recently renovated our kitchen and tried very hard to make it mine, but at the same time make it sellable in the next 4 years as we are looking to move into an older home to renovate. The only thing I couldn’t afford to do was to create a banquette in the breakfast area which I have wanted since we moved in. But I found a table and chairs on Marketplace that I will be refinishing in my style/colors. One thing I have learned from you is that we need to make our home our own even if it”s not our forever dream home. I am so thankful and can’t wait for your new book to be delivered.

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    • Marian Parsons

      Yes! While this home is beautiful, it’s not our forever dream home. We want to make it ours, but I do keep in mind that we will sell this house someday, so I want to be careful where I spend our money on improvements. I might take some makeovers further if I felt like this was our last house.

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      • Vanessa Prohaska

        You’re the only blogger that I save the emails and catch up, when I can , because I will not be disappointed.
        Looooove the kitchen makeover. Thinking about purchasing that green for a hideous cherry lacquer tone China cabinet that I’ve been working on the past month.
        Now I’ve a bad head cold and I will have to postpone it. Beautiful kitchen Marian.

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  6. Jen

    It’s so fun to see the move in day photo and then the current one. Each time you made a change or update I thought it looked good, and now I see that you were just moving closer and closer to your true, authentic self – and isn’t that what creating your home is all about? Love it!

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  7. Jamie

    I love the crown molding on your uppers (pre and post paint). But that island is just drop dead gorgeous! I love that this didn’t happen overnight, too. So many renovations by people with too much money replicating what they see in magazines before getting a sense of the house and/or understanding what they really want and need from their kitchen. Your kitchen looks thoughtful and is such a beautiful, creative reflection of you!

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    • Marian Parsons

      Thank you so much! I agree that some changes can be made right off the bat, but it’s usually beneficial to wait and see how you use the space.

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  8. Margaret

    Really enjoyed this post. I love to see things evolve naturally.

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  9. Roxi

    Just wondering about the checkered/diamond rug in the dining room past the stairs. Do you know where you got it? It is adorable!

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    • Marian Parsons

      Yes, it’s a Dash & Albert rug by Mark D Sikes.

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  10. Babs

    You have a gift for seeing potential everywhere. The “before” kitchen is pleasant and workable enough but the “after” is a real “wow!” Thank you for sharing your gift with us every day…we are learning so much.

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  11. Nicola Long

    I love being able to see the progression of changes, it is truly inspiring! I am really looking forward to your new book!

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    • Dara

      I’d like to ask about the lighting you changed to when you removed the pendants. I have a lighting problem in my kitchen and in my sewing room. Which lights are they and are you pleased with the brightness? Thanks!

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      • Marian Parsons

        We wanted to replace them with can lights, but the way the lights were positioned against the joist, that option was only available for one of them. So, we went with small halogen spots from Home Depot. They wouldn’t be a good option for all-over lighting, but they are great for spot lighting on a surface. Three of them over the island, plus the other can lights in the room, provided ample lighting for the kitchen.

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  12. Donna

    Your kitchen is stunning! I love how you worked with the existing layout and made it truly your own! Looks like a totally different space! Thanks for sharing its progression.

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  13. Dalita

    I love unique spaces like your niche! They add so much character to a space and it looks as thought you’ve utilized it perfectly! All KitchenAids deserve such a home!!! Just curious, any idea what it’s original purpose was?

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  14. Jen C

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing the progression of your kitchen. We are going to be replacing our countertops and installing a backsplash in our kitchen this year with quartz. You are so inspirational.

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  15. Jo Lynn

    I would love to know where you purchased/found the blue and white canisters and spice jars on display in your island bookcase. Such a lovely, curated display…so you!

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  16. Diane Smith

    Love the way your kitchen evolved over time. And that Boxwood shade is divine! Please do a post on painting kitchen cabinets!

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  17. Cristen C

    Stunning reno! I’m starting a kitchen reno and Hanstone Monterey is in the final running for the counters. What color white did you paint your cabinets? Love the 50% stonington walls!!!!

    Reply

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