Kitchen Reveal & Sources

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Kitchen, My House, Popular159 Comments

It’s finally done!  Well…you know what “done” means in my house.  It means I’m done with it for now.  Although, aside from changing paint colors and/or accessories, I don’t think there’s much more I can or need to do to this room.  I’ve always been drawn to white cabinets with dark counters (wood or black) and a wood or white floor.  Now I have it!  

Here’s a tour…

Kitchen | After

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Miss Mustard Seed-4965 Miss Mustard Seed-4966 Miss Mustard Seed-4935 Kitchen | Baking Center Miss Mustard Seed-4901 Miss Mustard Seed-4889 Miss Mustard Seed-4905

Miss Mustard Seed-4955 Miss Mustard Seed-4944 Miss Mustard Seed-4945 Miss Mustard Seed-4950 Kitchen | Counters Miss Mustard Seed-4959 Kitchen | Chalkboard Wall Miss Mustard Seed-4980 Miss Mustard Seed-4976 Miss Mustard Seed-4978 Miss Mustard Seed-4971 Miss Mustard Seed-4973

As I was going through the list of things we’ve done to the kitchen, I realized that almost all of the materials used for this makeover were free.  Well, not free, but traded for advertising on my blog or promotion through a post.  I’ll try to give you a rough idea of costs, though, so you can get a realistic idea of executing this look (or parts of it) in your home.  With the exception of laying the floor tile, we did all of the work ourselves.

So, here are the totals…

  • Paint – $250
  • Hardware – $450
  • Counters – $2,100
  • Back Splash – $800
  • Floor – $400
  • Sink & Faucet – $1,575
  • Exhaust fan & materials for range hood – $350
  • Misc supplies, tools, materials, etc. – $550

Grand total: $6,475 (over 3 years).  We probably spent about $1500 (including the labor for installing the tile floor) out of pocket and the rest was covered under freelance projects, advertising  trades, DIY blog squad, etc.

There are definitely ways to cut the costs even further, though.  You can choose a less expensive faucet like the Traditional Stainless Two Handled Arc Faucet, get Numerar Beech Counters ($129/6 ft section at Ikea) instead of walnut, tile the back splash in White Ceramic Subway Tile ($75/12 sq ft), and go with these bronze drawer pulls for $1.85/each and these knobs for $1.29/each.

kitchen makeover Collage

Full tutorials will be available on soon for the custom range hood, butcher block counters, boxwood topiaries and boxwood wreath.

Some other sources…

Some other posts about my kitchen…


Here are the before & after shots…

…when we moved in…

…after living there for a few years…

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…and now…

Kitchen | After


I tell you, this is how I pictured this kitchen when we first walked into our home almost seven years ago and I’m just tickled when I look over at the space.

Please remember that we fixed it up over several years and as we could afford it or as my blog/freelance work gave us the opportunity.  If you’re itching to give your kitchen a makeover, I would suggest starting with paint.  It’s probably the biggest bang for your buck and can make dark and dated kitchens look bright and fresh.

I’ll share more details about installing the sink and faucet and I’ll definitely post to the projects when they’re live.


There are a ton of links in this post and some of them are Amazon Affiliate links.  This post is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.

Kitchen Reveal & Sources

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159 Comments on “Kitchen Reveal & Sources”

  1. I absolutely love it!! The before and after’s are amazing!! I need that wreath for my own Bessie!! I really love your countertops the most!! Never thought I’d be so drawn to the wood but man they are truly beautiful with all that white!! Love Love!!

  2. Fits your house perfectly! Job well done! (so excited to do my own butcher block counters this spring) 🙂

  3. Looks great! I love how light and farmhousy it is! But, I will admit that I don’t love the cow head 🙂 Glad you like it though!

  4. It is so beautiful! I also love those countertops — and I am inspired to try a make-over in our kitchen. My husband and I have never done ANY project at all, however, beyond painting a wall. Thank you for showing how much can be accomplished!

  5. Absolutely LOVELY! I love that you had a vision when you walked into that kitchen so many years ago. I did the same with the house we have now. I had a “vision” for the family room and it all came together. The kitchen was soo close to my “dream” kitchen I lucked out there. I think as creative souls we see those “visions” and it is such a treat to have them come to fruition. It is absolutely wonderful–ENJOY! And paint your cabinets people!! That and cabinet hardware I think can really change a kitchen. I also suggest adding crown molding to the top of cabinets and/or extending, along with adding beadboard to the sides of standard cabinetry units and the standard islands! I am so excited for the topiary/wreath tutorials!!

  6. Your kitchen is so delicious, I could eat it! Where are you hiding your microwave? I was wondering how I might make myself a beautiful range hood, but my microwave lives there. Did I miss that detail somewhere?
    Beautiful, as always!

    1. Thanks! If you look in the picture with the mixer on the counter, the microwave is just to the left. I’d love to create a built-in cubby for it at some time, but my husband told me we’re done. 🙂 I have a ton of counter space, so it’s not a big deal to have it on the counter. When I was in a tiny townhouse, I lived without a microwave for 2 years. I can hardly believe it now, but I just decided I wasn’t going to use one, so I learned how to heat everything in the oven/double boilers/steamers, etc.

  7. Beautiful Marian,your kitchen looks amazing, the range hood is to die for. I was torn between a range hood and an under mounted microwave for my kitchen redo.After seeing yours I’m totally sold on a range hood. Love the cow too!

  8. Absolutely gorgeous! Those countertops are perfect and I love the chalkboard wall! Everything looks so great together – thanks for sharing!

  9. So beautiful and inspiring! Thanks for the cost breakdown! I see that the stove is white. And I’m glad somebody asked about where the microwave went. Is your fridge also white? I think it’s at the end by the chalkboard wall on the right with a cabinet surround? I’m contemplating painting our cabinets but I’m not sure if I’d do white appliances or stainless. Did you prefer the white because they blend more or were you just working with what you have?

    1. The white appliances were already there and I can’t jusity getting new appliances just for looks. I go back and forth, though, wondering which I prefer for the space. I like how the white blends in, but i would love a beefy gas range a shiny French door fridge! 🙂

  10. Love it all! Even the cow’s head…but here’s another unsolicited idea. Why not paint the cow’s head? Either whitewash it to blend more with the kitchen or use an accent color like the green in your stepstool. It would soften up the look and it would not be as stark against the white range hood. An easy & quick chalk paint project—or maybe milk paint. Just a thought.

  11. This is absolutely gorgeous. I just sat and watched your video on painting cabinets while sipping my afternoon latte. After seeing the video and your inspirational kitchen reveal, I am more convinced than ever I need to paint mine. Do you think the oil-based paint will help provide protection as well? The cabinets in our home are quite soft, meaning already knicked and scratched quite extensively on the lower ones. I keep wondering if the oil-based might help create a “veneer” to harden the surface a bit. Your productivity amazes me!

  12. I don’t thing I’ve ever commented on your blog, although I read every post. I just had to tell you what a beautiful job you did in this room! It is so inviting and fresh, I believe I could sit in for hours just looking around. It gives me great hope, as we are in the midst of our own kitchen reno and, like you, it will have to be done over time as finances allow. I know we’ll get there if we just stick with it!

  13. It looks beautiful! We are moving into a rental with white cabinets and unfortunately, weird pink countertops 😛 Hoping to take some of your ideas and make it a little more liveable lol!

  14. What a stunning transformation, Marian! It’s so light and bright now, and an interesting room to look at and enjoy all the special touches. Well worth your hard efforts! Now, sit back and enjoy it!


  15. wow your kitchen has come a long way, the power of paint,…love the light bright cabinets, I love those faucets too, counters are such a treat, you must love being in that wonderful kitchen, not cooking just sitting and looking and enjoying….lol

  16. WOW!!!! It’s amazing. I am so awed by your talent. Got your book last month—absolutely fabulous.

  17. I am so amazed at each of your room reveals how much you and I have the same tastes. I spend so much time studying all the details for more ideas for my own home. We are do it yourselfers also and my kitchen is my next project. I am totally in love with those wooden countertops; they are absolutely beautiful. Hope they stay that way. There is one picture that I wished you had put up. You can only see partially the glass front cabinet atop the microwave. Please post if possible. Great job and looking forward to your next project. Bathroom maybe?

  18. Marion – your kitchen is stunningly beautiful. Congratulations!!! I think you get so much more satisfaction from a job you’ve been up to your elbows in rather than just paying a contractor/designer etc to do it all. Thanks for taking the time to show us all the work you did and how you did it. The kitchen counters are amazing. I never even thought about butcher block but your counters gleam like jewels. I think they are the centrepiece of your kitchen. I can’t even begin to tell you how impressed I am. I am finally getting your paint on Saturday. The hutch in my sunroom is the next painting project – can’t wait to see what it looks like in mustardseed! J

  19. This really looks lovely in your kitchen. We want to put an above stove microwave in ours, can’t wait till that comes about. I wasn’t a fan of the cow at first, but have to admit in the whole it looks good. Love your vision.

  20. Marion, your kitchen is so beautiful!! You’ve taken such care in choosing every detail. You nailed it.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 🙂

  21. Wow, Marian! It looks fabulous! I love the cows. I have a thing for cows, too. I think it’s their pastoral quality and the idea of farmland that attracts me to them.

    You never cease to amaze me with all you accomplish. Were there any Raisinets involved?

  22. Beautiful beautiful MMS I love everything about it! Congratulations!
    Now I have to get busy with the painting of my own cabinets!

  23. What a beautiful transformation! I’ve been hinting to my husband that we really need to paint our dark ’80’s kitchen cabinets white but he’s dubious. Is there any substitute paint (hint: cheaper) that you can recommend in place of the white paint you used? Thanks!

    1. Honestly, I have tried cheap paints and they are a waste of money. You end up applying more coats in the end and they don’t wear as well. Painting cabinets is a big project and it’s worth using high quality paint. I believe Sherwin William’s ProClassic is a bit cheaper and that’s still a very nice paint.

  24. I love everything about it! I noticed the sliced apple way up as I was reading and thought “how artistic” then I get a close up later 🙂 I love the fresh coffee too 🙂 I can’t believe how pricy that faucet is but you saved so much on everything else…My kitchen looks like your before and it’s much smaller can’t wait for us to be able to do it…
    Enjoy your fabulous kitchen!

  25. That is one fabulous kitchen! It looks so high end and makes me get the itch to start painting my cabinets…..You never cease to amaze me!

  26. WOW! What an amazing transformation…truly gorgeous. I’m so impressed by your ability to have so much stuff without it looking cluttered at all. Also, thanks for the info on the backsplash, I’ve been searching with no luck…and now I’ve found it! As long as it doesn’t compete with the pattern on my kitchen island that is. 🙂

  27. GORGEOUS! we are moving on Saturday, and I CANNOT WAIT to start the kitchen(think carpet and pink counters). That said…we wont be doing it for a little while. I am going to email your kitchen to my husband though…you know…just to remind him. Haha

  28. I love all the little touches….the cow, the chalkboard on the back of the cupboard shelf , the green stool….well, I just love it.
    Looks divine….I bet you are truly happy.
    Happy Day

  29. I love it! Your kitchen is huge it appears. I have a question – how did you hang that sign over your stove on the tile backsplash?

  30. I love these countertops and that gorgeous little detailed backsplash. This is truly a kitchen I would love to cozy up in an stay for hours chatting over coffee! Thank you once again for your inpsiring work and beautiful renovations! I have loved following your blog for many years and I love to watch the transformations of your home! Your blog has inspired me to start a blog of my own and my home renovations! Keep up the great work!

  31. I liked your kitchen the way it originally was, but now it’s amazing! ~and~ the fact that you made “trades” for most of it makes it even better! Excellent that you provided suggestions for less expensive alternatives for those of us on a budget as well…

    Love your Delft canisters – those are sweet…

    I’m a sucker for signs, the “For Rent” above your stove and the “Tourists” ones are awesome…FYI – I had to have a Tourist sign of my own, so I designed and painted one of my own…the first sign that I have ever painted and I must say it came out great and I have made two more signs since…so thanks for the inspiration!

  32. I prefer wood cabinets over painted almost any day…but that’s just me. Your backsplash and countertops are drop dead gorgeous!!

  33. Can we all say WOW?! I think my favorite is the thickness of the counter tops. I had wood counter tops for years and LOVED them. The only thing I don’t like is the pot rack, it just bothers me so much. Oh well, thank goodness we all like different things. Oh I asked my husband about a cow head, he looked at me like I had lost my mind!! I then explained it would be for the kitchen, he was relieved, he thought I was thinking of putting it in his “room”, his hunting and fishing room. Thanks for the update on your beautiful kitchen.

  34. I started reading your blog shortly before you painted your kitchen cabinets and have really enjoyed seeing the transformation you have made to make it YOUR dream kitchen. Great job! It’s a thing of beauty! You are such a talented lady and a really hard worker, an inspiration! God Bless!

  35. What an inspiration! It is beautiful.
    Are you without a microwave now or do you have one tucked away somewhere I don’t see?

    I am debating whether I could do without one. Not sure that I can so I am curious.

    Congrats on a beautiful transformation!

  36. It really looks great. I have fir countertops that have been oiled and love them but don’t ever leave frozen juice to thaw, or the lid to an iron casserole on them, that makes dark rings that just doesn’t come out. Maybe the finish you used will prevent that. Also, at one time you mentioned that you would like stainless steel applicances but I think the white ones with the white cabinets look much better. BTW yours is the first blog I read every morning, can’t believe how much you get done in a day!

  37. I LOVE it! Th whole kitchen is just gorgeous. I really like the canisters on the counter too with the blue….did you find them recently or are they old? I also like the kitchen faucet. Very pretty lines, I usually gravitate to Delta but for our new house I may check this one out for our kitchen.


  38. I love your kitchen, Marian! Congratulations for competing it and sharing all the steps with us!
    You got me hooked in ironstone, old scales and now I’m obsessing with cows… Lol!
    I love the butchers block, you did a wonderful job!
    It is unique and not a budget breaker, love that!

  39. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful ! I love everything you’ve done, your exquisite attention to detail, and especially for sharing it all with us. Thank you, and much joy to you and your family in this light-filled space.

  40. I am drooling over your kitchen. Love all that you’ve done with it. The counters and back splash are amazing. I also LOVE white cabinets. Fabulous, fabulous job!

  41. Hi Marian –

    I think the painted cabinets came out great! Couple of questions for you. Are your cabinets maple underneath the paint? When you painted did you just start with the primer or did you have to prepare them with something else before? Also how many coats of paint did it take to cover the cabinets?

    I so want to paint ours (which look almost like yours minus the beadboard inset).


  42. Aha! I spotted the microwave in picture 4 (just the edge of it on the left) and in picture 7 just across from the lovely Clarabelle! I love how the kitchen turned out. My favorite? the chalkboard paint INSIDE the cabinets that say bowls and plates. What a great way to organize the cabinets! Keep up the good work!

  43. Found the cow head that everyone wants on and the decor steals are awesome to check out!!
    Love the makeover and if this is what you have dreamed of doing, you have finally made your dream come true! Happy for you and the family!!! Your dad has helped save a lot of money but the kitchen is extra special knowing it was a family affair:) Enjoy the great makeover, which I know you will. Come to the Texas Hill Country and I will help you do MINE and I will even give you a down home welcome with a Texas BBQ and sleeping quarters at no charge:)))))—-oh, bring that handyman dad of yours, he might have to show me HOW to do my counters too!!
    Great job and Blessings for all.

  44. Asolutely fabulous! I have enjoyed following your kitchen redo. It is so light and airy and I know you will be enjoying it for many many years. There is such satisfaction in knowing how much you saved and also the hard work you put in it and got this wonderful outcome isn’t it! I can not pick a favorite..but it all looks just like your taste and that is what makes it so awesome!

  45. Oh Marian, What a fabulous final show. The kitchen is so “you”. I guess that’s because you were the one who dreamed it, designed it, and then with hours and days and nights of hard work, made your dreams a reality. Congratulations on your finished project.

  46. Love everything about your kitchen. My eyes were also drawn to the area off the kitchen. Looks like a little nook with a desk. So neat. Thanks for sharing your journey.

  47. Dear MMS, It looks fabulous! I’m so glad you have your cow – she looks great there over the stove. Isn’t it rewarding to see the results of your hard work? Thanks for sharing your sources with us too. Hugs, Anne Boykin

  48. It is so pretty…my favorite thing hands down is the backsplash! I love it. Such a open, bright and beautiful kitchen to cook in now. You did a fabulous job.

  49. This is fabulous Marian! Now, with all of the moeny you have saved by doing it yourself and getting things for free, splash out on a new Stainless steel stove! (I know we have spoken of this before). You current stove is letting the side down.

    1. Just when I was thinking how charming the enamel stove looks. It fits in with the rest of the kitchen and doesn’t look show-off…….. nothing else but the sink in SS is there?
      I have to blink and swallow twice when i read about a $1,000+ faucet. That’s astounding to me. But it will probably last forever.
      That kitchen suits the woman who created it and, except for the animal head, I love it.

  50. Just this morning I was wishing to see more “reveal of your kitchen” thank you! And well done!! Enjoy its deliciousness! Smiles, K

  51. Man! What a fantastic remodel. I am particularly fond because I also have the same cow head in my kitchen! LOVE HIM!

  52. Your kitchen is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing all of the “after” photos. I also like the blackboard shelves where you name the items on the shelves. I really enjoy your blogs, even though I don’t comment much. You are an inspiring and lovely woman! I’m glad I have your book, too!

  53. Wow, your kitchen went from generic to just plain gorgeous. It looks well planned and easy to use, all with a fine eye on design. I especially love the shiny wood counter tops and the back-splash tile in a herringbone style. There is such a great flow and humorous touches, like the bear head with wreath. I can just tell this room is well-loved and honored!

  54. What an amazing transformation. I love the pan rack. I looked at BB&B and it doesn’t come with hanging hardware. Is it tricky to install? Can you just drill into a ceiling? I too would love to “borrow” your Dad. Lucky girl!

  55. Love, love, love it – I wasn’t sure about the countertop – but result is beautiful! I think I’ll go clean my kitchen now 🙂

  56. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous. I adore this space now. It has so much personality and I can see you in it. I just think something like a grain sack valance over the sink window would be so you too! Not a grain sack in sight of your kitchen! That surprised me.

  57. I so wish I could PURCHASE BREATH, right now!! Wow, so lovely & PRACTICAL, I am
    breathless! Delighted for all of you.

  58. Love your kitchen so much! I like your white stove with the rest of the white as well. I wanted to share my feelings on the stainless steel appliances. I have a Kitchen Aide stove and dishwater in SS and I do not like it at all. The first week I had my new stove I accidentally sprayed the drawer on the bottom with some floor cleaner while cleaning. I have tried EVERYTHING I can get my hands on to get it to come off. Martha Stewart’s advice was to use Windex but that did not help. I have tried the Kitchen Aide SS cleaner and all other products that others have recommended, but nothing works. The front of my dishwasher some how got a drip of what I think was dishwasher soap and it will not come off either. So now I have new SS that already looks awful. ( I like a nice shine). A lot of other ladies I know have had some of the same issues, especially if you have little children touching the SS, you will find that you are always shining their sweet little finger prints off of things. 🙂
    Just sayin! 🙂

  59. oh Marian, it is alllll fabulous!! Absolutely love it all and your hard work prevailed. What a special gal you are, and agree, a very hard worker! Thanks so much for your wonderful blog site…so glad I found you (fav!!) And thanks for giving us so much good information. I am just starting to paint (and resell)…fingers crossed. because of you! 🙂

  60. OH! MY! GOODNESS! Your kitchen has gone from drab to absolutely gorgeous! I loved when you painted the cabinets white and tiled the floor but now the icing on the cake – those beautiful wood counters, the herringbone backsplash and that awesome range hood cover (it looks like an expensive custom range hood). What a great result for all that hard work. I’m sure you smile every time you look at your kitchen!

  61. Love, love, love your kitchen!! I’m planning to paint my kitchen cabinets (would love to do white, but I have white Corian counters which I don’t want to replace right now and I’m afraid that would be too much white – so I’m thinking a sage green). Anyway – I’ve been reading a lot about chalk paint and using it in kitchens and was just wondering if you considered using it on yours. Would you recommend it?

  62. I think your kitchen is absolutely AMAZING! Would love to have a cowhead like that – any hints on where I might get one?

  63. oh wowsa. That is crazy to see the before and after! It wasn’t that long ago that you had all the before!!
    It looks truly amazing, and I love all the touches you added to make it so fresh and unique. I never did get any of the boxwood from Home Goods. 🙁 They only had 3 pieces left by the time I was able to get up there, and they were too huge for the spots I wanted. Still keeping my eyes peeled though! 😉
    Enjoy your gorgeous new kitchen!

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