Mollee Made

Our Little Kitchen Makeover

Matt and I have been slowly and steadily renovating our kitchen since August, and on Saturday morning, we finally declared it done! It’s nothing terribly fancy, but it feels that way to us, especially compared to what we were living with before.


Ugh! Right? I’m not sure how I tolerated those cream melamine cabinets and faux-butcher-block countertops with white appliances. And the floor was covered in burgundy-and-peach marbled linoleum. I don’t know how we thought painting the walls sage green would help. [shudder]

So here’s what we have now. When you first walk in, you notice our nickel ceiling light from Ikea, which replaced an old boob light, and my Julia Child quote art over to the left.


As you step in further, you can really appreciate our new white, black, gray and green color scheme.

Our friend Kathrine works for a wood renewal company called NHance, so she helped us get a good deal on these white shaker-style wood cabinets. They built our new Ikea microwave into the cabinets over the stove, which saved us a lot of needed counter space. We went with Kat’s recommendation of Arboleda to do the countertops, and they did a great job on our black marbled Formica.

Both the white subway tile backsplash and the taupeish-gray ceramic tile floor were installed by a family friend named Matt Tucciarone. He just finished up the floor on Wednesday, and it really helped bring everything together.

We painted the walls a soft gray called Warm Chinchilla by Valspar at Lowe’s (a tint lighter than the Nimbus Cloud hue we used in the living room), and incorporated green by way of accessories.

We love how much more storage space our corner cabinet and our taller cabinets over the sink give us. Matt let me splurge on a slightly deeper sink (eight inches instead of just six) from Lowe’s, and the faucet is from Ikea. They don’t seem to have ours anymore, but this one is similar.

When you turn to the right again, you see our cute new kitchen cart, where I have my smoothie station and store all our baking stuff.

You might remember the canisters I decorated last year, and the four photos are some of our Instagrams that we got printed from Picplum and put in frames we already had. Oh, and the white frame holds a postcard from Penzeys Spices that says “Love People. Cook them tasty food.”

Finally, I have to show off the little valance I made using just a half-yard of fabricfrom Ikea.

I just cut a rectangle of the birdie fabric and a rectangle of plain white fabric, and sewed them right-sides-together, leaving a gap to turn it right-side-out. Then I hand-stitched the gap closed, ironed the whole thing flat and top-stitched along the bottom with green thread. It might be my favorite accessory.

It feels so good to be done with the kitchen! Now we can enjoy cooking in it even more. I’ll never enjoy cleaning it though.