Mini Kitchen Refresh

Happy Monday!
Last week I was telling you I went a little paint crazy so today I’m going to share the other room I went paint crazy on. Well maybe not crazy but refreshing. This kitchen is going to take awhile to get to my “ideal kitchen” as  I’m working with a very limited budget, but I hope you enjoy coming along on this journey with me.
So, here we go with my progress so far.
First off we have a picture of the “before” what our kitchen looked like on moving day just over 3 years ago.
Mini kitchen update, it's amazing what a bit of paint, a change of textiles and taking some doors off will do to change a room.
Before – Dark, dark dark

And here’s the “After” or I guess more like “progress”
Mini kitchen update, it's amazing what a bit of paint, a change of textiles and taking some doors off will do to change a room.
After- A bit lighter and brighter

 

Mini kitchen update, it's amazing what a bit of paint, a change of textiles and taking some doors off will do to change a room.

As you can see in the photo above, I took the doors off a couple of cupboards, partly to get a more “open shelving” look and partly to try out living with open shelves to see if I like it and if it works for me and my family. And you know what? I love it!

These shelves have our most used cups and dishes and bowls and it is so quick and easy to grab and put away from the dishwasher and also for guests to find what they need. I also changed out the valance for something a little lighter and brighter (spoiler alert, its actually three cute dish towels clipped up there!)

Mini kitchen update, it's amazing what a bit of paint, a change of textiles and taking some doors off will do to change a room.

The color I chose is a soft grey, but it shows quite blue in some lights

Mini kitchen update, it's amazing what a bit of paint, a change of textiles and taking some doors off will do to change a room.

Most of the containers and glass canisters are hand me downs from my hubby’s grandma or are thrifted finds.

Mini kitchen update, it's amazing what a bit of paint, a change of textiles and taking some doors off will do to change a room.

 

Mini kitchen update, it's amazing what a bit of paint, a change of textiles and taking some doors off will do to change a room.
One of my favorite quotes right there.
The really fun part of my painting spree is this chalkboard wall. One side faces the kitchen…
Mini kitchen update, it's amazing what a bit of paint, a change of textiles and taking some doors off will do to change a room.
below the emergency numbers are mine and hubby’s cell phones numbers and other important numbers for our kids to easily access.

and the other side faces the dining area where my kids have been having a blast writing up the supper menu (and various other doodles 🙂

Mini kitchen update, it's amazing what a bit of paint, a change of textiles and taking some doors off will do to change a room.

And now, onto the inspiration portion of the post. I just love these kitchens!

 Mini kitchen update, it's amazing what a bit of paint, a change of textiles and taking some doors off will do to change a room.
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Grey kitchen cabinets and cool shelving can make any kitchen unique! // love the mix of modern grey and rustic wood
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nancy meyers magic - it's complicated
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I definitely love the open shelved, modern farmhouse/industrial with a  little bit of Provence look about the kitchens above. I also love getting inspiration from seeing real chefs kitchens (a la Julia Child, Michael Smith, Jamie Oliver etc) and how they work. If you are interested in more gorgeous, inspiring kitchens, I have lots more inspiration  pics on my Pinterest board HERE

I’d love to hear what your favorite inspiring kitchen would be. Or do you have your dream kitchen already? Share that with us in the comments!

Mini kitchen update, it's amazing what a bit of paint, a change of textiles and taking some doors off will do to change a room.



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