Kitchen Makeover


Since we bought our new home a little over 1 year ago my inner interior designer came out, making my home makeover simple and fun. We have done quite a few improvements/makeovers—but our current project is probably my favorite. Our kitchen.

Our kitchen

The heart of our home, we knew it needed an upgrade. So, I decided to tackle this project without having to spend a lot of money. I have watched quite a few YouTube videos on how to paint kitchen cabinets and once I was done watching I was convinced! It was the perfect DIY solution! New types of water-based cabinet paint like acrylic alkyds and acrylic urethanes have made it much easier to get a durable, professional-looking job. These finishes can be cleaned up with water and don’t make your house smell like a chemical factory. And quality tools like mini rollers and good consumer-grade sprayers allow even beginners, like me, to get pro results.


I started with our kitchen island first. I knew that I wanted our island be our “statement piece”. For a pop of color, my husband and I decided to go with the color sage.  I went to Home Depot, got my primer and sage color paint, as well as brushes, etc.


Take off all cabinet doors and drawers.


Clean all surfaces with TSP cleaner to remove any grease and dirt. Cover your countertops, appliances and other areas you want to protect. NOTE: I placed painter’s tape on the wall along the cabinet edges.


Prime kitchen cabinets. It’s important to use even strokes and finish back into the wet primer. NOTE: I used a mini roller on large, flat areas. Also, the primer doesn’t have to look perfect. Its purpose is to solely cover the surface and provide a good base for the finish paint.



Paint the doors and drawers. I started with the backside and applied a smooth even coat. When its dry, I flipped the door over and painted the front.


Paint cabinet frames. I used a brush to paint the frames. Also, please note that you need to apply to coats of paint.


Once everything has been painted (my island took about 4 hrs) it’s time to reassemble the cabinets and hardware.

Final result

We absolutely love how our kitchen island turned out. So much, in fact, that my husband and I decided to paint our entire kitchen in a light grey color…so stay tuned for the full kitchen makeover reveal!




  1. Cora
    March 11, 2019 / 7:45 AM

    You are a very talented woman. You did amazing job…Love the new color of the island kitchen..

  2. Pearls _3943 Bangkok Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
    March 11, 2019 / 10:38 AM

    So nice๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”

  3. March 11, 2019 / 2:38 PM

    You did a lovely job! Love how you used Storyluxe for your pics! xo

  4. Andrea Nine
    March 11, 2019 / 4:01 PM

    It turned out so beautifully and now I am super excited to see the final reveal with the gray! You have so many talents, my sweet and beautiful friend!

  5. March 11, 2019 / 4:25 PM

    Love your kitchen make over! It looks like a spread from an inner decor magazine. Kitchen is such an important place of our homes (and definitely so for our foodies) it is important to get it right. Great photos!
    You look lovely too. The smile on your face says it all.

  6. Nina
    March 11, 2019 / 6:02 PM

    You did an amazing job Vanessa. We are in the middle of upgrading our new house too and it’s such an exciting process. Have a lovely day, babe. xx

    Nina’s Style Blog

  7. selinasinspiration
    March 12, 2019 / 2:40 AM

    You have such a perfect kitchen! Love the color of that paint so much! โค
    Selina | Selina’s Inspiration

  8. jade goddard
    March 12, 2019 / 7:42 AM

    Omg i love your kitchen!! Amazing post


  9. Simone
    March 12, 2019 / 7:54 AM

    It’s so much fun to do some DIY in the house! Your kitchen looks so fab and I’m loving the colour.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

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