(See the entire First Floor Layout in a seperate window)


The walls were painted a bright yellow, which wasn’t awful…but it was just a little too “sunny” for our liking. The appliances were in decent shape, however, an upgrade was in order. The cabinets are new (installed by previous owner), but we’re not fans of the braided trim on top and we need new hardware. Finally, we’ll need to tear up the linoleum, replace the countertop and backsplash, and install new light fixtures.

Kitchen Wall 1-BeforeKitchen Wall 2-Before


The first thing we did was update the appliances. We prefer stainless steel and found a good deal on all of them at Lowes. We painted the walls a custom olive green color (we used “Marine Reef” by Valspar as the base and tinted it to the right shade). We still have a TON of work to do…light fixtures, countertops, floors…oh my.
Kitchen CurrentIMG_0166

The Staircase

The stairs lead up to the 2nd floor. Not in an ideal location (middle of the kitchen), but we’ve gotta work with it. The carpet was not in good shape so it needed to go and the brick red paint color showed the imperfections and darkened the space. The door was intended to keep the cold air out–the upstairs isn’t insulated–so, we’d like to figure out a permanent solution for that.  We ripped out the carpeting and painted the walls “Balanced Beige” by Sherwin Williams.  You can see more photos of the staircase via the Upstairs Living Room.



Below are a few of my Houzz Ideabooks that are helpful when I need inspiration.  For more photos like these, visit my Pinterest “Kitchen” Board here.


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