Condo Kitchen Room Makeovers

Small Kitchen Makeover – Tiny Condo Kitchen Before & After

Last Updated on March 14, 2022 by Kristi Linauer

Well, my small kitchen makeover is finished.  I was beginning to think it would never happen, but it’s finally done, and it only took three years.  Or was it four?  Heck, I’ve lost count by now. 😀

small condo kitchen remodel finished - teal cabinets, butcherblock countertops, white subway tile backsplash, yellow walls, wood slat ceiling

I still have a couple of projects to finish for the dining area, so I really am just going to show you the kitchen today.  Hopefully I’ll have the dining area completely finished this week, so that before and after is coming soon.  But let’s get on to the before and after pictures of the kitchen, shall we?

The kitchen was pretty pathetic when we moved in.  These condos were built in the early 80s, and it didn’t look like a single thing had been updated between then and when we bought the place in July 2006.

It definitely looks a little different now. After reworking some of the cabinets, I then painted them teal. I swapped the original countertops with a beautiful butcherblock countertop that adds so much warmth to the room. And instead of a plain painted wall, I now have a clean white subway tile backsplash.

small condo kitchen remodel - before and after

I wanted to costs down on this small kitchen makeover as much as possible, so rather than replacing the existing cabinets, I kept most of them and just painted them. It’s amazing what paint can do!  I also did a little surgery on the cabinet doors to turn the raised panel doors into recessed panel doors.  The raised panel doors (and some of them were double panels) just didn’t seem right for the room.  I’m just not a big fan of raised panel doors anyway.

This side of the tiny kitchen originally had a very old-looking built in stove, a microwave above the range, and a very old refrigerator.

Original 1984 tiny condo kitchen with old appliances and stained wood cabinets

I ended up replacing the lower cabinets on the stove side of the kitchen.  I just used stock cabinets from Home Depot.  They’re not a perfect match, but close enough.

small condo kitchen remodel - before and after

Unfortunately, as soon as we were handed the keys to our new condo, I was a bit too anxious to get the “before” pictures that I didn’t even bother to clear away all of the junk that the previous occupants left behind before snapping some of these pictures.  Oh well.  You’re getting the truly authentic “before” state of the condo.  :).

Small condo kitchen before remodel with old laminate countertops, outdated appliances, and stained wood cabinets

I actually did manage to clean off the countertops for the “after” picture, though.  🙂

Matt’s favorite thing about the whole kitchen is the tree painted on the wall. I painted it freehand, but it actually started out looking a little different than it looks today. Fortunately, my artistic mom offered her advice on how to fix some of the problem areas on my original tree to make it look better.

condo kitchen remodel - after with teal cabinets, yellow walls, and painted tree mural
small kitchen remodel - before and after

And of course, one thing that makes my kitchen feel complete now is my new pantry.  It started out as a bookcase, and not a very pretty one.

condo built-in bookshelves before remodel - bookcase near the kitchen was turned into a pantry

Now that I turned the built-in bookshelves/bookcase into a pantry, it’s now pretty and functional…

condo kitchen remodel - bookcase turned into pantry
kitchen condo remodel - bookcase before and after - turned into a pantry

Those are the before and after pictures, but here are a few more pictures showing the details of the small kitchen…

My waterproof artwork above my sink is one of my favorite things.  No matter how wet or dirty it gets (and I’m pretty messy at the sink), all I have to do is wipe it off with a sponge and it looks good as new.

I actually get quite a bit of use out of my DIY magnetic spice board.  I guess you can tell, since a couple of them are empty.  Ha!

DIY magnetic spice rack hanging on kitchen wall

And here’s a closer view of my “new” countertop.  I wish I had done them like this way back when I first installed them.  I love the way they look when they’re freshly oiled (you can see how I oil and care for my butcherblock countertops here), and the medium brown color is just perfect.  I didn’t always think that.  I was convinced I wanted dark stained countertops, but I really do love the natural medium brown color now that my small condo kitchen makeover is finished.

butcherblock countertops used in condo kitchen makeover

And here’s one last view of my favorite before and after of this kitchen makeover…

condo kitchen remodel - before and after with teal painted cabinets, butcherblock countertops, yellow walls, painted tree mural, white subway tile backsplash

Here are a few details about this small kitchen makeover:

I think that covers everything, but if you have any questions, let me know!

There were a lot of projects that went into this tiny little kitchen.  Some of them aren’t around anymore, but you can see all of them here:

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    Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge
    October 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    What a great transformation! I love the counter and the cabinet color, and the stenciled wall. Very inspiring, all of it! ~ Angie

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    October 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Beautiful!! cabinets, counter… and odd as it seems… I had your original floor under my fooring when I had it pulled to lay tile… They must have loved that in the 70s-80s….

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    Jenna, SAS Interiors
    October 8, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    WOW! It looks so gorgeous. Of course I’ve been following along with your other projects and got a sneak peak at the gorgeous cabinet color, but seeing it in it’s entirety is awesome. Beautiful work. Looking at all your DIY projects in the space, I’m still contemplating whats my favorite… Great work Kristi! xo Jenna

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    October 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    wow!! Your new kitchen is fabulous! The cabinets and counters are beautiful! Enjoy your new kitchen.


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    October 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Excellent transformation Kristi, well done. I agree with Matt, the tree mural is very special.

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    [email protected] beautiful life
    October 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Screaming with excitement for you…It is amazing!! I love it and it may have been a long process but so worth the beauty!!

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    October 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Wow! Amazing transformation. That blue color looks so good with the natural color on the counters! The painted tree is the cherry on the top . Love it all!

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    October 8, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    love the make-over! what is the backsplash … at first i thought painted brick … is it tile?

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    [email protected]
    October 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Wow! What a difference! Love the new look and the new cabinet color!

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    Deb Donner
    October 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    The place looks amazing!!! Somebody is going to snack that baby up when it hits the market!!! Keep at it Kristi!!! I’m excited for you!!

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    Diane Pierce
    October 8, 2012 at 2:44 pm


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    Western Warmth
    October 8, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    It look so, so , so good. Kudos, Kristi! An amazing transformation.

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    Sharon @ LilikoiJoy
    October 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    YAYYYYY!!!!!! What a great feeling that must be, and it turned out fantastic! Every detail looks wonderful and so creative. It’s beautiful.

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    Diane | An Extraordinary Day
    October 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    WooHoo!! You did it! And it’s gorgeous. I’m with Matt….the tree is fabulous and makes the room. But…so do the ‘new’ countertops. I really think they breath life into your sweet space. Can’t wait to see how the adjoining area comes together.

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    Recreate and Decorate
    October 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Love the color on the cabinets and absolutely love the tree!

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    October 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Wow! What a transformation, you did an amazing job.

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    October 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    I have to ask, did you get rid of the microwave? I love the look, but sure hope it doesn’t take me that long, lol!

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      Kristi Linauer
      October 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Matt and I haven’t used a microwave in nine years, so yep…I got rid of it. 🙂

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        October 8, 2012 at 4:30 pm

        Maybe it’s just me, but I think the ceilings look higher without the microwave above the stove. Good choice! Makes the kitchen look bigger! Beautiful!

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    Erin @ How to Nest for Less
    October 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    WOW. That is an unbelievable transformation! Great job Kristi! I’m in LOVE with your cabinets and flooring.

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    October 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Amazing!! It looks beautiful. And how awesome that you did it all yourself!!

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    Mrs Mike
    October 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    This looks AMAZING!! I swear the kitchen looks bigger like this too. You have an excellent eye for color. I would definitely consider this worth the wait! 🙂

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    October 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Love the beadboard ceiling too!

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    [email protected]
    October 8, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    WOW! So cool to see how much it has progressed, and that you did it all yourself. You should be so proud of yourself!

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    October 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Gorgeous! I love to see makeovers that use the old cabinets…cant always afford new ones. Great job!!!

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    [email protected]
    October 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Kristi – that is an amazing transformation! I love the mural and the painted cabinets. Beautiful!

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    October 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Your kitchen is beautiful!!! You did an amazing job!

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    October 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    So Beautiful!! Love it!! I have to ask, and I may have just missed it, but what is the color you used on your cabinets? I love it!

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      Kristi Linauer
      October 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      Rebekah, the paint color on my kitchen cabinets is a Behr (Home Depot) color called Hallowed Hush, but I had it color matched in Kelly Moore interior satin oil-based paint.

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    October 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    You did a beautiful job! It is such a pretty makeover! – not over the top and not one bit less than it could be – just perfect!

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    Jerri C. TN
    October 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Wow!!! You did such a great job. Who cares if took 3/4 years, you did it all by yourself and you should be so proud. Cabinet color is gorgeous. You deserve a big pat on the back.

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    October 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    GREAT choice for the color of your cabinets. Beautiful. I also love your choice of wall art–trees!

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    Mark E Tisdale
    October 8, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    That is truly a night and day make-over. I love how much of the bones of the old kitchen were re-used, and I don’t think most people would look at the before and think there was a single thing left from the old kitchen. You really did an incredible job of it!

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    Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage
    October 8, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    You rocked it!! It looks so amazing – from the counters to gorgeous color cabinets to that fun tree, you turned an 80s nightmare into a stylish pad!
    4 years – but worth the wait! Pinning that tree – it’s fabulous (your moms tips paid off)!

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    Belinda Baggett
    October 8, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    And what about that ceiling? What did you do there? Awesome space btw!

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    October 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    looks fantastic! and so roomy. GREAT job!

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    October 8, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Lovely! And can I ask where you got the pig from?

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    October 8, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    You did it!!! Looks absolutely beautiful. Hope to see the dining area next week to get a feel for the whole area.

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    [email protected]
    October 8, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Wow–what an incredible transformation! Really a testimony to the power of paint. We just finished a long-in-th-works bathroom reno, so I know how much work your kitchen was and how good you must feel to have it done. Love that cabinet color!

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    Victoria @ The FAT Paint Company & ÉdinHome
    October 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Terrific space… worth the wait!! Love the colour you’ve chosen for the cabinetry 🙂

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    October 8, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Impressive! Looks like a custom home!

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    Susan (Between Naps on the Porch)
    October 9, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Kristi…amazing renovation! Everything is just beautiful! I know your goal is sell it before long for the house you’re planning on buying. It should sell quickly with all you’ve done. Great job!

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    October 9, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Beautiful transformation! You’ve added style, whimsy and made it a wonderful selling feature in your home. Be proud!

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    Deborah H
    October 9, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Such a lovely kitchen! I really like the metro feel of it. Great job.

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    October 9, 2012 at 8:46 am

    What a beautiful transformation! It all takes so much time, but, in your case, so worth it!!! Congratulations and thanks for inspiration. We are going through the same process, but with a whole house!! Yikes! 2 1/2 years and counting. The painted cabinets with the wooden countertops are just wonderful!

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    October 9, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Congratulations on finishing the kitchen! It looks great.

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    Linda @ Home is Where My Heart is
    October 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful. A wonderful improvement on the old one. I love the color of the cabinets. BEAUTIFUL! Enjoy! ~Linda

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    October 9, 2012 at 9:45 am

    It turned out fantastic! You’re well on your way outta there and into a new place with that redo.


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    October 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Really came out beautiful. So tastefully done & the colors are just so lovely together.

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    [email protected]
    October 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I am so glad you mentioned the ceiling because I would have missed this amazing transformation! hate those popcorn ceilings and the plywood idea is genius. The whole kitchen is remarkable.

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    October 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Awesome Job!! Love the colors.

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    Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads
    October 9, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Kristi, your kitchen looks amazing, from the new ceiling all the way down to the floor! The cabinet color is fresh and updated, and I want to put in those same wooden countertops when we redo our kitchen. I am in awe of your tree on the wall, too! Gorgeous!

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    October 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Love your kitchen and I have to say LOVE the cabinet color!~ You did a fantastic job Kristi.

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    Adrian Hernandez
    October 10, 2012 at 6:58 am

    How beautiful the outcome turned out to be. I love how the kitchen come to live with the paint you put on it, I also love its design, so unique!

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    October 10, 2012 at 8:13 am

    It looks fantastic Kristi! I especially love the ceiling light!

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    October 10, 2012 at 8:37 am

    It look great!!

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    Alex @ northstory
    October 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Absolutely stunning kitchen makeover! You’ve given me hope that mine can be done. 🙂

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    Suzy @ Worthing Court
    October 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Congrats on completing your kitchen, Kristi. It is truly phenomenal!

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    October 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Wow what a reveal Your kitchen is beautiful!

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    Kim (TheMoney-Pit)
    October 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Beautiful! I love the ceiling most of all!

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    October 12, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I love this so much! My husband and I are about to move into a house that definitely needs some updating , so I am excited to try some of your tips!

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    [email protected]
    October 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Holy smokes it’s gorgeous! I love everything you did. It truly is dramatic. You must love waking up to this every morning 🙂

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    October 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Love your makeover soooo much, stunning !!!!

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    October 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Wow you kitchen looks incredible! I found you through the texas group on Facebook! Super cute–amazing job!

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    October 16, 2012 at 5:11 am

    How did you apply the paint to the cabinets? Did you use a paint brush, roller or spray gun?

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    October 19, 2012 at 8:26 am

    What a beautiful makeover! I found you from the Texans Who Blog group, so glad I did, you have so many great project ideas. My favorite part is the color combination of the cabinets and countertops. I pinned this to Pinterest.

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    October 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    AWESOME re-do. The magnetic spice board is great too! Love it.

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    kathy Gervasio
    October 21, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I loved your kitchen so much I went to Home Depot the same day I saw it. the man in the paint dept was able to locate the paint on their machine, said it was not a Behr color, and made a sample that was almost white. definitely not your beautiful blue.

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      Kristi Linauer
      October 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      He must have been confused, or typed in the wrong color. I just went to the Behr website (, typed in the name, and found it right away. Hallowed Hush 500F-6

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        Kathy Gervasio
        October 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm

        Thanks for follwoing up! My husband and I rarely agree on colors,. I saw your reveal, showed him, and we both said, what color- let’s get it! I will head back to HD with this info. 🙂

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    Shanna White
    October 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Your kitchen is just darling! It has given me inspiration to start decorating my new condo I just moved into! The color on your cabinets is such a beautiful color. Cute cute!

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    October 22, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Beautiful Kitchen! Where did you get your sink? I’d like to keep my original cabinets in my kitchen, but the sink base is only 20 inches deep from front to back…so I have been having issues finding a sink that would fit there, but yours looks like it might. Thanks!

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    October 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Beautiful! The color you chose is stunning and the pantry cabinet came out fantastic 🙂

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    Diane Kukich
    October 25, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Absolutely gorgeous. The ceiling is beautiful–what a creative idea to get that look! NICE!!!

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    October 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Somehow I missed the big reveal. So glad to see all of your hard work come together. I love your blue cabinets with your wood counter tops. Your kitchen looks absolutely amazing.

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    October 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    How much did thiys whole remodel cost roughly?

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    November 6, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    LOVE your kitchen makeover. All of the colors are beautiful together. I really like the tree and the spice board. Oh yes, and the cabinets, the wall color, the ceiling, etc. Great job!

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    November 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    What a great makeover. I love the redo of the cabinets. I have always liked a wonderful painted cabinet. Here is a link to our article about how to paint kitchen cabinets for your readers if they would like to try.
    I love before and after articles and this is one of my favorites. Keep up your beatuiful designs.

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    November 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    What a transformation, the kitchen looks amazing now.

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    December 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    What a stylish remodel, nice job!

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    December 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    what kind of paint for cabinets that will not chip

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      Kristi Linauer
      December 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      I use interior oil-based paint in a satin finish. But I always sand first, then use an oil-based primer (Zinsser), and sand again. Then I paint.

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    Selena Mini
    January 9, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Great! you really wonderfully transform the old kitchen into a modern style.

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    Jennifer Loy
    January 9, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I have been back here numerous times..Its beautiful..great job, so inspiring. I looked all over (i think) what is the color you used on the walls?

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      Kristi Linauer
      January 9, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Thank so much, Jennifer! The light yellow on the walls is called Rich Cream. It’s a Behr (Home Depot) color. It’s the perfect shade of light, creamy yellow. 🙂

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        Jennifer Loy
        January 12, 2013 at 10:42 am

        Thank you for sharing..I live in a mobile home and will be using this color. I love them all!!!

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    January 23, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Kristi, you are AMAZING! Your creativity and talent leaves me speechless! I LOVE what you’ve done with your condo, and it has give me a lot of good dreamin’ for our old house. Thank you! I’m so glad I’ve found your website!

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    February 4, 2013 at 10:32 am

    What size is your subway tile? 3 x 6 or 4.25 x 8.5? I am about to do my backsplash too, and I was wondering what size you used? It looks stellar!

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    February 4, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    are your kitchen cabinets a charcoal gray?

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    February 8, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Stumbled upon your site, just love your kitchen make over 🙂

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    February 12, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Looks like you made your baseboards taller in the after photos. Did replace?

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    February 22, 2013 at 12:20 am

    I LOVE everything about this kitchen. I am looking for new stainless steel appliances and really like the ones here. Can you tell me the brand and/or models that they are?

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      Kristi Linauer
      February 22, 2013 at 12:25 am

      Hi Valerie~
      My appliances actually aren’t stainless steel. 🙂 They’re a much less expensive, fake stainless steel version called Silver Mist by Frigidaire. We bought ours at Best Buy.

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    March 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your butcher block counter saga. Our Ikea wood counters arrive tomorrow and I was pretty sure I really wanted them darker and was contemplating all kids of options until I read your blog. I think you just saved me lots of time and frustration. They do look nice natural by the way! Now if my hubby and I could just agree on a backsplash…

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    March 14, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Love, love, love. Beautiful transformation. I have a question…did you just paint the outsides of the cabinets and the doors or the inside of the cabinets and shelves, too?

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    March 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    First of all, your kitchen is beautifully transformed and so warm/inviting. Next, I think you need to make and sell some of these things! I do not enjoy making these types of things, but I love to buy unique things for my house!! I would love to buy both the spice rack and the tree (made as a wall decal!) There — I just started a business for you, and I would be your first customer:)

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    March 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Wow this is beautiful, Kristy! Great job! I absolutely love everything about it!

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    March 29, 2013 at 10:14 am

    <3 …. I love everything about the kitchen.

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    April 25, 2013 at 5:43 am

    That is an amazing makeover. I have been debating for some time what to do with the late 80’s oak cabinets in my kitchen.
    Great job!

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    April 26, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I just wanted to say that I happened upon your picture of the chalkboard door on pinterest and was blown away. I have a HVAC door like that and its one of the first doors you see when you walk into my house. I have been trying to figure out what to do to make it look better and now I know what I am going to do! CHALKBOARD! Then I kept looking through your blog and saw your kitchen and was amazed! Because I painted my kitchen cabinets a similar color! What good taste we have! Glad I found your blog!

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    Caroline @ The Home Depot
    May 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm


    Your kitchen makeover turned out so well! What an incredible before-and-after! I would love to pin this to The Home Depot’s Kitchen pinterest board, if you don’t mind!

    Senior Editor, The Home Depot

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    May 26, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I am in love with everything you have done! I have been wanting to spruce up our small dated kitchen for a while so I am blatantly using all the wonderful ideas you have shared. The best part is my Husband likes them too! (you can now add peacekeeper to your resume:) One question…where did you get the cabinet hardware? (pulls, hinges, just all of it) Thank you!

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      Kristi Linauer
      June 12, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      Hi Mary~
      I generally get my hardware at either Home Depot or Lowe’s. I’m pretty sure the hardware in my kitchen came from Lowe’s.

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    [email protected] Tile Backsplash
    June 8, 2013 at 6:43 am

    OMG! Absolutely amazing, this is a night and day difference. I love the cabinet color, the ceramic tile subway backsplash, the floors all of it. It is so perfectly decorated as well. I have to admit, my favorite is the spice rack wall board, cute idea!

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    June 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    This is so amazing! It is stellar! I had a question about your counter tops. When you chose a different sink, did you have it installed first, then had IKEA work around it, or did you have to pick the counter top first and chose the sink to fit the counter top? Sorry, don’t know how that stuff works, and I would really like to do that counter top! it looks really great! Thanks for sharing all your tips. 🙂

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    Tiffany Hartman
    June 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I absolutely love this kitchen! The hand painted tree with the birds is such a unique touch! It reminds me of the pillows I design using my nature photography. If you love this element check out my pillows at

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    Why I Blog
    July 11, 2013 at 11:49 am

    […] about it).  My goal here isn’t to convince everyone that they need an orange front door, or teal kitchen cabinets, or a big tree painted on their kitchen wall.  But if I’ve inspired anyone to get over a […]

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    July 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    The ‘after” is is fantastic – I love this. The colors are beautiful and the wood countertop is perfect, color and all. Has given me some great ideas – thanks so much for posting!

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    Our Condo Floor Plan
    July 15, 2013 at 11:55 am

    […] Kitchen […]

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    Debra B Chavous
    July 28, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I LOVE YOU! I love how you DIY so many projects. I have always had to make, fix, redo, update it myself, on very low budget. I went to the Ikea site. I would love to order the counter top or make the cedar one for my bathroom. When I order from Ikea online… How should I cut the sink hole?

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      Kristi Linauer
      July 29, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      That’s actually the one thing I hired out. Because I wanted an undermount sink, I knew the sink hole had to be perfect (or close to it), and I didn’t trust myself to do it. So I hired someone. He charged me $50 to cut the hole and get it all sanded down smoothly.

      After watching him, I realize that I could have done it myself. He used a circular saw to cut the straight sides, and a jigsaw to cut the rounded corners. Then he used a belt sander and a circular sander to sand and smooth the cut edges.

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    August 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    So inspiring! I cannot wait to be a home owner. Beautiful kitchen, and I can’t believe you free handed those birds and branches, INCREDIBLE.

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    December 7, 2013 at 9:40 am

    It’s stunning! What a major difference. I agree with your husband, that tree is beautiful!

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    December 7, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Just followed you on Bloglovin’. 🙂

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    December 19, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Thanks for the inspiration! I just bought a 1941 rambler and am about to tackle the kitchen… I’ve saved it for last because I just couldn’t decide what to do, but your photos have inspired me!

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    Cheryll Guertin
    December 29, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Wow! I am an interior designer too.. (retired) I couldn’t believe it when I saw your kitchen..It is so much like my own.. the gray-blue cabinets.. my wall color is a light blue-gray. All the accesssosries including the knobs and pulls are in cobalt blue. Brushed nickel faucet, and fixtures throughout which includes the attached dining room. Your wall color is the color of my kitchen and door drapes.. I adore your wall treatment with the tree and birds.. It’s funny, everyone elses house gets designed, but your own, it’s the last to get any detailed design (at least that was my case). Now I’m having fun in my own home.. Would love to share ideas with you and your bloggers, if you are willing.

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    January 6, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Hi Kristi…I am new to your blog and am enjoying hours of viewing all your remodeling you have done over the years that are absolutely beautiful. The condo is outstanding…… the kitchen is my favorite. I have a question..what did you do with the microwave…I do not see it anywhere in that kitchen. I see you replaced it with a hood above the stove which looks great btw, but how do you live without a microwave? The tree mural is is giving me an idea on what to do on a wall in my stairway to my theater room in our basement, I love this idea and will take a few things from yours yet do it a little different. Thank you for sharing your talents with us…can’t wait to see your newest house done, wish I lived close..I’d be peeking in the windows all the! You are one very talented lady!

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    My Finished Credenza Makeover (Before & After)
    January 8, 2014 at 9:00 am

    […] it’s not stuffy or boring.  But predictable?  After living in a condo for seven years with this kitchen and this breakfast room, there’s no way I’d be satisfied with […]

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    January 19, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I love the countertops and sink! Does IKEA cup the counters for the sink insert? I may just have to buy these.

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    Brenda B
    January 25, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Great job!!!.This is exactly the way I would like to do my future condo kitchen. Thanks,very inspirational

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    A Completely New Direction For My Living Room Walls
    January 27, 2014 at 10:19 am

    […] Hush — This is the color I used on my kitchen cabinets and my breakfast room cabinets at the condo.  I absolutely LOVED it at the condo, but here I think […]

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    How To Paint Anything And Everything
    February 7, 2014 at 11:16 am

    […] a brush and get a near-flawless finish.  These are the exact steps I used to paint the cabinets in my condo kitchen, and the paint job on those was still going strong when we moved on October.  I used oil-based […]

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    February 8, 2014 at 3:20 am

    HI, for the Rich Cream wall color, did you use this is latex? Also what finish did you go with?

    Also, the wall color in the white painted fireplace room, is that the Martha Stewart Rainwater? in latex or oil based? satin?

    Thank you

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    Q & A–What Foyer Paint Color Will Coordinate With This Living Room?
    February 8, 2014 at 10:26 am

    […] I’ve used is called Rich Cream from Behr.  It’s the color that I used on the walls in the kitchen, breakfast room, and living room of our […]

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    DIY Fireplace Part 4 – The Finished Brick Fire Box And Mosaic Tile Surround
    February 14, 2014 at 9:35 am

    […] what you pay for), but it gets the job done, and has seen me through several projects, including the backsplash in the kitchen condo, John & Alice’s bathroom makeover, and now this project, with a few smaller projects […]

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    Kitchen News & Kitchen Plans
    February 27, 2014 at 11:56 am

    […] I do realize that my comfort zone would be considered daring for lots of people, considering that I had teal cabinets in the condo), and do some really fun, daring things that I might feel more reluctant to try if this were the […]

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    March 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I have a galllery kitchen ,too and I stay in apartment . They didnt want me to paint …but the cabinets were ugly. I found a solution OLD ENGLISH SPRAY FURNISH…..I did not paint …but it looks …sooo nice. Their kitchen give me so many ideas to try …Thank you …you are awesome!

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    March 9, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Kirsti you do a great job of decorating and blogging.

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    Elizabeth Sagarminaga
    March 13, 2014 at 5:47 am

    I love all of your projects! So creative AND inspirational. Design style is much important for planning a kitchen. I am much impressed by your information and I will keep in mind all the things, which you have shared for designing my kitchen.

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    Penny Fox
    March 19, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I love this, and I am very interested in knowing where you got the jars for the spices. I live in a trailer and my kitchen is small and would love that…. Great job!

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    March 20, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Thank you for proving to me that there is hope for my ugly galley kitchen.

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    Lindsay Trausch
    March 20, 2014 at 10:16 am

    What did you use on top of your caninets to protect or seal them?

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    May 18, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I love the color of your cabinets so I went to get the paint today and the color is VERY teal/aqua compared to the photos. I even went to both chain stores and each mixed it the same aqua. So I had Home Depot add a bit of gray and it came out perfect. Not sure if their formula has changed but if you’re wanting the smoky blue hue you see here, beware and ask them to add a dose of gray.
    I just finished coating my bathroom cabinets and will hang them tomorrow! So excited and was inspired by your blog. Thanks for sharing!

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    Progress & Paint Frustrations
    July 7, 2014 at 9:51 am

    […] through and used the tried and true oil-based paint in a satin finish.  That’s what I used in the condo kitchen, and I always loved how those cabinets turned out.  And the paint was very durable.  The problem […]

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    July 18, 2014 at 6:22 am

    Great job on your kitchen! May I ask what color and brand of grout you went with? We are using white subway tile from Lowes (not the brightest white but softer) and trying to find a matching white grout to make it seamless. The first one we tried was too bright so it made the tile look creamier. Looks like you found a great match! Thanks 🙂

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      Kristi Linauer
      July 18, 2014 at 7:35 am

      Well, I actually didn’t find a great match with the grout. I ended up painting my grout. 🙂 I just used latex paint in either a satin or semi-gloss finish (can’t remember which one), and used my finger to smear it on, and then wiped off the excess with a wet rag. Worked great! It still looked great when we moved out of the condo last October. The color I used is Polar Bear by Behr from Home Depot.

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    Stephanie Roberts
    October 26, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Hi. I love the color you painted the cabinets and want to do the same in my kitchen. I went to Home Depot today to find the swatch for Behr’s “Hallowed Hush” and was surprised to see how different it looked from the pictures on your blog. On the swatch the color seems much lighter and looks more aqua than grey. Will it look different once it’s painted on the cabinets? I also have the same question for the wall color “Rich Creme”. It looks much lighter and more yellow on the swatch.


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      Kristi Linauer
      October 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      You’ll need to purchase a sample and test it in your room. Colors can look drastically different from room to room depending on lighting and many other factors. Hallowed Hush looks dark on these cabinets, but I tried it in the living room of the house we now live in, and it was way too light, but the living room also has three windows, including one 9-foot window, so it gets a lot more light than the condo kitchen got. There’s no way I can tell you how these colors are going to look in your house.

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      Kristi Linauer
      October 26, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      The color is definitely not gray, though. In the condo, it looks teal.

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    February 15, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Holy smokes, that is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the colors of the cabinet and the tree picture on the back wall ties it all together and makes it look whimsical. Love it!!!

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    February 15, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Love your butcher block! I was considering doing mine darker, but the more I look at pictures like this, the more I want to go lighter. Did you stain these? If so, what is the color of the stain? Thanks!

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    March 2, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Hi! Your kitchen is going to be my inspiration! I love the colors! LOVE!

    The backsplash…is the white hard to keep clean? I have white cabinets currently and by mid summer they’re going to match yours! The white cabinets are so hard to keep clean, so I’m very skeptical about the white back splash…

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      Kristi Linauer
      March 2, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      No, it’s not hard to keep clean. It’s glazed ceramic tile, so as long as the grout is sealed, it’s all very easy to wipe down.

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    Gayle Arebalo
    March 13, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Who cares that it took 3 years….it is beautiful. This renovation stuff is a lot harder than it looks! I am redoing a condo from 1970. Stripped a living room wall this week. 3 layers of wallpaper and 4 colors of paint. Crazy! But my question for you is about the size of your sink. Our cabinet base is only 22″ and I hoped to be able to get a bigger sink but everyone is advising no. Can you tell me the length of your entire counter top with the sink and how wide is your sink? Thank you ever so much.

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      Kristi Linauer
      March 13, 2015 at 7:34 am

      The cabinet are 24 inches deep, and the countertop is something like 25.25 inches deep and 8 feet long. I don’t remember the exact dimensions of the sink, but I don’t think it would fit a countertop that’s only 22 inches deep. I don’t live there anymore, or I would measure for you. I found that sink on Ebay.

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    September 22, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    I love your cabinets! I want to paint mine as well but don’t have the first clue about painting cabinets. Can you give me some pointers on how to do it?

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    March 18, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Looks great! I’m wondering how the wood countertops have held up to use? 🙂

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      March 18, 2019 at 7:45 am

      We haven’t lived there in five years, but when we moved, the countertops looked great. I learned the hard way that the best way to seal butcherblock countertops is with mineral oil only.