My {Merry & Bright} Kitchen Reveal

I can’t even begin to tell you how EXCITED I am.
Are you ready for a TON OF pictures????
After A LOT of Sweat, Tears, Sore Knees and thankfully NOT a ton of Money
Soft Aqua Blue Walls
Creamy White Cabinets
Refinished Black Countertops
It’s Amazing what a little paint can do!
Remember the UGLY BEFORE??
 And the MUCH better After…
Phase 1 was painting the walls and removing all the cabinet door fronts & drawers
Then I did A LOT of sanding….
Applied Beadboard to the Cabinet Fronts
And painted them a Yummy Creamy White.
Then My Handy Brother in Law Came over and removed the kitchen sink
So I could refinish them using some of this…
After several days of letting them Cure…
 I now have Shiny Black Countertops
Aren’t they pretty????
The entire Make-over cost me roughly $150
But the results are Priceless!
It is Definitley
Merry & Bright!
And even though I do have it decorated for Christmas,
 some of the decor will change After the New Year.
But I am LOVING My Red Feather Wreath here for the time being!

  Every Kitchen needs a cute cookie jar right???
And a little nook to display my polka dot plates
I am SO Glad to have this project DONE!
But even MORE glad to have a kitchen that looks like it goes with the rest of my house.
Here is where I will be showing it off!
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  1. LOVE!!!

  2. Love the counters and oh my gosh, the red wreath!! I didn’t know it was so cheap to refinish ugly counters. Great job! It’s super cute. 🙂

  3. LOVE how it turned out! Fabulous job! I love the colors!! I use the same ones. 🙂 And LOVE that red frame!


  5. GREAT job! Much better. YAY!!

  6. So fun, Kristy! Great job!

  7. I’ve been wondering about that counter paint. We are living with horrible 1980 counter tops and they are stained to top it all off. Sounds like it was easy to do? Certainly looks amazing!

  8. Looks so great!! I love your red accents with the blue and black. And that countertop refinishing stuff looks really great–way to update without spending a fortune on granite!

  9. What an amazing difference! I am trying to build up the courage to paint my kitchen cabinets!

  10. fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-love it!
    amazing job…can i come over?

  11. Gorgeous!!

  12. What!! This is awesome, Kristy!!! Nice job indeedy- Kell has some of that countertop cover and has been dying to use it- so glad to see yours turned out so pretty! Love love love!


  13. wow those aren’t even that crazy of changes and the difference is amazing. It looks great! I’d love you to add it to what we wore and made party over at

  14. Great makeover. No more boring builder kitchen look. It’s so much happier looking! Nice color choices too.

  15. There are a blanket variety of different sinks options for your kitchen and bath. Not solely do you have your selection of countless materials, including metals, acrylics, and eventide stones, simply you can too select the eccentric of climb that you would similar for your sink.

  16. We are about ready to start our kitchen too…..I was thinking about using the same product on my countertops. Do you have any idea how well it holds up??

  17. Im dancing all around the room that wreath is to die for and your kitchen is toooo cute!

  18. Beautiful! I didn’t even know you could do that with your countertops. I love how coordinated your whole kitchen is. It’s gorgeous.

  19. wwwwwwwwwoooooooooowwwwwwwwww

    SO GOOD!!!!!

    Love everything. The color combos are just perfect!

    What color white are the cabinets? Ours are in need and it’s hard to find a white that isn’t too stark!

  20. Gotta love what a little paint can do! Your kitchen looks amazing and love all the Christmas decor! I would love for you to come link up today over at!! Your newest fan!!

  21. gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!!
    im your newest follower! ok so puhlease do tell, what did you use to paint your cabinets? did you seriouslly sand ALL OF THEM?! omg!
    and i luve the pale blue and red combo! fab!

  22. Beautiful ! I wondered how the rustoleum counter stuff worked. I used the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations on my recent Cabinet Painting ! If you’d like to see it it’s

  23. It looks beautiful! Love it!
    I plan on redoing our kitchen at some point as well and looking at your pics makes me want to do it soon. lol
    Thanks for linking up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse party. I’ll be featuring this tomorrow.

  24. Beautiful! All that Christmas stuff in there is perfect!

  25. Anonymous says:

    I love that color blue on your walls! What is the name and brand of pain you used? Soft aqua white? Thanks!

  26. it looks amazing! wow, what a difference!

  27. LOVE it! It looks wonderful! That is a project on my list….kind of dreading painting the cabinets. I hope mine turn out this good!

  28. I love this! That counter top stain is amazing! Looks great, thanks for sharing! ~ Alicia

  29. Wow! What a great transformation! I love how it looks with the crisp white and pops of red.

  30. Gorgeous transformation. Love the pops of red everywhere. I recently updated my kitchen as well. Isn’t the finished product so worth it?!? Enjoy!

  31. Pretty!

  32. Wow it looks so great!

  33. Oh my goodnes.. I LOVE this! SO bright and cheerful, it makes me smile! I love the BOLD accessories, and soft contrasts! Can you do my kitchen next? Thanks for showing off!


  34. Your kitchen is definitely merry and bright, now! You have done a beautiful job on it all.
    I know you must be SO happy with it!!!
    Hugs, Cindy

  35. The before and after are amazing. Your kitchen looks completely different. I love the colors. They are very merry and bright. Thanks for sharing. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.

  36. Love your transformation! I’m your newest follower. =)

  37. I’m a huge fan of the lovely color scheme going on here! So pretty! 🙂 I’m totally jealous of your kitchen! Its beautiful! 🙂

  38. I love the colors of the kitchen and it is just beautiful! Glad I found your blog! I will follow along 🙂 Hope you have time to come visit soon! blessings!

  39. Your kitchen is so pretty! The white cabinets make it look so much brighter!! And I love all of the pops of red!!

    I featured it on my TT&J FB page 🙂


  40. came from TT&J – I’m such a sucker for red. Wow I’m shocked it was only $150, good job! Love the feather wreath too!

  41. You did a beautiful job and so much work. I’m so happy for you. Enjoy your wonderful kitchen and Merry Christmas to you and your family! ♥

  42. I’m over visiting from the Lolly Jane’s link party. I love what you did with this kitchen! Amazing!

    ~Kara (your newest google follower 🙂

  43. Your new kitchen is beautiful! Love the colors – and the countertop?? Awesome!! 🙂

  44. Love, love, love! Amazing job! Tell me about your counter tops. Hard, easy, sanding required, how long to cure etc. I redid mine using the counter top kit from rustoleum and I hate them! Hate them! They are chipping like crazy. So, wondering the in’s and out’s and all the details. If of course, you don’t mind sharing. Thanks muchly my friend!

  45. Your ‘new’ kitchen is bright and beautiful. Painting cabinets is a lot of work but so worth it! I love all the decor touches as well. 🙂
    I’m Dave’s wife as well…just a different one. 🙂 I’m your newest follower! Stop on by sometime! I have a weekly linky party called Terrific Under Ten Tuesday. It’s for projects made for $10 or less. I would love for you to link up sometime!

  46. Wow that was an amazing redo, love the splashes of red and the counter top is amazing! What is the name of the cabinet color? I’ve been looking for a soft cream but haven’t found what I like yet, can you share?

  47. LOVE this!!! I love aqua and red together and this is just gorgeous…the perfect pops of color and details! You did a fantastic job!

  48. I love it! It looks amazing! Our kitchen cabinets are same way and I cannot wait for us to be able to paint them, I just have to figure out how to keep our two year old out of the kitchen and garage during the process.

  49. Far out brussel sprout! That’s awesome! And my kinda price range too. I’d love it if you shared this at my Saturday Splendour Party! 🙂

  50. Visiting from TCB. The makeover shows off your talent! A little elbow grease and a lot of creative vision…fabulous!

  51. Absolutely beautiful remodel! I love your kitchen! The colors are great, and I am amazed at how lovely the counter tops look. I would never guess they had been painted! And the best part is how great it looks for the price. Hats off to you! 🙂

  52. Oh my goodness I absolutely love this! So gorgeous!

  53. GORGEOUS! Your kitchen cabinets are stunning all cream’ified! I’m putting your kitchen in the PoPP Spotlight. Thanks for linking up.

  54. Oh how I love your kitchen! I too, painted white cabinets, with light blue walls. I LOVE everything about yours. Especially the red touches.

  55. your kitchen looks amazing- the red touches really bring it to life!

  56. I understand how you feel! I did the same thing last year and am still amazed how much better it looks for not that much money!

    You did a great job, now enjoy Christmas!

  57. So pretty! I especially love your red chalkboard frame! I would love for you to link this up at Do Something Crafty Friday:

    The linky will be up all week 🙂

  58. That kitchen just had to be pinned to my Pinterest, just right the minute I saw it!!! You must be thrilled with your “new” kitchen, it is absolutely gorgeous – great job! Congrats on being featured at Under the Table and Dreaming, too!!!


  59. Love the changes. It looks so good. Paint just changed everything. I’ve been telling my mom about the counter kit. We used the cabinet kit for our master bath.

  60. Seriously, your kitchen makeover looks GREAT! Good job!!!!!

  61. LOVE the frame on the door!

  62. I want to copy every single thing! I LOVE that black and white striped entry too! Thanks for giving me the confidence to repaint my counter tops. Pinning this right now!

  63. Wow This is amazing. I love this.

  64. HOLY COW!! I. Am. In. Love!!!!

  65. Anonymous says:

    Adorable! Even my husband loves it!

  66. This is so great! I love the blue with the bright pops of red! So cheery!!!! (On the exclamation point scale this post is at “holy friggin awesome!) LOL

  67. This looks absolutely fantastic! I’m stuck in married student housing for a few more years but I dream of one day having a white kitchen with dark counter tops and dark hard wood floors….if only that one day could come faster!

    I found you through Every Creative Endeavor’s Creative Bloggers Got Talent and love your site! I’m your newest follower

    Newlyweds on a Budget

    P.S. I saw you’re attending SNAP-I’ll be there too! It’s my first blogging conference and I’m SO excited about it!

  68. I have a red kitchen also! LOVE yours…mine leans torward country…might need to find a few new items to spruce things up!!

  69. I too would love to know the shade of blue you used! And, is your chalkboard frame from IKEA? <3 it!!!

  70. This is MY redone kitchen minus the countertops! It looks so nice…I just haven’t been able to get up the nerve to do them. If ya ruin them it’s a pricey fix! Great job! 🙂

  71. Anonymous says:

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    -Ally from Home by Ally

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