kitchen reno!

Hello everyone and happy Sunday 😊 I have a really exciting post for you tonight as I’m sharing the results of a HUGE project that I’ve been working on over the last few weeks.

The kitchen in my townhouse has always been a place that I wanted to tackle a larger project and over Thanksgiving weekend I decided to officially get started. I am thankful that I have had a lot of help along the way to make the whole project possible. So big shoutout to Brittany, Shyanne, and my dad!!!!

Prior to the project my kitchen had light oak cabinets, silver pulls, and cabinets that hung overhead above the sink and island blocking my view to/from the living room. In summary, it was definitely not a kitchen to write home about….

The first step in this big project was to tackle the painting of the cabinets. I opted to use chalk paint from Country Chic that I purchased at Picks. I chose a dark gray “Cobblestone” and was so happy with how it turned out. I have had experience with chalk paint before and I knew that when doing my cabinets that was the only way to go since the prep work with chalk paint is extremely minimal. First step was to get the cabinets washed down with wood soap and ensure they were dry and ready to go. My friend Brittany and I removed all of the hardware and the doors and then got to work!

Since the base of light oak was easy to cover the island and the trim around the doors really only took one nice coat. We did touch up in some places but other than that the coverage was excellent. Then we painted all of the doors and I let dry over night. Those all required a second coat but looked great after that application.

The final step with chalk paint is the waxing which I did about 36 hours after the doors were dry and all hung back up. The wax helps to seal in the color and help the paint from damaging easily. You can reapply wax as often as needed if the cabinets begin to wear. It also helps to add a nice matte looking finish to the color overall.

After the painting was complete I had 2 more main tasks ahead of me. One was taking down the overhead cabinets that were blocking my view from the kitchen to the living room. The removal process was quite the adventure to say the least and I’m so thankful my friend and neighbor Shyanne came over to help me. After we got them down it was amazing how much of a difference it made. It truly felt like a brand new kitchen and even a brand new house with how much it opened up my whole first floor.


The other “final touch” to make the facelift complete was to choose new hardware for the cabinets. I found these great pulls with the brushed bronze and twine in an arrow shape at Hobby Lobby. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find something really similar in the correct size I needed for my drawers but I found a great knob at Menards that fit my budget and also had the same brushed bronze/gold finish. I added those to the drawers instead of one long pull as the size I needed was hard to come by.


My finishing touches to the project were to repaint the walls and ceiling that were affected from the cabinet removal and then add some new decor to the bare walls that came from taking down the corner cabinet near the sink. I was able to rework a lot of my cabinets and their organization since I take down 4 cabinets from over and near the sink. I had my superhero dad help me hang up the removed cabinets in my garage and moved a lot of my larger and less frequently used kitchen items out there! That way I didn’t really “lose” the space but I get to have a kitchen with a better layout for my house.

The new corner became home to 2 floating shelves that I bought and painted with the same chalk paint as the cupboards. I filled them with my spices as it’s a fun way to display them and they were located in a cupboard that I needed to rework. I also found this fun gold mail holder at Target that I screwed into the wall so that I can have a place to collect my mail and those items that need attention so I don’t forget. I also bought the white and gold hanging decor piece from Target and will use it as a jar to drop my keys in since it’s right at the entrance to my garage.

Lastly, I bought a 2nd letterboard because I’ve been having so much fun with the one at my office 🙂 This is the opposite of the one at my office as it has a white background and black letters. I hit pinterest up for some kitchen quote ideas and was certainly not disappointed when I found this one hahah. It matches my feelings towards bacon very well and I think it’s a good laugh for guests who will visit.

I am SO excited because this upcoming Friday I am hosting a big group of girlfriends for a Christmas party and I can’t wait to have them all in the brand new kitchen and have us standing around the newly opened island and living room and having an easy time seeing and talking to everyone!! I hope that you all are having a successful time preparing for Christmas next week (holy smokes….) and that you enjoy a wonderful holiday filled with family, food, a joyful heart, and lots of love.

I’ll be back with more soon! #sugarspiceandstylethatsnice

xoxo Jen

2 thoughts on “kitchen reno!

  1. Shelby Davidson says:

    This turned out great Jen! We are thinking about doing this to our kitchen if you want to come visit and help out😉

    Curious what you did for the inside of the cabinets?

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    • sugarspiceandstylethatsnice says:

      Hey Shelb!! Thanks 😊 hahaha I would be more than happy to come and help. It’s a big project but it’s so rewarding to see the results when you’re done and how big of a difference it makes.

      I decided not to paint the inside of my cabinets or the inside of the doors. I figured it doesn’t get seen often and I didn’t want to have to clear everything out in order to paint! This way I just got to keep everything in the cupboards 👍🏻


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