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Kitchen Makeover – Mood Board Plan and Design

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Excited would be an understatement when I discuss my kitchen redesign. I can’t wait to share all of the details with you for my kitchen makeover – mood board plan and design!

Kitchen renovations are typically the most expensive home improvement on the market. There are so many elements necessary to a kitchen. Cabinets, flooring, lighting, backsplash, countertops and more. Then you are offered endless possibilities for which materials to use for each of these items. Granite, stone, marble, wood, ceramic, porcelain, brass, copper – until you want to scream out ENOUGH! And we haven’t even talked about paint colors for the walls. Being that I have a very tight budget I had to decide where my money would be best spent. This is my kitchen makeover mood board plan and design.

It all begins with a good plan

Honey Bee and I sold our big-city house and downsized to our vacation cottage townhome less than two years ago. We have owned this home for 11 years now and it was brand new when we purchased it. When this house was our vacation home we would visit on the weekends and long holidays. The kitchen was absolutely perfect the way it was. Now that we live in the house full-time, it’s a different story. Let me try and explain

Dark and dreary

Our townhome is built as a multiple quad unit, meaning that our house is attached to 3 other houses.

Obviously this isn’t drawn to scale. I would like for you to take notice of where the kitchen is located in my house. The kitchen does not have any windows or means of natural light, except for the windows on the opposite side of the house. It is like walking into a dark cave everyday. You can’t use the kitchen unless you have overhead lighting turned on. The cabinets are dark cherry, the flooring is dark wood and the countertops are black granite adding to even more darkness.

Welcome to the Cave

Are you ready to see the kitchen in its current state?

Please keep in mind that the above photo was taken with ALL of the lights turned on and with an added light to the left of the refrigerator.

This next photo is a truer depiction of everyday life. It was photographed on a very bright and sunshiny day, yet look at how dark it is. And I turned lamps on just so that this wasn’t a blank, black photo.

Look at how bright and beautiful the living room is! Sadly this natural light can’t possibly reach the kitchen.

All of the following photos are enhanced with lighting.

What’s a Girl to Do?

Since I can’t knock out the walls to my neighbor’s homes and there is no way to add windows, I have to be creative. My personal decor style is Cottage Traditional. Decorating with whites, greys, blues and greens is my comfort zone.

Game Plan

  • Paint the kitchen cabinets
  • New cabinet hardware
  • Add a backsplash
  • Find an oversized shelf with antique corbels
  • Add a new dining room chandelier to better enhance the kitchen
  • New rug with light background color
  • Move an existing table into the kitchen
  • Use some existing decor and add new decor in neutral tones and touches of blue/aqua
  • Pray everything goes to plan 🙂

Cayden Bronze Chandelier

Everett Foyer Table – Natural

Everett Foyer Table – Burnt Alder

Hexagon White Carerra Marble Backsplash

Antique Demijohn Bottles

Vintage French Breadboard 

Grey Cow Painting

French Blue Glass Bottles


Every week for the next five weeks I will show you my progress step-by-step. Hopefully, the final week will be a beautiful reveal of a completely refreshed kitchen! If you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to ask. Please keep in mind that I haven’t even visited a tile shop yet LOL. I will be heading to the “big city” tomorrow to price out backsplash options – wish me luck!

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  1. There are so many exciting things happening in this kitchen! I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. I love your mood board so much and I know this is going to be fabulous! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Hey CoCo –

      From your mouth to God’s ear! Making design decisions look so easy on television LOL. When it’s our own homes we are ever mindful of our budget and not wanting to make a mistake. Who knew there were a million backsplash options LOL! Thanks for your love and encouragement!

      Vicki and Jenn

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