Kitchen, Old House,

Good things don’t come easy

Chalkboard wall

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ve seen some progress pics of the kitchen.  The contractors were at my house for about 2 weeks on and off & I was so excited about how the kitchen was looking.  It wasn’t until everyone left and I sat in the kitchen just looking at everything that I noticed something…..a BIG something–the white cabinets weren’t actually white! They were more off-white and definitely did not look great with the backsplash tile which is a stark white subway tile.

I’ll be honest…I may have shed a tear.  I felt like a failure.

“Emily, don’t you think you’re being a bit dramatic?” Yes, I am…or at least I was.  But in my defense, we had just dropped a lot of hard-earned money that we had been saving for a long time and it was my fault that the paint wasn’t right. I definitely don’t like screwing things up, but I guess a good dose of humility is never a bad thing.

I can certainly say that I learned a lot in doing this renovation.  In fact, I think I’ll write a post later about lessons learned so that maybe someone else can learn from my mistakes!


Alex talked with the cabinet guy and we’re getting them re-painted.  Thankfully it’s just the white that wasn’t right because it really isn’t that much to work with.  Just a few top cabinets. We’ll have the door fronts professionally sprayed with the CORRECT white, then I’ll foam roll the cabinets attached to the wall.

Here’s a picture of the trim painted in the correct white & the cabinets in the “wrong” white:

white & "white"

Hopefully by this time next week I’ll be able to say that the kitchen is FINISHED.  Fingers crossed!

In the mean time, here are a few more sneak peeks:

Chalkboard wall

Patio doors



Next post will be a BEFORE/AFTER of the finished product!



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I would have cried too! On the bright side, what I see of your kitchen looks amazing! Can’t wait for the full reveal!



Thanks, Holly! ….glad I’m not alone in my occasional drama 😉



What color white did you end up going with?



Sherwin Williams bright white. It’s actually just their white base…not a thing added to it!


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