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Aqua and White Kitchen Reveal!!

I love my new Aqua and White Kitchen.

I had white cabinets at my last house and loved them. For some reason I thought since this house was a little more rustic that a white kitchen wouldn’t work. But I am so happy with the way this remodel turned out.

{NOTE — lots of pictures to come}

{The Keep Calm sign is from Barn Owl Primitives}

Here’s what the kitchen looked like when we bought the house 10 years ago — Corian counters and lots of brass.

A few years later we added some granite counters and a rustic backsplash:

But it wasn’t quite what I wanted. I needed something a little lighter and brighter.

So this summer we started working on making a pretty big change. We painted the walls from brown to a light grey —

Sharkey Grey from Martha Stewart Paint via Home Depot. And painted over the backsplash tile. We used a special primer for tile first. And it looks so great.

We ended up painting the entire first floor, except for the living room that color. It’s such a pretty shade of grey and so neutral.And it makes the house seem so much lighter and brighter than the brown color did.

We also painted the little nook in our family room white and added some beadboard to the back. It’s a great place to display family pictures!

There are also a few other projects that I did along the way that added to this project, like my Aqua Door:

Stenciled Pillows:

Stenciled Faux Roman Shades:

Family Organization Station:

Beadboard Open Shelves:

Wrapping Paper-Lined Cabinet:

DIY Pendant Lights:

Pennant Pantry:

And I love the color we decided to paint the island. It’s Martha Stewart’s Rainwater:

Here are a few more pictures:

Just to let you know — we did pay someone to paint the cabinets. After painting my DIY Entertainment Unit, I knew I was way too anal to paint all of these cabinets myself.

So we hired  a wonderful cabinet painter. He used a very high-tech spray gun with dyed polyurethane which is very durable and leaves no brush marks. I couldn’t be happier.

And now I have a bright & Happy kitchen/Family Room area.

It’s a great space to spend time as a family!!


Have a Wonderful Day!!!

PS — Coming up tomorrow, a Valentine’s Day tutorial.


  1. So, how are your painted kitchen cabinets holding up? Thanks!

  2. So, how are the painted cabinets holding up after a couple of years? I’m curious to know! Thanks!

  3. Megan Taylor says:

    Hello – did you paint the kitchen cupboards too? If so what type of paint did you use?

  4. amazing kitchen, and the aqua parts … – Divine! :)

  5. I love the entire transformation. I was wondering what the special primer was you used on your tile? I am wanting to paint over my own dark tile to a lighter color but I havent had the best of luck finding good DIY info about doing just that! Thanks for any info you can provide!

  6. Love your kitchen. What is the color granite you have?

  7. Cute! Cute! Cute!!!

  8. I love the kitchen book bench around your kitchen table. How or where did you get that?

    • Hi Abbey — do you mean the banquette? I got that through Ballard Designsand had the corner part altered to fit the wall.


  9. Do you know what the color or style of that granite is called? It’s beautiful.

  10. Hey thanks for giving a nice plug for professional painters doing the painting for your cabinets. Spraying does indeed eliminate brush marks but takes a lot of skill to do it right.

    Beautiful house Jen!

  11. We just bought a house with a similar kitchen layout and I plan to copy a lot of this! Where did you get the L-shaped couch kinda thing you have there with the table? I just love it all!

  12. where did you get your breakfast nook bench table–dying to have something like this in my space

  13. Love everything about this kitchen!! It is so much like my layout but looks so much brighter! Thanks for posting & giving me a goal :)

  14. Erin Wright says:

    I’ve been searching all over for a rug just like that! Please do tell where you found that one!!!!!! Thanks :)

  15. indiengmom says:

    Hi Jen. Love your kitchen. How costly it is to hire someone to paint kitchen cabinets? I am thinking of painting our kitchen cabinets white for some months now, but I don’t think I can paint them myself. Also how to find custon slipcover maker locally? Thanks.

    • It depends on the size of your kitchen and how many cabinets you need painted. Mine was about 3,000 but I have tons of cabinets.


  16. Where did you purchase the light fixture above the table? I love it and haven’t ever seen anything like it!

    • Hi Krissy!

      My mom actually found the light fixture in her attic. I think it’s pretty old :)


      • What a find! It looks perfect there above your table. Thanks so much for answering my question – and for sharing your beautiful kitchen. It really is lovely, and I have enjoyed looking at the pictures (over and over again!)

  17. Love your kitchen colors!!! Thinking of going grey myself. :) I saw your kitchen rug by your sink and loved it. Do you remember where you got it? Look forward to your reply. Thanks, Jen

  18. I LOVE LOVE all of it!! Do you recall where you purchased the light fixture above the table? It’s perfect!

  19. Marion Prosser says:

    Enjoyed your presentation very much. Very creative and unique. Keep up the good work.

  20. Where did you get your chairs for your kitchen nook? I can only find them at Ballard Design and I don’t want to spend that much. Your kitchen looks great!

  21. Where did you get the L-shaped corner “couch” seat to use with the black round table? I have a black round table and would love a cozy L-shaped seating arrangement for the corner of my breakfast nook.

  22. kim barrett says:

    Jen….LOVE IT ALL! You did an amazing job and believe me I know what you had to put into this to make it perfect. I just became the recipient of 30 “white wash” cabinets. My good friend did a kitchen remodel and gave me all her oak cabinets for my new craft room. Now I’m struggling with turning my formal living room and dining room into a large work space. 25×16 feet or just installing them in my existing room 12×12. Plus doing the whole layout is making me crazy, along with what color to paint them. I don’t want white or black, would love something new and exciting. Your pictures have inspired me to move forward. I do love the gray. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. K

  23. Tonya Driggers says:

    Lovely! Very beautiful!

  24. I love your kitchen! Where did you get the rug by your sink and dishwasher?

  25. Wow, so bright and happy now! I have more wood in this house I just bought than a forest! I want to paint it all and now I see how good it can look. You’re giving me lots of ideas!

  26. I noticed several people asked about the stools. You can find them at Overstock — they’re called Tabouret Metal Stools, and they come in 24″ or 30″ heights, and in silver, white, black or red. I actually purchased some myself in red, but my guys pooh-poohed them, so the stools have been returned. They’re used to the wide seats of our saddle stools and didn’t like the square seats of these cute stools. Also my hubby didn’t like the tomato red color. He thought they would be more of a cherry red. But I think the quality of the stools is great, and would recommend them myself!

  27. I’m in Utah and would like to know who you hired to paint the cabinets…We have lovely oak cabinets (sarcasm) and want them painted…will you please share who you used?

  28. Hi! I just had to say that I love your new kitchen! I think it is very daring to go from what you did have to the new. I never would have thought that old kitchen could turn out like your new one! It is stunning!

  29. I saw this on my phone when you first posted it but I couldn’t leave a comment. So now I’m at my desk top and am loving seeing the big pictures. Everything turned out beautifully. I love all the touches of aqua but it is not over powering because you kept the white as the primary color (with the painted cabinets – that also turned out perfect). I like the beadboard open shelves and the wrapping paper lined cabinet. The painted island and pantry door add so much to the room. I’m so glad I got to see it at the cookie exchange. You AMAZE me!

  30. Ellen Sutton says:

    WOW!! Beautiful!

  31. Your kitchen is beautiful!! I wish I could talk my hubby into painting our oak cabinets!! I have been looking everywhere for barstools like these!! Do you mind sharing your source??

  32. Love your new kitchen and love all the pops of blue, great job!

  33. I LOVE your kitchen (and whole house!) Have followed along since the beginning and consider us kindred spirits as I am currently on my 3rd re-do of my kitchen! Nothing at all wrong with tweaking until it suits us, right!? 😉

  34. sharon larter says:

    Love your braveness and creativity. Love it!

  35. Wow! I love it and thanks for specifying the colors you used. I have been looking for a nice gray. I LOVE your sectional in the family room, too…. Where did you get it? You have excellent taste.

  36. What a beautiful kitchen!

  37. Beautiful!!

  38. um…that is pretty much amazing!!! I feel like our house is super dark all the time! We have dark cabinets, wood stained trim and doors. We are basically beige and brown thru out and I am dying to lighten it up!! That really is amazing! How did you get the guts to do that??

  39. I love it!!

  40. Rach Lindley says:

    Who did you use to paint the cabinets? I would love that reference. Thank you!

  41. Jen, this is simply gorgeous! I love how clean everything looks, and the pops of aqua against the white are perfect. I shared this post on my Facebook fan page because I love it so much!

  42. I love all that you did. Especially the backing of the open cabinets with the beadboard and subtle chevron details. Just beautiful!!!

  43. Well, now I have to start collecting milk glass cake plates. LOVE IT ALL. I especially like the hardware on the island and the open bead board shelves (with afore-mentioned cake plate collection). Nice work!

  44. Where did you find those stools? I LOVE them!

  45. WOW…I just texted my Hubs…Go to this website…I want this kitchen. We always talk about redoing our kitchen but never find all the right things we want to do. Looks like yall did all the redos we need to do. I cant wait to show this to him. He is gonna flip! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  46. Jen this is gorgeous! Love it! (Love the dog, too…) :)

  47. Wow! What an amazing transformation Jen! I’m loving everything you did with your kitchen and I LOVE the colors. When we moved into our house I wasn’t 100% happy with our white cabinets… but now after living in our home and decorating I love our white cabinets. I think the white cabinets really makes a home look so much more open!

  48. This has to be one of the most inspired and lovely kitchens I’ve ever seen, meet your newest follower!

  49. Annia Huff says:

    I would really like to know how and what you painted your cabinets with. I have similar wood cabinets and would like to go white but I want it to look good without “brushstrokes”.

  50. I love the aqua door and the color you painted the island is gorgeous! Wow!

  51. sally haddox says:

    I love your kitchen redo – I just moved to a smaller older home with cherry cabinets and granite countertops with a lot of brown paint on the walls. Can I ask you if you know the name of your granite? Does it have any orange in it? I couldn’t tell from the pictures. My granite has some orange, black and brown in it and I just am wondering how it would look with a lighter paint on the cabinets. Thanks for any information you can send.

  52. Your kitchen looks amazing. I love it all. Looks so bright and cheerful. Love the pops of turquoise.

  53. The redo is really fantastic, Jen! Love the wall color you chose and the fact that you painted over your backsplash.

    Also, thanks for sharing the paint color on your island.

    My kitchen is currently in intense shades of deep teal (cabinets) and true red (island) with Dover white on the walls, and I love it, but I also love many shades up the scale of blue-green right on up to aqua (one of my all-time faves), and it’s so hard to find an shade of aqua that’s subtle but still pops!

    I’ll keep Rainwater in mind!

    Everything looks soooo bright, cheerful, and chic!

    Congrats on a project well done!!


  54. Brooke todd says:

    Great kitchen remodel!!! I must know where you found your kitchen rug below your sink…please???

  55. Love this kitchen remodel! It is so similar to what I envision for our own kitchen in the future. I had to pin the work station in particular. I love the glass front cabinets above and the little drawers. Looks awesome!

  56. Great island color! What a beautiful kitchen.

  57. Oh Jen- Your place looks great! Thank you so much for sharing the color names- it’s so hard shopping for paint- well for me anyways. I really love what you did- so inspiring! Danielle

  58. Love this so much! Really lovely! What’s the name/brand of the gray and white fabic on the lights? I am looking desperately for some (or some grey and white chevron) and I can’t find it anywhere!!!

  59. Marisa Stadtherr says:

    I love your kitchen! I can’t commit to an aqua for mine so I think I am going to do yellow and accent with aqua. I see your blue couch in the other room…is that a slip cover? Where did u get that? I love it! My house is kind of in those same tones.

  60. Gorgeous Jen!

  61. The white is so beautiful and fresh looking. Great job on the re-do!

  62. What a fun and fabulous space! I love blue and white; it’s so cheery and fresh. I really like your chandelier over the table. Can you give a source for that?

  63. This is beautiful! Love the aqua and the white painted tile backsplash

  64. Hi! LOVE, LOVE your kitchen! ITs beautiful! :) I have a question-is your bench around your table from Ballard’s? And are your windows floor to ceiling there? I have floor to ceiling windows and didn’t think I could do the bench! Is there hope?:)

  65. Great to see how all the pieces fit together in one big space! I am considering painting my honey-colored oak cabinets white, but couldn’t picture in my head how my brown-ish granite would look. They are very similar to your counters…this gives me hope! 😉
    Love it!

  66. Oh my LORD, I just love your house!! All of your hard work has certainly paid off!

  67. LOVE your kitchen! Your breakfast nook… where did you get that couch/ bench did you make it or buy it? Also where are those bar stools from?

  68. I love it!! You used just the right amount of aqua. I bought two yards of that gray fabric you have on your pendant lights and I can’t figure out what to do with it. I love it so I bought it. Your lights may inspire me to use it as an accent in our dining room. Anyway, love what you’ve done!

  69. Wow, that is incredible. I love everything about it! Can you tell us where you purchased the banquette for the dining room? I am inspired to paint grey now!

  70. Jean Stringfelllow says:

    It all looks wonderful. Even better in real life! I am proud of you:)

  71. Oh Jen it’s GORGEOUS!!!! I just love everything about and want it all!! :) Great job girl. :)

  72. Beautiful remodel & you’ve shared it so well with all of your photos!

  73. WOW! I have loved seeing all the sneak peeks but seeing the whole thing is AMAZING!!! Love it!


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