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Kitchen Revamp | The Before + The Plan | New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge Week 1

Kitchen Revamp Mood Board | New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge

Why, hello there and happy new year! I wasn’t sure if I’d be back this soon in the new year after a crazy busy holiday season and trying to rid our home of all the sickness we were plagued with last week. I don’t want to dwell on our icky week of pneumonia and ear infections between Christmas and New Year’s because we are on the mend and I’m just plain OVER IT! Plus I have a super exciting project to introduce to you today. You guys, I am taking our 90’s kitchen head-on this month in another New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge!

Ahhh! Am I really doing this?!

I actually can’t quite put into words how the excitement and sheer nerves I have about this “refresh” I speak of. The Family Room is always the space I refer to as our spot…our hub, our hang-out place, but there actually isn’t any separation between our family room and our kitchen, so needless to say, I’ve been hopin’ and wishin’ and prayin’ for the time to come to be able to dedicate some time [and funds] to fix the kitchen up a bit. You may be thinking… her kitchen…I’m not quite sure what it looks like?

And you would be exactly right.

You don’t know what it looks like because I have never let our kitchen see the light of day on the blog. Yes, I’ve kept it covered and hidden and cropped and away from all of you until now ha! Each January, Stephanie of Casa Watkins hosts the New Year, New Room Challenge and I am so extremely grateful to be invited to participate for the last couple of years. In fact, this will be my third challenge! You may remember Part 1 and Part 2 of our Master Bedroom Refresh Reveal in our last house two years ago and just last year, I spruced up the boys’ Playroom for the challenge. We have one month to tackle a room in our home and transform it into a space we love again. Sometimes all it takes is a little focus and a few minor changes to bring a space back to life…or give it some if it never had any!

Well, this kitchen is screaming for new life and I am ready to bring it!

Take a peek at the before photo and then read on to see my design plan and punch list for the kitchen revamp project.


I promise I will upload a couple more angles of the space, but I think you get the general idea. It is plain-jane and boring. We were lucky to move in last June with brand new appliances and I am happy with the countertops, but the biggest pain in my side is actually one you can’t see in this picture. We have a massive rectangular fluorescent light above our island. I’m talking huge. It is just not pretty. I actually would rather cook in the dark and entertain by candlelight than turn on that LIGHT!

You’ll see what I mean…I’ll take a close-up of it. Actually, I won’t need to. You can’t miss it.

Oh and we can’t forget about the fruit baskets on the backsplash. For some reason, it just hasn’t grown on me yet?!!

And now, here is what I am envisioning for the space…


Kitchen Revamp Mood Board | New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge

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counter stoolsbar pullknob | black pendant lightsblack + gold chandelierhexagon marble back-splash white cabinetsdining chairkitchen table | rugabstract art  | green art  | word artteak wood bowl


  • paint kitchen cabinets
  • remove backsplash / install new
  • replace light fixtures
    • remove fluorescent / install pendants
    • remove breakfast table fixture / install new chandelier
    • swap out the flush-mount fixture over the sink
  • add new cabinet hardware
  • put down new rug(s)
  • determine wall art
  • style and decorate
  • paint the ceiling?
  • extend the cabinets to the ceiling??
  • miscellaneous projects:
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    • _____________________________
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As you can see we have our hands full for the month. Some of the new pieces have been picked out, but nothing has been purchased which means nothing has arrived on my doorstep yet. Hopefully the FedEx man starts showing up around here in the next week or two! As far as the labor, we’ve decided to hire most of it. That means my main focus this week is to make final decisions on finishes, wrap up a couple more quotes and start lining up the work schedule with the contractors. T is going to take care of swapping out a couple of the light fixtures with the exception of the beast over the island, but the painting of the cabinets…well, let’s just say painting a small bathroom vanity is more my league. Taking on an entire kitchen is a bit more than I’m willing to tackle right now! Wish us luck – him with the handy work and my with my project management skills!

Now be sure to scroll down and see what spaces the 9 other participants are introducing today! And new this year, if you are tackling a refresh of your own this month, we’d love to have you link-up each week with us sharing your progress! This really is the best time of the year to dive in and get after that space you’ve been putting off!

Come and join us ๐Ÿ™‚

New Year New Room Challenge 2018

Casa Watkins Living // A Designer At Home // Seeking Lavender Lane // Domicile 37 // Iris Nacole // Pocketful of Posies // Monica Wants It // Up To Date Interiors // This Is Our Bliss // Vintage Romance Style

Now, it’s your turn! Link up your own room progress below. We would love to see them!

* Please do not link up any posts not related to the New Year New Room Refresh Challenge. *

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Stay up-to-date on the entire New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge below:

Week #1 | The Before + Kitchen Mood Board
Week #2 | 9 Fresh & Inspiring White Kitchens
Week #3 | Progress Update + How I Chose my Kitchen Cabinet Paint Color
Week #4 | 11 Gorgeous Kitchen Pendant Lighting Options
Week #5 | Kitchen Progress Update + DIY No-Sew Window Valence
Week #6 | Bright, White & Bold Kitchen Revamp Reveal Part 1

Full Christmas Home Tour 2017 Recap [+ a Peek into our Christmas Bedroom]
9 Fresh & Inspiring White Kitchens | New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge Week 2

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    January 9, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    I’m excited to see this Kitchen come together Rachael. I love your mood board!

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  • Kathryn Baugher
    January 8, 2018 at 12:29 AM

    Your inspiration board is going to look amazing in that kitchen. I can’t wait to see it in your signature style. So classy and chic!

  • Monica Benavidez
    January 5, 2018 at 11:18 AM

    Girl, you are far braver than I am to tackle all of that. I know it’ll be fab and bright and glam as always.

  • Corinna Henderson
    January 3, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Oh how I wanted so badly to do our kitchen! Your design board is frigging goals and I’m so wowed that you’re taking all of that on in such a short span!

  • Sue
    January 3, 2018 at 10:56 AM

    I look forward to watching this room change!! Itโ€™s going to be awesome!!

  • Linda Moore
    January 3, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Make sure they grain fill your cabinets when they paint! You have to grain fill when you paint oak.

  • Jess
    January 3, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    This is going to look amazing. Can’t wait to see how it all comes together. I’ll be tackling my kitchen this year too. We also took down a HUGE fluorescent light and it’s SO much better now!

  • landrybaby
    January 2, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    I love the mix of color and texture on your mood board! Your revamp will be so much fun to follow. We have been wanting to paint our kitchen cabinets too, maybe I’ll do min along with you. Good luck on your project, I know it will look fabulous!

  • Iris Nacole
    January 2, 2018 at 1:06 PM

    Love the design of the space, especially the bar stools. They are gorgeous! Itโ€™s going to be so worth the effort in the end!

  • jessica
    January 2, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Oh my wow, you have a lot to do! I can’t wait to see how this space transforms!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      January 3, 2018 at 5:12 PM

      Yes, I do!! Thanks girl. Hoping it all comes together according to plan ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Stephanie @ Casa Watkins Living
    January 2, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Wow!! I really canโ€™t wait to see this! I have the same cabinets and have been putting off my own change up of the kitchen. Iโ€™m so looking forward to seeing your reveal already!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      January 3, 2018 at 5:11 PM

      These cabinets have got to GO!! lol Thanks for being such a fabulous host! I’m pumped to be working on my kitchen for this challenge!

  • cassie bustamante
    January 2, 2018 at 7:48 AM

    your plan is awesome- love the chairs and stools especially with the black and white!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      January 2, 2018 at 8:04 PM

      Thanks, Cassie!! I am STOKED to tackle this space! And I’m especially excited about the chairs and stools ๐Ÿ™‚