DIY Kitchen makeover reveal


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I am SUPER excited to share my DIY kitchen makeover today. The kitchen is definitely one of my favorite rooms in my house. I’m so happy with how it all came together.

Here’s a pic of the before so you can get an idea of how it looked when we moved in. We have done A LOT!! Amazing difference, right?!


Last year we got the granite counter tops, painted our cabinets and added crown molding (tutorial here). We also just finished the subway tile back splash. I am in LOVE with it!  You can find some helpful tips here.

Let’s take a tour shall we? :)

DIY Kitchen Makeover

kitchen sign

Here’s the “Eat more cake” sign I made from an old cupboard door.  Tutorial here.

These are my cute flour and sugar jars. I found these jars at a thrift store and attached chalkboard labels to the front of them to dress them up.

I LOVE green apples, so I thought it would be fun to display them in this bowl I got from my wedding. The bowl had been sitting in my garage and it now works great as my fruit bowl.

I also have some mini red apples displayed in this piece I found at a thrift store. I spray painted it blue and then distressed it to bring some color into my kitchen.

I had the hardest time getting a good picture of this window with the light flare, but I love this spot the most. I made the basket light fixture and curtains which give my kitchen a unique look. I will be posting the tutorial for those curtains next week.


I found this plant at Ikea and love the pop of color it adds to my windowsill…especially for FIVE bucks!

I’m also loving my new stainless steal appliances and cute little bird salt and pepper shakers. I found those at Pier One. How cute are they?!

Limes are so pretty aren’t they?!

I thought it would be fun to display my soaps on a cake stand. I have way too many cake stands… but can you ever really have enough? ;)  I love the look it adds to my kitchen!

Fresh lemonade anyone? :)

You may also remember my white shelvesBlack and white kitchen table, and DIY Chandelier cord cover.


So what do you think?! Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Jenny Metcalf posted on August 31, 2012 at 4:34 am (#

    Jamie, you have great taste, I love the black and white
    Love Jenny

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm (#

      Thanks so much! XOXO

  2. katie goldsworthy posted on August 31, 2012 at 6:07 am (#

    You win my cutest curtains award! and I love that the fleurs are black! The kitchen is beautiful!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm (#

      Thanks so much!! XO

  3. ChrisE posted on August 31, 2012 at 4:08 am (#

    Your kitchen is gorgeous! You really did an amazing job with all of the little details. It has all come together just perfectly.

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm (#

      Ah thank you so much! I appreciate your comment. Have a great week!

  4. Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims posted on August 31, 2012 at 7:42 am (#

    Your kitchen looks awesome! Very fresh and airy :) Love it!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:26 pm (#

      Thanks Rebecca! I appreciate your comment. {hugs}

  5. Beckie posted on August 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm (#

    I am cracking up! We both used the same tile and I have those exact salt and pepper shakers. See…we are soul sisters!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:26 pm (#

      haha we totally are! Love those little birdies! When I saw you post your subway tile tutorial I didn’t even bother posting mine… yours was fabulous! Great minds think alike. ;)

  6. Jacquie F. posted on August 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm (#

    It’s just beautiful! Trying to convince my husband that we should paint our cabinets but he’s afraid they’ll look ‘painted’ (as in brush strokes, I think). Any times for how to get them to look professional? I saw a new product at Lowe’s for kitchen cabinets (I think it’s a type of varnish that allows you to deepen the wood color) and didn’t know if you used something similar? Love the crown molding too!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm (#

      I used a paint sprayer which I definitely recommend.. but I have heard good things about the cabinet transformation paint. If you sand your cupboards before and do thin coats in between you want get any marks. It’s definitely worth investing in a paint sprayer or borrowing one. Saves time too! :)

  7. Sally posted on August 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm (#

    Great job!! It looks amazing.

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm (#

      Thanks so much! {hugs}

  8. Amy W posted on August 31, 2012 at 5:13 pm (#

    Looks great! I think some fake cakes are in order for the cake stands above your cabinets. Could be a cute project. Maybe use a round cardboard box and cover it with polyurethane sealant as the icing?

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm (#

      I think you are right! Needs to be my next project for sure! :)

  9. Lesley posted on August 31, 2012 at 5:22 pm (#

    I love it!! It’s so fresh and clean with white cupboards and the backsplash.

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:21 pm (#

      Thanks Lesley! I’m really loving the white. Have a great night!

  10. Janine ( posted on September 1, 2012 at 5:38 am (#

    I’m in love with the piece you are using to display the fruit! Do you have a tutorial for how you made this?

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:19 pm (#

      Hi Janine! Sadly I forgot to take pictures, but all I did was clean it off and give it two coats of Robin Egg Blue spray paint. Then I used 80 grit sand paper and lightly went over the edges to give it the distressed look. I’ll try and post a tutorial with another piece soon. You can also check out this post with distressing tips:

  11. Audrey@DefrumpMe posted on September 1, 2012 at 7:50 am (#

    Oh my goodness!! I love every.single.detail! My kitchen looks a lot like your old one, and this has inspired me to start thinking (ha! gotta take it slow!) about how to redo it. Thanks for all the tutorials!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:17 pm (#

      Thanks so much! It took us 3 years to get it here, but it’s finally done. Baby steps! :)

  12. Jennifer Hirschi posted on September 1, 2012 at 10:25 am (#

    What color are your walls? LOVE what you did with everything!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm (#

      Thanks Jennifer! The paint is called sandy and we purchased it at Lowes.

  13. Becky posted on September 1, 2012 at 10:55 am (#

    Congrats on a fabulous new space. Love it!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:15 pm (#

      Thank you Becky! We love it! Have a great evening. XO

  14. Heather K Miller posted on September 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm (#

    Great job! It looks fantastic! It makes me want to redo our kitchen! I love the colors!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:15 pm (#

      Thanks Heather! I appreciate your comment. XO

  15. Christie posted on September 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm (#

    Your kitchen redo is very nice great job. I love your eat more cake sign it is very cute.
    Did you get the chalk board labels at Lowes? I can’t seem to find them anywhere.

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:14 pm (#

      Hi Christie! Thanks so much! I found the labels at Staples. They are the Martha Stewart line. xo

  16. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke Photography posted on September 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm (#

    It looks so beautiful! I love your attendtion to detail, my fave is the turq. red apple holder.

    • Jamielyn posted on September 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm (#

      Thanks Kristen! Red and turquoise is one of my favorite combos! Hope you had a good weekend! XO

  17. Anna posted on September 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm (#

    I love it, it looks SO great! I bet you just love being in there and cooking in there now! :)


    • Jamielyn posted on September 4, 2012 at 10:12 pm (#

      Thanks Anna! I love to bake… a little too much! ;) Hope you’re doing good! XO

  18. Mel posted on September 5, 2012 at 1:37 am (#

    Oh your kitchen looks amazing! I love how you displayed the apples, after 15 years, I confess, I have gifts out in the garage!

  19. Casey posted on September 5, 2012 at 10:47 am (#

    Can I just say I LOVE your blog!

  20. Kat posted on September 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm (#

    Great makeover but… wow, the before looks exactly like the kitchen in my old house. Kind of a O_o moment!

  21. Danielle posted on September 5, 2012 at 6:54 pm (#

    I love this! I am looking for other decorating ideas for our newly remodeled kitchen! I need to get another cake stand for that look! Love all the color with the displays of fruit too.

  22. Helen posted on September 8, 2012 at 1:08 pm (#

    Love, love, love the cake stand by the sink holding your soaps & accessories!

  23. heather bell posted on September 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm (#

    So so soo amazing!! You are inspring!!

  24. Emily Johnson posted on September 17, 2012 at 6:06 am (#

    Did you paint the inside of the cabinets and drawers? Did you use a brush or spray? What color is that? It looks great! So fresh and updated.

  25. Michelle posted on September 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm (#

    IT’S gorgeous! GReat job! I am wondering what is thepaint color on your cabinets?

  26. Marissa posted on October 9, 2012 at 9:35 am (#

    Your kitchen looks fabulous!! I love every single detail! You are amazing. Did you get your drawer pulls from Lowes, specifically the decorative ones on the drawers beneath your sink? Thank you!!

  27. Ashley posted on October 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm (#

    oh my gosh, i love EVERYTHING about your kitchen upgrades! could you tell me where you got your kitchen knobs & what finish they are?? thanks!!

  28. Alyssa McVey (Giveaway Overload) posted on October 25, 2012 at 1:42 am (#

    Did you add the board and batten (is that what it’s called?) to the wrap around counter?

  29. Debbie posted on November 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm (#

    I want to update my kitchen and it is exactly the shape of yours. If you don’t mInd me askIng whIch brand cabInets.are those and how much did your cabinets cost?

  30. Butters mom posted on November 18, 2012 at 10:08 am (#

    Can you include the cost when you post a project. I just feel any project can be incredible but an incredible project on a poverty budget speaks volumes….

  31. jen posted on January 7, 2013 at 8:48 pm (#

    Love it! where did you put/is your fridge?!?! My kitchen looks just like this – but we have the fridge where the island/outreach is and would love to add that – can’t figure out where to put the fridge!!

    • Jamielyn posted on January 7, 2013 at 11:25 pm (#

      Our’s is just north from the island…there’s more cabinets over there. Thanks for commenting! :)

  32. elise posted on October 24, 2013 at 10:42 pm (#

    my kitchen lay out is like yours, and i’ve been wanting to paint my cabinets too. Mine are laminate Not real wood, I wonder if they’d paint up nice like yours?

  33. Megan Kennedy posted on January 6, 2014 at 7:27 am (#

    Where is your fridge located out of curiosity. Our kitchen is set up similar, and are looking to re-do our kitchen- we do not have the peninsula but want to add one OR a larger island and just trying to figure out what would work best. Thanks.
    It looks beautiful!

    • Jamielyn posted on January 8, 2014 at 1:27 pm (#

      Our fridge was to the left of the picture. So it was right across from the kitchen counter with the stools! Does that make sense? :)

      • Holly posted on January 28, 2014 at 4:12 pm (#

        Hi! Just about to do our kitchen and your cabinets/counters/appliances are very similar to what we want. AND your tile floors are exactly like what we currently have. We don’t love them and thought we would have to change the floors to make the rest of the kitchen come together, but seeing it in your kitchen looks pretty good! Did you consider putting down new floors? Are you happy w/ the floors? Thanks!

      • Jamielyn posted on January 31, 2014 at 4:11 pm (#

        Hi Holly! We no longer live in that house, but we were happy with the floors. I think I would have liked a darker woodlike tile or flooring better, but it worked for what we had money for at the time! :)

  34. Kate posted on June 19, 2014 at 10:24 pm (#

    I know this post is from forever ago, but I finally found the time to do my kitchen and wondered where you got the little decorative black pieces on the drawers under the sink, I love them!! Thanks so much!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 23, 2014 at 10:18 pm (#

      Hi Kate! I found these at Lowe’s in the crown molding section and I painted them black. :)

  35. Erin posted on August 2, 2014 at 9:30 pm (#

    Did you post a tutorial for those curtains? I love them but am new to sewing and need guidance :) If there is no tutorial, a brief explanation including the size of window, size of fabric pieces and any other helpful hints would be great! Thanks!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm (#

      Hi Erin! I didn’t post a tutorial for these curtains, but I’ll have to do another similar one soon. :)

  36. Kristin posted on February 9, 2015 at 10:48 am (#

    I would love to see more pics of your beautiful kitchen! My kitchen is the exact same layout and almost exactly the same design I would like! 

  37. Amy von Andrian posted on June 24, 2015 at 5:16 pm (#

    Great ideas!

  38. Katt posted on February 27, 2016 at 1:18 pm (#

    I’m in Gilbert, AZ and we live in the same house!  I almost fell over when I saw this :)  It looks amazing!!  

  39. Heather posted on April 24, 2016 at 9:59 am (#

    What type of paint did you use on the cabinets, the paint store I went to recommended an oil based paint, but I don’t want to have to wait several a days in Between coats, if possible? Thank you! 

  40. Kathy Jackson posted on February 15, 2017 at 9:45 am (#

    I love your kitchen!  Whatis the brand and. Color of your paint?  We are redoing our kitchen in a couple of weeks and I still haven’t picked my colors??

    • I Heart Naptime posted on February 15, 2017 at 2:08 pm (#

      I got the paint at Lowes — I don’t recall the brand — and the color was called Sandy. :)

      I love painting samples on every wall, each about the size of a poster. That way you can see how the light changes throughout the day without committing to the whole room just yet. :)

  41. Kelly posted on April 11, 2017 at 8:10 am (#

    I love your ideas for decorating! I would like to know where you bought the cake stand that you used for your soaps. thank you

    • I Heart Naptime posted on April 11, 2017 at 10:54 pm (#

      Thank you! I got it at Pier One!