Home Tour: Kitchen

Our kitchen overhaul was probably the biggest makeover to date.  In keeping with my promise to update my Home Tour page with easy to navigate pages, today is all about the projects that went into this room.

Our biggest DIY achievement in our house was definitely these concrete countertops.  I will be the first to admit that some serious labor went into these babies but they were worth every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears.  We would do it again in a heartbeat.  Part 1 was about gathering materials and building the forms.

Part 2 detailed how we poured and cured the counters.

Part 3 has all the steps we took in removing the forms, installing, and sealing the counters.

I updated how we currently care for our counters here.

Before we installed the counters, I spent a few days painting our cabinets white. Much improved, huh?

One of my favorite things in the kitchen is our pretty DIY tile subway backsplash.  Super inexpensive and simple, but makes such an impact.


I shared some simple DIY kitchen accessories here, including my painted pottery and sink skirt.

Another big-impact change in the kitchen was the island makeover.  We initially painted it white, added a butcher block counter, and put beadboard and trim and all sides.  Later, we painted it Steele Gray {like in the dining room}, added corbels, and an oversized countertop, and hung our pots and pans from the underside of the counter.  You can read the whole saga here.

Mike then got inspired to create a matching trash can cover to hide our ugly plastic one.

More recently, we’ve added this DIY striped rug.

And finally, we added some charm with bench seat number 1...

With a DIY comfy cushion…

And a second {but slightly different} bench seat for the other side.

Well that was quite the list, but I think I got everything.  One of my favorite things to read about is kitchen makeovers so if you have one to share, I’d love to see it!  Or even more fun, if you were inspired by any of these projects, share your version!


  1. It all came together so perfectly. I am in awe of the countertops! You are a brave lady! I love the island color as well. It is so much nicer than the golden oak! I have those same cabinets (with the arches and everything) and you have inspired me to paint them! FOR SURE!!

  2. I’ve recently started following your blog and I love all your home diy ideas!! I’m currently travel so I don’t have a my own home to make over at the moment but when I do I soooooo want to make my own concrete counters!! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with next

  3. The reach & power of Pinterest! I’m so glad I found your kitchen makeover! We are in the process of selling our home — it was built 5 years ago, so everything is great BUT the kitchen is lack-luster. I wanted to do contrete counters & subway tile but my husband wants to put zero upgrades in the house while it’s on the market. So we decided if it doesn’t sell, we’ll pull it for a few months & do this stuff but I want to do it ourselves. So glad I found this!! Thanks for posting it all — you make it seem so tangible! May I ask a rough estimate on how much the counter tops cost in the end to do (all materials)?

  4. Thank you SO MUCH for the detailed blog!! I appreciate that you took the time for so many pictures and easy to understand directions. We are in the middle of a huge kitchen make-over, and have been tossing the idea of concrete counters around. It’s been a little intimidating but you really made this look and sound do-able (notice, I did not say easy LOL). Looking forward to starting ours soon!


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