Little House in the Carolinas: Kitchen Remodel Reveal

So.. Very exciting news!  We just passed my one year anniversary of being in my favorite little house. The not so exciting news.. I am sick. Picked up this nasty little cold in Pheonix, then almost blew my little ear drums out on the way to Havana. So here I sit with my box of Kleenex and finally enough time to sit down and write! Sorry to all those passengers out there, your favorite flight attendant is under construction at the moment.

Speaking of construction, there has been a lot under way at the little house in the Carolinas in the past few months. I remember the very first time I walked into my kitchen. I was doing a walkthrough of the house with my realtor, and I remember walking into the kelly green kitchen thinking, “Woah, how could someone like this color in here?” It was so bright! So wrong in that room, so right for a box of Crayola crayons.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the kitchen before we painted, but believe me when I say it was a true kelly green. Believe it or not, that was the very first thing we did in the house was to completely wipe its memory of that dreaded kitchen color.


So almost one year ago I was in the kitchen above, in the house alone for the first time ever, unpacking boxes and boxes of wine glasses. Just kidding, we actually do have normal drinking glasses at the Babe Cave I promise. And one year later you almost wouldn’t even recognize that room.


I am going to be straight with you: I am a reserve flight attendant so I don’t have a lot of extra money for a huge kitchen remodel. I wanted big impact on a small dime, and I think that’s just what we got. We decided to strip down and paint the cabinets because they were in great shape, and let’s be real here… Paint is cheap. Paint is not easy though, and it takes a lot of love, time and effort. That’s something that I learned in the four days that it took me and my family to strip, clean, prime, and paint those babies into submission.

This is what pure chaos looks like. It’s called Primer.

I chose my paint colors in advance, but I went a little crazy and I chose two. Yes – you heard me right – TWO. It was a risk from the beginning, even I knew that, but I wanted something unexpected and a maybe a little edgy. The kitchen had lived in Boringville for way too long, and it was time for a change. I chose Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams (good ole’ Sherwin) for the actual cabinets and Composed Teal, also by Sherwin Williams, for the island.


I got both my cabinet pulls in antique brass from – Click the photo for the link.
I got both my cabinet pulls in antique brass from – Click the photo for the link.


I switched out the light fixture in the alcove for a basket light from Arhaus

This was the very first big project of a long list of projects that I have planned for the house, and it was 100% more work than I had expected. Painting cabinets is NO JOKE. I had paint in places that I won’t even begin to disclose… In the end though, I would do it all over again… maybe not this year though… I need recovery time. The kitchen is now one of my favorite rooms in the house, and I know it wouldn’t have been possible without a little elbow grease. Now we can get to the real kitchen grease;)


Megan Marie


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