Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Black and White Chevron Kitchen Reveal

It has been 4 long months since I have started transforming this kitchen.  It has been cold and snowy for most of that time.  Making it miserable to do anything in there.  But finally, it is done.  I am so happy about it and I can't wait to show you it.

Drum roll, please.

Let's go back and see what the rest of the room looked like before.

Here it is now.

I started by painting the room a medium gray and painting the ceiling and cabinetry white.  At first, I had no plans for adding anything to the cabinet doors but they were looking really boring. I decided to do a simple border around the doors, but my husband suggested doing something different and I immediately fell in love with doing a chevron design.

We updated the lighting, faucet, counter tops and handles.

We covered the hideous ceramic tile floor by using old Flor carpet tiles that I had leftover from my now closed photography studio.

We took out the Lack book case that was the home to our microwave and toaster oven and put in Billy book cases to act as a pantry.  I painstakingly painted the chevrons on each Billy door.  (one of the many problems I encountered in the remodel)

I added glass shelves in front of the window to display glassware and some decorative glass. 

I moved the pots and pans to a chrome shelf in front of the other window.

I came across this blog post by Flamingo Toes who made an utensil sunburst mirror.  I thought that it would look great in my kitchen. So I made my own version.

These Kassett boxes hold extra spices, food and baking supplies.  The vase is holding my wedding bouquet that my mom made out of faux flowers, brooches and feathers.

I had a collection of fortunes from when I get Chinese food that were hanging out in the kitchen.  I thought it was a neat idea to frame them and use as art.

I painted the insides of all the cabinet doors with chalkboard paint and drew a herringbone pattern on them.

I found these mini containers at the Dollar Tree 10 for $1.  I decided to use them for my spices.  I love them. 

That is it.  I absolutely love it.  It is very unique.  It is finally organized.  I tripled the amount of pantry space we had originally.  It functions so much better for us.  The best part is that this transformation only cost about $1,200.

Here is a break down of the cost:

Color Place Interior Semi Gloss White Paint $40 (Walmart)
Valspar Chalkboard Paint $13 (Lowe's)
Valspar Gloss Black Paint (for trim) $18 (Lowe's)


Tidig Ceiling Light Fixture $40 (Ikea)
Grundtal Spotlights $25 (Ikea)

Furniture and Accessories from Ikea
Satta Handles $9
Numerar Countertops $160
3 Billy Book Cases $120
Billy Doors $140
Benno Book Case $30 (As is section)
Akurum Above Refrigerator Cabinet $60
Large Ribba Frame $25
Raskog Cart $60 (online only color so includes shipping)
Grundtal Shelf $15
Kassett Boxes $12

Miscellaneous Items
Shelf Liner $40 (Linens N Things)
Glacier Bay Faucet $98 (Home Depot)
Screen Molding (for chevron trim) $50 (Lowe's)
Baroque Frames $20 (Hobby Lobby)
Spice Containers $5 (Dollar Tree)
Canister Sets (in pantry and cabinets) $65 (Walmart)
Glass Shelves $13 (Local glass place)
Red Glass Bottles $8 (Hobby Lobby)
Roses in Glass Bottle $8 (Hobby Lobby)
Photography Prints (local photography printer, gifted by my mom)
Materials for homemade items $150

You can find more info on my kitchen remodel in these posts:

DIY Magnetic Menu Board
Kitchen Update
DIY Utensil Art
DIY Mini Fork Sunburst Mirror
The Curse of the Kitchen and Book Page Silhouette Art
Kitchen Sneak Peek...DIY String Art


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  1. New follower and blog hopper! Did you use chalkboard paint to label the spices? This is a great idea!

  2. I used chalkboard sticky back paper that comes in a roll. I bought it at JoAnn Fabric. Thanks for following.

  3. Hi~ Stopping by from the Cast Party! I am in the process of re-doing my kitchen and I love your idea for above the sink area! Enjoy your new kitchen:) Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  4. I LOVE your kitchen! I love the black and white with touches of red. I love the chevrons and the utensil sunburst mirror is too cute! I also love the chalkboard paint inside the cabinets. Fabulous makeover!!!!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  5. Cute idea to put the glass shelves in front of the window

  6. Awesome reveal! What a difference! You did a great job; I especially liked how organized your cabinets are!
    Selene from

  7. This is a wild, wacky, and truly wonderful transformation! You are to be commended for being so brave in your design.

  8. whoa, now this is some makeover! the chevron is a neat idea in this space, and i'm loving the pantry and the chinese fortunes! i used to keep them, too-my favorite is the one that says "you will step on the soil of many countries." i'm trying to live up to that, lol.

  9. Wow what a huge transformation! I'm really impressed with how much of yourself you put into it! Great Job. Thanks for sharing with us a Link It Up Thursday!

  10. OMG! It's crazy and amazing and chevron-a-licious! Way to go and be bold. Are you just loving it?

  11. Wow! Your kitchen is Groovy! I love all the unique touches you added! The keep calm and eat a cupcake backsplash is adorable and I especially love the framed fortunes!


  12. You are so fun! I love you! The chevrons are so festive...! And all the special touches... The fortunes stand out to me too.. You go girl! You're my hero for having the gust to do it! And doing it well!

    hugs x

  13. This kitchen has personality. I it!

  14. Thanks everyone. I am glad some people are liking it. I know my style is crazy and not everyone likes that. I absolutely love this kitchen and I love that it is a one of a kind. Crystelle, that has got to be the nicest comment I have ever got on my blog. You made my day!

  15. Wow! What a huge transformation! Awesome that you let your personal style show through. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  16. I love your kitchen! It is so happy! Love all your special touches like the mirror and patterns and organizing! Would love to cook and eat in a kitchen as cute as yours! Sincerely, Patti H. Livonia, Michigan

  17. Ok, now THAT is a transformation. Love it, so unique and outside the box. I love the poster in the bottom corner, "If you can't stand the heat..."

  18. Wow that's amazing, fantastic job! Newest follower on gfc xo

  19. Holy cow Lauren! That is one crazy, unique and wonderful kitchen makeover! I love how you completely made it your own. You go girl! The utensil sunburst mirror is really awesome, and I love how organized your spices and containers are. Great job!


  20. Holy Crap! This is wild and fun and crazy and fabulous! That is a party kitchen if ever I saw one. That pantry organization is inspiring as well. Well worth the hard works on those cold snowy days:)
    If you get a chance this weekend I would love for you to share at Get Schooled Saturday!

  21. New Follower :-D Thanks so much for joining our Aloha Friday Blog Hop ! We look forward to see you around more often and to read more from you. The kitchen is perfect btw !

    Happy weekend :-)

    xoxo Pakize (Keke)

  22. What a transformation! I'm in love with everything about it, from the chevron cabinets to the chalkboard paint on the inside of them. Great job!

  23. wow, huge change!Well Done. Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

  24. What a massive endeavor!!!
    I can barely get through painting 4 cupboard doors - great job - one of a kind kitchen reflecting your personality!!! ( I'm a chevron LOVER)
    Your newest follower
    Would love a follow back when you have the time )

  25. Oh I love it. Not sure my hubby would let me do that to our kitchen, he is not so adventurous. Great work and thank you so much for sharing your fun kitchen at Bacon Time. Can't wait to see what you share next week.

  26. Your kitchen really caught my eye! It's totally bold but I still like it. So cool!

  27. Love it! That is quite a change from the pink cupboards you had before. I love your big tall faucet!

  28. Well, it IS a massive transformation. I don't necessarily think some of the design choices work, but you can always paint over the cabinets and remove the carpet when the time to sell comes along. I would get plastic carpet runners, though, so you don't ruin the carpet with water splashing from the sink or grease splashing from the stove.

  29. Your kitchen has got a lot of style and fun in it now. I'm sure you are enjoying your new space!


  30. Wow, from drab to fab! Thanks for linking up to Talkin' about Thursday, I hope to see you this week.

  31. The cabinets are definitely my favorite part of this reveal. So cool! If you get a chance I would love for you to come link up at my Tuesday Pin Party.

  32. This is the coolest kitchen I've ever seen! Great work - a really fun transformation!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  33. How fun! what a great transformation.
    found you on BeColorful

  34. What an amazing transformation - I just love how your new style kitchen looks, very pop art!

    Thank you for coming over and sharing this at The Purple Pumpkin Blog Link Party! Hope to see you again next time!

    Michelle xx

  35. Wow! I love all the details especially the chalkboard inside the cupboard doors and the pops of red here and there. Thanks for linking to Anything Goes At Eye Heart Monday's.

  36. So cool!

  37. What a transformation indeed! I love the boldness and the creativity. Thanks for sharing!

  38. Wow! What a transformation! Go bold or go home, right?! I love when doing what you love is priority. Great job!

  39. Awesome! Btw, this is the week's favorite post :) Thanks for joining Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop!

  40. Lauren,
    As a fan of black and white you had me from the first image. :D Such impact and wow factor here. Loved the cupboards especially and featured you this week on BeColorful.

  41. Absolutely ADORE this kitchen!! SO SO SO darling and just my style!! I am featuring it over at my trendy tuesday party!!