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All through February we worked on a new cabinet refinishing project for a wonderful lady named Jackie.  This was one of our larger projects–a kitchen, butler’s pantry and large laundry room, all in different colors!  The end result has been great.  Somehow I forgot to take “before” pictures, but picture medium stained wood cabinets, and no backsplash.

This project had a new element of design fun for us– Jackie wanted a color other than white on her cabinets.  We picked this light blue/green color (Woodland Blue by Benjamin Moore) and kept the island white  (Jackie is considering changing her island counter to a white marble in the future).

This makeover added lightness, whimsy and a fresh look!

We picked this backsplash in the neutral family with just a touch of gray.  Jackie’s walls are going to be painted a color called “Owl Grey” and the backsplash will pull that color through the kitchen nicely.

As I usually recommend in all the kitchens we makeover, we put beadboard around the island and on the ends of the cabinets.  This serves two purposes–one, to add a more sturdy surface to accept the paint and not chip in the future (compared to the laminate wood on most island ends), and two, it upgrades the custom quality of the kitchen.

The lighting isn’t great in this picture below, but you can see the who area.  

Here is our team and Jackie is in the middle with the great smile.  It has been wonderful working with her!

We are working on two more kitchen cabinet projects right now so I will of course add these to the blog!



P.S. We have a new Instagram site @amyandval where we are posting pictures of our projects as we go!

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It’s time for another kitchen makeover post!  This is a project I worked on last October for one of my LONG-time dear friends.  Susie and I have known each other since meeting in a bible study in college at the University Of Colorado, and we have walked through a lot of life together over the last 30 years.

Susie and her husband Johnny live in a great neighborhood but wanted their older ranch house kitchen to have an update.  The cabinets were original and had been resurfaced at one point along with new granite countertops put in, but overall the fixtures, paint, hood, cabinets and flooring needed a new current look. 

Ok here we go.  Originally we  just discussed painting the cabinets.  Susie already had plans for refinishing her wood floor and a new fridge.  But as we looked at her kitchen, I suggested we replace the hood over the stove along with considering painting and replacing the lighting–all three ideas would create a big updated impact with only a small  increase to their overall budget.

She and her husband decided to add these ideas to the project and we created a plan.


~Paint Cabinets

~ Backsplash

~ Lighting

~ New Hood

~ New Paint

~ New Fridge

~ Refinish Flooring

So, Valerie and I went to work!

Here are a couple more before pictures:




Those are the big picture views of Susie’s new kitchen!  Here are some close up pictures:


We picked a stone backsplash that was a little more neutral since the counters had a lot of pattern.  Then we replaced the flush-mount light over the sink with a hanging glass pendant from Lowes.

We replaced the fan over the kitchen table with a new light, and hung a new canvas to pull through the reds that Susie loves.

Here is a the new hood from Lowes.

We also added bead board to the flat panels that covered the peninsula cabinetry. It is a small investment for a big impact upgrade.

ALSO, we decided to preserve the existing hardware which was brass colored.  I spray painted all the hardware with a metallic spray paint:

Another BEFORE picture:



Thanks for joining us for another kitchen makeover!

Right now I am working on a full house redesign and update which I will share with you here on the blog when it’s done! (Think red/yellows and formal style turned into grey/tan/cream with black accents modern farmhouse!)



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Have a great week 🙂

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Hello!  Welcome to another kitchen makeover!

In September I completed a kitchen cabinet painting project for my next door neighbor (who is awesome!).  Brooke is naturally gifted at decorating and pulling ideas together, but she invited me in on her project to paint her cabinets and to be a sounding board for her kitchen vision.  Here are the befores and afters!


White Cabinets

New Countertops

New Lighting

Level Island to One Flat Surface

Leveling the island is a great function move.  It allows flow of conversation and                      connection between the family room and kitchen.  Lowering the bar also creates                    more visual space, making the rooms feel bigger and more open.

Didn’t she do a great job?!  As we were discussing the design for these areas, we wanted to bring in wood tones wherever possible to warm up the “cool” grey walls and white cabinets.  Brooke bought this great wood and iron shelving unit (to the left of the fireplace) which she did an amazing job decorating.

The quartzite countertops are beautiful, and the lighting she picked added warmth and a rustic touch.

I painted the cabinets my new favorite cabinet color, Banner White by SW….and, selfishly I got to spend some afternoons getting to know my neighbor better which is always the best part of my job!

Here’s one more before and after:

Have a great day and remember to take a deep breath and rest in the holiness of this season.



Oh, almost forgot–I created this new free e-book!  Check it out!


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When I paint kitchen cabinets I usually have HGTV playing in the background.  So in light of that, I am going to start naming my projects HGTV Style.  Today’s “Barn Door Kitchen Remodel” reveal is amazing.

My friends Lisa and Steve had some great ideas for what they desired in their kitchen remodel and together we transformed their traditional suburban kitchen to a custom design that serves their needs functionally and beautifully–punctuated with some incredible barn-like doors for their pantry.

Let’s go back to the beginning.  This is what their kitchen looked like before we started:

The two requests Steve and Lisa had for their kitchen remodel were:

  1. To somehow change the layout that would allow better movement of guests between the family room, kitchen and dining room.
  2. Update the look.

As a pastor and wife to a thriving church, they often invited people over to gather and felt like everyone often ended up crowding in the kitchen instead of spreading out to the family room and dining room.

The peninsula was a major contributor to this issue, so the design idea I suggested was to remove the peninsula and replace it with a large island that would open up the space between the two rooms.

There was an eating area in the kitchen which would no longer exist because of the island, so in order to continue flow between all three spaces I suggested opening up the wall between the kitchen and dining room, where there would be a large farmhouse table to seat multiple guests.  See the small arched opening below:

Here was the result!

Design Points:

~ tear down peninsula and build an island

~ carry wood floors through entire kitchen family room to connect all three spaces

~ paint cabinets white ( I used my new favorite cabinet color: Banner White by RL) and add new hardward

~ add pendant lights over the island

~ replace pantry doors with barn doors (this was Steve and Lisa’s idea–they came unstained and Steve stained them himself. The doors totally make the kitchen!)

~ new stainless appliances

~ granite countertops, stone backsplash and some beautiful barstools

Steve and Lisa have a great eye for design and did a fantastic job choosing many of these options–I just was there for moral support and confirmation on choices!

In opening up the doorway between the kitchen and dining room, Steve and Lisa lost one bank of cabinets.  A small sacrifice to have access and connection to the main seating area from the kitchen.


Now these three spaces flow so nicely.  Their kids eat breakfast at the island each morning and dinners some nights as the busy teens rotate through.  Family and hosting guest dinners take place in their beautiful new dining room:

We also worked on the design and flow between the living room (to the left of the front door entryway) into the dining room.  We pulled blue and grey through the entire area so all rooms feel fluid and cohesive.

Here’s one last before and after:

Don’t you just want to sit down for a cup of coffee and conversation?

Steve and Lisa are dear friends and we are blessed to have them in our lives.  Like I have said before, one of the BEST parts of this job is getting to spend time with amazing people.

Have a blessed, restful, adventurous, productive, family-filled, football watching weekend!


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A few weeks ago I finished a kitchen redesign for a good friend of mine…it was so fun and it turned out beautifully!  My friend, Lori, has a great eye for design and so we put our heads together and this is what we came up with:

Here are a couple of before pictures:

The floor is partly pulled up in this picture, but this shows the original builder island.  It had a high bar and was angled to close off the kitchen from the eating area.   Below is the kitchen with island torn out before construction of the new one.

The cabinets were a beautiful dark wood–but they wouldn’t fit the new light, white look of the kitchen Lori wanted.  Painting them was on the remodel checklist!

We hired a contractor to do the project.  New floors, a couple of walls removed, the existing island demo’d and rebuilt square with the kitchen, painted cabinets, new lighting and backsplash, countertops and a stone fireplace.  It is breathtaking and I give so much credit to Lori who had the vision for what she wanted her kitchen to be.

I painted the cabinets with a Benjamin Moore Advance paint called Milk Paint.

The countertops are a marble looking quartz.

Lori wanted a backsplash that was unique and so when she brought home  samples from Floor and Decor (my favorite backsplash go-to warehouse) I jumped on this one.  In order to tone it down a bit, Lori went with a white grout.  It is definitely a statement piece!

I painted the island black…well not a true black.  It’s called Black Tar by Benjamin Moore. I liked the toned down color of this black–a little bit of dark grey in it.

When the contractors framed the island it had these two levels on the side. We capped it in wide bead board and framed it out with some trim for a furniture-like look.

Lori chose pulls for her island that were different than her cabinets in order to make it look like a piece of furniture. You can see the stacked stone and wood mantle on the fireplace in the background.


One more big picture look!

Some folks have asked me to teach them how to paint their own cabinets.  I am happy to explain!  Below is my 6 step process.  There are A LOT of tricks and details (like which brushes and rollers I use, and how to mix the paint for a perfect finish) that I have learned and would love to share but it is too much for this post.  I am going to create a small mini-course on this blog with all the tips!  So stay tuned for that, but here are the basics:

  1.  Remove doors and hardware
  2.  Sand all cabinet doors and frames (enough to take off gloss)
  3.  Prime all doors and frames
  4. Caulk where needed–usually where the raised frame of the cabinet door meets the panel.
  5.  Paint doors and frames with 3-4 coats of paint, until a the paint is even and smooth.
  6.  Re-attach all cabinet doors and touch up any paint areas needed

I have about 3 more kitchen remodels to show you that I have completed over the last year, so keep an eye out on this blog.  If you want to see all my design posts, you can enter your email below and you’ll get my Top 7 Design Tips for your house!

Have a great 4th of July celebrating our freedom!


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Hello! Welcome to a Designed Home post.  Have you have ever considered painting your kitchen cabinets?  I painted ours a creamy white a couple of years ago and I am hooked:

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Recently I was hired by a client to paint her cabinets.  She wanted to brighten up her kitchen that felt a little dark.

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