Kitchen Makeover Progress…

I have a confession to make.  Up until last week, my kitchen looked something like this:

blue and green kitchen

I carefully edited the pictures so you didn’t know that half  the kitchen was still painted Benjamin Moore’s Dill Pickle Green!  Although the picture makes the green look sort of psychedelic, I really love that color.  I guess I was having a bit of a hard time letting it go…

Eventually, however, I just had to bite the bullet and get the paint out again.

When I fell in love with the beadboard wallpaper,  I realized I could finish off my “green wall” the way that I had originally dreamed.  The real beadboard was beyond our little budget, but the wallpaper made it do-able.

So…here is the before…

beadboard wall before keeper

And here it is now…

beadboard after keeper

(Have I told you lately that I LOVE Wall Doctor’s Beadboard Wallpaper?  It so looks so real!!!)

Another Before…

close up before keeper


closeup beadboard shelves

pitcher keeper

This mirror was a gift from my friend Karey.  She made it by stamping on a painted dollar store mirror.  Isn’t it neat?  (Thanks, Karey!)


I must tell you that my inspiration for this wall came from the Old Painted Cottage’s Dining Room.  Her pictures are copy write protected, so I can’t show them here, but if you click on her link, you can see her most amazing kitchen/ dining room.  I have studied and studied (and swooned over) those pictures…

I also fell in love with Restoration House’s newly renovated kitchen.


Oh…those shelves!… and the beadboard!… and the fabric cupboard door!…  I’m pretty sure she and I would be friends if we were neighbours…

My husband and I contemplated making some long shelves similar to those…but in the end realized that was beyond what we could accomplish at this point.

So, I dug out the 2 shelves that I bought last Fall (with my curtain fabric!) in Ikea’s “As Is” department.  They were just 5$ each (Can you believe it?).  I’ve just been waiting for the perfect place to put them up…

straight on keeper

So, now…I’m happy to report…my kitchen is no longer a “split-personality”!  It’s all blue…And I don’t regret painting over that green at all… Whew!

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  1. I must say that ANYTHING has to be better than Dill Pickle Green! I love the colors and all the little touchs like the beadboard paper that not only give your kitchen a fresh clean look but also great character!
    Keep up the great work and the fascinating blog and pictures!
    Cousin Kim

  2. Your kitchen looks great! Love that beadboard wallpaper, it does look real! Thanks for featuring my kitchen!

  3. looks divine…love the pale blue and white scheme you have going on…soft, subtle and pretty…well done!

    stuff and nonsense

  4. Oh my gosh you got the cookies on … I love it and VERY BRIGHT TOO! Thanks Rita, you inspire me!!

  5. First..you changed your header again! LOL I can't keep up! 🙂

    Second…I absolutely LOVE the wallpaper. I love how you used a straight piece as your trim and the blue color is just gorgeous!!

    Great job! I'm featuring this next week! 🙂

  6. Your kitchen looks SO GOOD! I LOVE the calm colors…and I love everything BEADBOARD!

    You did a wonderful job 🙂

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! 🙂

  7. Jaw-droppingly gorgeous! I love the blue. I've been trying to figure out what shade of blue to paint my kitchen too but I'm such a chicken 🙂 I love your canister set and I'm drooling over that wire basket on top of your fridge–I've been looking for one just like it. Great job! It looks fabulous…enjoy your new kitchen!

  8. Your kitchen looks fantastic! I love the color, shelves and the beadboard wallpaper. What a great transformation!!!

  9. Wow … That looks amazing Rita! Who would know that beadboard wallpaper could transform a room in such a way as that!!!! Lookin good girlfriend!
    … Cheryl 🙂

  10. Love the bead board wallpaper. I would be tempted to paint the candlesticks as well and maybe distress them to let some of the dark finish show through. Just a thought!

  11. It does look real! I have just put some beadboard in my kitchen and I love it! I love the color you chose! Looks so pretty! I am now following:)

  12. Hi from Downunder. Thanks for visiting my bog. I have just been reading through your blog and I love what you've done. I especially like the wire basket filled with linen that hides the pass-through hole. Lovely.

  13. Looks fantastic. Love the blue too and the fabric to cover the openings. Great project.

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