One Room Challenge Kitchen Makeover Reveal


Today is the day…6 weeks in the making!

Our One Room Challenge Kitchen Makeover Reveal is finally here!

If this is your very first visit to my blog, WELCOME, I am so happy to have you! You can check out Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 and Week 5 to see all of the action in progress. I’d like to say a BIG thank you to Linda from Calling it Home for hosting such great party. I have admired all of the bloggers who have participated over the years and this year decided to join the fun..aka DIY’er hay day.

One Room Challenge Eclectic Kitchen Makeover Reveal

Our BIG wow for this room has to be the planked walls. My husband worked so hard to complete my plans and knocked it out of the park. The side walls weren’t as hard as the back one. That back wall is really tall and has the windows. Cutting all of those curves were an undertaking but he did it like a champ.

We did the same wood planked wall for our Beverage Bar that I posted about on Monday. I will write a full post about how we did both of those but first I have to gather my self from this kitchen makeover.

Let’s take a look back at what this room started as.

Not bad at all, I just needed a change after 7 years.

Kitchen Makeover Room view

By the way, that Cookie sign went right back to that spot…I love me some cookies!

Kitchen Makeover Full cabinet

AND NOW the after…

Kitchen Makeover One Room Challenge Reveal of painted cabinets

One Room Challenge Kitchen Makeover Table Styling

I painted the planked walls in an almost white color called Blanched Pine (Valspar color.) I LOVE the contrast of it with the black and gray painted cabinets. I used DecoArt’s Americana Chalky Finish paint for the cabinets. Carbon and Primitive were the perfect colors.

Kitchen Makeover Reveal for One Room Challenge including planked walls

AND this fabric I used to recover the chairs…Oh la la!!!

I have a about 1/4 of a yard left over so I am hoping to embellish some sofa pillows with it. I’m feeling the need to sew again. At least that won’t involve my hubby and he will be happy about that.

One Room Challenge Simba Fabric Chair Recover

In a cost saving, budget friendly manner we knew we had to keep the counters and backsplash. They really are pretty and there was no reason to remove them. One year until our first born heads to college calls for being money savvy.

So I chose the wall color to keep the room neutral and to tie in the those two elements. It is the perfect light brown. It’s called Down Home from Sherwin Williams.

One Room Challenge Kitchen Makeover Reveal

Are you swooning over that hardware?

Back Story: I made a huge mistake when I ordered my hardware and when it came in the mail last Thursday it was way too dark. I thought it was going to be a bright bronze but it was dark. It did not show up on my black cabinets. After a freak out email it was all taken care of. THANKS to the awesome peeps at Hickory Hardware they hooked me up with an entirely new order and sent it over night! THANKS MISSY, you rock!

I ended up choosing the Cottage Collection Satin Rose and I LOVE them.

One Room Challenge Kitchen Makeover Wall Art

Found the ceramic black and white striped bowl at Ross for $5.99! I would have loved to have found it in coffee mugs too.

Kitchen Makeover Planked Walls and Painted Cabinets Reveal Day

That lamp was a last minute DIY. I had the lamp in the attic that I had purchased on clearance from Target. I was inspired by Emily McCarthy’s house tour in the new HGTV magazine. I’ll be sure to post all about it soon.

Kitchen Makeover Reveal and DIY Lampshade

I have plans to cut that piece of butcher block in half and use them when I actually cook. It was left over from our beverage bar.

Kitchen Makeover Reveal with Painted Cabinets and planked walls

I am really thrilled with how it all turned out. Now I have to start working in my yard planting and cleaning pollen.

One Room Challenge Kitchen Makeover including Painted Cabinets and Planked walls

Kitchen Makeover Reveal for One Room Challenge- Vintage, Glam, Modern Country


Kitchen Makeover One Room Challenge Painted Cabinet Reveal

If you step to the left of this view of the stove there is a doorway into the hall. There is a pass through between this hall into my dining room and that is where the under stairs closet is located. That is the space we turned into the Beverage Bar. Here is a view from the hall. I plan to also use this area to serve for parties!

DIY Beverage Bar and Kitchen Makeover

Now that the kitchen is complete, my husband had a great idea for us. We decided to start cooking together on Friday nights and try new recipes. I’m excited for that because I really don’t love to cook…wink, wink!

Here are the tutorial follow up posts:

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

How to install Plank Walls

How to Recover Kitchen Chairs

Blog Signature-Charcoal, Gold

Linking up to Miss Mustard Seed, Savvy Southern Style


  1. Oh Sonya!!! It’s absolutely stunning! I love the dark lower cabinets, plank walls, fabric and I think the chandelier is the perfect against the light walls! You should be so proud of all your hard work, I’m thrilled you joined the ORC and have a beautiful new kitchen to cook in! 🙂

  2. Your kitchen looks fantastic, Sonya! Your husband did an awesome job on the planked walls — good thing you don’t live nearby or I’d be bugging him to come to my house – lol! Love how your kitchen turned out — the cabinets are perfection. Great job!

  3. Your kitchen is fabulous Sonya. I love the contrast between the black lower cabinets and the creme uppers (I did the same in our kitchen). The plank walls add so much character to your eating area – just love them (and kudos to your husband for the cuts along that curved window). I remember your coffee bar that you shared earlier and have been thinking about where in our little kitchen I can carve some space for one. Really enjoyed this series and seeing how your kitchen was coming along!

  4. Fantastic! The space looks so much brighter now. I love how you painted the bottom cabinets black!

  5. The two tone cabinets are fab…and the 1/2 plank wall…oooohhhhh!

  6. My trick also is to paint the first coat with a brush then the second coat of paint with a sponge roller. Also, the soft touch varnish from DecoArt gives this wonderful finish.

  7. Nothing short of spectacular! You really did a good job on the cabinets (and everything else for that matter). They do not look like a chalk paint finish in the photos. Did you do anything special to give them that nice smooth sheen? Great job.

  8. Love it! I have the same black paint that I’m using on our kitchen island. Plank wall is gorgeous!!

  9. Beautiful makeover Sonya! I love it all, especially the cabinet makeover, and planked walls. Enjoy!

  10. You are so sweet! We used 1X6 Pine tongue and groove planks. I went with the mid grade bc I didn’t want any knots in the wood. I wanted a smoother look to the wood.

  11. Your kitchen is real beauty. It is a true testament to the power of paint. Never ceases to amaze me how much paint can really do to transform a space. And that planking is fantastic. Can I ask you in advance of your tutorial what type of wood did you use?

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