The Project That Never Happened

This is the story of a kitchen that wanted to be something special.  It got all excited last July when I posted “before” pictures of it and talked about the plan and how incredible it was going to be.  The problem is, the before photos never turned in to “after” photos.

Kitchen ideas and design for kitchen makeover

Each morning as I poured my coffee the kitchen would whisper…”make me beautiful” in a non-creepy kind of way.  I would lean back on my counter, sip my hot coffee and tell it, “next month”.  So, six months later and I avoid eye contact with it.  Yhea, right, good thing it doesn’t have eyes or I would totally feel shamed.

Kitchen ideas and design choices for a kitchen makeover

The good news is it allowed me to reassess my design options and I’ve veered in a slightly different direction over the last six months.  Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve become more daring.  In fact, I may or may not have streamed Justin Timberlake over my Alexa while pinning new options and I have to say, this kitchen might just bring sexy back.

Sexy in a down home, comfy, textural kind of way.  Okay, so maybe sexy in a mid-life kind of way, but that counts right?

Eating Nook before Picture

So here’s the new plan.  Two of the things that have frustrated me so much about this kitchen is the serious lack of counter space and the fact that it doesn’t have a built in trash cabinet.  So I’m fixing the problem by adding a lower trash cabinet and extending the counter space.

Kitchen and Dining Room Makeover-13 Graphic

I’m having a little bit of an obsession with old brick.  The problem is, this is a pretty new house and there is no brick in sight.  Not for long though.

Gray Kitchen Cabinet against Brick Backsplash and White Honed Carrara Countertop:

via Jenny Wolf Interiors

I’m also having a little bit of a shiplap moment.  I know the whole world is having a shiplap moment, but I have to say, if shiplap should be anywhere it should be in an island home so I’m not worried about when it goes “out of style”.

Antique pantry door and shiplap:

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Okay, shut the front door, or, maybe a vintage antique door.  Clearly, this is the best decision ever!  Hello, “antique” pantry door…come home to mama.

**Update** You can see my version of a vintage “antique” door HERE

Chip and Joanna face a big challenge in the form of a limited budget for a ranch home remodel in Mexia, Texas. But when the clients' son Kelvin Beachum Jr., offensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars, comes through with a surprise addition to the budget, the renovation takes on a grander scale.:

Via HGTV’s Fixer Upper

Now, I know you might be thinking I’m not actually going to follow through with this one and pretty soon I won’t be able to go in the kitchen at all out of pure shame.  Not gonna happen.  I’ve already begun and it is looking soooooo good!  I can’t wait to share all the progress with you in the coming weeks.


In the meantime, I’ll be dancing to Justin Timberlake’s Cant’ Stop The Feeling.

If you want to see what is happening in real time, follow me on Instagram.  If you want to see what I’m pinning on my Pinterest board title Dream Kitchen you can do that here.

**Update**  You can see my first progress update on my kitchen HERE

**Update**  You can see my tutorial for painting thermofoil kitchen cabinets HERE

Have a fantastic day friends!


  1. Pat

    February 16, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Sometimes it’s just better to wait.Im sure it will turn out beautiful.

    1. Nancy

      February 16, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks for your confidence in me Pat. I’m excited to have a kitchen that I love. It’s been years since I had a kitchen I loved.


  2. KariAnne Wood

    February 16, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    I think it’s good to wait and get exactly what you want! I love the brick and I love the door!

    Happy day!

    1. Nancy

      February 16, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      The doors are amazing. I always love when you stop by KariAnne.


  3. Susie from The Chelsea Project

    February 16, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Sounds like waiting was a good thing since you have added some amazing ideas. You already have a great space, I look so forward to seeing you work your magic!

    1. Nancy

      February 16, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks so much Susie! I love the new ideas too.



    February 19, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Nancy, just love that antique Pantry Door — and the brick! Your kitchen will be lots of hard work but well worth it once you see it all finished and looking so lovely!


  5. Wendy

    June 7, 2017 at 7:38 am

    You are hilarious! I often feel shame and guilt over empty promises I’ve made to my house. I’m currently obsessed with antique doors too! I’m so excited to find the right one. Did you find one yet?

    1. Nancy

      June 7, 2017 at 7:57 am

      Hi Wendy! I know, I feel like I need to apologize to the house sometimes especially this morning as it is baring the brunt of kids home for the summer. I didn’t find a door, so instead I made my own and I love how it turned out. You can read all about that in this post:

      I also have an update on my kitchen going up on the blog tomorrow. I’m done procrastinating. 🙂


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