Evolution of the Kitchen


Last Friday I told y'all that we have lived in our home for twenty years this month and I thought I would share the evolution of our home. Of course, nothing looks like it did when we first moved in and I wish I had good photos of the way it looked back then, I do have a few old pictures and then I have the updates in the last five years of blogging. Last week I shared the dining room and today we are moving into the kitchen.

This is what the kitchen looked like the first time I shared it on the blog in 2010.  The cabinet and drawer fronts, granite, backsplash and sink had been updated a few years before. You can read more about the changes and see more pictures here. I know the white dishwasher sticks out like a sore thumb, but it is what it is.

In March 2011 I painted the walls and it made it so much brighter. I had loved the green for several years. The green color was Rosemary Sprig by Benjamin Moore.

Oh, and I almost forgot to show you this tiny bad picture of the wallpaper that was in here for several years before we updated the kitchen.

The counter stools have changed a few times over the last few years. These swivel stools went from brown stained backs and floral/striped seats to....

.... distressed white and red ticking seats, but they were sold a couple years later.

I got a wild hair and ordered these red metal stools and they were okay for awhile.

Three months after getting the red ones I had to have these bad boys. :)

In January 2013 I revealed the new island color.

I'm so glad I painted these and the tutorial of how I painted them with chalk paint can be found here.

In November 2013 I lucked up on an old butcher block that had been used on a ship and bought it for a steal. It needed some work, but I knew Mr. Savvy could handle it.

March 2014 I decided to take the doors off the upper cabinet to give an open shelving concept without doing the real thing since the mister said no way.

In April 2014 I found this cool fence part at the salvage yard and turned it into my pot rack that I shared yesterday.

August 2014 I painted the walls in my new favorite color French Canvas by Benjamin Moore. It is a bit less yellow and brighter than the previous color Frappe.

The last update was this year when the last set of stools were recalled so I replaced them with a mix of old stools that were found at three different places and times. The matching black seats unify them.

The other side.

Hope you enjoyed the evolution of the kitchen.

More to come.

I'm off to the Country Living Fair.
Have a fabulous weekend!

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  1. I love your kitchen and all the transformations. I am trying to convince hubbie to hang beadboard wallpaper on a large wall in my kitchen to cozy it up. Your pics are my convincing evidence!! Happy Friday!

  2. Very interesting progression. It's fascinating how our tastes change over time. Thanks for sharing.

  3. What a beautiful kitchen! I love the natural colors you've used with pops of color here and there. I especially love the backsplash tile. I may have to steal your wrought iron rod idea at the end of the cabinets under the countertop. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a gorgeous, warm kitchen! Rome wasn't built in a day, as they say, so your evolution is the perfect way to make your space just right.

  5. I really enjoy reading these posts and seeing all the work you've put into your home.

  6. I enjoyed seeing this transformation over the years. Happy to know that I'm not the only to buy items often.


  7. Love all the changes in here too! It's fun to see things change over time. Thanks for sharing this, Kim:)

  8. I'm jealous you're going to the Country Living Fair - hope you find some great deals!
    Enjoy the weekend,

  9. That was fun! You have a beautiful kitchen,

  10. It's fun to see how your rooms evolve. Beautiful kitchen, Kim. I love how it looks into big open space of the family room.

  11. And I remember every bit of this! Sometimes I wish I had a Mr. to help me. But then I'd have to not do some things because he might not be in agreement. Guess it's better to have pupsters!

  12. So much fun! Your kitchen has been beautiful every step of the way!

  13. That was fun to see, Kim! Your kitchen has come a LONG way since that wallpaper...gorgeous!!

  14. Beautiful! Love every change that you've made! It was great to see y'all today!! Have a great weekend.

  15. Luv the way our taste change with time..... fascinating to see the bar stools evolve :)

  16. Have loved watching your kitchen evolve over the years Kim. It is always so fun to watch how our taste change/refine. Hope you have a great weekend!

  17. I just read your "on a budget" story from 2010. Fascinating! :) It reminded me of my uncle's place; I recall one summer I spent a week with them in their rental....which was a huge old house that I loved....but that summer they were working on laying the foundation of their house on property out in the country and my cousin and I helped a bit and thought it was so much fun ! :)

  18. It has been fun watching this evolution. Our tastes change and it is fun to change our homes as we want. Yours is beautiful.


  19. What a fun trip down kitchen lane! Love the kitchen Kim!

  20. I think these are my favorite kinds of posts, Kim. I love to see how things have evolved. Your kitchen really does look a whole lot brighter with the lighter paint. I didn't remember that you had gone through that many stool changes. lol Oh-and I grinned at the old wallpaper picture. I think we ALL went through that wallpaper phase years ago. lol
    Have a great weekend- xo Diana

    ps. IF you have time pop over and sign up for the giveaway for my son's newest venture.

  21. Beautiful & loved all the changes over time! I have been looking for a towel bar/rod just like you have on the end of your cabinet underneath the counter......do you mind sharing where you purchased it ?? Thanks!!

  22. I just love seeing the transition over the years and what a difference. The light paint looks so good and fun seeing all of the different stools...happy weekend, Kim!

  23. So fun to watch the evolution - it just keeps getting better and better!


  24. You know, I love all of the various stages of your kitchen! Would love to know what you did with the butcher block? or where you put it. I'm interested in repainting my island, too. It's currently black. Too dark. Need something to bring some color into my kitchen. I love that you use the ENDS that are BLANK on your island to add some accessories. The old cutting boards and such... LOVE that! Did you replace it with a live plant or is that fake? I'm afraid my Rottie would get into a real plant... and I've been looking for some type of pot rack for my kitchen too... what a neat find! I found a place at one point that made them and they had LIGHTS and I was like... YES... my kitchen DOES NEED more lights... but I haven't bit the bullet yet! :) Thanks for this tour...such a beautiful space.