kitchen updates

This past Saturday was my 27th birthday. I'm already wincing when I say it. It's not that I think that it's old it's just that I never pictured me at that age. Or any age past 24. 24 was grown up. 27?! Past grown up. But I don't feel it. I could go on and on but we have a kitchen to get to. And as my birthday present I asked my cousin and bestie to come over and tackle our to do list. The best gift in my opinion. We didn't get everything accomplished between an under the weather cousin and an overly ambitious list [I never disappoint in that area] but we are so happy with what was finished. 

In the kitchen we finished painting the underside of the upper cabinets and the toe kick. I'm happy that I didn't go with a crazy color for the toe kick and went with plain white instead. You just can't go wrong with white.

"painted toe kick"

We also changed all of the switches and plates from almond to white. I had started this task literally years ago and it's finally complete. This is what we were working with for way too long:

Ack. But the biggest before and after in the kitchen happened above our cabinets. We have a soffit that I had originally painted the color of the wall. Then I painted it white hoping that keeping it white between the ceiling and the cabinets would help extend the cabinets and keep the eye going upward. This is what we had before [although I can't find a photo of the soffit green]:

In an attempt to make the whole thing look more finished we decided to add some crown molding. We were blown away with how more 'built in' everything looks. It's like this is how it was meant to be.

"added crown molding"

"painted kitchen soffit"

"kitchen crown molding"

I obviously have some touch ups to do with the kitchen paint and some caulk here and there but we are so pleased. The photos don't do it justice and seem to shrink the size of it. We don't have anything fancy. We used a saw box guide to cut the angles. Even then the inner cut wasn't perfect, but man, caulk can fix practically anything. And I got double the dose of flowers from my brother and hubby. 

We did so much more on the list but you don't really think I'm going to share it all at once? I'm gonna milk the hell out of this last weekend! In the kitchen we only need to touch up the walls and trim, replace the missing microwave part, replace the sink and faucet.  ...and I think that's it!


  1. The finishing touches always seem to make such a HUGE difference! I'm impressed you guys cut and installed that crown molding all by yourself! Love it!

  2. Wow! The crown really takes it to a new level! Such a pretty kitchen :-)

    1. Thanks Mekenzie! We are amazed at how just the white paints makes the space so inviting to us :)

  3. Looks so good - love the white! And seriously, why is your handwriting so freakin' neat?!

    1. ha. you should see my signature! It was great when I was Caroline Craig. Married name? Not so much. I have no idea what to do with Nolazco.

  4. I like the knives. Where did you get that magnet(?) to make the knives stick. I live the sunlight against the white cabinets. I think your kitchen looks uncluttered and really "zen."

    You are 27, so young! Seize the days,girl!

    1. Thanks Shobelyn! You can find a similar one here: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/magnetic-knife-holder/1011083404

      But there are way prettier ones out there- even wooden looking ones I wish I would've known about before I got this at Bed Bath and Beyond. Mine may have been Ikea though- it's sad that I can't remember. Just test out it's strength in the store or read the reviews because some aren't as strong as others.

      Thanks :)

  5. Happy birthday! The kitchen looks SO good! It never ceases to amaze me the difference a little crown molding can make!
    Kelly @ View Along the Way

  6. Happy belated Birthday!

    That molding looks amazing! It's so crazy how much a strip of molding can transform a room!

  7. That looks amazing!! I can't believe I have missed all these great posts....


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