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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Mini Kitchen Makeover

It all started last January when Ben asked me what I wanted for my birthday.  After some deliberation, I decided I was tired of staring at the decorator beige on our kitchen walls (well, many of our walls) and that I wanted to paint an accent wall in our kitchen.  Then, after deciding that the new accent wall would be gray, I felt that wouldn’t really work with the beige, so we decided to have the whole kitchen painted.  What evolved afterward, very slowly over the course of the year, was a miniature kitchen makeover.  I have found that I decorate slowly and gradually over time because 1) it’s expensive! and 2) I’m highly particular.  It takes me a long time to decide exactly how I want to decorate because I don’t just want it done, I want it to look right.  Discovering what exactly “right” meant waiting quite a while for inspiration to strike.  In the end, I’m glad I took my time because I love how just a few changes completely made over our kitchen from a place that was kind of “blah” to a place that felt like home.  I’ve mentioned these changes periodically and many of you have asked to see the results so now that it is finally done one year later (!), I thought I would share a few pics here.

When we first moved into our current home, I made a wall of canvases of some of my favorite food photos.  Of course over time, I’ve taken many more photos that I love.  Finally I felt the wall was ready for an update.  The old canvases were all the same size, all in even rows.  This time I opted for some size and shape variation, and broke up the images with these cute wooden words from Etsy shop OldNewAgain (they are great!)  I really love the gray wall (Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter), and how much color the images add to the kitchen.  Huge, huge thanks to one of my best friends Bobbi for dreaming up the wall arrangement.  I’m awful at that sort of thing but being a professional photographer, it’s one of her specialties.  She sent me a diagram complete with dimensions and spacing so all I had to do was order the canvases and hang them.  Bam!  Totally in love with what she created here.

This is the other kitchen wall that I face when I cook.  This particular wall gave me fits as I decided exactly what I wanted to do with it.  I stared at the blank white wall for nearly nine months.  Bobbi suggested one large canvas, and the rest fell into place after that.  (By the way, Bobbi took that photo of me holding her birthday cake last summer.  This image is really special to me in many ways – for who took the photo, the occasion, and I think it is just a gorgeous image overall!)  I knew I wanted some sort of console table on this wall but most were the wrong size and all cost way more than I was hoping to spend.  Then one day I came across this fantastic DIY console table tutorial and I thought…I could do that.  I made my table in different dimensions than the one in the original post to better fit in our space.  This was a surprisingly easy project that took just a weekend to complete (mostly downtime, waiting for things to dry.)

Lighting has to be one of my biggest stumbling blocks when it comes to decor.  I searched every site and every store I could think time and again looking for a lamp that would fit in this space.  Nothing seemed quite right, and those that looked right were too big!  And then I remembered – Pottery Barn Teen.  Maybe since I don’t have teenagers yet, I never seem to think of this site, but they have some great stuff! As soon as I saw this lamp I knew it was the one.  The base can be lit with or without the actual lamp part lit, and it gives off such a pretty glow!  I love love love it.  And the shade was on super sale – score!  I also could not pass up this adorable print (mine is 8″ x 10″) with such true words from Julia Child.  It is right at home in our kitchen.  The frame is from Target.

The old pendant light that hung over our dining table was one of my least favorite things about the kitchen.  Before we even moved in I said, ‘That has to go ASAP.”  And then it stayed for over two years.  I had had my eye on this mason jar chandelier from Pottery Barn forever but I was very skeptical about how it would look in our kitchen.  Then I saw it in person at Bobbi’s house (we are decor twins in soooo many ways), and I decided to go for it.  A coupon code and some rewards dollars also helped me take the leap.  Although it was a bear to install (thanks Ben!), we are so glad we decided on this light.  We love it!  Though, I always have to laugh when friends come over and ask if I made it.  Ha!  I am quite certain I would cut myself and probably shock myself trying to create any kind of light fixture.

The former rug under the dining table was a plain boring neutral bought solely out of necessity when we moved in.  I wanted something with color, but still light and not overpowering.  After searching high and low, I found this rug from Anthropologie.  I wasn’t quite sure if I would like it in person but once I saw it, it was just the thing.

We previously had vertical blinds in the kitchen which annoyed me for a few reasons.  They made lots of noise when brushed against, the kids loved to play in them, pull on them, break them, etc., and they just reminded me of living in a college apartment.  I ordered these sheers and curtains and a new curtain rod from west elm.  I had to wait months because they were on back order, but worth it!  I really like the modern pattern.  (Teddy bear photo bomb!)

And while this isn’t exactly part of the makeover, this Nespresso maker has been a nice addition to the kitchen.  I like this covered jar from Crate & Barrel for storing the capsules.  (It seems they no longer carry it, but I’ve seen similar things at Target.)

Though it was a slow moving project, it has been awesome to see the kitchen transform into a space that is so much more our style.  Now I’ve moved on to our playroom, which should be finished soon!

  • Jennifer Cepero

    I love that cake photo! So cute.

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    Your brownie picture gets me each time I see it. So completely drool worthy. And that chandelier is so fun!

  • Katie Rieffenberger

    I love every single corner of your kitchen…nice work!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/katie.s.king.3 Katie Silliman King

    Love, love, love everything, especially the rug! I am a long-time reader of your blog, and I just wanted to say how much I enjoy reading your posts, especially those that give a peek into your real life. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • evabakes

    Your new kitchen is beautiful! I love all the little details that you so carefully thought out. Want to come design my kitchen? :)

  • annieseats

    Sure! It will only take one year :)

  • annieseats

    Aw, thank you! I’m so glad you enjoy the more personal posts. I definitely enjoy writing them!

  • Caroline L.

    You have such a gorgeous home – one that is so beautifully styled, but that is completely livable as well! I’m loving the plain canvasses on the wall – it’s so much cleaner and fresher than having a framed gallery wall! And that light fixture is precious :)

  • http://livefaithfully.blogspot.com/ Urban Wife

    I love it! You did a fabulous job with pulling together all the different elements.

  • Liz N.

    Annie, I love what you’ve done to your kitchen! Your taste is so similar to mine. My favorite piece is the pendant mason/jar lighting. I, too, have been eyeing that for quite some time. It looks so great in your kitchen! I love your photographs and still need to put some in my kitchen. Hope you didn’t forget about me ;-)! You’ve done an amazing job with your makeover!

  • annieseats

    Thanks Liz! I certainly haven’t forgotten about you, and actually I emailed you about it a few months back but never got a response. Maybe my message never went through. Anyway, feel free to shoot me a line again with which images you want :)

  • Liz N.

    Just sent you an email! Thanks Annie!

  • Sarah @ Cubicle To Kitchen

    I love it! Did you get your canvas printed local or online? If online…who did you use?

  • Melissa Brooker

    I have read your blog for ages, and always love the posts that show us real life Annie! The personal posts make m feel like I know you! Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your life! I absolutely LOVE your kitchen! That rug and those curtains are to die for!

  • Vic Cairns

    Annie, this all looks amazing! The picture wall is incredible – especially the photo of your caramel brownies! Have you thought about making your photos available to buy for printing (with your watermark included of course)? I, for one, would love to have an Annie’s Eats brownie photo on my kitchen wall!

  • gigi

    love the transformation amazing! my fav is that mason jar chandelier amazing I want that. one day I can do the same I hope. I know about the whole nespresso thing since I just love my keurig. xx. gigi

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathryn.slemko Kathryn Slemko

    I love what you’ve done with your kitchen! thank you for sharing :) I’m planning on making a photo collage similar to your but with pictures i’ve taken while traveling. Can I ask where you got yours printed?
    thanks!

  • Diana

    Wow, I have some kitchen envy now. Looks great!!!

  • annieseats

    CGI Pro Prints (online). Have fun! Love the travel pic idea.

  • annieseats

    Yes, it’s actually in the works right now! My tech guys are in the process of setting up a shop with a few things, including some selected prints. The caramel brownies will surely be one of them!

  • annieseats

    CGI Pro Prints (online).

  • Julie @ Table for Two

    I got my “cook” sign from the same shop!! I love them – my ‘cook’ sign is hanging above my stove. I love what you did with your kitchen!! Gorgeous :)

  • annieseats

    Thanks Melissa! I’m so glad to know you like it all – the kitchen, the blog, and the personal posts :)

  • Stella Chang

    I love the photos mixed in with the wooden words! Very neat!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cathy.pascual Cathy Pascual

    What a gorgeous kitchen! I love that rug and the prints from etsy and the photo wall! I love that you mixed Etsy finds with Anthropologie and West Elm. I have big glass sliding door too that we leave without any window covering – we live near Seattle so we love to get any light we can, but I’ve thought we should soften it up with curtains. I love the curtains who chose.

  • http://www.facebook.com/arthurb3 Arthur B Raleigh

    Cute!

  • sansuey

    I feel like I had a lovely home tour while in the comfort of my home with my ipad ! Love the beautiful home and reading about how things came to be!

  • Jennifer Millsap

    I just love this. There’s so much to love! Love the table, the lamp, the drapes, the light fixture, I’m on love overload. Enjoy your space!

  • Shanna Schad

    I LOVE your photo wall!! The whole mini makeover is awesome! We just
    started a full on kitchen remodel and I can’t wait to see it done. Right
    now its subfloor and framing! I hope to one day have pictures of my
    food as good as the ones you take of yours to hang on my walls!!

  • Vic Cairns

    Awesome! :)

  • Sarah Bates

    Gorgeous! I love what you did and adore your photo wall! And that chandelier! And the rug! Ok, I love everything! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/dalia.elsherbeni Dalia Elsherbeni

    Annie, very nice! Where did you get the canvasas made if you don’t mind me asking?

  • annieseats

    CGI Pro Prints online. I also really like Canvas Love and Mpix.

  • Kristoffer and Danielle Gray

    Beautiful!!

    I would love to see your toy room transformation too…ours is in desperate need for some storage solutions!!

  • waterlooheather

    Nice details, but no wide shot. Let’s see!

  • annieseats

    I know! I forgot to take one :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathryn.slemko Kathryn Slemko

    Thanks so much!! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/dalia.elsherbeni Dalia Elsherbeni

    Hi Annie, I cannot wait till you sell your brownie one. What are its dimensions and also what are the dimensions of the cupcake?

  • http://www.facebook.com/dalia.elsherbeni Dalia Elsherbeni

    me too!

  • annieseats

    You mean the dimensions in my kitchen or what will be sold?

  • http://www.facebook.com/dalia.elsherbeni Dalia Elsherbeni

    the dimensions of the canvas that will be sold, for example, the brownie and cupcake ones. i love them.

  • Erin (www.type1foodie.com)

    Annie, I recently bought my first Nespresso after a trip to the Williams Sonoma at Keystone. LOVING IT. Of course you have one!!! Great kitchen. :)

  • annieseats

    I don’t have those details figured out quite yet. I’ll be sure to update when things are set for the shop!

  • Loretta E

    I love the idea of doing canvases of food shots! Even more special that they’re your own :)

  • http://afoodieaffair.com/ A Foodie Affair

    I love quick makeovers. It puts a fresh new look for little time and money. Home Goods is my favorite place to find unusual items for quick redo’s. And they have loads of the glass jars as well!

  • Misty Lynn

    Very nice! I can tell by your writing that you really love it and that’s what matters most! I live near a Pottery Barn Outlet (which also carries their kidsteens and other stores like William-Sonoma) at huge discounts. It certainly has helped me get the look for less.Great job on the console table too!

  • Rena

    I love that photo wall! And how special that those are all photos you took, of food you made!