REPOST:  This is a repost of my kitchen reveal from nearly a year ago.

It is finally here! The day I have been waiting for all my life. Ok…maybe just 1 year, 3 months, 1 week and 1 day for. My kitchen no longer looks craptastically oak! What an exciting day. So here are the pictures. My photography skills do not do this transformation justice. But they will have to do. However, you are welcome to come see them in person to “ooh and ahh” over them if you wish. I will be doing a tutorial of all I did in the next couple of days.





Here are the upper cabinets. We installed a rope lighting above them. I will tell you more about that soon.

Here’s the island. The picture really makes it look streaky. But it is not. My camera doesn’t pick up the depth of color in it.

I tried turning on the lights so you can see the mood ligthing but you can’t really tell. I need a professional photographer to come over to take pictures. Anyone?

Moulding for upper cabinets $30
Moulding for island: $17.50
Cork Tiles for Nag Reminder board: $3
Paint $34
Miter Box & Saw $5
Quarter Round Moulding for lower cabinets $12
Rope Lighting $9
Wireless Plug for Rope Lighting $10
Dimmer Switch $7.50
New Hardware $35.66
Barstools $40
Wood Conditioner $10
New Screws for Hardware $3

TOTAL: $216.66

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  1. Oh my goodness! That looks like a totally different kitchen! And I am in LOVE with those black cabinets! They look amazing!
    I still can’t believe you only spend $216.
    You should win an award or something.
    Love them!!

  2. Are you familiar with the character wheezy from Dragon tales?…. LOOOOOOOVVVVEE ITTT! (said in her voice) It looks like a million bucks. Great job. I hate Oak cabinets too. 🙂

  3. Are you familiar with the character wheezy from Dragon tales?…. LOOOOOOOVVVVEE ITTT! (said in her voice) It looks like a million bucks. Great job. I hate Oak cabinets too. 🙂

  4. Are you familiar with the character wheezy from Dragon tales?…. LOOOOOOOVVVVEE ITTT! (said in her voice) It looks like a million bucks. Great job. I hate Oak cabinets too. 🙂

  5. Are you familiar with the character wheezy from Dragon tales?…. LOOOOOOOVVVVEE ITTT! (said in her voice) It looks like a million bucks. Great job. I hate Oak cabinets too. 🙂

  6. whoa, whoa, whoa! it’s like having a baby all over again! my computer was taking forever to download the pics and it was killing me to wait.

    looks awesome, beckie!

  7. Wow, what a difference! Stunning. And I can totally see the lighting on top of the cabinets, what a great idea!

  8. I am a lurker, but finally decided to comment on here. This kitchen is so Gorgeous, I had to say something!!

    I’d love to hear more about the process….

    I am totally excited about the rope lighting…I might steal the idea!

  9. It looks awesome!!!! You did a fantastic job! (and I’m glad you gave yourself grace and paced yourself) Changing the cabinets gave your kitchen a whole different character!

  10. That is really a wonderful make over. It is amazing the job you did for so little money. Way to go!

  11. Wow, your kitchen looks gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by my blog. 🙂 And, yes I painted my utensil holder. 🙂

  12. Freakin’ fantastic!!!! Whoohoo!!! I love love love it!! That looks so good with the blue on the walls too. Luuuuv that island. I am so uber impressed woman!

  13. WOW, that is seriously inspiring!! Beautiful work! I look forward to the tutorials!

  14. Wow!!! Great job, it was SO worth the wait!!! You think so too? 🙂

  15. WAHOO! I’m so excited to finally see the reveal!
    beckie they look AWESOME! Your hard work has paid off TEN-FOLD! I can’t believe how inexpensive it was and how expensive it looks!!

  16. I’m a lurker, but just had to come out of the woodwork and say – WOW!

    That looks beautiful!

  17. Holy Moley! I didn’t think the black was going to be a good choice, but wowser wowser…. WOWSER!!

    The cabinets are absolutely stunning against the robin blue walls!

    Great job, lovey! Looks professional!


  18. I am so excited to see the reveal. It really looks amazing and you did a great job Beckie!!

  19. Really great! The black looks sooo awesome with the blue walls! It’s really broo-tiful! 🙂


  20. You did a great job, it looks great! Have you looked into getting a black outlet and cover for the island? I think they sell black ones now, that way it would blend in.

  21. Great job! It seems like you did that pretty fast….like a month? I bet it feels good to get everything cleaned up and put away so you can enjoy the new look!

    Ummmm are you the person with the crazy messy game situation? I think I remember a before picture, but not the after. I have an ongoing game closet mess too that I’m thinking about how to improve.

  22. I can not wait to hear….my mom has been wanting me to do something like this for her!!

  23. Wow oh Wowie Wow!!! What a great job Beckie. I love the new hardware you chose!

  24. WOW!!!! You did a really great job! Thousands of dollars saved. You made your kitchen so unique and beautiful. i am so impressed! And an upcoming tutorial?! love that!–you are so generous to offer your help on all your created projects. Yours is one of my favorite sites to visit. 🙂

  25. Sorry about my drool all over your kitchen cabinets. 🙂 You did an amazing job. I so desperately want to paint all of my furniture black in the next few months. Any tips.

    Brandy 🙂

  26. Oooo-la-la!!!! Maybe I’ve been inspired to finally do something with my soffits–Ha! Maybe–that was well over a year ago that we talked about that!!
    Luv Cinney

  27. That is absolutely beautiful! When I redo my kitchen (someday it will happen!) that’s the look I’m going for. You do fantastic work!

  28. Oh WOW…what a transformation! And on a shoestring budget too! Ok..after I have finished making over my bedroom, my kids’ bedroom and repainting the bathroom (no, I am not doing these all at once..) THEN I am going to redo our kitchen cabinets. Ours are fake oak too…GAG!

    Great makeover!

  29. I have the exact same layout in my kitchen as yours!!! Except my island is facing the sink when you sit…Anyway, I have been wanting to do this to my cabinets for quite some time and you can’t imagine how THRILLED I am to see this tutorial. I knew I could do it, but this has just nailed it down for me. I REALLY appreciate you and your hard work. I can’t wait to get started. My kitchen has warmer themes, such as red, yellow and things…I am hoping to get some ruby red glass tiles for a back splash. And the black cabinets will just look gorgeous as do yours! THANK YOU THANK YOU! Bravo girlfriend.

  30. You and your cheap self…I love it. Hey, did you know Kaley has turned into you? She has. For real.

  31. My kitchen is too Craptastically Oak! I am so inspired…probably getting new laminate counters in a dark/blackish honed look (soapstone ish) and gonna do the cabinets a creamy white. Hope I can pull it off!

  32. Hey Beckie,
    I was just about to email you and say, "How did you paint your cabinets?" and low and behold, here all the info is! You are amazing. Hope you are doing well!

  33. I am considering refinishing my cabinets in a distressed black as well and was wondering if they show up a lot of dust in the sunlight?

  34. Wow. I am so in love with your cabinets!! So much so, that I left you an award over at goingjane.blogspot.com 🙂

  35. Beckie,

    I was reviewing old posts and stumbled across this one of your kitchen. After taking a closer look I realized our kitchens are almost identical in their oak stage. The layout is very similar except for three points… I have a wall which is slightly deeper than the countertop immediately to the left of the dishwasher, our countertop to the right of the stove continues on around the corner down to the refrigerator (directly across the room from the dishwasher) and we have a sloped ceiling. Here is my question…. how easy to install was the moulding for the upper cabinets? We removed our island and have a movable one which needs a little TLC but that will have to wait until its spray paint weather again. Have you installed any beadboard in your house? If so, can I pick your brain on that process too? We are redoing the kitchen but I really want cabinets with beadboard insets. I started out with beadboard wallpaper but It will not hold up due to all the cooking/cleaning that goes on here. Thank a ton in advance for any advice you can offer!!

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