Over the past few months, I have been working on the design of my parents kitchen. They recently moved from Houston to Dallas and “hired” me as their interior designer. I was so excited to be working on this project because it was my first experience as a full fledged interior designer. Yes, I do interior design jobs on the side, but I don’t really consider myself a full time interior designer. I don’t have a degree in the field and my full time job is actually as a graphic designer and web developer. So needless to say, getting to work on such a large project has been such a gratifying experience for me. I can only hope that this can be a career for me one day:)

I have also been designing the rest of their 1st floor, but those reveal posts will be coming over the next few months. We were mainly focused on finishing the kitchen and that’s where all our attention was directed to. Now that the kitchen is finished, we will move our focus to the living room, dining room, piano room and entry way. There is also a little nook in the kitchen where the kitchen table sits (not shown in these photos). I am about 95% finished with that area, but not done enough to photograph. That will be my next reveal post!

Ok moving on to the kitchen reveal! Here is the before…


And here is the after!

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The plan was to really make the space as light and bright as we possibly could. Here are some of the main design changes you might notice:

  • Ripped out tile and replaced the entire 1st floor with dark hand scraped hardwood floor.
  • Re-paint the cabinets a bright white. We also had to re-paint all the trim and doors in the area.
  • Rip out the backsplash and replace with white ceramic subway tile.
  • Replace the granite tiles on countertop with solid granite slabs.
  • Replace all hardware throughout the kitchen with oil rubbed bronze hardware.
  • Re-Paint the walls with Sherwin Williams Rice Grain.
  • Take out pot rack above the island and replace with pendant lighting.
  • Re-locate the island about 6 inches toward the sink.
  • Add recessed lighting throughout.
  • New sink and faucet.
  • Re-locate stovetop to island.
  • Add bead board to the buffet sitting area.

This was my mood board for the space before the construction began:


Some things changed of course, but my overall concept remained; crisp, clean, light and bright!

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Ok, now for the fun part… Below are the photos of the final product. I hope you like the space:) My parents and I are SO happy with how everything turned out. I’m really glad they trusted me with such a big and important project. Thanks Mom and Dad!!

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And again, the “before” and “afters”…

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  1. This is so beautiful! You did such an amazing job!! I cannot get over that those are the same cabinets! I am going to have to think about doing this to my kitchen!

  2. What a wonderful transformation and job you did. I bet your parents are overflowing with pride.

  3. Very pretty! I love it.

    Couple of questions –

    Did you paint the cupboards with a brush or spray? If you used a brush, are there brush marks?

    Where did you use the Winter In Paris paint?

    Again, you did an awesome job.

    • The Blissful Bee

      We actually hired someone to spray the cabinets with oil based paint. The Winter in Paris paint color is being used in the living room which connects to the kitchen. So although it might not be directly in the kitchen, the color is still very much seen from the kitchen. Their living room reveal will be coming in the next few months, so you can see how that color actually looks on the walls. I will say, it is my favorite color EVER.

      • Amy, did you hire a regular kitchen painter to do those or just a painter that was good with a sprayer? I’ve wanted to do this to my cabinets since we moved in. Our cabinets are new-ish (we bought the house new in November, 2010) but it would lighten up the kitchen so much.

        Can’t wait to see “Winter In Paris” paint. It really looks pretty.

  4. This is a lovely, fresh, update to this kitchen. I especially like those paint colors. Well done.

  5. Their kitchen looks fabulous! I love all the details and your photography is very nice. I found you on Hometalk. I would love for you to stop by my blog sometime.
    Thanks, Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  6. Hi Amy,
    I am pretty sure, this is my first time to visit, in all this years I am blogging. I am not that active blogger but I am trying to hang on with my American blogger friends, in a way, I could.

    Well, you blown my brain away with your new transformation. This is one AWESOME project and I am drooling your kitchen. LOVE LOVE it.

    Thank you for sharing your ideas and I know I will bring it back home, both in The Philippines and in Sweden.

    Happy Tuesday & hope you visit Stockholm.
    /CC girl

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  8. I love the results! This is a beautiful kitchen and I love how bright and airy it is with the lighter colors! I did a similar project in my kitchen–we painted our cabinets white and it makes such a difference.
    I’m stopping by from Inspire Me Please (#6 Pumpkin Crock Pot Oatmeal and 12 First Day of School Picture Tutorial) Have a great weekend!

  9. Becky Buchanan Reply

    Love the new look of your kitchen, could you please tell me where you purchased your flooring ,getting ready to do my kitchen also . And is the flooring real hardwood, bamboo, are engineered

    • The Blissful Bee

      Hi Becky! The flooring was purchased through a local contractor, so I’m quite not sure of the exact origin. The floors are real hardwood – not engineered or bamboo. They were installed and then semi hand scraped once installed. The contractor brought us some of their stain options and we chose a medium-dark toned stain. I wish I could give you more details, but a lot of the decisions were made through a local contractor. Hope this helps!!

  10. Love this! I’m saving up my pennies to redo our kitchen and I’d love for this to be the final. My problem is that my kitchen needs a complete gut – at least three layers of flooring needs removed, all cabinets need removed, walls, windows, appliances, etc.

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  12. What a beautiful transformation! It turned out very well. If you’re not an interior designer by trade, you should be…full time! You are very talented.


  13. Gorgeous. You definitely have to make up some business cards and get a portfolio going. I love your choice of colours and also the oil-rubbed tapware – just beautiful. Also, you styled it really, really well – love the photos! 🙂

  14. What a fantastic makeover, I love the small island and the gorgeous granite bench tops. I am also re-doing my kitchen in a very similar style. However, in NZ it is very expensive to do anything and just changing the doors, replacing the benchtops and a couple of extra cupboards, my quote was $15,000 which surprised me seeing as the units are basically remaining in place and it is a tiny kitchen. You can see my existing kitchen here;


    I am also looking for a very similar style to how you have created this kitchen. I really don’t like the contemporary look of the one I have inherited, especially the grey on the back of the island.

    I can see I am going to be spending a lot of time looking at your blog so will go and sign up for email so as not to miss out on anything.

    Lee 🙂

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  17. Beautiful. I am planning to re-do my kitchen in a similar style. I have a center island and want to locate the cook top there. How is the stove top vented?

  18. Michele Desmarais Gresh Reply

    Beautiful! Where did those spice tins come from? Very unique and vintage looking. I love the look of them. Thanks.

  19. This is beautiful! This is my inspiration!! Are the cabinets the sherwin williams pure white? Also, what color/make is the granite? Everything is just gorgeous!!!!

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