Kitchen Remodel and Thought

Alrighty here’s my ‘positive post’ as promised. Sorry I kind of went on a rant for a moment in that last post but I felt I needed to explain…I actually read through that yesterday and had to go through and delete about a half a dozen “and” words!

Moving along…be ready for lots of pics.

For the past few weeks the husband and I have been at work in the kitchen…no Paula Deen dishes getting whipped up here though…

Instead, what was supposed to be just a few hours of putting up shiplap for backsplash on a Saturday morning turned into a two week long project of sanded cabinets topped with a few coats of fresh paint, which then led to the idea of new wall color and custom floating shelves, topped with a make over on our kitchen door that exits to the garage.

Here was our kitchen before:I decided I was sick of the distressed look so that’s what sparked the decision to paint cabinets at the last minute after the shiplap was put up.

So here was the first step with the shiplap backsplash:For the shiplap we used plywood that Nate cut into 4 inch strips. We painted it, nailed it up with the nail gun and then touched up any nail spots. My excitement lasted for not even a half a second before I decided cabinets were getting painted and all the other hoo-ha.

For the paint on the cabinets I bought a pricey specialty chalk paint from an area seller which was worth every penny spent. It’s called Frenchic Al Fresco, originating from France and I might as well just say it: it’s like a drop of Heaven landed right in the paint can. This stuff glides on smooth as butter, leaving zero streaks or clumps. It also doesn’t require a sealer and can be used outdoors as well.

I’ve messed with other chalk paints but they’ve really been to no avail. This stuff will always be my new go-to every time I paint a piece of furniture.

The floating shelves came about as a result of me wanting to allow a little more natural light to spill into our kitchen, so we removed a few cabinets and replaced with an open shelf concept:

Click this link for the DIY YouTube video Nate used for the floating shelves if you’re interested.

This was the final look after shiplap, cabinets, wall color, and shelves were done. But there was one thing still bothering me…

That darn garage door…such an eyesore…so I got ahold of a tattoo artist (from the area) who’s shop has been closed over the past few months with the virus mess. She’s actually been supplementing income by using her talent to paint customer’s windows, outdoor concrete walls, and sidewalks so I figured why not add a garage door to her art gallery showcase. Click that link to see the local gazette write up featuring Ginny, she’s such an amazing gal. We had an awesome time visiting, plus I took her on a tour of our “impostering farm” afterwards which she absolutely loved.

I’m kind of a nut for wildflowers and they go with the whole farmhouse thing so the flowers are a combination of some of my favorites — sunflowers, poppies, and daises.

K so this is the FOR REAL FINAL look now:

Next up will be that kitchen table project!!…right Nate!?😊

***Without the cost of the door we spent under $200 for this entire kitchen makeover. Let me know if you have any questions, comments, or need tips if you’re considering tackling your own DIY kitchen remodel.***

Bare with me, here comes my devotional thought…

I keep standing in my kitchen thinking I can’t even believe this is mine, like I’m “wowed” by the fact that this Pinterest inspired style has taken up residency in my own house…and here it is — at the core truth it’s honestly just a trivial, little earthly thing…nothing fancy…nothing flashy…at all…but I love it!! And in the midst of my awe I’m reminded how God feels about each one of us. He graciously proclaims His love over us even though we hold onto physical and emotional scars and wounds that beg to lie and tell us we’re unlovable, even though our mouths disregard the warnings of James 3, and even though we mess up repeatedly. Right?

Just like my kitchen, no one is really that fancy or flashy because of our natural sin nature, we’re all prone to it. And if a person struggles with that fact, they should consider that even in a “state-of-the-art kitchen” or just a “plain ordinary one,” grease still splatters and cookie-crumbs fall to the floor when either type of kitchen is serving its purpose…

Check out our hope in Ephesians 2:4-5, and soak up these words with me:

“But because of His great love for us, God, who was rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.”

Two words, mercy and grace.

Mess ups, failures, flaws and all…God shows us a better way of life through Christ and He believes that, despite our shortcomings, we are worth more than we could ever fathom. How many of us would willingly give up our own Son on an old wooden cross for another’s life?

But God.

Because of you, because of me. Because of His love for us.

Rather than gushing over my freshly remodeled kitchen…when I stand within its white walls and pleasant charm I want it to serve as a reminder and be whisked by the fact that God loves me exceedingly and abundantly, even though I’m nothing fancy or flashy — I’m good enough for Him!

Thanks for reading today, have an amazing week!!❤️

Author: alimw2013

About For His Purpose~ My name is Alicia and I'm a thirty-something year old who loves Jesus. Only through God’s amazing grace and mercy I have been redeemed from past regret and shame. Reading His word has allowed me to look past Satan’s forceful lies, to see myself for who Christ says I am in Him. Through writing I have learned why I made the choices I made in my younger years and I now have a better understanding of why I desire to love God like crazy these days. Despite my daily failures, God remains faithful always. I am reassured of His unconditional love for me by every ink-drop spilled out on paper, each committed prayer as I cry out to Him, and deep understanding reflected through reading His word as truth. Yes keeping a blog will make me vulnerable to others’ opinions- there will be some who don’t understand, some who may criticize or judge, but on the other hand if just one piece expressed through my writing grabs someone’s attention and directs them to God, then pouring out my heart in a blog for the world to read is worth it. I choose to glorify Him alone through words streaming across a glowing screen. And it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t reveal the fact that I’m incredibly quirky; I’m my loving husband’s best friend, my vivacious kids’ craziest cheerleader and spiritual trainer (3 John 1:4). I love anything farmhouse and rustic style. I think cupping a warm coffee mug in the palm of my hands is more satisfying than the contents within. I share a common obsession with my husband for the mountains, but I would (without a doubt) settle for waves crashing against my legs at the Atlantic Ocean just as well, and I almost always have a Yorkie curled up on my lap while writing. *All photos are photographed by and therefore may not be stored or photocopied in any manner.

43 thoughts on “Kitchen Remodel and Thought”

  1. Your kitchen looks amazing!! And that door!! She did such a wonderful job! I would be proud to cook in that kitchen, too. I’m really considering that paint for when we start working on our kitchen table.
    I love your devotional thought, too. It so comforting to know that God loves us flaws and all. ❤️

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    1. Thank you!! Ya she’s ridiculously talented❤️It’s been fun seeing some of her other artwork around town!
      I doubt you’ll be disappointed if you use this paint, the lady I buy it from has it sent out of Tennessee and I know you’re a bit closer to Tennessee than we are so you may be able to order directly from that place in Tennessee… If you have any questions let me know and I might be able to get contact info!
      Thanks for reading and commenting Michelle ❤️

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      1. That DOOR! You made a great decision having her come do her art work for you! It’s beautiful, and it ties all the colors of the kitchen together with a fancy bow!
        And I think allowing the sunshine to come in better is also a great idea!

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    1. Yes! Anytime!!….ummmm but sometimes some “burnt offerings” happen….I get side tracked every once in a while and then end up burning this or that so the family coins those meals as our burnt offerings…just to make the situation funny!!😅

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  2. Love it! That door is amazing. What a piece of artwork! You so remind me of me with all the projects, except that I am in a totally different season right now. But I am learning that this is okay. It’s a season that I can learn and grow in, and I am NOT stuck here. That statement is for the devil. 😃

    I’m getting a lot of rest in right now, but this is okay. By the way don’t apologize! I so needed your “rant.” It wasn’t really a rant. It was your honest feelings and I was feeling it too. I cried when Matt shared the post about it being okay to be still. So yes, you have absolutely no reason to appologize. Some of us really need your positive posts, so keep posting as you feel lead to do so. Enjoy your kitchen!!!! ❤ Love you Ali.

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    1. Thanks so much for your awesome encouragement!! ..and the resting season is an amazing time to just simply listen❤️❤️❤️🙏

      I don’t get a chance to read blogs everyday so I don’t always catch each one but I’ll have to be sure and read the one Matt shared…such a sad world we live in these days..I keep thinking ‘I just want Jesus to come back today!’

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  3. What a beautiful kitchen!! You guys did an amazing job! Love your thought. It’s so true. God’s mercy and grace…..what is life without it.

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  4. Simply Beautiful! All of it! I love the remodeled look. I love the door and that you were able to help someone have a bit of income during the pandemic shutdown. And I love the message you left us with. How amazing to know that God loves us so much, scars and all. It is overwhelming! ❤️

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    1. Thanks so much! We’re enjoying it!! I see the name of your blog ‘Retire in Branson’ 😊 I’ve been trying to convince my husband to let us go there for vacation over Labor Day weekend…he’s whining because he thinks it’ll be too “tourist-y”☹️

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      1. I bet so…We’re in Nebraska and my husband is nuts about the Rockies so if he gets his way we’ll end up there…..again….but I’m gonna keep voting my way for Branson!!

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  5. Oh my goodness! I love love love this!!! Especially the garage door! What a creative idea and a good deed too! I love the colors of your cabinets too. We have a name for these projects: #PandemicProjects All Gorgeous together!

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