Kitchen Makeover Reveal & A Giveaway

Kitchen Makeover After french door the Honeycomb Home

The day is finally here for the One Room Challenge kitchen makeover reveal! It’s been an exhausting six weeks taking part in this challenge, but it was totally worth it. There is also a giveaway for you to enter at the end of this post to celebrate! So lets get right to it, here’s a reminder of what we started with in our kitchen. Basic builder grade everything and too many orange wood tones. UGH.

Kitchen before, installing kitchen cabinets, decorating above kitchen cabinets

And here, finally,  is the after. Drumroll please…

Builder grade kitchen makeover the Honeycomb Home

We saved a little money by painting and repurposing our old cabinets. The appliances and countertops were the only splurges.

Kitchen Makeover Soffit Area the Honeycomb Home, kitchen cabinet doors, white kitchen cabinets

Here is an old photo of the kitchen taken from the living room side.

Kitchen before from living room

And the view now. We want back and forth a few times regarding what to do with the space above the fridge, especially with that soffit in the way but ultimately it came out just as I had envisioned it.

Kitchen Makeover After Wine Racks, cheap kitchen cabinets
Kitchen Makeover After Custom Wine Racks, kitchen cabinet height,

My contractor custom-built this for us, even adding the “X’s” for the wine bottle holders. Obviously, I haven’t had time to buy any wine yet.

Kitchen Custome Wine Glass holders

For the upper box with the wine glasses, he built the shell and I ordered these under cabinet wine glass holders* that my husband installed after I painted them white.

wine glass racks

Here is another angle before the kitchen makeover.

Kitchen Another BEFORE

And after.

Kitchen Makeover After Corner angle

As you can see we extended the existing cabinets to the ceiling. Using stock cabinets was a budget-friendly way to do that!

We did have to fill in a few spots with custom built cabinets to make it work, but we still saved money doing it this way.

Kitchen Makeover After, kitchen cabinet doors

There is still one upper cabinet without the glass insert, the paint was literally still drying on that one as I took these photos.

It was a happy day for me when my husband removed the old counters. We saved about $500 removing them ourselves as opposed to having Home Depot do it.

removing kitchen counters

The new counters are quartz, in the color gray expo. I picked a high shine counter even though I knew it will show fingerprints and smudges more than a matte finish. I waited so long to get rid of the flat laminate counters that it’s worth it to me to keep them shined. (For more information on the counters, read What You Need To Know Before Buying Kitchen Countertops ) The new undermount sink is awesome also! And the pendant lights from Lamps Plus are just beautiful too.

Kitchen Makeover Undermount Sink The Honeycomb Home One Room Challenge

Because the kitchen is open to the living room, you can see we only painted the kitchen. Painting the living room just moved high up on the to-do list for me. Our contractor also added the crown molding all the way around the room for us. The orb chandelier shown below was a DIY project from a few years ago, it only cost us $27 to make!

kitchen makeover after Farmer's market sign

I also picked up new spice jars for my spice wall racks because the old ones didn’t all match. To customize them, I labeled them with round chalkboard labels*.

Kitchen Spice rack chalkboard labels

I found this little vintage can at my local antique store. I don’t know what it’s called, but its purpose is for sifting powdered sugar.

Kitchen Makeover Styling

And this pantry is amazing, I can’t wait to get it organized! It goes all the way from the floor to the soffit to maximize every inch.

Kitchen Slide out pantry, kitchen pantry cabinet

And to recap, here is our kitchen makeover checklist:

  • Buy a new refrigerator
  • Add a row of cabinetry above the existing cabinets to extend to the ceiling
  • New countertops
  • New undermount sink
  • New backsplash
  • Paint existing cabinets
  • Add glass fronts to some of the cabinet doors
  • Install lighting in new upper cabinets
  • Install lighting under lower cabinets
  • Add new cabinetry hardware
  • Install new pendants over the sink
  • Completely makeover the existing table and chairs
  • Paint the walls
  • custom built-ins over the refrigerator
  • custom slide out pantry
  • crown molding
  • add bun feet under cabinets

Unfortunately, we did not get the cabinet lighting installed. We needed a few connectors that we had trouble finding and just ran out of time, we will add that soon. (Update, we added the cabinet lighting!)ย 

We also didn’t get the bun feet installed under the cabinets because I couldn’t find the type I had in mind anywhere, so we are going to have to custom make those.

Another thing not on the checklist that we didn’t get to is adding a decorative strip of molding across the front of the cabinets where the existing uppers meet the new uppers that we added.

The Honeycomb Home Kitchen Makeover, kitchen cabinet height

I have to give a HUGE, GREAT BIG thank you to my husband for making this kitchen makeover happen for me. He basically gave up every weekend for at least the last four or five weeks to get this done in time, and he did so happily. Which is especially appreciated because he doesn’t always enjoy DIY projects. He literally hasn’t even had time to cut the grass in at least 2 weeks, which I know is driving him crazy. Thanks, John!

I also have to thank my sponsors:  Lamps Plus, StikwoodAmerock Hardware and Wayfair. Lastly, thanks to the Back Porch Shoppe Etsy store where I purchased my Farmer’s Market sign. They kindly gave me a second one to giveaway here today to one lucky reader! Be sure to check out all the amazing signs they have in their shop.

Farmers Market Sign the Back Porch Shoppe Etsy

Enter below and good luck!!

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Builder Grade Kitchen Makeover Before and After the Honeycomb Home Pin




  1. This is BEAUTIFUL!!!! I am so jealous of you counter tops!

      1. WHat kind of flooring did you do for your kitchen? And wHat color finish is it? I love the mix match color. Thank you

  2. Okay seriously Roxanne! This is incredible! I LOVE those glass cabinets above, and the built in fridge, the counters, the tile, everything! And we seriously must think exactly a like, I am also doing a giveaway with my Farmhouse sign in my kitchen makeover hahah (on instagram though) You and your husband did an amazing job…enjoy it!

    1. Thanks Deb! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I love the open floors plan that the kitchen goes into the living room, its great for entertaining! You just did a perfect job, every detail is covered, the colors are what I love for a kitchen, thats because I love white and touches of pastel colors which is what you did. Congrats!

    1. Yes, this floor plan is great for entertaining, thanks Maria!

  4. Wow! This is fabulous! Great job!

  5. Oh my gosh!!! What an awesome before and after! I can’t believe the difference in adding the glass cabinets above your existing cabinets and painting it all white, it looks like a totally different kitchen! The pull out pantry is such a great use of space and I love the lighting you chose too!

    1. Thanks Lisa, it really feels like I’m in a different house now!

    1. Thanks Amanda, I’ve been wanting to add those upper cabinets for years! Totally worth the wait.

  6. Looks like an entirely new space! Crazy what new counters and cabinets can do eh?! Amazing job!

    1. Yes, the cabinets and counters were a huge transformation! Thanks Christine!

  7. The kitchen looks great! I really do like the shiny countertops (I prefer to see crumbs so I can clean them, than be surprised when I look at a certain angle and see a big mess!) , and I’m glad to see you found a solution to the space above the fridge.

    1. Good point Nicole! Thanks!

  8. Roxanne, this is GORGEOUS! Every detail is stunning! Love it!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. You did a beautiful job! Love all of your lighting choices!! Beautifully done ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Wow! Amazing Roxanne!!! I love the painted cabinets and the mini ones up above the old uppers. So bright and beautiful! Fantastic job!!!!

  11. I don’t know what I love most… The blue chairs (!), the spice rack and containers, or that fab pendant light! What a beautiful transformation!

    1. Thanks Sarah, I really love the shade of blue on those chairs also!

  12. There are some great rooms in the one room challenge, but your kitchen just might be my favorite. It’s awesome, and the way you solved the soffit issue was brilliant!

    1. So sweet of you to say-you just made my day! We really worked hard on this project!

  13. Mitzi Bates says:

    Wow! What an amazing transformation in such a short time. Great job! I am quite envious of your DIY skills.

    Oh and the vintage can is called a sifter…..and I really like it!

    1. I was hoping someone would comment and tell me the name of that sifter…thank you Mitzi!

      1. Yep! A Flour Sifter. I have one, and I use it! (When the recipe calls for it, which isn’t often. LOL)
        And, your kitchen makeover is gorgeous–Love the way you saved your pantry.

      2. Annabelle says:

        Love what you did, especially the new slide-pantry. Just curious, the old cabinet doors look square and the new ones seem to be rectangular. You didn’t mention replacing them beautiful job though.

  14. I loooove your new countertop! Wow, you did so much work! Love that you added in the upper cabinets too — looks great!

    1. Thanks Jen, the uppers made a huge difference they really make the kitchen feel bigger.

  15. It’s beautiful!! That subway tile and light fixture has me swooning ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Way to go! You rocked this one room challenge. My favorite parts are the orb chandelier (checking out that post right now) and the spice racks. It all looks phenomenal!

    1. Thanks Melissa! That orb chandelier is still my favorite DIY project to date!

  17. Oh, I sure do love me a beautiful white kitchen!! That subway tile! That countertop!! What an amazing job! And in six weeks?!?! Our kitchen reno ended up taking about six months!! Ugh.

    1. Thanks Krista, I can’t believe we did this in six weeks either-our makeovers usually take forever!

  18. Bob Flaherty says:

    John did a great job! Your design touch made his work look impressive. You make a good team….we’ll done

  19. You guys did an amazing job with your lovely new kitchen! So bright and pretty and oh-so-organized! Congrats and CHEERS to us for another room done!

  20. Wow! That looks great! We just went from builder grade cabinets and laminate to a white kitchen with granite…it makes the room look so much bigger! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  21. I am in LOVE with your new kitchen, and I’m seriously impressed you were able to finish it for the challenge. I love everything – the countertops, the painted cabinets, your new table. You knocked this one out of the park, and I’ll be sharing it everywhere!

    1. Jenny, thank you SO much! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. You nailed this kitchen and I am loving everything about it. Thats because I love white kitchen with touches of color. Great job

    1. Thanks Victoria! It is crazy, in a good way…lol.

  23. Oh Roxanne what an amazing room transformation. You did a wonderful job so take a bow. Have a wonderful flower filled week!

    1. Thank you Laura! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Wow, what a transformation, it looks absolutely beautiful. You’ve done an amazing job. You must be so proud of all your efforts. Well done!!

    1. Thank you Sharon, I am so happy with it…it’s been a long time coming!

  25. your kitchen looks so good and that “can” is a vintage sifter.

  26. Well done! Looks AMAZING!

    I feel so old – you found your flour sifter at an antique store and it looks just like the one I use.
    Yikes. Well, the years go by fast, that’s for sure.

    Bravo – so happy for you!

  27. Love the transformation and all the storage space that you created. I love the counter top that you selected!! And the glass pendants over the peninsula is so apt for the decor style!! Kudos!!!

  28. Its beautiful. I especially love the grain bin looking cabinets above your cabinets. I don’t know what they are really called, but they are gorgeous!

  29. I absolutely love what you have done with the space! Great transformation! Visiting today from the Totally Terrific Tuesday party, I am one of the new co hosts who is joining the party. Please come back and link up again next week!

  30. This turned out lovely! I love the row of top cupboards. The pendant lights, the pull out pantry…omg all of it!

  31. Awesome kitchen reveal! You did a fantastic job, it looks beautiful.
    Enjoy your new kitchen, as I know you will be staring at it for a long time; I still do after five years of rebuilding it completely!
    Just came from Marty’s.

    1. Im curious. Where did you buy the backsplash?

  32. Oh my goodness! There is so much fabulous eye candy in your kitchen makeover. I’m in love with the fabulous light fixtures and your super shiny countertops!

    Thank you so much for sharing at The DIY Collective this week!

    {Big Hugs}
    ~ Ashley

  33. Wow! That is an incredible transformation! Your kitchen is gorgeous!!! I actually remember sifting flour in one of those grinders when I was little. Love how you used it in your kitchen.

  34. Absolutely gorgeous transformation! Thank you for linking up to Pretty Project Party!

  35. You must be thrilled with your results. Fabulous transformation!

  36. Hi Jaclyn,
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful kitchen remodel with us at Thursday Favorite Things. Your post is featured on my blog for the themed feature of Home Makeover along with Thursday Favorites link party.

    Your kitchen turned out beautifully.

    Reinvented Collection

  37. Wow! This is incredible! Such an amazing transformation, well done! If you start working on other renovation projects check out Kukun, you would appreciate this website. It has helpful tools for homeowners and people who love to renovate. You can estimate the cost of your renovation, easily find contractors and get comparable easy to understand quotes and manage your renovation project – all in one place, and for free. Would love to hear what you think!

  38. Erin Breedlove says:

    It’s amazing, i love everything you picked out! Be careful with your wine above your fridge, the heat can make it go bad… but if you drink it like I do it won’t stay there long enough to matter~ Just hate to see wine go bad!

  39. I love everything you did. It looks like you spent a fortune and had a decorator do it for you and in such a short time. The only thing to watch for… the new refrigerators have a small condenser, so with no air flow it may run a lot and then eventually burn out like ours did in less than five years. When we move it out from the wall, the floor was black from the heat. Thank God we didn’t have a fire.

  40. I have the same builder grade cabinets and would love to install small one above like you did. Where on earth did you find these? Your kitchen is gorgeous.

    1. Thank you Nikki. The small cabinets that I added above are 12″ H. I picked up a few at my local Habitat for Humanity store (to save money), but they do sell them at the Home Depot also.

  41. What is the green color paint on the door in the main picture of this? Kitchen looks BEAUTIFUL!!

  42. Very well done! Im curious how much was diy and what your contractor did for you. Did you paint the cabinets yourself? Etc. Thanks!!

  43. Thanks for showing us what style looks like. No cookie cutter kitchen here, but rather a warm and inviting space. The little can is a flour sifter from the 50’s. My mother had one similar and yes it could be used to sift icing sugar also. Enjoy that beautiful kitchen!

  44. fantastic makeover! I love your choice of materials and finishes, the fresh wood, glossy counters and shiny stainless steel. It’s chic yet still homely.

  45. How did you do your kitchen cabinets did you have to strip them down or just them an what did you use thanks becky

  46. Elizabeth says:

    Were the added glass cabinets custom made or did you find somewhere to purchase them. Itโ€™s a wonderful idea for the empty space above my cabinets.

    1. Hi Elizabeth, we purchased builder grade upper cabinets from a thrift store (Habitat for Humanity) and I took the doors off and brought them to a local glass shop where they cut out for and installed the glass into the doors for me.

  47. Diana Rosas says:

    I may have missed it in the comments and I apologize for not reading through all of them.

    What color did you paint the walls and trim in the kitchen?

    1. Hi Diana, you’re right I never did mention the paint color of the kitchen in the post. I remember the chairs were painted with Evening Eclipse from Valspar and the walls are two shades lighter than that. I believe the color was called Ghost Ship. The trim is painted with Sherwin Williams Pro Classic in Bright White, satin finish. I use that for all of my trim, I love it!

  48. Very beautiful! Love the glass cabinets. Can you tell me where you got your spice racks?

    1. Thank you! They were given to me by a friend but I know she got them at Crate and Barrel years ago.

  49. I love it! Can you tell me how you made the custom slide out pantry???

    1. Thanks, Mary. Our contractor custom built the slide out pantry for us.

  50. Great post. I just happened upon it! Iโ€™ve been wanting to rearrange my kitchen a bit but my other half and I are both a little intimidated. Your post here is encouraging. We want to take out a wall oven. I was thinking about putting a pantry to cover that area but now Iโ€™m considering putting my fridge there because itโ€™s currently not โ€œbuilt inโ€. You really got me thinking.

  51. How did you go about doing the upper glass cabinets.
    Did you purchase spec size cabinets or did someone create them for you.
    This is something i would love to do.

    1. Hi Rose, to get the glass inserts I removed the cabinet doors and brought them to a local glass place and they did it for me. I hope that helps!

  52. Can you tell me where you got your spice racks?

    1. A friend gave me those, but you can find almost identical spice racks here: . Mine were unfinished wood and I painted them black.

  53. Did i miss the color you used for your chairs? LOVE!

  54. So, 4 years later, do you still love your countertops? I have a gray quartz and donโ€™t love it because it shows every little nick and chip. Weโ€™ve had it Less than 3 years!

  55. Barbara Thompson Bailey says:

    Love your kitchen make over – but it looks like you also got not just a new frig, but also microwave. Where did you purchase that?
    thank you.

  56. vALERIE pOULSEN says:


  57. Diane Wattenbarger says:

    Beautiful. !!!!
    Got qUestion please.
    Where did you get the shelf For the top if stove
    I love it and need one for my stOve
    Can uou please help me
    Thank you

  58. Sally Davison says:

    I love your shelf for your stove! Is it too late to enter in the giveaway?

  59. How did you find upper cabinets to match? Mine look almost identical to that

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