Now that school is back in session, I’m not going to have much time to focus on projects around the house. I still have a few things I want to finish, like painting all our interior doors, decorating Jack’s room, and setting up a nursery for the new baby. For the most part, though, any major projects will be put on hold until next summer when we have more time to put into a DIY.
Today, I’m sharing some before and after pictures of our kitchen an talking about celebrating progress over perfection.
I’ve had these pictures for a while, but have hesitated to share them because our kitchen is not “finished.” It’s fully functional, and completely adequate for our daily lives (and I cook a lot, so it sees lots of action), but it doesn’t look like we want it to yet. We love the cabinets and the huge space, but we’ve talked about trying to open it up a little bit more to make the floor plan feel a little more open concept. We want stainless steel appliances, new countertops, and a tile backsplash. I’d love to install a big white farmhouse sink. We have lots of plans, but we aren’t in a position to fully renovate the space right now.
The reason I’m sharing this is because I think it’s common for us to get so caught up in the final product we envision that we don’t celebrate our small progresses. We knew when we moved in that we couldn’t do all the projects we wanted in this space, but we decided to go ahead and paint the cabinets right away to brighten the space, and I’m so glad we did. We kept all the original appliances, and when our dishwasher broke a few months ago, Jeff installed a new stainless steel one. The rest of the appliances are still old and white, but they work fine and are functional for our family.
While this space is far from “finished,” it’s still the center of our home, where we gather with family and friends to celebrate big moments like birthdays and holidays and where I escape to create fun new recipes for the blog. It’s one of the most used rooms in our home and it works for us right now, even though it’s not perfect yet.
Kitchen details: Top cabinets were painted with Blackberry House Paint in the color Fresh Eggs. Bottom cabinets were painted with Blackberry House Paint in the color Mason Jar. All cabinets were sealed with Minwax Water Based Polycrylic in Clear Satin.
Blackberry House Paint is one of my favorite products! It covers so well and eliminates the need for stripping and sanding when you’re painting cabinets or furniture.