...because home doesn't happen overnight.

I’m dreaming of a white kitchen.  Just like the ones I see online.

Where the cabinets glisten and hubby listens to paint the kitchen on a dime.

I’m dreaming of a white kitchen.  With every paint stroke that I swipe.

May your days be merry and bright.  And may all your kitchens be white.



When you're done in Ohio, Erin and I would be happy to let you decorate/redesign our house in Illinois!


Thanks, Jeff! You're my #1 blog fan!


I found your link on Young House Love. I have the same cabinets in my kitchen (and bathrooms!) and have been wanting to paint them for a while now. My husband is totally against it – he does not like painted wood and worries the white will be hard to maintain w/ two little ones. I am going to watch your blog to see how yours turns out – it already looks great and the doors are still off! Maybe this convince him to let me do ours!


We have little ones too so we went with an enamel latex topcoat that will hopefully stand up to them. Still have to get the doors painted and put up but so far, 4 days and no issues yet. We're letting them cure for a while before we start using them again. Will be sure to post more about our progress!

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I just stumbled onto your post from Door Sixteen or Manhattan Nest…can’t be sure. Either way I love your blog! This post is so spot on. I recently painted my entire kitchen white. Walls, trim, and cabinets. It makes such a difference. The previous residents painted the walls a not pretty golen rod/mustard and the cabinets and trim a yellowy beige off white color (I think they were smokers too). They and many before them had also panted over the hinges. I stripped them and amazing 1950s chrome appeared that matched the dirty cabinet door pulls (which shined right up when I scrubbed them). Needless to say my small kitchen seems 10X bigger and way cleanner! White is awesome!

Now. Off to read more of you posts.


I am right in the middle of painting my builder-grade oak cabinets (exactly the same as yours!) white! I have been wanting a white kitchen for so long and now that I’ve started painting them, I’m thrilled to see the end result! I bought an orbital sander to get them nice and smooth, got some great primer and it seems to be going well. Anyway, I LOVE your kitchen and I hope mine looks like yours when I’m done


what color did you paint the kitchen?


The walls were painted Valspar’s Bonsai and the cabinets were painted Sherwin-Williams Greek Villa.