Kitchen Finale

     You’ll remember I started working on my kitchen here and here.  Well, its finally finished and photographed!  It was a long process to paint all the cabinets and my island – a little/lot back breaking, but really the hardest part is waiting for coats of paint to dry and living with a kitchen with no doors attached.  I really like the way it turned out, and it was very budget friendly.  I priced having the doors sprayed and it was $50/door – that would’ve been over $2,000 for my entire kitchen and I didn’t even ask if that included spraying the backs!  The cost for me was 1 gallon of paint, 1 gallon of primer and the brushes/rollers and solo cups.   No, I don’t have my dream French stove or my dream ice maker, but this will pacify me for a while…

If you remember, this is what I started with.  10 years ago, I loved dark woods, golds, reds and apple green – blech!  Now I want everything white with pops of blue.  I cringe when I see this photo – I can hardly remember all this dark wood!

Before Kitchen in dark wood - at the beach with Kris

In October, I started Phase I and created a two-toned kitchen.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop here…

Before and After Kitchen - At the Beach with Kris (two toned kitchen)

And here she is after….

Paint your own kitchen cabinets by At the Beach with Kris

We’ve come a long way, baby!

Before and After Kitchen - At the Beach with Kris

I ordered the beaded wood chandelier from World Market.  It was even better in person and the quality and the price were great!

world market beaded chandelier - at the beach with kris

The cabinets plus all the trim in my house is Dover White by Sherwin Williams.  Get a swatch for yourself…this swatch looks very dark.  In person it is a nice, creamy white that I adore.

 sw dover white kitchen cabinets - at the beach with krisI painted the island Crystal Blue by Benjamin Moore.  Against all the white, you almost can’t tell it is blue unless the light hits it just right.  My adjoining dining table chairs are painted the same color.

ben moore crystal blue for kitchen island - at the beach with kris

Here is a before and after of the island…

Before and After Kitchen - At the Beach with Kris - the blue island

I’ve also updated a lot of my original builder grade interior doors and added some glam Emtek door knobs. 

Before and After Kitchen - At the Beach with Kris (new interior doors and Emtek door knob)

These door knobs – could you die?

emtek glass doorknob - at the beach with kris

You might recognize the bar stools from a post I did here about a beach condo renovation.  I loved them so much, I managed to track them down a few months ago on a trip to Scotts Antique Market in Atlanta!  I found the booth, picked out my stools, paid the money and THEN asked him where he is from.  Wouldn’t you know, he sells these stools right here in Destin and his warehouse is in Panama City Beach?

industrical chic bar stools from at the beach with kris

  Here are a few more photos of the kitchen…

white kitchen with blue accents - at the beach with kris

white kitchen with blue accents - at the beach with kris

white kitchen with blue island - at the beach with kris

I’ve also been working on my family room.  This actually used to be a garage when we bought the house but we tore down a wall, raised the floor, bricked the outside, added doors and windows and voila, our family room!  I’m still working on this space, so here is a sneak peek of my progress so far.  I still have to change out the blinds to woven shades, paint the console (ugh, more painting) and frame some Etsy artwork to hang around the tv…

family room progress - at the beach with kris

For all the details on the products I used and the entire painting process for painting my kitchen cabinets, click here.

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About Kris Moran

I love decorating and design – one of the favorite perks of my job is seeing all of the wonderful homes and condos that we list and sell! I love to “borrow” inspiration from them, and from decorating shows, magazines and the many blogs I am addicted to!


  1. soooo prettty!!!!!

  2. WOW!!!! It looks amazing!! And so bright and fresh! You did an awesome job! Love the bar stools too!!!