Decorating,Living Big, Small

Kitchen Reveal

It’s finally time for the kitchen! To fully appreciate how far we’ve come I’ll start with the befores:

kitchenuppersbefore

The cabinet doors are real wood and the cabinets are particle board covered in veneer. The doors and cabinets are close but no cigar. I seriously considered learning to love them. Painting cabinets is no joke and this rig has lots of them. However, while I was away one weekend, RC and the two oldest painted the lower cabinets and the pantry cabinets of the kitchen for me. Thus beginning our process of painting almost every square inch of the RV.

kitchentallsink

We laid peel and stick vinyl flooring right on top of the linoleum that was there.

kitchenlowersbefore

We replaced the sink faucet with a similar model in an oil-rubbed bronze finish. We replaced the under cabinet light with directional lighting with led bulbs. It is so nice to be able to shine light right where I need it, and to not worry about the light adding almost as much heat as the stove. =)

kitchensink

We removed the lattice trim along the top of the cabinets, just like we did in the bedroom. It makes getting the baskets down and putting them away so much easier, plus it looks so much cleaner.

kitchentallstove

We changed the lower handles to black ones and painted the hinges to match. I found a dish towel at Walmart for $2 that expresses my love of ice cream. I talk about my favorite kind here.

kitchentowel

I found some antique brass knobs for the upper cabinets and again sprayed the hinges to match. The uppers did have handles before so I had to fill in one of the holes with wood putty before painting.

kitchenknobs

I keep my dish soap in a soap dispenser I found at Target and my sponge on a small dish I found there as well.

kitchensoapsponge2

Here’s what the dish looks like. It makes me smile, mostly because the first time RC read it he said, “Hello, holla, bonjour.” So now every time I look at it I think, “Holla!” =) (as in slang for holler, not the Spanish word for hello)

kitchensoapsponge

I also have a wooden cutting board that I don’t need for actual food prep, so I’m using it as a tray. It holds a lamp that has beads in it that smell divine when heated by the light, my butter crock (which I will devote a whole post to because I love it so much) and my honey dispenser (which is a close second to the butter crock).

kitchentray

On the end of the upper cabinets I’ve hung a basket for napkins and a chalkboard for our weekly menu. I’ll discuss my meal planning in another post. When Caleb was working we kept his work schedule up there so we could easily reference it. And, of course, another printable held up with washi tape.

kitchennapkins

I covered the back splash with the same paintable wallpaper that I used in the dining room slide out. I bought a drinking glass from The Pioneer Woman’s (a fellow Oklahoman) collection at Walmart and use it to hold my cooking spoons, spatulas, etc. It’s the perfect size for my tiny counters. I keep my most used spices (like the ones for my spaghetti sauce) here in containers I bought at World Market. I applied round chalkboard stickers to the top to write the name of the spice on. I recently changed some of my spices out and honestly, the chalkboard stickers didn’t erase well. =/

The framed picture is a line in one of my favorite movies (it’s a pretty generic line so it’s probably in many movies) Pride and Prejudice.  I hear the mother saying it every time I look at it. And I must have flowers. I have had these blue daisies in my kitchens for years now.

kitchenspices

We painted the pantry and fridge area dark gray also (Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams).

kitchenfridgepantry

So that’s our new kitchen. I love it even more than I thought I would. When RC asked me what I wanted, I first tried to talk myself into an all white kitchen. I love all white kitchens, but I really wanted to try having dark lowers and white uppers. RC finally convinced me to give it a go. I’m so glad he did.

kitchentall


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  • Adrienne
    April 14, 2016 at 10:13 am

    I love what you’ve done with your kitchen. My kitchen arrangement is similar to yours and I’d like to make changes but we have decided to leave it the way it is because we plan to upgrade to another RV in a few months. Where did you find the spice rack? I need something like that and it would move to the RV we are considering. I love reading what you have to share and come back often to see what you’ve been doing.
    ~Adrienne~

    • Bridget
      April 14, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Thank you so much! The spice rack came with the RV but my friend found one from Ikea to put in her rig. You might check there if you can. Sorry, I couldn’t be more help, but I hope you find what you are looking for! Thanks for stopping by, Adrienne, and I’m glad you’ve had some time recently with some old friends! 🙂

  • Emily Brown
    April 14, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Love the colors. What color did you use on the bottom cabinets? Did your prime them first? I am scared to paint over the veneer. Did you have any issues?

    • Bridget
      April 14, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      I lightly sanded everything then wiped everything down with liquid deglosser. Then I did two coats of oil based primer and then two coats of paint. The uppers are painted in a satin finish so they didn’t need a top coat. The lowers are in a flat so I also did one coat of clear lacquer on those.
      I made sure to let everything cure (dry really well for a few days) before putting the cabinets back together. I havent had any issues and they’ve been done for a few months now. Plus I have four kids that aren’t the gentlest with our home.
      The lowers are Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams.

  • Kayla
    April 15, 2016 at 10:18 am

    PW a fellow Oklahoman. I’ll have to stick around to hear more about that. I’m from Oklahoma too and lived in a fifth wheel for a year fulltime and still live in it 8+ months out of the year. Looking forward to coming back and catching up. Beautiful reno!

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