They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, so why not start there? This was our kitchen when we first purchased our house:

KitchenThis is a photo of our kitchen a week after we moved in (we had already painted the walls red).

When we moved into our house, every wall was painted the same color beige (there’s still a lot of it left as you will see). I’ve always loved red in the kitchen. It gets me hungry. I think ideally I would have red cabinets! But the wood cabinets in our home were an upgrade, so red walls had to suffice.

We replaced the window in the kitchen the first summer we lived here. We went with white windows and trim, it really brightened up the space!


We also bought different bar stools at one point.

Kitchen stainless appliances red walls

You might be wondering if my kitchen is always so clean. Well, obviously not. But I do keep a pretty clean kitchen. I never grew up with a dishwasher, but I love being able to hide my dirty dishes away and have free counter space.

Then, in 2015, I did a crazy tedious painting project and painted my back splash on to look like faux marble tile!

Paint your back splash to look like faux marble tile!

Kitchen with faux tile backsplash
And after that, the red walls started bothering me; I felt they clashed with the back splash I worked so hard to accomplish. So, in the spring of 2016, I painted the walls white and revamped a few other things for the One Room Challenge blog hop.

Kitchen refresh with white walls, faux painted marble tile back splash, stainless steel appliances, and green touches of spring.

Organizing, decorating, and accessorizing a small kitchen. Tips to make your kitchen look bigger and brighter, add interest, and provide functionality.

Now it looks so much brighter and bigger! I really miss the red sometimes, but the simplicity of white allows me to really add pops of ANY color in the decor of the room, depending on my mood and the season.

Accessorizing the kitchen with spring home decor

Accessorize your kitchen counters with few colorful accessories to set off wood cabinetry and the clean white backsplash.

There’s still things I would change about my kitchen (more drawers please!) but all in all, I’m happy with where it is at now. Other updates I dream of are black granite counter tops and switching out the boring light fixtures. Maybe someday.

So that is my kitchen. I hope you like it! If you want to see more, check out my house tour.


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