How We Brightened Up Our Eat In Kitchen

How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And… I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today.  The best part is that we were able to make it over for just a few hundred dollars!

How We Brightened Up Our Eat In Kitchen

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How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color, (Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice). Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today and we were able to do it for just a few hundred dollars. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

Just for a little perspective, here is our eat in kitchen after we moved in to our farmhouse 5 years ago.

Brightening up our Eat in Kitchen - before

The first thing we did was take down the faux wood ceiling and wood beams.  Our kitchen does not have the tallest ceilings in the world so the dark rough beams and wood just darkened everything up.

Eat in Kitchen - taking down the faux beams

We were lucky to find drywall under the faux wood panels and decided to patch and paint them white.

How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

Brightening Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - ceiling white

Taking down the faux wood beam gave us about 3-4 more inches of ceiling height which our tall friends and family will definitely appreciate:).  We covered the doorway header with white trim so keep our kitchen ceiling bright.

How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today and we were able to do it for just a few hundred dollars. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

With the ceiling and beam gone I was able to move our turn our kitchen table and chairs vertically to the door.

How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today and we were able to do it for just a few hundred dollars. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

This gives us much more room to move around the table while still keeping 6 chairs around the table.

How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today and we were able to do it for just a few hundred dollars. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net


How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today and we were able to do it for just a few hundred dollars. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

The beam made this furniture arrangement awkward before since it came down so low over the table.

How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today and we were able to do it for just a few hundred dollars. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

We also took down a soffit above our basement door.  You can still see the original wallpaper under the crown molding. 🙂

Brightening Up our Eat in Kitchen - before

I have no idea why the soffit was ever added.

How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today and we were able to do it for just a few hundred dollars. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

It was completely empty and it hid the beautiful curved wall under our staircase that was there to begin with.


To give this corner even more character, I added a green glass knob to our pantry.  I have been saving this door knob for a few years now until we found the perfect spot for it. 🙂  Some times it’s the littlest details that add so much character!

Brightening up our Eat in Kitchen - green glass knob

I also repainted our kitchen walls.  I chose a beautiful neutral grey color called crushed ice from Sherwin Williams.

Brightening Up our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice

The grey matches our new cararra marble countertops, cabinet hardware and stainless steel appliances beautifully.

How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today and we were able to do it for just a few hundred dollars. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

Jason and I love the color so much we want to repaint all the rooms in our farmhouse now, Ha!  I even painted our powder room this color.

How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today and we were able to do it for just a few hundred dollars. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

I gave our built in bookcases and desk another coat of white paint.

How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today and we were able to do it for just a few hundred dollars. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today and we were able to do it for just a few hundred dollars. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

These built ins (DIY here) give us so much storage and functionality.  It’s hard to believe it has been just 2 years since we added them.

How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today and we were able to do it for just a few hundred dollars. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

I added a vintage chalk board next to our DIY cork board to help keep our family organized.

How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today and we were able to do it for just a few hundred dollars. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

The cork board (DIY here) does an awesome job keeping the kids important papers organized and is a special spot to display their artwork since is where my younger kiddos do their homework.

How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today and we were able to do it for just a few hundred dollars. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

The chalk board calendar is great for everyone to keep track of their schedules.

How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today and we were able to do it for just a few hundred dollars. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net



I am hoping to add some hooks under the chalk board in the future.

How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today and we were able to do it for just a few hundred dollars. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

We still need to chalk all of the trim and woodwork we added but for now we are really happy with how it turned out.

How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today and we were able to do it for just a few hundred dollars. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

How We Brightened Up Our Farmhouse Eat in Kitchen - We have FINALLY reached the painting stage of our crazy and never ending kitchen renovation.  And... I have a new FAVORITE neutral paint color!  Our eat in kitchen has never been more organized or brighter than it is today and we were able to do it for just a few hundred dollars. #eatinkitchen #farmhousekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

Our kitchen is ALMOST done and I can’t wait to share more posts about it with you guys shortly!

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For more posts about our Kitchen Renovation check those out below…

Farmhouse Kitchen Renovation – the Plan

Kitchen Renovation - the Plan

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard

Refinishing a Stepback Cupboard - farmhouse kitchen #stepbackcupboard http://lehmanlane.net

Our New Kitchen Island

I am happy to announce we are more than halfway through our kitchen remodel and we have a new kitchen island, woo hoo! -glass jars and cast iron pots

DIY Wood Range Hood

DIY Wood Vent Hood We officially have a range hood for our oven! Our farmhouse kitchen previously had a useless downdraft in our countertop. Because my smoke alarm would go off sometimes when I boiled water I knew we needed a range hood. To save money we DIYed a wood range hood to cover a range hood insert. Our new hood looks so pretty and the white painted really brightens up our former dark kitchen! #venthood #farmhousekitchen #whitekitchen http://lehmanlane.net

DIY Farmhouse Sink & Faucet

Farmhouse Sink & Faucet - I am sharing our new GORGEOUS farmhouse sink and faucet for our kitchen. Woo Hoo!!! I can not believe what a difference this sink makes to our kitchen remodel. #farmhousekitchen #farmhousesink

Why We Chose Carrara Marble for our Countertops

Today I am sharing our new carrara marble countertops and talking about why decided to get them despite everyone around us looking at alternative countertops.  Our new marble countertops have truly transformed the look of our farmhouse kitchen and I could not be happier with the beauty they give to our space. #marble #carraramarble #marblecontertops #carraramarble #kitchencountertops http://lehmanlane.net

DIY Corkboard – What to Do with All Your Kids Artwork

Homework station in the kitchen and DIY cork board for hanging all our kids artwork

DIY Kitchen Bookcases & Desk – Homework Station

Learn how we created this DIY built in kitchen desk and new homework station in our kitchen


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10 thoughts on “How We Brightened Up Our Eat In Kitchen

  1. Tara taking those beams out makes a huge difference. Your kitchen looks so much brighter than before and is full of lots of pretty additions.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my eat in kitchen Mary! We were nervous about taking down the faux beams especially as so many people are adding them but are very happy with how it turned out 🙂

  2. Tara, I am really enjoying your kitchen posts. The transformation is really incredible! It looks so light and fresh and I absolutely love your new wall paint color!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to see my brightened up kitchen Diana! I used Sherwin Williams ultra white semi gloss (not tinted) available at Lowes

  3. Hi Tara, your progress and creativity is amazing!
    I tried to open you latest blog regarding still painting but could not wait. I cannot open it, what am I doing wrong?

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