Since I posted my first few blogs, I’ve gotten some feedback. My grandma told me I need to post pictures of my kitchen. So, I decided to use this blog to post pictures of how the kitchen looks before the renovation. And I’ll talk through why it needs to be changed.

But first, let me tell you a little bit about my grandma. She’s in her late 80’s and just moved to Michigan from New Orleans, Louisiana. In New Orleans she was a realtor and owned her own business. She did that until she moved, so she was a full-time realtor into her 80’s. Wow! She did so well because she has what I have…the ability to be able to envision how amazing shabby spaces can be with a little TLC. She can also create these spaces herself, like me. She bought an old, shabby house in Metaire, Louisiana and completely renovated it. It looked amazing. She painted, renovated bathrooms, refinished floors, designed a screened in porch and did her signature touch…find old armoires and repurpose them into linen closets and pantries. She and I are a lot a like and I got my skills from her, I know it. 

So, when she said I need pictures, I listened! Here are some pictures! After this blog, I’ll post several of the process along the way, so the after pictures will come, but not for several weeks. Renovations take time and that’s okay. That’s actually good because you can think through things better and you have fewer mistakes. So, let’s get started.

This is a photo of the size of my kitchen. You can see there’s a window at the end, which is great because it lets a lot of light in. You can also see the nice shutter that is on that window. That I will keep. Notice the yellow walls. Some people can have yellow walls in their kitchen and be just fine. Maybe they’re just super happy people. 🙂 I tend to like more peaceful, muted tones, so I’ll be changing the yellow. There’s also a very busy curtain with heavy curtain rods, which will need to be changed. The white cabinets are original on the right side, so I’ll keep those and I like white, so nothing will be done to the cabinetry.

In this picture I’m hoping you notice the countertops. The pattern on these was painted on. It looks like splashes of yellows, blacks, and beiges. You can also see the seams on these countertops, which makes it look shabby.

Notice the floors. They are vinyl and a very busy print. Also, it looks like someone lived in this kitchen without cleaning it for several months because the floors have dirt stains on them that I can’t get out. These will have to be changed. I’m hoping hardwood will be underneath because it’s in the rest of the house. If not, I’ll change it to tile.

I wanted to post the picture of my kitchen’s ceiling because it is such a unique feature. It’s really beautiful and I won’t touch it. When doing a renovation, you always want to keep what you can. I will be writing a blog in a couple of weeks about keeping things that shine in your kitchen instead of tossing everything out. So, stay tuned.

So, this is the before. The shabby. What I need to turn into something really beautiful. Over the next several weeks and months, you’ll see the story of my kitchen unfold.


  1. Grandma August 30, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Great job. People can relate better to visual pictures.

    • Kara September 8, 2019 at 6:39 pm

      You’ll have to share photos of your house too!

  2. Jonathan A Bailey August 31, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Wow, I love that ceiling! Someone really put some effort into that wood. It is so unique. I already love Grandma also.

    • Kara September 8, 2019 at 6:40 pm

      Thanks, Jonathan!

  3. Heidi Ott September 3, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    You’re right in that you and Gloria have a lot in common – both are strong, beautiful, independent and blessed with creative good taste!

    • Kara September 8, 2019 at 6:40 pm

      Awww…thanks, Heidi! So are you!!

  4. Ron Kesterke September 14, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    When will you post pictures of the finished gem?

    • Kara September 15, 2019 at 1:40 pm

      This project will probably take several months. I’m blogging about the process as I go. Once I’ve finished blogging all the steps and pieces, I’ll start posting pictures of the after…stay tuned!