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March 12, 2014

While we’re off enjoying ourselves {hopefully} in Florida, I thought it would be fun to invite you over!! Or virtually invite you over.

Actually, we have a lot of work going on around our house right now, so I thought it would be fun to share and document some of it. While we’re not the speediest home renovators (or decorators, for that matter) … we’re slowly, but surely making our house a home! I thought about doing a complete home tour today, but then realized that post would be waaaay too long (not because our house is huge, but because I like to take a lot of pictures). And frankly … I ran out of time.

Instead, I’ll slowly introduce you to our home room by room. I’ll try to show you some of the ‘befores’ (if they look anything different from the currents), and then show how it looks right now. Note: I didn’t say ‘afters’ because I’m sure it will be changing again! I’ll share with you a little bit of what we like, what we want to change, and some of our to-do lists (with an approximate timeline).

Today … I’d like to invite you into our kitchen (the heart of the home, right?!?). So … enjoy, and make yourself at home (sorry … our fridge is pretty empty at the moment). A glass of water anyone?

Our Kitchen | View From The Fridge


It’s recently very white and grey (read about those projects here and here), so I’m working on adding in a little color with accessories. I’m thinking some fun yellow barstools (like these from Target), but haven’t convinced my husband that those are a top priority (what’s wrong with the one’s we have?!). You’ll also notice the floors could use a little love. Refinishing them is on our to-do list (see the end of this post), though we haven’t discussed time frame (so don’t hold your breath). I’d love something dark … dark cherry or dark walnut (right after we paint our trim … white).


Home Tour on View From The Fridge - Kitchen


Above is a shot from the cooking part of the kitchen to the eating part of the kitchen. It’s a bit of a hike over to the table, so we like to make sure we’ve got all our condiments, beverages, and utensils BEFORE sitting down to eat dinner!! :) That never happens!! To the left (over there where you see that ginormous red barn door), is our front entry way (which we never actually use ourselves … we don’t even own a key I’m pretty sure). To the right you’ll notice that lovely command center {still a work in progress} and the entrance from the garage. Thus, our kitchen also serves as our mud room, and let me tell ya … winters and spring in MN are muddy!! Our patio entrance is also just out those glass doors on the right side.

And another shot of our eating area:

Home Tour on View From The Fridge - Kitchen

After we painted the walls and shelves white, we thought we’d throw in a bit of color by spray painting our light turquoise and gold. Now, we just need to figure out what to do about that cord!! The light isn’t hardwired in, but it does work off the light switch next to the garage door. I suppose we could figure out how to hardwire it … or maybe just find a more attractive or more inconspicuous cord.

Now, what I haven’t shown you yet is this giant empty white wall opposite our command center. Here it is (and also a very impatient looking Charlie) …

Home Tour on View From The Fridge - Kitchen


For the holidays, it had a giant light up wreath. Once that came down, however, it’s remained white. and empty. Because I’m indecisive and can’t decide what I want there. I’m thinking one of these lovely prints would look great …

Which do you like … the grey Pear or the pink Lemon??? Huge decisions here, I tell you.

We’ve got a lot of great shelves in our kitchen, and I’m pondering backing them with some fun wallpaper, fabric, or painting a pattern. But, again, my indecisiveness has kept them white for the moment.

Home Tour - View From The Fridge;  Kitchen

Shelves above kitchen peninsula

And just for reference (and to make me feel like we’ve accomplished something), here’s what this area looked like before the paint:

Kitchen Shelves Before

Kitchen Shelves Before


And, since we’re on the topic of the ‘before’ shots … here’s what the rest of the kitchen looked like last year:

Kitchen BEFORE

Kitchen BEFORE … lots of red brick, yellow, and blue

Kitchen BEFORE ... lots of red brick, yellow, and blue

Kitchen BEFORE ... lots of red brick, yellow, and blue

And that lovely beer sign painted on the brick


Kitchen BEFORE ... lots of red brick, yellow, and blue

Lovely blue walls …


Our Kitchen | View From The Fridge


Home Tour - View From The Fridge;  Kitchen


Home Tour on View From The Fridge - Kitchen


Home Tour on View From The Fridge - Kitchen



And now for that to-do list I mentioned:


  • Paint, wallpaper, or stencil back of shelves above peninsula
  • Art for giant blank wall
  • Hide light fixture cord
  • Paint greenish ceiling above peninsula (white or grey)
  • Install pendant lights above peninsula
  • New bar stools
  • Paint inside of cabinets white
  • Accessories for kitchen shelves
  • New rug for under table and my patio door


  • Paint all trim … white :)
  • Refinish floors (with a darker stain)
  • Install new backsplast (to replace all that fake brick that we painted white). Thinking glass tile, or stainless?!?
  • Maybe, eventually … new countertops

That’s it … our kitchen tour, progress, and plans for the future!


To better orient you … here’s where we go from the kitchen:

Home Tour - View From The Fridge



Next week, I’ll be back sharing another space in our home (maybe the bathroom? maybe the living room/dining room? We’ll see what’s looking better that day! :)

And just to entice you back, we have been working on some updates in our bathroom. Here’s a sneak peak:



Thanks for stopping over! Hope you’re enjoying your week! I’ll be sure to post a little about our trip when we get back, but you can follow along on Facebook or Instagram in the meantime (because I’m sure you’re just dying to see what we’re up to …).





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  • Reply Lena March 12, 2014 at 7:34 am

    BEAUTIFUL place and WOW so much great work! You guys really made some perfect choices as to the direction to go with the space. I LOVE painted brick but my husband can’t stand it…. It’s so sad. :)

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    • Reply Katie March 12, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Hi Lena,
      Thanks so much!! Yes, it has come a long ways just with a little paint. My husband was actually the one who convinced me to paint the brick on the pillar. I loved it so much, I just kept going and painted all that ugly red fake brick on the backsplash. Can’t wait to tear it off and replace with a fun glass tile (or similar) backsplash!
      Thanks for stopping by and for the comment! Hope you’re having a great week!
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  • Reply Amy March 12, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Oh I love your kitchen! What a difference changing the color makes!
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  • Reply Amy W March 12, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us!
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    • Reply Katie March 12, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      HI Amy! Thank you! You already know I love your kitchen! :) Thanks so much for the comment! Hope you’re having a great week.
      p.s. Stop back tomorrow. I’m featuring your fun March door that you linked up last weekend at DIY Sunday Showcase. I LOVE IT!! Please come over and make my front porch look just like that!! (you’ll have to clear off some snow, however) :)
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  • Reply bette @ Somerset Lane March 12, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Gorgeous house! I can’t wait to see the bathroom!
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  • Reply Ashley @ musingsandoats March 13, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Girl, this turned out beautifully! I am especially loving the white brick everywhere. Adds so much character :) I am feeling inspired now to transform my own kitchen!
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    • Reply Katie March 13, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Thanks, Ashley!! Much better than the before .., still a ways to go! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Raquel March 13, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Wow!! Love the transformation and the white all over! Cannot wait to see more:)

  • Reply Tasha @ Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body March 13, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    First of all, I hope you ARE relaxing in Florida! Secondly, I am SO excited about this series of yours! I love all the changes you have made in the kitchen. I am kind of in love with your house. It has so much character! Can’t wait to see the bathroom. LOVE the sneak peek.
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    • Reply Katie March 15, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Hi Tasha! Yes … Florida was great!! Warm weather, sunshine, and relaxation were just what we needed! Our house is old … really old, so it does have ‘character’. Some good and some bad. Thanks for stopping by to check it out! Hope you are also having a good weekend!
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  • Reply Melissa @ A Prudent Life March 13, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Oh Katie, your kitchen is so great!!! I love the storage at the end of the bar. I could never pick between the pear & lemon and would have to get both :) Thank for showing the big blank wall too! I need to finish my home tour pictures, but have a bunch of empty “opportunities” too. I’m glad I’m not the only one!
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    • Reply Katie March 15, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      Ha! That’s what it is … an big empty opportunity!! I have an even larger ‘opportunity’ in our living room I’ll share pretty soon. It’s an enormous wall that is overwhelming me at the moment! And … maybe I will just splurge and get both the lemon and pear. They’re pretty reasonable, and they are perfect size for an Ikea Frame!
      Thanks for stopping by!
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  • Reply Angela (Life in Velvet) March 14, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    OMG Katie! Your kitchen and literally every square inch of your house are phenomenally gorgeous! I have lots of ideas to steal for ours! Hope you guys are enjoying a wonderful trip to the beach!
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    • Reply Katie March 15, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      Can’t wait to see pics of your new house!! How exciting!! And, when I show you the rest of our house in upcoming weeks, you may want to take back that comment about ‘every square inch being phenomenal’ . There are A LOT of places we need to update!! Hope you’re having a good weekend!
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  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney March 14, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Katie your home is beautiful, I want to change my entire home up just looking at yours. I know that barn door is not part of the kitchen post but it is amazing, was it there when you moved in or did you add it yourselves? I love how you painted the brick walls white it looks so nice and clean. You have done a beautiful job with your home I am looking forward to seeing the rest of it.
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    • Reply Katie March 15, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks, Courtney!! That barn door was there, and we like it … just maybe not the color. I’m not a huge fan of red, and the entire entryway is painted bright red from floor to ceiling. We’re thinking of toning it down a bit one of these days. But, thanks for noticing it. I’ll show the rest of the entryway soon, and you can see what I mean about the red-ness! :)
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  • Reply jessica matier (@AW2SL) March 16, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    This looks fantastic. I love the open floor plan that my old colonial lacks. The versatility and shelving is great.
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  • Reply Antionette Blake March 16, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Very lovely kitchen, love the sharp angles and curves and of course it being so neat – lol!
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    • Reply Katie March 16, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      Thanks, Antionette! However … it’s rarely this neat. I wish!!

  • Reply Virginia March 17, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Beautiful! Thanks for the tour.
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  • Reply Katie @ Addicted 2 DIY March 18, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Your kitchen looks gorgeous! What a big difference from the red brick! It looks so much more inviting now. I struggle with the same problem that you have of convincing my husband that certain things are necessary. Those yellow bar stools would be perfect in there though! I am the same way as you where I have been wanting to do a home tour for a while, but we aren’t done remodeling/decorating our house yet. I could always take a page out of your book and show “before” pictures and “current” pictures:)
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    • Reply Katie March 18, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      Thanks, Katie! There are still quite a few things we’d like to do, but getting rid of the rainbow of colors that were going on in there before, has made a huge difference!! You should totally do a home tour using current pictures (even if they’re the same as the ‘befores’). I feel like we’re never going to be ‘done’, so I might as well document the current for now. The next spaces that I’ll be showing really haven’t had much progress at all! Oh well!! Thanks for the comment! Hope you’re having a great week!

  • Reply Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files March 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Katie, this is GORGEOUS! I am getting married in July and we are going to buy a new home after that and my fiance knows that my requirement is a white kitchen. This has some major inspiration for me. Enjoy your new kitchen!

    • Reply Katie March 18, 2014 at 11:53 pm

      Hi Meg! Thanks so much!! Congrats on the upcoming wedding and the new home purchase after that!!! White is the way to go, I’m telling ya’!! So much brighter than before. Now, if I could just get the inside of the cabinets white, and the rest of my house white … I’d be thrilled!!

  • Reply Emily Maldonado March 18, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    LOVE that painted brick! What a difference that made. You have such an interesting layout in your kitchen! i really liked seeing something different….looks great!!
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    • Reply Katie March 18, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      Thanks, Emily! Yes … the layout is different. Sort of odd, really. Slowly, we’re making it more ‘us’. Slowly …. :)

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  • Reply bobbi March 24, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    looks awesome! we are looking to re-do our kitchen and just wondering about the stove on the counter. do you have a lot of grease everywhere or how do you find it works for you? would love to do this but of course, it’s a concern with the hubby!! thanks:)

    • Reply Katie March 24, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      Hi Bobbi! Thanks so much! The stove on the counter works for us. Occasionally, grease will splatter on the counters, but they’re fairly easy to wipe up quick if that happens. I think it’s super convenient, and love the stove where it is.

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