Back in 2009 I painted our kitchen ORANGE! I even painted the decorative designs with the help of an overhead projector. It was a fun part of our home for over 3 years, but I am really excited for change and an update! Sometimes when I tell people what I’m doing in my house they look at me like I have three eyes. But, too bad! I need to love my home, right?!?! YES!! I have always needed change often, even before I had All Things Thrifty! It might drive my husband crazy sometimes, but he’s getting used to it! We’ve been married for 11 years, so he better be by now!

So, let’s get right to the transformation! Our kitchen looked like this when we moved in: I call it our BLANK SLATE!
kitchen before Here is a picture of the orange kitchen on the morning that we started painting over it! Disregard the clutter! orange-kitchen
I am in love. We painted it with Sherwin Williams Emerald paint in Raindrop. It only took 1 coat in most places. I was very impressed. We did two coats of paint though.

It is the perfect farmhouse fresh feel that I was going for! Blue-kitchen-sherwin-williams-raindrop
The mirror is from HomeGoods, and the curtains are from IKEA.
mirror-from-homegoods raindrop-by-sherwin-williams
We built the light fixture for above the table, and we will be posting that tutorial soon, and I bought the fun green knobs for our aprons at Tai Pan, a local home décor store.

sherwin-williams-raindrop sherwin-williams-raindrop-paint
Every time I walk into the kitchen it makes me happy. I hope you like it too!


  1. says

    love this new room of yours. I got the kitchen chairs going on in my kitchen too. Always looking at Good Will for some new/old chairs.

  2. says

    I want to do the exact same clor you are doing! We have orange walls frm the living room that has 20′ ceilings to the kitchen that shares the same wall and its orange just like your. The coor is called “Faded Clay”. Long story short, …Im over it and ready for a light fresh look. I DESPERATELY need to win this!! Thanks for the giveaway, and the push to my tush to get motivated to repaint!!

    carriesummerlin at yahoo dot com

  3. says

    Oh it is so beautiful!! What a fun happy shade of blue! I love this room, everything you have in there is soo pretty and fun! I can’t wait to see how you made that light! Sooooo cute!

  4. says

    Absolutely love it! I actually painted my living room Sauna from Valspar after seeing the transformation you did on Jill’s house! I also purchased yellow curtains because of that redo. I don’t have the awesome furniture pieces she has but I am very happy with my LR thanks to inspiration by you! Wish you could come over and see it 😉

  5. says

    If you’d have had this done when I started my room it wouldn’t have taken me so long to decide! I am in love with it!!!! At least I did it before you did yours so I didn’t ‘copy’ you…haha….and I wanna STEAL the light fixture over your table…and your chairs…and… okay I’ll stop so you’ll still let me come in your house. LOVE YOUR FACE!!!

  6. Hayli Mayfield says

    I love this tutorial. The blue makes it so much brighter, it’s gorgeous. I just moved into a new townhouse so i have quite a large painting project list. 2 little girl’s rooms, a master bedroom, a living room, a kitchen, and 2 bathrooms. I have my work cut out for me. I would love to win this giveaway to get my painting projects underway. And to bring my new baby home to a freshly painted house in May :)

  7. says

    As I was scrolling down I thought “I LOVE the orange, so much better than the blah-eige.” Then I kept scrolling and saw the Raindrop. I inhaled. And kept it there for a few seconds. So gorgeous! Fresh, clean, bright… GREAT JOB!

  8. says

    I actually really liked the orange, but I could see how you might get tired of it after a few years. The new color and features are so fresh and pretty!

  9. says

    You’ve got the right idea! I am in LOVE with turquoise and have founded that every room I paint is some shade of it! My favorite shades of turquoise are SW Rain Washed, and Window Pane. My blog has pics of all my turquoise spaces.

    Thrift Diving

  10. Mekenzie @ says

    Brooke I LOVE it! It is so fresh and bright. I feel like the blue soaks up so much natural light and spreads it all around. You did a great job. :)

  11. says

    I don’t like it…I LOVE it! The color is so fresh and cheery! Definitely a room you would want to spend a lot of time in. I think I am most in love with your painted chairs! I am such a fan of mixed chairs. I can’t wait to see the tutorial for the light too!

    Literally Inspired

  12. says

    It’s lovely – very fresh, pretty and farmhouse lovely! Have you considered painting your island in either white or one of the fun chair colors? It might be just the thing with all the pretty white trim and lovely blue walls.

  13. Glamorous Mommy says

    Never would of considered a blue, but this is very beautifully done! So refreshing, I love it!!!


  14. Tausha says

    awesome Job Brooke! I love the color that you chose. I am not usually a blue person, but you are changing my mind!
    Great job girlie!

  15. says

    That is pretty close to the color I’ve been wanting to try in my kitchen/dining room. But I’m hoping to add some wainscotting like you did in your entry. Seeing this gets me even more excited to do it…just gotta find the time now!!:) Looks fabulous!

  16. Classy Clutter says

    I AM OBSESSED!!!!!!

    Amazing job and color choice! I love the lime and navy accents too! Gorgeous gorgeous!

    XOXO Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  17. says

    Beautiful. I’m so happy to see this, because I wanted to see how light aqua and wood cabinets looked together and had no luck finding kitchen pics with that combo. I still think I have my heart set on butter yellow for my new kitchen but I may change my mind.

  18. says

    looks so clean! but what i really love is that you haven’t painted those beautiful cabinets. they are sooo unique! do you know what type wood they are & stain that’s used on them? they go so nicely with that beautiful shade of blue. great job!{enjoyed visiting your blog!} sarah

  19. says

    ‘Ya got that blue right, it’s beautiful. But I always forget, which color is it that stimulates the appetite and which is it that suppresses? If it’s blue to stimulate, let me know if you gain weight so I can cross that color off my list.


  20. says

    Okay, so I want your curtains! Are they still for sale at Ikea? I looked online, but didn’t see them…. was it fabric that you made into curtains or actual curtains? Love the whole room! Those colors would look fab in my great room/kitchen!

    • Brooke @ says

      Yes Genelle, The still have the curtains. Online, they only show the grey and purple option, but they are still in the store. I think they might be a new item because I had never seen them before! They are actual curtains, and if I remember right they were only about $25.00. :)

    • says

      Thanks, Brooke! I went today and found them. There were three packs left on the shelf. I grabbed two and a lady right behind me grabbed the last one. They must be pretty popular!

  21. says

    This is a similar layout as my kitchen that we will be updating and I was thinking of this sort of how this looks. BTW what is the color if you don’t mind sharing.

  22. cindy says

    I love how you used the pale blue with a quirky green to change things up. Too many people are afraid to mix pale and bright in a room. You show that they can work together to make a playful yet serene environment. just so beautiful :)

  23. Katie says

    oh, I love it. I loved your orange but the whole room looks so much more alive! I can’t wait to finally finish my kitchen.

  24. says

    I absolutely love that colour. I have that colour all over my house but not in my kitchen . . . yet! It is such a happy yet calming colour.

  25. says

    This encouraged me to paint some things n my house turquoise. Believe it or not… I REMEMBER when it was popular before in the 60s… I’m sure u weren’t around then ~~~ and I’m loving my new pops of blue in the office.
    Take a looksey…

  26. says

    I absolutely adore the different colored, mismatched chairs! The whole look completely makes my day–as other readers have commented, I too love those curtains and am thinking about them when the manfriend and I move in together to our first place next month!

  27. amy says

    do you have all the paint colors you use in some post? i love the color of the doorknob hooks! is that regular paint or spray paint? the walls, the chairs, the chalkboard frame?

    your makeover looks great!

    • Brooke says

      I bought the doorknob hooks that color, so I don’t have the exact color for you. The chalkbaord frame is painted with “backstroke” by valspar. The blue wall color is called “raindrop” by Sherwin Williams. The chairs around the table are painted with Krylon Ivy Leaf, Krylon Ocean Breeze, Krylon Ivory, and Krylon Navy.
      I hope this helps!

  28. Gabrielle says

    Love the pictures above the window of the utencils. Can you share if you made these or purchased them? What do they say under the utencils? Super cute!

      • Lauren says

        Do you know the name/brand of the island light fixtures? I am searching looking everywhere for them :)

        • Brooke says

          HI Lauren,
          Yes, the lights are Broyhill brand from Home Depot. I hope you can find some in your area. They were on major clearance when be bought them. I think they were $17.00 each! Good luck!

  29. Stephannie says

    I know this is a weird thing to ask, but do you happen to know the brand of the mirror in your kitchen that you got from HomeGoods?

    • Brooke says

      I just looked on my mirror and it doesn’t have any sort of branding on it! I’m so sorry! I wish I had better news for you!

  30. Sara says

    I just stumbled upon this post on Pinterest last night and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it! I’m the kind of person that needs to see examples of other people’s rooms that have a similar layout to mine or I have a very difficult time transferring that to my space. When I saw this post my jaw about dropped and I’m pretty sure a chior of angels might have been singing to me. 😉 Your kitchen layout is almost exactly like mine! I don’t have a window against the back wall, but the size of the kitchen appears to be the same, your island is shaped a little differently than mine but it’s in the same spot and takes up the same amount of space, and I did a little happy dance seeing that I could envision some new things for my kitchen! Our house was new when we moved in a little over a year ago and this is our first home. We’ve been married for 7 years, have three little kids, and have rented and been in school the entire 7 years we’ve been married so I’ve never gotten a chance to really be able to create a beautiful living space for our family. Anyway, on to my point, I’m thinking that if your kitchen is almost exactly my layout, the transition from your kitchen to your living room might be similar as well. I’d LOVE to paint something in my home this color but with such an open layout I’m not sure how I could pull it off without painting everything. Clearly I’m not open-minded enough in the home decor department to see how I can do much of anything. 😉 And I’m too scared I’ll make a bold move and not like it (that’s when the hubby starts to think I’m insane!) Do you have any other posts showing from your kitchen to the rest of the main house?

  31. says

    I took one look at your kitchen (which, by the way, I love the blue!) and thought, “That is a Utah home”. I used the search option on your site to search “Utah”, and sure enough I was right. I am a Utahn who has lived in CA for the past 23 years. I have been stalking your blog this morning and love your style. Thanks for sharing!


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