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Citrus Inspired Kitchen Makeover

I sure do love a little citrus in my life. I’ve had the colorful accents in my kitchen for several years now, but just with spatulas and bowls. My Citrus Inspired Kitchen Makeover brings me happiness, even it isn’t 100% how I’d like it. You see, my husband LOVES the cabinetry in our kitchen. The man doesn’t have much of an opinion about our home projects, but on my desire to paint the cabinets white (as we did in our last home) he has expressed his strong desire not to. I gotta let him have something, so this was one I decided not to push–for now. I’m thrilled with how the green planked wall turned out, we did the same concept as we did the pink planks in our Girls Fancy Bedroom Makeover.Citrus Inspired Kitchen Makeover

I’ve mentioned we are working on a room a month over here, and the kitchen was the month of May! We actually painted and planked the wall in mid May, but it seemed to take a few weeks to get the other details finished with school ending and travel. Besides the planked wall, I am SO excited about my colander light fixture! I’d seen it sold (as a light) somewhere a while back, and I thought it would make such a fun detail and DIY project in our simple kitchen decor. I was SO excited to find a GIANT ORANGE 7 qt. colander on Amazon for $30! You can find the same Calypso Basics Colander on Amazon, too. Lots of other fun colors and sizes from that link, as well. If you want to see how we made the colander chandelier light fixture, check out my tutorial: {DIY How to make a colander light fixture}

The space above my cabinets is so short, I had a hard time deciding what to do up there. I found some crates and painted them, and they were the perfect size! I’d still love to find hardware for the cabinets, but I can’t decide what I want. Also couldn’t decide if I wanted a window treatment to overshadow the planking and silverware, so for now, I left it very simple.

Citrius Kitchen Remodel

(Citrus Photography Art Prints in the top right corner can be downloaded on the link). A close up on the colander light fixture (diy tutorial to come), and other details. Since my husband lived in France, it was fun to make vinyl letting in “Bon Appetit”!  We got our table as a hand-me-down wedding gift from my grandparents (13 years ago) and we’ve planned to build one, but we can’t seem to decide on what to do. So for now, I refinished the top from a light wood grain stain to white. My friends at Lolly Jane gave me tips on how to do that!

kitchen makeover

My giant silverware is from Pier 1, and the hardware is attached at the wrong end (in my opinion) and they are quite heavy. My sweet and patient and creative husband (who at first said it wouldn’t work, but I believed in him) jerry- rigged them with heavy duty clear fishing wire and a screw so I could hang them upright, as if the table is set for a meal (around a square plate). I just wouldn’t take no for an answer (and he kindly obliged). They are a bit on the pricy side, but I’ve collected the 3 over the years…one at a time. Here is a close up on his creative hanging:


I LOVE my bright yellow sign!

Awesome sign

My friend Staci at Fussy Mussy Designs made this sign for me, inspired by Allison at House of Hepworths.   My husband didn’t quite understand it, and I told him it is a reminder for us and the kids that when we have rough days, they don’t have to stay sad, but we can just buck up and turn it into AWESOME! That explanation made more sense to him…citrus kitchen colander kitchen lamp  kitchen

Our kitchen is connected to our family room as if one open room. I loved this detail most about our home, as we had a similar layout in our last home. It makes it so I can be working in the kitchen and still feel like I’m right there with the kids in the next room. Here is the family room view from the kitchen (Mason Jar Mod Podge Art and Sliding Barn Door TV cover tutorial):

family room from kitchen kitchen family room

I played a little with blurred people movement shots, I like this action below…

planked kitchen

In my true room sharing fashion, I made a little (awkward) video. Because of that big bright window, it’s dark at times, but you get the feel for the room pretty well;)

Thanks for taking a tour of my kitchen!

How to make a Chandelier Light Fixture

If you want to see more of my home tour, check it out:

home decor

  Girls Fancy Bedroom Makeover

turquoise bedroom

Master Bedroom Makeover

home decor diy

Boys Room Reveal


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  1. I was excited to see this reveal, especially after the sneak peek from your daughter’s birthday party. I think your kitchen is beautiful! The layout is fantastic. And that green is one of my all time favorite colors.

  2. Love it! So fun. I’m such a sucker for giant silverware wall art, those are my fave so far.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      thanks rebecca! I love the giant silverware, too, wish i could do more with my walls in this space–i have so many cabinets!

  3. love it! totally get why you want white cabinets. and also why you’re not pushing your husband on it :) nice work.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      yes, it’s a toss up, but the man lets me pretty much do whatever i want with the house, so I gotta let him have some.

  4. Love the kitchen! Makes me want to add some bright accents to my own. ( ;
    I have a dress just like the one you’re wearing in the video, except mine is blue. I never thought to wear it with a white tee underneath, but I’ll have to try that! ( :
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    • Kristen Duke says:

      How fun that we have the same dress! And I’m happy that my bright kitchen inspires to go bright–it’s so happy (though my hubby says the yellow sign is “blinding”)

  5. Jacqueline says:

    Love that nook with the table!

  6. i absolutely love the colors! that wall is amazing.

  7. Great kitchen! I love that your clothes are always color coordinated with the room reveal videos :)
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  8. Jenny Whiting says:

    I love the planked wall! BTW, we used your planked wall tutorial from your daughters’ room to plank our bar and ends of our lower cabinets. We painted them a turquoise color. I love the color it brings to our kitchen. Have you thought about adding any color to the outside of your bar? I also spray painted and added new fabric (laminated vinyl) to our barstools, so it really looks fun. But the rest of the kitchen is still blah. You have lovely cabinets and I like the dark color. In the pictures I thought your walls looked grey, but you said you painted them white. I’m curious, what color? Is that the same in your family room? Your house is so clean and pretty. Love the cute video.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Don’t be fooled by the cleanliness–ha! I would LOVE to see your turq. planking! I have wanated to do a stone at my bar area, but the planking would be fun to carry out there, too. Good idea. My white isn’t a true white, but it’s not the same as the gray in my family room. We matched our baseboards and crown moulding.

  9. Girl, that bright green just screams your name! I love it!!! Man, I wish you lived closer so you could help me figure out what I want to do to all the rooms in my house. I guess I better go read your other posts again :-)
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    • Kristen Duke says:

      It’s nice to know that my friends know me enough that my stuff “screams my name!” It’s true, I love it!! I wish we lived close so you could bake for me!!

  10. I love how this turned out! It is so bright and cheery!
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  11. Fun and bright! I love that you are redoing things one at a time and having so much fun with it. I love a house that really “belongs” to a person!!
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  12. Oh Kristen! I just love your kitchen! Citrus colors are my favorite. I have to confess, I’ve never been a fan of the giant fork, spoon and knife. But you have changed my mind by turning them around. LOVE it!!!!! I’m sharing this with a friend who has them in her kitchen!
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  13. So great! I LOVE the silverware! Your kitchen is gorgeous Kristen!

  14. Can you share the green paint color? I LOVE it – and I think it matches my Apple Green Kitchenaide mixer! ;)

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I’m sorry I never got back to you on this….I need to figure out the color and add it, thanks for the reminder! (email me if I keep forgetting)

  15. I love that planked wall & all the colors! :) recently posted..Summer Hoodie Tutorial from Jedi Craft Girl {contributor}My Profile

  16. I LOVE your kitchen makeover! I think my favorite thing is the planked wall! It’s so bright and cheerful. I would love to do something like that in my kitchen. I also love the layout of the room with it overlooking your family room. What is that little room past the arched doorway? It looks like an extension of your kitchen. You did a great job!
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    • Kristen Duke says:

      The smaller room off the kitchen is called the tech center in our floor plan. We dock our media there, it’s got a desk with shelves, too.

  17. Jessica says:

    Wow, I love all your makeovers! Your house was beautiful before and now it is so you and colorful and awesome! Will you come help me do something with mine?! Ha ha. It is great! I love seeing the white table and chairs on the wood flooring. Please give me tips and pointers as I hope to do the same to ours! Love it all!

  18. The kitchen looks fabulous! I love the colors, especially the colander light fixture… It is all sorts of awesome!

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  19. This looks awesome!!! I love before and afters!!! We would love it if you would link up at our first linky party this Wednesday :
    Live every Wednesday to Friday.
    Hosted by: Jason & Jamie Koenig
    We hope to see you there!

  20. Hey Kristen! I saw your link in a linky party. I recognized your kitchen from your Haven photography class. So glad I found your blog! Thanks again for all the great info in your class!
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  21. super cheerful! love!
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  22. Super cute kitchen! Love that green accent wall, knife, fork & spoon! Your house is adorable! Thanks for linking up on Made in a Day!
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  23. I love this kitchen especially that green plank wall!! Stopping by to let you know I am featuring you tomorrow twice! I am also featuring that sweet Breakfast party! Congrats!
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  24. Your kitchen is amazing! love the green planked wall especially! And how it ties into those 2 pieces in your family room is wonderful! I’m so glad to see your feature on Made in a Day! :)
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