I Don’t Do Facebook…I Painted My Kitchen Instead

October 24, 2013 · 7 comments

Not participating with Facebook is interesting.  For one, some folks find that almost impossible, almost as impossible as, say, not owning a smart phone.  I casually mentioned my said absence to a barista wanting to sign me up for coupons (“Just *like* us!”).

“Oh, I like you all just fine!  I’m just not on Facebook…”

She practically sputtered into my latte, “But the whole world’s on Facebook!”

Yes, I know.

S’ok.  Really.  I’m also not on Google Plus or My Space or (…I can’t even think of any others…).  But, I *AM* on Twitter.

I know my limitations.  140 letters and nowhere really to get lost.

I have trouble getting lost.  Distracted.  And before I know it I’ve spent countless hours on the computer and not much of it for the glory of God or to further His Kingdom or to encourage or minister to anyone at all.

Sometimes it’s lonely.  I want to go to the party.  I want to see the pictures flying around of a new baby.  I want to be involved with the announcement that there IS a new baby.  I want to LOL with new and old friends and…well…be relevant.  I want the “like”.

But more importantly I want to live in integrity.  If I say I want deeper relationships but only skim them online, I’m a liar.  If I say I want to read more books but spend all my time skimming the internet, I’m deceived.   If I say I just don’t have the time for (fill in the blank) but actually spend precious minutes behind a computer instead, I convince myself soundly of hypocrisy.

Do you ever feel addicted to the internet, to the call of distraction, of mindlessness?  I do.  I try (TRY) to choose my internet meanderings and the time there wisely.  Sometimes it is really hard.  I want to have “friends”.

But I don’t do Facebook.  So I painted my kitchen instead.

Here are the BEFORE pics.  Lovely kitchen, but the dark cabinets were soaking up whatever limp light I could get into the room.  My husband and son added a couple more lights in the ceiling, but I knew that a paint job would just help immensely. Plus, I am honestly not this formal.  I want our guests to kick off their shoes and feel at home.


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And here are the AFTER pictures:

I removed the cabinet doors from above the stove.  They always felt so imposing to me.  They are now open shelves.  I also made two of the cabinet doors into chalkboards.


I Don't Do Facebook; I Painted My Kitchen Instead


I painted yellow above the cabinets, too.  I figured that with the yellow, green and red, I now could have a real honest-to-goodness APPLE kitchen.  I removed some of the upper doors and mixed my dishes up with cookbooks and things like jars of buttons and dried roses and beehive smokers.  Things I love.









Isn’t the green yummy?  It is Benjamin Moore’s Daphne Green.  The yellow is Concord Ivory.




I won’t even tell you how long it took me to do this project.  But it was here a little, there a little.  I cleaned, I sanded, I primed, I put on three coats.  My 13 year old son took off doors, removed and cleaned and replaced hinges, and set them back into their proper places.  And my other children kept babies from finger painting in it all.  It was a group effort :)

The doors under my sink went buh-bye too.  I knew I’d find a way to put burlap in my kitchen someplace!



The cabinets between my kitchen and dining room were done as well (did I mention how long this project took me? No?).  One thing that happened was that I got rid of the chinaware and wine glasses and everything else that was *supposed* to be in those cabinets but I never used.  Instead I put in tea cups, bunches of quilts, old photographs, kid-made treasures.  Who says a kitchen only has to have “kitchen” goods in it?




The upper cabinets were painted with a color called Cottage White (from a paint company I long lost the name of) that I had Benjamin Moore copy for me.




And….I KNOW!!!  CHECK OUT MY DANDELION MURAL!!!!  The most dearest sweetest friends worked on it for me for months. While sitting on the FLOOR.  That big expanse of cabinetry just said, “canvas” to me and I sheepishly asked one day, “Would you ever like to do a mural?”.  Because I love botany and herbs, I wanted a plant.  And the humble dandelion is one of my favorites; she’s like the black sheep of the herb world, y’know?  You can barely make out the puffs blowing off into the wind.  In case you’re curious, the lettering on the left spells “Blessing”.




I just love love love this mural.  If I ever move, it is coming with me somehow.  It’s like getting a hug from my friends every time I see it.




They signed their names on ladybugs.  How adorable is that?!




Lastly, here is the little nook area by the kitchen.  These cabinets, like the rest, were all dark brown.  And another friend gave me this chair.  I love it!





A painted  window seat in the corner…




…and the backside of the kitchen.  I love the playful colors and remodel.  All it took was about $100 in supplies, and TIME.  Did I mention time?  I suppose I ought to also mention how much I hate painting.  Honestly.



Do you struggle with distraction?  Are you spending *time* on the things that matter most to you?  It is an ongoing process for me, learning to live a life with quietness (both inside and out).  Completing this crazy huge project is just a small thing that made me feel like the struggle is worth it.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Brenda October 25, 2013 at 9:40 am

Well done! The kitchen looks much more like YOU than ever.

I appreciate your comments concerning FB. I do participate there but I’m more honest with myself than I used to be. If I don’t “have time” for something, I say instead, “I didn’t make the time for xyz”. The time is there and available…. as much as possible with this many kids to educate. :) I’m making time to paint a room today.


Tara October 28, 2013 at 12:29 pm

In the name of efficiency I’m leaving my e-mail and commenting on your blog simultaneously. :)

Your post reminds me of an article I read a couple of years ago:
– which bolstered me in my own decision to quit FB. 99% of the time I don’t regret the choice, some years later. :)

OTOH, I still manage to waste lots of time online. I’m struck by how hard I try to find satisfaction there or elsewhere that I am pretty sure will only ultimately come from God. There might be a parallel, for me, to spending time with my children that is not on school business, etc.: an intitial push or effort that seems too hard but yields lasting rewards. By contrast, web browsing is easy and often fruitless.

Anyway, I’m off to try your whole wheat sourdough recipe – some yards away from my computer.

Enjoyed seeing pictures of your kitchen makeover! :)


kerimae October 28, 2013 at 10:28 pm

“I still manage to waste lots of time online…easy and often fruitless”
I can so relate to that struggle. Even my *research* comes up wimpy compared to just reading a real, whole book on the topic. It is a challenge, isn’t it?


Melanie October 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Absolutely LOVE your kitchen. Your style is very similar to mine; I guess that is why I was attracted to your blog. I feel the same way about distractions on the web although I do have a facebook page. The joke amongst my friends is, “Post it on Facebook, but make sure you call Melanie.” And even then, there is only a 50/50 chance I will answer my phone. If I answered my phone every time someone called, my children would never be educated. As I am thinking about it, my phone doesn’t right all that often anymore, so maybe people have figured me out. I do make time for real needs of my dear friends (just so you don’t think I am a dreadful friend to be had). Thanks for your blog! I am always thankful for a new post.


kerimae October 28, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Thank you, Melanie. You are an encouragement.


Talia February 27, 2015 at 8:44 pm

Hello. I found your site by whoops on FB. Now, I am just loving your site. I saw your before and after photos of you kitchen! What an improvement!! I LOVE the fact that it is bright, open, and airy. (Loved the Teacups, too!) How did you find the idea to redo your kitchen like that? I am not trying to be rude, but I was wondering if it was pricey? Did you get new cabinets or simply “re-face” them? We have a kitchen that a mad-scientist created and it is super NOT functional. My dh and I were talking about redoing the kitchen; but unsure how. So, I was wondering where you found your inspirations? Thank you! Btw, can we swap kitchens! I would be super happy to cook in there!


kerimae February 27, 2015 at 11:42 pm

Hi Talia

I painted the cabinets myself, and removed some of the doors to have open shelving. A friend of mine painted the mural–all I paid for was the paint. As far as inspiration, probably everywhere! Magazines, library books, Pinterest…it’s amazing what a little paint (and a lot of elbow grease) can do. By the way, I’ve since downsized this kitchen. You can see where I’m currently cooking here: http://www.ahappyhomemedia.com/2014/09/downsized-kitchen-tour/
Thanks for stopping by!


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