Feature Friday: Kristin’s Island

Somewhere in my bloggy visiting,  I visited Kristin’s blog My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia before, but I had not really seen all of her posts.  But, recently I got a good look at her kitchen makeover that she and her hubby finished in January and wow, is it a stunner.  I especially love the island and wanted to show it off to all of you too, since I totally dig a DIY project like this. Her kitchen has been featured on several blogs and it was even photographed for a special edition of Better Homes and Gardens in April, to be published next year. Congrats, Kristin, how fun that must be!So, take a look at Kristin’s island BEFORE. You can get a glimpse of what their kitchen started with.  Like many kitchens, oak cabinets were the norm, but painting them white makes such a huge difference.  Kristin said she was inspired by the Something’s Gotta Give house too, like many of us were. And AFTER.  Kristin and her hubby worked tirelessly on this kitchen together, after getting inspiration from blogs and HGTV.  And it turned out fabulous. If you have a kitchen that needs a facelift, take a look at Kristin’s for some major inspiration.  Here’s her island post for all the details. And the entire kitchen!  Isn’t it amazing?  What a difference it is.  You can read all about how they achieved it on that link too.  I hope some of you who are still waffling on painting your cabinets will go for it.  It truly makes such a difference.  They built up their cabinets to add a lot of architectural interest.  This is the same thing that we did in my old kitchen in GA too.  Just adding plywood, molding and paint can really add so much dimension to stock cabinets.  Kitchen, in process. And you’ll have to read about this in the island link.  They took out a bookcase from the old island and ended up with a hole in the floor that had to be filled.  Mosaic tile to the rescue!  How creative is that? Kristin, from San Diego,  is a very talented decorator, mom of 3 boys, and married to a talented handyman, so be sure to go over and say hello.  Kristin left the workforce after she had her children to stay home and be a mom and to turn their house into a home.  I’d say she’s doing a marvelous job of that and that’s the most important role any of us could have.

Thanks, Kristin, for letting me share your talent and your beautiful kitchen.  There are  just so many talented bloggers out there and I’m happy to know Kristin.

- Rhoda


  1. OH MY! I’m so HAPPY you shared Kristen’s kitchen! I follow her and so how missed it! It is completely FABULOUS! I’m going to go drool as I look at her photos of the reno!

    I agree with you, if you don’t like your cabinets…PAINT them! Mine are Beluga Black (over outdated oak) and the island is French Silver. I’m still lovin’ them!

  2. Love it! My kitchen has white cabinets and black appliances. I added a black hutch from Hobby Lobby that looks so good. A little black is always a way to punch up a room. Loving your blog Rhoda…I am doing some of my own decorating and have gotten several tips from you.

  3. G.SUZIE says:

    Wow, the transformation is amazing, what a huge difference that change made!

  4. Oooh. I love white cabinets and black accents. My house looks nothing like this but I now have some inspiration! Our cabinet doors are MDF with a little scroll cut out…icky. They don’t even look like real wood! Love Better Homes and Gardens so I’ll be watching next year!


  5. It’s beautiful! I am definitely on board to paint my oak cabinets white {and I think hubby is fine with it}. I saw a few over this past week and I’m going to have this on my “to do” list for Fall. I think it will go better and faster without dealing with the heat and humidity of summer, plus it will make for a nice Fall in-door project. Another plus is that when we go back on the market in a couple of years, it will be more up-to-date.

  6. Wow! Now this is a transformation! I love it and I’m not jealous a bit! 🙂 It’s gorgeous and they did a wonderful job.
    You’ve got a new header! It looks great!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  7. Great feature Rhoda. Aside from having a great blog and a beautiful home, Kristin is also such a gracious blogger!
    Happy Friday,

  8. I have seen Kristin’s kitchen and LOVE it!! And the mosaic “fix” is a work of art!

    I just painted my oak cabinets this past weekend and I SO LOVE the transformation! I did it despite some naysayer friends who could NOT believe I would pait OAK! What’s up with that? Changing the countertops next! Check it out if you get a chance!

    Have a great weekend!

    Lou Cinda 🙂

  9. Just stopping in to give you a big THANKS for the feature! Your readers are so kind. Have a fabulous weekend!

  10. I follow Kristen’s fabulous blog and love her kitchen. It is beautiful! Kristin’s kitchen remodel is one of the things that helped me finally make a decision to paint my cabinets white. I had already decided to replace some of the cabinets with glass but was still dithering about painting them. I hope to start that project in the late fall or early winter when it is cooler.

    ~ Tracy

  11. Rhoda, I have visited and followed Kristin. She does have a beautiful home and her kitchen is divine. So sweet of you to feature her kitchen. I have a csn giveaway if you want to come by. Have a great weekend.

  12. Rhoda,
    What a great feature on Kristin. LOVE the island and the tile!

  13. Love this post. Kristin is talented, indeed. Any suggestions for someone (me) who painted her cupboards white over seven years ago and now they are showing some wear and tear?

  14. Thank you so much for recommending Kristen’s Blog. I got sucked into it yesterday and couldn’t stop until I’d read every entry! It’s a good thing I’m an old retired woman, isn’t it?

    Rhoda, your blog is the first one I hit every morning with my first cup-o-joe. Keep up the great work, you have a wonderful space for all of us to enjoy.

  15. Love how that turned out. Thanks for sharing


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