ladyplace kitchen before after

Monday, November 11, 2013

Ladyplace: The Kitchen Before & After

So this weekend was crazy productive. I had absolutely nothing planned which felt gloooorious. After being out of town for ten days and with the upcoming holidays and weddings, I knew free weekends would be limited and I wanted to tackle my mountain-high to do list.

A few things I accomplished:

– cleaned entire apartment

– reorganized my front hall closet

– grocery shopped (finally)

– shipped a bunch of packages that had been needing to go out (i avoid the post office like the plague)

– organized dressing room area

– finally got around to hanging art, mirrors, shelves, clock, etc.

– took bridesmaid dresses to the tailor

– took dogs to the groomer

– posted items I’m selling on Craigslist

– and… finally, the big one. I painted the kitchen. FINALLY.

The plan has always been to paint it super light grey, which I got permission to do from my landlord. But because the walls, floor, backsplash, and even my rug are kind of… off-white (not in a good way), any white was just making them look dirty and grimy. I delved into my stockpile of paint and realized I had almost a full can leftover from when I painted my last bedroom black.

Found a little black cabinet inspiration here. And just went got to it!



I can’t stop looking at it. Much like the bathroom in my old place, this is quickly going from my least favorite to most favorite area of the apartment!


  1. It definitely looks so much better! Glad you like it!



  2. Looks fabulous!! I wonder if our landlord would be cool with this.. 🙂


  3. What!? Stop it, that is just so good. I have a similarly-bleh chicago apartment kitchen. I'm suddenly feeling a major itch to take a paintbrush to my awful cabinets.

    Maybe navy?


  4. Wow, everything looks so much whiter and brighter next to those cabinets. Way to go!! I can't believe all of the things you did this weekend. I think saying you were very Productive is an understatement! You have to be exhausted. 🙂


  5. I love love love those black cabinets! You have a good eye Alaina! Your kitchen is def. popping!

    I had a Sunday full of cleaning this weekend as well and finally grocery shopped and cooked!




  6. Just cannot get over how amazing this looks!!!


  7. It looks so good! I'm obsessed with chalkboard paint right now and I wonder how it would be to paint one or two of the cabinet doors with it – would be so fun for lists and doodles!


  8. Absolutly gorgeous! It looks so great now 🙂

    I'm a new follower, but never miss a post.



  9. I love it! looks amazing.


  10. FABULOUS, just absolutely fabulous!!! Kudos to you for being brave and taking the plunge to paint your cabinets black. You absolutely killed it!



  11. Holy smokes! I never would have thought to paint them black and it works so perfectly! Makes such a huge difference. The place went from looking outdated and dingy to modern and stylish. Can't wait to see what else you do int his apartment!


  12. That looks SO much better! Great work!


  13. are you selling the furniture that doesn't fit? post here 🙂 i'll be in the city thursday, just say'n…


  14. The cabinets looks amazing painted black! So fresh and new… love it.

    Chelsea & The City


  15. Your kitchen looks fabulous! It was the perfect change. Your landlord will raise the rent if your not careful with your improvements! 🙂


  16. They look awesome!


  17. Wow! What a huge difference black paint makes. It looks great!


  18. It looks incredible! Nice job!