Kitchen Makeover in 31 Days: Saying Goodbye to October

It’s the final day of the Write 31 Days Challenge, and I’m answering the burning question of this kitchen makeover series.

My kitchen makeover in 31 days series didn't end quite the way I imagined, but I'm still considering it a success. Read more to find out why.

Have you ever watched a movie that left you hanging because they didn’t tie up all the loose ends or answer all the questions you had?

Instead of closure, you were left with even more questions.

This is kind of how my kitchen makeover series is ending.

So many questions, so few answers.

Some people enjoy thought-provoking endings to books and movies.

I am a fan of endings that wrap everything up in one nice little package complete with paper and curly ribbons.

If you’ve been following along throughout October, I know you have one burning question right now.

Did I finish this makeover?

Well, ummmmm…

I knew it was ambitious to think I could get everything completed in 31 days.

About a week and a half ago, I thought I could bring it home.



I’ll borrow this phrase from my favorite book; I was so close to amazing.

Are we still friends? Do you feel like Charlie Brown who kept getting rocks instead of candy on Halloween?

Am I Disappointed?

The short answer to the above question is, no.

Sure, I envisioned writing this final post with a different outcome than the one I’m sharing today.

I imagined us sipping coffee and saying things like “look at those cabinets, how about that tablescape, those drop cloth curtains are amazing.”

The truth is, I’m calling this series a success despite it’s ending.

Let me explain. The main reason I chose to do a room makeover in 31 days series was to show you, my favorite reader, a real-time, real-life account of the good and the not so good, in hopes that you would walk away feeling inspired and empowered to tackle your projects.

I Choose To Celebrate!

I could look around and feel salty about what I didn’t accomplish, but today I choose to celebrate instead.

I choose not to focus on the cabinet doors and drawers that still need a final coat of paint or the curtain over the window that didn’t turn out quite right.

I worked as hard as one person possibly could. There were the usual unexpected things that crop up during a project that hinders or stops your work.

Like the windy, rainy weather, stopped up paint sprayers, festivals that needed planning, birthdays that needed to be celebrated, lunches with friends, and an antique booth that needed tending.


Kitchen Makeover That Almost Was

I choose to focus on the good things I DID get done during the last 31 days.

Yes, there’s still work that needs to be done, but so much progress was made.

And when it is finally finished, you will be the first to know.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

I want you to know how much I appreciate all your encouraging words throughout this series.

Your sweet words were like honey to my soul.

Will I Continue Blogging Every Day?

No. I will have updates on my kitchen progress over the next couple of weeks. My new deadline is November 15th. I’m looking forward to working for several days in a row to finish things up without the added commitment of writing daily.

If that sounded like I was complaining, I wasn’t. I would be lying if I said it was easy to write and create projects simultaneously. It’s challenging, but there’s one thing I learned about myself this month; I can do really tough stuff. 😉

Your sister in paint,








  1. Toni | Small Home Soul says:

    Girl, room makeovers are not easy, especially when you’re painting kitchen cabinets. And doing it to last, I might add. Sure there are faster ways to paint cabinets but when the cabinets are in perfect condition and you want the finish to really hold up, it takes time.

    You’ll get there and we all appreciate your authenticity and showing us what happens in the real world of home decorating. All your projects thus far are beautiful and I’m looking forward to seeing the final reveal. Take a breath, sip some coffee, and then get painting 🙂

    One of your many sisters in paint (Toni)

  2. Medina Grillo says:

    I love this post – and i know what you mean about movies leaving you hanging (I usually go on wiki when that happens to try and put my mind at rest ;). Blogging all those days is amazing thought – well done to you. Looking forward to seeing it all finished

  3. Dorothy says:

    Wow! You! This is a fun read, like a chapter book. We have more to anticipate. Your list of accomplishments is truly impressive, and if I lived near you, I would have totally sewn your curtains for you. Rather than what I have on my table right now, lol. Looking forward to the grand finale.

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