12 Rooms in 12 Months: My Kitchen Makeover Reveal

By Brittni • Updated on 02/15/2024

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Delta® Faucet. The opinions and text are all mine.

Room reveal time! Honestly, these posts from the 12 rooms in 12 months series are probably my favorites to share because I get to play designer for a little bit and completely transform a space. And today I’m at it again, with a new room to reveal…the kitchen!

I’ve been working behind the scenes on turning all those ‘before’ photos of my kitchen into an ‘after’ in partnership with Delta® Faucet. And now that it’s done, I can finally share.

Click here for a quick refresher of what the kitchen looked like before. And now the after…

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There’s a lot to talk about in this space, so let’s start with the island first, since it went through the most dramatic change.

One of the things that everyone notices right away when they walk into the kitchen is the wallpaper underneath the bar. I really wanted to infuse some personality in an unexpected way. So after some research, I decided to use a removable wallpaper with an organic pattern. It lightens things up and smooths the transition from the other rooms of the house. I decided not to get too crazy with the pattern, , so I only used the wallpaper on one side of the island. But I think that makes it feel a bit more special anyway, to use it sparingly.

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From there, I added simple barstools so Jeff and I can finally sit in the kitchen and eat a quick bite or just chat when the other is cleaning baby bottles (glam life over here), doing the dishes, etc.

And speaking of dishes…our new faucet is kind of a dream! I chose the Delta Mateo – Single Handle Pull-Down Bar / Prep Faucet with Touch2O® Technology for its clean lines and arctic stainless finish that matches the other appliances. The Touch2O Technology means I can touch right on the spout or handle to start and stop the flow of water, which is super helpful when my hands are dirty from kitchen prep, etc. AND when I’m covered in glue or paint from a DIY project, since I work a lot at the dining room table a few steps away. Plus, it helps keep the faucet cleaner (and more sanitary) since I can use the back of my hand to turn the water on and off – no dirty hands touching the faucet.

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There’s also an integrated TempSense LED light that shows the water temperature, which is a feature I’ve never had on a faucet before now. It changes from blue to magenta to red as the temperature increases. Read more about the Mateo faucet features here.

Another change we made surrounding the island is switching out the bulky light fixture for something that lets the light through, but still has a good size to it. The clean lines and black finish tie in with some of the other accents I added, like the pot rack bar under the range hood and the new cabinet pulls.

Light and bright kitchen makeover. #kitchenmakeover #kitcheninspiration #lightkitchen #modernkitchen #roommakeover

From there, I added a handful of decorative items to pull everything together and soften up the space with textiles, like the rug – which surprisingly ended up being a bit of a challenge to find. I tried three different rugs before landing on this one that I already had – was previously in the dining room but looks better in the kitchen.

Then, I just styled everything up as I normally would…showcasing my favorite cutting boards, a few cookbooks, some artwork, etc. And now I have a space that I truly love spending time in. See the before photos and the original design plan here to get a sense of the full transformation.

Light and bright kitchen makeover. #kitchenmakeover #kitcheninspiration #lightkitchen #modernkitchen #roommakeover

Light and bright kitchen makeover. #kitchenmakeover #kitcheninspiration #lightkitchen #modernkitchen #roommakeover

Light and bright kitchen makeover. #kitchenmakeover #kitcheninspiration #lightkitchen #modernkitchen #roommakeover

Light and bright kitchen makeover. #kitchenmakeover #kitcheninspiration #lightkitchen #modernkitchen #roommakeover

Light and bright kitchen makeover. #kitchenmakeover #kitcheninspiration #lightkitchen #modernkitchen #roommakeover

Photography Amelia Lawrence

Source list: Mateo faucet // removable wallpaper // lighting // barstools // rug (vintage) // cutting board // pot rack bar // cabinet pulls (these and these

So that’s the reveal! What do you think? I’ve included a source list above in case you see anything you want for your own home, but if I left anything out or you have any questions, let me know!

ALSO, I’d love to hear about your kitchen! What do you love about it? What do you hate about it? This reveal has me in the mood for some deep kitchen talk.

11 comments | Click here to reply

Love how your kitchen turned out! And your lighting fixture looks so great. Would love to have that installed in our kitchen too.

Zar Santos

The wallpaper on the island is genius! I also love the switch to black pulls (and how you tied that in with the lighting and pot rack). I just discovered your site (via Instagram) and am excited to take a look around. I can already tell that I love your aesthetic 🙂


I soooo love it! Planning to renovate our kitchen by next year, and this will be my inspiration!! Thanks for sharing xx

Kyra Rodriguez

Thanks Steph. Happy to hear you’re enjoying the 12 rooms in 12 months series. 🙂 And congrats on starting a new blog. I’ll be sure to check it out.


i’m currently on sabbatical so i dont have a kitchen but i cant wait until i have my own space to decorate – love this series! i just started a little blog – hope you can check it out 🙂


Aw, thanks Kathleen. I had so much fun working on this makeover. The kitchen is really the center of our home and I’m glad I was finally able to tackle some of the details that were ‘changeable’ as a renter.


Love it!!


Thanks Michelle. I appreciate that!


Love your kitchen! And I’m a big fan of the rug, the lamp and of course that faucet!


Hi Estrella. I measured the distance between the existing holes and ordered new handles and pulls that were the same dimensions. So no new holes needed to be drilled. Almost all cabinet pulls have standard sizes, so you should be able to find the ones that fit your place without drilling new holes. Hope that helps!


I’m curious, as I’m renting, too, about the cabinet pulls. Did you have to change the existing holes?

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