Dean and I are doing something we have NEVER done before. We are joining the exciting craziness that is the One Room Challenge™ to make over our modern farmhouse kitchen!one room challenge logo

Finally decorate your own home – with confidence!

You’re so much closer to a beautifully-decorated home than you think. You just need a little help to get there!

Well, it’s week three of the One Room Challenge and we’re making some progress for sure…but there’s still lots to do.

Here’s where we’re at with our to-do list:

  • remove most of the upper cabinets
  • remove existing tile backsplash
  • remove existing island
  • install shiplap backsplash/wall treatment <—started but not yet complete
  • build a larger island
  • install farmhouse/apron-front sink <—started but not yet complete
  • ‘wrap’ island and paint
  • add some lower cabinets and a desk space <—started but not yet complete
  • prime and paint lower and upper cabinets that stay <—started but not yet complete
  • change out some hardware
  • install countertops <—started but not yet complete
  • install new range hood and custom range hood cover
  • install open shelving

Since this is our third kitchen renovation, we sort of knew what we were getting ourselves into. But in reality, any renovation is a challenge: for example, the faucet took longer than expected to install because the new butcher block counters are SO THICK we had to get additional plumbing parts – on a long weekend, no less!

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Another example: I was hoping to paint the existing cupboard doors in place rather than removing them. Unfortunately,  that turned out to be more difficult than I thought given how tight some of them were to the adjacent cabinets. So yesterday I removed most of the doors and moved them out to the garage. This, combined with the damp weather and subsequent slower drying times for the primer, has slowed this part of the project down significantly.

BUT progress is being made. And even a little progress is still progress, right?!

As you saw in last week’s post, the island got wrapped in shiplap (we’ll share more about all the shiplap in another post) and painted in three coats of Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black.

Fusion Mineral Paint Coal Black Island

As for the kitchen cabinets that remained from the old part of the kitchen…last time we painted kitchen cabinets we used Benjamin Moore, but I wasn’t entirely happy with  how it withstood constant use. So this time we chose to use a quality primer plus Fusion Mineral Paint.

Fusion is exceptionally easy to apply, made from a Zero VOC formulation with high hiding coverage and a built in top coat. We’ve used it on a few projects in the past like our old house’s entryway walls and a secretary desk.

Well the cupboards that remained from the old kitchen are getting primed with Zinsser BIN 2 primer…

Zinsser BIN 2 primer on kitchen drawers

And then painted with Fusion Mineral Paint’s Casement – which was the closest color to the Haggeby cabinets that we chose from Ikea for the kitchen addition.


two coats primer, one coat paint

So far the drawers above have one coat of primer and one coat of paint. They will be getting at least one more coat of paint, maybe two. All the other cabinet doors are out in the garage mid-priming and painting. I can’t wait to finish them and bring them back into the kitchen – it’s hard work keeping our puppy Jackson out of the cupboards with no doors to deter his little snooping self!

Fusion Mineral Paint Coal Black and Casement

I’m also getting a little antsy to have the entire modern farmhouse kitchen makeover finished – and to have my main floor back to normal again!

Have you ever used Fusion Mineral Paint? If so, what did you paint with it?

This post sponsored by Fusion Mineral Paint and Zinsser. All opinions are my own.


– Our Kitchen Before and Why We’re Starting with the Appliances with The Home Depot

– Inspiration Board, Sources and Sponsors

Rebuilding a Larger Kitchen Island 

Repainting the Existing Kitchen Cabinets with Fusion Mineral Paint 

Installing and Painting a Shiplap Backsplash with HANDy Paint Products

Choosing the Perfect Appliances for Us with The Home Depot

Butcher Block Countertop Reveal with Lumber Liquidators

Our Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover REVEAL!

Appliance Features We Adore with The Home Depot

Custom DIY Range Hood Cover with Broan NuTone


shannon photo and sig oct 2022