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My quick kitchen update

This post is possible thanks to DLawless Hardware and Aspect Design Tiles. I am so grateful for their support on this project and can’t wait to show you how easy they made this quick kitchen update!

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When we moved into this house almost two years ago, the one thing I really didn’t like (at all) was the kitchen. It’s not set up logically, the cabinet style does not at all go with the house, and it’s very small. Once we were in, I realized the knobs caught your fingers every time you would open a door or drawer. It was awful. Not to mention… knobs…. on drawers. Right in the center. Then with all the trim, you were very limited in being able to replace them.


Then there is all the beige… everywhere. If you’ve been a reader here, you know I am not truly a fan of beige… fast forward to Haven Conference this past year and I met the awesome people at Aspect!

Little did I know we were old friends. They make the plastic “tin ceiling” tiles I used in the old house as a backsplash AND the self stick metal ones we replaced the “metal” tiles with.

I had been dreaming of glass self-stick tiles and GUESS WHAT?! That’s what Aspect was there to show off- Woot! I was thrilled! When they offered to supply them for the update, I could NOT wait to get started. (they make other stuff too- more on that later)

I knew the knobs HAD to go too so I reached out to DLawless Hardware for help. A few backplates would cover the center holes on the drawers and if I used the old knobs holes and added one extra, I could add some lovely pulls instead.

What started out as this:


With just a little work, now looks like this:


It’s honestly one of the easiest and quickest projects I have ever done. The tiles were insanely easy to install. I primed the walls and then used my tile saw when I needed to make cuts. You could even buy a diamond blade for a rotary tool and use that. For lining up the holes for the pulls, I recommend you buy a jig. It makes all your holes in the same place on every door or drawer. I used this one from Rockler Woodworking. It comes with the punch and is super easy to get the hang of. The punch is great because it marks the perfect spot for your drill bit to sit for the hole.


Would I do this again? In a heartbeat! I still don’t love the kitchen, but it’s SO much better than it was. I’m waiting on a granite guy to give me an estimate to drop that bar down to counter height and create a large island with better seating for the kids. I’m hoping it won’t be much and it will help the space feel more open and not so small.

The paint change in there was a huge help too. It looks cleaner and the light bounce from the tiles gives the room more energy.

We have plans for a huge kitchen tear out at some point. We will take down the wall where the fridge is and open it up into the next room for an open floor plan…that’s a project I am not ready to take on just yet. This will hold me for a while. Now I have to paint the rest of the house… because isn’t that what always happens?

What do you think? Can you take on a quick kitchen update? Aspect and DLawless have SO many options- you’re sure to find something you love! Check out these sites for ideas: Aspect Ideas and DLawless Hardware (you won’t believe all the types of hardware they carry)

Personally, I want to use the Fasade panels in one of the silver metal tones for the ceiling in the entry way and the cabinet label holders from DLawless to make a key rack. It’s fun to look through all the ideas on both sites and plan for future projects!

What’s on your list? Do you think you could pull of a quick kitchen update of your own?

(While DLawless Hardware and Aspect Tiles provided products for me to share with you. All opinions are my own and always will be.)

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  • Reply
    Lynn Petchenick
    December 2, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Hi Scottie, you are my hero! I wish I had the courage (like you) to become a DIYer and change everything I don’t like about my house… But baby steps, right? I am considering installing my own new backsplash after our cabinet redo. Any resources you could share? Thanks, and keep on posting 🙂

    • Reply
      December 2, 2016 at 7:55 PM

      Thank you Lynn! Best way is to just jump in and try it! It’s satisfying for sure. Do you want to try your hand at Tiling the traditional way or with these self-stick ones (For a first timer, it’s something to consider)? The Aspect site has lots of ideas and options. Once you settle on a look, let me know. I will happily help you find some resources to help (and I will happily answer questions as well). I can’t wait to see what you do!

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    December 2, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Looks great I like the hardware. Is this stick on backsplash what you were mentioning to me? Seems not too complicated – now color choice that’s difficult.

    • Reply
      December 4, 2016 at 12:11 PM

      Yes! This is the product I was talking about. It isn’t difficult to use at ALL- I highly recommend it!

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    Jennifer Owen
    June 9, 2017 at 11:08 AM

    Stumbled on this again and was reminded how stunning it all turned out! Beautiful! And for readers who want more information on the tiles, they can visit

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      June 15, 2017 at 7:33 AM

      Thank you so much Jennifer! I love your products and can’t wait to show off what else I have used them on!

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