Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Day 30: Kitchen Reveal!!

Hi everyone! So if you've been following along you are probably aware that we are up to day 30 of my 31 Days to Transform the Heart of Your Home. Lots and lots of little projects that all add up to a big change. (You can see them all here.) If you've been tuning in, you are probably waiting to see how it has all come together.

Well you're in luck my friends! Today I'm going to show you 
part of the space put together! Today's post:

Once upon a time, a bit over two years ago when we moved in, our kitchen looked something like this (minus the beadboard) . Red walls, oak cabinets and floors, brown cornices....the list goes on. All of this equaled a very dark space.

Soon after we moved in we got busy putting on beadboard around the lower half of the cabinets and walls and had the cabinets painted white to match. I also recovered the cornices to bring in some more color. And while this was a huge improvement, I knew that we would take it further eventually...when we were ready to take on the walls.

And here she is today! We still eventually plan to change out counters and appliances but for now I'm thrilled. The paint color had to make the largest impact by far. It actually makes the counters blend a little more as well. Such a different feel. The picture doesn't actually do it justice.

Accessories and momentos  and a newly upholstered bench with pillows help to bring the spaces together.

Open shelving on one wall gives a more open feel to the space.

Some other new additions were the newly upholstered cornices (which look much better in person) and the recessed light above the sink turned pendant.

New hardware and decor above cabinets, letters above the stove and a new box for cooking essentials all helped to bring the space together.

Add some new non-stick rugs and little changes to the command center and we got ourselves an (almost) new kitchen!

Can't wait to show you the rest tomorrow!!

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  1. I am SO in love with white cabinets! They are easier to clean then I expected! I love the color changes in your kitchen so bright and airy now:) Great job! I know this involved lots of hard work

    1. Thanks so much Laurie! It is so much brighter now which is definitely what I wanted! Lots of hard work but I'm glad we did it! Thanks so much for commenting.

  2. It looks awesome Susan! You can really see that you've put a lot of hard work into it! Great job! By the way, I totally love the light fixture over your table! :-) Can't wait to see the rest!

  3. Hello, so beautiful! I have a question about the cabinets. Our house is only a few years old and the cabinets are a toffee color but my husband and I both love white. After three years of living in our first house I finally know what I want it to look like:) Anyway, I had a interior designer come in to talk about helping with the decorating. She really poo-pooed (sorry I am the mother of four boys - as much I hate it, potty words are ever present here) the idea of painting our cabinets because it would be more upkeep and the cabinets were not dated looking. I now have mixed feelings about taking that plunge to painting them - even though the designer promised to provide me a decorating plan but never did and won't return my emails. I guess my question is - do you see the upkeep of the cabinets being too much? Sorry for the long email. I have been obsessing about these cabinets for a long time. Thanks1

    1. Hi there! First of all, thanks so much for your comment. I love to hear from others who have similar interests or projects going on. As far as the white cabinets go---I think it is a total personal preference. Some people are REALLY adamant about not painting over wood. However, I think it can work really well and brighten up a space when done correctly. We have had a tiny bit of chipping from our cabinets. However, I am able to wipe them down again and again. The key is to make sure before painting that they are sanded A LOT and then primed. I think there were about five coats of paint used on ours when it was all said and done but I think the sanding was done a bit quickly and that is why we are seeing a few chips.

      Hopefully this helps a little. As much as a designer's opinion can be a tremendous help, I think it is ultimately about what you and your husband want. After all, you are the ones who will be living with it for years to come.

  4. Wow!! I love everything about your new kitchen!!!



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