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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Kitchen Makeover Reveal!



Before
 I am sorry I have been away for sooo long (again).  I have spent all my free time working on transforming my old, outdated and very much disliked kitchen into something I love so much!!!
Here it is again from a couple of years ago, before I convinced hubby to at least let me paint the insets. Too "country" for my style and definitely too much wood. I had to cover the table top, because it's wood too!!!  Even though the kitchen has a ton of windows, all that wood just felt very dark.

After
Now it feels bright and clean and fresh!!! I love it soooo much! We replaced the old grungy brass hardware for black hardware to match the knobs and handles we added a few years ago. I still love them, so those stayed.

Before
This is the other side of the kitchen, taken just before the re-do. As you can see, the painted insets helped a little, but it was definitely NOT the look I wanted.

After
It makes me happy just looking at the photos!!! LOL!! We took out the dishwasher because we were unable to use it anymore due to horrible hard water build up. Since it's just me and hubby at home now, we don't really need it anyway. We finished the inside and added a shelf, so now it holds the tall serving pieces that won't fit in the other cabinets.


 We took all the doors outside sprayed  primer on both sides and then sprayed the paint on the fronts only.  I used a roller to do the insides after they were hung because we didn't want to run the risk of messing up the paint job while they were face down getting painted. 

I have plans for that corner cabinet door above... I'm going to make a template with paper, and cut out a piece of masonite to fit inside. It will get painted with chalkboard paint and then I'll use velcro to hold it in place. I also still need to paint that green wicker basket black.

I borrowed this wood tool caddy from my studio, and I'm afraid it's not going back. I love it too much in here!!!

One of the added benefits of doing this is that I was forced to go through all the drawers and cabinets and completely reorganize, and PURGE!!! I had stuff that was put away 13 years ago when we moved in, and has never been touched since!!!  There is definitely a garage sale in my future!

Painting all the window frames was definitely the hardest part, but it was sooo worth it!

 After everything was installed, I mixed up some glaze and just edged the doors and drawers with it. It was just the right finishing touch.

I have a few things I still want to add. I need to find a sisal (or something similar) area rug to go under the table, and a mat for me to stand on at the sink. I'm making little linen seat cushions for the chairs, and I think I'm going to refinish the table top with a slightly gray-er stain to try and give it a more weathered look, but we'll see...

Well I hope you enjoyed the reveal! I get a smile on my face every morning when I walk in there now!!!
Have a wonderful weekend my friends! 

I am linking up with Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch!!!
              And Inspire Me Monday at Create  with Joy!!!!      
          

98 comments:

Cyn said...

Love it Karen. The house we live in is a rental BUT the landlord is letting us redo the counter tops because the tile is old and cracking and the grout dont even get me started. We were going to go with formica..BUT I do like your tile..we have white cabinets too...we will see

But your kitchen redo is amazing!!

Blondie's Journal said...

Isn't it exciting to have your dream room come to life?! This is wonderful, Karen, the painting really made the difference! I can't get over all your windows, what a great design. Everything is beautiful...I'm happy for you!

Have you ever heard of Natural Area Rugs.com? They have a great selection.

XO,
Jane

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Karen,
It's just AWESOME! Light and bright! How nice to have all those windows!
Great job! Now you can ENJOY!
Deb

Beth said...

Hi Karen, Your kitchen looks fantastic! Great vision; it turned out so pretty.

Faded Charm said...

It looks wonderful Karen!! So bright and clean. I always figure you should really like your kitchen since you spend so much time in there cooking and entertaining:-)

Feels good to be done, I'm sure!

xoxo
Kathleen

morkaren said...

Hvor er det blevet smukt, jeg ville elske at lave mad i så stort og rummelig køkken, du har gjort et godt arbejde. knus morkaren.

Anne said...

What a fabulous new look! White paint is amazing. LOVE this kitchen xox

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I love your new kitchen! What a difference. The white looks amazing..thanks for sharing it!

Tami said...

Wow, it looks gorgeous...the new paint made it look bigger. LOVE

Anne said...

Karen what a beautiful transformation!!! I bet you spend even more time in there too! I would never want to leave LOL! ~~~~Beautiful~~~~ !!!!!!
xx
Anne

Lisa said...

What an awesome change! I know you are so thrilled! It is just beautiful!!!

Bente said...

It looks sooo pretty. Love your kitchen. I guess it was hard work, but the result is fantastic.

Have a nice day

Hugs

Maureen said...

Wow Karen! It is beautiful! I can't imagine painting all those window frames - no wonder you've been away from the computer! But it is fab; love the tool caddy from your studio.... Perfect!

Katherine Wolak said...

That looks absolutely stupendous!!! I am loving what you did here!!! The kitchen was lovely and now it looks fantastic! The makeover really transformed your space! :D

Hugs,

The Shop Around the Corner said...

Very pretty, Karen. Makes a huge difference, doesn't it. I especially like the way you used that tool caddy. What a great idea. The only thing I'd do different which you have not done yet, is stain the table top a deep rich, almost black stain. My husband uses one from Minwax and the color is ebony. I'm sure anything you do will turn out beautiful as usual.
Enjoy your pretty space.
Much love,
Marcia

Ginger said...

Beautiful redo. Paint makes such a difference. I just remodeled my kitchen also. From 1970 harvest gold to creams and whites. Love it. Your kitchen is a definite keeper. Good job
Ginger

Ava Gavloski said...

yes, that kitchen would make me simile everymorning as well..
ava g

butterfly said...

That is quite a transformation... beautiful! Completely worth the hard work it must have taken!
Alison x

Joani said...

WOW. So pretty. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

Joani said...

WOW. So pretty. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

8)(8 said...

It's awesome! The whites unified it!!! I like the table as is; it brings out the colors of the floor; in the "before shot" the floor's beauty was not noticeable. The table also gives the eye a place to rest. It looks so cozy. Great job!

Nancy said...

Amazing before and after. I love your redo! Now you have my creative juices goin. Good job!

bolletjelucky.blogspot.com said...

Wow,happy you,it looks wonderful! I like the clean ,crispy look.The room looks even bigger and it looks very cosy too,thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,greetings Miranda

Petite Michelle Louise said...

wow....absolutely AMAZING what a can of paint can do!! your kitchen is beyond gorgeous!! i LOVE it! well done! ;)

ohiofarmgirl said...

I am dreaming of a white kitchen too. Oh how I love your kitchen. I have a new counter top but still the oak cabinets are just a wreck... My dh is still holding out about me painting them. Did you buy a regular sprayer to paint the cabinets...I am so afraid of a sprayer. I guess I could learn to work with one if I could have white cabinets! Dianntha

Queenie Believe said...

Your kitchen makeover is wonderful!!! I have always wanted an all white kitchen... Your's is picture perfect! Enjoy!
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love it, Karen! It looks great and your happiness and enjoyment of it come through in your post. It really does lighten it up, even though you do have all those windows. Love how you put a skirt where the dishwasher was.

missy said...

Love it!!..Missed you..I'm moving into a cottage that has light oak kitchen cabinets..I would love them to be white...It would brighten up the whole living area..I don't think I'm up to all that work though even if they would let me..

Sandra Kaye said...

Well, I have had the pleasure of seeing this re-do in person!! It is just wonderful!! I just can't believe all the work you put into this!! You are super woman!!! And clearly, I am jealous!!!:):) Love ya!!

Judy Ann Lincicum said...

just beautiful, Karen, it looked so cozy and peaceful before and now it's all pulled together to perfection! Enjoy!

Littlefoot said...

What a beautiful kitchen. You did a great job transforming it into a light and airy delight. Enjoy!!
Hugs,
Linda

sissie said...

Hi Karen,
What a lovely transformation. I love the new look of your kitchen.
It's warm and cozy, bright and happy.

hugs
Sissie

helen tilston said...

Hello Karen

What a difference paint colour makes. Your kitchen is bright and welcoming.
Beautiful well done and thanks for sharing
Helen

Rhonda said...

How gorgeous your make over is!! You did an amazing job, Karen. It made a world of difference - now you can enjoy your beautiful kitchen!!

Denise Kraft said...

Just beautiful!!! i knew you could do it. All of your accessories and details really stand out now. Your sweet hubby finally came through! Time to do some holiday baking!!

Marlynne said...

It is "Beautiful" Karen. It does look a lot more like your taste. And my, it looks bigger too! An added bonus!

Lady Pamela said...

What a fabulous job you did. It so much brightens up the kitchen. I cannot wait until we can re-do our kitchen. We need to buy whole new cabinets.
*Smiles*

Diane said...

I love your redo! The white is fresh and beautiful. One thing always leads to another, and then another...........Diane

KarenSue Farash said...

WOW!

Helena White said...

Simply beautiful! I love your Kitchen sink. How great is having a three in one sink. I have never seen one like that. Wonderful; white! I love it Karen...Great job.

oldgreymare said...

All your hard work paid off beautifully. What a lovely inviting space.
Congratulations! <3
xx
z

Shelia said...

Karen, it's just beautiful! I love the white and all the sweet vignettes you've set up too.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

sweet violets said...

What an amazing transformation!!! Look at all that light!!! Looks so much larger too, and I love all the decorative touches, such as the bench on the counter and the tool caddy......this is so you....well worth all that work!!! You should be smiling, and grinning, and a chuckle or two!!! Good for you and enjoy!!! hugs...cleo

Marrianna said...

It looks fabulous, darling, simply fabulous. A lot of work, I'm sure but so worth it. Enjoy!

BECKY said...

WOW Karen! What an absolutely delightful space, and an incredible facelift!! You did an amazing job, and I love how you have styled it, too! I know every time you walk into it you are just tickled to death!! I sure would be! So light and bright, yet welcoming and comfortable!

You have inspired me to seriously consider painting our cabinets! Just lovely, gal...just lovely!

Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring me!!
Hugs,
Becky

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

WOW Karen, What a difference! It must have been a lot of work but it was worth it. Your kitchen looks fabulous!!! I love that you painted the window frames as well. Enjoy your wonderful new kitchen!
Hugs,
Julia

suziqu's thread works said...

Well Karen I think I would have a smile on my face at the end of this makeover also. Living with a builder I can certainly appreciate the hours of work you have put into this and I am so happy for you that it has been worth it all - it looks stunning!
Congratulations girl (and to your husband too - LOL!) on a job well done and I bet it will be even better with your finishing touches too.
Now you can really enjoy it and what a gorgeous view into the garden too!
Hugs from sunny Australia,
Suzy

Monica said...

Oh wow, it's simply gorgeous! I am too a believer that white paint can do magic!
Big hugs to you- I'm currently painting nests, so you are in my thoughts often! :)
xoxo

Art and Sand said...

So wonderful in white. I had the same issue with my kitchen. I will admit that it is harder to keep the white clean, but it makes the room look so much better. Enjoy!

Clara said...

Great job!!!!!!

mon-coin-joli said...

wouah !!! c'est une vraie réussite, quelle fraicheur et lumière ! la petite touche de finition est super jolie, bravo !!
bises
Nicolette

The English Romantic said...

It's looking great Karen. I love what a tin of paint can do!!
You're Queen of the kitchen now...
Hugs, Angela.x

Nath said...

Your kitchen is beautiful, now !
Very good idea to make the white for this room ...

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Welcome Back! AND WOW..I love everything you have done to make this so bright and cheery. Thanks for the photos..my husband will get a real surprise when he finally sees what I want!!!
I'd love to have all those windows. Enjoy and thanks for sharing. It is absolute beauty!!

AshTreeCottage said...

I love the transformation ~ so fresh and cheerful! Your tool caddy is so adorable. I have one quite similar to yours. Do you mind if I copy yours? I love how you have yours staged.

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

AshTreeCottage said...

Oh and by the way, I just had to share a couple of these pics on Pinterest so that more gals can see your adorable transformation!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Lavender Cottage said...

I have to agree with your choice to paint Karen, it looks awesome. After looking at before and after, I think it makes the kitchen look bigger. Keep on smiling, all the painting and reorganizing paid off!
Judith

Lana said...

Hi Karen,
Your kitchen looks so much better, love all the windows. What is it with men that they don't like to paint wood. Mine was the same way, they seem to like the oak look. I really like your floors which look lighter in the after pictures. Did you do something to them as well, and if you did could you please let me know how you got them to look lighter, or more grey? Also love the dislpay behind your sink, love the vintage scale and the caddy.
Thank you

Sandy said...

Night and day difference! While the before was quite pretty the after is quite stunning, it has such a light airy feel. All your hard work paid off!

ImagiMeri said...

Yea it's finally done! It looks amazing Karen, I'm very happy for you. Will you be going to Sweet Salvage in November? Sandy, myself, my two sisters will be going on the Sunday. We're also going to the "Big Heap" Hope to see you there.

Hugs,
Meri

"Create Beauty" said...

Beautiful transformation!!! Time consuming work, and so well done.
I know what you mean about going through the stuff in your drawers. We moved and it's taking me a long time to unpack because I'm purging as I go....

You must LOVE being in your kitchen!
~ Violet

Destiny said...

Looks gorgeous! I think it's so amazing how white cabinets can transform a kitchen! We painted ours a while back and I can't imagine not having done it now! It really makes the room look so bright and you've done a GREAT job decorating it! ~Destiny

Denise @English Purple Ribbon said...

Hi Karen~I love all the cabinets around your table!! You have so much counter space!! Nothing is better than a bright happy kitchen!It looks so pretty with all the white. You did a beautiful job!!Those windows are wonderful. Denise

Lorraine said...

A beautiful transformation Karen!

fairyrocks said...

Well that was worth the wait, and all the work you and your DH put into it too.
What is the ladderlike item that hangs above your island?
Wonderful transformation

Karen B. said...

Oh my Karen,

it looks amazing!!!!! Love it!! You have done such a great job!!
hugs
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

"The Jule Box" said...

Karen!! I'm seriously drooling over here! WOW!! Your kitchen turned out great! I LOVE it...it is so bright and so you girly, I LOVE it...did I say that I LOVED it yet!?? :) I love the glazing on the edges you did! I even love how your dog loves it! hehe....Can't wait to see the other little finishing touches you'll add! You will share them won't you? Congratulations on your kitchen redo! xo, Jules:) ...I want one!

donnaj said...

beautifully done!

The Paper Princess said...

Karen,

You did a FABULOUS job on your makeover - your kitchen is just GORGEOUS!

I would LOVE for you to share this at Inspire Me Monday at

Create With Joy
http://create-with-joy.com

(This week's party will go live later today and be open all week!)

Rebecca said...

Love it, Karen. Our kitchen is TOTALLY RIPPED OUT except for the sink area. All the way down to the studs. :( My guy FINALLY gets out of school in November and then we can get back to our complete makeover. It's soooo intense...if mine comes out as great as yours I'll be sooo happy!

Hugs~R

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Karen, this is beautiful! I know you must be pinching yourself every time you walk into your gorgeous kitchen! The cabinets look wonderful! They make your kitchen look even more light filled! I love the transformation!

cindy-stitches-n-stuff.blogspot.com said...

What an awsome transformation. I bet your husband loves it. I just came back from phonex arizona. It's beautiful, but I didn't get to any antique shops. It breaks my heart.

hugs
cindy@stitches

Linda Sadler said...

Karen,
Your makeover is so beautiful! It looks like a magazine spread. I know how proud of all the hard work you must be.
Linda

Denise said...

Karen, Everything looks so amazing! I Love your kitchen.
Great Job!
~Hugs~
Denise

Chenille Cottage said...

Hi Karen,
What a fresh new look. I just love the many thoughtful details that you have added to your kitchen. I, especially, like the tool box filled with dishes, lace and cottage charm.
what a delight, my friend!
Blessings,
Carolynn

Sandy said...

Karen,
I can't believe how GREAT this looks! Now it matches all the rest of your beautiful abode!!!!! Can I ask...did you have someone paint them or how did you do it? I have to get busy and paint mine! GREAT job!!!!

Sandy said...

Helps if you read the whole post! These turned out incredible!!!!! :) Sandy

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Well, is there anything you cannot do? I love, love your new kitchen! It is so warm and inviting and no wonder you are so proud. Happy new week!

Pendra said...

Shut the front door...and only use the kitchen door! Are you kidding me, this is so GORGEOUS!!! So much more light, it looks like a different room! I could and WOULD live in this room! It was worth all the work (I can say that, I didn't do all the work, hehehe) you did just an amazing job and it is giving me so much inspiration...just gonna go show the hubby *wink*wink*
Crafty Hugs,
Pendra

Tracie Dean said...

Such a beautiful transformation. Little things like color can make a room brand new. I love how it turned out and I am very happy to know you love it.

Can't wait to see what you do next.

Wilma said...

Hello Karen

Your kitchen looks great!!
I love the decorations too!
Happy for you!

Blessings,
have a great new week.

Wilma.

Liz said...

Karen!
It just looks so fabulous!!
You have an amazing kitchen, but painting the cabinets really took it over the top! Love it!
~Liz

Susan Herin said...

Wow, Karen! The transformation is amazing! I am so jealous of all those windows! What a wonderful space you had to cook in. Smart idea about the shelves where the dishwasher was...love the curtain you hung there. I really just love it all! Beautiful job you guys did! Any bird feeders hanging outside those windows? Looks like a great place to enjoy the birdies.

Connie said...

I think you are ready for the big time....a magazine spread. what a transformation! My breath caught in my throat when I saw those great windows and I especially covet your wonderful kitchen sink. Everyone loves it.

I don't know why men have so much trouble with painting dark wood.They all seem to. You'll never regret it.

DeeAnna said...

WowWowWowwww! I cannot believe what an amazing transformation white can make!

slowlaneblog.com said...

I thought for one minute you actually bought a new Kitchen!!! That looks terrific. What a transformation!!! Beautiful and I bet your Husband now thinks it is so much better than before!!

Debbie Booth said...

Hi Karen, I just wanted to tell you I love your kitchen. It is so pretty, and you have done such an amazing job with every detail. Lovely in every direction. We just remodeled our kitchen and I am so happy with it. the problem is I haven't taken pictures yet. We just acquired 3 new cows, a milking machine (it is small) but all the new milk is taking over my kitchen along with all the new gadgets....yikes. So I'm going to hide it for a couple of hours and then take pictures! Love your home, it is lovely.
Blessings,
Debbie

DaisyExpress said...

Hi Karen

Your kitchen looks fabulous. I see from your designs on your other site you have been busy....everything is so pretty.

I hope you are doing well and will be contacting your shortly for more work....LOVE your site.

MY best, Sheryl

Curtains in My Tree said...


Oh I love your make over

The all white is fabulous , it sure made everything look so brite

Your windows are wonderful also , well I just love it all

Peta Coote said...

What a wonderful kitchen!

Stacey said...

Way to go! That looks like it was a lot of work but so worth it. Your kitchen is light and bright and beautiful now.

Kathryn J Cain said...

I love the whole look, dreamy...I love everything you did...I think and this is just me..the table top. I would sand and stain a darker rich oak...and leave just a little touch of wood...a great rich accent, to all the painted surfaces..and I like the apple green yummy

Debra @ Common Ground said...

This is just perfect, Karen, you did a great job!!! LOVE all the light!

Bohemian said...

Karen the White Make-over enlarges that Beautiful Kitchen you have tremendously! So Inviting and Bright... no wonder you're so Happy about it, Thanks for Sharing and Inspiring us!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Elizabeth Johnson said...

Your kitchen is lovely. I hope you have wonderful holiday baking memories in there this year.

Deb S said...

What a difference! Looks like lots of work, but it was definitely worth it. Love it.

Debra Howard said...

Was catching up on my blog reading today and was wowed by your kitchen redo. Great job. Definitely brought that kitchen out of the 80's into today. Nice job.
Debbie

Katie Mansfield said...

Hello Karen, I had my cabinets painted last October too. I love having the lighter cabinets, don't you? I also took pears and put them under a cake dome. How funny.
I have had a lot of fun poking around your blog this morning and will be linking up to Where Bloggers Create. I found you through Jeanette at Creating a Life.
Can't wait to follow your lovely home and crafts.
Katie
Let's Add Sprinkles.

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