8.10.2008

The Kitchen...AFTER

Okay, so as I mentioned in my last post...the kitchen is still a work in progress, but it is a whole lot better than it was originally. (I have to apologize for how yellow some of these photos are...we've had a patch of rain here and it was hard to get good natural light, so the yellow ones were taken with indoor lighting (aak!) but I know you all have good imaginations so you get the idea.) We decided to go for a sort of French Country feel, so we chose a warm cream color for the cabinetry. I was originally planning on glazing the cabinets to bring out the details of the paneling, but once we got them painted, I was really happy with how they looked and opted not to glaze them.


It's difficult to tell in these pictures, but the color on the wall is Ralph Lauren's Cathedral Gray which as I mentioned in a previous entry is really more of a gray/green. It is very soothing, and sets off both the cream cabinetry and the black beadboard beautifully.

If you look closely at the baseboards in any of these photos, you can see that I haven't painted them yet. Yep, that's what I mean by a work in progress. They will eventually be the color of the cabinets. eventually. (And yeah, I know I need to get rid of the stereo in the corner...oh, and the white microwave...sigh.)

And here is a tricky trick for you all. Our appliances did not all match. We bought the oven and the refrigerator while we lived at our previous rental house so we brought them with us when we moved here. They "blend" with each other. The refrigerator is obviously black but it has a little bit of stainless accent on it, so it went well with the oven. But the dishwasher that was here when we moved in was white. I had decided that I would purchase some of that faux stainless sheeting. I had even found a place online where I was going to buy it (it's not very expensive by the way). But I was telling my sister-in-law what I was thinking of doing, and she told me to unscrew the casings of the existing front and remove it, and that oftentimes the appliance underneath is already metal. She was right! I took off the front and the dishwasher was actually a stainless color metal...but it looked horrible (it's an old dishwasher...probably won't last too much longer.) So I couldn't do that. There is an upside to this story, however. The other side of the white front was black. Yep...black! I flipped it over, put it back on, and now my dishwasher matches the refrigerator and stove. FREE!!! Pretty sneaky huh?

I love the fact that I cleaned off the refrigerator. It look so much cleaner in my kitchen without all of the photos and stuff on the fridge. But since I am a photo junkie, I had to put them somewhere. I have a cute magnetic white board (framed in black) that I put on the doorway to the basement across from the oven. All the stuff is still there, but it looks purposeful and not cluttered.


Here you can see the beadboard on the bar. It looks fabulous and makes the kitchen look so custom. We also put beadboard on the refrigerator surround...and the mudbench is just down the hall. It has beadboard too, so it all coordinates.

Here are those cute shelves the Hubby made to replace that dumb old floating cabinet. Eventually, we would like to replace the countertops with something dark (solid surface preferably), and if I had my way, I'd replace the split corner sink...what were they thinking when they put THAT in?!? But, we are on a pretty tight budget, so neither of those things are an option yet.

This sweet chalkboard (yep, another chalkboard!) was a Christmas gift from my brother-in-law and family. It has my current favorite quote written on it.

Gotta love this little rooster...what respectable French Country kitchen wouldn't have one of these?
So, even though it's not quite done...it's getting there and it's worlds better than it was so I'm a pretty happy girl!

28 comments:

Jennie said...

Your kitchen looks great. It is easy to post pictures but it doesn't give you credit for how much work went into the kitchen. Well done! Hrs and hrs of work have paid off!

Emily said...

It looks so fabulous! Nice job!

meg duerksen said...

what a great job you did!
it's very fun to see the before and after.

i came over from TCB.
congrats on making the list!

your house looks like a really happy home!

Queen B said...

Lovely kitchen! I just discovered your blog and have enjoyed looking back through your posts.

Everything is beautiful!

Darlene said...

Oh, I think your kitchen looks BEAUTIFUL!!! I love it and you have done a lot of work in there. Nice job!!

Robyn said...

Hi! New here and wanted to let you know I have added you to my blog roll! I love your blog! WOW! Love that kitchen too! Fantastic work! Good on you!
Hugs,
Robyn

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Wow what a transformation...awesome job! Love the rooster and the black beadboard. cherry

Christina said...

Your kitchen makeover is fabulous. You did a great job. Thanks for giving us a tour.

Traci said...

Good grief! I didn't even know they made sinks like that. I'm sure whoever lived there before wasn't much of a cook with that sink. I have the single farm sink.....LOVE IT!!! The kitchen looks great....ummm, ok what room is next?

Vanessa {Bloom Right Here!} said...

Wow! It is beautiful! I think I am going to have to get brave and get out my paint brush. Oooh, I love that little chalkboard and great quote.

Marie said...

Looooooooove your kitchen! I have that same metal rooster, by the way!! :o) And I discovered that little dishwasher flip trick when I lived in military housing a few years ago. I love that you can change it. Your kitchen has inspired me to paint the bottom half of my kitchen cabinets, I think. :o)

Valarie said...

It looks great!! You have done a wonderful job in there. :)

Linds said...

Great job! I LOVE the cupboards! I just posted about our recent kitchen makeover today too!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I love your kitchen and the cream cabinets! So pretty and fresh. I also love the beadboard, and it's giving me the itch to install some in our house (my husband will be thrilled to have another project!). Thanks for sharing! And I am really enjoying your blog...
-Carrie

Tammy (Mom to this crazy bunch) said...

Very nice. I need to get the stuff off of my refrigerator too.

TinaTx said...

Your kitchen is looking wonderful! Great job!

The Idaho Olsens said...

Your kitchen is wonderful...I love it and may "steal" some of your ideas to use in my own kitchen! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

Bella's momma said...

Well done!!! It looks wonderful!!

Caroline said...

What a remarkable difference. Looks lovely. Proof positive that you don't need to spend gobs to achieve beautiful results. Terrific!

Joe Girl said...

Fabulous home, Wendy! I recently painted my kitchen, which originally had a slightly darker version of your oak cabinets. They are now vanilla on top, and Oreo cookie black-brown on the bottom. What a difference!

You certainly have an incredible knack for decorating!!!

Will be back - lovely blog ;)
Joe

fromthenarrows said...

HI-- would you mind sharing how you went about painting your oak cabinets? We have oak too and have thought about painting them. You didn't paint the inside did you? Are you concerned with the paint chipping over time?
thanks,
Susan
mamaduso5 at gmail dot com

Lacy said...

You go girl! Look at all of those comments. You desrve every last one becuase that kitchen is fabulous!!!!! I love all of it and am so proud for you. :)

Cathy said...

Oh it looks beautiful! I am currently trying to strip or sand all the old paint off to paint my cabinets black. It's going horribly and I just may purchase new doors (hubby doesnt know this yet!). Congrats on your kitchen - all the hard work has paid off!

chriskauf said...

That looks great , paint is a powerful resource.
Chris

Connie said...

Absolutely Fabulous! Great work! I know your proud of it.
~connie

Cara said...

I'm in the midst of a remodel project myself on the kitchen. You are inspiring me more than you know!!!! Thank you!!! I just might paint those cabinets after all!

~CC Catherine said...

I found your blog today and decided to spend some time looking over older posts. This kitchen is "right up my French Connection"~ ;) I love it, the black beadboard on the outside of the breakfast bar is perfect! The breakfast bar benches you have really go well with it. GOOD share on reversing the front panel on the dishwasher! ;) ~Au Revoir ~CC Catherine from "Catherine de th`e Cups"

Emily said...

Love those curtains! I have them in my kitchen too. I'm thinking about painting my cabinets whtie also... but my appliance are white... what do you think?

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