Friday, August 23, 2013

Our Kitchen Tour and TWO Giveaways!

Greetings, friends!

I'm so excited to be joining an incredible group of gals in sharing our kitchens!  And, even more excited that one, no, make that TWO of you, have a chance to win either a new Pfister faucet (worth up to $300) or a $250 Visa gift card (details below)!

Because I've shared our kitchen with those of you who have visited before, I thought I'd take a trip down decorating lane ...

You see, once upon a time, in the land of red, green and gold, lived a kitchen that looked like this.  Eventually, I began a love affair with a paint brush (and a lighter and brighter color scheme) ...

That love affair with paint eventually turned our kitchen into THIS!  I think one of the first changes you might notice is our island, which we first had face panels added to it.  I then painted it Annie Sloane's Old White, followed by her Chateaux Grey (then distressed) ... added a butcher block top and farmhouse legs.

It's now a favorite spot for me to attempt to style vignettes to suit the seasons ...

and to "welcome" you with Scrabble tiles to one of our favorite spots in our humble abode:

Another big change is that we said goodbye to our laminate countertops, maple cabinets and red accent wall ...

and a big, fat HELLO(!) to Golden Beach granite, cabinets which I painted Annie Sloane's "Pure White," walls painted Ben Moore's Manchester Tan and bead board backsplash!  Amazing what a can of paint (or 10) can do, isn't it?

I love how things placed on our counters now really "pop" against the white beadboard and how fabulous the granite is for hiding crumbs (oops):


AFTER!  We also retired our wrought iron bar stools pictured above (which I eventually painted AS's Pure White) and replaced them with "bare wood" Napoleon rush seat bar stools, which I then painted AS Pure White and Chateaux Grey to tie in with the island and dry bar in our breakfast area.  We also had molding and shadow boxes added to the back of our breakfast bar:

See that lone maple cabinet in the left corner?  It didn't like being by itself, so, down it came ...

and up went 3 shelves which I made ... they will soon be splashed with pumpkins!

One thing that will NEVER change is my laziness ... yes, our chalkboard (that we  made and added to our pantry door) still says Happy "Holly" Day from last Christmas.  Shame!

Skip on over to our breakfast area now.  Sometimes, I truly can't believe it once looked like this.  I do miss the vibrant red, especially around the holidays...

HERE is what it looks like today!  It doesn't even look like the same space, does it?  That's thanks to a dry bar that we had installed, which, of course, I then painted AS' Pure White and Chateaux Grey.  We also replaced the chandelier with one that was once in our dining room.  New curtains and bamboo shades were eventually added, along with a farmhouse table, to help complete the French Country look that I was hoping to achieve:

Now, that summer is coming to a close, it's time to starting splashing a bit of Fall around!  

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit and allowing me to share our kitchen/breakfast area!  Who knows what it will look like if you stop over again!

Before you go, you simply MUST visit the other tours that are taking place!  AND, don't forget to enter our giveaway (details below)!  

Thursday, August 22

Friday, August 23

And now for the giveaway!

Kitchen Tour Giveaway!

There will be two winners for this giveaway! Pfister generously donated a prize for this giveaway, so one winner will receive a free faucet worth up to $300, and a second winner will receive a $250 Visa gift card! To enter for your chance  to win, just follow the steps below!

Step 1: Follow the bloggers below on Pinterest:
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Good Luck, everyone ... and, thanks for stopping by!
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Judy said... Reply To This Comment

do i have to say it? okay, i LOVE your kitchen!!! seeing your "old" look with red is exactly what I used to have...exactly! it was pretty but it's time had come to be replaced by our love of calming neutrals.

i can't wait to put my fall stuff out and don't worry about your christmas message on your mantle is still sporting it's Easter look!

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

I wish I had a spot for open shelving in the kitchen. I absolutely love it.

Gorgeous kitchen, Becca!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, I get so tickled seeing the 'befores and afters' of your kitchen! You just have a knack for spectacular transformations! Your kitchen is beautiful!! You have done a fabulous job!

Anita said... Reply To This Comment

Wow, Becca what a magnificent change!! I had never seen the before. I had red and gold too and the same color cabinets, but am just now getting to change some of the laminate counters. Love the grey you have in there too. So pretty!!

Pamela said... Reply To This Comment

What a transformation Becca! I loved watching all the phases of its transformation.

Debbiedoos said... Reply To This Comment

That is one heck of a transformation! Just WOW.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said... Reply To This Comment

Looks fabulous and bright. What a huge transformation. Your photography is super, too.

Andrea said... Reply To This Comment

Great changes ! I went through a brown phase, myself, but have gone brighter and lighter also-thank goodness!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said... Reply To This Comment

Love, love, love your kitchen, it is so pretty in the white and your decor is always fabulous. Hugs, marty

Savannah Attic said... Reply To This Comment

What a Huge Transformation Becca in the Dining Room I can't wait till you start decorating for the Holidays I so enjoy seeing That. Thank You for this opportunity to see Kitchen transformation I know myself the Carnage you go through from start to finish.
Thank You

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said... Reply To This Comment

Loved seeing the before and after pics my friend...your kitchen is gorgeous!! Love it white and bright!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said... Reply To This Comment

I love seeing the kitchen before and after pictures together, really can't believe it is the same kitchen! You rock it girl.

Shana Franks said... Reply To This Comment

Love your kitchen, as you already know, and can't wait to see it dressed for fall! The lighter colors just "open up" the space... it feels fresh and airy... ahhh! :)

Angela Ryder said... Reply To This Comment

Oh Becca, you are definitely an inspiration to me! I'm living with darker walls now which I have always loved but I'm feeling the itch to go much lighter (just scared to jump in) You've given me courage to go for it! Thank you!!

Kathysue said... Reply To This Comment

All I can say is WOW what a transformation, you gave your kitchen life and air to breathe!! So charming and your island transformation is amazing, it doesn't look anything like it's former self! Great job and so fun to see the changes. I agree PAINT is my friend too!!
xo Kathysue

Lorri Thompson said... Reply To This Comment

Hi. The kitchen tour brought me here. I enjoyed studying your beautiful kitchen so much! My home has the same sloped ceilings (14.5' tall at highest point.) Also, odd angles with ledges and corner shelves at 9.5'. Crown molding isn't an option for me. Trying to make the style I love work with the architectural details I can't change has driven me nuts over the years! :) You have done an amazing job and have inspired me to look at my home differently. Thank you so much for sharing your kitchen.

Shannon Fox said... Reply To This Comment

The transformations in your kitchen always impress! Paint. Who knew? lol. It's just completely delightful Becca. You have a wonderful decorating style and flair!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca! Love, love, love your kitchen!! I had a couple of quick questions. I have maple cabinets in my kitchen and have been thinking of painting them white too. Did you have to sand/prep your cabinets in any way before using the Annie Sloane paint and did you wax them after painting them? Also, would you mind sharing where you purchased the beautiful curtains in your breakfast area? Thanks so much!

Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker said... Reply To This Comment

I love how light and bright it is now, gorgeous as always!!

Melissa@TheHappierHomemaker said... Reply To This Comment

I love how light and bright it is now, gorgeous as always!!

Shelia said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca! Your kitchen is so beautiful! I love everything about it.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Courtenay@Creek Line House said... Reply To This Comment

I always love your whole decorating style so much, but it was neat this time to see how much your kitchen has changed and how dark it used to be by comparison! Thanks for the tour!

At The Picket Fence said... Reply To This Comment

WOWZA!! I don't think I had ever seen the before photos of your kitchen Becca and it is seriously AMAZING how far that space has come! It looks unbelievably gorgeous my friend! :-)

P.S. Happy Holly Day to you too! ;-)

Diane said... Reply To This Comment

I love your green kitchen island and open shelving. What a beautiful transformation!

Recreate and Decorate said... Reply To This Comment

Wow Becca you have done an amazing job on your kitchen! great transformation, I love it!

Atta Girl Amy said... Reply To This Comment

I've always loved your kitchen, Becca. Gorgeous transformations.

I thought I was bad; until this week, our menu board still had Easter dinner listed on it. But you beat me with Christmas. :)

I think our kitchen layout is very similar, so I'm interested in whether those bar stools get in the way. I go back and forth trying to decide if I should add bar stools to our island/bar.

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Maria Elena said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, I think your kitchen and your home are the most beautiful in all blogland! I love your style and how you make every room beautiful, but at the same time, warm and welcoming. The changes you have made are spectacular! Enjoy your weekend!:)

Dria S said... Reply To This Comment

Wow your kitchen before and after is amazing! Your kitchen is one of my favorite ones on this kitchen tour. LOVE everything about it!

Carol said... Reply To This Comment

Wow, you've made more changes than I even realized, Becca; and they have all been wonderful! It's always fun to see your home!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said... Reply To This Comment

Becca..your kitchen has morphed into that beautiful butterfly... an absolutely stunning kitchen did a fabulous job in transforming it to a perfectly styled, updated and fresh look. I love, love your kitchen!!

Suzy Handgraaf said... Reply To This Comment

Oh wow, Becca - I had forgotten what your kitchen used to look like. Not only does it not look like the same space - it doesn't even look like the same house! Are you sure that you didn't move and just didn't tell us??? lol I just adore the way that your kitchen and breakfast area look now. I'm soooo ready for a change, but keep holding off since I think we'll be moving in a couple of years. Really, really enjoyed seeing it all again. xo's

Amy of While Wearing Heels said... Reply To This Comment

I love seeing how your kitchen has changed. The white kitchen you now have is so dreamy and inviting. I love your breakfast nook, it really does look like a completely new and different room.

Marty Walden said... Reply To This Comment

It looks amazing, Becca! What an amazing before and after! Thanks so much for joining us on our kitchen tour!

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Kelly Rinzema said... Reply To This Comment

I've always loved your kitchen, but I've never seen the before! Wow what a change, so gorgeous! Can't wait to see it all decorated for the different seasons!

Jamie {So Much Better With Age} said... Reply To This Comment

You're kitchen is gorgeous! Love all your details especially the island ;)
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awal.ny said... Reply To This Comment

What a beautiful kitchen transformation. Another show of example what a difference paint can make. You did a wonderful job with your kitchen. Alaina

Calypso In The Country said... Reply To This Comment

Honestly, I could stare at your kitchen all day! You have brightened it up so much and made it into such a welcoming, cheerful room! Great job!

The Decorative Dreamer said... Reply To This Comment

How fun to look back, what a change, huh? Love it all! I especially love the dining area with cabinetry! So beautiful!

Little Cottage on the Pond said... Reply To This Comment

I used ASCP on our kitchen cabinets as well- still love it two years later :) Your kitchen is just lovely!!

Kim @ The Beautiful Home said... Reply To This Comment

Love your kitchen, Becca. What a transformation!

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, you have transformed your kitchen beautifully! All of the details are pretty amazing!

Kelly said... Reply To This Comment

Your kitchen is really beautiful! I love the lighter colors you used and the new barstools you purchased and painted. I also love the bench at your table with the checked cushion on it. So cute!

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Thanaa' Ra'ifah Maroun said... Reply To This Comment

I like your
home decorating styles.Thnx for sharing this.

Alex Writer said... Reply To This Comment

I'll buy the decorations and all the necessary things for your home. It gives me pleasure

Jessica@fourgenerationsoneroof said... Reply To This Comment

Ok what is going on over here! I know I am guilty of not being around for a while but last time I was here you had color everywhere and now everything is white! OMG I am loving it!!!!!!

Faren lee said... Reply To This Comment

I absolutely love this kitchen! Its exactly what I want. Im in love with the drapes on your kitchen. Did you make or buy? Also where did you get the rod?

Herb said... Reply To This Comment

The new kitchen certainly looks inviting! I don’t cook much, and even I want to putter around in there! And the lighter, softer tone definitely makes the whole place more cozy and warm. Have fun in your new kitchen!

Herb Koguchi