Thursday, October 16, 2014

Our New Kitchen!

Greetings, friends!

So, here we are in the kitchen right before we moved in ... beautiful wood floors, pretty birch cabinets and tile backsplash.  

And, then THIS happened.  Oops.

I know some of you may be gasping that I took a paint brush to brand new cabinets and tile backsplash.  Trust me, for a moment, I did, too.

But ... then I reminded myself that, while I love the dark floors, cabinets and backsplash separately, I didn't care for them all together.  To me, they blended into each other, not allowing one or the other to stand out.  Plus, knowing how much I loved the kitchen in our old home ... to have this one resemble it would make this house feel more like *home.*  

So, I continued to get busy! 

I sanded/primed the cabinets and then added three coats of Ben Moore's "White Dove" to each one.

To break up the white a bit, I painted the pantry, garage and storage doors Rustoleum's Semi-Gloss Black.

I also dug out a can of Chateaux Grey and painted our island, adding the same farmhouse legs that I did to the island in our home in SC.

SOMEday, we'll replace its granite countertop with butcher block.

With ample storage in here, I didn't feel *too* guilty when I asked my husband if he'd consider taking down one of the cabinets so that I could put up a few open shelves like we had in our old home.  With the help of our neighbor (and his crow bar) down it came,

and up went the shelves!  

An inexpensive project (shelves and corbels from Home Depot), which makes for a great display area!

Our Wal-Mart canisters made a return appearance, too ... an easy way to display seasonal or day-to-day items:

Yes, I "give thanks" alright ... every time I use the gas stove without causing a fire.  I admit it, gas scares me!

On the other side of the kitchen is our "walk in from the garage dropping zone."

Yes, keys, phones, mail and book bags are plopped here, especially while a scoop of a Fall mix is inhaled.

I thought this cute mug tree would be a nice addition to the coffee/tea "station," so, I clicked "add to cart" when I saw it on Amazon.

Along with spray painting all of the knobs pewter, a couple of little embellishments were also added, such as these drawer pulls (Lowe's),

along with wooden scrolls to two faux drawer fronts.  

One of my favorite additions to the kitchen is the bling (Home Depot)!

She's like the crowing touch to the room!

Of course, I had to add her twin over the table, too!  (With these chandeliers being a mere $99/each, it was an affordable and justifiable "splurge.") 

Annnnd, I had to bring back our "E A T" letters, too.  I thought it only fitting to place them right beside the pantry.

What's that saying?  One is good, two is better?!  

From this angle, you can see our Fall Family Tree (a yearly tradition in our home):

Tucked in a little corner.

I always add "familial" sayings ...

 and pictures of our family that mean so much!

One more time ...

Annnnd, AFTER!

We're not done in here yet ... as our budget allows, we'd love to add crown molding, a board and batten backsplash, a butcher block top to the island, and a wooden beam or two.  For now, we're enjoying our new space!

Thanks for stopping by,

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

It looks like you and it is gorgeous.

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

Nothing crazy about what you did my looks fabulous!!

Shelia said... Reply To This Comment

Oh, Becca! It's totally gorgeous! You did a fantastic job and I love those chandys! I too just love a white kitchen! I'm so proud for you.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sylvia said... Reply To This Comment

Gorgeous! Great decision.

Pat said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful!!! I love the after and it does look like you.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said... Reply To This Comment

Oh my goodness, I was thinking of you today and thought I bet you share your kitchen soon and here it is. It is over the top gorgous!! Painting my cabinets is going on the list of things to do this winter. I have tons of time to fill now and this will be the perfect way to fill those hours. Thanks for the inspiration. fondly ~lynne~

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

It looks great and I'm glad you painted the cabinets. I have never seen chandeliers at HomeGoods. What a bargain or rather bargains you found.

NanaDiana said... Reply To This Comment

Becca- That looks beautiful. I have contemplated painting these cabinets, too, because the floor and the cabinets all kind of blend together.

I have been using White Dove (BM) for at least 20 years for trim and cabinetry. I never tire of the soft off-white color of it. xo Diana

Gee Singh Newbanks said... Reply To This Comment

I saw this post and smiled hugely!!!
Now this looks like a Becca kitchen! Beautiful. Nothing crazy about what you did... we have to make a house a home.
Hugs, Gee

Miranda said... Reply To This Comment

Your past home and now this one inspires me daily to work on my own. Your blog has helped me decide the decor style for my home. Thanks so much for sharing! LOVE everything you do!

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

You hit it out of the park again Becca!!!.....totally hit the lights and they burst into a flare of I would have set off fireworks after your reveal. Awesome that you took out one of the cabinets and replaced it with the shelves...and those chandys are gorgeous!...truly a signature "Becca" room!!..

Donna Erickson said... Reply To This Comment

What a beautiful space! You've made it so homey. I really love the fall tree!

Debra@Common Ground said... Reply To This Comment

Hi Becca, your kitchen is beyond gorgeous! could you tell me what paint and primer you used to paint your tile backsplash? I'm considering doing it on our new house, but haven't done it for 20 years. I know there must be better paint for the job by now. thanks a bunch, love those chandies!

Dining Delight said... Reply To This Comment

You are not crazy but you are definitely BRAVE! Well worth it though as all the changes to your kitchen turned out beautifully! Love the open shelving, the black doors, the chandeliers, your EAT sign and all the homey touches you've added.


Gypsy Heart said... Reply To This Comment

This is a dream kitchen! I would kill to have this to cook and bake. :)

Love the changes ~ looks beautiful.


Betsy@ coastal-colors said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, your kitchen is stunning! your twin chandeliers add such a glamorous touch to this room! You have been so busy! Your hard work has paid off! You have turned this kitchen into a jewel too! Love it all!

Paige Rose said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, first your kitchen is gorgeous!! Second, I'm so glad you painted your cabinets & made the kitchen your own! I'm not a fan of all the trendy new builder grade finishes { dark cabinets, trendy tile etc.. I love that the kitchen now looks so cute,quaint & CUSTOM! You did a fabulous job! I also got yelled at for painting our new cabinets white...white is best right?! hehe :)


gibbygoo56 said... Reply To This Comment

I love it!

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Becca - You are my décor guru!! I know every time I click on your posts I am going to be inspired! I adore your style and appreciate the attention to detail and how every room balances and blends. My perfectionist personality absolutely loves your talent. Have a great weekend - Jeannette

At Rivercrest Cottage said... Reply To This Comment

I love finding someone else who does not care for granite. I think it's highly over rated and hard to keep cleaned up. My next house won't have it.

Wondering what you used to paint the tile back splash? I will be searching your blog for info. If you haven't covered it would you please do a post on it? Love what you've done so far.

Laura Stewart said... Reply To This Comment

Man I wish I had your energy and courage! I've been hemming and hawing about painting my cabinets! Looks great!

Robin Rosevear said... Reply To This Comment

Absolutely love what you have done with your kitchen! It is beautiful! You have done a lot of work but it paid off!

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

You have been busy my friend! Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous!Great job Becca!

Pamela said... Reply To This Comment

You do not waste any time lady! It looks wonderful and just like home as you said. You will end up LOVING your gas cook top! I had always had an electric cook top but when we moved to Baton Rouge the house had a gas and I dreaded it because like you I was scared of it. After two years I LOVED it and now a gas range is a MUST have in our home.

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

So pretty, Becca. May I ask where you got your rug that is in the kitchen. I see you have two of that style. Is it soft to the touch or scratchy? If you are ever down in Richmond, I would love to meet you!

Christy Cogdill said... Reply To This Comment

I love it!!! I use the Walmart canisters and letters everywhere in my kitchen as well. I like my white kitchen even if it is the proverbial pain to keep clean. Love your makes me laugh!

Laura @ Top This Top That said... Reply To This Comment

and you should. looks great. you probably think you are in your old house at times? loving the twins too! hope you are settling in to your beautiful home. thanks for the updates!

carol jane said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful! I think I pinned every single photo. It's so cozy and has so much character. I need to do this!

carol jane said... Reply To This Comment

Where are all of your curtain panels from? What are your paint colors? OMG. I love everything!

Nicole Day said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful! Watching your new home transform has been such a treat!

I've been on the fence about painting my kitchen cabinets again (if you can believe it, I went from bright white to a stained wood look about 10 years ago). Seeing your new kitchen just puts me over the edge!! Becca, did you use oil-based BM? I think that's what scares me the most - the process that's involved with oil-based.

I can't wait to see more updates!

Creative Decor by Brooke said... Reply To This Comment

Really looks amazing! I cant believe how you take on projects like painting your cabinets with no fear! I need to paint mine and have been putting it off because of fear. Thanks for the inspiration.

The Daily Nest said... Reply To This Comment

This is the most beautiful kichen I've seen in a long time!! Great decision to paint btw!! I love how you added the farmhouse legs to your island too! Genius!!
Kathy@The Daily Nest

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

WOW Becca it is stunning! I knew it was going to be beautiful once you got your hands on it but WOW you out did yourself!!! Love love love

Kimberly Quirie said... Reply To This Comment

love your fall tree! where did you get that?

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

Becca!!! It looks so GORGEOUS girl!!! Oh man you are making me want to paint my cabinets so badly!! You did an amazing job and it just feels so 'you'. Beautiful and warm!

Shana Franks said... Reply To This Comment

You have been working HARD Becca! I love it! Those chandys are amazing! :)

Melissa Miller said... Reply To This Comment

Wow, you did some serious painting! It's gorgeous!

sandra said... Reply To This Comment

Becca: It is just gorgeous, and yes, I love the paint on the wood and tile. People seem to chose such busy patterns that take away from the over all beauty of the space. Now, when you look in here, you see what a gorgeous and comfortable home you have made. I knew it was going to be wonderful!! So glad the Holidays will be so wonderful in this new space!!!

Marilyn Engel said... Reply To This Comment

I have no doubt, some people are shaking their heads about what you did, but I LOVE IT!

Cindy Ritchie said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful! White Dove is a great color! You really transformed the whole room! Fantastic!

Puntaditas de amor said... Reply To This Comment

Hermoso, maravilloso como todo lo que decoras xoxoxo

mom0810 said... Reply To This Comment

I need to know- what is the wall color, and what kind of paint did you use on the tile? And the Chateaux Gray on the island- Annie Sloan chalk paint? That's the color I'm planning on using on my cabinets! Love this so much.

Judi said... Reply To This Comment

Wowser! Yep...some folks may be scratching their heads but there are legions of us who totally get the white kitchen love!

Joy H said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful kitchen! I love your chandeliers and counter tops.

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

Ha! I knew it was just a matter of time before you turned this kitchen into one of your beautiful masterpieces! Every single detail is gorgeous!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said... Reply To This Comment

Beautiful, Becca! Love those chandys ~ quite reasonably priced, too. Did you utilize a recessed light spot for them? I've been wondering if that is something that might work without having to do all new electric for a kitchen chandy.

Oh gosh, yes, gas. I remember being hesitant when we moved here and found there was gas for the stove. I had used electric my whole life so this was a new and learning experience for me.

It all looks great, Becca! You've definitely put your touch on this room. : )

Debbiedoos said... Reply To This Comment

Oh it turned out just beautiful Becca! WOW you sure have been busy. Well worth us waiting for though. I love how you painted the doors as well. Your tree is pretty darn cute too!

Vintage Street Designs said... Reply To This Comment

Oh my've done it again! Looks beautiful. (And I know first hand how much work it is to re-do a kitchen since I'm the middle of complete kitchen remodel myself). Looks like you our loving your new home and thanks for the tour! :)

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, it's all so beautiful just like I knew it would be. Love those twins!

Jemsmom said... Reply To This Comment

Now I want to paint all my cabinets!!! Becca, you never cease to amaze me! Love love love the transformation!

Mary Keels said... Reply To This Comment

OMG!, with a big old "southern" extended GGGGG!!! I just love it. I know you must be feeling quite at home here already. What another gorgeous transformation. Just like everyone else I am in love with your chandys! I love how your decorating mind works, it's all so beautiful!

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

OMG Becca - it is SO beautiful and SO you! What a gorgeous kitchen! And I agree that every family needs a drop zone area! Love love love it!

Carol said... Reply To This Comment

Wow, Becca! I've been anxiously awaiting the unveiling of your new kitchen, and I was certainly not disappointed. Yep, it definitely got that magical "Becca Treatment" that we've all come to admire and be inspired by. Now take a little break and enjoy your weekend!

The Tuscan Home said... Reply To This Comment

Holy smokes, Becca, you've been BUSY! What a great transformation, and it is so you! I love the chandeliers, the island color, I love it ALL! Ok, and that Autumn tree, be still my heart. I like all the accessorizing you've done as well. Enjoy your new kitchen, such inspiration, Becca!

Happy weekend to you! xo, Liz

meme76 said... Reply To This Comment

Your kitchen looks amazing! I love every single detail. Thanks for the inspiration!

Maria Elena said... Reply To This Comment

Becca, all I can say is AMAZING!!! Gorgeous, gorgeous kitchen! You always do such a beautiful job. Every detail is absolutely perfect!

Eilis said... Reply To This Comment

I love it- especially the color of the island!

Leigh Ishee said... Reply To This Comment

Love it! You did a great job! Gas scares me too. We are in a rental right now and it has gas. I know they say gas is better but I would rather have electric. I miss my flat cooktop electric stove. :)

Adrienne said... Reply To This Comment

Your new kitchen is absolutely wonderful! It's perfect. I love your cabinets and the way you've put everything together. I'd like to know what paint you used. I need to redo my cabinets that I painted white quite a few years ago.

JP said... Reply To This Comment

Congrats to you on doing such a wonderful jog on your new kitchen. I love the white! If we weren't renting I'd tackle ours in a heartbeat! Enjoy!

Jane@Bluebird1959 said... Reply To This Comment

It's lovely....something about a white kitchen!!! What a steal on your chandeliers also. Jane

Ann from On Sutton Place said... Reply To This Comment

This is the perfect example of using what you have but making it your own. You are a worker girl! It's all so pretty...especially the bling lights. I'd love butcher block counters and a beadboard backsplash too. You have excellent taste. lol. Hope your Fall has been awesome so far. ~Ann

Crystal Duran said... Reply To This Comment

There are so many elements to your house I'm just crazy about. I love the curtains in your room adjacent to the kitchen. They caught mt eye in your last home and I would love to find ones like them. I am so inspired even more to paint my cupboards.

Traci said... Reply To This Comment

It looks fabulous!! I'm in love with the chandeliers over the island!

Kelly said... Reply To This Comment

Your kitchen looks great! I love the transformation you gave it. I think you and I have the same granite counter tops too. I like the shelving you added. And those chandeliers are so pretty. What a great price too! You've done a lot since you've moved in. You don't waste any time.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said... Reply To This Comment

Just beautiful Becca...amazing!

Kimberly Quirie said... Reply To This Comment

Love your fall tree! where did you get it?

Eclectically Vintage said... Reply To This Comment

WOW - what a kitchen! I can picture you cooking up a storm ... or at least drinking lots of wine in it! Love the chandeliers!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said... Reply To This Comment

WOW! Your kitchen is gorgeous, Becca. Painting the cabinets was the right decision. I've been looking at the same chandys for our bathroom. Seeing how pretty they are in your kitchen has convinced me to buy them....beautiful. Looks like you are getting all settled in to your new home and having fun decorating.

JennyM said... Reply To This Comment

When are you going to show us your home decked out for Christmas!??? We are all patiently waiting!!! LOL
Can't wait to see!
Jenny M

Karen Wade said... Reply To This Comment

Just Beautiful. I wish I had the vision to see the potential of what could be in a room. My rooms are all blah! I will book mark your blog and keep coming back for inspiration!

White Lace and Promises said... Reply To This Comment

Wow! It's amazing what paint can do! I love the pumpkin tree. What a great idea. When I worked at the nursing home, we decorated the tree for each season. The residents helped.