Thursday, April 2, 2015

More Changes in our Kitchen ...

Greetings, friends!

Well, we've been messin' around in the kitchen again ... and we're not done yet! (Are we ever?)

And, to truly appreciate the madness thus far, let's take a stroll down decorating lane to see where we started, shall we?   

So, here's our kitchen (pic courtesy of Hour Homes) right before we moved in last summer ... while we loved it as it was, I knew it was only a matter of time before I added my "stamp."

And, here it is after "that" little redo last Fall, which involved painting the cabinets and tile backsplash ... removing a cabinet by the sink and adding open shelves in its ... personalizing the island a bit ... and, topping it all off with two matching "bling-y" chandeliers:

Now, Phase 1 1/2 has been done!  Anyone who knows me understands my obsession with symmetry ... since we took down a cabinet on the right side of the kitchen and replaced it with shelves, it was only a matter of time before I got the urge to take down a cabinet on the left side and add shelves there, too ... gotta have balance in my world!

BEFORE (pic courtesy of Hour Homes):


While I loved all of the cabinets, it was just a bit too *much* cabinetry (VISUALLY), which is why I wanted to break them up a bit by adding open shelves.

We didn't stop there, though ... once the new shelves were installed, my preoccupation with odd numbers resurfaced; and since we had shelves on both the left and right side of the kitchen, it only made sense to create the illusion of open shelves in the middle, right?

So, that's when "this" happened ... down came the doors on the cabinet above the ovens.

Maybe now that a few of my cookbooks are "on display," I'll actually open one up and cook something!

 Once "that" was done, it was time to turn my attention to the backsplash.  It was originally darker tile, which I then painted, knowing that was a temporary fix.  That's when I turned to the faux brick wallboard that we used in our old house in SC.  We had the folks at Lowe's make our cuts, with us having to make the more intricate cuts for the outlets.  I then painted the panels ... added a bit of trim at the bottom and thin dowel rods at the top to hide any gaps ...

You can see it in its original darker state here:

and, VOILA!  Yes, we love it ... so much so, that I'm contemplating continuing it up and behind the shelves, too.

For now, I'm really pleased with how it turned out, as it helps give our kitchen a "farmhouse-y, Country French-y" feel, 

and I love how little accents (such as these pretty blue/white mugs from IKEA) pop against it.

Another BEFORE pic (courtesy of Hour Homesfrom where we started:  

Annnnd, today ... yay!

I love how the new backsplash resembles subway tile ...

without the expense!

And, how removing the original 4" granite backsplash allows for the faux brick backsplash to "meet" the countertop ... a cleaner look, which I really like!

Our kitchen island got another new coat of paint (this time SW's Perfect Greige).  BUT, I have another project for the island that I'm starting today ... fingers crossed it turns out okay!

While a few permanent changes took place, a few *not-so-permanent* ones have taken place, too .... 

I took away the sisal rug under the kitchen table and replaced it with this larger rug that was once in our sunroom.  We also traded out our dining chairs and farmhouse bench for new, inexpensive chairs from IKEA.  

A pretty runner from Home Goods completes this little redo.

Over in the corner, our etagere got dressed up with a few pretties ...

like this cute vase from Home Goods.

As one last touch, I moved our "EAT" letters from beside our pantry door and placed them in a more prominent spot ... 

you know, just so there's NO doubt what we expect you to do in our kitchen!  

One more time ... BEFORE (pic courtesy of Hour Homes):

Annnd, AFTER!

Well, that's it for now ... off to Lowe's I go!

Thanks so much for visiting!

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Savvy Southern Style/WUW
French Country Cottage/Feathered Nest Friday

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  1. Oh, Becca! Your kitchen turned out so pretty! I just love it and love a white kitchen too. Everything is gorgeous. I'm a little jealous! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. JUST GORGEOUS!I love the backsplash, genious!Happt Easter xxx

    Shirley x

  3. I love, love it, Becca! I definitely see your stamp on it. The shelves that you added are just perfect.

  4. Becca, it does not even look like the same kitchen, your stamp made such a difference. I love when a homeowner puts their personality in their home, and your home exudes your personality, Kudos to YOU!! It is wonderfully BECCA!

  5. Becca, I LOVE the backsplash!! I have been seeing that and thinking about using it for my own backsplash. Think I might be heading to Lowes! It looks wonderful! Love the open shelves too -- it all looks wonderful!!

  6. LUV it... Especially all the 'Becca ' touches you have added.
    Now I can't wait to see what the Lowe's trip yields.
    Happy Easter.

  7. I am LOVING this look! I thought I loved it after you showed us the original reveal, but I'm loving it even more now! That backsplash and the grey island are beyond adorable! And I'm seriously digging the open cabinetry above the ovens. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  8. Love it! Where did you get your farm table and chairs?

  9. It's gorgeous!!! I love the rug too. I've often thought about taking the doors off the little cabinet that's above my refrigerator. This makes me think about it even more.

  10. Becca, It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! It turned out just great. You did a wonderful job and I am not crazy about those granite back pieces either. They tried to convince me to put them in this house and I said- No Thanks! GREAT job!!!! xo Diana

  11. Your kitchen is gorgeous, Becca! I was thinking that was a lot of cabinets, especially when you are painting them. The shelves look wonderful and I'm glad to see your EAT letters are being put to use in your new home, too. : ) I'm jealous of your chandies! I want two in mine, but with the vaulted ceiling in our kitchen (and a husband who I'm sure would look at me cock-eyed) I don't see it happening any time soon. Oh well, I will just have to visit your pictures again and again!

    Happy Easter!

  12. Hi Becca your Kitchen is so pretty I love the backsplash and the shelves are
    so nice.
    beautiful kitchen
    Happy Easter!!!!

  13. Yikes Becca...LOVE the open shelving and love how you carried it throughout the kitchen....This kitchen definitely screams Becca!...fabulous job, gorgeous hit it out of the park!

  14. Such a much more stylish decorated CUSTOM kitchen! The farmhouse chic modern is awesome!! The back-splash, whites & pops of green top it off! LOVEEEEE!


  15. Absolutely stunning! LOVE the idea of the painted brick wallboard!!

  16. Your kitchen turned out beautifully. I just love the little touches that makes it your own. The backsplash is great. What is the material??

  17. Que cocina más bonita me encanta el color blanco felicidades por tu post. Te animo a echar un vistazo a mi post verás algunas ideas realmente interesantes, que creo te pueden inspirar. Deseo que pases un buen rato y espero que te guste y si es así y no eres seguidora espero que te hagas, gracias por visitarme.

  18. Becca, your kitchen is stunning. Love the look of the open shelving. I get the symmetry thing. That would be me. Your chadeliers over the island so pretty. The brick behind the shelves would be neat. Making them flat against that would require cutting. Your hubby is so handy he'll do a great job. Happy Easter


  19. So beautiful! I love every single detail.

  20. Becca, just those changes made a big difference. Very farmhousey now!

  21. OH MY GOSH!!!'s perfectly gorgeous....just browsed through it 3 LOVE white kitchens and all of your touches on on point!!...great job!...we did ours a few years ago...actually painted cabinets that we ourselves put in (crazy)...but we LOVE it bright and much more our style...come and see this old post..
    I was just thinking how I'd love to switch the 2 end chairs up in the kitchen with some parsons chairs...are those the IKEA Chairs you mentioned?

  22. Oh my goodness Becca your kitchen is amazing!! I first of all wish I had all that space! Every detail you added is wonderful and perfect!

  23. Oh wow Becca! Incredible work! I love it!

  24. Amazing! I have oak cabinets as well (yours looked like mine now). I have a big fear of painting them because I'm afraid it will chip and peel. Becoming more of a pain. Can you give me some details on the painting? I'm in love with your transformation.

    Shannon from

  25. Looks so bright and fresh now! We definitely need to lighten up our cabinets!

  26. Becca,
    Your kitchen update is gorgeous. I love the white painted cabinets, shelves instead of cabinets, and the new backsplash. Great job to your husband as well as to you with the vision.


  27. Beautiful! What color paint are the walls? Well done!

  28. Do you know the name of your curtains? I emailed Fabric Showcase but the material is $24.95 a yard! Yikes!

  29. We are thinking of using the faux brick for a backsplash in our kitchen, but I am wondering if you sealed it at all, or if you have ever noticed if water has made the paint splotchy behind the sink. Could you let me know?

  30. Becca, your kitchen is gorgeous! We still need to decide on a permanent back splash in ours and I love your brick idea. Beautiful - beautiful!

  31. Becca,
    Wow I love the transformation! it is beautiful. Thank you for the inspiration. I'll be installing wood countertops and was wanting to do subway tile, but love the faux brick so much instead! Plus saving money goes high on my list. Cheers to you

    - Stella

  32. Hi -- Love your "subway tile" backsplash and wondered:
    1. how did you do … "us having to make the more intricate cuts for the outlets." Would it be possible to make these cuts with a box cutter?

    2. was there any particular trick/type of paint needed to …" I then painted the panels". One, two coats? Semi-gloss?

    So appreciate your response.

  33. What kind of paint did you use on faux brick? Does it hold up ok behind stove? I'm wanting to do this bit concerned about heat my stove is up against the wall. Your kitchen is gorgeous! I would want to be in there all the time. Great job!

  34. Could you email me and let me know what kind of paint and or sealer did you use?

  35. Hi! I love it! Can you please tell us what paint you used on the walls?

  36. Love it! I was also wondering about the color of paint used on your walls and cabinets.

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  38. The kitchen is gorgeous! What color paint did you use for the walls? -

  39. Also wondering what paint you used on the walls. It really brings the look together.

  40. Love the wall color, was it a satin finish? What color and where did you purchase, please?


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