Monday, June 13, 2011

Kitchen Reveal

I'm still tweaking but, as you all well know, that could go on for a very long time... so here it is...

One coat of primer, three coats of BM's White Dove in semi-gloss and we have "new" kitchen

I'm only showing one before picture because it actually pains me now to look at how ugly it was for so long. If you want to see more check out my prior post here

For me.... the pendant lights (made by Allen & Roth ) are the crowning glory. We had to install conversion kits to go from recessed to pendant lighting but the effort and expense was worth it.


We gave the counter a more finished look by painting and installing maple corbels we bought at Lowe's. Now we're on the hunt for new stools which is proving to be quite the challenge.


When I spotted this "Catch a Wave" sign at Home Goods I knew right then it was going to set the tone for a beachy theme for our kitchen




We kept the same cabinet handles and draw pulls but had to replace the overlay-type antique brass hinges with white ones and ended up having to special order them from Hardware World as none of the big box stores carried them in white




I'm not crazy about the curtain - I think I need something "gauzy" and with a little color


Again, the lights!! And... the insides of them are a white enamel which gives off a nice bright light. We also put them on a dimmer switch so we have lighting options.

Once the cabinets were painted I suddenly liked the color of my walls again (BM Georgian Green)

And this picture I bought at TJ Maxx had almost the exact green in it - the frame was black before I painted it white and distressed it a bit





To say that my kitchen now makes me smile would be an understatement. To say that it now entices me to cook would be an outright lie :)

41 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very fresh and airy now, Diane! It turned out great! Yes, I'm sure there is always tweaking to be done. : ) I have very similar oak cabinets to yours and would have loved to paint them, but with the house on the market I'm just leaving them alone. I'm hoping for pretty white in the next house!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Diane, I LOVE it! I painted my oak cabinets a creamy white and have NOT regretted it a bit!!
SOOOOOO pretty! Love those lights!!

Great job!

Lou Cinda

Cindy said...

It looks absolutely stupendously beautiful! WOW!!! and, your light fixtures are fabulous! I love the corbels you used too.. You must be tickled to death with your bright charming kitchen now!

Cindy

KATHY said...

Your kitchen looks gorgeous!!You did a fantastic job.

Kathy

Susan said...

Spectacular transformation Diane!! I love it all, especially the beach touches. And I can totally relate to your last comment. Wish meals would cook themselves in our kitchen.
Love those corbels under your counter, too! Good luck finding stools.
- Susan

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Your kitchen looks amazing! What a huge difference! I felt the same way when I went from maple to white. I could breathe and be happy in there finally. I love what you did with the window and I think the crocheted valance is perfect.

Sandi said...

WOW what a transformation Diane!! LOVE IT! You can come and paint mine now! I would do it, but since you have already done it you know all the tricks etc. LOL Did you spray the paint on or brush it??
Blessings~

Destiny said...

It looks amazing! I had a cabinet makeover a couple of months ago and just LOVE the difference that the white makes vs. oak or wood-tone. You can check out my makeover (if you haven't already seen it)
http://rufflednest.blogspot.com/2011/05/mini-renovation-updates.html
I've been wanting to hang a chandelier above the sink, but have recessed lighting...thanks for the idea about the converter kit - I was wondering how I could make that happen! : )

Ozma of Odds said...

...oh Diane!!!!
love, Love, LOOOOVE your make over!!
the paint color, the silver accents, the beachyness...
What a fabulous new, happy space you have, and the kitchen looks BIGGER too:)
awesome for you sweets!
xo, Rosemary

sissie said...

Hi Diane,
I've been waiting to see where you were going to put the "catch a wave" sign and now I see.
It looks great. Your kitchen is looking very pretty.

hugs
Sissie

Violets Are Blue said...

That's it!!! I am PAINTING my ugly builders cabinets! You have given me the inspiration I need to take this bold step. Thank you so very much....I found your blog link from http://beachcomber26.blogspot.com. So very happy I did. Patty

Victoria said...

It looks so lovely! Very crisp and clean:) I love your beadboard around the counter! I know what you mean about stools, it's so hard finding just the right ones. I'm using some hand me downs from my MIL that I painted white but they're far from my dream stools!

You did a wonderful job!!!

A Cottage Muse said...

OMG....I absolutely love it!!
You did a beautiful job...the lights are the perfect finishing touch!!

erin said...

i love it! what a difference! i know how much work it is to paint kitchen cupboards as we took that on a few years ago.....what really got to us was all the sanding. yikes. it looks really great!
erin

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

You must be so happy! This is a jewel!

beachcomber said...

LOOOVE your 'new' kitchen..what a difference white paint makes. all your little touches in there are gorgeous!
cheryl x

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Your kitchen is my newest inspiration!!! It is exactly what we want to do with ours. When we bought our home new four years ago we knew we would paint the oak cabinets throughout the house white one day. We are getting closer to being able to. I want your 'catch a wave' sign!!!! It looks so perfect where you hung it. I really love everything you've done...and you made it sound so easy. Did you have to sand down all the cabinets first? Your pendant lights are the main attraction for sure...just gorgeous. I actually like the softness of those white curtains but would maybe change to sheer white or a soft grey linen. Lovely loveliness. ox I'm so happy for you.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

wow..what a transformation!! you must be giddy over it all? it's AWESOME!!

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Have you thought about painting your barstool chairs a grey? When I went to get the white paint, the greys jump out at me. I am going to paint one white and one grey and see what we like best. I may sand and mix white and grey for a driftwood look. But I think white or black would look great in your kitchen. My husband wanted me to ask you what your process was...did you sand first, did you spray or hand paint? Thanks for any tips!

Sheryl said...

Hi Diane! I absolutely love your new kitchen makeover! It's so bright and fresh! I LOVE THE LIGHTS! You have such a unique talent for decorating! ENJOY!
Oh....and I personally love the curtains too! They look beautiful and I think they are perfect for Summer.
Hugs, Sheryl

The Hopeless Romantic said...

Oh Diane, i love it! Not that it looked bad before, but it looks awesome now! Im insanely jealous. I will be working on my kitchen some next week, still havent decided on a paint color..Ur lucky u have nice neutral countertops to work with, Mine are GREEN.....So thats where the indecisiveness comes in, LOL......... I love the beadboard on the backside of the eating area, and cant waite to see what stools u put there.......Bonnie

elizabeth said...

Beautiful kitchen makeover! I'm excited to have you as a follower on my blog, and I'm happy to follow you now!

Karen said...

It is beautiful! My kitchen is on my long to do list. I'll be adding yours to my idea file. Thanks for visiting I'm thrilled to be following you as well.

Solange Korn Arvidsson said...

Lovely, what a make over, such a difference. I love the green color on the wall! But still not cooking in it?

Sizzle and Zoom said...

This is an amazinfg kitchen and I love the curtains.

Elly said...

LOVE it! Our cabinets are a depressing orange-brown and could def use the same makeover!

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

Love the transformation of your kitchen....and, I personally love your curtain because of the design in the lace. It gives a wonderful texture to the room!
I am a new follower!
Jil
xo

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Diane - Those lights are the crowning glory! Everything is just so fresh and beautiful!!!! GREAT job!!! WOW!
Have a PRETTY day!
Kristin

Michella Marie said...

Awesome redo!!! It looks just like a magazine!!! Your white cabinets look beautiful against the green paint!!
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and your sweet comment!! :)) I'm having a giveaway at the end of the month and the prize (a white ruffled apron) would look so good hanging in your kitchen!!
LOVE FROM TEXAS!!
~Michella~
www.michellamarie.com

Ana said...

Yay! It's done! It turned out beautiful. Ooooh and those light fixtures are awesome. I'm so excited for you Diane...Enjoy your brand new kitchen.

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

michelle said...

Oh Diane it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love everything about it! The corbels are a great touch and those lights are amazing!! You guys did a great job and I love all your treasures that you put around. LOVE!!!!!
xo

Rebecca said...

Incredible transformation. LOVE IT!

xoRebecca

Tracey Ayton Photography said...

Hi Diane

I just stumbled across your blog and I do have to say it's because it's all about white (my favorite color) lovely kitchen!!! I look forward to more posts !

The Hopeless Romantic said...

HELP, im not getting enuff "white" in my bloggie diet.......Where ya been woman?? Hope all is well in ur section of the blogsphere...........ur missed, Bonnie

Kathy said...

Looks terrific! Love all that you've done!
Kathy

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

Diane,
What a gorgeous transformation! Isn't it amazing what white can do? You did a wonderful job "tweaking" it with your decor. Thanks for giving us a glimpse.
Blessings & Hugs,
Karen

Debbie said...

Hello Diane!
Your blog is wonderful! So glad you stopped by, because now I get to watch another blogger transform her house into her dream home.
Your kitchen is beautiful! I painted our cupboards a couple of years ago, and it started me on the journey to changing everything to white.
Blessings.
Debbie

Donna, The Decorated House said...

Oh this looks fabulous!
Perfect example why you can and should paint those "old" oak cabs. Love it.

Rose Garden Romantic said...

What a gorgeous makeover! I love white cabinets!
Michelle

mandy said...

WOW....such inspirtion. My kitchen is all wood and I have been wanting to paint it white for O so long..The truth is I'm not game...But seeing yours I am thinking I will bite the bullet and paint....I love your blog and have just came accross it...
Mandy

Susan said...

Wow! I love your kitchen revamp! It's stunning!

I have dark wood in my home, and dark granite countertops - I actually love my kitchen, but sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have a white kitchen. I'll just have to live vicariously through yours - our house is only 2 years old, so there is no way that we can justify the expense of changing everything up now.