Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Look at My Kitchen


I thought I would share a quick look at our kitchen for a change.  The photos should enlarge if you click on them.  This really was a design on a dime project and I so wish I had "before" shots of it.  When we bought our house, the kitchen was living smack dab in the 1970s with ugly yellow-brown wood cabinets and harvest gold tile with white grout.  The appliances were black which did nothing to improve the space, either.

Initially, I lived with the ugly wood cabinets and wallpapered the small portions of wall in a check that I thought would be cheerful and fun (big, big mistake!!!).  We also replaced the lovely gold tile with simple white tiles since I was pregnant and could not bear to look at the gold everywhere without feeling nauseous! 

Shortly thereafter, we replaced the hardwood flooring with a more traditional variety.  Later we painted the wood cabinets white and replaced the appliances with their white equivalents.

The all-white look worked well for a while and we ripped off the wallpaper and painted the walls a simple yellow.

It took some convincing, but I had my husband put oil rubbed bronze door pulls and knobs on all the cabinetry.  That made a big impact to me.

I realize I am picky (to say the least), but when the tile grout got yucky and was cracking, I began looking at granite to replace it all.  I found this gorgous piece and had to convince the owner of the slab shop that it would look wonderful with white cabinets.  He did not believe me until he came when the job was finished to take photos!  :)

The backsplash is travertine and I had small squares of the granite mixed in...

Oh...a comment on this cooktop...BAD IDEA.  The original kitchen had a Jenn-Air range with a downdraft and thus this is what I went with again for replacing it.  Initially the beautiful white glass cooktop seemed perfect....until...I...needed...to...clean...it!  I will never recommend a white glass cooktop to anyone!!!! 

By the way, if anyone is wondering, the layout of the kitchen and patio directly behind the kitchen does not permit me to have a gas stove!!!!  UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!  This will be one of my requirements for the next house (which I am planning to make a beach cottage)... A GAS STOVE!

The coffee bar below....I purchased the silver tray for $2 at a consignment store...

One thing I do like is the huge window overlooking The Little Backyard which gives a serious feeling of openness to this space.

Accessories....I used to have a lot of red going on in this room (hence the toaster...), but I am over that phase and moving onward to something else...

Does anyone else have one of these crazy pigs?   I guess I am glad that I still love him.  :)

 Hard to get the paint right on camera, but it is basically a butter yellow called Ivory Coat from Dunn and Edwards...

So...I have this open space going on between my kitchen and a drop down family room.  Years ago I had a shelf made above it which stashes my teapot collection...only now the last thing I want to look at are teapots so they need to retire somewhere soon.   

On the right is a large pantry which has served us well (I have 2 teenage boys!).  Kitchen table and chairs from Pottery Barn. 

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen!  How about some coffee?  :)

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  1. Your kitchen is soooo PRETTY...love the backsplash. I’m having an awesome GIVEAWAY…enter to WIN a $40 POTTERY BARN GIFT CARD!


  2. I love your kitchen. I love hearing about all the transformations. White cabinets are my favorite. We painted ours a few years back and I think it's the best think we've ever done.

  3. Great makeover and Happy WW!
    We have wood cabinets in yellow oak, and I do not like yellow woods. We are going to paint ours either white or go really dark. Either way would work in here.

  4. Very pretty kitchen. Love the large window and the backsplash. Perfect!

  5. I love it!! I so want to paint my cabinets white in my kitchen and get new counter tops and new back splash and new floor....etc...I don't want much do I?? As for the piggy I was raising my hand when you asked if anyone had one...me,me,me...and many more to be honest with you...lol

    I think you kitchen is lovely!


  6. I really liked the article, and the very cool blog

  7. We have that pig...YOU gave it to us!

  8. WOW thank you all so much! I got an email from one of my blog readers reporting that Bar Keeper's Friend works great on glass cooktops. :) YAY.

  9. Hi SARA! Yes, I remember getting you the pig because you admired mine for so long. I hope Ken likes it too! :)

  10. The kitchen is fabulous. Never mind the before pictures, I can see all the extra touches you put into this remodel.

    I would love if you would share this at my Bunny Hop Party this week :)

    xoxo Bunny Jean @ Bunny Jean's Decor and More! (my Main blog)
    Home to Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

  11. Just wonderful, just added crown molding here and just little things make it complete. One project at a time, thanks for sharing.

  12. How pretty Step. Love your little kitchen pig too. Have a great weekend. Hope to see you at my newbie party on Monday.

  13. Very pretty! I love the butter yellow walls! The view is nice, too! You can find my kitchen in the September Romantic Homes magazine!!! Find out more on my site! Now following!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

  14. How fresh and inviting! Love your huge window! I too painted my cabinets white...I love how it brightens the space up. Found you via French Country Cottage. Pop on over for a visit when you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn

  15. Love the backsplash and everything else. Yeah, we can imagine that 70s kitchen you talked about, I think we've all lived in them at one point or another. Sure glad we don't have to now!

    Nice job!! :D

    Visiting from Bunny Jean's Wed Bunny Hop Linky Party today,
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois

  16. WOW thank you all so much for the nice comments! XO, Steph.

  17. Hi! Visiting from Bunny Jean's and fell in love with your kitchen redo! Huge kitchen window is a plus - definitely! We repainted our dark, outdated cabinets, too. Ready for a redo, but can't get hubby to agree. Following you...

  18. Love your kitchen. I am in the process of replacing our formica counter tops with granite. Love it. Problem I have is the previous owners only did the island in granite, now I have to try to match or coordinate. Also I have a black glass cooktop, I would say, much worse than white, but then I don't live at your house. :-}


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