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Just yesterday, my husband and I took the same pen and held it together in both our right hands and did something we’ve been wanting to do for a very long time.
We crossed “Kitchen” off our list.
It was a glorious moment.
We have loved watching the progress of this room, as we worked on project after project – but it seemed to take an eternity. We had disciplined ourselves so we couldn’t move on to other things we hoped to do, until the kitchen was done.
A year and a half later – as time, money, health, and babies would allow – it is now complete.
But today . . . today I am showing you the kitchen that is finished. The kitchen we have finally perfected. The kitchen that was in my dreams from the get-go.
The finished white kitchen, with touches of wood tones and splashes of blue.
The finished kitchen where there is a place for everything, and everything is in its place.
The kitchen that just makes me smile every time I walk in it – even if just to do the dishes.
If you have followed along, and read the last reveal, HERE – I would like to address the things that we’ve changed or added to bring it all together. Some of them were minor changes and some of them were pretty major.
Forgive me if you feel you have seen some of these same images before but I wanted to be sure a complete update was available. Also, if there are details you feel I am missing or if you would like to know more, try reading my last reveal which is full of details. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me.
Real quick, lets take a look at the before, during, and after.
This is the “before”, or how the kitchen looked when we bought the house.
And finally, with some hard work from the hubs and his DIY super-skills, and me and my paintbrush . . .
. . . Our kitchen today.
What do you think? Should we have left well enough alone when we bought it? Or has it improved some (wink)? Did you like the gray tops and more white, or are you digging the color? Truly – I would love to hear what you think. (and sorry for the sometimes blinding light. This room has no direct natural light which makes it a big challenge to photograph, as I have to use the overhead lights.)
The biggest change from the pictures, was with the countertops. After it became evident that we would need more reliable/permanent tops, we explored our options and what we could afford. My ideal “in a perfect world” countertops were either white granite/marble with gray swirls or the corian/solid surface version of white with gray swirls. Neither were in our price range or ability. But we did discover some white wholesale corian/solid surface slabs that could be purchased – minus any labor – for a fraction of the price. My talented man mustered the courage and decided that he could learn to make and install corian countertops all by himself – if it was the last thing he would do.
And I must say – he rocked it. They are absolutely beautiful and he did such a good job. There is so much more to say about this DIY countertop, and I have tips and pictures for you if you think you would like to learn yourself – so go HERE to read my post on DIY Solid Surface/Corian Countertops, if you are interested.
Once the new tops were on, I just couldn’t help but think it was too much white. I know. Is there even such a thing? I really didn’t think there could be, but I couldn’t repress the nagging feeling to add some color.
So in a spur of the moment trip to the paint store, I searched for a blue with a subtle green/gray and found “Soft Chinchilla” by Benjamin Moore.
20 Dollars and a half hour later, I was having a nervous breakdown from all the color. I don’t usually go that bold.
It only took a week for my eyes to adjust, and I came to the realization that I absolutely adored this color in my kitchen, and it was just what it needed. All of a sudden, the kitchen felt like it was coming together perfectly for that coastal cottage + hint of French farmhouse look that I was hoping for.
All I needed now, was some big chunky corbels (from Home Depot), white washed with white wood stain. (P.S. Have you ever used this white wash pickling stain? (affiliate link) It’s amazing! I can see it being well used in many future projects).
I really love how the color in the peninsula flows with the dishes in the background.
I left everything the same on my open shelves the hubs built, because I still love the arrangement.
Our bananas are also still caged from the French inspired box I found at Hobby Lobby.
I added a couple of houseplants – which is a first for me. Many of my readers had recommended I add them to my spaces. I am pleased to announce that I have managed to keep them alive for 4 weeks, and I am resisting the urge to buy more because of the crazy sense of life they have added to the room.
I found this plant at Lowe’s, and it is called a “golden pothos”.
Still need to make some oilcloth slipcovers for our bar stool chairs, bought from IKEA. So technically, that is one thing left on the list, but I’m not counting it. (In other words, it won’t get done for a year or so.)
Over on this side of the kitchen, my husband (his name is Kevin, by the way) built a butcher block from some wood and I added the same white pickling stain and a top coat.
It created the most lovely wood tone and still allowed plenty of wood grain to show through.
I framed some very old and very loved canning books passed down from my husbands mother, and added them to this butcher block, as well as a wood bowl to catch my phone and keys. I seriously love the charm these books bring into the kitchen.
The office space, blogged about HERE, received a houseplant as well. It is an exotic angel plant variety from Lowe’s.
I do still love the entry view (blogged HERE) I get to look at while I work on the computer.
I wish I could say it is always this clean, but the papers do seem to get dumped all over this planked top Kevin built.
Or shoved in the cupboards which you should be grateful that I covered.
Over by the oven, a lot was kept the same. I finally found a platter I loved to stick behind the pans (thank you Hobby Lobby), and I ended up giving the upper baskets a blue/whitewash paint job. The dark contrast of the baskets from before was bothering me.
We still love our farmhouse sink from IKEA and the convenience of the skirt.
My husband finished the faux pillars to extend down to the ground on either side of the sink. After I have learned to stop stubbing my toe, I’m sure I will like them more 😉
We enjoyed adding fun little details to help the space feel more unique.
Kevin added to our cutting board collection when he came into some beautiful old wood, and they are in handy reach of my work area.
You might also notice the little glimpse you get into the dining area of the kitchen.
I can’t wait to finally reveal the complete dining table Kevin built from old wood from my grandpas junk yard, but this post is really long enough. Stay tuned for the next post on our dining room!
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