Sunday, February 19, 2012

Kitchen REVEAL!!


Hey friends!! 
Guess what today is??

It's the looooong over due BIG REVEAL of the FINISHED kitchen!!
(and it has only taken us one whole month to get it all done! ~ enter sarcasm here)


But before I reveal it...
Let's take a wee little stroll down memory lane and remember where we started.
When we bought our house almost
6 years ago, I loved it! I did not, however love the kitchen! It does not go, as in belong, with the square footage of the house... not by a long shot! It's what we call.. THE ONE BUTT KITCHEN! And since I cannot gain square footage, I thought if I made some cosmetic changes, I could learn to love my kitchen.


Sorry guys... Big Daddy began the deconstruction and dissemble before I could grab the camera.... ok fine.. before I thought to grab the camera.  Eh.  Story of my life.  *shrug*
Again... I apologize for the super crappy camera we have! I know the photos "make" the post.. BUT.. for now.. we're just gonna pretend  ;)
 When we replaced the floor 2 years ago, we removed the island. We went with something that was removeable for more space when needed.


Now keep the old details in your mind's eye...

*blah brown cabinets
 (which I happen to think our crappy camera actually made look pretty decent~ humpf.. go figure!!)
*gray formica
*double (nasty old) sink
*builder's grade faucet
*can light above sink

OK.... ya ready??


Drum roll, please.....




TA- DA!!   Our labor of love!


We now have:

♥White cabinets
♥Butcher block counter tops
♥Large tub-style sink
♥Shiny new GORGEOUS faucet
♥and a sweet little shandy to boot!!
 ♥a super cutesie bamboo floor mat from Wuslu that was Miss Mustard Seed's pick!! I lurve this thing!! 

OH.. and lots of fun new {and new'ish} accessories and decor thanks to Goodwill and stuff I already had around the house! 





Traci, over at Beneath My Heart inspired our faucet choice! Thanks for all your help :)

Paying tribute to our Louisiana roots... FEAST with a Fleur de Leis

Thank you Pinterest for this lovely idea!!


Did you happen to notice the pink bead board backer INSIDE the cabinets??

 One last lookie loo!  

I LOVE IT!!
 





I'm so happy you stopped to look! I'd be even happier if you leave me some love ;)
{And if you're feeling all lovey.. maybe even follow me, too}







These Peas Taste Funny









80 comments:

  1. Jason said, "They poured some money in to that, didn't they?". I told him it was DIY and he was impressed! It. Looks. Awesome.

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  2. hahaha.. I haven't tallied all the receipts yet.. but if I had to guess, I'd say we spent just over $900. (including some hiccups we weren't prepared for) After doing a little research.. I think we saved about $1200+. No too shabby ;)

    And THANK YOU very much!! Wish you could've been here for the big reveal ;)

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  3. GORGEOUS!!!! Looks like a Trading Spaces before and after. LOVE this!

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    1. What a wonderful compliment! THANK YOU!!
      Thanks for looking and leaving me some ♥, too ;)

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  4. Oh my gorgeous! That is an awesome transformation! I love it all but that faucet stopped me in my tracks!
    Way to go, Kristy!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

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  5. Kristy it looks amazing - as beautiful in pictures as it is in person. I love how crafty you are...Love it!

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  6. Yeah...the long awaited pictures!!! I am blown away! Just beautiful, Kristy!! You have supurb taste and the room has such personality! Thank you for sharing...now kick those feet up and enjoy?? :)

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  7. Kristy your kitchen looks amazing! You have done a wonderful job with your kitchen make over. I am a huge fan of Pinterest. I am so amazed and inspired by how creative and helpful people of the blog world are. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

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  8. I like it too! Great job with the makeover. The chandelier caught my attention, love it! I found you at the Meet Me Monday party, You're talking too much.

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  9. Gorgeous! I especially love the pink bead board & the silver platter assortment. Want to come do my master BR? ;)

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  10. Oh. My. Goodness.

    This is just gorgeous. You should be so proud...it is just perfect.

    Your taste is simply wow.

    Fab job!

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    1. Aww.. You are too, too sweet Carrie! Thank you!!
      We are very proud (and very tired) bc we did it ourselves! And that feels awesome!! :)

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  11. I'm in love with the lighting and window treatment:) so so cute!!! Great job!!

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  12. One word..WOW! I've been trying to get the courage to paint my cabinets white. My cabinets and floor look so much like your "before." You've really inspired me with this post. I think I just might enJOY white cabinets. found you on "Home Stories AtoZ"

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    1. Aww THANK YOU Joy!! What a wonderful compliment! If you decide to paint them and have any questions, feel free to ask. I'll be glad to help you any way I can :)

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  13. Beautiful! Where did you get the valance?

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  14. How would you like to spend a week in Minnesota this summer to help me do the same exact thing! I love it!!!! You always inspire me! That is fantastic! I am drooling with happy for you envy:)
    Dawn

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    1. You are sooo sweet!! Thank you Dawn! We really love how it turned out! It's so quaint and "homey".. ya know?! It was definitely a project... IF you tackle it yourself and have questions let me know! I'd love to help any way I can :)

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  15. I'm just in shock! That looks amazing!!! Honestly, really well done!

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    1. Thank you Tauni! We really love it!! :)

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    2. It look beautiful! We just had butcher block installed this week. Yours look darker, what did you do to them? Isn't is amazing the change that happens when you paint the cabinets, we did that too! I'll be showing mine soon, I'm waiting on my new appliances and my backsplash. It already looks tons better! I am sure you are having fun cooking in your brand new kitchen!

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    3. Laura, we stained it Dark Walnut before sealing it. Doesn't it just make it look SO rich!? In person it's stunning! Can't wait to see yours all complete! :) and YES! I am LOVING cooking in my kitchen now!

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  16. Kristy, simply fabulous! We are going to redo our kitchen soon and I'm going to keep YOUR KITCHEN in mind as inspiration! Thanks for sharing this amazing-ness! I will be pinning this to my "kitchen board"! Smiles, Jill

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    1. Oh Jill~ you are so sweet! Thank you so much!! We really love it so much and are THRILLED that others do too!! ;)

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  17. Love this - the white brightens up the whole room. I would love to invite you to come by my blog on Monday and link up at my new "Get Inspired Monday" blog hop. My favorites will be featured on my blog and facebook.

    -Pamela, InspiredByFelicity.blogspot.com

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    1. Pamela, I would be HONORED :) Thank you!!!

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  18. Your kitchen is gorgeous! Great job picking everything out and pulling it together. I love the chandy and the burlap curtain.

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    1. Thank you Stacey!! It's been SO fun!! I don't think my hubby's too thrilled about the fire it's lit under my behind to do other rooms in the house now tho! haha :)

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  19. Looks AWESOME! Like I'd expect anything less from you, my super talented friend! Love love love it!

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    1. You are sooo sweet! thank you!! And backatcha my SUPER TALENTED friend!! I mean, com'mon! ;)

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  20. WOW! What a fabulous job you guys did. Seriously! We are about to "tackle" our cabinets. {Biting nails} ;) Come stop by my neck of the woods sometime! I have a thrifty decor series I am working on! Again, LOVELY kitchen. LOVE the light, so pretty!
    xo~Amanda
    www.redbarncandlecompany.com

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    1. Aww Thank you Amanda!! It is SO rewarding tackling something you've never done! {ESPECIALLY if it actually works! haha} The cabinets weren't that bad.. really. Just a litte time consuming. We used the Rustoleum kit from Home Depot. What are you using? *We discovered that a simple can of liquid sand paper, a primer/paint combo and a top sealer would all work just fine! (cuz ya gotta improvise when ya run out of paint in the kit! DOH!!)
      Heading over to your neck of the woods now. Maybe I'll see ya there ;)

      Thank you for the love!! Much appreciated!!

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  21. You should love it because it is so beautiful! From the chandelier to the gorgeous silver trays on the wall, to the painted cabinets and right down to the shinny new and cool faucets. You have a wonderful room that you should be proud. Talk about making a dowdy old maid into a Cinderella! And if you would turn off your word verification, you would get many more comments. it's so annoying for us.

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    1. Thank you soo much Terry!! That means so much! :)

      And thank you for the heads up with the word verification! I actually thought I had turned it off! It's off now :)

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  22. Thanks for linking up at my blog hop. I've been cleaning everything out of my kitchen cabinets today and my husband is supposed to start sanding and painting tomorrow - I can't wait!

    -Pamela, InspiredByFelicity.blogspot.com

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  23. I love the faucet! You have inspired me!

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    1. YAAYYY!!!!

      Home Depot... online.. $100 :) THAT. is a steal! and Thank you!

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  24. Looks FABULOUS!!! What a transformation!! You guys did an amazing job!!

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    1. Aw thank you!! We are so happy we took the plunge! :)

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  25. So, did you completely replace the cupboards? How much did it end up costing you? I am only asking as I would love to do the same in my kitchen about the same size!

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    1. Hi Martha! No, we only replaced the door with glass fronts. And only because the frame split when we were routing out space for glass. :\ Here's a cost breakdown:

      Rustoleaum Cabinet painting kit (Home Depot)=$75

      2 8' Beech Butcher Block from Ikea (including silver protectant for
      dishwasher steam= $400

      Stain in Dark Walnut= $5

      Waterlox (a 2 step process sealer I HIGHLY recommend)=$60

      Sink w/drain rack and cutting board (internet)=$130

      Faucet (Home Depot online exclusive)=$100

      New Glass Cabinet doors =$200 (an expense we didn't plan for but deemed necessary after ours split! doh!)

      Rough total $970

      We guesstimate we saved about $1500+ in labor by doing it ourselves! WELL worth the headache of construction! (Read more on these 2 posts)

      http://livinglifeunsimply.blogspot.com/2012/01/theres-little-kitchen-renovation-going.html

      http://livinglifeunsimply.blogspot.com/2012/02/our-public-service-announcement.html

      Let me know what you decide and if you need any thing else... :)

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  26. Beautiful! Are those your original cabinets? Did you paint them? We just moved and we have some horrible oaky cabinets that I really want to paint but I am scared to. The color looks similar to your's so if you did paint, I hope hope to think mine would look as nice as yours.

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    1. They are all original except for the two with glass. When we were routing out the panel for the glass on our original doors, it split :\ Costly mishap... but I got the doors I wanted so, there ya go :)

      We did paint them using the Rustoleum kit (in Linen) from Home Depot. (runs about $75) You can read more about it if you would like at these links...

      http://livinglifeunsimply.blogspot.com/2012/01/theres-little-kitchen-renovation-going.html

      http://livinglifeunsimply.blogspot.com/2012/02/our-public-service-announcement.html

      I was scared too, but don't be. It's super easy and once you get your groove going, you can knock it out! Hope this helps! Feel free to contact me ANY TIME! Really! :)

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  27. Fabulous job! It looks wonderful! And, it sounds like you really love it, too, which is a blessing :)

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    1. Thank you Lauren!! We really really do! It was so worth doing it ourselves! :)

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  28. This is charming! All the details are exquisite-I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

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  29. Thank you Claire! :)

    Popping over to see ya...

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  30. I love your cute kitchen. You did a great job! I also love your island; it is exactly what I am looking for for my kitchen. Where did you get it?
    Jen

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    1. Thank you, Jen! I got them at Pier One. It's 2 Butcher Block stands. Cool feature: The drawers open from both sides, which I really love!
      Thanks again! Hope you'll come back some time :)

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  31. I am in LOVE!!! Can I move into your kitchen?! I would never leave. Do you just stand in it and smile? I love it ALL. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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    1. Hello again, you know I adore your kitchen! I am featuring it tomorrow at our party. Thanks again for sharing with us!:)

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  32. Checking out your kitchen from Pinterest and it is gorgeous! I LOVE your sink and faucet...cupboards. EVERYTHING!

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    1. Thank you SOO very much! and I am SUPER excited you're visiting from Pinterest! Woohoo! :)

      Thanks for leaving some love... feel free to follow! I have lots of projects in the works :)

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  33. WOW that is an awesome makeover! Very nice:)

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  34. Such a cute little space! I can say that, cuz it looks to be the same cozy size as my kitchen, but sadly mine is still pre-makeover. Your beautiful space gives me hope!

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    1. Ellie.. you would never know by the square footage of my kitchen I have a 3100 sq ft house! It's so odd! BUT the transformation did it good! :) I LOVE the way it turned out and it wasn't THAT bad really... You should have LOTS of hope ;)
      Thanks for the love!!

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  35. Very pretty kitchen; love the little island!

    S
    xo

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  36. Okay I seriously, audibly gasped when I saw your after pic. Truly a gorgeous kitchen even compared to a multi-butt kitchen!! You did a fabulous job! Enjoy!

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    1. hahaha...

      What an amazing compliment!! Thank you so much Molly!!! =) You have single handedly just made my day ♥

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  37. Fabulous job! Especially love the silver platters (I collect tarnished silver) and the window treatment!
    Kelly

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    1. Thank you Kelly! I'll tell ya.. since doing the silver wall, I've become obsessed with the hunt! lol

      Thanks so much for the ♥!!
      (btw, I am a huge fan of your blog! Will do better at commenting telling you so!! ;)

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  38. OH my goodness wow! It's amazing how cheerful the kitchen became with your changes, well done! Thanks for linking up to the RRR party, it was a treat to have you there!

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    1. Thank you so much!! I appreciate the compliments AND the party!! :)

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  39. Love the transformation. Where did you get the counters?

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    1. Hi Jean!

      We got them from Ikea. They are Beech wood. We stained them with Minwax Dark Walnut and sealed them using Waterlox products.

      Thank you for stopping in! Hope you'll stay a while ;)

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  40. AWESOME!!!! Love the word play with fleur de lis !!
    ~Angie~

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    1. Thank you Angie!!! I worried people wouldn't know it says "FEAST".. but everyone gets it! haha. Gotta love when a plan works! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! We really really love them!! :) BEST decision!

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  42. Love it!! Your kitchen looks beautiful and I am dying over how cute the pink bead board is! I'd be baking cupcakes and goodies all day long if my kitchen looked like that!

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    1. Aww Kristen! Thank you so much!! I LOVE my pink in the cabinets (and my hubby likes it too, which is super awesome)! Thank you for the ♥♥!

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  43. Incredible! Love the white cabinets, the butcher block counters, the island... gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you!! :) I have since painted and added/changed some of the decor. I'll be posting my newly painted downstairs on Thursday :)

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  44. I'm currently saving up for butcher block counters. Did you install them yourselves? How are they holding up?

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    1. Yes, we did. We bought them from Ikea and stained them darker. We also put Waterlox on both sides to seal them. They are FAB U LOUS!! I am still sooo in love with how they turned out!
      Thank you for stopping by!! Good luck! Please let me know when you've done yours or if you have ANY questions before, during, after!! xo

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  45. Your old kitchen was fab Kristy! I can not believe the Realtor told you to leave the cabinets alone. Yes, I can totally see a great friendship here!:) Later lady....

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  46. I know! RIGHT?! YUCK!
    And YES... I see a great friendship too! ;)



    PS. I miss my kitchen.

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  47. came out wonderful!

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