13 April 2010

Paintin' Mama

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This ones for you Sheila!

I've been one crazy paintin' momma lately....as a matter of fact...I only have an upstairs landing left to paint and it's all done....I've gone through the whole house and painted and updated each room...can you say....Wheeeww....but it's done...now I can sit back and enjoy the beautiful weather.
So.....since I've been gone a while....I thought I'd share lots of photos with you of my kitchen makeover....

Now....let me begin by saying I have a small kitchen....a 10 1/2 x 12 foot space....being it's in an old farmhouse....rooms tend to be a bit smaller....but the previous owner did a wonderful job adding storage to this small space and using high quality maple cabinets and granite countertops....I just needed to add my touch to the space....but I'll let the photos do the talking...and only chime in when needed....



This kitchen island was actually my hubby's dresser....but trying to use what I have....I "borrowed" it from him to use as our new island....I just had him add some beadboard to the back...and I added a vintage glass rod to the side to hold dishtowels....now it doesn't look so "dressery {is that even a word}....at some point I may add a butcher block top....but for now....it works.

To make the kitchen feel a little more open....I took off some of the upper cabinet doors....giving it a more country feel.

I also bought new appliances in stainless steel....I think they flow with the kitchen better....as the black appliances always looked like black holes to me.


A view of the front of our island....the dresser turned out to work perfectly....as the larger drawers hold my table linens and the two smaller drawers hold silverware....perfect!


I took the doors of this cupboard to try to make it feel more like a piece of furniture....rather than a built-in cupboard.


Well....that's it....my little kitchen makeover. There wasn't much cost to the makeover other than paint and new appliances....still looking for the perfect lighting....but pretty happy with how it all came together.

I'll be back this week with some new items for the shop....

xoxo, Andrea

67 comments:

  1. What an overhaul! Lots of work but nice youcan make custom changes without too much cash!

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  2. THERE ARE NO WORDS...

    This is AWESOME!!!!!!! Makes my little kitchen paint re-do from last Fall CHILD'S PLAY compared to YOUR transformation!!!

    HELLO!!! Magazines out there.... you need to be all over this girl's kitchen as a feature in your mag!!! :)

    Andrea -- honestly, this is far & away one of the best things I've seen...

    You did SO good!! Looks fabulous!!!

    XOXO
    Ruth

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  3. I was going to email you today, I was getting a little anxious since we had not heard from you in a while! That kitchen is fab-u-lous!! Explains not hearing from you! You did a fantastic job, I am going to stare at your photos a little longer.

    And yes, the magazines need to come calling for this one!

    ~mary~

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  4. So...I have been trying to get brave enough to paint my kitchen cabinets. Your's turned out fabulous! Would you mind telling me what color you used and the steps you did? Did you strip and sand your cabinets?
    I have nice oak cabinets they just need some help. I was thinking white or black. I'm scared though!!

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  5. What an amazing transformation!! Looks great. you must be so proud! xo

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  6. Andrea,
    It looks absolutely fantastic!! I am so impressed! Love all the attention to detail....the dresser really looks nice too ~ I was actually thinking of putting an old dresser in our kitchen as well (for an island of course) but I hadn't thought of putting beadboard on the back ~ great idea! Love it all & I really can't believe how much you get done & so fast!! Now you can relax right? :)

    Shellagh

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  7. that is just STUNNING...i love everything about your kitchen...that room may be small, but the impact and beauty are HUGE!!!

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  8. Glad your back
    have missed your posts!!!
    I love how your kitchen turned out
    amazing
    and I love the locker baskets!!!
    Any chance you will be adding any of those to your shop?
    Have a great week!

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  9. I love the new look to your kitchen, I really like the use of that dresser, what a great idea, thanks for sharing. Florence

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  10. What an amazing transformation! I've been wanting to do that to my own kitchen for a while now...my husband is still doubting me and I have yet to get his okay for it! Thanks for sharing ; )

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  11. love the idea of a dresser as an island!

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  12. WOW! I am in love!! I am still waiting for new stuff in the shop......;)

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  13. So, I am echoing Sadie here....this June I will be painting the cabinets in the kitchen at the lake...I have never undertaken a project like this before...where do I begin? Your kitchen is fabulous and exactly what I will try to achieve ....although my little kitchen is even smaller...tiny is the word! Perhaps a kitchen makeover tutorial? lol....or perhaps you would like to spend a few weeks at the lake and coach me?
    You're brave and talented!
    :)

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  14. was wondering what you were up to. hadn't seen you post lately. Figured you had some project going...or enjoying the weather. The white cabinets really makes your countertop pop. Love the old dresser and all your accessories. You are so good at that. Those wire baskets get me all the time. Love them in any room.

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  15. It is SO-OOO beautiful. Amazing the transformation that the white paint treatment can bring!! Marvelous!!

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  16. Andrea,
    Completely forgot to ask in my last comment: Can you share with us what paint color that lovely white is?!? I love it! Thanks!
    Lara

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  17. Andrea!!!!!!!!!!! I love it,every little detail is perfect,you must be just thrilled! We are going to paint our little sunroom next month and there are a couple of pillows I want to get from you!!! Enjoy your week,love your kitchen!!! Chrissy

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  18. WOW...amazing!!! The island is gorgeous. I also love all your photos. I am coming over right now for tea:-)

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  19. Andrea,

    I am blown away and quite jealous! My cabinets are white but those cheap laminate ones that I have no idea what to do with them... The dresser transformation is genious. Love the accessories and open spaces. Like everyone has already said you did an amazing job and the magazines MUST find you!

    Happy to have you back, missed you last week!

    Best wishes,
    Tammy

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  20. Andrea your kitchen looks absolutely fabulous!! Magazine worthy for sure, it flows so well with the rest of your house and I love that you took the cabinets off it opens up the kitchen so much!! and I think you said that your were not good at vignettes somewhere on your blog, but girl you got it going on, love love love it!!!

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  21. Your kitchen is lovely. I really enjoy how much you were able to change up the look by painting and removing a few cabniet doors.

    Of course I am in love with all your vintage beauties. You have such a wonderful talent in arranging displays.

    Using a dresser as a island is such a smart idea! It looks fabulous!

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  22. It's absolutely beautiful, beautiful!!! I LOVE it!!!!! Every touch you have just makes it look perfect:)

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  23. What a great job. The white cabinets look so much better! Love all the ironstone and the "island dresser!" Very, very nice...

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  24. Your kitchen looks absolutely beautiful! I love all your pictures of your accessories. You have so many interesting pieces that add so much character to your space. Removing some of the doors is also very nice. I want to do that in my kitchen but my husband keeps saying no. I'll have to when he's not looking! Wonderful job and congrats on getting so much painting accomplished!

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  25. Such a beautiful kitchen. Great job on it.

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  26. What incredibly beautiful blog you have! My compliments!

    A footprint from Agneta & Sweden

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  27. I love following your make over, it is just darling! The kitchen is perfect! Hugs,Pearl

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  28. I sooooo adore your kitchen my sweet friend...it is so amazing what white paint can do ...I did that to my kitchen a few years back too. So glad you got the note cards!

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  29. Your kitchen looks absolutely amazing! What a difference white paint makes...and new appliances! In stainless too! Love it!

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  30. OMG Simply Beautiful Andrea!!! Love the dresser being used as a island~brilliant:)))

    Hugs,
    Carol
    http://raisedincotton.typepad.com/

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  31. Oh Andrea! I am speechless. You have OUTDONE yourself with your kitchen! I LOVE it with all it's vintage beauty!!! The cabinets are spectacular, the dresser/island is out of this world gorgeous and all of your accessories totally make the room! You really have a talent for putting together a country room.
    I'm a little under the weather now but think about when we can get together to shop ~ I want to go where you find all your pretty things! :)
    Sarah

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  32. Andrea!!

    Congrats on all your new makeovers, but your kitchen is to die for!! Can you come and do mine??!
    I love all the touches and the dresser island is so perfect. Just awesome. Enjoy all of your hard work.
    Tammy

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  33. You are so amazing Andrea! Love the dresser idea and I will probably steal it!

    xo

    kelley

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  34. Oh.My.Gosh! Your Kitchen turned out perfect I just love everything you did to make that standard kitchen look so country-charming! I think I might have to test out taking off a few of my cabinet doors this weekend! Great job.

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  35. Andrea...I LOVE it!

    It's gorgeous! I want to do this to my kitchen so bad!!! I have never liked the color of my cabinets since we moved in over 4 years ago. After seeing your makeover, I really, really, really want to paint mine now!

    great job!

    xo,
    Adrienne

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  36. Andrea amor, I am in LOVE with your gorgeous kitchen redo! Everything looks so beautiful, airy, open...gorgeous! We have our cabinets almost done, I can't decide on the wall color, the appliances are done...oh except for the fact that we have a beautiful french door stainless steel fridge with ice and water that turned out to be a huge dud, I am so disappointed with Maytag...sad thing is...I still love the big stupid...yet beautiful fridge lol I know sad right :) But your kitchen has totally inspired me! Absolutely beautiful! Have a lovely week enjoying your gorgeous kitchen! Besos, Rose

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  37. Oh my goodness. I seriously want to move in with you Andrea! Every time I come here I leave so inspired...

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  38. It is completely perfect! Such a transformation. The island is my favorite. Nice job, Lady!

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  39. The white makes it look so chic ;)

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  40. I know this may seem like a silly question but what color of white did you use. Also, what do you do for your fabulous photos, I need help creating a look like yours. Glad you are back.

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  41. Love your "eye for design"! It's a gift to take a house and make it a home!!! Best wishes to you!! Sue

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  42. you're a genius! i would pay someone
    to make such a lovely change.

    i truly love everything you did. taking
    off some of the cabinets opened up
    the kitchen to an impressive degree.

    the dresser idea was brilliant.

    well done!

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  43. Andrea, you're amazing! What an incredible makeover of your kitchen - it is a most fabulous farmhouse kitchen now. That dresser as an island is a stroke of genius! Everything looks so wonderful, my gosh you must be so proud of yourself for all your hard work in the house turning out so incredibly well!

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  44. Awesome!
    Everything looks amazing!!
    I love it!
    Rosemary

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  45. What a creative idea using a dresser for your kitchen island! The beadboard makes it blend in so nicely. Just love your make-over!

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  46. bloddy lovely! you are clever indeed. Love the dresser idea for an island.

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  47. Hi Andrea- your kitchen is amazing! Great job and I love your island. I wish we were handy enough to add beadboard to ours, I love that look.
    Happy Friday to you.
    T

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  48. Your added touch is just amazing, not the same room at all!!

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  49. Beautiful. I love Benjamin Moore too. Thanks for sharing the color of white. Really like how you took of some of the cabinet doors to make it more open. I am thinking aobut that too, but not brave enough just yet! Can you tell me where you got the wire locker baskets? Would love to get 2-4 of them myself!

    Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

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  50. Andrea, girl, I'm speechless!!! Well, okay, not speechless because I need to blather on and on about how absolutely fabulous your kitchen turned out!!! There isn't one thing I don't LOVE about what you've done! The dresser with the beadboard turned island is a brilliant idea!

    Great job!

    :) T

    p.s. I don't know if you would be interested, but I would really love to do a feature on your blog and your kitchen redo. I am always looking for kitchen inspiration because it's not my best area for coming up with ideas and I just really love what you did! Let me know if you're interested :) thanks

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  51. I'm in love with your kitchen! What an amazing transformation, you did such a wonderful job! Hope your having wonderful day!
    Take care
    Kristin

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  52. I've just found you thanks to French Larkspur, and I have to say you have done an absolutely amazing job! I'm in the middle of a kitchen makeover myself, and my cabinets are very similar to yours. I love the new colour, it looks so fresh and bright, and the vintage dresser turned island looks fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration, if my makeover turns out half as good I'll be thrilled! Now your latest follower. K xx

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  53. I saw your kitchen features at Twice Remembered Cottage and instantly fell in love!! What an awesome transformation. You did a lovely job. Love the open cabinets and the icing on the cake is the dresser posing as an island. Just wonderful!! :-)

    xoxo
    Janie

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  54. What a beautiful job. If I had room for an island I'd totally borrow your dresser idea. Well done!

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  55. I love your kitchen! I want that when I move out of apartments for good!

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  56. This is aaahhhhhmazing!!!! You are so brilliantly talented !!!! I absolutely love the dresser as the island and it seems to work so perfectly for the silverwear and linen storage. This post was truly inspiring.

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  57. This is beautiful! I love everything you've done in here! I've got a hoosier base as an island with an unfinished back. I love that the back is all dark and raw in the otherwise white room, but after seeing your beadboard back, I may have to make a quick change! J'adore!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage
    www.shabbyfrenchcottage.com

    See my kitchen post(s) here:
    http://www.shabbyfrenchcottage.com/2011/04/french-farm-kitchen.html

    http://www.shabbyfrenchcottage.com/2011/04/120000-kitchen-makeover.html

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  58. Hi Andrea!

    I love your kitchen redo. I am looking for some advice in regards to painting kitchen cabinets white. If you are not busy, I would love for you to offer your insight on my latest post ("Paint Me White"}. ANY insight at all will help. Thank you so much!

    Jessie
    acozycottageinthecity.blogspot.com

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  59. Great job, I think you should add a slab of marble to husband dresser... oulala!

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  60. Andrea, Wow! That is stunning. I love the dresser as an island. I am adding you to my blogroll right now! I am so glad you found me. And thanks for the super nice words about my blog.

    MC

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  61. PS I am redoing my kitchen as well. The lighting is horrendous. I just received 3 mercury hobnail pendants from Mothology in NYC. I'll post as soon as I have them hung.

    MC

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  62. I love white kitchens, and yours is so beautifully done! Genius idea to use the dresser for an island! Your open cabinets are lovely too! Thanks for sharing!
    Nancy

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  63. Hi again, Andrea. So I was at my local bookstore {when am I not}, browsing through mags yesterday, and saw your lovely layout on Artful Blogging!!! Congrats! Your home and images are just beautiful! And I read that you took those pics with a regular point & shoot cam? That's encouraging - I don't own a fancy cam {don't I wish I could afford one}, so I really admire that your pics are always still so lovely {and mag worthy}! Congrats again!


    XOXO's,
    Jessie

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  64. Your kitchen is beautiful but I NEVER would have switched out the black appliances. Stainless steel is so common and generic looking now a days: it's like everyone jumped on a bandwagon to have these. You did a great job anyways!!!!!

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  65. Your kitchen is just beautiful... and so is your entire home! So happy to be a new follower.

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  66. What can I say that hasn't already been said....so I'll say it again "BEaUtiFuL. Super job!

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