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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday or Mini Kitchen Remodel


Thanks to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting this wonderful Metamorphosis Monday. Be sure to visit her to see all the other wonderful posts.
You can visit her at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com

If you have been a frequent visitor to RMS or Micasa, you have already seen this room, however for those that havn't I love the transformation of my mini-remodeled kitchen. When we first bought the house, the kitchen was very typical builder bland. It had light maple cabinets, white walls, counters,sink and appliances. It's only redeeming factors were good storage, a nice layout and great travertine tile floors. First step was to paint the walls a yummy chocolate brown. Now you could at least see the cabinets.




The next step was to polish the cabinets with dark paste wax. This stuff is wonderful, it darkened the cabinets about 2 shades. Then the granite countertop (this was a fabulous gift) new stainless sink, new faucet and corbels. I painted the back of the island a soft camel color and highlighted the corbels for interest. This made a huge difference. Next we added the cabinet hardware and undercounter lights. Mini remodel done.


I love the new look, and the granite is just wonderful. A huge transformation for a small price. I still need to replace those huge track lights in the ceiling, but all in all a much nicer place to cook. It's always amazing to see what a little paint, and a piece of granite can do.

We have another new blogger that is such a sweet lady and has a wonderful site that you will want to see. She lives on a huge farm with the most gorgeous horses and does such beautiful paintings. Be sure to go by and welcome her. You can reach her at http:/allinaday'swork.blogspot.com
Also be sure to go by http://justthebeginning.blogspot.com and say hello to her. She is from Canada and loves to decorate and really has a great knack with doing tabletop vignettes.
Both these ladies are new to the blog world, so give them a friendly hello.

Thanks for the visit, I love it when you come to call. Marty

40 comments:

  1. Hi Marty...You know I love your kitchen! I've had many a cup of virtual coffee at your island!! lol The granite really transforms the room and I am still amazed at the difference that paste wax can make! You are so sweet to introduce us to some new bloggers! Great post!...Debbie

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  2. Hi Marty! For a mini makeover this is an awesome big look! Love everything you've done. The cabinets look fantastic! And I love the granite - I'm coveting yours just a bit! ;) I'll go and visit our new blogger.
    BE a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  3. marty, i love your kitchen. Im still living with builder bland walls.....your walls are so yummy i could eat them..lol and your cabinets are lovely
    thanks for sharing

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  4. Pretty! Love the island countertop!

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  5. I love what you did to your kitchen, Marty. That granite and darkening the cabinets really made an big difference. Now I am off to visit the new bloggers you mentioned....Christine

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  6. Maty

    Love your kitchen.... the color is beautiful!

    Susan

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  7. Marty, this really is a nice change. I love the granite and the new look of the cabinets! Enjoy...

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  8. Looks warm and inviting. Great transformation. Thanks for sharing, Maryrose

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  9. Hi Marty,
    Your kitchen is outstanding, I love the colors you chose and the granite really sets it off. The cupboards are so warm looking and of course you have lovely decor. Cindy

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  10. thank you again Marty for posting my blog you are great lady...xx.

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  11. Marty I can't wait to try this. What a great transformation, it really created such a warm cozy spot. Great job. Cindy

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  12. oh how do i do the blog list???,like yours .i know i'm beeing a pest right?, i'm so sorry..thank you.xx.

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  13. BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN BY THE WAY,LOVE THE WARM COLORS AND GRANITE IF FANTASTIC!.XX

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  14. So many great kitchen transformations this Meta Monday - I'm not complaining, though, because I love kitchen remodels and renovations! Isn't it amazing, Marty, how just changing a few things (i.e., not a full gut, replacement of cabinetry, etc.) can make such a fantastic impact?! Great job!!!
    Victoria (one half of DesignTies)

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  15. hi Marty, its beautiful! I want to redo my kitchen so bad..its on the list!

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  16. Marty, your kitchen mini-remodel has yielded MAXI results! What a fantastic job!

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  17. Marty, you know how much I love this kitchen. Those chocolate walls are yummy. Amazing the difference this made, it looks like a different space! Hugs, Kathy

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  18. Great change. You are going to love the new top. Granite rules!
    RockCandy

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  19. That is a great transformation. A few strategic changes can have a HUGE impact. Way to go! Linda

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  20. Marty, your kitchen looks great. I love the color of the granite. I love how the corbels make it look so custom. You did a wonderful job, it truly is beautifu.

    Thank you for the tip on the dark paste wax, I am going to get some for my cabinets.

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  21. I love your kithen transformation -- it looks so rich and warm now :-) Beautiful wall colour -- you can't go wrong with chocolate anything!! :-D

    Kelly (the other half of DesignTies)

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  22. The kitchen looks spectacular! Truly a beautiful job, good work!! Cass

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  23. It's a beautiful kitchen Marty!

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  24. Fabulous!!! I need to do a mini makeover of my kitchen as well. My hubby said we can as soon as I help him clean out the garage. I guess my kitchen will be staying the way it is for a long time. lol.

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  25. The island is awesome and the corbels give it a great touch. Amazing what you can do with not a ton of money and some elbow grease. Wonderful transformation. Steve - French Cupboard

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  26. Your kitchen is beautiful! Love the chocolate walls.

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  27. I love the granite! What a difference it makes. And I love the corbels below the island. The chocolate color IS yummy.

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  28. It looks so welcoming and warm. I really like the way you "dressed" the island. The corbels just seem to give it an added punch. Great job!

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  29. Love the granite. You really classed up your kitchen. Must be fun to cook in now.

    Kathy b

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  30. Marty, your kitchen is so pretty. I love those brown walls, and of course, that island is to die for! I don't know if I would call this makeover a small project-it sure made a major impact! laurie

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  31. Hey Marty! Love the Kitchen makeover and the corbels are the perfect touch to the bar!

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  32. Thanks Marty for the link to my blog, that's so sweet of you! I had quite a day today....I'm going to call it over! Have a good night!

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  33. Marty, what a great post and it is going to help a lot of people out their with unwanted light wood cabinets,You are reallllly getting good at this blog-thing.Love coming here and seeing your wonderful home.Can't wait for the newest transformation I think everyone will be blown away and going out shopping at one our favorite Boutiques,hehe.Love ya,Kathysue

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  34. Marty, LOVE the after on this kitchen facelift! Stunning! PS...thanks for all your visits to my blog and for all the lovely little comments you leave me. You are precious! ;) ~CC Catherine

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  35. What a lovely transformation!!

    ;-)

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  36. Hi Marty, I'm glad I found your blog and always admired your kitchen on RMS. Have a great day! Pam (pam25)

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  37. Hi Marty,yes,I do believe I've seen this kitchen once or twice lol I love it,just amazing what a difference your wax and that lovely piece of granite made.

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  38. Your kitchen is so beautiful. I love the island!

    My little Boudreaux is so rotten but he has my heart!

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