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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Met. Monday & Sunday Favs - Mini Kitchen Redo



Thank you Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for inviting me to link my Sunday Favorites post with Metamorphosis Monday. Be sure to visit her and find a list of all the fabulous posts.



Thanks to Chari @ Happy To Design for hosting this special Sunday event. This is our chance to see an older post that we may have missed or one that we would like to see again. Be sure to visit her blog to see everyone that is participating. There have been some incredible posts and you really don't want to miss any of them.

Today I am showing the repost of my Mini Kitchen Redo. This was one of the first posts I did. If you have seen this, please forgive, if not I think this shows that even a very mini kitchen redo can make a huge difference.

When we moved in we had the basic builder bland kitchen. White walls, white appliances, white sink, beige formica counters and blonde maple cabinets. The first thing I did was paint the walls a deep chocolate brown. At least you could see the cabinets now.




Next I polished the cabinets with a dark paste wax. Added hardware, undercounter lights, stainless sink and new faucet. The granite remnant was a fabulous gift. We added some extra width to the counter and put corbels underneath. Granite remnant - Huge Upgrade. I love how the granite pulled the whole kitchen together and gives it a polished look.



A few different accessories and this is how it looks today. I just love it.




Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my kitchen. I look forward to your visits and hope you'll come back soon.



85 comments:

  1. hi marty, i have always loved your kitchen,its feels cozy and of course i love the granite island and all of your treasures .
    i hope you are having a great weekend, nice and warm over here finally, but a bit windy...i'll be back later...

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  2. GORGEOUS KITCHEN! Everything looks so good in there!

    {{HUGS}}

    Robin :o)

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  3. Hello Girlfriend...

    I'm so happy that you decided to join in with the fun of "Sunday Favorites"!!!

    My friend, I certainly can understand why you chose to show this post once again...it's fabulous!!! I love your kitchen...I think doing the wall color in that warm chocolate color is genius...it really does make your pretty cabinets "pop"! I bet when the walls were white, the cabinets just faded into the walls! This is soooo pretty! I can tell that using a dark wax darkened up the cabinets a bit and I love your added hardware! It always amazes me that just adding hardware to a cabinet can really dress them up and give a new look! I love the stainless sink too! One of my favorites about your kitche re-do is the addition of that gorgeous granite...it really does tie the entire kitchen together...that was a GRAND decision!!! Love all of your accessories...I just love your kitchen, my friend!!! I'm so glad that you decided to share this post again...everyone needs to see it!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari

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  4. The kitchen looks so good with the walls painted brown but the granite on the island is amazing!

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  5. Good job. That kitchen is timeless.

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  6. Good Day Marty...this is just beaitiful my friend...I love the deep Chocolate brown walls and that Granite just really made the whole Kitchen pop...You know what girl I also bought a renmant piece of granite to put on top on my Bean counter in my Kitchen..I wanted a new piece and the gut quotes me $2000.00 for it...blew me away..this peice I got I paid $100.00 for fits length wise but short one ince width wise's but I can live with that more that spending @ grand..and it serves my purpose real find...no one can sit wet drink now on top of my bean counter...Thank for the DO-OVER my friend...and also for coming by and seeing me...May you have a wonderful weekend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  7. Evening, Marty! OH, I do love your kitchen - just gorgeous. The granite is so nice and I love how you darken your cabinets with a paste wax. Do you have to continue putting it on? I need to do something like this to a couple of chair that are maple and want them to have a mahogany stain. Would this work?
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia :)

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  8. you did a great job on your kitchen.
    as for me and my bikini,,,,i am going to buy the Fat Belly Off Diet book Monday,,,but not for a bikini/ha

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  9. Beautiful kitchen, I love love the granite island. Did I say I love the granite?? Happy Sunday, Miss Bloomers/Sonia

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  10. WOW! Please come fix my house!

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  11. Gorgeous! You really transformed the whole look and feel! I love how it turned out! The granite is really beautiful! Hey...this would be great to link to for Met Monday tomorrow tonight, too! :-) Susan

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  12. Granite really makes a difference. I love it. We took our counters out last year and replaced with granite and I just love how it looks so updated and it shines:) Good job.
    Joyce

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  13. I love it! It's so beautiful! My kitchen really needs some major help!

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  14. Your kitchen looks great! You are right the granite just pulls it all together. You did a great job!

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  15. This is one of my favorite kitchens, Marty! The granite and the scroll underneath made a big difference...Christine

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  16. Great kitchen re-do! If this was RMS I would give you 5 stars! ~ Robyn

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  17. Marty, you know how much I love your kitchen. How many cups of coffee have we had here at Micasa? Hugs, Kat

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  18. What a difference you have made in that kitchen. Great taste. Is that a Fitz & Floyd rooster by chance. I love roosters.

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  19. Wow! Very niceindeed! You did a beautiful job!

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  20. Love the Granite counter top on the island and wow= the wall color sure made a difference!! Great Job!

    Blessings
    mary

    PS I see your up late too!!

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  21. I love the brown color & the granite really changes the look of the whole kitchen. I love it.

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  22. Marty,
    I loved it the first time I saw it and I love it again! You just have a real knack for decorating and this kitchen just pops with so many interesting and pretty things. Love it , Cindy

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  23. Hi...I just found your blog and have enjoyed reading it! I love your kitchen, it is so cozy!

    XXDenise

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  24. WOW Marty the kitchen looks fantastic, little things make a huge difference!!

    I also wanted to thank you for joining my blog and for all your lovely comments!
    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

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  25. I love it too, and you've given me a new idea: polish with a dark paste! Thanks.

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  26. What a gorgeous kitchen! It must be an absolute joy to cook in it:) Happy SF!

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  27. Your kitchen is lovely! I really like the chocolate walls and your new counter top on the island. You are right, the dark paint really draws out the cabinets. :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

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  28. This was beautiful the first time and I still love it... You did such a great job.

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  29. Marty, I love what you did with that kitchen and the granite upgrade is a great addition! I'm glad I got to see this post, as I don't remember seeing it the first time. Wow! I see Red's cousin on the granite countertop. He's just as gorgeous! :-)

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  30. That looks great! We just did a mini redo too..granite counters and trims on the cabs..looks so much better!
    Enjoy your kitchen!

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  31. What a beautiful redo. I love the chocolate brown with the granite on the island. Great combination!

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  32. The brown paint and the granite are wonderful...my favorite...the paste wax finish...I love the durability of this kind of finish...
    Thanks
    Becky

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  33. The kitchen looks really great -- love the granite.

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  34. Such an amazing difference. That granite is gorgeous, and you're right, it pulled the whole look together. The brown walls make it so sophisticated, and you have accessorized the room with such pretty treasures. It all looks great! laurie

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  35. Thanks for stopping by and glad you like the arbor, Martie. BTW, have I told you that I love your kitchen?...Christine

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  36. The kitchen looks great! What a gift you have for accessorizing!
    ~Sherrie

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  37. I love your kitchen. It's so much like something you would see here in Albuquerque! I especially love the island! Liz

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  38. Great job! I love the chocolate brown and how you were able to work with the "builder" stuff. It's amazing how much difference a little granite makes!

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  39. OH MY...the granite looks GORGEOUS on your island. What a great transformation! Good for you!!

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  40. Wow,your kitchen is just beautiful! I love the chocolate brown walls. I wanted to have taupe walls in this apartment and to paint my cupboards white, but my landlord gave a big NO on that, so I love with very dark cupboards and ugly plaid wallpaper. Sigh. Oh well.

    I love that granite covered island!

    Kady

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  41. Hi Marty !
    Love your kitchen mini remodel, turned out great ! That island is
    to die for - the granite and those
    wood scrolls underneath, such a nice polished touch ! Thanks for
    sharing, have a great week !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  42. Hi Marty :)

    It's amazing what paint can do and then to top it off with granite.. your kitchen looks beautiful :)

    hugs,
    rue

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  43. Wonderful redo of your kitchen. The granite is fabulous and I would love to have a closer look at those cute roosters!

    Christi @ A Southern Life
    http://asouthernlife.com

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  44. Hi Marty, It's amazing what a granite counter can do! It really updates the kitchen nicely. :O) Mary

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  45. My favorite part of your redu is the paint color. It is so rich, and adds such warmth and texture to the kitchen. The Corbels I love that they are a different color! I think they look so great! Thanks for sharing this post again, it is like taking a stroll through a decorating magazine.

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  46. You did a great job! Nice paint color!

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  47. Hi Marty, what a lovely post. Hope you have a wonderful day.
    Debbie

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  48. Marty, Oh for the memories of coffee in the morning at Micasa, where it all began and now our story continues...... Love your warm and inviting kitchen the corbels under the bar are a great architectural addition and would be a good idea for others to try without breaking the bank. See you in the neighborhood, Hugs kathysue

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  49. I love your kitchen, especially the countertop. Everything looks so lovely, as usual. I'm stuck with tile for awhile. Maybe one day I can change it....

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  50. Your incredible mini makeover made such a huge difference... And it looks much more inviting too... Perhaps the warm color of the granite?
    Beautiful Marty!

    {HUGS} Really Rainey

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  51. It must be great to cook in your wonderful kitchen!

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  52. It must be great to cook in your wonderful kitchen!

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  53. love the granite on your center island and your cabinets look a lot better too!

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  54. Dear Marty,
    What a nice re-do! It looks so warm and inviting. I am finally getting my nerve up to make some changes in my kitchen.--You certainly have provided some inspiration!

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  55. What a good idea to put archive posts on Sunday Favorites! Some of my best posts were in the beginning too, I need to do that!

    Your kitchen looks great!

    Katherine

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  56. Hi Marty, thanks for checking out my patio. I hope you will stop back by next week to check out more pics! Your kitchen turned out so pretty! I love that granite, great choice! It really warmed your kitchen up. Kristen

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  57. Hi Marty!! Thanks so much for stopping by today and your sweet comment!! I just love what you did here!! We have whitewashed cabinets that I am dying to darken!! Would this paste work on them?

    I also love all of the accessories on the top of the cabinets!! Great selection, and it just looks amazing with the addition of the granite!!

    Have a joyful week,
    Becky

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  58. I love how your kitchen looks. Beautiful!! Also enjoyed checking out your laundry room too. Looks awesome. Mine is not quite big enough for that much decor. But I could put a few more things in mine. Mainly on the walls. I also wanted to thank you for visiting me today. That was great!

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  59. Looking great Marty;) the little touchesw go a loing way!!! French;)

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  60. Nothing can beat those counter tops! Great job!

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  61. I still like your kitchen as much now as when I first saw it on Micasa Style and then when you first posted it on your blog :-) It's always inspirational to see great transformations that don't involve lots of demo and money!!

    You really did a great job :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies

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  62. You have a very warm and inviting kitchen.

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  63. Hi Marty,
    Love your kitchen....and always enjoy seeing it again! That color just makes your cabinets pop! It's a great transformation, you did such a wonderful job on it! How did your little party go this weekend? Mine went well, but I forgot to take photos I was so involved with the meal! LOL! I do have photos for Tablescape Thurs. though. Have you been to my new blog on decorating? I just started it. You have to look in the side bar on my other blog under my bio and click on LuLo Designs or type in lulodesigns.blogspot because I didn't put the right name on Mr. Linky at Barb's? I joined Barb's Porch Party today but not many people have found it yet. Good to hear from you!

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  64. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

    I love what you did to your kitchen, the bar is beautiful, I love the color and the detail work underneath. And of course the granite does so tie it all together!

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  65. Marty your kitchen has always been one of my favorites.

    It's really beautiful!

    Have a wonderful day my friend.
    ~Melissa :)

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  66. Now, that's a grand re-do!

    Blessings,
    Spencer

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  67. Wow, marty! What an impression that kitchen makes. LOVE IT!

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  68. Very nice, girl.

    hey i spot something i have there.. that pine wood foldable table by the wall- that's really handy. i have quite a few of them that i will use when i have guests who wants to have their coffee and cakes in the garden.

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  69. Hi Marty...i'm trying to catch up. This bloggin' takes some time. Well, your kitchen, sweet lady, is just fabulous. You have the maple cabinets I have dreamed of. The granite indeed does pull it all together. My favorite cabinet/countertop combo is maple and granite. Thanks for sharing this...it's never tiring!

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  70. Marty,

    I LOVE what you have done with your kitchen! I can see why you love it! The best thing is the extra sink on the island. I would definitly want that. I also think the chocolate walls look fab!

    I'm glad I got to see this post because I missed it the first time!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  71. Oh Marty -- you always leave the sweetest comments - thanks for your visit to my tablescape -- and yes, the older I get the more things I find in antique and "Vintage" shops that were a part of my childhood -- now what does that say - certainly not that I'm getting "older" or anything!!! grins!

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  72. Marty thank you for the birthday wish. You are my kind of gal. 40 huh! well that even sounds better than what I thought. Have a great evening.
    blossom

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  73. I just found your blog today - and I really like the picture you have up at the top of the page.

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  74. Hi Marty...I was certain I commented on your kitchen but I don't see it. No matter...needless to say it is GORGEOUS! My kitchen is tiny and dark and very old..so you KNOW what this kitchen means to me.
    I would LIVE in that kitchen!
    ~love and smiles~
    Mona

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  75. Hey, Marty, I forgot you have a blog too. What a great little upgrade with the granite on your island. Looks great. I'm so excited about my new granite too & can't wait to share with all of you.

    Thanks for always being such a great cheerleader!

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  76. Hi Marty!

    Thanks for visiting me! Oh girl I love your kitchen and when I enlarged the photo to get a close-up view (btw I need to learn how to do that!) of all those goodies you have on the counters and on top the cabinets, my eyes gleemed with delight!! I love your tins!!!
    and the double wheel coffee grinder, just to name a few!!
    The granite on the island is great. Someday I hope to do a redo on my kitchen too, someday...

    Sherri:)

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  77. Great mini-re-do, Marty...what a big payoff! It's so much warmer and more unique than the builders special!

    Happy Mother's Day...may it be all you're dreaming of!
    ;-D

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  78. What a focal point that granite counter makes. Everything looks great and I can see why you love it so.

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  79. Thank you for your comments on my tablescape!

    Love your kitchen!

    Katherine

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  80. This is beautiful! Dark paste wax, huh? It's on my list now!!! ☺♥☺ Diane

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