Saturday, June 4, 2016

Kitchen Makeover Update To This Point

So far I am loving the kitchen makeover.  So light and bright and totally different.  Sometimes we just need different.

See what I mean.  Totally different from before.  Now nothing wrong with this, and I loved it for years, just time for a change.  Time to get rid of the brown and purge a few accdessories.

If you're new here, this is what it looked like before the first makeover.  You can see how we redid the cabinets, added the granite, new sinks and hardware here.  When I said builder basic when we moved in I wasn't kidding.

Ok, now onto the second makeover and where we are now. - ---

Once I started with the primer, it was amazing at the difference.  Night and day for sure.  This was the beginning of phase one.  Still to come, hardwood floors, black back counters and new appliances.

My guy that is going to install the floors said I should wait until they remove all the floor tile from the kitchen before I paint the island black.  He said it would be a wasted effort since there would be such a mess and the paint would probably get really messed up anyway.

Since I am on hold for a little bit waiting on the floors, it was time to accessorize and make this a working kitchen again.

 I started with some new vignettes on top of the cabinets, but leaving them really simple.  Purging was the name of the game here.  I love my copper weathervane, so he went back on top of the rangehood cabinet.  Front and center.

 On the side cabinets I used some restraint also.  A couple of sculpted wheat stalks, demijohn, my dad's old tool box and my cute new horse. (You know I had to have a horse to go with my horse painting in the adjoining family room.)

 Over the fridge I used my WW11 Ammo basket, a couple of french breadboards and my Amish rooster.

 A simple wine display on top of the fridge.

 To the left of the range I put a few essentials and my fabulous cake cloche.

 It is filled with the most yummy faux goodies.  So much better for my waistline than the real thing.

 The right side has a few more cooking essentials.

A butter slab holds my oils and grinders and my DIY utensil holder keeps all those essential tools handy.

This corner is purely for play.  I like to have something fun to look at.  An old rolling pin and another french breadboard are highlighted in the basket.  Some bread in the cloche always looks good.  (I love bread - I need to buy some  that's real)

At this corner I have my little $1 TV from goodwill that I love to watch while I am cooking and my malt mixer and candy scale.  These two were in my parents soda fountain when I was a little girl.  My children and grands all love to have a malt when they come over.

For now it is back in working order and I can cook again.

I am anxious to get the rest of the makeover going, but patience is the game at this point.  Not my strong suit, but at least I can see the vision starting to take place.

Update - - - I painted the island and I love it.

Remember, this is my inspiration picture.

So, what do you think so far?

I have been fluffing and cleaning like made for another great event - - the

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  1. Marty it looks great! I love how much more you can see your beloved weather vane! Things just stand out better with a light background...your plan is coming together well. Can't wait to see the finished product!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  2. Looking good! I hope your flooring comes in soon and you can move on to the next steps! I imagine it's going to get messy- especially when they bust out the tiles. I definitely like the lighter look in your kitchen. It's amazing what a difference it's made already.

  3. Marty it is looking so great. I love your decor on the top of the cabinets. I want that tall pretty basket. I have been looking for one for my new kitchen. Everything is looking so gorgeous.

  4. Every day I find another before and after that still amazes me at what paint can do! We painted out my mom's kitchen (the walls were a dingy salmon color and the cabinets were bad old dark wood veneer) and we had planned to replace the counters and floors eventually too but once we got all the paint finished it was amazing how much better they looked! Love your before and after, can't wait to see it all finished!

  5. Your kitchen is already looking a lot like the inspiration picture. I love that the malt mixer and candy scales are from your family. That makes them so much more special!

  6. Love all your accessories but my favorite is that copper weather vane - awesome! Looking good, Marty - can't wait to see the finished product!

  7. looks fantastic and much larger with the light color on the walls!!

  8. Marty,
    Fabulous Kitchen Make~Over, dear friend!
    I'm lovin' all the "light" within the Kitchen!
    "Mr. Ed" and I choose light wallpaper
    when we "refreshed" our Galley Style Kitchen last year!
    What a huge improvement for the brightness of that small space!
    Like you, I edited much of the decor!
    Love the heirloom decor from your youth!

  9. It's looking lovely Marty. Nothing like a good change around that doesn't cost the earth. I haven't done anything new for ages. You're making me want to start.

  10. Love the white, it really freshens things up, Marty. I know you will truly love it all when it is done. I am living with all white walls in our new home and I was really surprised at how much I love them. So far have not missed colored walls at all.

  11. Marty - Looking so good. The black island will really pop. Love all of your vignettes and those faux goodies look fantastic.

    Have a great weekend.


  12. Everything looks so light and bright. I know the final reveal will be beautiful. Good job!

  13. How charming and lovely a place to wake up to every morning! It's bright and beautiful, and all your treasures are displayed so nicely. Looking forward to the tours!


  14. It's looking light and bright and beautiful, Marty!

  15. Looks great, Marty! I love seeing the transformation and all your pretty accessories!

  16. Oh, Marty, it looks gorgeous! I really like the light paint and how much bigger it makes your kitchen look! Of course your vignettes look great above your cabinets.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  17. I think it is coming along really well. Love your inspiration. Can't wait to the end result.

  18. Love it!! It's already looking wonderful, Marty! Oh my, you know that weather vane? I want one now, it's terrific!

  19. What a huge difference the light paint color made....incredible!!!!! Your kitchen looks so beautiful, I know you can't wait to have it all finished though :o)

  20. Your hard work has paid off! I like the rich brown but this lighter look is fabulous! Looking forward to seeing the new floor.

  21. I like the white, it brightens up your kitchen. Love the weathervain!

  22. Looks great Marty!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  23. Marty, it looks wonderful! It's come a long way. Love the island painted black. It really grounds the space! Then your accessories! Love, love ,love the weathervane. And the malt maker. And your baskets and bread boards....ok, all of it!
    I'm playing catch up...this has been a fun and busy summer.