The big reveal!!! And did my kitchen really look that orange???

So, I am so excited to post this because I love me some good before and after shots. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a make over on a person or a room, a new haircut, a piece of furniture getting freshened up with some paint…there is just something about seeing an good ole upgrade, right!?!

And it is funny to think that this all started with me wanting to add some white board and batten to the back of our kitchen bar. Let’s just say that is a story for another day…and boy is it a doozie. Can a picture speak volumes or what?

busted corbel

The dialogue that preceded this picture went kind of like this…

Me: “this will be a super easy weekend project…and just think how much nicer it will look. I bet we can finish it today!!! We need to start by ripping those corbels out”
Sam: (scratching his head) “I don’t think it will be that easy”
Me: “oh honey, it will be super easy to rip those corbels out.”
Sam: “no…I don’t think so…I think they are really glued into place”

Now picture Sam taking his pry bar and putting all his body weight into it. Next thing we know, there is a huge cracking noise, pieces of the corbel go flying in all directions and the drywall has several nice size holes in it.  Your wondering what my reply was?

Me: “Oops…my bad.”

So, three months later we Sam and his wonderful cousin, Justin, from St. Louis (THANK YOU JUSTIN!!!) got the board and batten up.  Not only did they get the board and batten up, but Sam had an idea to make the corbels out of some old fence posts that we had lying around.  He’s a shmart one, ladies and gentlemen.  With Justin’s knowledge and Sam’s vision, these babies were created.  Aren’t they great?handmade corbel

Sam was looking at me for approval on the wall and I kept looking back and forth from the finished wall to our kitchen cabinets and something was just “off”.  The board and batten was amazing. It was fresher, brighter & cleaner while our cabinets just weren’t.  I know Sam cringed when he heard the words that came out of my mouth that day. Here he was exhausted from a weekend of building and installing this board & batten and he knew by the look on my face that something was coming…he just had no idea.  Then I said it.  I just blurted it out right there…

“I think our cabinets need to be white.”

Now, I’m not mean…I went on and on about how amazingly handy I thought he was and how fabulous the board and batten treatment looked…But, the problem was exactly that. It looked too good and made our cabinets look incredibly outdated. Just take a look.dark kitchen before

Why didn’t anyone tell us that we were living inside of a pumpkin???  I think I just stole that line from my awesome neighbor, Beth.  It’s literally hard to make out the different items in the kitchen…everything is just covered in an orangey brown glow.

But, back to how amazingly handy my sweet hubby is…did you know that one of the VERY FIRST things I told my FATHER about my hubby when we first started dating was that Sam was very good with his hands!?!?!?  Ahhhh!  Looking back my whole family still gets a kick out of it.  You see, I was so excited to tell my dad about this new wonderful man in my life.  I knew my dad would love him because he was a handy guy; he could build & fix things including appliances, do tile work, and he had even roofed houses.  I knew that he and my dad had that inherent ability to know how things worked in common.  And Sam’s collection of power tools was much like my fathers.  Now I can say that I definitely did not choose the best wording to describe Sam’s attributes in that moment with my dad.  Can anyone say “Dale” moment?  (Again…check this out if you don’t know what a Dale moment is)

So, Sam went along with me about the cabinets, but insisted that we get a professional to do it.  What a deal.  Did I get lucky or what?

So, the cabinets got painted by this fabulous guy.  We chose to paint the walls in Collingwood by Benjamin Moore.  Backsplash was chosen from this stunning store & installed by my handy husband & his friend, the pro, Jeff White.

white glass mosaic tile backsplash

To save money, we ended up spray painting the faceplates instead of replacing them with white ones!  Cost- $5!  We saved about $100!  And they have held up fabulously!

I refinished the cupboard and our table that was passed down to us from my parents (thanks mom & dad!  & thanks for allowing us to change it up to represent us and our style!)  Here is a before of the table & an after

dark oak dining table

white washed table

I will post a more detailed tutorial of how I achieved this weathered look. Here is a close up.

white washed oak table dark chairs

Of course, Cooper, aka Mr. Attention saw that I had my camera out and wanted to make sure he was involved in some way.

I painted the chairs in Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in graphite and waxed them with AS clear wax.  And somewhere in the midst of all of this we got this rug.  I love the texture it adds to the room, not to mention it is so much softer than what you think a braided jute rug should be which is important when you have a lil one crawling around everywhere!!!

Then, came the lights. Enter this unbelievable lady.  Holly is so incredible, you guys!  She has been so helpful & guided us toward these lights with this post of hers.  She also suggested this light for above the table.  It is perfection in my book.  If you need any kind of help in sprucing up a room or area in your home, she is your go to gal. Did you know she was just awarded Country Living’s Blue Ribbon Blogger Award in the area of decorating??? As in THE Country Living!!!  She totally deserves it.  Whether you are needing her to completely redo a room or just be there to help reassure you that you are headed in the right direction with your decisions.  She can do it all.  Holly takes the overwhelmed feeling out of decorating & makes it fun.  Don’t worry that it’s long distance…she is SO FAST to respond to emails and I promise you, you will not feel alone.  If you would like Holly’s help, you can find more information here or contact her here.  I highly recommend it!  Oh and she plans the CUTEST birthday parties for her sweet boys. If you have a boy, you HAVE to check the army party she just put together for her oldest! So stinkin creative!  I love it!

As you can see I have a tendency to get side tracked.  I blame it on being a mom and having to multi-task everything.  I just can’t turn it off.  Soooooo, onto the drapes.  I knew I wanted to do 5 panels of drapes in between the windows in our eating area.   Sam and I didn’t want them to block any light from coming in, but more or less wanted to give the appearance of one big window.  Holly helped me pick out several fabrics & in the end thought this would look best & I completely agreed.  So I ordered 12 yards and sewed my little heart out.  I will post a more thorough tutorial on how I did that along with our makeshift drapery rod that cost us less than $30!  Cha cha cha cha ching, baby!

While this is a much needed improvement, we still have some work to do…I’ve got to crease, fold and hem the drapes.  We would also like some different backless barstools.  I have had my eye on these for awhile.  The search is on for some fantastic wall art above the cupboard and some other little finishing touches, but it’s close and oh so much better!  And now if you have read all this…here is your reward!

white kitchen


To again, remind you of the before


dark kitchen remodel

And because I couldn’t help it

corner windows with curtains

eating nook

white kitchen

So, tell me what do you think???