Wednesday, December 1, 2010

~kitchen photos finally~

I have updated a few things in our kitchen.
Things I have been wanting to do for a while, but just couldn't find the time.
So, here they are......
First up, I painted these craft store cardboard letters with restoration hardware "slate" paint and put them above the kitchen sink. It was super inexpensive, which is good for me because I seem to have an obsession about changing out this area every few months!
Before I did anything I painted the walls from Ralph Lauren's Roadster White back to Behr's Teepee Brown, which it was originally.
The White was too stark for my taste and it felt "cold"

I also painted all the cabinets to match the island~Ralph Lauren's Oatmeal.

I distressed them with a glaze to give them a little character too.

Then I refinished our hardwoods.
I am telling you, I had no idea how this was going to turn out, but I was more than willing to try it seeing as how it would cost about $400.00 as opposed to $4000.00 to have someone come in and do it for us.
I will say, it was the easiest and smartest thing I could have ever done.
One professional looked at our floors and told us they were beyond repair.
Wish he could see them now!
I used a min wax stain called "Jacobean"
Love them!
What a difference!

I haven't really started decorating for Christmas yet, which is not like me.
This is about the extent of it so far!

Here is a close up of one of the cabinets.
You can see the glaze I used on them.
I didn't even prime.
I had the paint color matched to the new Behr paint that has the primer built in.
I did seal them with leftover floor sealer, and I sanded them first.
{they were originally maple}

Ours floors are pine and previously only had a clear finish, so they were very light.
I love, love, love the darker color!

Another close up of one of the doors.

Most of the dishes in my glass front cabinets came from TJ Maxx, like the 2 pitchers here.

I do love my anthro mugs.

We bought a new pendant light for over our island.
I love the finish on it and it is just the right size.

I love that it has a touch of "bling"

Honestly this is my favorite thing in the kitchen.
It's rusty old metal stool I picked up at a flea market.
I love it because it is used by my little guy when he helps me bake.
I'll be so sad when he doesn't need a stool anymore!

This old wood tote has moved all over the house.
I got it at a flea market as well,
and it currently sits on our island by the stove top
and holds olive oils, salt & pepper, and napkins.
Very handy.

Remember this Pottery Barn shelf?
It now hangs over my desk area in the kitchen.

It holds a ton of stuff and I have found having wrapping supplies nearby is very helpful.

I looked for a long time for an antique kilim rug, but couldn't
ever commit to buying one online.
I am one of those people that likes to see something in person.

I came across this wool rug at Marshall's.
It was not only the perfect size and color, but it was only $59!

I am still loving our chalkboard wall.

So, that's it.
Some new accessories, painted cabinets, and stained floors.
That should tide me over for a while!

If you have any questions about anything I did or something you saw on this post, leave me a comment, I will answer all your questions shortly!


Anna said...

your kitchen looks amazing! I wish I had those wood floors in my kitchen. I painted my kitchen cabinets a similar color last year (I used paint and primer in one too), and they still look great

Jenny said...

Wow, wow and WOW! It looks gorgeous, and I can't get over how you made it sound so easy! "Oh yeah, I painted my cabinets, glazed them, no biggie. And then refinished the floors." Those are such monumental projects yet you make it look (and sound) as easy as baking a cake. :-) Thanks for sharing!

Jacqui said...

Where do you get your energy from! Well done, fantastic job!

allabouthebutlers said...

I love looking at your blog all the time! Such a precious house!

Estela @ Weekly Bite said...

Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! I love it all!

barbj said...

Insanely gorgeous! Hopefully showing my husband the pictures will convince him to let me paint our maple cabinets. (what is it with men and wood?) The floors are incredible too. Outstanding job. Don't you love when a professional tells you something can't be done or is beyond fixing and then you do it anyway and it is better than expected? The dark floors are sooooo much better! So elegant. Thanks for sharing.

[email protected] said...

I love your vintage stool - how it's all chippy and worn. Perfect.

We just finished our kitchen and went a similar route with our stools (, but I'd love to find a smaller stepping one like yours. So much character.


Cindi Myers said...

I read your blog but don't usually comment... but tonight I have to!
Your kitchen is amazing! I can't believe all the work you did and how fantastic it turned out! I love white and most of my rooms are painted white but I might have to go get that Teepee Brown.
Well done! Bravo!

Between You and Me said... did a really, really great job on your floors and on your cabinets...honestly, it all looks super professional from here. :)

So, you sanded the floors and then stained them and then put a finish over them?

makes a huge them!!

Katie said...

Melaine!!! Beautiful!! I looooove everything.. Thanks for the inspiration, friend! You truly are so talented. :)


Sara said...

I love it! I painted my cabinets and glazed 2 years ago, but yours look so much better! :-) Our hardwoods are honey and we so want dark floors like yours. Great job! Is your kitchen floor the only room you did?

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Gorgeous~ everything looks just beautiful! Your cupboards are lovely with the stain applied and the floor... wow!! We refinished our wood floors ourselves too (I'm kind of a remodeling junkie!! ) and stained them a dark, rich color~They were standard 1940's oak- stained and distressed beyond what you would think would ever look good, so I can appreciate your thoughts! Your kitchen is so beautiful and the dark floor looks amazing with your light cupboards. Well done! :)

Amanda said...

Wow! Nicely done! Whenever you get a chance can you give some more details on how you revived your hardwood floors?

Allison said...

It is gorgeous! You did a beautiful job. What a nice, crisp and fresh room it is. The dark floors are lovely with your light cabinets. I like that light fixture. We should have hired you to do our kitchen. You're a pro! You have wonderful taste.

Susan said...

It all looks so nice. Would love more details on the floors. Ours are awful and I've never thought it might be something I could do myself!

Unknown said...

Your kitchen looks great! I used the same Behr color in my master bath and I love it. I have been looking for just the right color to paint my kitchen cabinets--I'll have to check out that Ralph Lauren color! I love RL paint and use it alot, but the Behr paint/prime is fantastic!

Glimpse of My World said...

love it all... you were my inspiration for the wall words... last year and I still love them.. happy holiday to you...

designchic said...

Your kitchen is gorgeous. Would love to know how you got the amazing glaze finish you used on your cabinets. They are stunning!!

Stacy said...

Would love a how to on the floor redo. Also - what brand/color of glaze did you use on the cupboards?

Leslie said...

It looks just beautiful! Your hard work has paid off, my goodness! That was quite the undertaking! Good for you!

Heather said...

Beautiful! I have a friend that did her cabinets like that too. I have thought about it but we have white appliances that I am not able to change at this point so not sure how it would look with white appliances. Any other ideas?

Julie Johnson said...

You are amazing! I want an ounce of your energy!!! I feel like I'm not getting nearly enough done around here. I need to get cranking!

LifeinOH said...

Please tell me how you did your floors. Did you rent a sander?

What paint/primer did you use for your cabinets?

You did an amazing job! Simply lovely!

[email protected] said...

Yes please! Will you tell me more about your floor? On a scale of 1-10, how bad/hard was it?

ShabbyESP said...

Your kitchen looks wonderful!!! You did a great job!!!

I am a follower of your blog but I don't usually comment but had to tell you how great your kitchen looks!

Happy Holidays!


Anonymous said...

would you email or do a post on more in depth how you painted the cabinets and done the glaze? that is exactly what i am wanting to do but mine are black currently. i would greatly appreciate it.

Serikandi Boutique said...

Looks gorgeous dear, :)
I adore everything..especially those three frames.. mugs.. and ur touch of 'bling'..

You are such a superb talented person..

Thkns for sharing.. (wish to be like you too!!) :D

Hugs (",)

rosa @ flutter flutter said...

Um, wow! Seriously understating the amount of work you did!! Looks amazing.

Robin Johnson said...

Oh My! Your kitchen is beautiful! Love the wall color and the floors - stunning.

Jen D. said...

Your kitchen is gorgeous! I would love to know more of how you did your own floors. Our hardwood floor has some damage in the half bath from kiddos washing their hands (i.e. playing in the sink) and I would love to re-stain them in a darker colors like you and repair our hardwood. Thanks for your wonderful post and blog.

Jen D.

The 5 Bickies said...

Love it! Especially love seeing the cabinets and floor. These are both items on our to do list. We are in the midst of a renovation and the floor are on the big list but the cabinets are up to me to decide. They are maple and a dear friend suggested paint them to match the watch color to update them a bit. I would love to also add a little glaze so if you feel iike going in to more detail I would love to hear more.


Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

GORGEOUS! I love your floors!

Angie said...

It looks AMAZING!!! Great job! ;)

All That Jazz said...

It's SO looks fabulous Melaine! Love the glaze on the cabinets...I am wondering is that what gives it that "distressed look"?? I love dark, dark floors too~ obsessed over them since I saw my friend's sister's gorgeous Lake Washington house ten years ago. I'd never seen dark floors and now I don't think I'd want anything else!!
I still need to coordinate a time with you to come pillow shopping.... ;-)

nicole b said...

what a beautiful space--love the updates you made! i would love to know how you did the floors...the whole soon as spring comes and the weather isn't 20 degrees out, I am going to do mine. i've just been super intimidated by it, and you gave me courage to go for it...just would love to know what steps you took. also, how many coats did you do on the cabinets? wish you could bottle up some of your energy and sell it in your etsy shop! :)

deborah said...

I love your cabinets and the chalkboard wall and... all of your blog! I bookmarked your blog on my computer so that when our white maple cabinets need repainted I will have a clue how to do it! :] Our paint treatments are so similar (and I had no clue how to re~do once the time comes) Thank you for another great post!
deborah said...

I was going to start to tell you what I love in your post but it is everything!!! Rachaelxo

Dolce Baci said...

Wow so beautiful and inspiring...Thank you for sharing!!!

Ana said...

Beautiful redo and so much cheaper. Congrats! the new kitchen looks great!

Gilda - Sweet Sweet Home said...

I follow your blog for some time.
I find it delicious, compliments for your kitchen, you did a great job.
Excuse my bad English.
Hugs Gilda

Anonymous said...

Great job! The kitchen is just beautiful! I have a sort of strange question for you... Do you use felt pads on the bottom of your bar stools? If so, what kind do you use? I own the same stools and I have tried many different types/brands of pads and none of them stick well enough to the stool to last more than a few days. Any tips you could offer would be much appreciated. Blessings!

Judy said...

Your kitchen looks fabulous! Did you have to use a drum sander before applying the mini wax?

xoxo Judy

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Family and friends always gather in the kitchen and yours looks so warm and inviting!!

Our floors need refinishing badly, wish I could talk the mr. into doing it ourselves too!

Peggy said...

beautiful......thanks for sharing. I always enjoy your spaces. I saw your kitchen several years ago on Rate-My-Space and saved it, one of my favorites. Love the updates too!

It's a Wannabe Decorator's Life said...

I am loving this so much better!! Your old kitchen was beuatiful, but it didn't feel like you. Kinda creepy, right? I feel like I know you!! You inspire me daily!!!

Beth West said...

I love the contrast between the cabinets and the floor. The colors work beautifully together. You've done great work in this kitchen. You've also renewed my courage to refinish our living room floor in a darker tone. Enjoy your beautiful kitchen!

Lynne said...

You give me inspiration as we begin a remodel of our kitchen, dining, and living area! I visit your blog alost every day...Your home is filled with warmth and charm! I hope to meet you at the next French Flea event!

Gloria York said...

Love, love your blog - my favorite and I check it almost everyday. Enjoy seeing your beautiful home and you have wonderful taste!! I love the updated kitchen and was wondering about the cabinet pulls. Could you please let me know where you got them - love them!! Thanks! Gloria

Elsie said...

Kitchen looks amazing!!! Love it, didn't think it could look better but it does. I have really worn out wood floors and have been told they are beyond repair. I would love to know when you have time the process of refinishing, because its an idea I have been thinking about for a long time now but have not had the courage to go for it. said...

sI'm gearing up to do my kitchen cabinets, myself, too, and have been pondering which method to use. I'm overwhelmed before I begin. How difficult was it? Did you take the doors off or leave them on? Can you give me the steps in order that you did?

Also, did you have to rent a sander to sand down your floors before you stained them? I'm trying to decide if I should tackle my kitchen floors, too>

mindy said...

Please do tell how you did your floors! They are wonderful :) I would love a step by step!

Anonymous said...

Your kitchen is just beautiful. I repainted my cabinets this summer as well. I had done them a few years ago and I thought they were just too yellow so I painted them out in white. Love them. Thanks for sharing all your hard work with us.


Dear Lillie said...

Wow, wow, wow!!!!! I tried to comment yesterday but my computer kept freezing up! Arghh! Anyway, this is stunning!!!! You must be so thrilled with how it turned out and what fun to have it looking so fabulous just in time for Christmas!

Ticking and Toile said...

OK.....I seriously do not know how you accomplish so much & post so often AND have an Etsy store AND do flea markets.....Really??? you must be wonder woman?? Oh yeah, and you work out. You're killing me!! Tell us your secret!!!!!! :)

btw, everything looks totally amazing! forgot that part ;)


Seawashed said...

It looks amazing...and now you've inspired my Carpenter hubby to re-do our kitchen cabinets! We love the color of your hardwood floors. My hub says he hates when professionals tell people 'its beyond repair' because its not true! Glad you didn't listen. You did a great job.

Dandelion's Cottage said...

Amazing work, AS ALWAYS!!!

chrissiwithab said...

Love your kitchen. Love your style. A wonderful feeling of home. Thanks for sharing.-chrissi

MamaBear said...

Everything everything divine!

I just want to sit in there over a lovely cup of tea and chat!

Wonderful job, I love it!


Room to Inspire said...

Melaine your kitchen looks great! I keep harassing my hubby that I want to paint our cabinets white - I think I might have to hire you!!!


Jennifer said...

You did a fabulous job, as usual!! I love the combination of dark wood floors and white or off white cabinets...the same thing I have in my own home! Thanks for sharing:)

Bernadette said...

Just beautiful. But I especially love the lighting fixture. I've followed your blog for some time and enjoy your posts. Can you tell us where you got it from? It's gorgeous.

Danielle said...

Gorgeous! We are looking into buying a house to make our own this summer. I'm bookmarking your kitchen series. And your tutorials are great.


JoLynn said...

I LOVE your floors! They look so great dark against your light cabinets. That was a big job...worth it though!!

Did you get all of your cool frames from flea markets? I love a thick and chunky frame! Thanks!

Kellie said...

Would you please, please share some tips on refinishing your kitchen floor?

nottooshabbymama said...

love the cabinet knobs, where did you find them? Also, Do you have more pictures of your little kitchen knook? I have a garden window that I currently have misc pictures in, but I would love some inspiration! Love your kitchen!!
Thanks for sharing!!

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Robert said...

I admire what you have done here. I like the part where you say you are doing this to give back but I would assume by all the comments that this is working for you as well.

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