Monday, April 2, 2012

Lighten Up! It's A Kitchen Makeover

Hello Everyone!
Finally the kitchen is done with it's mini updates. It had been about six
years since it had been painted and with the big move not happening it
 was time for changes. By far this room is the most transformed. As they say
"it's amazing what paint can do." definitely was true in this case. Take a look!
Newly painted cabinets in light cream transform the space.
It feels twice the size to us now. We really love it!
We did hire a crew to paint the cabinets since we had never done this before.
Thank you to Barb for her recommendation. They did a nice job and were fast. 
 Here is the before view with medium brown stained cabinets.
 The new wall color is called Tobacco Leaf by Martha Stewart at Home Depot.
It's a neutral khaki color that really lightened up the space. 
Another before photo from the same angle.
The walls were previously a gold color with a deep red accent wall in the dinette.
 The granite is dark green and was my inspiration for accent color for the entire downstairs.
The hardwood floors are a dark cherry stain. 

The sink is black porcelain and the appliances are stainless steel.
I bought the cream canister set at Kirklands. 

I kept the same barstools and dinette set. The color in the fabric matches the granite.
 Another view of the bar area.
 The cabinet in the dinette area came from Kirklands.
I swapped out the red lampshades for a neutral color.
 Light cream monogrammed napkins are displayed.
 The kitchen dinette has new soft sage green drapes. I kept a few red pieces for a pop of color.
 The drapes are from Bed Bath and Beyond. The leaf rod is from Lowes.
 The cream cabinet paint is called Bone Folder and is by Martha Stewart.
 I found a new wall clock with the perfect colors from Kirklands.
 I added a new lime green tea pot and towels from Home Goods.
 I displayed this french inspired metal tin and added a topiary ball to it.
Twelve dollars for both from Ross. Thanks for the idea Liz!
 Here's a view of the fridge area. I rearranged some things and added a bigger lamp to it.
I used the same stainless steel drawer pulls. I may change them later.
We are very pleased with the changes. I had been thinking of painting the cabinets for years.
I wish I would have taken the plunge a long time ago. If you are thinking about it. Go for it!
Thanks for taking the time to tour. Let me know if you have any questions.
Have a wonderful week!


Pamela said...

It does look twice as big! I guess I missed the memo that you weren't moving. All this time I was thinking you were redoing to sell. Glad you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor!:)

Michelle said...

Being the die hard lover of "the red", I wasn't sure what I was going to think but I love it! It looks great! The white cabinets contrast to the wood floor so beautifully. You have outdone yourself once again!! <3 GOOD JOB!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

that looks so pretty.. I have had my cabs white for 3 years now and every morning when I see it- I SMILE..
I know you will love yours.

Enjoy every moment of it.


Linda said...

Wow....amazing transformation Melissa. Love the soft! Your new canisters are lovely. Doesn't it feel good to have the updated look?

RicKaren said...

It's beautiful!

Traci said...

It looks great! I'm ready to paint mine. The granite is being installed next week & I can't wait!

Becca said...

Looks wonderful, Melissa! I love how the newly painted cabinets contrast beautifully against your black granite, too! And, the wall color you chose is perfect! As always, your floors look amazing ... what cleaner do you use? Love all of your lighter and brighter accents, too!

Ginger said...

It looks beautiful!! I love love love the lighter cabinets. I said it before but it is worth saying again, those wood floors are gorgeous and so shiny!!
You won't ever want to move now. lol

Richella said...

Wow, Melissa! What a huge change! Your kitchen looks absolutely lovely. It was very warm and welcoming before, of course, but now it looks so fresh and updated!

My kitchen cupboards are nice. . . they're a light maple stain, and there are tons of them. But some days I really wish they were painted. So far I haven't been able to interest my husband in having any of them painted. A couple of years ago I suggested that we paint the island black--just to have something a bit different in here. Now I'm not wishing for black cupboards, but I'm thinking "Wouldn't it be nice if the island cupboards were cream-colored?" Hmmm. Thank you for the inspiration!

All That Glitters said...

Wow!!!! Melissa, you went all out girlfriend!!! It does look way bigger! Looks really nice! I'm sure you are having a ball decorating right now!

Have a good week!

Emelia DiCarlo said...

Melissa, Bravo!!!!Gorgeous and gracious. Melissa, you have updated your kitchen and changed the entire space with the beautiful wall color and accents. Green is my all time favorite and all your touches are highlighted with the lighter backdrop.Love the teapot, towels and adorable cream canisters.....I liked them also online. Congratulations for such a classy, elegant and fresh makeover, Have a Blessed and Happy Easter.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

WOW Melissa it does look twice it's size!! Got to love the power of paint!! Your lighter and brighter kitchen looks beautiful!

xinex said...

The cabinet color is perfect. Your kitchen is beautiful, Melissa....Christine

Allyson Pecilunas said...

Love it, Melissa! It looks great!

Barbara F. said...

It looks so much bigger! Gorgeous job, Melissa. xo

Gypsy Heart said...

Absolutely stunning! I just love how it makes the area look so much larger. The wall color is very pleasing too. I'll bet you're really enjoying this space more than ever before!


Kelly said...

It looks fantastic! Love the new lighter colors you chose and the cabinets are so much better now. You must feel like you live in a new house again. Now that you've neutralized everything, it will be easier to sell when you decide to. Of course, you should be enjoying it now since it looks so great!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your cabinets turned out great, Melissa! I love your floors, too. Great transformation! For a mini one it sure lands a big impact.

RobinfromCA said...

Everything looks gorgeous!

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

Melissa, your kitchen is FABULOUS! I love the new colors!
Maybe it's a good thing that you're staying--your house was beautiful to begin with and is becoming more and more beautiful with every transformation.

Have a great day.

Savvy Seasons said...

I am so impressed by your kitchen, you really have done an amazing job. I love all the accessorizing, too! The white cabinets with the stainless steel appliances looks really good! Love your hardwood floors, as well! I like how you showed how to lighten things up just by changing the lampshades, great tip!

I just can't get over how quickly you have transformed your home, you are AMAZING!!

Thanks for sharing! xo Liz

P.S. Love your Ross finds, too! =)

Sally@Enlightenment for the Sleepy said...

It's just beautiful! It looked lovely before but it looks even better now. It's amazing what paint can do to change a room. Well done, and thanks for sharing, Sally x

Lynda said...

So light and fresh!! Beautiful makeover!!

Kris said...

Great job! The painted cabinets turned out gorgeous. A lot of people are afraid to paint stained cabinets but I think it makes kitchens look so much larger.

Very nice!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Your newly remodeled kitchen is very impressive! Great job with everything.

Debbie Booth said...

Oh Melissa, this turned out so beautiful. I love the creamy color mixed with the black. It is wonderful. YOu just decorated the whole kitchen so beautifully and I love all of it. Every bit of it is wonderful. Yay. I bet you love to walk in their just to look or get a cup of coffee...or just something!
Love it.
Happy Easter


Oh just fabulous! I can't believe all you did is paint everything, wall and cabinets, wow, wow! Amazing transformation. HAPPY EASTER to all of you!

Leslie said...

Gorgeousness! When's brunch?

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love the new neutral wall color. What a change.

All Ways Designing said...

WOW!! What a fantastic kitchen make-over. I love the painted cabinets!

Jemsmom said...

Oh my heart be still! White cabinets and darker floors are my dream! That looks absolutely beautiful!!

mishebe said...

Wow it looks fantastic!

jmmonroe said...

Great job-I am glad you are ao proud of your kitchen I think that it quite nice. I especially love using lamps in kitchens and I have to admit one on the top of "fridge" hadn't crossed my mine and I adore your tiered plate rack-in everything it is always in the details.Congrat's our styles are similar and I love the canister's and the french tin!!!<3

Maria Elena said...

Melissa, I do think you made the right choice! Gorgeous! Your kitchen cabinets look so pretty with your floors and stainless steel appliances. You have also done a wonderful job decorating it! I love all of your new lighter accents. What a transformation! Beautiful!

Shelia said...

HI Melissa! Oh, your kitchen looks gorgeous with the new creamy paint! Your kitchen itself is just so beautiful! This really makes your pretty granite pop!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

AngelaV said...

Wow Melissa! It looks great!

Lisa said...

Melissa it is wonderful! How great it all just changed so well with the lighter cabinets. I love the wall color too! How very lovely it all is. Enjoy your lovely new kitchen!
Hugs, Lisa

diana said...

wow I agree paint can change a space... love the colors on the cabinet and the wall... home run!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Oh wow! It's a gorgeous makeover. Love the cabinets! Everything looks amazing.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Melissa, your kitchen is gorgeous. I love the cream cabinets and your new color. Beautiful. Hugs, Marty

imjacobsmom said...

Great choices Melissa It is all put together beautifully!

Tara G. said...

Dramatic!!!! I love it!! You made some great choices!

So, no word. They were going to try to give us staff again on top of mis-categorizing...I think no one opened his file?!? He had to get a little {ahem} direct to even get the guy to answer from the shop desk, but hopefully, we'll have some options this week. We signed up for this, right!?!? ha!

Jen said...

What a transformation Melissa! I love it. Makes for a very inviting kitchen.


CAS said...

Oh my, the kitchen makeover is beautiful, Melissa! I love the creamy cabinet color in contrast to the dark wood floor. The cabinet color really makes your granite pop. You did a wonderful job!

iSavortheWeekend said...

Absolutely stunning! You did good! I have toyed with the thought of painting my cabinets cream color, I just might now after looking at your kitchen.

Pam said...

I'm really loving the wall colors you are picking out. Your kitchen looks gorgeous!

Rooms by Ann said...

Your kitchen looks beautiful. I love the white cabinets. It really looks so much lighter and brighter.You did a great job with the wall color. Thanks for sharing.

A Southern Sanctuary said...

Wow! When you get going, you don't waste any time! I love your kitchen! It is brighter and whiter and looks so much larger. Also love the way you have accessorize it. As always, you've done a wonderful job!

Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz said...

Beautiful job! All the updates look wonderful! Love the canisters and the clock! Great update!

Jessica said...

I love it! :-) Very beautiful. I am partial to light painted cabinets, although ours are medium-dark wood. Ha


It looks great and so bright! Love it!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Melissa, what an awesome redo!! The kitchen looks amazing!! I love the lighter cabinets and all of your cute accents!! Just gorgeous!

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Melissa~painting does make a huge difference. We too made the change to white high gloss cabinets and have loved it ever since.
Beautiful transformation throughout your whole kitchen.

Sweet Easter wishes,

Marla and Steve said...

Simply put. Stunning!!!

Liz said...

Awesome! I love how it looks. I'm really glad that you hired someone...We are talking about painting the cabinets and I just don't think that I would want to take that on. It looks Fabulous! :)

Happy Easter!


Sue said...

I love the change to your kitchen Melissa. And I am so impressed with the speed you and your husband accomplished so many decorating changes. It looks great.
We are changing a few things around here too, first up is the addition of more hardwoods and then some new furniture etc. It will probably take me till Christmas though!
You have a lovely home.

Kristens Creations said...

What an awesome change Melissa! It looks so bright and airy now. I bet you feel like you have a bigger kitchen too. Love Love Love the cabinets!!

Nancy from OHIO said...

WOW!!! WOW!!!
WOW!!! WOW!!!
I love it! I have white cabinets and i accessorize with blue and white. Isn't amazing how the white cabinets make the kitchen look bigger! I am just loving this new kitchen! Pretty and lovely are understatements! Wonderful job to you both!

Angela said...

Hi Melissa,
I knew I caught a glimpse of white cabinets in your dining room post! The kitchen looks awesome! I love the white! I'm so impressed with all of your redesigns. Everything looks beautiful!
Have a great weekend!

arrielle_p said...

You get to enjoy living in it! It is beautiful. Love the kitchen and everything else. :)
real estate in the philippines

Kristen said...

It looks so much larger with the white cabinets! I'll bet you just love cooking in here now, it's so pretty!

Jenny said...

Gorgeous!! So warm and inviting!!!