Sunday, July 12, 2009

Our Finished Kitchen.....Finally! We LOVE it!

We officially finished our kitchen today! WooHoo! I'm doing a Happy Dance!!

It was 95% done a month ago, but we just finished the little touch ups we had to do. We are so happy with how it turned out! I told hubby that I had to have EVERYTHING done today so I could take pics and participate in Metamorphosis Monday hosted by Susan from Between Naps on the Porch...and what a great hubby I have because he did it and then even helped me clean the kitchen so I could take photos.

We did this kitchen remodel all ourselves with exception of having the granite counters made & installed. If you would like to know how we refinished the cabinets step by step click HERE.

What we spent:

Cabinet Feet-$90
Silgranite Sink-$284
Price Pfister Marielle Stainless Steel Faucet,Sprayer, and Soap Dispenser -$135
New Venetian Gold Granite-$2237.50
2 Rattan Chairs -$200
Recessed light-$10
Crown Molding-$48
wood appliques-$7
tumbled marble backsplash, grout,adhesive, & sealer -$300
chalkboard- frame was $2, chalkboard paint -$10
Oil Rubbed Bronze drawer pulls- $4 each/$32
OIL Rubbed Bronze door knobs- .90 cents each/$11.70
Whirlpool Side by Side Refridgerator -$1150
Hidden Hinges - $140
Under Cabinet Lighting -$60
Bottom Edge of Cabinet Trim - $20
6 Baskets -$75

TOTAL $4895.20

So that you can appreciate the AFTERS, I have to show you what the kitchen looked like before. This is the kitchen we installed ourselves when we bought the unfinished home back in 1993. Golden Oak was popular back then and tile was top of the line. We finished our home ourselves on a cash basis...and we didn't have any cash, so it was done on whatever we managed to save each month. Every month we would tackle another project to complete our home. All the while we lived in our unfinished home. It took us 10 yrs to complete the home! We have lived in our home now 17 yrs and last year decided to update the kitchen. Actually our 2 daughters said, "Hey, our home looks great, but when are you going to redo the kitchen?" We thought, "WHAT, our kitchen is fine!" That is what we thought until we saw photos of it and realized we needed to work on updating our kitchen..UGH! The work on a home never ends!!!

OK, don't laugh...our breakfast nook did look better in person.

Goodbye Golden (orangy) Oak!!!

Now without further ado...........

Our New Kitchen

With light on
With light off (just undercabinet lights are on)

Cream cabinets with subtle glazing
oil rubbed bronze knobs
tumbled marble backsplash
New Venetian Gold Granite
Took cab. doors off above microwave & added baskets

Did the same over the fridge (it's so much easier now) Totally recommend doing this!!

Hubby built this (it is the pedestal at the breakfast nook)
Added wood appliques for some interest on the false drawer fronts
Hey check out my legs...I painted the kickboard black to make it disappear and added bun feet to make the cabinets look like freestanding furniture...the custom look!
Crown molding was added by my talented hubby
I made the chalk board from a frame I got at a garage sale for $2
Would you join me for a glass of wine?
Showing the beadboard added to breakfast nook pedestal hubby built
My pretty feet! One of my favorite things we did in our kitchen! $90 well spent!
Our 13 yr old dog...Shelby enjoying the new kitchen!
closeup of the backsplash, switch plate cover
This is my other Cafe Brown Silgranit Sink!! LOVE the size & depth!!
Faucet, Sprayer, & Soap dispenser is by Price Pfister Marielle in Stainless Steel

I made the Farmer's Market sign just for that area...oh and our last name is Farmer so it is PERFECT for us!

Closeup of the chalkboard I made

This is looking into the kitchen from the dining room
I had plans to use that corbel, but changed my mind so now it just sits on the counter

See the beadboard on the cabinet end
The tall, tiny door is my miniscule pantry
Closeup of beadboard and bottom of cabinet trim

Oh, the color of the walls is SW Clary Sage

My KitchenAid mixer looks great in the new kitchen!
Isn't this breakfast nook so much better than our old one?!!
The seagrass chairs are from World Market
I choose those so they would tie in with the baskets above the microwave, fridge
Large cream/wrought iron vase is from Pier One
(did you know that I LOVE vases..I do)

Hope you enjoyed the photo tour of our new kitchen! Hmmm, what can I redo next????
I know, I know...our master bedroom is next! I better give hubby a break first though! LOL

Take Care


Anonymous said...

Hello Darlene,

The kitchen looks beautiful. You and your hubby did a great job! I especially love the cabinet feet that you added:)

Best regards,

Liz said...

Wow! That looks wonderful!! You guys did a great job.


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful kitchen redo, Darlene.

Anonymous said...

It looks amazing! You did a wonderful job :)

I really like the bun feet on the cabinets, it really does make them look like furniture. I was trying to explain to my hubby what you were doing, now I'll just show him this post.

Great job!!

ellen b. said...

Love, love, love, what you did in your kitchen. It is such a great redo. That sink is faboulous!!

Tina said...

This is a stunning transformation. You got a lotta bang for your buck for sure.

I'm so partial to the feet detail for your cabinets and the countertops and sink and I have got to get out and get a frame so I can do a chalkboard like that. I love it all

A Touch of Country said...

Very Pretty! The sink is to die for!!!

You should be very did a fabulous job!

Thanks for sharing!

Southern Savvy said...

Such a fantastic job! I love it!

Sarah said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! That looks AMAZING!

Great job!!

ButterYum said...

Love it! Love it! Love it! Love it! Love it! Love it! Love it! Love it!

What a fabulous transformation!!! I especially love your sink - there's nothing better than a deep, wide sink! Enjoy your wonderful new space :).

ButterYum said...

PS - how cute is that sign!!! You'll have to show us how you made it sometime.

Tara said...

Darlene!!!!! your kitchen loosk amazing, I love everything, I do! I love the feet and might have to see if that would work in my kitchen, the counters the little touches with the sign and the chalkboard, just perfect, you did an amazing job! isn't it is a great feeling to do something all on your own??? Congrats, now put those feet up and relax!

Terri and Bob said...

This is a fabulous make over. I think you should enter it in one of the HGTV pages. It is amazing. I know kitchen redos can be in the thousands and thousands of dollars. You should be really pleased with your costs!!

Sandra said...

I love the transformation!!! I am totally in love with your kitchen! lol It looks beautiful!

Lori E said...

You guys must be so proud of the finished kitchen. You did a great job.
The bun feet!!!!
The deep wide sink!!!!!!!!!

Dawn said...

It's absolutely GAW-geous!!!! Great job, and such an inspiration!

Rhonda said...

Hi Darlene,

Your kitchen looks fantastic! You did a beautiful job with the fixtures, colors, everything - just gorgeous!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

This looks awesome, and I really want a sink just like that one! laurie

Kammy said...

What a great job you two did ! We are about 95% finished on ours too...I will post soon...I really love the ball feet on the bottoms of the cabinets the best !
Hugs ~ Kammy

its so very cheri said...

Love it all---And I love the basket idea-who can reach those cabinets anyway?

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Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Darlene, it truly is gorgeous!! And I know what a lot of work goes into a project like this. Ya'll did a great job. Everything came together perfectly. I see we did use the same beaded trim on the cabinets. Great minds! I know you are thrilled. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...


It came out great you guys did a wonderful job...

Kathy :)

Dana said...

Oh my goodness Darlene--this look beautiful! Great job! I think my parents have the same granite in their kitchen... Anyway, wonderful!!

Kim -today's creative blog said...

wow! love the feet......I wonder if I can add those to mine? And that sink.......oh just kill me the bead board. We have lots of it except under our counter island...we need to add it. Was it hard?

Lisa said...

BRAVO to you & your husband! Kitchens are so hard. You should be so proud of a job well done!

Kim said...

Well done!!! I love it!!! Both of you should be very proud of your results.

Michelle said...

LOVE your kitchen redo...what a marvelous transformation and wonderful job! I'm new to your blog and enjoying it :)

Enjoy a lovely day!
(Treasure the Moment)

Melissa Miller said...

Darlene your kitchen is truly a magnificent work of art! Love it!

I'm adding your button.
I do hope you are feeling better.

Have a blessed day my friend.
~Warmly, Melissa ;)

Andrea said...

Love it! What color did you use for the cabinets?

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Okay, painting the kickboard black was a stroke of genius! Really...

Amy@My Front Porch said...

I just stopped in here from Thrifty Decor Chick's Before and After party -- your kitchen is AMAZING! We have the same color cabinets (orang-y oak) as you do and I'd LOVE to redo them someday. I love the white cabinets -- and painting the kickboard black and adding those knobs -- genious! And removing the cabinet doors and adding the baskets above the stove -- I hope you don't mind I might have to steal your ideas :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Painting the kick board black was GENIOUS!!!!!

june@craftyniche said...

Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful makeover! You guys did such a great job on all the details.

Diana {The Princess Escapades} said...

It looks beautiful. :) Love all the unique aspects of it. Great job! Visiting you from TDC. :)

gina said...

WHAT?!! That kitchen is crazy gorgeous and custom looking and for UNDER $5000?!!! Amazing!!!!!!!!!

And I love you because- Silgranit! My husband and I saw one of those sinks in one of the bajillion houses we walked through while house hunting last Spring and couldn't remeber what it was called. We hope to get one soon... along with some granite countertops!

Stephanie said...

it's gorgeous! i love it!

Britt said...

Oh wow, this is gorgeous! I love the cabinets, the sink, the faucet, the backsplash - everything!

ani @ kindness on her tongue said...

what great transformation!

Kelly said...

another visitor from ThriftyDecorChick's before/after party here!

I LOVE your new kitchen! I cannot believe your hubby made the new breakfast nook. What a talented guy you have there :) And you are quite talented yourself. Just stunning!

Quick question - what kind of paint did you use on your cabinets? Did you spend hours and hours sanding them all down first? I'm thinking of doing our cabinets in our kitchen so any feedback you could provide would be much appreciated!


"Dove" said...

WOW-ZA!!! That kitchen sink is divine. LOOOOVE the color and size of it. It really steals the show for me. The bead board on the cabinet ends is awesome, and those bun feet? How did you come up with that?? So cute!! This is a spectacular make over. I bet you love spending time in your new kitchen! The look is won't have to redo that for a very, very long time!!! Oh, and the Farmer's Market sign gets thumbs up too!!

Erin said...

Gorgeous, just gorgeous!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Darlene,
I just love it!!! Fabulous, fabulous job! You know it looked good in the 90's and it looks good updated for today but still with a bit of country appeal! Cindy

Chloe and Co. said...

What a great makeover! I love, love your idea about removing the doors and using baskets instead (may have to borrow that idea). And the bun feet. It all looks great!

Lindsey@creativeattempts said...

Be still my heart!! That is amazing and on such a small budget (considering how much expense is involved) Great choices all around!!

Sherry @ Young House Love said...

Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing the link. Your kitchen looks like a million bucks. You must be so proud. Well done!

Sherry (& John)

Anonymous said...

Wow...amazing renovation of your kitchen...LOVE IT!! Just wanted to say "Thank-you" so much for doing a wonderful job of showing all the steps to your cupboard make-over...And I think the bun feet look great!! I also have the orange tint in my 80's oak cabinets..I'll get brave someday to try it..Thanks again!! God Bless you, too!!

debbie said...

Hi! I really love your cabinet painting instructions! I am going to paint our oak cupboards - starting tomorrow...and I am wondering if you painted the insides of the cupboards, or did you leave them wood? Mine are birch interior, and in very good shape, so I'm thinking this may be more work than necessary. Thanks again for your detailed've given me the courage I need!!!

Kitchen clearance said...

Your kitchen looks terrific! Your very beautiful fixtures, color, everything is so beautiful! In your kitchen, the color is wonderful. This is a long process, drawing a kitchen of cab.

mole removal said...

I like the white cabinets - black and painting floating plate, the increase in the knob. And remove the doors and added a basket on the stove. I love it!

Jennifer said...

I found your blog because I was googling that faucet. Your kitchen re-do is wonderful! I have orangey oak cabinets and you have inspired me! The beadboard and bun feet are great ideas. Love it!

Tiffany McCaulla said...

Your kitchen looks great :) I did want to ask, did you glaze your beadboard? I am doing the same glaze in my kitchen now and debating the beadboard.

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Thanks Tiffany! Sorry for the delay in replying to your question. Just now saw your question. I did not glaze he beadboard. In fact when I redo the cabinets I will just repaint without the glazing. I like the crisp cream color without the glazing better.

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