Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Kitchen Makeover Complete!

We have completed our kitchen makeover! Renovating the kitchen is always a challenge, especially when trying to keep some semblance of order during meal prep time. But, we are thrilled with our new cupboards and new look! Of course, look where we started from... whew!

It took a few years and we did various areas along the way. The old cupboards and walls were completely removed, electrical updated (yeah!) and new cupboards installed. We removed the old flooring and installed ceramic tiles that are family friendly (i.e. don't show every tiny thing).

It took a while to decide on the backsplash. We finally decided on tumbled marble.

We purposely chose not to grout in between as neither of us likes the look. After a couple of months, we love our decision.

The eating area contained a wall of ugly paneling when we moved in. Two re-dos later, we now have a smooth wall. This time, we chose to use lime paint from Sydney Harbour Paints. I love this paint! They have a great color selection and the lime naturally "blooms" without having to do glaze layers on top. Lime paints and plasters have lives of their own. You can not know exactly what it will do as it continues to interact with the air for a few weeks until it cures.

We chose Burnt Umber for the accent wall and Old Church White for the remaining three walls.

I made many samples to see what we would like and to look at them in different lighting. I cannot stress the importance of doing this. We thought we wanted a butter cream, light yellow, but when we held up the 22" x 24" sample, we quickly changed our minds. Honestly, this took the longest time of all! In the end, we were guided by the colors of our tiles.

Samples of trim colors:

Here is the result:

Our curtain rod is held up by two vintage, French decorative hooks that I purchased from Sharon's (My French Country Home) online brocante store here. Aren't they gorgeous? We use the two smaller brass hooks for a quick hanging of jackets.

Since we prefer open windows and lots of light, we went with this funky, open weave silver metallic/silk combination. The "rod" is actually a chair rail that I stained, gilded with aluminum leaf (instead of silver leaf that tarnishes very quickly) and aged.

Closeups of a few pieces found at estate sales:

Our copper envelope with cute little feet holds our spring welcome.

Bring on the guests!

Thank you to Cindy at My Romantic Home!


  1. How fun for me to see where those hooks live now! You did a great job on the kitchen, Ann, you must be thrilled. Love the colours and all the little details

  2. Gorgeous!! I love that burnt umber wall. I have been wanting to try that limewash by Syndey but now I know I'm going to use it! Really beautiful!

  3. What an incredible transformation! The colors are just stunning--elegant, tranquil, sophisticated. This kitchen balances a rustic quality with a refined beauty. I love the mix of materials--metal, tile, wood... Really impressive.

  4. Annie, what a wonderful makeover! You must be so happy! Fresh and stylish!

    ox, Mon

  5. It must be pure happiness to walk in there! What a process that must have been but I've enjoyed your going through the individual decisions -- totally agree on the non-grouting, too. So happy you have your kitchen back! BTW, I'm going to try Sydney Harbour products on your recommendation.


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