Thursday, October 14, 2010

Heart of the Home, Kitchen Party- I'm Late

Sweet Sheila said those of us who didnt get a chance to participate could still post our kitchens.. Is she the bestest Sweetie of all time or what:)   Bless your kind heart Sheila..
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 I wanted to show my kitchen not because its one of the biggest and its certainly not the fanciest but OH BABY, I love my kitchen sooooooooooooooooo much...

click Sheila's link to see all the great kitchens there...
http://notesongs.blogspot.com/

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  I thought I better start with a picture of todays barscape- otherwise you might not come look at all..


We remodeled our kitchen-- umm wait- we actually took out the wall between the dining and kitchen and part of the wall between the original kitchen and the family room.. Then new oak cabinets:: which Mr. Dreams wanted: new sink, fauset, stove, fridge and dishwasher.    I knew when they set the first oak cabinet in place that it just wasnt going to work for me but at that point there was nothing I could do, so for 3 years I tried to live with it..
  Here's the oak kitchen..  Dont get me wrong- oaks fine- just not for me...
See what I mean?? It was fine.. I think anytime I showed it on the decor forum folks were always nice and said- Warm and Cozy..   so ok it was Warm and Cozy.. But folks- I wanted a white kitchen.. soft white, but white.. Every morning for 3 years I would start to round the corner from the living room to come through the dining into the kitchen and I would visualize seeing-- WHITE CABINETS, but once I rounded that corner, I'd see OAK.. Apparently this transformation was going to require more than Visualizing:)  dreaming or wishing. It was going to take cleaning sanding priming and painting....  About this same time Mr. Dreams wanted a Mancave built onto the back building.. We made a deal. I got a white kitchen, he got his Mancave...For me this was a WIN WIN cause I'd have what I wanted and He and his Pals wouldnt be in the house either lol..   I love it when a plan comes together- dont you...?
Doors off and cab surrounds painted... all ready lookin better:) wooohoooo
Dont be jealous of the lovely painters plastic decor.. You too can find this at your local Home Depot..
Doors back on ~ I was going through my Apple Green phase.. I do still love these colors- black/white and apple green and I often use them in different configurations depending on the season..Did you spy my black sink and fauset over in the corner... Love them~!
Just to show the remarkable different it makes-- white side only had primer on it but I knew it was gonna be great...
Its been 2 years and I have played with a few mock ups like- Glass in a few of the cab doors and a built in plate rack?  I still havent decided if I want to add these yet..

  What do ya'll vote for-- glass in the cabs or leave them solid??
 This is looking from the pantry door, through the breakfast nook and into the kitchen..
  Oh my, the breakfast area has certainly changed too :)  these were pics from last year...
  I just bought a new chandelier for the dining area from Pottery Barn. A 6 arm upswing candelabra style.
   Hopefully I can get that up before Christmas and make the shades for it..
Heres are a few more photos of this mornings barscape.
Thank ya'll so much for stopping in to see my kitchen, even though the party was yesterday...
Sheila, thank you for being so kind and allowing those of us who couldnt make it in time a chance to still be able to share our kitchens...
Happy Fall to ALL~!!!
Much love from Dream Lane, come visit us Anytime...

28 comments :

  1. Well, Sonny, you have my dream kitchen! I have oak and will have oak until we downsize {hopefully in 2011} and then I will have white. I am determined on that! You did a great job on them. I also want at least one cabinet with glass in it, so I'm for the glass myself.

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  2. Hi Sonny! Oh, I'm so glad you came to the party! I loved the tour of your pretty kitchen! I'm with you - oak is very pretty - but I love me some white cabinets! Yours are so lovely - love the rope trim on the bottoms of the top ones. Very pretty backsplash too! I kinda lean toward a few glass front cabinets! I wish I had at least one!
    Now, Sonny, your vignettes are always most beautiful!
    Thank you form the bottom of my heart for coming!! :)
    You are a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  3. Very pretty transformation Sonny! I love the trim pieces and moulding you added. It's wonderful! The white really looks so much better in your kitchen IMOP too! Very lovely tablesetting at the bar. Glad you joined the party even if you were a little tardy! Better late then never, right? :))

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  4. I didn't post my kitchen as I have OAK cabinets and Hunter green countertops! DH is in the process of painting the kitchen and we will replace the countertops but oh, how I'd love to paint the cabinets white! Yours look fabulous! Will have to work on DH a bit - maybe suggest a man-cave for him?!!

    DD

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  5. Sonny, I liked your kitchen the way it was, but I LOVE your kitchen with the white cabinets. They just make the room so special. And what time did you say to expect me for breakfast? Over easy, please. :)

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  6. Your kitchen is just beautiful _I bet you spend most of your hours in there. The barscape is really inviting too Thanks for sharing the great pictures

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  7. Sonny, your kitchen is beautiful. I have been wondering about painting my cabinets white--I've always had white kitchens before this one and I so miss the white! Love your barscapes too. I vote for adding some glass cabinets--they are so much fun and you can let your pretty dishes show. Looking forward to seeing the new chandelier. Linda

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  8. Hi Sonny better late than never on the party! I have to say, I did love the before with the OAK..however after seeing the white, it really did open the space and make it so much light and bright. I had white in Florida, and hated it...of course I have two little boys with dirty fingers all the time:) I really enjoyed your kitchen, and you have it decorated so lovely too.

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  9. I agree... the oak is nice but the white is gorgeous! You have a most beautiful kitchen and I really enjoyed my tour! :)

    Kindly, ldh

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  10. Sonny...I LOVE your pretty kitchen. I am not an oak girl either. It's fine for others...not for me.

    You did a fabulous job on your kitchen. Is that plate rack not built in?? I am wanting one, really bad but haven't figured out where the heck I can put one.
    Beautiful kitchen!!

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  11. I've said it before, but I just HAVE to say it again.... I'll NEVER stop being amazed by the difference paint makes. I LOVE your white kitchen. It's simply STUNNING!

    Huggies,
    Spencer

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  12. What a stunning transformation! I too have a white kitchen and I've NEVER tired of it. It stands the test of time for sure. Love your kitchen so much!!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  13. Sonny, it is just gorgeous!!! I love both, but I can see why you love the white. I have thought about distressed black for my island but I've not been brave enough to try. Love your counters too. You have done a beautiful job accessorizing. I would love waking up to that kitchen every morning. Beautiful:-)

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  14. I also really love your black appliances...my fav, and your floors too!

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  15. Your kitchen is stunning. I love your extra touches like the wine and grape basket. So lush and full. I think your under-counter lighting really sets it all off.

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  16. Hi Sunny, trends come and go but white is forever. I love your kitchen, it is just beautiful. You did do a great job with the transformation. Everything looks so good together, and I love your counter accessories. I noticed in your pictures that your accessories change and I was very impressed with all the phases they go through. Thanks you for sharing your kitchen with us and thank you for your kind comments on mine.

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  17. I love a win-win situation! Your kitchen is lovely....I enjoyed the visit!!

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  18. Sonny, your kitchen is beautiful! You left such a kind comment on my kitchen post. When I came over and saw your kitchen, I was even more flattered by your comment than I was when I first read it. What a different the paint made. Even the granite looks prettier with the white painted cabinets. I can't wait to see your new light fixture in the breakfast room. Your Fall barscape is so pretty. Love the basket with the wine and grapes. Looks like you are just getting ready to head out the door for a picnic. laurie

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  19. Hi Sonny! I'm so glad you liked the party and I think we just may have to do this again next year! It was so nice to see your lovely kitchen.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  20. Do like the white better - lovey transformation!

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  21. Hi Sonny! Oh, thank you for popping in to see my bathroom! I'm really thrilled with it but need some help decorating it! :) Hope you've had a great weekend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  22. Like th white-like the glass!

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  23. Sonny, your kitchen is beautiful!! I love the transformation! White cabinets have always been my fav!!! White is so bright and happy!!

    Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

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  24. Sonny sooo utterly beautiful!! Love the changes and also love your new baby!! She looks sooo real!

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  25. WOW what a difference! I love the new white ones and it's all so pretty! I missed Shelia's thing, we were gone on vacation! ;D

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  26. Hi Sonny...

    Ohhh...your kitchen is gorgeous! I love the transformation of the oak cabinets to white! This is exactly what I'm wanting in my kitchen...hopefully a remodel will be in the near future! I also love that you added a few glass cabinet doors...so pretty! I also really enjoyed all of your pretty autumn vignettes and the beautiful autumn place setting too! Sooo pretty! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous kitchen with us...I certainly can see why you love this pretty room!!!

    I also wanted to thank you for stopping by and taking a peek at my autumn leaves vignette! I enjoyed your visit and sweet note, my friend!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  27. Your kitchen is lovely. You have excellent taste. It looks so welcoming. Well done. Wishing you a day filled with Happy!

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  28. hey sonny, so glad i was able to pop in to see your kitchen. it's beautiful. you really know how to manage a budget! it's amazing how creative you are and it just shines. i love your fall decorations too!

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