Welcome to the final post of The One Room Challenge! Before we get too deep into this, I'd like to serve up a biggie size thank you to Linda at Calling it Home for inviting me to participate! I am completely honored to have been given a chance to make over my kitchen along with 19 of the most talented designers/bloggers/friends out there. High fives, ladies, we made it to the finish line!
If this is your first visit to my blog, then you came on a good day. For the last 6 weeks I have been sharing the trials and tribulations of my kitchen makeover. If you'd like to read the back story, click here.
Let's have a final look at where it all began:
Oh my. That's a dreary little kitchen.
If you recall, I didn't make any changes to the kitchen's layout and I kept the original cabinets and flooring.
I (meaning the husband) removed the upper cabinet to the left of the sink and we (again, the husband) replaced it with subway tile and white shelving from Lowe's. Said shelves were styled mostly with stuff I already had. The lemons and clementines are fresh. Shopping for accessories in the produce department was a new and out of the comfort zone experience for me.
This is a look at the cabinet wall across from the sink. I styled the counter tops with things I already had and leaves from my back yard.
And here's my teeny tiny dining area. I'm pretty delighted with the 11th hour bench I scouted out at a local antique mall. If you recall, I wanted to keep this side of the seating area open by using a bench. Unbelievably I found a bench with nearly perfect size and form. I zhushed it up with paint and fabric during the wee hours last night.
And did you notice that lovely sconce over the dining table? I found the the perfect solution to my lighting dilemma at Rejuvenation. Those folks are wonderful to work with. I went with the Reed Plug-in Wall Sconce in a "burnished" finish and the shade is "old brass". The plug-in feature means no electrician had to be called in and there is very little anxiety for those of you with commitment issues. You know who you are.
Can we just talk about how much I love my print from Etsy artist Loopy Lolly.?!?!?? I wanted something whimsical over the kitchen table, and I knew instantly this was "the one".
My dining table is styled with leaves from my back yard, a thrifted trophy vase, and swan salt & pepper shakers we got as a wedding gift.
This is my favorite view into the kitchen, taken from my family room. My awesome Joy at my work room whipped up the roman shades for me out of super inexpensive cotton duck fabric trimmed out with craft store grosgrain ribbon. They are beautifully made and she had them to me in 3 days. Thank you Joy!!
And one last "big picture" photo.
Oh, and a special thank you to Jaime for her beautiful photography work!!
PS. I've been so impressed with the bloggers that are linking up with their room makeovers every Thursday! Make sure you check out their reveals too. You can find the links on Linda's blog tomorrow.
I'm dying to see how everyone else made out. Here are the links to their reveals!