One Room Challenge Week 6 - My Kitchen Reveal!!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


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.


Thanks for following along on my kitchen makeover journey. You guys have been so supportive and encouraging and I appreciate all of your comments and emails.

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!



73 comments:

Ashley said...

Kim!!!! It looks awesome. The roman shade is fantastic and the center stripe is such an eye-catcher. If I was giving out grades for this challenge, you'd get an A+++ all around.

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

GREAT job Kim! Love how it went from drab to fab and the blue and white in there is wonderful! Love your eating area and that little bench. The roman shades are perfect! I know you'll love spending time in here now and get your happy fix! Love the styling on those 3 shelves to the left of your window. Wonderful.
xoxo Nancy

Fran said...

WOW! What a transformation! It really looks like something I'd expect to find in the pages of domino! Seriously good work!! So grateful for you awesome bloggers/designers!!

Henhurst Interiors said...

You did find the perfect bench! You could not improve on it. The dining area looks so inviting and the kitchen looks great - nice styling!
All best,
Phyllis

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

I love it! The blue and white looks really gorgeous in your room too. The Roman shade is perfection.

Beth of designPOST Interiors said...

What a great mix of modern and rustic! It looks great!

Amber B (Simple Dwellings) said...

Wow, I love it, Kim! The subway tiles and pops of color make the room look so much bigger and beautiful! Well done! And that amazing deer print! I am going to look up that etsy shop right after this. :) Love it!

Tiffany Leigh Interior Design said...

Kim, your kitchen has become so bright and cheery! Well done. That dear painting adds the perfect amount of quirk to the room.

Holly Phillips @ The English Room said...

This looks terrific. I love the touch of modern with the Panton chairs. Congrats on surviving the ORC!

Cathy Wall said...

Are you kidding me? A little vision and a bit of elbow grease can work wonders on a space. Love the blue & green color story and your last minute bench find is a winner. Great job Kim!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Kim I was actually excited to get out of bed this morning to see your kitchen and all these awesome reveals!! So much fun to follow along as you updated this space and gave it some serious style. I LOVE the bold choice of wallpaper color, the new backsplash, and the difference in the feel of the kitchen with that cabinet replaced by shelves! Your whimsical art is perfect and the chairs and bench with the petite table are such a great combination. The room came out great!!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I just wrote the longest comment ever and then apparently deleted it - so, the condensed version :) - LOVES: the chartreuse wallpaper, the whimsical art, the cabinet replaced with the shelves, the countertop!, the styling!!, the chairs and bench with the petite table!!!!! Amazing, Kim!!

Jessie said...

Kim! It looks amazing. I love the wallpaper, counter tops and the fun print!

sharon smith said...

I've been waiting for this big reveal! And you didn't disappoint. I love your counters, the wood adds warmth and charm with your subway tile. Of course....I love the wallpaper too. Your picture from Etsy is just perfect!!! You did an amazing job transforming this kitchen. I have to add that your styling is perfection.
Love your work! I can't wait until the next ORC to see what you transform.
Sharon
@novaraway

Kim @ Plumberry Pie said...

Kim, all the details brought that kitchen back to life! It looks fantastic. I love that you were able to work with the bones of the space and make a huge transformation through color, textiles and texture. What a difference! The bench was definitely the missing link to that seating area. Love that you painted the legs white, it really unites the space nicely.

Tracy Laverty said...

Great transformation! I love your Roman shades with the stripe and your butcher block counter tops. Amazing job!

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Looks great! I really like the color and texture of that wallpaper as well. Just classic but with enough visual interest, you must love cooking in there now!

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Looks great! I really like the color and texture of that wallpaper as well. Just classic but with enough visual interest, you must love cooking in there now!

Vel Criste said...

Aaaaahhh! I cannot believe it's the same space! you are a great decorator KIM!!!! Usually people would think of always having to change the cabinets, but this is a perfect example of using and updating what you have and still come out stylish!!!!!! Love the shimsical art and that sconce, love the pops of blue and white with the gree walls!!!! You must be so pleased!!!

Raina Cox said...

THIS is the definitive example of what decorate magic can be conjured with existing cabinets and flooring. Brava, m'dear!

charmaine said...

Kudos to you for transforming your kitchen in 6 weeks! Love the subway tile countertop and your window treatments the most!. Great job!!

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Oh my gosh, Kim!!! It looks amazing!! Wow, you really did keep this a secret, and I am amazed at all of the little extras everywhere. I adore your shelving too! I know that you are so happy with your new kitchen.
Here's one to you!
Teresa
xoxo

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

kim! omg. you have a new kitchen! do you love it? i DO! i love the warmth of the wood with all the white and backsplash. and that painting is KILLIN IT. i need one. i am loving this kitchen. what a difference!

Heather Peterson said...

BIG improvement! Love the strong black stripe down the middle of the romans in particular--such a crisp statement.

Kimber McGallagher said...

I knew it would be great, but you impressed me even more! And that print?!? Shut the front door, it is amazing. I love, love, love it, Kim. GREAT job.

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

What a great makeover. I love how fresh and new this feels. You did such a great job. The wallpaper, window treatment, hilarious painting, and light fixture...fantastic. Love the display above your cabinets.

Traci Hutton said...

Beautiful and whimsical...I just love it all!!

Leslie Price said...

Sweet! Love the green walls and your happy new kitchen! Great job as always! :)

pam {simple details} said...

Wow, Kim!! That wallpaper is the BEST, I love the bright fresh color paired with the white! The subway tile and open shelves are my favorite, and the perfect quirky art, and your fabulous styling as usual!! I had to giggle at you burning the midnight oil! :) Wonderful job, my friend!

Stacey said...

That wallpaper is everything! Love how the subway tiles pop in the space! The touches of blue and white are fab. Great styling and what a transformation! Love it!

Delia said...

Oooo, what a sassy deer. He is super dapper! I love your kitchen. Great job sticking it out:-)

Matters of Style said...

Looks great! Love the wallpaper!

My Notting Hill said...

It turned out so wonderfully. It all feels so much more spacious and I love those open shelves. The dining space is so charming too - would love to spend time there with a cup of coffee.

kcinteriors said...

Love the way how the whole room came together!! It looks fabulous and you did a great job styling it. That art piece is my all time fav - what fun!

Jessie said...

Great transformation! That roman shade is perfection. Can I have it for my son's bedroom when you are done with it? (just kidding!) Love the subway tiles and accessories! Well done!

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

erin@designcrisis said...

It looks great! Love the relaxed shade and attention to detail sprinkled throughout.

Andrea said...

So beautiful, Kim!!! Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous!! What a wonderful transformation, congratulations!

XOXO,
The Glam Pad

SHERRY HART said...

Boy in the beginning I wondered how you would pull this off without a whole redo.....but damn girl. Taking that cabinet down and adding the subway tile made such a difference. You styling is wonderful and I love the dining area! Also the simple shades with ribbon was a perfect addition. You nailed it!

Nicole said...

Once again, you're room is my favorite. LOVE.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Ooo I really like the sconce and the bench. Great last minute additions, Kim!

Fletcher @ High Cotton Style said...

It looks great! I'm in the process of redoing my kitchen-subway tile and butcher block are going in next week! Great work

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

What an amazing change! I love the new open shelving - it makes such a huge difference. Also loving the Rejuvenation fixture - such a great idea!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

IT LOOKS AWESOME. Love the open shelving and subway tiles. Such clean lines but major impact. This project gives everyone hope for a lovely kitchen without ripping everything out (like I wish we could do in our new SF rental...but that is not happening).

Love the Roman shades, too...I missed the story on them...so pretty...pat on the back to Joy!

And you ENJOY your new kitchen.

Carol@6WilsonBlog.com said...

I love love love the wallpaper!!! And the art just kills me. I love how much personality is in this kitchen. It looks gorgeous -- amazing job. You must be so satisfied!!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Shut up Kim!!! I LOVE IT!! The roman shades are amazing and I love all the blue and white with the green. Spot on my friend. You did such an amazing job!!!

stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs said...

Kim - the roman shade is fab! And the accessories are just pure perfection. loved how your kitchen turned out!!

Calypso In The Country said...

I love how the kitchen turned out! Your accessories are perfect for the space!
-Shelley

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Kim...love the bright cheerful feel of the kitchen...you did a great job!

Heather@Tatter and Fray said...

Kim it looks incredible! I can't believe what a huge change you made without gutting it or ripping out flooring and cabinets. The sconce and the artwork are awesome, and I'm even MORE obsessed with getting butcher block counters now. :) Congrats on an amazing job!

Tobe | BIA said...

you did your kitchen!??!?! what a rock star! it looks fabulous, lady. love the bold color and the art...and the lighting...and the table and chairs...should i go on? :) congrats on a beautiful space in such a short amount of time! oxox

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

Your kitchen just makes me smile! The paper is beyond gorgeous and your table vignette turned out just perfectly. The subway tile looks fab and the counters add just the right amount of warmth. You must be so happy! I know I am and I don't even get to use it ;)

The Pink Pagoda said...

Fantastic job, Kim! My favorite part is the table and chairs. That art is really fun! I'm on my way to check out the Etsy store. I'm also crazy over your wallpaper and chairs! So much to love here!

Miss Charming said...

Such snappy styling--I love it! My favorite is your dining area. Great furniture combo paired with the perfect art piece. Simply lovely!

Sandra said...

Kim, I love your style! You did an amazing job with your kitchen. Everything looks great, but my favorite are the shelves and that deer painting. Wow! The light too...and the subway tile. I told you I love everything!

Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms said...

So, so pretty! I love the patina on everything, it's very vintage chic! Must be a lovely place to dine now x

Mary Jo said...

The print and the shades make the space! Love your transformation!

Hope you'll stop by and check out my fireplace transformation! http://magicalmined.blogspot.com

xo Mary Jo

Marisa said...

Just lovely! So happy to discover you blog.
Xo
Marisa.

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

Lovely! I especially like the industrial reading light -- great touch to the space. Congratulations -- awesome job!

mrs. V | Chez V said...

That art is awesome. The paper turned out great but the biggest impact came with removing the upper cabinet and adding shelves - totally gave you a custom look! Bravo.

Brenda said...

I think it looks great. You have so much cupboard space!

Improvement List said...

Such a transformation. I love the way you styled the shelves by the sink.

Jessie | The Design Daredevil said...

Wowzers girl! You really nailed it! There are so many elements I love, your wallpaper, backsplash, styling, sconce...but my FAV is that deer print. Too fab!

Karena Albert said...

Kim I love it and finding the cuted bench! Everything they created is perfect!

xoxo,
Karena
In with the Old: Jennifer Boles

Ivy Lane said...

Beautiful transformation! I love all your blue and white ware...! The color scheme is quite nice!

Great job!

Ivy....

Jennifer McCracken said...

This is such a fun, happy, pretty kitchen! You did a remarkable job!Congratulations!

Michelle Woeller said...

Love your touches of blue & white and the amazing shade proves you don't have to spend a lot of money on window treatments to look fabulous. Well done!!

René said...

Oh Kim, I love every single detail! The colors, the textures, lighting, window shade. It's all just perfect! We'll done!

Rebecca { MyDarlingHouse} said...

Oh my gosh, did this come out beautifully!!! Love everything, the wallpaper, the blue and white, the swan shakers, and that art is just to die!! Amazing job lady!!

Vel Criste said...

Hi Kim! I just needed to let you know that I have your KITCHEN as one of my ORC faves featured today in my blog! http://buhayatbahay.blogspot.com/2013/11/my-orc-faves.html

willowinteriors said...

WOW! I can't believe those are the old cabinets! LOVE the back splash and open shelving next to the sink!!! And those counter tops, that artwork over the table, those roman shades!! Too much goodness! It's been so fun following you! Well Done!

My Interior Life said...

Sorry I'm so late to the reveal party, but I am so glad I finally made it over here. It looks divine, Kim, seriously!! Love every little touch. The subway tile, the open shelf, the accessorizing, the adorable eating area. And that roman shade with grosgrain looks super chic.

Love it all!!

Amazing job, as always!
xo
Kathy

Brandy@MAKE+MODEL said...

It looks great! Such a happy space!

Town and Country Gals said...

Kim,
your kitchen looks amazing, very comfy and cozy! Big improvement!
Sounds like you've been busy, saw the pic of your new grandson, he's adorable! My grand daughter is a year old and we are having a ball! There's nothing better then having those little arms reach up for you! You're gonna have so much fun!
Rebecca