July 27, 2015

From "Farmhouse" to "French Country" Part One

Hi all!  Hope you're all enjoying your summer!

We have been so busy around here with house guests, babies being born and lots of summer fun.  I promised myself I would not spend my summer working on home projects and I've done pretty well! lol

And our kitchen changes are not done yet but we've done a few things that I love.
Last year I posted our long over-due kitchen make over.  Before starting I went back and forth between making our cabinets pure white or going more French Country.  In the end, I made the wrong decision.

It wasn't long after I spend 3-4 months painting everything Sherwin Williams Alabaster that I looked around and realized I had gone too 'Farmhouse' and not enough 'French Country.  For more photos click here.

So we've been making some changes.

I started out by painting our island in the dining room a chocolate brown and then antiquing the cabinets in the kitchen.  (I still have not painted the lower cabinets in the kitchen island and the family room.  I will finish them when the summer is over.)

Then we started adding some architectural details.  We added some corbels and a shelf to our vent cover.


This spot used to house an ice maker...that has never worked since we've lived here.  We searched for about a year for a wine fridge that would fit this space but could never find one that had the right dimensions, price and quality that we wanted.  So we finally finished this space with a raised floor and an arch.  I found this vase at a Pier One store closing for half price.
We also added some corbels on both sides of these pillars that hold the built-in china cabinet.

I had originally bought these corbels for another project that didn't work out and they fit perfectly for what I wanted in the kitchen! I found them on Amazon and was going to attach a link but it looks they're no longer available.


We are still planning on getting a new stainless gas range (our white stove really stands out now)  and doing a travertine back splash.  I'm also hoping for a farmhouse sink with an oiled bronze faucet.
When we're finished I think the kitchen will have a much more romantic, rustic feel like the rest of this space.  I don't know how soon we'll get this done and when I'll post 'Part Two' but hopefully it won't be too long.

From Farmhouse to French Country Part Two
Here's one of my sweetest guests hanging out in the guest room while his brother and sister swim.
He can hang out whenever he wants.  :)
love and blessings~

 "Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel." Psalms 22:3

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39 comments:

  1. Aaaaawwweeeee !!! Having just placed mine in his Mommy's arms , I can so relate!! They are so precious.
    The kitchen looks beautiful. It's been a BUSY summer over here as well, and I have not been able to get a post together. I have tried , but....
    Soon!
    Looking forward to seeing your completed kitchen tour :) Ours is in the middle of a reno, as is the sunroom, the back garden.... I think we bit off a bit more than we could chew this summer. But it will all get done and I will be smiling!
    Happy Monday!

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    1. Thanks so much, Gee! It sounds like you're having such a busy summer too. So glad you're enjoying your family and home projects! I look forward to seeing what you're up to!
      love and blessings~

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  2. You have a beautiful kitchen...and that is such a nice stove. Wonder how appliance paint would work on it..?

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    1. Thanks, BJ! Our stove is electric and we'd like to change to gas. I'd also like a range that didn't have the controls that stick up the back. We'll find our old one a good home. :)

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  3. Oh your kitchen is beautiful! I love the changes you made. The jar/vase from Pier One is perfect for a French Country look and I like the bottom cabinets painted a darker color. I think I may do something like that when it's time to repaint my kitchen - but mine is definitely a more Farmhouse look so we'll see.
    Looking forward to the rest of the redo. And what a cutie. Maybe someday, I'll have a grand baby to love on. :o) Coming over from Make It Pretty Monday. Now following you.
    hugs,
    Cecilia

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting and following, Cecilia! This is our third grandchild and they fill us with joy. I hope you are blessed with some soon!
      love and blessings~

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  4. Your kitchen looks so lovely and I adore those cabinets with the glass doors. The little one is so cute. I love kids and grandkids are so much fun.

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    1. Thank you, Betty! We are so blessed and we know it! Thanks for visiting!

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  5. I absolutely LOVE the color on the bottom cabinets! Would it be appropriate for you to share!? Great changes and can't wait to see the rest of the re-do.

    That little bundle of beautiful love on the bed made my heart melt!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I should have mentioned the paint color - it's Sherwin Williams Seal Brown. He makes my heart melt too!
      love and blessings~

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  6. You really have transformed your home. Loving that one place for a long time and making it what you want it to be is what's important. I love your style!

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    1. Thank you so much, Stacey! You're right and I genuinely love our home more and more as the years pass. Thanks so much for commenting!
      love and blessings~

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  7. Looking just wonderful you are doing a great job. I love the corbels! What a precious bundle of joy, we are expecting our 2nd grandchild in Dec, God is soooo Good! Hope you are having a Blessed day! Candy

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    1. Congratulations on your second grandchild, Candy!! What a wonderful blessing our sweet grandchildren are! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!

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  8. Awe, what a precious little fellow! Your kitchen is beautiful, love the glass front cabinets and chandie! ...coming from Wow Us Wednesday! ~Rhonda

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda! So glad to have you visit!

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  9. Your kitchen is an inspiration - just lovely! One day I'm hoping we can make some changes to ours. I like that you showed us this post before everything is "done"...that's how many of us have to do our reno's ...step by step! Your grandson is adorable and in such a pretty room!

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    1. Thanks, Lori! I think I enjoy the process just as much as the finished room. And some times things really stretch out here while we make decisions or find the time to work on it. Thanks so much for commenting!

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  10. I love your kitchen! The corbels add such a nice touch and your chandelier is gorgeous! Have to also say, that's one sweet little guest you have...precious!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  11. Love your beautiful kitchen!! Your little guest is a cutie-pie!!

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  12. Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful! I LOVE the colors you chose on the cabinets and island! The little touches, like the shelf and the corbels are perfect! As is that precious little bundle sleeping so soundly! Thanks for the inspiration! We are currently re-doing our kitchen-and I often wonder if it will EVER be done!!

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  13. Thanks so much, C.D.! I understand as ours was torn up for about 4 months last summer and I painted non-stop! I hope yours turns out to be beautiful!

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  14. It is a great mixture Crystal! It looks amazing.

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  15. Your kitchen looks so lovely Crystal! Just perfect!
    I`m so in love with the precious little one! So cute and beautiful!
    xoxo
    Vesna

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  16. Your kitchen is coming on fabulously! The corbels look awesome and I love the huge jar you found.
    Can't wait to see more.
    Patti

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  17. Thank you, Patti! Thanks for visiting!

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  18. Your kitchen is beautiful Lynda! I love the farmhouse touches... and it's so inviting! Your little grandson is sooo precious too! Thanks so much for sharing at our party... featuring you on Thursday! Enjoy your week, friend! xo
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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    1. Thank you so much for featuring me, Kendra! Have a blessed week!
      love and blessings~

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  19. Hi Lynda! I just wanted to let you know that you were our most clicked link last week at Your Turn to Shine. I'm featuring your post in addition to Kendra's group feature. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful decor with us. I'm in love with that light fixture! Hope you have a great evening!

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  20. I love all the beautiful touches you added to your kitchen - and that range hood looks amazing! I can't wait to see how it looks when your finished! And your little guy is absolutely adorable! :)

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    1. Thank you, Amy! We are in love with our little guy!

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  21. Oh, Lynda, how I love your kitchen and your style! And, little man is sooo cute. I'm sure you love to hold him constantly when he is over! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/08/the-sunday-showcase-from-make-it-pretty.html Have a lovely evening. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  22. Hi Lynda! Wanted to let you know that the Weekly Feature Series is live for one more chance for you to shine. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. Have a lovely Sunday! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thanks so much, Kathryn! You are so kind to me and I appreciate it!

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