August 20, 2015

From "Farmhouse" to "French Country" - Part Two

Hi all!!

We have had a very busy couple of weeks here as our summer vacation comes to an end. Our middle son has been staying with us since June.  We've enjoyed his visit so much but he will be taking off for San Francisco soon.  And my husband, a college professor, and youngest son will be going back to college classes next week.

So my house will go from busy and a little chaotic at times to quiet and empty all day long. And I will get back to projects.  In the mean time, I'm fitting as much fun into the last of summer as I can.

I had made a commitment not to paint this summer but I didn't make it!  I finally broke down and finished painting the kitchen cabinets and all the cabinetry that's in the family room.  And I was so happy about it that I was sorry I waited so long - lol.


My son took this picture of me painting.  I posted it on my Gates of Crystal Facebook page and it went viral.  HA!

You know I'm just kidding.  He was actually taking a picture of his brother and I was in the background.  When I loaded my pictures onto my computer, there it was.  (I cropped out my son.)


But we've finished two projects in the kitchen that I have wanted to do for a while!  One of them is these fabulous X's!  The X's are just 2" wide pine boards.  We framed out the sides where needed and fit the x's inside.   We then caulked any gaps, primed and painted.

We added an X to all four ends of our cabinetry. When I got to the cabinet in the dining room,  it was going to be the only X that was the SW Seal Brown and I didn't like that.
But the other project was adding feet to our cabinets. So I re-re-painted this section the light Sand color and made the brown section look like an independent cabinet with the feet.

I'm so happy with this now.  I love the contrast of colors but I love having more of the lighter color.  I also repainted the bar stool area the lighter color.

I bought the feet at Lowe's.  They are furniture feet and were the perfect size.  We found out that the height between the floor and the bottom of each cabinet varied and the feet were too short in some places.

Rather than add to the top of each foot and remove the quarter-round moulding in the areas where there is hardwood floors, we added a small piece to the bottom of the feet. We had a dowling rod that was the exact width of the bottom of the foot. This made the bottom of the foot narrow enough to miss the quarter round.


The wet bar sink in this area is brass.  We've tried to pull it out to replace it but it must be "glued" in. So I have a plan to change it which I will post when it's finished.

We've ordered our new stove (gas stainless) and I've picked out tile for the back splash and am hoping to have that all put in before our stove arrives.

I love the 'custom look' the feet and X's have added.  And the French Country feel.

I told my husband he was almost done!  He doesn't believe me.  Poor man.
From Farmhouse to French Country Part One

Have a wonderful day!

love and blessings~
"For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes."  Jeremiah 31:25


I'm joining these parties: commongroundimpartinggrace/lessthanperfectlifeofblissfrenchcountrycottagethecharmofhomeshabbynestRattlebridgeFarmdwellings-theheartofyourhomeoursouthernhomescbetweennapsontheporchkarensuponthehillcoastalcharmastrollthrulifesavvysouthernstyletatertotsandjellocedarhillfarmhousecupcakesandcrinoline

36 comments:

  1. Your kitchen just gets better and better! You'll love the stainless gas stove. That's what I have. There's a lot of work that goes into it to keep it clean but it's worth it.

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    1. Thank you, Stacey! I'm getting pretty 'kitchen-happy!' :)

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  2. I have that white stove myself. Love the new look. I want to be French country but right now I am only country.

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    1. Thank you, Kitty! Country is so charming but I understand how it feels when you'd like to change things. Our changes have been very inexpensive. I hope you are able to change yours soon!

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  3. Love the verse from Isaiah. I might journal that in my Bible. Do you Bible journal? I just started and I love it.

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    1. My Isaiah verse is very precious to me. In fact, God has brought parts of this whole chapter to life for me over the years. I have journaled before and am getting ready to start a Bible study in September where we will be using journals. And yes! It's very beneficial!
      love and blessings to you, Kitty!

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  4. I love the look of the white cabinets. Big job, but big payoff too. Looks great1

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    1. Thank you, Brooke! They did photograph a little whiter than they are. They are a cream color which blends well with our floor tile and counter top. Thanks for visiting!

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  5. How I love that brown and white. Oh my, be still my heart. I happen to love the same styles and color you do! Magnificent and I can't wait to see the other new elements!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! It's been a big job but we're just about done. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!

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  6. Your entire home is BEAUTIFUL and the kitchen looks lovely with all your updates. Perhaps consider leaving the brass sink and fixtures in place as they add a beautiful 'up' look to the lovely atmosphere you have created, whereas changing them out would head it back to the 'farm look' you have minimized with all the 'French' re-do elements you have added, in my opinion. But...you know what you like...so what others think is ultimately irrelevant for YOUR home. I love your creativity! Blessings be yours...from a fellow interior designer.

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    1. Thank you so much! When I read your comment I told my husband, "Uh-oh!" because I had just changed the sink - lol. I'll be posting it on Monday. I appreciate your input so much. The sink was really nice quality but hard to maintain and it just didn't match. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!
      love and blessings~

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  7. Lynda, Your kitchen is beautiful, as is the rest of your home. We have been priming and painting our cabinets all week. This has turned into quite a job.
    xx,
    Sherry

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    1. Thank you, Sherry! Yes, it's a huge job and I really exhausted myself last year. Take it slowly and don't let yourself get over tired. I'm excited to see your changes as I love your home and blog.
      love and blessings~

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  8. Your kitchen is quite beautiful. Love all the white with your French accents.
    Debbie

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    1. Thanks so much, Debbie! It photographed a little lighter than it is. It's really a cream color but I am loving it!
      love and blessings~

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  9. Lynda, your kitchen looks beautiful! It`s a really big job, but it`s worth the effort!
    Hugs,
    Vesna

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    1. Thank you, Vesna! Yes and yes! Tired and happy. :)

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  10. fabulous ideas in your makeover. love the feet added to the cabinets.

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    1. Thanks so much! I am loving the feet too!

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  11. Lynda,
    C~est Magnifique!!!
    I adore the "personal" touches of the X's and the feet to your existing cabinetry, dear friend!!!
    Part 1 is down. . .ready for a continuation of this story!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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    1. Thank you, Pat! We are in the home stretch and my husband is so glad! :) I get "the vision". He does the work! love him

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  12. Everything is looking beautiful! love the x detail on the cabinet ends!

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  13. Great touches! Looks beautiful! Thanks for joining the Pretty Preppy Party!

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  14. Lynda, I love the touch that you added to the side of the cabinet! So smart!
    Your kitchen is beautiful, you must be so happy :)
    Thanks so much for sharing at Something to Talk About!

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    1. Thank you, Karen! I am really enjoying the changes!

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  15. Love, love! Great ideas!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  16. appreciate you sharing, everything is lovely. What kind of paint did you use? Did you prime? Do you know that it won't chip? I need to paint my client's kitchen and need information and I thank you! have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Hey Mary Beth!
      We bought new unfinished cabinet doors for our kitchen. I originally primed them and painted them with Sherwin Williams paint made for cabinets and doors in Alabaster. When that was too white for me, I put a thin coat of Sand in a Satin Finish on them and antiqued the corners with antiquing wax. Everything is holding up well. I would definitely prime and use a paint made for cabinets. It's very durable and cleanable.
      Hope you have a wonderful weekend too!

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  17. I have a question for you amazing ladies. I am a widow and love to redecorate but am on a very tight budget. I have had my current white refrigerator for only two years and cannot replace. I am replacing my stove and cannot decide whether to go with white or stainless. They set side by side. My dishwasher is stainless (clearance item) but is on other side. Help--stove stainless and keep white refrigerator for possibly 5 years. Thanks for your help.

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  18. Hi Patsy! Wow, I don't know. Are your cabinets white? I guess I would go stainless since it's the most classic and matches one of your appliances - even if they're not next to each other. And I have really loved how easy my stainless is to keep clean. Plus, if your fridge should die soon then it makes that an easy choice. I hope you find a wonderful deal!!

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  19. Where did you get those petty feet for your cabinet ?

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