Friday, May 16, 2014

Lake House Kitchen Redo - REVEAL

If you've been following along, you will know that Chablis and I have been hard at work repainting the kitchen at the lake house.  Get caught up here and here if you missed the progress posts.

Here's a couple quick pictures of what we started with - ugly 1970's wallpaper border and dark wooden cabinets.  The whole kitchen was dark and dingy. 



We removed all the cabinet doors and drawers.  Everything got scrubbed down with soft scrub and sanded.  Then everything got 3 coats of paint, with plenty of sanding between coats.  I did not paint the inside of any of the cabinets or drawers.  Everything was lightly distressed to give it a slight shabby chic look....


So here we are - the finished kitchen.  New white ceiling, taupe on the fascia where the wall paper border was and Windy Sea Breeze on the cabinets. 




We added that shelf over the stove.  Brilliant idea by Chablis!


We added a couple of new items for accents.  Chablis made the signs saying campfires and s'mores, fish fry and mess hall. 


I found this circa 1960's water skiing photo online and then bought a frame at an estate sale that I painted and distressed....

I found the vintage, red handled rolling pin at an estate sale for a dollar and I got the funny wooden fish cut out at an estate sale for a quarter....


I couldn't figure out why in the world anyone would make a wooden fish cut out that said finger fish on it.  But it was quirky and different so I decided to buy it.  Co-incidentally, it was the same estate sale where I bought the aforementioned picture frame.  When I was cleaning up the picture frame, the owners name was written on the back of the frame.  His last name was Finger   Honestly, you can't make these things up.  LOL!


I also picked up the rooster tray for cheap at a yard sale.  It's in mint condition.  I like the little pops of red in the kitchen.

We also whipped up this tin can utensil holder.  I did a post about that here if you're interested in how I made it.


And finally Chablis did a little stenciling for me.  Since the kids call me Bird, she stenciled a bird on one of the cabinets and another bird on one of the drawers.  Aren't they sweet?


And we had this huge side of the cabinet that faces the deck, so she stenciled that as well.  It looks cute when you're walking in from the back deck....

 
 
One more detail was the repurposed cutting boards I made.  I did a post about that here.
 
 
Honestly, I kept putting off starting this project.  I knew it was going to be a lot of work and time consuming.  If it wasn't for Chablis prodding me along, it probably still wouldn't be done.  But now that it's finished, I couldn't be happier.  Woo hoo!  The last thing I want to do is get the ancient TV off the counter.  We have a small flat screen TV at home that I want to bring down and hang on the end of the cabinet.  That will free up some more space on the counter too.
 
So, what do ya'll think?
 
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17 comments:

  1. I agree-- WOW!! Really looks "smart!" I bet you love the difference!

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    1. Thanks Diane - it is so much brighter in there.

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    1. thanks mom. I can't wait for you to see it in person. Now you can see when you're making French toast.

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  3. What are the odds of borrowing you and Chablis for as long as it takes to my kitchen cabinets?? Lol.

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    1. We could probably work out a deal. :-)

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  4. Love your new kitchen! And I got a kick out of the bird stencils on the cabinets - you need to watch the Portlandia episode "Put a bird on it."

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    1. I have never heard of that show and I'm sure you've mentioned it before. I'll have o see if I can find it on "On Demand."

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  5. Amazing job!!! It looks so clean and modern!!! You guys do great work.....so what is the next project!!! You two have accomplished a lot this year!! You need to go relax and get a little R & R!!

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    1. Thanks Cheri. We got way more done this year than I expected to, but then, I really owe it all to Chablis. She's my driving force and such a hard worker. We ended up doing one more project, but my husband got recruited for that one. It will be coming up soon.

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  6. Oh my! What a difference! The white makes the room look so light and bright! I know you are proud of it! KUDOS to the two of you! LOVE the cute touches, Finger fish and cutting boards! And my favorite of all...the little birds that Chablis painted...brilliant indeed! Happy weekend my friend! (wish you had been at the beach with me this week...it's was fabulous and I know you love it there, too)

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    1. Thanks Diane. I love the bird's too. And I wish I was at the beach with you as well. Plus, it won't warm up here. I need some hot weather. xo

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  7. Wow!!! it looks completely different in there! So bright, and even roomier! I like all of the added touches. Great job you guys! Now don't you feel better?
    xo

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    1. YES! I'm SO glad that's done. Thanks Deb. xo

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  8. wow! what a lot of hard work, but well worth it. I know it makes you smile when you walk in there....been there, done that!

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