Monday, October 24, 2011

Kitchen is Done!


 The kitchen remodel is finished!  I will be sharing the behind the scenes 
and how-tos another day.  Today is just showing how it all looks with the new countertops, 
back splash and sink in place.  Above is the mini hutch I created out of the cabinet 
over the stove that was never used for anything..
 I added bead board wallpaper to the interior to finish it off 
and it has added lots of charm to the tiny kitchen.
 The new Formica counter tops spiffed up the kitchen and gave it a much lighter look.
  I hit the edges of the Formica with Old White Chalk Paint and it rendered the seams almost invisible. 
Tip: don't order the new FX Formica with a "custom edge" That is the old style black line edge. Order it with a "preformed edge" to get the formica without any seams showing.
 The big excitement was retrofitting a vintage 1940's drainboard sink into the scheme. 
 Hubs and I love this sink! It is as deep as the old one was and is wider by quite a bit. 
Yes we LOVE this old sink!
Here is the kitchen before painting cabs, new counter tops and sink.
And the after~overall this kitchen is so much brighter now!
 The star of the day~chips and all~from Craigslist for $75 from one man's cellar 
to my kitchen!  We put in a new faucet with a gooseneck silhouette. 
Hubs did the plumbing work, and I was his number one helper.
Does anyone need any dishes washed?

72 comments:

  1. Fabulous makeover, Amy! Love everything from the sink, counters, beadboard, mini hutch, etc!

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  2. Its beautiful and looks so soft! Enjoy your space.

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  3. Amy - painting the edge of the couter tops made all the difference!

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  4. It looks great! I love the sink!

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  5. So very pretty. You had a vision and now it is complete. Great Job!! I agree with Betsy painting the edge of the Formica fixed that pesky dark edge that Formica always has. It looks amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  6. Amy I really have to hand it to you...OUTSTANDING JOB!!!! What a great makeover, its such a pretty and inviting space, the counterops really look good as does that great vintage sink and you know I love the cabinet color. Fabulously done!

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  7. It looks lovely! The cabinet over the stove is a great idea--it is wasted space in my kitchen, too. I wish I were as handy and brave as you.

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  8. Oh my goodness! It's just a breath of fresh air! I love how cottagey it looks and especially love that farmhouse style sink. I remember when I got my new faucet years ago. My husband and I would actually fight over who was going to get to use it first. Ha! Sorry to say, that didn't last long though. Now, it's all me! Now you'll be able to enjoy your new kitchen in time for Thanksgiving!

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  9. It looks lovely! I really love the sink and the faucet...and your dishes are beautiful! xo Diana

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  10. I love it! I also love your dishes and all the cozy details. What a happy place.
    Kathy

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  11. You and your hubby have done a fantastic job on spiffing up the kitchen. The countertops look great and I really like the display area above the stove. It's the perfect place for those gorgeous dishes.---------Shannon

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  12. Your kitchen looks marvelous! I love the beadboard wallpaper you've put inside your cabinets! I've got to get some of that stuff! Your new countertops look like marble - how pretty they are. The old farm sink is gorgeous! I love it.
    Be a sweetie and you must not cook in your new kitchen - you don't want to mess it up!
    Shelia ;)

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  13. Amy your kitchen transformation came out beautiful!! Love the hutch you created over your stove and that sink is fabulous!! Martina

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  14. Amy it's GORGEOUS!! Love the cupboards, the counters and that vintage sink!! So pretty!!! Love your transferware on display too!! Tell that man of yours 'well done' and you too of course! It's beautiful! :)

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  15. Hi Amy!
    What a beautiful job you have done redesigning your kitchen. It's so lovely and it's so you. I really love the sink. It reminds me of the one in my Mom and Dad's old farmhouse.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  16. Everything looks great, Amy! Your sink looks gorgeous in place! Love the beadboard paper, too. It really came together so nicely and I like how you took your time and found those perfect pieces.

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  17. Amy, it all looks so good. I love that sink and know you are so thrilled with how it all turned out.

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  18. Really looks outstanding -- great job! wish we WERE coming for Thanksgiving, lol!

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  19. I Love it and the sink too
    Great Job !!
    xxoo
    Pam

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  20. Your kitchen makeover should be in a magazine! I love it! You don't see purple much in kitchens & it is really a fresh look in yours; not overdone or cutesy. You did a fabulous job!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  21. Amy -- I'm going to invent a new word for your kitchen. It's mulberrylicios!

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  22. Hi Amy ~ your kitchen is so beautiful, you must love it! Nothing like a kitchen that you love to spend time in everyday!!

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  23. It's gorgeous Amy! I'll bet you keep going in there just to look at it. The sink is my favorite part!

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  24. I am going crazy for that sink Amy! Such a great rescue...now he is back in the dishwashing business again. Your kitchen is so fresh and pretty...fabulous job as usual!

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  25. So many beautiful details in one room. Loving your new sink!! You did an amazing job.

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  26. Your kitchen looks so much brighter, Amy. I love that sink. Yes, chips and all.

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  28. Love how it turned out, Amy!

    Your Carrera marble counters are so pretty! Love the thickness.

    Ok, and that sink is AMAZING! I love it so much with all of your purple transferware touches.

    Gorgeous!
    xx
    A

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  29. I love it all! Purple is my favorite color, so of course I love the dishes. I'm coveting that sink- how was it installed? Does the drain board just sit on top of the counter?

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  30. Amy your kitchen looks beautiful! I love the bead board wallpaper, very clever.

    Bon Appetite,
    ~Wendy

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  31. I can practically smell the coffee... ":o) Your kitchen looks great and I love your sink! You and your husband did a fabulous job. Every detail looks great!

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  32. So pretty and light. I bet you just love walking in there now. Those counter tops are soooo much better. They look like the real thing. I bet you love coming down the stairs and seeing all of this.

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  33. It looks absolutely terrific Amy. I love the nearly all white....so clean and bright. Great job!
    Stacy

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  34. AMY!!! It looks fantasic! What a beautiful transformation - I have enjoyed seeing the process over the last few months ... little by little ... and was thrilled to see the end result today - wow, I am very impressed! Great job.

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  35. Gorgeous make-over Amy! I Love that sink. I know you are so glad that this is all over with and now can enjoy your labor of love. I know I was when we re-modeled our kitchen.

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  36. Hello, I join you as followers .....
    I write with a translator:)
    I was looking at your blog, congratulations I love it .....
    and congratulations for the great job you did in the kitchen ....
    is delicious!
    I wish you good day
    kisses
    Sabry!

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  37. Your kitchen is so pretty! I love the sink!!!! :D I know you are so happy to get this project behind you because it is so difficult living through a kitchen renovation.

    Your kitchen is stunning! Great job!!!

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  38. How Beautiful Amy!
    I love it and know that you must be thrilled!
    It really looks like a new room~completely transformed!
    That sink is too cool and your transfer ware looks amazing with all of the bead board!
    Congratulations!
    Donna

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  39. Morning Amy,

    Love the new kitchen and the first thing I looked for was those sink chips.
    When I saw that you did not try to paint them, I thought It to myself..

    YES!!! She left the chips there! So much vintage charm.

    Love the cupboard over the stovetop...I think we all have those useless cabinets. They are either over the stove or the fridge...a man must have designed those things. I don't think I know a woman that finds them useful as closed cabinets. Removing the doors was brilliant.

    Well done Amy (and Hubs)

    Janet xox
    http://theemptynest-janet.blogspot.com/

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  40. Love how it came out. You did such a great job. Your purple and white china is wonderful.

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  41. Oh,Amy such a fabulous kitchen. Love the pretty china touches, the countertops, the wallpaper that looks like wood but...I think the vintage sink and new faucet must be the stars of the show. Fabulous!

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  42. Oh Amy!! It looks wonderful~!! I love, love, love your sink!! What a big difference!

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  43. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! It's wonderful! I'm madly, head over heels in love with the sink. Wow... the little cubby with the dishes was so clever and looks so good too. And the faux marble looks amazing, i love it that a blogger told you the trick with the white along the edge, i can't see it at all now. You're probably going to end up in a magazine again soon with this kitchen!

    Cindy

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  44. shut it shut it shut it right up. that drainboard sink is FABULOUSLY DREAMY. i love it. i could be very very happy and at home in this charming kitchen!

    michele

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  45. SO envious of that sink. Everything looks great!

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  46. LOVE it Amy!! The countertops looks great and that sink!!! The crowning touch for sure!! I love the island too! It is all fabulous!! I know you are so excited everytime you walk in the room!! I would be :)

    Lou Cinda

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  47. Amy, it's fabulous! I thought the countertops were marble! The sink is just like my Grammy had - love it! The whole kitchen is absolutely charming! Linda

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  48. Amy what a world of difference it made...I love the old 40's chippy sink and I too would embrace the old and the chips sing to me!

    you have a kitchen to love my dear friend.
    xoxo
    Dore

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  49. Oh The counters look wonderful, I would even like them in my home!!
    And I meant to say that I would embrace those chips in the sink and the chips sing to me!
    xx
    Dore

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  50. Oh my goodness Amy...your new and improved kitchen is certainly jaw-dropping! I especially love the antique sink too...wow, she's a beauty, and yes, I do have some dishes to send you to wash (haha!).
    -Marie

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  51. HOW PRETTY. That sink really makes a statement.

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  52. Amy, The kitchen turned out beautiful. Such a great idea converting the space above the hood to display your beautiful transferware. My son has the same sink in his 1920's home and I have always loved it.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  53. Dearest Amy,

    You must be beside yourself! So glad you're getting the press you deserve. Next: your kitchen!


    It was a thrill meeting Rachel. I’m still too shy to look at all the pictures! Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog.
    xo
    Sandy

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  54. Beautiful! I'm using some of your ideas as inspiration for my own kitchen!

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  55. Everything looks amazing! XO Christie

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  56. OK, I am having sink envy! I have been looking for one of those. We had one in the house that I grew up in. Love how you put the display cabinet above the stove. The countertop looks like real marble! What a transformation! I'm sure you are really enjoying it.

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  57. The sink and counters are to die for...so fabulous!!!

    ♥Linsey
    http://farmhouseporch.blogspot.com/

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  58. Incredibly beautiful transformation, Amy! Everything looks so bright and airy and farmhousey! You have exquisite taste! And that sink....? Awwwwwwesommmmme!!!! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  59. I hope you're kidding when you say..want any dishes washed? lol I'm thinking yeah..always! but my dishes will have to get cleaned in my newer sink. Your kitchen is gorgeous! I love how it all turned out. I can't say enough about it. :)

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  60. Would you mind telling us what colour and kind of paint you used on the seam-line? I mean white obviously but what white matched the laminate so well? And is it regular wallpaint?

    I'm really in love with your kitchen and its details. I love how soft the white is, not stark or cold at all.

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  61. Thanks for all the nice comments on the kitchen! I used Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint on the cabinets as well for touching up the formica seams. The bead board wallpaper used for the backsplash came from Home Depot online and was martha stewart brand. The formica countertops were ordered at Lowes. The sink was a random find from Craigslist, the first one I saw had sold, so I kept looking and two days later another one popped up so I jumped on it. The sink was installed by cutting out a hole on the countertop and then it just rests on the top, but was secured with a silicone adhesive. The faucet I found online at Lightinthebox.com.

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  62. O, this is AWESOME...I just love every bit of it.
    You did such a good job.
    Not sure if I am a follower but will check..if not, I soon will be. :))

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  63. It turned out great Amy ! The sink looks wonderful, and that little bit of paint did wonders for that counter top ! You would never know it was formica now !

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  64. It is awesome! I have always wanted white cabinets and marble counter tops. Do like your Formica? It looks wonderful. It is my dream kitchen!!! :)

    ~Liz

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  65. It's beautiful ! I really like the counter tops, everything is beautiful !

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  66. Hi Amy, I forgot to ask yesterday, is this paint washable ? I plan to paint my kitchen cabinets with chalk paint and I just want to make sure I'll be able to clean them when needed. I suppose it's not a problem if I apply wax.

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  67. Thanks for posting this. I showed a picture of your kitchen on my blog today about marble alternatives! Check it out if you get the chance.

    Thanks
    Annie

    http://houseonrene.blogspot.com/

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  68. Hi, I have a question about the mounting of your sink. Was there a way to mount it flush with the cabinets or was resting it on top the only way? I've got a sink like this and envision int as mounted flush into new countertops. Thanks!

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