After months of struggling to find the time to get these projects finished, I am so excited this day is finally here. Just to refresh your memory, this is what the kitchen looked like on the day we started painting.
The kitchen was originally painted in a beautiful color called Green Tea. But the rest of the common areas in the house are painted in very neutral Ralph Lauren paint colors. And with an open floor plan having the Green Tea standout in the kitchen area just wasn’t working for us any more. So we decided to paint the kitchen in Valspar’s Cream in My Coffee, which immediately transformed the space.
Over the next few months we worked on kitchen related projects here and there. We hung the Suwannee Sugar Cane Sign back on the top of the over pass into the dining room.
We created an indoor coffee station from an iron baker’s rack.
We hung the vintage chalkboard I bought two years ago as a weekly menu reminder.
and I decorated the tops of the kitchen cabinets.
As February was coming to a close, we refocused our efforts and completed the subway tile backsplash.
It’s an absolute gift to be able to express your creativity in any given space but when it came to the kitchen which was not my domain, there were a few requests: the maple cabinets could not be painted, there had to be a kitchen herb garden and finally there has to be as much open space for cooking and prep work as possible.
Is that a challenge I hear? It’s cool; I’m up for it.
My Mom bought me this metal piece for Christmas two years ago. I’ve been using it to hold my paints and paint brushes. But once I heard the words kitchen herb garden I knew this old tool caddy would be perfect.
I turned this old fruit crate upside down so I could display all of these goodies. I have a serious thing for scales and I’ve had this one for a while. These milk bottles came from Rennigers Extravaganza where we celebrated my sister LiLi’s birthday. The crazy awesome wooden scoop was a Christmas gift this past year, thanks Vicki and Jenn.
I picked up this crock at Renningers too. I’ve held onto this Florida corn sign for about a year now and I’m so excited that I’ve found a place for it.
This built in desk is where I do most of my meal planning and grocery list making. Taco Tuesday, check.
It’s amazing how a few cosmetic changes have transformed the entire space.
It wasn’t always easy. At times it was downright frustrating.
We were able to work through the, “No you don’t understand, I really do use all of these cutting boards. No, it’s not just another collection.”
and the “What do you mean! Of course, we need this hedgehog!”
In the end, I’m so proud of how we learned to work together as a team. We would have never been able to complete this project had we not learned to appreciate the vision of a temperamental creative and the laid back skills of a craftsman.
See you guys back here tomorrow. It’s been a year since we brought home a buggy full of baskets to help keep the panty organized and I’ll have an update.
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Great job!! Your kitchen is beautiful…right down to the adorable hedgehog, that you do totally need 😉 Love it!! Hugs!!
I love that hedgehog Angie, it was like the best $2 I’ve ever spent 🙂 Thanks so much for your sweet comments! Hugs, CoCo
I love how open and pretty your kitchen is! You have the best antique finds too. I want your cutting boards, hedgehog, and your herb garden!
Amy, what sweet and kind things to say, thank you! I very much appreciate it! Hugs, Coco
Oh My Gosh! Your completed kitchen is amazing! Love everything about it…the paint color, backsplash and most of all your creative touch. You have a gift for design and love how you incorporate all of those beautiful vintage elements. Well done my friend!
PS – Where is my hedgehog?
I really appreciate it, Vicki, thank you so much. It was a labor of love as you well know. Thank you for all of your sweet comments, love, support and encouragement. If I ever come across another hedgehog I will send it to you immediately 🙂 PS Are you LOVING the wooden scoop or what? Hugs sweet friend!
Looks great. The hardest part of living with others is merging creative tastes. Well done compromises!
Thank you bunches LiLi! I know you know all about the art of compromise. You make it look effortless. It must be that big, sweet heart of yours!
Everything looks great. I totally understand the cutting board collection.
Thank you, Amy, I really appreciate it! I don’t know what it is about cutting boards but I love them too 🙂
Oh my! It looks great! I love me some subway tile! The crock from Renningers…I died. I so need to go there. I can’t wait for my summer break to do all of those cool things! So inspiring! I popped into Picker’s the other day hoping to catch you. Let me know when you are going to be there.
Thanks so much Nancy! I love crocks too. I think you would really like Renningers. They only have the extravaganza 3 times a year but it’s totally worth the drive.
Looks beautiful! Very fresh & perfect for cooking, baking & entertaining
Thank you Bobbi, we are so glad to have it finished! I thought we may have to live on wine and breakfast burritos 🙂
Coco, i’m so impressed with your backsplash tile. It looks Ahhh Mazing and I wish I could do that here too. You did a beautiful job and your kitchen looks beautiful!! LOVE it, Lisa
You’re so kind Lisa, thank you! It was a lot of hard work but we are loving it. I only wish we had done it sooner 🙂
I love the floor plan of your house! I wish ours was nice and open like that; very pretty! We have been looking at that backsplash tile (or something very similar). Was it easy to put up? I’m worried about being able to see the spaces between the sheets, but maybe I’m being silly! You guys did a great job!! Maybe someday we’ll finish our kitchen too. We started in May of last year!!
Hey sweet girl! Yes, the open floor plan is really nice when you’re having parties or need to watch the littles while you’re cooking but when you have a messy spell it’s not fun at all ha ha. We chose this tile because it already had the mesh backing in the basket weave pattern that we wanted. The tiles were a little smaller than I was originally thinking but in the end it didn’t make as much difference as I thought it would. For the adhesion process we used something we found at the home improvement store called a simple mat which was a time saver as well. I too worried about the spaces in between the tiles and the mat but once the grout was in the the seams around the edges were caulked we were good to go. I know you guys have been working hard. It will all come together and you will love the results! I can’t wait to see it 🙂 Hugs, Coco
I am loving the clean look of your “new” Kitchen. The basket for the cutting boards is pure genuis I am going to have to find one for mine. This absolutely beautiful. Thanks for linking up at #HomeMattersParty
I’m so excited you like the cutting board basket Melissa! It really helps to keep them all together. I swear I use all of those cutting boards 🙂 Thanks for hosting such a great party, CoCo
Your kitchen is lovely! All of your hard work has really paid off! It’s amazing what a bit of vision can achieve 🙂
You’re so sweet Terry, thank you! We’re really happy that it all came together. It would be so nice if everything was like on tv and came together in an afternoon 🙂 Hope you have a great day, CoCo
It looks great! Loving the vintage finds. Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things, hope you’ll visit us again.
Thanks so much, I really appreciate it! Looking forward to linking up again!
Your kitchen is beautiful…love the herb garden containers too. I also have dark cabinets!
Thank you so much Lori! It was hard to find inspiration for dark cabinets online, all the dream kitchens were white! I live with a lover of wood grain so it was definitely a challenge to combine the two styles but we’re really happy with the way things turned out. The kitchen herb garden is one of my favorite new things too. We use it all the time. Hope you have an awesome day, Coco
This is such a cute transformation! I think that it is often the small things that make a kitchen feel just right. I love your coffee station 🙂
Thanks for linking up at the Talented Tuesday Link Party! Hope you join us again tomorrow 🙂
Thank you bunches Natalie, I really appreciate it! It took a lot of work but we’re so glad that it’s finally done. The coffee station gets used almost all day long 🙂 Looking forward to linking up with you guys tomorrow. Hugs, Coco
All your hard work has paid off! This is such a beautiful kitchen! I especially love that little herb garden. 🙂
Thank you Iris, I really appreciate it. We love that little herb garden too. It’s really handy now so we use it all the time! Hugs, CoCo
Your kitchen looks gorgeous! I absolutely love the new color, the backsplash, and all of the thoughtful details you added! Thanks for linking up at Creative Spark. Hope you’ll join us again today 🙂
Thank you Emily, I appreciate it. The kitchen has been so much fun to be in now. I’m actually baking and cooking instead of dreaming up new ways to make it better 🙂 I’m all linked up and ready to party. Coco
Love your reveal! The entire space looks so complete. And the extra touches like the basket of cutting boards finishes everything off. This is going to be one of my features tomorrow at Your Turn to Shine. Hope you are having a great week!
Jamie, that is so kind of you thank you! It was definitely a lot of work but we’ve enjoyed cooking and being in the kitchen so much more. Hope you have a happy day and thank you again! Hugs, CoCo