7.12.2012

Kitchen {Before and After}

I’ve had a few requests right on top of one another for a tour of the kitchen.  It’s been on my radar for some time now, but I just didn’t want to take pictures of it with a half constructed porch in the background!

Aside from the snake like pendants and icky ceiling fan, there is almost nothing wrong with the before of our kitchen!  It was love at first sight and a huge factor in us choosing this as our forever home.  It was a brand spanking new renovation with top of the line appliances.  I mean, we peeled the plastic off of the dishwasher ourselves!!!
April 2009 075 Aside from knocking out the bread bin in the far corner and changing out the lights, all we did was add decorative touches to the space.
July 2012 162 copy   July 2012 112 copy

July 2012 113 copy July 2012 125
July 2012 121 copy July 2012 128 July 2012 129  July 2012 132 July 2012 135 July 2012 140 July 2012 145 copy July 2012 153 July 2012 167 copy  March 2012 555Sources:
Paint - Benjamin Moore Stone Hearth (walls), Benjamin Moore Alabaster (trim), Benjamin Moore Beach Glass (inside glass cabinet)
Curtains – Drapes are Chatelet in Breeze, relaxed roman shades are Pizzicati but I don’t know the colorway (Lewis and Sheron)
Curtain hardware – Barley Twist by Antique Drapery Rod Company (Calico Corners)
Floor - unstained white oak
Rugs - Indoor/Outdoor French Leopard by Ballard Designs
Chandeliers – Claire from Ballard Designs
DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser
Dishes - Alison Evans Coastal Ceramics (oysters) and Butler’s Pantry by Lenox (white)
Kitchen table – antique
Chairs – passed down from Honey’s grandmother
Bench – Grand Harbor Imports
Foo lamp & Antique scale – Habersham Antique Market
Apothecary jars – Hobby Lobby and Stein Mart
Sconces – Home Goods
Framed print – signed glicee by Low Country artist Ray Ellis
Dried flower arrangement – The Acorn at Wisteria Hill
Chalkboard cabinets
Because the kitchen was done by the previous owners, unfortunately I do not have sources for the cabinets, tile, counters or hardware.

So that’s where the magic happens, ladies!  It’s pretty much in use 24x7 with three hungry males in the house!
xoxo

Flattered for the features at Savvy Southern StyleSouthern LovelyMy Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaStuff and NonsenseAt the Picket FenceNo Minimalist Here and Tatertots and Jello!

67 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing...I pinned a picture of your plates on the countertop to my Pinterest wall. Love the way you used several instead of just one plate!! I am going to shamelessly 'steal" your idea!!

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  2. This is GORGEOUS!! So light and bright. Love the monogrammed chairs and chandy.

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  3. Gorgeous!!! I'd love to have a kitchen like yours.

    Dee

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  4. Your kitchen is amazing! With so many cabinets and cupboards it's the ultimate dream of any housewife!

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  5. I see someone has purchased more Alison Evans! Addicted? I am. Thanks for the Acorn at Wisteria Hill shout out. I love the kitchen & oyster plates! xo

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  6. I love the chandelier it is beautiful. This kitchen is bright it is great. I love a lot of light.

    Cynthia

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  7. Your kitchen is lovely. I love the monogrammed chairs. Question, whose monogram did you use, yours, your husbands or a combination. It's an idea I've been thinking about when I change out my dining room set. Thanks for sharing. I really like your blog.

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  8. Your kitchen is so beautiful! How nice that you didn't have to remodel at all when you moved in. All your decorative details are perfect!
    -Shelley

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  9. Your kitchen is so beautiful! I love how you made it come alive with all your pretty touches - the curtains, the grouping of plates, the new lights….all gorgeous!

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  10. I love your oyster plates, love it all really. Gorgeous. But, you have a Ray Ellis glicee??!! And. Oyster Road at that. Love his work!

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  11. Rebecca - I know! I love him too!! My parents got me hooked. They have a gorgeous one - can't recall what it's called but it was one of the first oyster roasts. love!

    Deborah - I used a combo monogram on the chairs. my first - our last - his first. I figure the kitchen is for all of us :-)

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  12. Well this just made my morning! I have to tell you- I spent almost 2 hours going through your blog yesterday (yea stalker I know) and I hope I live a life close to what you have! You have an amazing family/home/amount of energy and so on! So inspiring and so southern! you go girl! Love it!

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  13. Just noticed your Ray Ellis print!! I love them too and I have two in my own home. One is Suppertime at Cape May and the other is similar to yours...just looks like home to my hubs! We are headed to Tybee on Saturday and we cannot wait!

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  14. Wow! Your kitchen is so elegant. Love the chandelier.

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  15. Thanks for sharing! It is very, very nice. I love the chandlier! I do like the fact you put plates on your counter. They are pretty. I love all the cabinets and cupboards. Good job! I know you must be so happy to cook in your new kitchen.
    Blessings My Friend,

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  16. What a great transformation. Can I move in? Ha ha ha...

    So elegant compare to the original but knowing not renovating it all, is the best thing one can do.

    Great JOB, girl...

    BTW...
    Unfortunately, I can't link to Susan's meme today...so I visit my fave ladies, one by one, instead.

    Happy TS,
    /CC

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  17. Oh my goodness, one word, BEAUTIFUL!! xo ~Liz

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  18. Thank you indulging my request and providing all the details on your gorgeous kitchen! I love your house! Now the dining room soon, please!

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  19. Love your kitchen Amanda, and how great (and money saving) it was that it was "turn key" and you just had to work your magic and add your special touches. Of course, I love all the oyster plates which is your trademark.

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  20. Beautiful kitchen, as are all your rooms. Also, thanks for your entertaining writing style! Michele

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  21. Absolutely beautiful!
    Greetings from Australia♥
    ~Pernilla

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  22. Beautiful! I love your chandelier and your draperies. Such a nice light kitchen and very elegant looking.

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  23. Your curtains caught my eye right away. I couldn't see the pattern clearly, but the color and the softness they add to the room at the window over the sink and the bigger dining room window was definitely a great choice, esp. with the trim. Very nice touch.
    Liz

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  24. Just came across your blog! This is absolutely beautiful!!

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  25. Your kitchen is so beautiful, Amanda! I love your replacement light fixtures.

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  26. What a beautiful kitchen! Love the drapes and new chandys.

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  27. So pretty! I love those oyster plates. Kept scrolling back and forth to look at them. So unusual and so perfect on the wall and in your gorgeous kitchen!

    Love it all!
    (And the monogrammed chairs too.)
    xox
    A

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  28. Beautiful kitchen! I can't wait to redo mine. (Fyi: the corner enclosure you removed I think is actually an "appliance garage" which can be used to store and hide your mixer, waffle iron, blender or other small appliances) . It's often put in the corner since it's usually awkward dead counter space. I would have removed it as you did though since your kitchen has ample storage. Love your colors!

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  29. Beautiful kitchen! I can't wait to redo mine. (Fyi: the corner enclosure you removed I think is actually an "appliance garage" which can be used to store and hide your mixer, waffle iron, blender or other small appliances) . It's often put in the corner since it's usually awkward dead counter space. I would have removed it as you did though since your kitchen has ample storage. Love your colors!

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  30. Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous with your special touches. I'm a Southern gal myself and LOVE oysters! I am in the dark about this Ray Ellis so I'm going to find out more about his work.

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  31. Oh, my! Your kitchen is so gorgeous! Absolutely a dream kitchen. I love all your pretty touches and you're really blessed to have such a wonderful space. Now you don't cook and mess it up do you?
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  32. It's beautiful!! I love all of the details in your kitchen. So much to look at. Visiting from At The Picket Fence. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-5.html Wishing you a grand weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  33. I thought of you yesterday whilst at Scott's. So many pretty oyster paintings! Love your seaside inspired decor!!

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  34. Well, I am in love. When can you come and transform my kitchen? Gorgeous!

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  35. What a gorgeous kitchen and I can see why it was love at first sight. Thanks for linking to the Open House party and your kitchen will be featured at this weeks party.

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  36. Your kitchen is beautiful! How fantastic to buy a home with such a wonderfully remodeled space! (Snake pendants aside.). ;-). We have some serpentine light fixtures in our basement, do I can totally relate. ;-)

    Love it!

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  37. Such a beautiful kitchen. I really love all the touches you added. You really lightened up the space. Great job!

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  38. you are one lucky girl to have such a gorgeous kitchen!! I love your back splash and pinned it for inspiration for my new kitchen :)

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  39. What a beautiful space you've created!! I love all of the white with rustic touches amidst the bit of bling. :) Gorgeous!!!!!

    xoxo laurie

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  40. I love what you did with your kitchen. Love the new light fixtures and the way you display your 'stuff'...Looks great.

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  41. Your kitchen is amazing!!! Just beautiful!!! This would be my dream kitchen :-)

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  42. What a beautiful kitchen! Love all the changes you made and love seeing the entire room after just finishing a kitchen re-do ourselves...only problem is I can't show it until out neighbors see the reveal :O) Great job!
    Terry

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  43. Your kitchen is stunning. Love the white cabinets and the natural wood island, so pretty. You have everything accessorized so beautifully. Thanks so much for the tour and thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  44. Your kitchen is lovely. Thanks for showing us!

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  45. What a transformation! You really lightened up the place. I love it! Great job.

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  46. oh, it is the most gorgeous kitchen!!!

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  47. Wow!!! your kitchen is insanely beautiful! Great job!

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  48. You have such a lovely kitchen! I love all of the decorative touches you added to it:) I really like the chalkboard paint you put on the inside of the cabinet, very neat:)

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  49. Your kitchen is so beautiful. The decor is so pretty. Love the foo dog.

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  50. Your kitchen is beautiful!
    xx
    Anne

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  51. Love love love your kitchen, I'll be featuring it tomorrow ;)
    XO

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  52. Just saw your kitchen, courtesy of Kristin @MyUncommonSliceOfSuburbia. Your kitchen is so lovely, congratulations! A question ... I have been admiring the Claire Chandelier and when I saw it in your kitchen I thought "it must be a sign"! I could not quite tell from your photos which color you used. Is it the Gold or the Bronze? I have been leaning toward ordering the Bronze, but after reading all the reviews am still not quite sure. Your expertise would help. Thanks and again congratulations on your beautiful kitchen ~ it's beautiful!

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  53. I see you on Pinterest! How nice to see your BEAUTIFUL kitchen via Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia! It is incredible!!! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

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  54. Both of my Claire chandeliers from Ballard Designs are in gold. I found both at the outlet, if you live in the Atlanta area!

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  55. Wow, that is just a gorgeous kitchen! I especially love the window treatment fabric. Beautiful!

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  56. Love your kitchen. It is so spacious and so well decorated. Have a blessed day, Deborah H. Bateman-Author

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  57. Gorgeous kitchen! It was great to start with, but I love your updates!

    Kimberly
    CSI Project Guest Judge

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  58. Love you kitchen! Would you mind telling me where you got the leopard print rug under the table? Love it! Thanks so much!

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  59. Thank you! The rug is from ballard designs. It's the indoor outdoor leopard rug. They have changed it since I bought mine, but I believe it would be most similar to the brown rug on their website (that seems to be out of stock right now).

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  61. I am so in love with your kitchen! You have done a beautiful job! I really admire your kitchen table and chairs. Please tell me where I can get 4 chairs like that and where would I get them monogrammed? Thank you so much for your time!

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  62. Thank you! The chairs were passed down from Honey's grandma. Before recovering them, I measured out the fabric and had it monogrammed. I hope that helps!

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  63. I am oohing and ahhing over your kitchen and wondering where you keep your small appliances such as the toaster, mixer, knife block. I have all of those stored on my counter, but much prefer your look of emptier counters. Thanks!

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  64. Amy - They are all below the island!

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