Tuesday, December 7, 2010

100th Post & KITCHEN COMPLETE!

Not only is my kitchen complete, but this is my 100th blog post! I have had SO much fun blogging and am so happy to have made so many wonderful connections through the "blogosphere!" I hope you guys continue to follow Abode Love- I SO enjoy hearing from all of you!

Now- back to the nitty-gritty...
After months of hard work and lots of help from Colonel Dad... the. kitchen. is. DONE!!!! I cannot believe it- literally... cannot believe that I am making this post! Here is the before... I was getting ready to paint the walls in this photo
Check out that gorgeous light fixture-- 
 Mister Husband, Lady and myself preparing for Crosby paint by Ralph Lauren Home. 
 And again...
After paint:
time to paint those skank cabinets! (notice all of the furniture in the living room! We had NOTHING!)
Colonel Dad coming over to begin demo...
 
kitchen backsplash and countertops being gutted... read more about this here
skank countertops gone...

new granite and sink!


fab-faucet installed... read more about this here

 new hardware! bye bye knobs! read more about the kitchen hardware here

 Colonel Dad laying down tile - read more about tiling here
tile placed... now waiting for grout and lighting...
me applying grout - read more about this here
 ready to sponge!
cleaned up- ready for lighting- grout done. 
Colonel Dad starting in on the under cabinet lighting

space left between the countertops and tile...

 caulking the gap- gray to match the grout
smoothing out begins... almost done! 
and now, just a little reminder of how the kitchen began...
Ta-Da!

The lighting is the icing on the cake! I really love how much it brightens the backsplash- it makes the space look larger than it actually is!
 Here is a view from the living room

I really love the West Elm Andalusia runner- it really brightens up the space
 I painted the island gray to mix it up a bit- I wanted a custom feel, and I didn't want the space to be overwhelmed with cream cabinetry.
The nook... I love the cowhide rug addition, the Pottery Barn chandelier adds glamour to the space- and also notice that I painted the ceiling a warm, metallic gold to warm up the space and tie in the golds and browns that are seen in the tile on the floor... read more about the surprise cowhide addition here.
yes- I am standing on the counter to take this photo...



 A little Christmas "shoozshing" in the kitchen!

I hope that you all enjoy the before and after! I know I do! Have a wonderful Tuesday!

63 comments:

  1. love everything about it! wonderful job!

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  2. You guys did a fabulous job!! That's quite a dramatic before and after. :) Loving your style!

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  3. Wow.... Just WOW! I love it! And can not wait to see it in person! Congrats on the 100 posts! You are SO talented and truly have amazing taste. Much love abode love!

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  4. Great job! I really like the dramatic dark color on the wall in the eat in nook and the rug, chandelier and coziness of it!

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  5. You did an amazing job! Looks beautiful! Congrats on your 100th post too!

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  6. It's gorgeous! I love to see beautiful transformations like this! Enjoy your day, Kellie xx

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  7. You had an amazing vision! I love the transformation - backsplash my favorite. Enjoy!

    xo,
    cristin

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  8. Loved reading this! You have a beautiful home!!!

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  9. AH-Mazing - That looks so good! Such a great eye for details, Love it! Samie

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  10. WOW great job! I love the tiling...i might have missed it but where did you get them? You are making me ANXIOUS to get my reno on the move...well, it is moving along but not done yet! :))) Enjoy your lovely kitchen! OXOXXO

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  11. It looks so, so great. I know you are excited to be done with it!

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  12. I Love your kitchen transformation! I came across your site a few months ago, and just love your style!! We have very similar styles. :) War eagle by the way!!

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  13. Amazing work and result, love the tile, the cabinet color, the stripes...particularly around the curved opening! Fabulous job, enjoy your space! Janell

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  14. I LOOOOOVE IT! and you got it wrapped up before the holidays. So wonderful! My kitchen is so jealous

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  15. The finished product is amazing!!! Love the stripes on the walls!!

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  16. You've done a fabulous job. Love the picture showing the view from the kitchen into your family room. My favorite parts of your makeover are the backsplash and the use of paint in the kitchen. The stripes are a lot of fun.

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  17. wow, it looks incredible! the transformation is mind blowing, i love everything about it!

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  18. that look ah-mazing!! Great job!!

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  19. That is unbelievable!!! You must absolutely love it!!! We painted our kitchen and cabinets back in March and the outcome was astonishing. I LOVE everything you did, especially that backsplash!!!

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  20. LOVE your new look! I can't imagine doing a whole kitchen!!

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  21. Get out of here!!!! This is Absolutely Gorgeous!! Say hello to your newest follower!!

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  22. Looks terrific! Your new kitchen really pops against the striped walls. You must be so happy with it.

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  23. Looks amazing! Sounds like yall have been working awfully hard, but so worth it.

    Just found your blog & it's adorable! Love your design.

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  24. Gorgeous! Lovely renovation and how lucky that your father is so handy and can help!

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  25. A-Mazing. Y'all did such a great job!

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  26. Everything is gorgeous! I may have missed it but did you a source list? I really love those stools and was wondering which granite you went with?

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  27. Love, love, love those white cabinets. Great makeover!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  28. Hi I was looking for a great gray, do u think you could share your colors u used in the kitchen makeover and where did u get the great backsplash tiles?!!!

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  29. I just found your blog from YHL and wanted to say...WOW! That backsplash is just divine. Seriously amazing job. Can't wait to read more on your blog! :) - Ashley @ Lewis in Love

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  30. Hi, you kitchen looks great. I'm really interested to know how you installed the cabinet lights, where did you hide the wires and whats the brand of the light ? Thank you!

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  31. OMG, love the tiles and the stools. Can you list your sources for us? Amazing.
    paula

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  32. I have almost the same exact color cabinets as your "before" picture and have hated them since we moved in 5 years ago! I've got to show my husband your afters...maybe it will finally convince him that they need to be painted white! :) Beautiful job!

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  33. Beautiful! I plan to do the same thing with my house (once it's done being built....)
    Where are the bar stools from?? I LOVE them!!

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  34. Beautiful! Where did you get those stools???

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  35. Um...I'm basically in love with your house. I LOVE your choice of paint, especially: the kitchen and the stripes in the hall. Very different and colors I never would have considered, but they really work! Can you come redo my house?? :-)

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  36. Linked over here from your feature on Young House Love...and all I have to say is AMAZING! I can barely believe it's the same kitchen!! And that backsplash is to die for!!!!!! Where did you get it?

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  37. I love those stools!!! Great job all around!

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  38. This is so pretty!!!
    We have oak cabinets and trim. I'd love to paint the cabinets but don't want to do all our trim. How do you think that would look?

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  39. I've never read your blog before (but I think I may have to browse a bit!) and as I was looking at the pictures and got to the tile coming out, I was thinking 'It's not so bad. I'd leave it (mostly because I don't know how to tile) and the same with the counter tops.' But when I saw the new tile-my jaw dropped! I LOVE IT!!!! Oh, my goodness! When the Lord provides me my own home, that must be budgeted in! It is gorgeous!! Actually, the whole kitchen is beautiful. I love the stripes, too!!

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  40. Saw your make over on YHL and had to check out the full story. Everything looks beautiful! And congrats on your 100th post!

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  41. Fab makeover!! Love the backsplash and dark wall colour.

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  42. WOW!! Look amazing...yall did a great job!!

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  43. This is beautiful! What a dramatic transformation! I do lots of re-do's with my dad to :) Isn't it fun? :) Saw your feature over at Young House Love

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  44. What an amazing transformation! Love the backsplash, and the wall color is so dramatic! Looks great with your cabinets.

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  45. I love the granite you chose and have been searching for something similar. Do you know the name of the color?

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  46. This is absolutely gorgeous, and the living room is so pretty, too. Glad I found you on YHL. Keep posting lovely pics!

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  47. Hey Jen, it's called Kashmir White. Thanks for reading Abode Love!
    Laurel-Dawn

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  48. Hi! I'm visiting from Young House Love. I can't get over your kitchen transformation. It is amazing! Love everything you did. And that backsplash tile, OMG...DIVINE!

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  49. hi, visiting via yhl. love the cream cabinets. it brightens the space so much. great job. i'm (mentally) preparing for a kitchen overhaul myself. too bad i wasn't such a chicken shit about it!

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  50. Came on by from YHL. Great job. I think Genevieve used the same tile in one of her kitchens. LOVe it!!!

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  51. Just came over from Young House Love. Your kitchen is gorgeous and glamorous. I adore the shape of the tile backsplash.

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  52. what kind of primer/paint did you use on your cabinets?

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  53. Love this - found on pinterest and you are family! Auburn family - would love to ask yu a few questions - canyou email me at jana@gamedayforheroes

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  54. Cheers! To both your posts and your kitchen, which looks very lovely. That does seem like a great project to make; everything from the paint and all the way down to the kitchen sink blends together nicely.

    --Dwane Zelinsky

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  55. Where did you buy the beautiful backsplash tile? I LOVE it!!

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  56. I am about to install the same lantern tile (Home depot) and I am considering pale blue grout but can not make up my mind. Need opinions--you can see the kitchen on my blog. thanks
    www.thisoldcoconutgrove.blogspot.com

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  57. Beautiful! I love how your kitchen radiates a warm and cozy feeling. Amazing job with the sink too! From your faucet to the granite tiles, everything looks good together. I would love to cook in that kind of kitchen. =)
    Althea Tumlin

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  58. Oh, that is just GORGEOUS! The new color scheme brings a classiness to the kitchen. And the almost cove-lighting effect of the lighting on the backsplash is definitely genius. The granite countertops are definitely an improvement from the old ones. Great job, and congratulations!

    Regards,
    Mallory Dates

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  59. Absoutly amazing! Love it. Where did you get the stools from they are fabulous. ...

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  60. I Love the backsplash (and really the entire kitchen)!! WHere did you find the backsplash?

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