June 11, 2014

The Big Kitchen Reveal!

Stick a fork in it, the kitchen is done and it's time for the big reveal!  What better day to show off the turquoise kitchen I've been dreaming about since last summer (actually, since August 2012) than on my 30th birthday?  I wish I had added "awesome aqua kitchen" to my 30 before 30 list because a whole bunch of things didn't get done while I was making magic happen in here.


Do you remember what it looked like before?  Here's a side-by-side comparison because I think you need to see it to believe it:



This makeover, as smitten as I am with it, is temporary-ish.  Down the road we'd like to gut the kitchen and do all new cabinetry, flooring, counters, tile - the works, but it might take us years to save up the cash so we decided it would be wise to spend a little bit now to make it look and function better for us while we squirrel away some dough and figure out what we want from the space.   Here's a summary of what we did (with links to previous posts included throughout, and also listed at the end - along with our nutty budget and sources):

The upper cabinets were removed because they were so small and offered so little storage space.  Thanks to Canadian Tire, the lower cabinets were primed and painted a turquoise that is nearly identical to my Pyrex butterprint collection.  With the cabinets and tile gone, the walls needed a little TLC so we installed a few new pieces of drywall and, for an affordable cover-all, put up some paneling.  I've updated the post about the installation to include the ways in which we finished it off for a more polished look (I didn't want to drag out the reveal with the nitty gritty, but I wanted to make sure the info was there for anyone who needs it).  Thanks to a paint partnership with CIL, I painted the paneling a slightly creamier white than the rest of the house.  I waffled about painting it the same as the rest of the space because it would make the paneling blend in even more, but I worried that the cream flooring and off-white stained counters would really too yellow against a bright white.  The difference is subtle, but it does seem a bit sunnier and cozier in the kitchen.


To replace the storage we ripped down, Hubby and I built a simple open pantry from plywood, which was primed and painted to match the walls (using a semi-gloss finish).  Windsor Plywood sells laminated wood shelving which is the perfect width, so we grabbed four of those which I primed and painted to match the walls and pantry (also in semi-gloss), courtesy of CIL.



It took days to prime and paint the shelves, with all of the dry time and flipping required (one coat of primer, plus two-three coats of paint per side).



Even though I painted out all of the knots, some of the texture of the wood grain remains, which is what I had hoped I would achieve.  Because the shelves are constructed from small pieces of wood laminated together (like our counters), they likely won't cup or warp like a solid piece of wood could.



Hubby used wood glue and pegs to join two pieces together to make the longer, top two shelves.  You remember our bracket debate?  On the studs or where they looked good?  I lost and we originally put the brackets on the studs.  We were so focused on our respective concerns for the placement of the brackets, we goofed up the shelf height!  We realized (thanks to readers!) that our wood shelves violated Ontario building code by being too close to the stove - oops!   For the second attempt at a configuration I wanted the brackets centred on the stove but when we removed one row they left massive holes from the giant screws required.  We filled them with wood filler, but they didn't look perfect so we left the other brackets where they were.  It was my Mom's idea, actually, not to centre the brackets on the stove because, as luck would have it, both sections of shelf on either side of the stove are now exactly the same size.  In the end, half of the brackets are on studs, and the other half are held with giant anchors.  Floating shelves might have been a simpler solution, but we thought this would be easier - ha!  (Plus Hubby was adamant that he wanted these brackets, which hold 500 lbs each.  I think he's telling me to go buy more Pyrex . . . ).  A canister of new turquoise kitchen utensils and a row of three of my framed enamel landscapes from Hungary offset the asymmetry.  





To make the shelves look more intentional, we installed them so they lined up with the shelves of the pantry we made.  We also lined them up so one shelf runs right over the top of the fridge, so the fridge looks less "out there," and more built-in, for a similar feel to cabinetry.


Happily, the solid maple counters Hubby built still look amazing - as does the stainless steel sink and faucet we installed awhile ago.  That's the genius of working at a snail's pace: by the time the reveal is ready, I've had a chance to put everything though the wringer.  Over the weekend a friend lusted after the faucet and I think her Hubby just had "new faucet" added to his honey-do list.  Sorry!



I've been trying to be relaxed about the wood counters and just use them, but I do take certain precautions.  After wiping them down or after an especially splashy dish-washing session, I wipe off any water with a dry tea towel.  I used trivets for hot things and coasters for beverages - although even rogue glasses haven't left any rings.  I also have this thing about the rubber feet on the bottom of the knife block and blender.  I'm worried they will stain, so I bought a little cream-coloured cutting board to set these permanent counter fixtures atop.  I'd like a piece of marble or slate eventually, but for now this helps me sleep at night.


Like any space, the kitchen isn't 100% done-done.  Of course my Pyrex collection must grow!!  I'd also like to add some art to the right of the window (I'm thinking a vintage map of Lake Superior, with lots of blues and aquas naturally, because everyone who visits wants to see exactly where we are on the lake).  We're also planning on adding a microwave to the open pantry - I just couldn't stand the thought of plunking it down on our shiny counters!


I did end up stashing my beloved orange kettle because I'm just really loving this icy palette of cream, white, and shades of turquoise.  I've got some mint and blue in there for variety ;)  My Mom gave me her vintage, clear Pyrex kettle which doubles as a tea pot and I like that it doesn't draw the eye away from all of my pretty dishes and turquoise Pyrex.


I think that concludes the tour!  We stopped and started working on this kitchen so many times, and I lived without a functional space for so long, so it feels really, really good to have completed it.  It's better than I could have ever imagined and I just wish you could see it in real life, where it is brighter, less grainy (!), and more aqua (it looks denim blue in some pictures).  The glassware sparkles and the wood counters gleam.  It's a joy to cook and bake in here, and it has such a great vibe when we entertain.  Guests sit on the stools, chatting with me while I bustle, and they stare at the shelves, all glassy-eyed.  

Here are all of the kitchen-related posts (click on the link to read more):
Turquoise kitchen inspiration
Painting the cabinet doors with a paint sprayer
Painting the cabinet boxes and installing hardware
Building the solid maple counters
A little bit on wood movement
Staining the counters with a sprayer
Installing the sink and faucet
Choosing paneling as a backsplash
Installing paneling (and now, trimming it as well)
The great bracket debate
Building a DIY pantry, and working around some weirdness
Reveling in the mess 
Enjoying our new kitchen stools 

Here is the budget breakdown:
Maple for counters = $611
Counter stain and finish = $40
Sink = $200
Faucet = FREE
4 Shelves = $80
13 brackets = $102
6 sheets paneling = $108
Paneling trim & screws = $112
Window trim and baseboard = $30
Electrical box extenders = $42
Ikea light = $30
2 plywood sheets for pantry = $90
Knobs = $24
Floor vent = $13
Edge tape = $10
Primer for cabinets = FREE
Paint for cabinets = FREE
Paint for walls, pantry, and shelves = FREE
Modernica stools = they don't count, they're technically in the dining room ;)
Pantry canisters = FREE
 
Grand total = $1492!!  I'm pretty excited that we made such a significant change with less than 1500 bucks.  I'd need to add a bit more if I had paid out of pocket for items like paint and a faucet.  Conversely, I think buying prefab wood counters from Ikea might be cheaper, but I'm totally in love with the decadently thick slabs of solid maple we've got going on - they make the kitchen.  I'm not counting kitchen accessories, like my Pyrex collection, linens, glassware, etc., because some of these accessories I've collected over time.  Hopefully our ancient appliances can hang on until the next kitchen reno, otherwise this budget will be doubled!  Oh, and if you see an adding error (of I've forgotten something), please let me know.  

Sources:
Cabinet primer (Zinsser Bulls Eye 1,2,3), courtesy of Canadian Tire
Cabinet paint (Premier Interior Laxtex Semi-Gloss, in CIL's Niagara Mist), courtesy of Canadian Tire
Panel paint (White on White, Eggshell), courtesy of CIL
Pantry paint (White on White, Semi-Gloss), courtesy of CIL
Paneling (B Grade Dover), purchased from Windsor Plywood
Trim, laminated shelves, metal brackets, purchased from Windsor Plywood
Faucet (the Lita), courtesy of Pfister
Sink (Atlantis Commercial Grade Pro Series), purchased at Costco
2 Gallon Glass Montana canisters, courtesy of Canadian Tire
Cabinet hardware, purchased from Lee Valley
Glass light, purchased from Ikea
Stools, purchased from Modernica
Birdie foaming soap pump, courtesy of Umbra
Skinny Robin Egg blue can, courtesy of Umbra 

I'm so excited about the transformation, I'm sharing it with: Miss Mustard Seed, Design, Dining, Diapers, My Turn for Us, The Brambleberry Cottage, From My Front Porch to Yours, My Re-Purposed Life, Serenity Now, French Country Cottage, Whipperberry, The DIY Showoff, Tatertots and Jello, Be Different...Act Normal, Nifty Thrifty Things, Rae Gun Ramblings, VMG 206, Elizabeth & Co., Coastal Charm, A Stroll Through Life, Persia Lou, That's What Che Said, Delineate Your Dwelling, The NY Melrose Family, Ginger Snap Crafts, Domestically Speaking, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Seven Thirty Three, The Blissful Bee, Creative Geekery, Burlap and Babies, City of Creative Dreams, We Call it Junkin.

Whew, shall we ogle it a bit more before I get on with my birthday festivities?  Yes, we shall.  The before, one last time:


And the kitchen now:


109 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous! So fresh, open and airy. Love the colour. Great job!

    Emilie

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    1. Thanks Emilie!! It feels bigger now than it did before - fresh, open, and airy is exactly what I was going for!

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  2. what a difference! it looks awesome! i love your pyrex collection- so fun!

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    1. Thanks Cassie! I've been itching to unpack my pyrex and display it on the open shelving since day one.

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  3. Amazing! So daring of you but it totally works. Love seeing your collection on display too!

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    1. Thanks Jane! I've always wanted a white kitchen but I just got this itch to do something different.

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  4. Hi Tanya, this is so beautiful! You must both be delighted at how it turned out, it's stunning! I love the colours, but, you know, my favourite thing might be the way the sink is so perfectly placed in the countertop (I guess I've never seen one with that profile before, I really like it).

    And Happy Birthday!

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    1. Thanks Patricia! The sink is hubby's favorite element too. I'm glad we didn't undermount it as planned because we would have hidden so much of it.

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  5. Looks amazing :) Love that you went with cream and not bright white! :)

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    1. Thank you :) Cream walls - as opposed to bright white - is my equivalent of stepping out of my comfort zone, lol. Turquoise cabinets? Never doubted them, but the slightly less white walls freaked me out!! Thanks for the vote of confidence, because I still give them the side eye some mornings.

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  6. This looks amazing! I love all of the blue and white. I like the idea of a map in that empty wall space.

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  7. Looks great Tania. So fresh, open and pretty. Wonderful job :)

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    1. Thank you :) I'm so happy with how it turned out. I'm also happy to be done!!

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  8. I love the counter and sink! So so so much better! Great job :)
    And Happy Birthday!!

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    1. Thanks!! Yup, the counter and sink HAD to go - so glad we took the plunge and made counters. It was such a great experience and we both learned a lot about our respective diy roles!

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  9. Beautiful! I am coveting your Pyrex collection- I LOVE the turquoise!! And I didn't really notice the asymmetry by the stove, until you pointed it out- you did a good job of tricking the eye. Happy Birthday!

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    1. Yay! Happy my trick worked!! I actually have a set of four of those enamels so one of them had to bow out because the three just looked so perfect there. I had a different piece of art planned for above the stove but it needed symmetry to work. This was a happy accident! Moral of the story: art fixes everything :)

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  10. I really love how bright it looks!! Great job :)

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    1. Thanks! I think this room will be the happiest room in the house when winter rolls around again. Instant mood-booster!

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  11. Wow those pops of blue really look great. Such a happy sunny kitchen to cook in. I like the blue utensils and appliances too, you did well to find all those in just the right shade of blue :) Great job

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    1. Luckily I had the blender already - and the mass of Pyrex - but I splurged on the kitchen utensils. We have so much less drawer space here than in our previous kitchen and I figured having them out in the open would not only free up drawer space but also make them easier to use. I found them new, in package, on Ebay for a fraction of the price as in store (they're KitchenAid brand). I was really lucky that when they arrived that they were the right shade.

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  12. Happy birthday & congratulations!! So gorgeous. I have so many colors of pyrex, it would be a disaster to put it on display LOL but yours is absolutely captivating! I love the splashes of greens thrown in. I, too, would be a bit paranoid about the counters :P but they were the perfect shoice for the space. Yay! I think that window needs curtains! Thoughts?

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    1. Thank you :)
      I've seen some really beautiful, colourful Pyrex collections on display. I think the only thing is that the cabinetry, walls, etc., would be better done in a neutral.

      Ordinarily I would opt for curtains but we're doing curtainlessness (it's a word) on this whole side of the house because it has lake views. I think if just the kitchen had curtains but the dining room and living room right beside it (the space is open concept) didn't have them it might look odd. The wall looks SUPER empty to the right of the window but once I get some art hung up there I think it will fill it out nicely. Having said that, I have this really fun 1960s aqua print that I held up to see if I'd want them as curtains awhile ago. Swoon... So pretty. So maybe I'll change my mind and you'll see some curtains after all!!

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  13. WOW! That top row of Pyrex is crazy! Looks amazing, Tanya! Congrats - your hard work has transformed this kitchen. The counters do look amazing and it is a much brighter space. You must sit on the stool just staring at everything. Happy birthday!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I do sit at the stools and admire the kitchen. It sounds so conceited, lol. It's just that the space has looked like a disaster since September, so in addition to loving how it transformed, I'm also marveling at the fact that it is finally done! Using it is such a joy too, because everything is organized and at hand.

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  14. Your kitchen looks fabulous! What a great job.

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    1. Thank you :) It's making me really happy. You can see this room from so many parts of the house because the living areas are open concept - plus it's what you see when you walk in the front door or patio doors. It's nice to have such a focal point finally put together. It's getting me excited to finally tackle some smaller projects - credenza top, curtains, some accessories for Szuka. I'm looking forward to doing a few projects that can be done in a weekend, not a season!

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  15. It looks so great and I LOVE your dedication to the turquoise. It's so beautiful and unique and yea, those chairs are fantastic. I had no idea Modernica even made stool versions of those. The shelves, the bottom cabs and the chairs are my favorite parts. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Emily! When we moved to the lakehouse, I pictured a home with nothing but cool colours: blues, turquoise, and some greens. I've deviated a little bit, here and there, but for the kitchen I wanted to streamline the palette because I knew that with so much open shelving there was a risk of things appearing cluttered and messy if there were too many colours competing. Even though it's my favorite colour, it was a challenge to stick to it but the end result makes such an impact I'm glad I stuck to my vision.

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  16. I seriously think your counters are my favourite part! They are too damn gorgeous. But your kitchen looks amazing. Love it. Would plunking a microwave down be all right if it were turquoise...? haha. I did notice the oven/ shelving thing not being all centred and I'd wondered why so I'm glad you wrote about that. I like your fix for it too :) Can't wait to see more rooms finished, even if it is only a temporary quick fix.

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    1. Thanks patty! I am surprised that the counters aren't hubby's favorite part after he labored so long on them... I'm still so amazed!

      I painted our last microwave so turquoise is an option, haha. Hmmmmm :)

      With the shelves it was a no-win. Centred on the stove the brackets would have all been unequally spaced. With this arrangement there's an even space between two segments, but it's not centred. Brackets - the bane of my existence! I only see the Pyrex now anyway!

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  17. The new kitchen is so much brighter! I love the shiny countertops and pyrex. These kind of makeovers always have a special place in my heart because they are by and for REAL people. Enjoy your new kitchen!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I'm so happy you said that because I like "real" makeovers too. When people spend a truckload of money, I just can't relate. Even when we do the real deal reno, I'm hoping to spend $10-15,000, not $50,000-100,000 like my favorite glossies. Even $10,000 makes me antsy but I know that to spend less I'll be getting inferior quality products and I'd really like phase II to last.

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  18. LOVE it Tanya!!! Honestly... if you ever want to dream... shoot me up an e-mail jstrydom@two30nine.com and I can do some drawings for you on the side :) ;) Just tell me your wish list and I can do it in my spare time :) I would love to! We have a laundry room in the showroom that is Piedmont Grey CC-690 with Whitney (cambria) quartz countertops... eventually we will have photos up of it online. But for fun.. check out our website www.two30nine.com you can see what I am involved in! But yes... offer stands... to do up drawings for fun :)

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    1. Thanks Jazmyn! I am going to take you up on your offer because I'd like to really think through the next reno and use this time to figure out how I use the space, what's missing, what do I love. I think in phase II I'd like to widen the U a bit and maybe move the dishwasher. I'd like corner drawers instead of doors (saw that, loved it). I will noodle on it and hit you up for some ideas! Now I'm checking out the website to see you work your magic.

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    2. Just FYI (for us anyway) corner drawers come in 38", 39", 40", 41" and 42" boxes. Nothing else (although all our other cabinets are 100% customizable). With that being said... looking at your kitchen you probably have a 33 or 36" corner cabinet. So you need (for us anyway) 38" PLUS a 6" cabinet (spice pull out or full height for cookie sheets) do not put corner drawers up against your range they may not pull out!! :)

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    3. I definitely think we have to move the dishwasher and stove to get drawers in there, which is one reason I'd like to widen the U also. I just HATE corner cupboards, but I'm open to other ideas which could make those books of the kitchen more functional.

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  19. Wow! Such a GREAT transformation for so little money! I ADORE your dishes that match your color theme...perfect. It all looks so very fresh and fun and (in your words) intentional. You are so wise to make those whimsical economic changes since you plan to change things out in a few years. Congrats on a great kitchen. Thanks for sharing all your tips. I saw your post over at "From My Front Porch to Yours".

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! And for your kind words about my kitchen makeover. I'm happy it looks fresh and fun - I wanted fresh and fun!

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  20. So impressed by this. Can't wait to see it in person.

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  21. What a beautiful transformation.....I can't stop looking at all the pictures!!! You are one brave girl to go for all that deep aqua......so fresh and clean!!! Love the shelves and your collections, wonderful to see out in the open!!! Why would you want to change this in the future?? It is so perfect now!!

    I recently changed over to those same glass canisters from Target to hold all my dry goods, they seal so well. Job well done girl!!!

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    1. Thank you!! I do love how it turned out but I think in five years I might want closed storage again (the dust!) and we'd also like to widen the U, move the dishwasher, re-do the floors. The cabinetry, although a fun colour now, is not in the best shape. The doors are okay, but the boxes have been treated a little roughly. It's awesome for now, though. So happy not to look at all that oak anymore.

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  22. I've been dying for some free time to hop over here and tell you how amazing i think your kitchen is! A-Mazing! The pyrex collection is the perfect finishing touch!

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    1. Thank you!! I know how it is - I've been reading my favorite blogs - like YOURS ;) - on my phone and I can't comment, for some reason, when I read on my phone. I appreciate you taking the time and leaving me such a sweet note! :)

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  23. The kitchen is absolutely gorgeous! The white and the aqua are such an amazing pair! The Pyrex is such an amazing touch on those shelves.

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  24. Looks amazing!! Absolutely adore your color scheme. I'd love to feature your post next week, but I don't see a link back to the blog party.

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    1. Thanks Amanda! I'm pretty smitten with my kitchen too, and it's been so lovely to hear so many others are too. I have a link back to you blog, and the other blogs I linked up to, near the end of my post: after the budget breakdown and sources, but before the last bunch of photos. Hope that helps!

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  25. Amazing transformation! I love the way you've incorporated the tableware/glassware in the overall look. Well done!

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    1. Thank you!! Oddly enough, the turquoise Pyrex was the inspiration for the kitchen. I'd always wanted to try brightly painted cabinetry and I love my Pyrex collection, so...here we go :) It's definitely a happy space now and it felt so good to get my beloved collection out from behind closed doors.

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  26. STUNNING! I love everything about your new kitchen...the color, the layout, the open shelves...beautiful...simply beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much!! It's so lovely to hear such nice things about the kitchen makeover because it was way more work than we anticipated, plus we tried some unusual things. So happy to hear you like it!

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  27. This is unreal. I love the makeover, simply stunning. I am using this as a feature at next week's party. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me.

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    1. Thank you so much for the feature. I'm so flattered because there were so many incredible projects and posts linked to your party! I will be sure to share the feature with my readers.

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  28. Awesome! I adore turquoise and I am totalling crushing on the pyrex collection. Wow! We live in southern Ontario and Canadian Tire is one of my favourite places to shop. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. A fellow Ontarian!! Canadian Tire definitely stepped up their game a few years ago and continue to offer such great home decor and organizing options. It's not the store I remember from twenty years ago.

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  29. Looks great for just painting and replacing a few things, good job indeed! A question however, how do you go by without an extractor fan-hood? I would love not to have one so since you don't I'm wondering if it works? :)

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    1. Thanks Katerina. I've got a longer answer to your question here:
      http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2014/05/kitchen-progress-diy-pantry-cabinet.html

      The short answer is that the range hood didn't work in our last house, and it didn't work in this house either. We've just learned not to need one - especially with a window nearby. When we remodel down the road, I'd love for a working one - finally!! But until then this feels like normal for us. It will feel weird when we actually have one that functions...luxury :)

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  30. Beautiful! I love it! I wish I could do that with my kitchen! Husband would NEVER allow it! He is stuck in...somewhere where there is NO decor/design! This wiould be so perfect for my kitchen and I would use turquoise blue! Wow...what a nice thought! found you on Wonderfully Creative Wednesday!

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    1. Haha, my Hubby was so reluctant to paint the wood in our last home so I left it natural. He was also stuck somewhere with no decor. I told him it was my turn with this home to decide on cabinetry! Showing him photos helped him see the big picture. Now he is 100% smitten with the blue.

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  31. This makeover is stunning! It is such a happy space! I am working on my kitchen right now too. It adds up quickly. I love your money saving ideas!

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    1. Thanks Megan! It adds up SO quickly. I actually thought we'd get away with less than $1000 but I was surprised by how much we spent on the little things (brackets, trim) as opposed to the bigger statement (paneling, counters). Good luck with your kitchen reno! I'm hopping over to your blog right now, hoping I can take a peek :)

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  32. I absolutely head over heels with the cuteness of this kitchen. Well done and for under $1500.

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    1. Thank you Carmody! I am so excited for the day when I can have a "real" budget. I'm already dreaming about the next reno.

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  33. This looks amazing! Love the colour! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

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    1. Thanks for the invite! I will definitely come over and party with you on Friday.

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  34. What a beautiful color for your cabinets - everything looks just gorgeous !!!
    xox

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    1. Thanks Suzan. I've been so eager to paint kitchen cabinetry - for years! - and this was my chance so I thought go big, or go home. I'm so happy with my bold choice.

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  35. Wow!! What a change! Love the open shelving and how bright and cheery it is. Would love if you want to link this up over at our Motivational Monday link party on Burlap and Babies.

    {http://www.burlapandbabies.com/2014/06/motivational-monday-jun16.html}

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    1. Thank you for the invite, I'd be happy to join!

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    2. Thanks for linking up! Be sure to stop by again next week to link up another post.

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  36. Amazing makeover! I may be a bit biased since it's my favorite color, but this is such a big improvement! You've married the modern and vintage decor very nicely. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much! It's my favorite colour too so this kitchen is pretty high on my list of life achievements, lol.

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  37. Stopping by from VMG Brag About It - Love what you did with the space on a tight budget. Great work. :)

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    1. Thanks for coming over to take a peek and thanks for your kind comment!

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  38. Shut the front door!!! I think I'm in love with your kitchen. What an awesome transformation and that color is just so stinkin' cool! Love it! Thanks for partying with us at The Makers!
    Corey @ TinySidekick.com

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    1. Thanks for letting me share my project with The Makers!

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  39. The top of the pantry, what r your plans for keeping it from gathering dust?

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    1. I use those long handled swiffer sweeper dealies.

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  40. What a wonderfully fresh and pretty kitchen! Such a great color. I love the open shelving and your pyrex collection is just the cherry on top!

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    1. Thank you, Sharon!! I've been wanting to get my Pyrex collection out from behind closed doors for years. It's good for keeping my collecting it check, too, because I'm constantly reminded how much I have.

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  41. I featured this lovely kitchen reveal today on Link it or Lump it, but sure to stop by and grab a feature button!

    http://www.delineateyourdwelling.com/2014/06/link-it-or-lump-it-party-number-43.html

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    1. Fun!! Thanks, Amy, I'm so flattered! I'll be sure to add the link to my press page.

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  42. Your kitchen looks wonderful, and I'm drooling over your Pyrex and Hazel Atlas collection. My readers would love it too, if you'd like to link it up at my History & Home link party this week. Starts Tue 5am Eastern. Enjoy that fabulous new kitchen,
    Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

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    1. Thanks Dawn!! I'd love to meet more Pyrex-lovers, so I'll happily join your party. Thanks so much for the lovely invite :)

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  43. This kitchen is AMAZING and I LOVE all of the fun pops of turquoise! Thank you so much for sharing it over at The Makers link party! Have a great week :)

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    1. Thanks Katie!! I've always wanted to paint kitchen cabinets and this was my first (maybe last?) chance so I thought I should go big...I'm so smitten with the turquoise.

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  44. What a fun makeover! I love how bright and fresh it feels. Bold choice with cabinet color, but it totally works!

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    1. Thanks Christy!! I think the turquoise works because it's balanced by a lot of white. Painting the upper cabinets turquoise as well might have looked a little too bold...

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  45. So happy to feature your beautiful kitchen at the party this morning! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  46. So super unbelievable - LOVE the turquoise. We too have a 'lake house' and I love using turquoise in our décor. Love the modern fresh clean white. The whole thing is GORG!! Featuring you tomorrow as Hostess Pick of the week over at Work it Wednesday at The Happy Housie!! Grab a button if you are so inclined:) Heading up to follow you now!
    ~Krista

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    1. I think there should be a rule: lakehouse = some turquoise decor, lol. Thanks so much for featuring my kitchen!! I'm so flattered.

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  47. The turquoise butterprint look great displayed on your open shelving.

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    1. Thank you!! I designed the whole room around my Pyrex collection which, as I type that, sounds incredibly obsessed.

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  48. Love everything about this space! SWOON!!

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    1. Thank you!! I'm so happy to see my plans finally realized - I'm swooning too.

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  49. Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

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    1. Thanks for hosting such a fun party!! I found a lot of great ideas from your other readers.

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  50. This is SO COOL. I want this in my house.

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    1. Thanks Katie!! I wish I could pack up a turquoise airstream trailer and drive from city to city making magic in other people's kitchens - wouldn't that be a dream job? Except everyone's kitchens would look the same and there would be no turquoise paint left in the world.

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  51. So lovely! I would have never thought that I would love such a bright color, but this is so gorgeous! Amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Adria! I definitely went bold but I'd been itching to paint kitchen cabinets for years and I knew white just wouldn't make me fulfilled enough, lol. I might never have the chance again (Hubby LOVES wood but conveniently hated this kitchen's wood) so I didn't want to squander my only chance! Luckily, I love it.

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  52. Love it! Can you tell me what you used to stack your nesting bowls to look like that? It's amazing! I have a fireking collection that I'd like to display like that!

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    1. I use empty sour cream and yoghurt tubs which I trim to the right size.

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