Monday, July 4, 2016

Kitchen Reveal ???????????




Happy 4th of July.  Hope your long holiday week end was wonderful.  We are off to see the fire works with family and friends.  I cannot wait.  That is my favorite part of this holiday to see those beautiful fire works.



Kitchen Reveal  Well sorta............


Ok I have the kitchen pretty much finished.  Here is the problem.  I am not sure I am liking it?!!!!
I will tell you why with some of the pics.  Would love your opinion too.

Here goes:

Before pictures of the kitchen:

Typical builder kitchen.  Stock cabinets and laminate counter tops. Nothing too special.







After Kitchen:



We took down the stock cabinets.  Put in Ikea butcher block counters and a new sink.  Opens up the kitchen much more than the before picture below.

Before



Terry added a stock cabinet over the stove to frame out the microwave and he also added crown molding to make the stock cabinets look a little more custom.




Painting all the faux oak trims and cabinets white give a more open feel to the kitchen from this before picture.







We took apart Terry's grandmothers cabinet to make this bakery cabinet hanging now on the wall.


This is Terry's Nana's cabinet and I thought it might be a good choice to take it apart and make it into a new cabinet for the kitchen.
This is where my dilemma comes in.  Not sure I am liking this cabinet hung like this in the kitchen.  I made sure when Terry took it apart to make this cabinet  he did not ruin any of the pieces in case I wanted it back to its full glory!


I love the french feel the cabinet gives to the kitchen just not sure I am liking it hung like it is.  I am debating whether or not we should take it down and put up butcher block open shelves with my vintage iron brackets.  Open shelves stained dark like the counter tops would pop with all the white and the wood would add some warmth to the decor.  So that is my dilemma.  Not sure what I want to do.  This is where you can leave me a comment on what you think?


The cabinet gives me storage for all my glasses and extra bowls and plates.  I know I can put them out on the open wood shelves too.  So still a dilemma!  Does it come down or stay up?!

By doing the open shelves it would clear up more counter space for me too.  I think I am going to have to live with this arrangement for a little while and see what I want to do.

Just torn.
 If I put this cabinet back together I have another special place I can put it in the house.  So which ever way I go it will all be good.

  Usually I know right away what my vision is for a room.  This kitchen is really giving me a hard time.  I thought I wanted it the way it is and then when it was  done I just not sure now.






Love the white cabinets and new hardware.  I am hoping to save up to get new appliances down the way.  I think new stainless will give the white cabinets some contrast.


I like the crown molding finish to the cabinets.



Made a cute little coffee bar in the kitchen using all the things I had from the old house.

I was able to use my vintage clocks on this shelf above the coffee bar.
Had this old vintage shelf from the old house and this towel rack with old door knobs was out of my bathroom in the old cottage.  They both work perfect for the coffee bar.

Found these cute cups at Home Goods on the clearance for $2 each.  Wish they had more.  Love these little cuties.

Cute saying on them.  Love the gold heart.





Found this cute Keurig pod holder on line.


Added a new framed chalk board on the door leading to the lower level off the kitchen.  I had this framed chalk board hanging in my office and Terry cut it down and make it work on this door.  Love that man and his tools!!!!

This old window I had hanging in the living room of the old house.  Love that it fit into the kitchen decor.  Always loved this chippy window.

I also was able to hang up some of my vintage platters again.  I still have several more I am thinking about hanging.  Just waiting to see what I do about that french bakery cabinet and open shelves!!!!


As you can see by this picture this kitchen is long a narrow.  So that is why I want it to feel more open.  The light I get in the dining area and kitchen is fabulous so love that.


One more quick little add on in the kitchen.  I did not like that open wasted space above the refrigerator.  We have 9 ft. ceilings so that space was not useful.  Just felt like a big black hole to me!!!! I had some old vintage salvage odds and ends and I challenged Terry to put something together to close up that open space.

He did just that.  He took old salvage crown molding, base moldings and old frames I had and enclosed the top of the refrigerator area.  Was so excited to re love these odds and ends into something new.

Now I am on the hunt for a special french dairy sign or something salvage that would pop in that open white space in the frames.  The refrigerator still pulls out when I want to clean back there.  Terry said he could put hinges on this so we could open it and store things but it is just so high.  I did not see the point of that.  So I will just love it being a decorative space with old history pieces in the kitchen for now.


So we went from this to........

This

From this to......
This
This to....


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Now the real question is going to be will this french bakery cabinet stay or go!!!!!!!

It was a cloudy day today on the 4th for us.  So I did not get a lot of my natural sunlight that beams in.  This kitchen is so pretty and bright most days.

Hope your 4th was fun and safe.
I am enjoying this new little one this year for the 4th.


This is Terry this year on the 4th with 5 day old Charlotte our new grand daughter.

This is Terry 6 years ago with Abby our oldest granddaughter and Charlotte's big sister.  They look so much alike.  You can see how much weight Terry has lost from this picture 6 years ago with Abby to the current above picture with Charlotte.

Today is Terry's dad's birthday.  We enjoyed celebrating the day today with him on his birthday.  Abby and Charlotte with great grandma and grandpa.

Here is Terry with his dad and Tim our son in law and little Charlotte just 5 days old.  4 generations together.

Happy 4th.
Enjoy the new week.
Hugs,
Kris

76 comments:

  1. Hmmmm... I like the cabinet hung up. It is unique and I think it makes the space that much more special.

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  2. I think you did a wonderful job in the kitchen and I love the cabinet hung as you have it. What a wonderful idea!

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  3. Your kitchen looks fabulous! Maybe it's the shelves underneath the cabinet that make it look a bit off. What if you moved those first to see if that's it before you decide. Either way, I love that cabinet on the wall!

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  4. Kris, your kitchen is so bright and pretty! Taking those cabinets down was the best idea. Now the space completely reflects your cottagey look. I love it all!

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  5. LOVE your kitchen~ I do think removing the cabinet and adding the shelves in wood tones would give the "POP" you are looking for! LOVE YOUR KITCHEN!
    Great photos!
    warmly,
    deb

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  6. Cute family pics - talk about firecrackers!! I love the hanging cabinet, but I know whatever you decide it will look outstanding. I know that is a pretty wishy washy answer, but it's my best, lol. I love the uniqueness of the cabinet. Jane

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  7. Congrats again on that baby...everyone is just drinking her in!! As for your kitchen, well, like you, if something doesn't sit right in my stomach right away, it usually ends up going. However, my opinion? I LOVE that cabinet and the shelf you have on the counter. It is so unique and charming, I have never seen anything like it. The current set up just takes my breath away (and makes me want to ditch all of my red again!!). I know the shelf eats up a lot of useable space and so that may motivate me to move it...but I am such a form over function girl, I would work around it just so I could look at the pretty all day!! Either way, if you keep them or move them, I know your kitchen will be fab, but hold on to these pictures, because I see another magazine feature in your future! Happy 4th!

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  8. Hi Kris,
    First of all congratulations on your new Grand Baby! So sweet.
    I think your kitchen looks so pretty and what an amazing job your husband has done! I like your cabinet but from reading your post I think you are really wanting to go with the dark shelves. I know that when I feel something is off, that I have to change it. So, go with your instinct and let those creative juices flow!

    hugs,
    Sissie

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  9. Congrats on the arrival of Charlotte...love that name! All of you must be in heaven!

    Your kitchen looks spectacular, I love everything, especially the way Terry worked on the space above the refrigerator. The French cabinet is awesome. I'm with Sissy, follow your heart. You may find another space where it is perfect.

    Keep up the good work!

    Jane

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  10. What an amazing transformation in your kitchen, Kris! You all did so much work to lighten and brighten it. I'm like you...I want to love a space I live in, especially a room like the kitchen. Live with it for a week or so and if it still doesn't feel right, make the change to open shelves. We're usually never disappointed going with our instincts, even if it means some extra effort.
    Mary Alice

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  11. You always do amazing things, so if you aren't sure, then take it down and do what ever you want. I love it all.

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  12. Congratulations on the arrival of baby Charlotte....she is so precious!!!!! I LOVE all the changes you have made to the kitchen. I like the cabinet but I know in the end whatever you decide will be beautiful :o)
    ~Des

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  13. Oh Kris, I love love the kitchen. I would leave it for a while and then decide. I like it very much, maybe it's the items underneath. What ever you decide it will look terrific.

    The baby is so cute and she looks good with her grandpa.

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  14. Oh my!! Stunning Kris. We were working on the trim in our new all white kitchen this weekend . The cabinet looks wonderful up. but I think if you are questioning it, then it is not sitting right with you 🙂. You must 'feel it ' for it to be kit right! I lived with some trim work for a few weeks, and today, it all came down and new went up. Had to go with my gut.

    Awe!! How precious are the pictures of Terry and both sweet babies?! They do look alike!! Time with family... always special.
    Big hugs,
    Gee

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  15. Great job again, you two! The kitchen looks 1000 times better now. The white paint, the crown moldings, the hardware and the butcher block counter tops make such a big difference. It looks fantastic! Since you asked, I'm not so sure about the French cabinet. To me it looks a bit too big in that space, mainly because of the depth.
    I think it's a shame that you don't want to use the space over the fridge for storage. You could put seasonal decorations in that you use only once a year.
    Have fun cooking in your new wonderful kitchen, Kris!
    xo Julia

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  16. I'll start with the last photos and congratulate you on your newest family member and your very sweet family photos.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the kitchen. What an awesome new look.

    I like the cabinet and it's sentimentality. But, I think I like your idea of the open shelving and the addition of counter space created by the open shelves.

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  17. Love the kitchen transformation. I say go with shelving and use the cabinet in another location in your house. I think the shelves will further add an open feeling to your kitchen. Having said that...if you hadn't asked us to consider another layout, I would have that your kitchen was wonderfully completely finished.

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  18. Oh, that last photo of the four generations is a tear-jerker, Kris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LOVELY. Just lovely to see Terry with his new grand, wide-smiled, so happy.

    NOW for the kitchen...the transformation is stunning, remarkably beautiful. It's always refreshing to see what people can accomplish with a vision, skill and patience! As far as your cabinet, I think it looks GREAT on the wall, however, I think if you took it down to replace it with the open shelving, THAT TOO would be awesome, AND open up your space even more. Plus, it would free up your counter space once you took that one piece of the cabinet to assemble it back.

    It looks wonderful, but it's a win-win situation here. Leave it as is, you have a beautiful display on the wall and on your counter. If you take it down and reassemble it, you have MORE SPACE on the counter, a more open feel (and very chic look) on your wall.

    I can't wait to see what you decide!

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  19. Congrats on the new baby! The best addition of all:-) I love your new kitchen. My first thought is to stick with this a while longer. You can always take it down. I find that whenever I do anything different, I'm iffy about it at first. You can add the open shelves later if you want. I do like the idea of that pop of color, though. Whatever you decide you still have a gorgeous new kitchen!

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  20. Kris, what a beautiful new family member!! Your hubby looks fabulous! Must be all the hard work:). The kitchen looks great and I hate when I question my decisions after changing something. Sometimes it just needs to grow on you and sometimes it never does. I do like the idea of the open shelving. I wish I could talk my hubby into that, but he doesn't agree. :(

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  21. First of all, congratulations on your new granddaughter - she's beautiful and I love her name!
    I was going to suggest reversing the cabinet and the coffee station, but it appears that your light switch, outlets, etc. are located on the coffee bar wall. That would have opened up your longer counter space area - maybe the way it breaks up your long counter space is what's bugging you. Putting your bakery cabinet above the smaller base cabinet where the coffee bar is would have made that space look more like a hutch. And if you moved the coffee bar next to the fridge, you could still do open shelving above it. What you've done so far is lovely!

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  22. Good Morning Kris
    *** Your kitchen is so beautiful!!! I would not change a thing. I love every single thing in it. Love the counters, the new white sink, all the white cabinets. I love that cabinet that you are not sure about. I think its unique and just plain gorgeous. I think you are the one though that has to live with it and you should feel right about it. If you dont' love it then change it. I however love it. I am amazed at what you and Terry can do in a house. You guys should flip houses***
    love deezie

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  23. I am truly amazed at how much you have accomplished in such a short time - it is all so beautiful!!! The cabinet looks wonderful, but I also think shelving will look fantastic too. Either way you can't go wrong, but I am leaning ever so slightly for the shelving. Congratulations on your new grandbaby - love seeing the pics of a beaming, smiling Terry!

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  24. Kris, I love seeing Terry with that baby and wow! what a difference in his weight! He looks really healthy and happy. The KITCHEN - it is outstanding. Here's my two cents...I love it the way it is, and think you should live with it, at least a good while. You could always take the pedestal from the hutch off the counter and use it on your dining table as a place for vignettes, and store those dishes in the cabinet, freeing up the counter, or just leave them on the counter. I also like the idea of open shelving, but would that mean you'd feel compelled to change out the shelves you already have to match?? You know how one thing leads to another. Maybe live with it, and if and when you change out appliances, do it then if it still bugs you. I really, really like it now, and am not totally sold on the trend of open shelves from a dust standpoint. That Keurig basket is adorable (might need the source for that booger!). Terry is really a carpentry genious, love that man's talents. I actually have a cabinet over my fridge that will, if we ever need to change out our 30 year old appliance, necessarily need to either go away or be rebuilt (new fridges are bigger). I have grown to love that cabinet for platter storage. I just use a stepstool to get to it. I am already planning to have it rebuilt when the time comes.
    Have a great week.
    Rita

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  25. I LOVE your new kitchen and decor. I love the cabinet but the piece under takes too much space on the counter top. Could that piece be cut in half and mounted on each side of the cabinet as open shelving? I think that would look nice.

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  26. Kris, Your house is coming together nicely! Here are my thoughts on your kitchen. I would take the cabinet and hang it next to where your microwave cabinet is. That wall will balance itself out and be your "cabinet wall." I also think the cabinet might look good without the door - when you show it open you can see all your lovely glassware and whiteware. I would put open shelving with pretty brackets on the wall where the cabinet is now, all the way across. I would consider keeping the shelving white and maybe distressing the brackets as opposed to having wood shelving - it might look too jarring or "striped". Just some thoughts - you guys have really worked hard and it shows gf. Great job!

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  27. Fabulous family pictures! Nothing like a new baby to make folks smile. You do so many beautiful projects in your home and I do love your kitchen. You will walk into the kitchen one morning and decide if it is stay or go for the cabinet. I have a similar cabinet that holds my vintage dishes, glassware and flatware. The coffee pod holder is ever so much better than the ones I have seen. Mugs are cute too.

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  28. I love the cabinet. It's unique. Maybe move the shelf on the counter first to see if that frees up the counter space you need? I do love that, too, however. I just know that I would need more work space. Not sure that taking that beautiful cabinet down to get it, though!
    Whatever decision you make, it will be gorgeous.

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  29. How fabulous! I love all of the changes. That cabinet does say Country French. Whatever you decide will be wonderful.

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  30. Sweet pics of the family! I love four generations of family together. I was able to do that with my kids when they were little and those photos are treasures for sure.
    As far as your kitchen, it's wonderful as usual! I think I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that you are leaning toward taking the cabinet down. Sounds like you aren't loving it as much as you anticipated. The slelves would be great and help a lot more with storage, but the cabinet does give you a very unique and original look!
    Ah, decisions, decisions...
    xo, T.

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  31. Hi Kris, beautiful transformation, I had no doubt. I would live with it a bit. See if you're using the storage to work with your cooking and serving. See what is most helpful to suit your needs

    I had John help me rearrange our cabinets to make it work better for me. Great decision I made

    Cindy

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  32. Your kitchen looks great! I love how you updated it. I like your cabinet on the wall, but I'm also partial to open shelving too. I think it's just whichever you would prefer. Both would look good. I know it's hard to decide sometimes. Your sweet new grandbaby is so cute! I can really tell how good Terry looks now with his weight loss too!

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  33. The new kitchen doesn't even look like its the same space! You completely transformed it and it looks great! I love all your shabby/cottage touches. ....and kudos to your husband on his weight loss.

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  34. It's just astonishing what you have done! I thought the most striking feature was that cabinet when I saw it. So very beautiful. But I find when things feel "off" to me I just have to change it. How it feels to you is what matters. What a cheery space! You just can't go wrong. Love seeing all your happy people!

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  35. Kris,
    My heart connected to the photo of 4 generations, beautiful share and a true memorable photo. Kris like a few mentioned and I agree - try living with it for a few weeks and access then. Open shelves would also be lovely, bringing a rustic contrast would enrich the feel. But I know you with your "decor crazy" and you never disappoint with your creativity, so we all know you will decide what feels right. I will put in my 2 cents... Adding a vintage muted Persian (4x6) rug into the mix would add contrast of textures and richness. Just a thought... check eBay for their prices are fantastic on them. You and Terry need a rest after moving at warp speed throughout your home. Enjoy it's beauty.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  36. Firstly, I LOVE all the white and the French/European influences. But... like the old country song says "Ya gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em." IMHO maybe the reason you're not liking the cabinet on the wall is because it's too much of a good thing. The old window frame and the cabinet on the wall sort of compete for attention.

    There are so many gorgeous things in your kitchen but maybe too many (?) No "one" thing gets to be the 'star attraction'. See if pairing down a few things allows you to love more of what you do display....including chandeliers. ;-) I LOVE them...but they do rather compete with each other.

    OK...just my thoughts, but you did ask us readers to chime in. :-)

    Congrats on your newest family addition! What a great joy to celebrate over this past Independence Day weekend!

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    1. Nope I do not mind at all. I opened it up to opinions. Not that I will take them lol but I am liking all the input. The cabinet is down as I write this. Open shelves are going to win out. So stay tuned. I agree there was way too much competing and with a long and narrow kitchen I think the open shelves will look so much better. Terry has out his tools so here we go stay tuned!
      Have a great week.
      Kris

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    2. I really love..love your kitchen, and the cabinet on the wall is BEAUTIFUL, and so unique. I truly think it "makes" the kitchen. I hope you choose to keep it there..

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    3. Really liking the idea of open shelving :-)

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  37. Keep the cabinet. NO one will have one like it and the open shelves could be in anyone's kitchen. This cabinet really shows your super creativity! (Also beautiful grandchildren! Congratulations).

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  38. I wish I had the energy you and Terry Do!!!! My goodness you have the whole house done in a flash! i love the beautiful cabinet. Love the whole kitchen, including the chandeliers! You have amazing talent, and if it doesn't feel right to you, (I know that feeling) lol- you will do what you love! Amazing and talented couple!

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  39. Hi Kris, I am loving your new kitchen! I do understand your dilemma. I just did some changing in the sitting room and for some reason I just couldn't get it right. Then I made one major move and it made me smile. My motto "If the room makes you smile then you know it is right".
    I love your pics of the baby and family. I'm so happy for you and your family. Have a great week.
    xx Jo

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  40. Great family pics! How wonderful you are living near by to be able to share holidays with them! So glad for you. Your kitchen now has your beautiful touches. I love the idea of open shelving allowing not only storage for you, but giving you nice counter space for all of the Christmas baking!!
    Terrific job as usual Kris!

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  41. I Loved it just as it was!!! So unique and charming! Congrats on new grandaughter!! Terry looks great!!

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  43. Kris, your kitchen looks fabulous. I don't know about the cabinet. It's so cute but maybe you need to try the shelves to see. I love, love my open shelving in the kitchen. Unloading the dishwasher is so easy. Your kitchen transformation is amazing! I love the butcher block counters.

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  44. Hi Kris, first off, Oh your new grand is a little darling. Love the pics with the family and the happy smiles. Blessings to you all. Birthday wishes to Terry's dad and yes, you can really see how much weight he lost. He looks great!

    Love seeing your before and after kitchen. WOW it is amazing and just gorgeous. Every little detail is perfect. You two are so talented and just have a great vision. So very charming. Have fun holding that little one. Hugs

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  45. What a transformation--both in your kitchen and in your husband's before and after pics! Way to go, Terry! And the love in the 4 generations photo, doesn't that just make your heart sing?

    Impossible for me to even think of which kitchen version I would like best as everything you do is fabulous, but I've enjoyed hearing all the different opinions. I have always loved galley kitchens for their convenience and thoroughly enjoyed each detail of yours--but it was brilliant to treat the hole above the fridge the way you did.

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  46. WOWZA!! You are magical, girlfriend! Unbelievable what you do to a blah kitchen! I love the French cabinet. It's gahgeous and looks perfect to me!

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  47. Awww---Kris! You got da magic, baby! No matter WHAT you do it looks great. I think the kitchen looks beautiful with the cabinet--and love the 'Nana' connection (you knew I would). Open shelving would look wonderful, too. Wish I had time to read the other comments but I will just chime in---I'd say leave it for a week or so to see if you like it 'settles' with you. I just moved a piece to my front hall and I looked at it and thought---That looks AWFUL there--WAY too big---3 days later I am going- Man! That piece looks GOOD there. Kind of like bringing a new furniture piece in and it looks huge until your eyes get accustomed to it.

    Now--That Terry there! He looks GOOD! Can I have him? I need a handyman! lol Okay- just kidding! Can he do chandeliers? I have two I need moved and could he build me a storage box for them, too? Just askin'....don't get all bent out of shape.

    That baby is adorable and she does look like Abby did. Love the picture of the four generations- I know how old Terry is so can guess about how old his dad is....his dad looks really good! You have a wonderful family! What a blessing!

    Have a great week---my break is over- I have miles to go before I sleep (or a mountain of boxes to deal with that is). xo Diana

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    1. LOL girlfriend. You can have Terry I just got him a bus ticket up to Wisconsin. Here he comes with his tool belt on lol! He will have those chandy's and electrical stuff done in no time. No hurry to send him home though!!!! I know you are working hard on all the packing and rearranging. Good luck.
      Kris

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    2. Ummm...I am AT the bus stop. Where IS he? You are SUCH a liar! lol

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  48. Love the cabinet.
    I would remove what is on the counter under it.
    You will need the counter space more.
    You could always remove the big door and paint the shelves a darker wood tone.
    Looks really pretty.
    House looks great.

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  49. Your kitchen looks AMAZING!! I love the cabinet on the wall but the shelves would be great also. (Big help I am). LOL Kris - email me your new address please.

    Judy

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  50. AMAZING yes that's the word, AMAZING! You and Terry are the King and Queen of makeovers! Every inch of that kitchen is gorgeous! As to the cabinet, I love it but I vote for the open shelves. I think it will give you a more open feeling and one thing I've learned.....it you are having doubts you are going to zero in on that cabinet every time you walk in to the kitchen and always wonder 'what if'. Go for it! And that baby? PRECIOUS!

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  51. I would leave that beautiful french cabinet right where it is! haven't read the other comments as don't want to be swayed.... but I say leave it up... but I think I would remove the shelf and things underneath it so it looks cleaner and gives you more counter space there. The cute "tray" you have there I'm sure your hubby with his tools could repurpose! Maybe those little white shelves on the wall below it and to the left could all be the dark brown and there would be your "pop"... also. the shelf underneath the cabinet, on the wall, would maybe balance the cabinet more if it were the same width as the cabinet, rather than shorter. That wall shelf right underneath the cabinet could have a little nitch cut out to slip a plug up through it if you wanted to plug something in. I think everything about your kitchen makeover is wonderful! Love it all.

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  52. Kris, I don't know what you guys eat for breakfast, but I wanna get me some! You have such amazing energy girl!!

    I'm glad you decided to go with the open shelving. A little more wood in that space will warm it up a bit and tie everything with the counter tops, which are beautiful btw.

    Terry has lost so much weight, he looks like a different person. And that man has got skills!

    xxx

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  53. Adorable sweet baby!! Wow!--the kitchen looks so amazing! I'd leave the cabinet--I think it looks great. Y'all are making an incredible amount of progress on the house. It sure looks pretty!

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  54. Love, love and love! Such wonderful transformation!!! The shabby chic look fo your kitchen is fabulous
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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  55. I like the cabinet. I think your kitchen looks beautiful.
    I love the photos of Terry and baby. xx oo So sweet.
    Happy July,
    Carla

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  56. Congrats on the your new addition to the family! What type of paint did you use on the cabinets and did you roll or spray them?
    Thanks from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  57. Congrats on the your new addition to the family! What type of paint did you use on the cabinets and did you roll or spray them?
    Thanks from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  58. I cannot get over how different the kitchen looks....amazing Kris!....Yes, we sometimes have a vision that may not always work out the way we anticipated....I know that your other ideas will be wonderful and workable for you. Love seeing the 4 generation photo....Charlotte is a cutie, just like her sister!

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  59. That darling cabinet you made from your husband's grandmother's hutch is the first thing I noticed in your afer picture. I immediately thought "now, that's not something you don't see in every kitchen, it adds so much charm". Thus said, I'm not in the room and I know that pictures make the room seem larger, so maybe in person you find it's too much for the space. But I believe you've done a brilliant job transforming the kitchen.

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  60. I'm so behind on reading blogs, so I'm just now reading this. I cheated though and skipped ahead to your recent post and saw that you took the cabinet down. I think that's the right decision. If you weren't totally happy with it, it had to go. And you'll have more counter space now too. I can't believe the transformation in you pretty kitchen! Those counters are so, so pretty! I love everything you have done. Y'all are fast workers too! Terry looks great with his weight loss too and that grand baby is adorable!!!

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  61. I think the kitchen looks awesome...and it does looks more open. I love the butcher block counter tops adds richness against the white. I think the open cabinets would add to the sense of space..and more functional. But sure you will make the right decision for you. Great job as always and some day if you wake up and see so many pieces missing, it was me!

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  62. Kris, your kitchen is just beautiful. I really love everything you have done (and will do). I swear your Terry is a saint. I have a good one but I really think he would rebel if he had to put a cabinet back together!! Sweet, sweet Charlotte. What a wonderful addition to your family and such good times to come..Hope you had a good 4th..xxo Judy

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  63. Oh my goodness...Girl, I love LOVE the kitchen! Wow, it makes me want to grab a paint brush and go to town on my own! The cabinet looks fantastic mounted on the wall...And, just when I thought the post couldn't get any better? BAM, there was Charlotte! What a blessing. I am so pround for you and Terry. She is so cute and I love the name! I also I love reading your posts and you home has been beautiful for a long time, no matter where you are! Thank you for sharing and making us all want to be creative! Leticia

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  64. Oh my goodness! I can't make decisions while admiring all of this beauty! I'm sure that by now you've decided what to do with the kitchen cabinet, so that gets me off the hook! Phew! I couldn't take the pressure! LOL! Seriously, I think that it would look great the way it is or put back together and replaced with the open shelves. I love that coffee time sign with your old clocks! How clever! Cute mugs too! I haven't been to Home Goods here yet, but I've seen it. It's over in Myrtle Beach, half an hour away or less. There's still so much to discover here! Guess I'll head on to your next post and see what you decided. Oh! Almost forgot to say how wonderful Terry looks! I knew he's lost a lot of weight but having the other pic to compare to really shows his progress! Great for him! Talk soon! Hugs, Leena

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  65. Oh my goodness! I can't make decisions while admiring all of this beauty! I'm sure that by now you've decided what to do with the kitchen cabinet, so that gets me off the hook! Phew! I couldn't take the pressure! LOL! Seriously, I think that it would look great the way it is or put back together and replaced with the open shelves. I love that coffee time sign with your old clocks! How clever! Cute mugs too! I haven't been to Home Goods here yet, but I've seen it. It's over in Myrtle Beach, half an hour away or less. There's still so much to discover here! Guess I'll head on to your next post and see what you decided. Oh! Almost forgot to say how wonderful Terry looks! I knew he's lost a lot of weight but having the other pic to compare to really shows his progress! Great for him! Talk soon! Hugs, Leena

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  66. Oh how sweet little Charlotte is! Great family photos! The changes you made to the kitchen are so dramatic! You've really transformed it from cookie-cutter to such a personal space. Amazing! As for the cabinet, I think it looks nice, but if you're not happy with it, then I think you should change it.

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  68. Kris your kitchen looks absolutely fabulous! But I read ahead and I see your making changes already. Can't wait to see. Congratulations on your beautiful Grand daughter!

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  69. How were you able to incorporate the corner sink into the Ikea butcher block counter? We have a corner sink too, and I didn't think the Ikea counter would work with it. Could you tell me exactly what you purchased and how you cut it to fit? Yours looks amazing and I hope I can do it too!
    Gloria

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