Saturday, November 25, 2017

Kitchen Reveal

Hi Everyone. 
Hope all of you had a great Turkey Day.  It was so nice to relax and enjoy good food and family all around the table.

I finally got my slipcovers for the kitchen chairs.  Now I can show you the kitchen.  


This is a tiny galley type kitchen so we needed to be creative and come up with more room for storage.

So we accomplished this by making the small dining area off the kitchen an extension of the kitchen area.

Here are some before pictures:


This was the kitchen area when we bought the house.  Old appliances that did not work, cracked kitchen floor and dated fixtures.





This is the kitchen after.  New butcher block counters.  We took the upper cabinets down and put up shiplap and then open shelves.  I gave the cabinets some new paint and hardware.


Before


After
We added new flooring and new appliances.

Now this kitchen is updated and more my style.




This was the dining area right off the galley kitchen that is now an extension of the kitchen.



Since we needed this space to add the big armoire for a pantry I decided to make a seating area instead of a traditional table and chairs. These chairs are comfy and it is a great place to have our coffee in the morning.

We added the big armoire for a pantry.  I love having all my small appliances on shelves and a big amount of space for pantry foods.


I am so happy I could repurpose my antique armoire into a more useful piece.  It really works so well as my pantry.

I added this old chippy cabinet door to the side of the pantry.  This chippy cabinet door is from an old farmhouse kitchen.  You know how I love to repurpose things with history!


This room gets lots of pretty light throughout the day.


Terry with his trusty tools made me these beautiful cornices for both windows in this kitchen area.




I have a nice framed out chalk board to add market reminders.  As you can see I started to put up some Christmas decor.

I have a nice area for a coffee bar.

Love having my open shelves.
I think this is my favorite transformation in the kitchen.  We took old vintage frames I had in storage and framed out this window.  It gives the window some character and still lets in lots of light.







 I have to give a shout out to my favorite slipcover artist.  Lisa from Fabric 8 Slipcovers came up with these slipcovers for my seating area.
This was a before picture of these chairs.


So you can see what a beautiful difference it made to have Lisa perform her magic for me.
I love that the gray and white compliment my new buffalo check drapes in this room too.
If you are interested in having beautiful slipcovers made please visit Lisa's website here.


I am so happy to share my new kitchen in our tiny cottage home.  I am embracing living smaller .  I am finding that I need less stuff and like the cozy feel of living small.  Being creative with the rooms  has been a fun challenge for me. 

Hope you all have a wonderful new week ahead.  Christmas will be here quickly.  Enjoy all the decorating, shopping, baking as the season unfolds.

I hope to have a post soon on my Christmas decor.  
Hugs,
Kris 

63 comments:

  1. Your kitchen turned out so perfect and looks just like you. I love it. Great transformation. Gorgeous.

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  2. This is so charming, Kris. Y'all have done a lot of work to make it yours. I love those slipcovers!
    Happy weekend!

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  3. Every time you show a new space, I am wholly amazed, Kris. This kitchen looks REALLY good, and I love the sitting area. Those slipcovers are just terrific and that frame around the window unique! Living smaller really suits you, and to be honest, would suit most of us. Sometimes a life event push is exactly what's needed to get there, otherwise we waller through time and, before you know it, it's much too hard to make the change. You guys are set for the golden years. Life is Good! Happy Saturday.

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  4. Good Morning Kris
    Oh my goodness*** Your kitchen space is absolutely beautiful. Wow what you have done in your smaller space is amazing. Doesn't even look small. Looks perfect and cozy and so cottagey. That window in your kitchen with the moulding is gorgeous. Such a great idea to do that. Love love love your slipcovers. Love the ruffle on them with the gray. Looks fabulous Kris. Enjoy your beautiful new home and day today
    deezie

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  5. Wow, the difference is absolutely fabulous, it is so cosy and inviting now and looks so stylish. I am a huge fan of open shelving in the kitchen, somehow it just gives everything a far more updated look. You have done a fabulous job. Cannot stop looking at the before and after photos, well done x

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  6. You guys did an excellent job on the kitchen and dining room extension. The open shelves and the frames around the window are my favorite! The slipcovers are cute as can be. Dan and I have coffee at the kitchen table every morning- I can just imagine sitting at your new set up in the dining room and enjoying it. You’ve utilized every bit of your space perfectly!

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  7. Kris, your kitchen is just beautiful! I don't have a favorite area although the seating for a coffee spot is lovely. Love all the light that comes in and those slipcovers are gorgeous. I guess one of my favorite things is your use of chandeliers...just fun! Framing out the kitchen window was genius...love the wreath...did you make it? I just now spotted the cute feeding station for Miss Peggy. A beautiful kitchen like this would be a pleasure to keep clean and make it sparkle. xoxo

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  8. Kris, I say move over Chip and JoAnna....here's Kris and Terry. :):) I love the sweet make over. It is so you too. Hope you are loving our good weather this weekend. ...so far. Blessings, xoxo,love, Susie

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  9. Kris, your attention to details has transformed a ho hum room into a stunner! The use of your favorite armoire as a pantry cabinet and placing comfy chairs for morning coffee makes for a sweet cottage space. I had no doubt you two could make it work and once again you've done it with such style!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Vickie

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  10. Kris, it is gorgeous. The amount of natural light that floods in is heaven. So many wonderful details you all added. I adore the framed out window. So unique.

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  11. Wow! What a stunning transformation. I love all of the details like the cornices and the trim around the window. Love the open shelves and how much it all just fits you so well. I think we all have a part of us that would like to embrace a smaller, higher quality lifestyle and I am enjoying following you on your journey with that. Every area is so well thought out. Great job!!

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  12. Where to start?! The chairs are adorable. So original. I love that you have seating right next to the kitchen. The armoire is a perfect solution. How wonderful to have a brand new kitchen! The shiplap is a great idea, and that vintage frame around the window is so clever. You must be so pleased!

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  13. I wondered where you would have room to store all of your kitchen when I saw that you had taken down your upper cabinets, but then you answered my question with your armoire! Lovely! -Jenn

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  14. Everything is just perfection! The transformation is totally amazing, love those a wonderful slipcovered chairs!

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  15. WOW, Kris- everything is so light and bright! Your wardrobe for a pantry and Lisa's slipcovers - genius.

    Well done, ma'am - couldn't be happier for you!! Hugs! ♥





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  16. Kris your kitchen is so beautiful! I am really jealous of your open shelving. I love how your home is so full of light and I really like your buffalo checked curtains and . . . everything. Beautiful job!
    xoxo Jo

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  17. You did a phenomenal job, both of you, and I've been pinning! I have come to love the challenges of living in a small space. More fun than just placing furniture wherever I think. And you have embraced this concept and really made it your own design! That kitchen window was genius!
    Brenda

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  18. I love your sweet kitchen! It has so much light and charm.

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  19. Your home is the cutest thing I've ever seen. I love the kitchen! LOVE it!!!! I also enjoy seeing your Christmas touches. I think its neat how you made a little keeping room with the chairs and table. So cozy! And the armoire is a beautiful, practical idea, too. When we downsize in a few years (once Shelley graduates from college) I'm flying you to Alabama as a consultant. You're the bomb!

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  20. Your makeover is gorgeous! My favorite changes are the butcher top counters and the slipcovers. It is amazing the difference those slipcovers give to the chairs. Like night and day. All the unique items on the walls and shelves just make it very special . . . not a house, but a home :)

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  21. Absolutely ADORABLE KRIS !!!! lOVE!LOVE!LOVE!!

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  22. Hi Kris I am away to play and thought of you and here I am. I adore your framing of your window! It truly is a tiny cottage ... but one you are filling with your creative heart and style. Love the new slips and I’m impressed with your Reno turnaround time. Hope your Thanksgiving celebration was a yummy fun family day.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  23. Kris, I swear that you and Terry each carry a super dooper magic wand. This is amazing and it really shows people what they can do with a bland little kitchen. Love your butcher block counter and sink detail and the chairs went from a 3 to a 10 REAL fast. Enjoy your little nest for three. xo

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  24. SO eine schöne VERWANDLUNG
    da kann man sich richtig WOHL fühlen

    WÜNSCHE noch einen SCHÖNEN ABEND
    bis bald die BIRGIT aus TIROL

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  25. Your pretty home is so light filled and homey, and is a true reflection of your design genius (and Terry too!). Decorating smaller spaces really brings out our creative side and is fun, as you’ve found out first hand. I am wondering if you have a table to eat on near the kitchen?

    xxx

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  26. What a lovely transformation and use of space. I love what you two did.

    Happy Christmas decorating ~ FlowerLady

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  27. So pretty Kris! It looks so much better now. Have a happy weekend xoxox

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  28. Your kitchen is soooooo charming!!!! I love the little seating area off the kitchen.....those slips are TDF!!! Using the armoire as a pantry is so clever too. Everything looks AMAZING!!!!
    ~Des

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  29. Oh Kris, I'm not sure I can pick a favorite thing but that idea to use a frame around your kitchen window is fantastic! I also love the chandeliers in each room. It's always so nice to see what you do with your home. Have a great week! Milena

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  30. It all looks so beautiful, Kris! I love your new slipcovers and the window framed out, just wow!. It's hard to pick out a favorite feature. What a grand difference. I love it and I bet you are thrilled with the transformation!

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  31. Love the new slipcover. Your home is so lovely!

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  32. A total delight to finally see the transformation my friend. You really waved your magic wand, both of you, to take this sweet cottage and make it just for you. I love what you did to the eating area, making it a comfortable coffee area! Is there a formal dining room? IT ALL LOOKS MAGNIFICENT!

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  33. Kris, you have made a house a home and as they say, "less is more." You have bloomed where you are planted and made this a lovely, cozy cottage. Fabulous use of space and it is a testament that one doesn't need a large home for quality living.

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  34. I think you did an amazing job - love, love shabby chic!

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  35. You did a great job adding style to your kitchen! I adore your new slipcovers for your chairs. The little sitting area is a great way to use that space.

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  36. Wow!! I'm spellbound.. the kitchen is so gorgeous!!

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  37. It's all so beautiful, Kris! I love the framed out window and those slipcovers are some of the prettiest I've seen! I know you're so happy with it all. How fun to have that pretty kitchen to bake in for the holidays!

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  38. Oh I love the kitchen and the seating area!!! Such a great idea to use the armoire for a pantry!! You two always have the most creative ideas....love it all from the framed out window to the wonderful shelves and details that are in the rooms...I can just imagine starting your day in that area beside the kitchen..such a happy home!!!

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  39. Oh Kris I have total Kitchen Envy! Everything that you have done is absolutely beautiful, charming and special. The old frame around the kitchen window is a real show stopper! Everything I see just makes me smile and wish I had some of these elements in my own home. You sure know how to make a house a home.
    hugs,
    Sissie

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  40. I can't believe how quickly you guys can transform a room and how much you can do by yourselves! We've lived here 27+ years and I'm still living with oak cabinets and laminate butcher block counters in my kitchen, lol. Your kitchen transformation is gorgeous! I love how you made a cozy, sunny spot for having coffee and how you used an armoire for kitchen storage. Great idea.

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  41. What an incredible transformation! This is definitely a magazine worthy transformation! I love the white open shelves with the butcher block counter tops, and your new chair slipcovers are gorgeous! I also like your seating arrangement for coffee in the morning! Also your pantry is amazing too, how clever to repurpose the armoir into a pantry! I know you must be thrilled to be in your small cottage home, and I am following your re-do with interest. Many blessings to you today :)

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  42. The JCC team did a fabulous job again! Your kitchen is so beautiful, Kris. I can see Christmas cookies coming out of here soon. :) I love the shiplap wall and the open shelves. The new sink is fabulous too and it's wonderful that you have a window above it. Your sitting area looks very comfy. I like the gray walls and gray accents.
    xo Julia

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  43. Absolutely Gorgeous, Kris! I love your open shelving and the antique armoire used as a pantry. So beautiful. Happy to see the slipcovers on the chairs. They look wonderful!

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  44. Hello Kris,
    You look to as settling in on the cottage life. Amazing how you have placed your stamp on the layout of your eat in kitchenette area and I am totally taken with the floating kitchen piece. The armoire is exactly what I would have done, not only the best atmospheric piece, but also added to more of the cottage experience in pieces used unexpently, sigh !! The flanged petite ruffle on the slips is truly a feminine touch and moves you to instantly say to yourself what a sweet adorable cottage here. every inch of your cottage is sweetly perfect.
    I have to agree with all that found your cottage kitchen window a focal piece, and the molding of it charms that much more.
    I know your dreams have gotten that much more sweeter waking each morning right where you are... “cottage sweet cottage.”

    Xx
    Dore

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  45. Kris, I am always amazed by your creative genius. The transformation is unbelievable and it is stunning. I love all of your touches, large and small. I can't believe you accomplished so much in such a short amount of time. You two have more energy than any couple I know. I can't wait to see it all decked out for the holidays, but for now, I think your kitchen and sitting area are just perfect. Enjoy them my friend. xoxo

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  46. Hi,
    Well done. It is amazing what you come up with. I love that you share it all with us. We are planning to tackle a re do of our kitchen this February. We also have a small kitchen. I really appreciate your creative ideas. The sitting area is cozy.
    Carla

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  47. The kitchen turned out so darling and pretty. I love the coffee area
    Hugs Alessandra

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  48. I just finished catching up on all the posts I've missed this month, which was pretty much all of them. Cottage III looks so cozy and inviting. What a lovely way to start the day by enjoying breakfast in that cozy sitting area - great idea!

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  49. This sitting area is adorable. Using the armoire as a pantry is genius. Love the chairs with the new slipcovers

    Cindy

    P.S. your snowbirds are adorable

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  50. Kris, this was so well worth the wait. I knew it would be fabulous and pretty and you did not disappoint. It looks like you have all the room you need and I love the chairs (and slips) and table for morning coffee. So pretty and can't wait to see more..xxoJudy P.S. The frames around the window are beautiful and the white wreath is stunning there..

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  51. Wow, I love it! I love the little details like using the old picture frame was a window frame, and the beautiful chandelier in the kitchen. And you really opened the kitchen up with the open shelving. Very charming yet practical.

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  52. Your JCC3 is so YOU! I love it all....you and Terry definitely have the Midas touch....and you make it happen so fast and make it all look effortless! Your sitting area is so cozy....love the new chair covers with the gray ruffles....and the gray and white plaid curtains look lovely there. Do you have a magic dining table that folds out of the wall? (smiles) I'm so enjoying all of your reveals!

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  53. Wow Kris, you did a beautiful job updating your kitchen with just a few changes! I love that Terry is so handy to help with the interior work and you guys save so much money. I really like the slip covers and the amoire.
    I hope you enjoy cooking and using your new kitchen.
    Julie

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  54. Kris this is BEAUTIFUL and I am in love with those slipcovers!! Somehow I have lost track of your blog! I am signing up for the email updates now. Diana (Nana Diana Takes A Break) and I were talking and I didn't realize how close to you I live! I am pinning the upholstery link. I love what they did to your chairs. Which type of fabric did you choose? Love everything you did on this makeover!

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  55. Your kitchen is stunning. I loved to see the before and after pictures. You and Terry really have done an out standing job on your new cottage. The seat covers are beautiful and she really did a wonderful job on them.

    Looking forward to see your Christmas decorations.

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  56. So fun to see how you transformed your kitchen to reflect your style. It's Perfect! Using that beautiful large armoire for a pantry is pure genius. When you live small, you have to get creative with space. So happy to see you settling in and making your place look so warm and inviting.
    Mary Alice

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  57. What a transformation! The kitchen looks very functionnal... Maybe you'll be pleased to know that it looks French by its size... French houses are a lot smaller than American ones!

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  59. Your kitchen is absolutely precious! Can you tell me more about your butcher block countertops? If I ever move, I might want butcher block. Granite just doesn't work in some older homes, and I see myself in an older home one day. Also, I love your slipcovers!!

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    1. Good Morning. I got the butcher block countertops on line through Home Depot. I found the best price there. Ikea also carries the butcher block counters too. I love them. They are pretty much maintenance free. I did not seal mine I just use butcher block conditioner on them about every 4 to 5 months. It is also sold at Home Depot and Lowes. It is a conditioner you apply and let it soak into the counter tops. I usually do mine at night before going to bed. Let it sit over night and then in the morning anything that has not absorbed into the wood I wipe off with a paper towel. This conditions the wood and keeps it looking pretty. This way too if you want to do food prep on them you can. I do not but you could. If you seal them with a sealer you definitely cannot do food prep on them. I like the more natural look of the wood without sealing them. They do look great in a cottage or older style home. They are easy to install too. My husband installed them and cut the hole for my sink. That is also a plus over having granite you can install these yourself. You can put hot things on them too without worry. Hope that helps.
      xoxo
      Kris

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