Thursday, 16 September 2010

Modern Country Kitchen Reveal

modern country kitchen
Wooooooohoooooooooooooh! I know you're all so excited. Yes, I can hear you chomping at the bit but I'm here to tell you that the kitchen reveal is finally here. I've been literally holding myself back by the reins in order to make myself not spill all the beans on day one. Must. Hold. Back.Must. Hold. Back. Repeat. Ad. Nauseum.

Before I start, please could I ask you something personal? I'm so pleased and happy to have new Followers (thank you, thank you, thank you) but if you join and don't let me know then I don't currently know how to recognise newcomers in the list of Followers. I really want to make you feel welcome and wanted and warm so please, please leave a comment or email me?

So, Modern Country Stylers, we started with this:


What I've been most pleased with is how incredibly different the aspects that we *haven't* changed look. The kitchen units themselves are cream shaker-style and the beech worktops both look better than I could have imagined. The wood had obviously been reflecting the dayglo orange of the walls previously. As soon as we painted, they took on a beautiful mellow hue.


I don't know about you but when I'm doing up a room I make myself hold back all the lovely accessories I've bought until every last drop of paint is rolled on, every last inch of sealant is applied. It's like a carrot of loveliness dangling on a stick for me. Signing to me like a seductive siren, to complete the ruddy room if it's the last thing I do.

Isn't it one of life's fantastic moments when you stand back and survey your hard work coming together. A real 'aaaaaah' *deep breath out*. It means I can get out all the goodies I've been savingup, making a fantastic moment almost deliriously ecstatic, to be quite honest.

But I'm racing ahead of myself again. Soooo much excitment! Hard to contain.


I meant to break down the process and tell you what we've done in the kitchen. So let's just rewind for a moment or two and I can share with you what I've been up to.

Here's the list......


We replaced the dark brown plinths with cream ones to match the units, which really opened everything up.


We moved the boiler up out of the kitchen to the airing cupboard in the bathroom......



....which meant we could add open beech shelving in the newly acquired space.


We removed the blue and orange tiles and added beech backstands around most of the kitchen plus cream tiles behind the sink and cooker.


Here's the before photo again to save you scrolling up and down because if there's one thing I hate it's scrolling up and down in a reveal. I love to check back to see what's been accomplished but too much scrolling and the red mist falls.


We tiled the shabby mdf back doorstep with slate tiles.


We replaced the small wooden door knobs with large wooden doorknobs.




We painted the room with Farrow and Ball Blue Grey and Farrow and Ball White Tie. Oooh, I love me some Farrow and Ball. Yes, siree, I do. The intensity and quality of colour make them the best paints around, in my opinion.




We painted the back door gloss white. to replace varnished orangey wood. Another big change. It's quite dark in this part of the room so this white helps to lighten it all up.


We changed the plugs from standard white to flat steel (the flat-screen tv of the plug world).


And lastly, we replaced the door handles with cast iron black ones.




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74 comments :

coastal village life said...

Wow, your kitchen looks fab! I hope ours looks as good when it is finished! Have a lovely weekend.

A Room For Everyone said...

Wow! How amazing. It's so gorgeous in every way. Very, very clever the way you've changed everything. Rachaelxx

Anonymous said...

love your blog! I have similar taste and as we are currently renovating a kitchen/diner it was great to see the transformation to yours. We still have builders in so am a few weeks away from decorating but getting quite excited. thanks for the fab photos, keep up the good work

Anniemac

Alison said...

Following from Design It Chic link-up. Love the makeover...especially the grey paint color. Well done!

Alison

Ruth said...

Your kitchen is beautiful. I love all the functional details. I'm just popping in from the Friday Hops & am your newest follower!

http://livingwellspendingless.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Oh,gorgeous, gorgous,gorgeous.....

swedishouse said...

Hello again ;-)

Thank you for your lovely comment today. Hydrangeas (Hortensia) are soo my favourite flower I think they are classic and timeless. I do hope that they grow gloriously for you next year...

Wow! Your shaker kitchen is wonderful...

Loving the F&B paints and your colour choice is spot on!
Have a wonderful weekend
LOVE PEACE enJOY
Julie
x

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Your kitchen looks amazing! I love the new color on the walls. Great job!

It's me said...

O wow !! you must be a hapopy lady now !!! what a great job !! it looka all so nice !!!.....great !! happy weekend darling...i follow you now it finally works !!! hugs from me Ria....

Pamela Gordon said...

I love what you have done with your kitchen. Having visited in a friend's 200 year old home in London many years ago I remember how very different English kitchens are from North American ones. You have done an amazing job and I love the new paint colour with the natural wood. Well done.
Pamela

cindy @ cottage instincts said...

Yeah girl, you got it goin' on. You forgot to add that the addition of live animals on the countertops really make a room. :)

So lovely. so so lovely.

Envy My Cooking said...

Cute kitchen.. if you ever want it featured come on over and email us at our site.. we feature kitchens every Friday its called envy my kitchen

Miranda said...

Love how your kitchen looks! You made some lovely decisions and it's a huge improvement. I love the Farrow and Ball colors.

I'm a new follower and followed you here from a comment you made over at My Suburban Cottage. I'm going to enjoy your blog!

Samantha@yearofhomeandhealth said...

I love your kitchen! I am so glad to see the F&B blue gray paint - I love that color too!

michelle said...

I love it!!! It turned out so amazing. All the little touches really made a big difference and th color is so calm and clean.

I am following you too!! :)

Room Seventeen said...

I love your kitchen make over!!
And yes, the Cotswolds, a beautiful place to live! Very romantic area with green valleys and lovely cottages. Lucky you !!

Connie W said...

You did an amazing job! I love the transformation!

Candace said...

What a gorgeous Kitchen! I just looove your style!

Modern Country Style said...

Thank you so much! I wish you see me here with my big happy smile on my face!!

swedishouse said...

Hellooo
Just to confirm your name has been entered into 'the hat' twice for the CK blog giveaway.
GOOD LUCK
LOVE PEACE enJOY
Julie
x

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Looks amazing! I love it! You've made it look very "modern country".

Mary Ellen said...

What a lovely job you have done with this kitchen!! I bet all kinds of great recipes are coming out of that kitchen now!!

visiting from perfectly imperfect

bee blessed
mary

Annastacia said...

Hey! Thank you for stopping by my blog, I truly appreciate it! I love your kitchen makeover! The color is fantastic and it really did make the cabinets and counter tops look so different, it's all gorgeous! Also I'm now a follower : )

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Wow! Looks great. Aren't you glad it's over? Now you can just whip out all your cookbooks and cook to your heart's content in your beautiful new kitchen :)

Melissa K said...

The kitchen just looks fabulous, I know exactly what you mean about taking that step back and sighing that it's all done (ready to put your things in place of course :) ) You must be thrilled to see the result of your hard work come together so beautifully!
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend
Melissa
PS Thankyou for that tip on the colour from Farrow and Ball and the cushion you asked about is printed, but I don't think screen printed - but it was a very lucky fabric find x
Oh, and you might be interested in this blog post from the lovely Tina on fabric printing
http://therubieplace.blogspot.com/2010/09/freezer-paper-tutorial.html

paola said...

Woooow! You did a very very good job! The kitchen is so beautiful now!!
Hugs
paola

Ruth H. said...

That looks fantastic! It's unbelievable how much the paint color you chose improved the way the woodwork looked. Great job!

Nancy said...

Thank you for stopping by and sharing with me! Love what you've done with your kitchen and look forward to reading more about you and your part of the world! Have a great week :) Oh, and I'm setting up to 'follow' you! I'd love for you to follow me as I love and live in central Alabama USA!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

What a lot of work - it is gorgeous and worth every bit of sweat that you put into it! I love the name of your blog - Modern Country Style, so cute!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

What a lot of work - it is gorgeous and worth every bit of sweat that you put into it! I love the name of your blog - Modern Country Style, so cute!

Val said...

Your kitchen is gorgeous!! New follower. = )

Jessica said...

I am a new follower :) I love your kitchen re-do. It looks AMAZING!

Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy} said...

Awwww it's absolutely lovely! Must be such a joy to spend time there now - absolutely love love love the colour, so subtle and soft without being too feminine, just perfect :)

Well done for holding out on the full reveal til now! hehehe

Michelle @ Ten June said...

Oh! I loooove your revamp! Your kitchen is just gorgeous. I love the wall color. So many great choices!

Thanks for stopping by over at Ten June!!

xo- M

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

Great kitchen! I love the updates!

I am featuring this in my blog on Monday!

Thanks for linking up. I hope to see you again tomorrow!

Ashley
www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

Holly said...

I am enjoying your before and after photos of your house. It's beautiful!

Green Willow Pond said...

You did an amazing job on this kitchen! I love how the color just changed everything. Those open shelves and the jars you displayed there are wonderful. Love it all!

A Perfect Gray said...

Love what you have done. what a difference it has made. Of course, I love the wall color! I have heard F&B paints are the best....but I don't think they are readily available in my area...

I have the same large wooden knobs in my kitchen! I ordered a lot of mix and match vintage knobs from an e-bay sale and I love them.

enjoyed your make-over very much!

Donna

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Great makeover!!! Love the new look in your kitchen. :) Stopping by as this week's CSI Judge. :)

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

it looks amazing...I can't get over how different the cabinets look.;) bravo!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

this is such a warm and cosy kitchen.. I love how this kitchen looks like..

Modern Country Style said...

Wow! What a brilliant response. Thank you so much! I'm THRILLED to have been inthe CSI project Top Ten!

Laurie Jones said...

What a pretty makeover, I can't believe the transformation!!

Ashley said...

Oh what a beautiful kitchen. And it looks like you look out to a pretty view.

Modern Country Style said...

Thank you, Ashley. It is a lovely view.....when I work at it! I have to say the angles were chosen quite carefully. Who wants to see a climbing frame in the shot?!!

Amanda Kuzak said...

Wow! It looks wonderful, I especially love the paint color. Thanks for linking up to Sister Sister Sunday!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

What fabulous transformation. I love the open shelves. You have them decorated perfectly. I featured this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it. Hope you enjoy your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Sarah,
What a marvelous transformation! What a difference the new paint color made in the entire space. It looks like a brand new kitchen! You guys did a great job! I know you're loving it!

Stephanie Rose said...

Beautiful! I feel like you moved into the house I have created in my imagination. I have yer to purchase a house, but the day is coming soon. This is wonderful. I'm a new follower!

Jen @ Letsmakeitours said...

Beautiful! I love the open shelving. It looks amazing!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

What a dramatic before and after. Amazing how paint can change the look of a room. I love love love white cabinets and blue paint. So peaceful and clean looking.The open shelving is a nice touch, as well. What a nice space to work in!

malia said...

Feels so clean and serene... lovely job. You'll have such a great time cooking for the holidays ( -:
Malia
www.yesterdayontuesday.com

bj said...

ahhh, just in time for the holidays.
Your kitchen is just precious. You did a marvelous job.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh my goodness I ADORE your kitchen!!! I love all that you have done and what an incredible transformation! It is light, airy and beautiful and loving that paint color!! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! Well done!

Brenda Kula said...

I'd say you've definitely got a winner of a kitchen! I see the cat likes it as well. Open shelving is what I wished I'd done three years ago when we remodeled. Still might do it. This is gorgeous, and love the natural light too.
Brenda

Michelle said...

I was rereading a blog, and came to read more and forgot to mention I started following you yesterday?

Like you I try to wait on the accessories, except my pitcher and seasonal flowers. I like to see how well the room is coming along compared to that and although it gets moved around a lot, it's in there, LOL.

I so love your kitchen! I'm off to covet a few more things....

Shaunna said...

I love it!! Especially that open shelving...and the jars!! Thanks for linking it up to SFS! -shaunna :)

beth said...

It's lovely! The colors are so soothing and I agree, the wood counters look so much better with the cabinets painted white. Beautiful job!
Beth.

Shelia said...

Oh, your kitchen is beautiful! Love all of your white painting and your wall color is gorgeous. Those are great open shelves you have. Your door is lovely with the half window and then new black latch looks good.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

April from HomeHinges.com said...

I love the updated paint scheme. It's really a beautiful kitchen now.

Sheri said...

this looks super!!! i have to say i love the colors - the walls, the cream tiles, the white cabinets. just perfect!!

mariondee-designs said...

Just wanted to say you did a wonderful job and the transformation is just amazing! Love the colours you picked too! take care, Maryann (australia)

CAS said...

Great job! It looks so good and so very different. Just so you know, I'm one of your more recent followers.
CAS

Holly said...

Oh the thrill of a kitchen redo...we just finished ours in July. This is gorgeous and charming and I am in awe of the details and your little beauties on display.

Jerri said...

How wonderful! I love the colors! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites! Hope to see you again this week!

Magali said...

Wooooow!
This post was such an inspiration. I'm planning a redo of the awful kitchen I have now... And yours just cheered me up (it seems sometimes that I just won't be able to do it!). I took the liberty to wander around your blog and I love your house!

Country Claire said...

Well hello! Just got hold of your blog and I am delighted that you share my almost insane enthusiasm for country living in the Cotswolds! We are right up North Cotswolds, borders of Warwickshire and Gloucestershire, and about to embark on a huge renovation of a Georgian house which we bought in the summer and for which architects plans have just been submitted. LOVE to see your handiwork and to pick up ideas and tips. My other half is a carpenter/joiner/cabinet maker so he will be busy! I keep ripping out pages of interiors magazines after I have asked him "Could you make that?..." "yes" he says, naively, before turning green as he sees the page added to the heaving box files I have (one for each room!). BTW, I too lovely Farrow & Ball, but a lot of people in the trade think it is a load of poncey nonsense, as the colours can be matched and apparently it is very difficult to apply/work with. Me, I'm still with Foz & Boz - you can't match the subtlety of colour and depth of pigmentation in my view - so the other half will just have to suffer! Looking forward to following you!

Sarah said...

Sorry for the late comment on this post, but I've been browsing around your blog, and just wanted to say *hello* and that you've done a lovely job with your kitchen - simple changes which have made such a difference. I hope you're still enjoying it.

ps I was peeking out the kitchen window and thinking how lovely it would be to paint your garden gate, and how that grey would be a fab outdoor colour too.

bj said...

I am back to say I love your pretty kitchen !!:)

The Polished Pebble said...

My first time visiting! Love your kitchen!

kelley ; 0 )

Catherine Burrell said...

Hi, I'm feeling very inspired by your kitchen and your blog in general!!
Thank you for posting the before and after pics of your kitchen. It has made me realise the potential of my own kitchen (excellent quality solid wood cupboard, but avery dated style) and I can't wait to start on it. I hope my end result will be somewhere near yours! x
Catherine

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I absolutely LOVE the look of your kitchen now. It's so gorgeous. You should be proud of yourself!!

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Wow! It is really beautiful! Love the cabinets, the floor, You had a wonderful vision and executed it beautifully!

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Home Stars said...

Just discovered your site and I love it! This kitchen is absolutely fabulous!! Love everything about it.

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