Monday, 10 January 2011

Modern Country Kitchen Makeover...


I've been (very pleasantly) over-whelmed with the number of emails I've had about our kitchen, after showing its dramatic DIY makeover on my Summary of 2010 at Modern Country Style. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know what you'd love to see more of.

I whizzed through showing our kitchen makeover briefly in July but I think the time has come to unpack the whole makeover process more slowly in response to your requests.


As a kind of enticement of what's to come in future posts, I'd love you to come with me and let me show you around our old kitchen.

Coming? Great!

Here's the first peep, through the old dining room door....



There, in all its orange glory, is our old kitchen. To be kind to the previous owners (the 'before' photos are from house details pre-purchase), I think the wall colour is more of a sunset gold. But to me, it screams ORANGE!

I'm not an orange fan. Oranges, yummy. Highlighters, maybe. But walls? Oh no, siree. Especially orange walls AND orange and blue tiles.

*shiver of horror*

Can you see it? Do you need a closer look? Would I ever deny you?!! Come on through.....


The problem with this orange kitchen and my orange 'allergy' (call me a drama queen if you will but it may as well be an allergy) is that I so dislike the colour that even the things I *did* like were shrouded in orange-rage mist.
  
Because of the strong wall colour, all the other surfaces seemed to reflect the orange tones.

Like being in a giant egg yolk. Food-related so I suppose topical for a kitchen but not the lovely Modern Country Kitchen I yearned for!

Coming soon to a screen near you.....
How To Makeover Your Kitchen: from drab to fab!

 

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61 comments :

High Street Cottage said...

Sarah, your kitchen makeover post was one of the first I sifted through when I discovered your blog. For me is really represented the title of your blog very well. Modern Country Style. That wine rack tucked into the counter, the bowls and jars neatly displayed on the shelving. The color. The counter tops, the tile. All so pretty and English too, which I love;) You did an incredible job. You had to have a vision of inspiration to choose that color too, I think. It's just so cozy and welcoming. Well done, xoxo tami

Designing Domesticity said...

Oh Good, I've been hoping for more details about the kitchen. We fell in love with the English Coutry kitchen look and really want to replicate it in our upcoming refurb. Definitely need details on the countertops too! liz

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Hi Sarah! Oh, I remember your kitchen makeover...loved it. When, I'm looking at your photos, it looks like you have a mighty pretty and lush backyard. I want to see more of that too :)

Blondie's Journal said...

I agree with you...a little too much orange. I love the sneak preview of the kitchen redo...can't wait to see it all!

XO,
Jane

Custom Comforts said...

Looking forward to seeing the whole makeover Sarah. The orange is pretty strong and overpowering. I really like those double doors in the dining room that look outside to a garden. Those are pretty.
Cindy

michelle said...

You are the cutest!! The orange is pretty wonky and you are right about such a bright color casting it orangey shadow onto everything!! I just love your new kitchen so much, so calm and so pretty!! Can't wait to see more my deary!!

Monday hugs to you!!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Top of the morning to you, Sarah!

I adore Before & After photos. It's like watching the magic unfold. I can imagine the previous color would be a bit of a shock in the wee hours of the morning. I love all the details you put into the makeover. I especially like the color on the walls and how you played up the architecture by leaving parts w/out color. Adore the open shelving, too. Brilliant!

I would love to see your garden, also. The French Doors and Transom off the dining room are stunning! Do share!

xo,
~Michelle

Michelle @ Dream Home DIY said...

What a transformation! Beautiful. And the color on the walls is simply devine. Another GREAT project :0)

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Yes, do tell all about your makeover. I'm getting ready to make mine over an a zero dollar budget, so please let me know what and how you did yours. And, hello, orange, what were they thinking?
Valerie

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

um looks like a michelle/michele conspiracy in your comment gallery today, Sarah! i can't deal with orange either. just can't. looking forward to seeing the photos leading up to the beautiful after! have a great week!

michele
hellolovleyinc.blogspot.com

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

You rock! :-)

How are you doing? I loved, loved, loved your comment from yesterday and the day before that, and before that... Listen, if I had an award of "Sweetest Person in this World" I'd give it to you! :-)

Oh, your kitchen is just dreamy and I love it especially because you add so much of your personality to it and that's essential for me. You did a fabulous job, Sarah!


You asked me about my house. I shared before photos of my garden, but I'll be honest with you. I live in a beautiful home, very comfortable and nice, BUT this isn't ME at all! So, what I am doing is I'm selling this place so I can find a place that's just mine.. a place that I truly feel at home. I like our home and I cherish because that's where we live for now, but I want to share with readers something that's truly "me", do you know? Sometimes I feel like taking pictures and making a post about it, but what am I going to say? Hey, everybody... do you want to buy this house? lol I should wait a little bit more and show to my readers what I am like at home, in the right one. :-)

Have a very blessed week, my friend! I really like you, u know?! :-)

xo


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

Erin@likegrandmas said...

HAHAHAHA! You are too funny! Can't wait to see the full story!
Eooo

Nicola of Life on Orchard Road said...

Must be something about orange, my kitchen is orange! (only because of the previous owners) i have to get rid asap!!
x

Courtenay@Signal Hill Interiors said...

How is it possible that such a warm color can seem so cold and uninviting? That's quite a feat! (I hope the previous owners of your house don't read your blog, btw! Poor, misled decorators that they were.)

MariCrea said...

great job!
Sarah I found the complite reportage of french industrial chic house you like so much in an italian magazine that I had at home!
What a strange combination!
Hugs
Mari

Alison said...

I love your made over kitchen. So simple, but functional and pretty too.

GoldenValley50 said...

I have a confession to make! Back in the 90's I actually painted my Living/Dining Room AND Kitchen orange! I cringe now - what must have I been thinking? Worst still, I included a wallpaper freize (or is it frieze?) in the most hideous asymetrical pattern in oranage/brown tonings around the middle of the rooms! Luckily I have "seen the light" and moved on. Can't wait to see your reveal! ;)Sharyne

Vanessa@Southern In My Heart said...

Michelle said it best in her comment...that orange color is Wonky! Its almost a peachy toned orange which is just entirely unnatural. :-) I can't wait to read more about the entire transformation as we already know you loved it right back to life!
Vanessa

Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy} said...

Such a gorgeous makeover and honestly, I wouldn't even know it was the same kitchen! Looking forward to more details ;)

Classic Style said...

oh my god..what a great makeover !!
I would love to see more of it, so Ill be back and of course Im a follower ;) have a great day

Catherine said...

LOL sweetie, you sure had some vision to be able to see through that orange-rage mist!!

I adore what you have done....you are my domestic goddess, you know that, right!!

Now, unless I am blind in all my frothy excitement when I trawl through your blog, you be sure to tell us what the colour is on your walls!! I LOVE it with a deep passion...yes indeedy, you already know what I am like: so yes that is me in your kitchen, cheek pressed gently against your wall, stroking it's beautifulness and purring. Bit sick really, isn't it! Best tell me so I can get my own!!

Biggest hugs to you!!!!

Cath
xxxxxxx

Sarah said...

I love it...love love love love it. And not that it's relevant to the awesome kitchen but we have the same name. Here's to Sarah's with an H at the end!
Wearing It On My Sleeves

WobiSobi said...

I can't wait to see the rest.

Australienne Home said...

I agree I'm not a fan of yellow either!

http://australiennechic.blogspot.com/

Laura, Happy Homemaker UK said...

Wow, not only did you have a great vision, but clearly very brave!

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

I love orange, but sadly not the orange in your previous kitchen, like someone above mentioned, it's more of a peach (ugh). Your made-over kitchen is, of course, stunning. Love the red accents. Our kitchen and, indeed, our entire house, is a in a state of mismatchedness (if that is a word) and is overwhelmed by clutter (Mr and Miss J and P's) and silly collections (mine, all mine).

Cindy said...

I can certainly see why you would want to redo your kitchen, and you guys did an amazing job on it. I love your new kitchen!
Hugs, Cindy

Tammy said...

I have to admit that the orange wouldn't be my favorite either.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your makeover is just wonderful. Such a beautiful redo and great kitchen. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

What is the paint color or brand that you used in the kitchen? I love it!

I'll ship you the stool if you paint my kitchen, haha! Not a very fair trade on my part.

Hope you're having a good day so far! It's -5 degrees here. My toes are so KKKKK cold :)
xoxo

CAS said...

Very nice makeover. You did a great job.
CAS

Anne at Bird/Like said...

Gee, not only orange but that charming touch of BLUE to make it even more obvious!! What a wonderful makeover!!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh boy... orange and blue... sometimes you have to wonder! I love how your kitchen looks now that it is all gorgeous and made over- can't wait to hear more about how you did the remodel! Hugs, Courtney

Magali said...

I remember your kitchen redo: it's what brought me to your blog as I was looking around the Internet for cottage-style kitchens!
I'm glad I'm not the only "orange-allergic": my house is very orange-y and yellow-y... I'm going to remove some of the orange next summer!
Your garden looks beaitiful from the windows...

Donnie said...

I loved seeing all your photos. Everything looks great.

Midwest Cottage and Finds! said...

sarah,
I LOVE your kitchen!! And the post right before that one--WOW!!! those photos of the industrial/soft/vintage/country look were to DIE for!!! I'm going back thru your blog when i am done here....thanks for stopping by mine--and being a follower--i am your newest follower!! nice to meet you!
chris

Holly said...

I love what you did with your kitchen. I do admit....I LOVE orange...but not in a kitchen. My tile was almost range in my kitchen...guess what...not there anymore!

Melissa K said...

Hi Sarah,
I love the makeover and I remember seeing the photos when you posted them last year. I'm not a big fan of orange, you may have seen in my Christmas post that one of the yet to be painted rooms in my house is in a very 'lovely' shade of ochre/orange. (I hate it and I can totally sympathise)
I also read you had boiler problems, I hope that didn't take too long to sort out - what a nuisance for you!
Have a lovely week - Melissa xx

Doda said...

Looks fab. Well done. I like the wall colour, hope you are going to share it's name. :-)

Brandi said...

I really love your kitchen Sarah! I want open shelves like yours in my kitchen! What a difference a can of paint can make! You did an amazing job!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Oh, I'm so excited you're doing this! I can't wait to see your kitchen in more detail. I'm still laughing at "Like being in a giant egg yolk"!

Heaven's Walk - said...

Sarah ~ what an incredible transformation, girl! Wow! Your kitchen is just beautiful! Happy WW to you, you talented girl, you! :)

xoxo laurie

Brandi said...

Hey Sarah! I am really considering adding the open shelves to my kitchen. Did you have to attach them to the studs in the wall?

Robin said...

Visiting from Tidy Mom! You made me giggle! Can't wait to see more!!!
xo
Robin
All Things Heart and Home

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

You certainly had your work cut out for you! What a great transformation though!

Thanks for linking up!

Ashley
www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

Nike said...

Sarah,

Saw this on Tidy Mom and recognized your work right away. Turned out AMAZING!

~Nike@ChooseToThrive

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

oh I love your kitchen makeover! turns out great indeed! love the colours that you pick!

Sheri said...

i never get enough of your kitchen. i adore it. simply adore it.

Michelle said...

Holy orange sherbert! That's exactly what the shade was... and that blue? I love blue, don't get me wrong but ??? I enjoy your writing style and decided to be a follower. I hope you'll stop by my blog sometime and maybe follow me too :)

Michelle
www.newengland-style.com

Vanessa@Southern In My Heart said...

Hello lovely friend! Just coming back by to say thanks so much for linking up your amazing kitchen transformation to the party this week! Gave me a chance to soak it all in once more! :-)
Vanessa

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Miss Sarah~Just stopping back over to say thank you for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :) Hugs, Courtney

Debra@Common Ground said...

Whaaaaat????? you don't like living in a giant egg yolk? tooooo funny! I'm lovin' how your kitchen looks today, so I'm excited to see the transformation. And from the looks of the rest of the house, you have a gorgeous home. I've always wanted to live in the English countryside...oh my, just a dream of mine. Thanks so much for joining in for VIF!!
xo,
Debra

Funky Junk Interiors said...

LOL! Yup, I need more too. Hurry up! :) What a beauty of a makeover!

Donna

TidyMom said...

GORGEOUS!!
Thanks for linking up!! I featured your post in the wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/im-lovin-it-wrap-up-1-16-11/

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

SARAH, you never mentioned that you are clearly about 21!! ...and I'm not sure we can be friends if you look that gorgeous with no make up on!!!

Oh, yes, Shaker..just love the simplicity is all. xx

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

Oops left above comment on wrong post!!! Why do I ever attempt to leave a comment with 4 hungry kids in my kitchen with me!!! You know where it is supposed to be!!xx

Roeshel said...

Sarah - I don't know what I'm thinking! I HAVE seen your beautiful kitchen before and it is one of inspiration! lol Don't mind my crazy brain - some many blogs, so many mixups once in a while. lol I HOPE my kitchen turns out as beautiful as yours and I am loving all of the inspiration you're providing - yours included!

Jen's Busy Days said...

I abhor orange too. Any hand me downs for my kids to wear are re-shared immediately if they are mostly or only orange. Just can't stand it.

kitchen taps said...

Really you rocked with the kind of work you have displayed in your post..great going!

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Mosaic Wall Tiles said...

the timber contrasting with the light shaker styled doors looks fantastic, the simplicity of the colours keeps a modern feel, while the accessories bring the character - great :)

flooring Honolulu said...

Thank you for this post. Good thing you changed the color. I am also not into orange hues so when I saw your old kitchen, I was like, “what is up with these people?” I do not know why, but I just do not like orange. Anyway, your kitchen looks so much better. You did an amazing job.

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