Thursday, March 10, 2011

Kitchen Reveal!!!

This is a huge reveal, especially considering there wasn't any major construction just some counter jewelry and a lot of cookbooks :)
AFTER:
BEFORE:
We added some Ingolf bar stools to the bar, although I don't love the fact that the backs are below the bar top so we'll see if they stay.
You've seen the pendents from yesterday!
 and the stove from Monday!
 Here's our EAT sign, if you're looking for the tutorial here it is:
http://www.maillardvillemanor.com/2010/12/eat-sign-inspiration-from-cougar-town.html
 Probably the most noticeable change we made was taking the doors off the uppermost cabinets. It's funny though, one of the things I most liked about our new kitchen was those little doors at the top with their glass cutouts. But once we moved in, they just didn't function. The glass distorted the look of anything pretty we put behind them, yet as soon as you put something like paper towel back there you could instantly tell it was paper towel. So we removed each door, packed it up gently and stored them in a moving box under our stairs. I Love the cookbooks all around the top of the kitchen.
BEFORE:

AFTER:
It makes perfect sense to have your cookbooks in your kitchen, and I love the color it adds. It also provides nice relief from all the dark cabinetry.
I do most of my meal planning in the kitchen beside the pantry, I pull a bar stool in, grab my cookbooks and spend a good 30 minutes planning the weeks menu.


 I love the little white porcelain colander we found at Macy's I believe it's a Martha Stewart product :)
 Our dishwasher is made by Kenmore. It was bought from Sears Outlet store. It was also a customer return, one of the sprayers was broken so the customer returned it, Sears fixed it, and we bought it for a seriously discounted price. Just to be on the safe side we purchased the extended warranty, for an additional $60 our dishwasher is covered for the next 3 years. Gotta LOVE those hidden controls.
 We stuck with the slightly industrial theme. From our stove and lights to our kitchen faucet. A nice tall faucet with  a spring-y neck was just what the doctor ordered. It's pretty, and oh so functional. We have a pot of pothos ivy behind the sink. It likes the indirect sunlight and the humid air.
 You'll also notice our compost carrier, He lives on the counter and gets emptied daily! More on our composting plans later this spring.

Beside the stove we keep our utensil crock and a little tray that holds our olive oil and salt and pepper.
I am also dying to share with you . . . our garbage can! I know it sounds crazy, but I am over the moon about our garbage can. But more on that later . . . It truly deserves it's own post, it's that fabulous :)

28 comments:

  1. Looks great and what I notice most is how the white counterstools really helps to bring the lighter elements of the backsplash and countertops to another area of the space for balance...ENJOY!!
    Janell

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  2. I agree, I really like the contrast of the white chairs. The open cabinets are fab, but I am quite surprised by all your paper cookbooks. I recently scanned my faves, and donated the books to the library. I can find any recipe I want online... Much greener. Gorgeous kitchen though!

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  3. I love your kitchen! The black with the white stools are awesome. ( you know I love that combo)
    Love the lights and all your cookbooks!!!!
    XOXO
    Kristin

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  4. Love your kitchen! I'm glad I'm not the only one who went with dark cabinets! =] I love white cabinets, but for our house I felt like doing something different and I think they look fabulous. I also love that you have your cookbooks all around the top. Looks awesome! And great job on all the appliance deals. =]

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  5. My cook books are behind closed doors. I really like how you removed your doors. I just might try it.

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  6. It looks fabulous!! And now I'm intrigued about your garbage can....can't wait to hear more about it! (by the way, you've insprired me to reorganize my pantry...i bought those pull out wire shelves and now keep coffee filters, onions, pancake mixes etc in a bunch of them!)

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  7. Love the way it turned out its so uncomplicated!

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  8. I love your kitchen! The pendent lights look great and the open shelves with all your cookbooks are so pretty!

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  9. Your kitchen is great, Ashli! Wish it was mine.

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  10. Beautiful! I love how the cookbooks look like part of the decor and not clutter. I'm also drooling over your dishwasher...I do love the hidden controls!!
    Roxanne

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  11. wow your cookbook collection looks amazing! I'd love to browse your books. have you seen martha stewart has a new book - pies and tarts - to be relased this month! I'm def adding that to my collection when it gets released.

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  12. No surprise, I love it all! You have a such a way with the little details. Just right, never overdone!! Love all the cookbooks. I love the feel of a book and flipping through it's pages. Not one for the new E-Readers, although they are great. I actually like the fact that the back of the barstools is below counter height, they keep the room open so you can appreciate all of the other goodies. I am curious however, what are the eggs on top of your cookbooks on the counter?

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  13. It looks great! I agree with the others that the white stools bring a balance.

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  14. Love the cookbooks up there. Really softens the dark cabinetry. Can't wait to hear about your garbage can as we are considering a non-hidden can in our new kitchen as well. Great job! liz

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  15. Lovely kitchen. I like the cookbooks in the kitchen also. Even if you don't use them all, like me, they are an interesting peice of conversation. People love to grab cookbooks and flip through them.

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    God Bless You :-)

    ~Ron

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  17. Beautiful kitchen! I love all that you've done to personalize it. My favorite part is those new lights!

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  18. Cookbooks in the kitchen definately makes more sense, I'm going to build in open shelves when I do my kitchen as well similar to yours. Love all your cupboards, even above the fridge, great use of space. I can see there'd be fights over who was cooking each night now!

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  19. All looks gorgeous...however, I would place the garbage can (it is pretty neat looking) under the bar area that has no chair under it.

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  20. gorgeous!!! our kitchens are so similar with dark shaker cabinets and kashmir white granite!!! I think we're destined to be friends!

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  21. I love how it looks with the doors removed! I love the feel that all the cookbooks give to the space. I'll be keeping this one tucked away for future inspiration!

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  22. Those lights are fabulous. I really like the pop of colour that the books give. I haven't seen anything like that before in a kitchen. Great idea!

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  23. I bet that garbage can is a Simple Human Deluxe Trash/Recyling combo! That's what we have and I ADORE it!!!

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  24. Everything looks great ! I love your blog :)

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  25. Perfect...just like I thought it would be!!

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  26. I do love your kitchen. The EAT letters look fab, however I find having the garbage can directly beneath them a little unsavory !!!

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