Monday, September 8, 2014

French Country Kitchen Reveal

Our New Home's kitchen is a chefs dream.. Thank god I married a wannabe chef! ITS HUGE! A super open kitchen, breakfast bar and casual dining eating area with a additional bar sink and wine fridge. The cabinets were already a nice Biscuit Cream Coloured Maple. With Traditional in-lay style Cabinet doors with a antique glaze. We lucked out with amazing quality cabinetry BUT it lacked style.. or should I say MY STYLE! So the TO-DO list began...First thing was painting out the dental crown moulding. Then adding a new backsplash throughout, a pot filler (so excited!), a new lighting plan, all new lights and finishing it off with some new hardware. See below for all the transformations..   
It had this Mexican style backsplash that didn't seem to go with the rest of the house or kitchen cabinets
This is the open bar area.. we originally covered the backsplash with real beadboard then learned our lesson the hard way and went over it in beadboard wallpaper. When I tell you I love beadboard wall paper I mean it!! See how it changed my daughter's nursery walls here.
Here is the new backsplash. we chose a simple marble subway tile and added a tiled detail above the stove where pot filler was added. 
The newly stained floors really stand out here. We opted out of an area rug for this room A) because larger rugs can get so expensive B) Because I like how you can see more of the floor and how open it looks.
 One of the first things I did was paint out the darker parts on the dental mouldings,, now some of you may like this look but personally its not for me. I wanted the kitchen to be simple and clean. A fresh farm modern kitchen.. So I painted out every line by hand.. I left the darker detail lines underneath for some character . I really like how it turned out. It brightened up the whole kitchen. Also Shown below of course are my go to knobs.. Crystal Restoration Hardware knobs were a must. 
The chandelier is one from our old kitchen, Its was purchased from Ballard Designs about 6 years ago or so. The granite was already installed. We were Pretty happy with the colour, more orange-y then I would have chosen but not enough to change it. Very livable! ;)
Here is the open bar counter area.. As I said before we installed beadboard wallpaper to create a simple backdrop. As well as to create some distinction from the bar area and the rest of the kitchen. 
We used the counter space to display some vintage decanters and frames of our family.

We also added the addition of the 'EAT' sign over the window.  Believe it or not, they are off-white Metal letters from Restoration Hardware Baby.

A pot filler was a luxurious SPLURGE... But it was a MUST HAVE item on my To-do list! I love it and am so happy we decided to get a plumber to run the plumbing over to make it happen. It makes filling water for boiling sooooo much easier.. Plus it looks great!!
The lighting plan change.. It was all wrong before.. it had pot lights above the dining table so we had an electrician close them down and add two new electrical boxes so we could have two hurricane pendants lanterns hang above kitchen dining table. 
Both the Bar stools and the Chandelier are from our previous home.
Because this house was a lot bigger than our previous house.. We needed to purchase a lot of new items. Two of them being a large kitchen table to fill up the space and all new chairs.. We decided to go with a harvest style table.. We chose the Sanctuary Table from Hooker Furniture for our Kitchen Dining Table as it can stretch to be almost 11ft long! 
Great for our future family Holiday Dinners.
The Chairs are all new from Restoration Hardware. The two head chairs are the Nailhead Upholstered Armchair upholstered in a neutral colour, Sand Belgian Linen. The six X-back chairs are the Madeleine Side Chair in Burnt Oak wood colour with the Sand Belgian linen seat cushions.
Our desk area turned out to be a great spot for organizing and using the computer. Love how the desk drawer holds all our miscellaneous things.. a.k.a The junk drawer!!

The Zinc and Glass Vintage-look Pharmacy Canisters were a lucky clearance find online at Restoration hardware a few years ago. 

Thanks for looking.. If you loved this you will love what we did to our Ensuite Bathroom !

See our Previous House Tour Here.

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