August 15, 2008

Things Have Got To Change Around Here....

Today my kitchen gets a long awaited make-over! I've lived with and loved my red, rooster-themed kitchen for several years now, but it's time for a change. I find that lately I'm being drawn to the classic neutrals and all the creamy shades that look great with chocolate, khaki, white, and black. So I'm taking the plunge and after endless hours pouring over magazines, decorating sites and blogs, here's what we've come up with:


LATTE for the walls
All the trim, moldings, and baseboards will be in a shade call Pearl White. I didn't want a stark white but something much softer. When my decorator friend at the paint store showed me the Pearl White sample, I knew that was the perfect shade.

We are having a cabinet built to go into a little alcove area above the stove. It will have a beadboard back and a couple of shelves for display. It will be lighted from above or there will be a place I can put a small lamp. My plan is to paint that cabinet black, distress it and wipe it down with a dark stain.


When I started to get the urge to change things out, I remembered I had packed away some really pretty cremeware. Here's a few of the pieces I found:






This wonderful pair of tureens.....





....some "faux" pears! I had enough to fill both tureens full!







Cute little plate picked up for 50 cents!



A few of the "new" old stuff I'll use



Found these monogrammed lamps on a wonderful site....I really "need" the linen color one with the chocolate monogram



I have a table base similar to this one....I've already painted it and I'll have to work on getting it to look something like this one.... Already have a glass top for the table base



...to use with 4 Parsons chairs covered in slips like these




This photo started it all. I saw it on the Decorating Den "before-and-after" gallery and I fell in love with the deep brown walls and white cabinets. Of course, my cabs look NOTHING like this nor do I have crown molding like this. However, I did find a clock very much like the one in the picture at Wal Mart




I know, I know, there's absolutely nothing wrong with this picture....red walls, roosters galore....but I want to go in an entirely different direction. BTW, the rooster prints are for sale. If you are interested please e-mail me and I'll give you more particulars....





This rooster tray hung in the alcove where my new cabinet will be built









That's about it for now. I can't wait for the painters to get here and get started. It will probably take them about 2 days since they will be painting out all the trim and chair rails which are stained (from the 80's)....as well as adding some wider crown molding around some of the cabinets and some rope trim as accent trim to my plate rack.

I'll post pictures just as soon as the painting is done....
Happy Friday everyone!

16 comments:

Susan said...

I'm doing my kitchen over too. I'm painting one wall pale green and the cupboards creamy white. The pale green wall is where my flowered plates will go. I want to put green glass knobs on the cabinets, too.

Isn't fun to change things up?

Nonna said...

I cant wait to see it when its all finished! I know it will be beautiful! I have a rooster/fruit theme in mine and I'm tired of it as well. Hopefully I will be able to re-do it soon.
Have a great weekend!

Picket said...

Ohhhhh I love the colors you have choosen...I use to have the red and then I've had the deep green but I painted my oak cabinets a creamy white and used mocha glaze and did the walls in a Deer Path by Benjamin Moore...it is a beautiful mocha..I love the way it just goes with blacks and browns...oh girl your kitchen is gonna be gorgeous...and those creamy bowls and plates ohhhh I love it...can't wait to see the finished product...oh this is exciting! lol

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Wonderful! It's always a boost to have a room freshly painted and newly decorated. Enjoy the process as it appears that you've already started to do.

Belle said...

We gave our kitchen a facelist a couple of years ago with chocolate brown walls (actually here in the lowcounry color world we call the color "pluff mud") with white cabinets and trim. I love it.

Angela said...

Hi there- I've been a lurker for a while but had to come out of hiding for those rooster prints. :)Are they on ebay?

I'm interested in some more info!

thesolanos@gmail.com

thanks!

Brown-Eyes said...

Hi...I'm a newbie to blogging but have added your blog to my favorites...your choices for the kitchen redo are classic...it's gonna be a "beaut"...I'll stay tuned for the further developments.
;-) Brown-Eyes

Gretchen said...

I'm anxious to see your new kitchen and I know it's going to look teriffic. My kitchen walls are almost the same color as yours will be. It's fun because you can then use any accent colors you want.

Gretchen
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Inspired Kara said...

This is going to just look BEAUTIFUL!!! Love the creamware spread with the pears. I love such adorable inspiration!!!

The Decorated House said...

Oh your kitchen is going to be fabulous! That picture you posted for inspiration is "terrible" though! :P
I love those cabinets and it makes me wish for white again. But then when I have white, I wanted wood. I just love them both.

Your white pieces are great, and will look so good in your new kitchen.

Can't wait to see your makeover.
Donna

KARIN said...

You are too funny, girl! Back to the Latte. hee! It's going to be gorgeous. I can't wait. I know you can't either. Those slipcovers are just gorgeous. I have that picture saved, too. I can't remember where I saw them, but I'm like- gotta have them! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you. Hope it all goes smoothly.

Jennifer @ Elegant Homemaker said...

Oh my goodness - you have beautiful ideas and are inspiring me to make some changes in my own kitchen! I am very new to blogging and I recently found your blog and love it! I'm adding you to my favorites!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Judy, I can't wait to see this much anticipated make-over. I think it's going to be scrumptious with all those neutrals. Love those slips and is that big column going to be an island? That's a very cool look.

Hope that grout paint is holding up fine. We're going out of town next Thursday & won't be coming back til Sat. so I won't be around, but we'll catch up later. Have a good weekend!

Rhoda

Deidra Brown said...

Judy were did your fine the site for the lamps. Can you tell me the website address?

Kathryn said...

Your "old" room looks very similar to my dining room! I have "Sicilian Red" plaster on the walls, roosters, red transferware, and even the green "cabbage" ware!

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Do you mind me asking what brand paint the latte is? Now that I've painted our hall bathroom I am itching to paint our kitchen. I am getting so many ideas from all you wonderful decorating bloggers. (I am NO Martha Stewart.)

p.s. I have a rooster toile valance in my kitchen. ;)

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