Kitchen {Before and After}

I’ve had a few requests right on top of one another for a tour of the kitchen.  It’s been on my radar for some time now, but I just didn’t want to take pictures of it with a half constructed porch in the background!

Aside from the snake like pendants and icky ceiling fan, there is almost nothing wrong with the before of our kitchen!  It was love at first sight and a huge factor in us choosing this as our forever home.  It was a brand spanking new renovation with top of the line appliances.  I mean, we peeled the plastic off of the dishwasher ourselves!!!

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Aside from knocking out the bread bin in the far corner and changing out the lights, all we did was add decorative touches to the space.

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Paint – Benjamin Moore Stone Hearth (walls), Benjamin Moore Alabaster (trim), Benjamin Moore Beach Glass (inside glass cabinet)
Curtains – Drapes are Chatelet in Breeze, relaxed roman shades are Pizzicati but I don’t know the colorway (Lewis and Sheron)
Curtain hardware – Barley Twist by Antique Drapery Rod Company (Calico Corners)
Floor – unstained white oak
Rugs – Indoor/Outdoor French Leopard by Ballard Designs
Chandeliers – Claire from Ballard Designs
DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser
Dishes – Alison Evans Coastal Ceramics (oysters) and Butler’s Pantry by Lenox (white)
Kitchen table – antique
Chairs – passed down from Honey’s grandmother
Bench – Grand Harbor Imports
Turtle pillow – Slightly Coastal
Foo lamp & Antique scale – Habersham Antique Market
Apothecary jars – Hobby Lobby and Stein Mart
Sconces – Home Goods
Framed print – signed glicee by Low Country artist Ray Ellis
Dried flower arrangement – The Acorn at Wisteria Hill
Chalkboard cabinets
Because the kitchen was done by the previous owners, unfortunately I do not have sources for the cabinets, tile, counters or hardware.

So that’s where the magic happens, ladies!  It’s pretty much in use 24×7 with three hungry males in the house!

Flattered for the features at Savvy Southern StyleSouthern LovelyMy Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaStuff and NonsenseAt the Picket FenceNo Minimalist Here and Tatertots and Jello!

67 thoughts on “Kitchen {Before and After}

  1. Thanks for sharing…I pinned a picture of your plates on the countertop to my Pinterest wall. Love the way you used several instead of just one plate!! I am going to shamelessly 'steal" your idea!!

  2. I see someone has purchased more Alison Evans! Addicted? I am. Thanks for the Acorn at Wisteria Hill shout out. I love the kitchen & oyster plates! xo

  3. Your kitchen is lovely. I love the monogrammed chairs. Question, whose monogram did you use, yours, your husbands or a combination. It's an idea I've been thinking about when I change out my dining room set. Thanks for sharing. I really like your blog.

  4. I love your oyster plates, love it all really. Gorgeous. But, you have a Ray Ellis glicee??!! And. Oyster Road at that. Love his work!

  5. Rebecca – I know! I love him too!! My parents got me hooked. They have a gorgeous one – can't recall what it's called but it was one of the first oyster roasts. love!

    Deborah – I used a combo monogram on the chairs. my first – our last – his first. I figure the kitchen is for all of us :-)

  6. Well this just made my morning! I have to tell you- I spent almost 2 hours going through your blog yesterday (yea stalker I know) and I hope I live a life close to what you have! You have an amazing family/home/amount of energy and so on! So inspiring and so southern! you go girl! Love it!

  7. Just noticed your Ray Ellis print!! I love them too and I have two in my own home. One is Suppertime at Cape May and the other is similar to yours…just looks like home to my hubs! We are headed to Tybee on Saturday and we cannot wait!

  8. Thanks for sharing! It is very, very nice. I love the chandlier! I do like the fact you put plates on your counter. They are pretty. I love all the cabinets and cupboards. Good job! I know you must be so happy to cook in your new kitchen.
    Blessings My Friend,

  9. What a great transformation. Can I move in? Ha ha ha…

    So elegant compare to the original but knowing not renovating it all, is the best thing one can do.

    Great JOB, girl…

    Unfortunately, I can't link to Susan's meme today…so I visit my fave ladies, one by one, instead.

    Happy TS,

  10. Thank you indulging my request and providing all the details on your gorgeous kitchen! I love your house! Now the dining room soon, please!

  11. Love your kitchen Amanda, and how great (and money saving) it was that it was "turn key" and you just had to work your magic and add your special touches. Of course, I love all the oyster plates which is your trademark.

  12. Beautiful kitchen, as are all your rooms. Also, thanks for your entertaining writing style! Michele

  13. Your curtains caught my eye right away. I couldn't see the pattern clearly, but the color and the softness they add to the room at the window over the sink and the bigger dining room window was definitely a great choice, esp. with the trim. Very nice touch.

  14. So pretty! I love those oyster plates. Kept scrolling back and forth to look at them. So unusual and so perfect on the wall and in your gorgeous kitchen!

    Love it all!
    (And the monogrammed chairs too.)

  15. Beautiful kitchen! I can't wait to redo mine. (Fyi: the corner enclosure you removed I think is actually an "appliance garage" which can be used to store and hide your mixer, waffle iron, blender or other small appliances) . It's often put in the corner since it's usually awkward dead counter space. I would have removed it as you did though since your kitchen has ample storage. Love your colors!

  16. Beautiful kitchen! I can't wait to redo mine. (Fyi: the corner enclosure you removed I think is actually an "appliance garage" which can be used to store and hide your mixer, waffle iron, blender or other small appliances) . It's often put in the corner since it's usually awkward dead counter space. I would have removed it as you did though since your kitchen has ample storage. Love your colors!

  17. Oh, my! Your kitchen is so gorgeous! Absolutely a dream kitchen. I love all your pretty touches and you're really blessed to have such a wonderful space. Now you don't cook and mess it up do you?
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  18. Your kitchen is beautiful! How fantastic to buy a home with such a wonderfully remodeled space! (Snake pendants aside.). ;-). We have some serpentine light fixtures in our basement, do I can totally relate. ;-)

    Love it!

  19. Such a beautiful kitchen. I really love all the touches you added. You really lightened up the space. Great job!

  20. What a beautiful kitchen! Love all the changes you made and love seeing the entire room after just finishing a kitchen re-do ourselves…only problem is I can't show it until out neighbors see the reveal :O) Great job!

  21. Your kitchen is stunning. Love the white cabinets and the natural wood island, so pretty. You have everything accessorized so beautifully. Thanks so much for the tour and thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  22. You have such a lovely kitchen! I love all of the decorative touches you added to it:) I really like the chalkboard paint you put on the inside of the cabinet, very neat:)

  23. Just saw your kitchen, courtesy of Kristin @MyUncommonSliceOfSuburbia. Your kitchen is so lovely, congratulations! A question … I have been admiring the Claire Chandelier and when I saw it in your kitchen I thought "it must be a sign"! I could not quite tell from your photos which color you used. Is it the Gold or the Bronze? I have been leaning toward ordering the Bronze, but after reading all the reviews am still not quite sure. Your expertise would help. Thanks and again congratulations on your beautiful kitchen ~ it's beautiful!

  24. I see you on Pinterest! How nice to see your BEAUTIFUL kitchen via Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia! It is incredible!!! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

  25. Love you kitchen! Would you mind telling me where you got the leopard print rug under the table? Love it! Thanks so much!

  26. Thank you! The rug is from ballard designs. It's the indoor outdoor leopard rug. They have changed it since I bought mine, but I believe it would be most similar to the brown rug on their website (that seems to be out of stock right now).

  27. I am so in love with your kitchen! You have done a beautiful job! I really admire your kitchen table and chairs. Please tell me where I can get 4 chairs like that and where would I get them monogrammed? Thank you so much for your time!

  28. Thank you! The chairs were passed down from Honey's grandma. Before recovering them, I measured out the fabric and had it monogrammed. I hope that helps!

  29. I am oohing and ahhing over your kitchen and wondering where you keep your small appliances such as the toaster, mixer, knife block. I have all of those stored on my counter, but much prefer your look of emptier counters. Thanks!

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