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Update of 80's country kitchen finally complete!!

Posted by tinker1121 (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 26, 14 at 20:47

Some of you may remember back in the winter when I got the bright idea to take down my 80's wallpaper and "get a new floor and laminate countertops" to update my country kitchen. It has been a long road and a huge learning experience.

I TOTALLY underestimated how difficult this would be, blending the old with the new. I kept my 20 year old Kraftmaid oak cabinets and oak wainscot as both in great shape. We replaced the counters, backsplash, floor, lighting, appliances and chairs.

This is a modest house , 100 years old, small at 1100 square feet and a "twin" style meaning it is literally a half of house with a common wall to the neighbor and windows only on one side.

We used the carpenter who put in the original cabinets and formica counters and he pulled a fast one and built counters using an old saw blade and all the edges looked chipped. He thought we wouldn't notice and installed them. We are out $1000 for materials and labor charges we paid him and started over, next time with granite as it just seemed easier. I am happy to have it and plan on taking him to small claims court.

Here is the before and the after will follow as I don't know how to post more than one picture.

This post was edited by tinker1121 on Thu, Jun 26, 14 at 21:32


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More before with wallpaper down.


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Before with wallpaper removed.


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After. Started this project in January.
Kraftmaid cabinets - 20 years old
New hardware - Statuary Bronze
Granite-Absolute Cream
Backsplash-Jeffrey Court beveled 3 x 6 subway tile
Vintage Studio-color Antique Lace (LOVE IT!)
Sink-Swanstone 70/30 low divide in Nero (black)
Floor - Shaw Resort tile - 16" vinyl grouted - Sand
Faucet - Delta magnatite from Lowes
Dishwasher - Maytag stainless interior (Love!)
Refrigerator - Maytag
Range - Kenmore 5 burner gas with convection oven and warming drawer
Microwave - Kenmore
New black chairs - overstock.com
Paint color - Sherwin Williams Rice Grain


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Still need new oak toekick put on.


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I've been waiting to how this came out! This first picture looks great and I can't wait to see the rest!!


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Close up of Absolute Cream granite. Absolutely beautiful and pictures cannot show the quartz pieces, bling and creaminess.


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Close up of tile. $19.99 sf quote, found it for $13.16!


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So pretty! You must be ecstatic :)


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Kept the oak pedestal table and replaced the pressed back oak chairs with painted black ones from overstock.com.

Chandelier is Quorum Hathaway and bought the $420 floor model at the lighting store for $170.

This post was edited by tinker1121 on Thu, Jun 26, 14 at 21:36


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Art for wall.


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Close up. Just hung it tonight and like the uniqueness of it. Couldn't change the layout or a lot of things and not set on those curtains and it is still a work in progress and now fun doing the tweaking.


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Had the brass caming in the glass doors blackened a bit.
Also forget to mention the carpenter did change out the exposed brass hinges on the cabinet doors with those that are not visible.

Used Quoizel LED tape under cabinet lighting and very economical and quality lighting.

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Ooooh, how lovely.
I think you've done a really great job blending.
And, to the maker's credit, those are really beautiful cabinets.
I think the black chairs really set off the table. Without them, there was an overkill with oak grain. They and that interesting art piece make great eye peace. Does that make sense? It smooths out the look.

Just really, really nice.


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Congratulations!
It looks great, and I'm sure you are so pleased and relieved to have it done.


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What a really lovely, warm homey kitchen you have now. I love it, especially the backsplash and I have been an anti-subway tile gal...yours are just perfect though!! I just want to sit and have a cup of coffee and cake with you!!!


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What a fabulous refresh. That granite is to die for, and everything just blends. Enjoy it.


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Wow, I remember the long early posts - it really struck me how wonderful GW can be in helping creative people come up with great solutions. It's even better to see the final outcome, since it looks so beautiful. The counters tie everything together so perfectly, and I love the backsplash. Congratulations!


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It is absolutely charming!


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Yes, this is a wonderful place. I had so much support when getting off that wallpaper, many ideas but I had not done enough legwork and again under estimated how tough this would be.

Thanks to all for your support and putting up with me when I was all over the place (and boy was I all over the place).
Trial and error was the only way to do this and I made more errors than I want to even think about!

Your compliments are so very appreciated. I sincerely mean that. At one point I didn't even think I would post the results as this sure isn't a showcase kitchen but just a real home. A lot of us have humble surroundings and I do enjoy the reveals of the large modern spaces and the great thing about GW is everyone gets the same support and help when they need it no matter what the scope of the project is.


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Looks great!


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I really do have to thank Lov_mkitchen for putting up with me. She was always there, I drove her crazy I know but was so great and stuck it out. THANKS Toni!


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I remember the earlier posts too. My body ached for you when you were painstakingly removing the wallpaper.
I'm so happy for you - it looks so warm & homey. Everything looks wonderful together, the backsplash, granite & floors. It's difficult to get those 3 selections just right, but you did it. I know you had the brass caning in the glass darkened - were the glass doors original? Very pretty glass.
Your kitchen will be an inspiration for oak cabinet owners!


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Love the tile!!!!


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What a wonderful job, well- done! I agree, so warm and homey! Loooove that tile, I can't imagine anything more perfect!


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Great job!!! Thank you for posting your real kitchen. Am glad to see that you brought it to such a nice completion.

I don't think you were "all over the place," just think you were doing a lot of brainstorming. Agree, GW is an unbelievable resource!!!

CONGRATULATIONS.


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What a wonderful, new kitchen you have! I really like the backsplash and creamy granite. The new chairs make the dining area look completely different and highlight the oak table in a way that the matching oak chairs didn't. Great job!


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Very nice indeed! I like the combination of you original cabinets with the new surfaces. It all looks new! I especially like your backsplash.


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Wow!


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Great update!!!!


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Your kitchen looks amazing!!

Thanks for giving me the courage to post mine when it is finally done. I, like many others, found GW after months of Googling kitchen questions and the first response always being GW.

I finally, as I tell my husband, decided to go "straight to the source" and create a GW account.

After doing so and seeing the amazing kitchens posted here, I felt ashamed of my DIY kitchen in comparison and I have struggled with whether or not to do a reveal.

Your amazing transformation has given me the courage to share my own triumphs and failures with this group.

You did an amazing job on your kitchen and I'm sure the person that bought your old sink is ecstatic. Honestly, I'm surprised we haven't seen them pop up on this board...yet.


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I love it too! And I vote for keeping the curtains. They add a nice finishing touch to your real, and real lovely, kitchen.


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Your compliments mean a lot and like Texas Gem I struggled and thought many times I would not be able to post the results as different than most of the large and magnificent projects. The floor and the tile were the most difficult to find. I didn''t want ceramic tile and looked at sheet vinyl as I had before and planned on getting it when the counters were to be formica. When I switched to going with granite countertops, I just felt something grouted and a less busy pattern was called for. If I brought one floor sample home, I must have had 75 of sheet vinyl, ceramic tile and vinyl tiles. Most of the LVT patterns were just too busy or too cool in tone. The color of this Shaw tiles appears pink but is not that tone IRL. Pattern does fight with the granite a bit but I am happy with it considering the many samples we had. Old uneven floor gave the installer some problems, another reason why vinyl tiles worked best, and he did a good job.

Tile shopping was THE worst. More than one person tried to sell me 4 x 4 travertine tiles and I actually bought them and returned them not once but TWICE. From the start I said I didn't want subway tile but when I saw the beveled sample and the coloring which is variegated and darker on the bevel I just knew it was it. Also easy to just use it alone and no more decisions on accents or design. I got lucky on that one.

Romy718, those are the original glass panels. On close up the stained glass store did a terrible job darkening the caming and first time applied a silver color, then blackened and made a complete mess. Thought they were ruined, they reapplied and did the black patina again and still not happy at all with them. I have since ordered new panels from another stained glass store and waiting for them to come in. DH assures me these are "fine" but I have come too far to settle. He is using a copper caming and will blacken a bit. Worse case is I have two sets of glass and can change them out. lol

I do hope this helps others who feel their oak is not workable. I stand proud with my Maytag and Kenmore appliances! lol I had looked for a gas range for a long time before this project and as we all know and talk about, they don't make things like they used to. This model has nice trim, sturdy and good looking handles and knobs unlike many I saw. It just happened to be a Kenmore and I watched for a good sale and the $1100 range was $679. I then thought a microwave above should also be Kenmore.

I love my new black Maytag fridge, a bit smaller than my Bisque Kenmore that was only 4 years old and I was able to sell on CL for $425. There was a pressure issue and the doors always popped open and glad to be rid of it. A guy bought it for the lunch room of his business and was very happy with it. I also sold my 25 year old GE gas range for $75, microwave for $40 and the blue sink for $125 and all of this almost paid for and made buying the new fridge guilt free. I really like the inside of it as quality shelving, especially the inside of the door area. Black appliances show every finger print but easy to wipe with a microfiber cloth. (Do not use paper towels as they scratch them!!!) I had regrets for a while at not going with stainless, but the black just fits in with the warm tones better and ok with it.

Texas Gem, looking forward to your posts. Best of luck, and you already know it is not easy. May be good to realize too it will take much longer than anticipated and don't settle, just to get it done. (DH and I had many issues with this! lol)

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Tinker - HOME RUN girl! Love it! Beautiful oak. The tiles are perfect and I love how they are sedate and yet textured. They add so much, so quietly. I'm so sorry to hear of your counter fiasco (and $$ loss) but I have to say the granite was a wonderful element you ended up with. I especially love how the iron lines of the light fixture, table top basket thingy, black scroll-line chairs, and picture with twig and birdcage all echo the same elements!

I can think of no higher complement than this kitchen invites the looker in for a cozy warm, steaming muffin and cup of tea, for a soothing and nurturing moment!

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Texas Gem - it is the less extravagant reveals that are the most important to most folks. Most people have to live on budgets, and make compromises and hard choices, and it is what we do with our hard choices that really can make a beautiful solution. I enjoy these reveals much more. Those are the spaces of blood, sweat, and tears. Don't be intimidated by what others are doing. Your space is just as important to see, and is most important to you as it's your space, your home, your blood, sweat, and tears. Your memories.


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Thanks for your feedback beautybutdebt free.

I am still a bit stressed (who me?!) about the size of the art. It seems a bit undersized to me and I am second guessing if I should return it for the 48 x 24 size. The one in the pics is the 32 x 16. Just hung it before this post so have to just settle in on it.

What is the standard on wall hangings? I read a formula whereby I should have a 42" piece on the 73" wall. Maybe better to be undersized than too big and over powering to the space?

Thoughts anyone?


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tinker1121 - YAY!! I was just thinking about you the other day. What a great job you have done!!!!

What a wonderful tile you picked. Absolutely love the tile and granite together. Your photos of the sink area are just fabulous; you're right about showing people how nice oak works with the right elements. Keep the art - I think it works:)

You've come a long way, baby!


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Very nicely done! I think this kitchen fits the style of your house as you described it. The tile and granite really make your wood look fantastic!


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Woah, it looks absolutely amazing! Such a nice blend of cozy and bright, old and new. Love the choices you made, the floor, granite, sink, backsplash. The eating corner looks so much brighter, and the chairs and lamp really highlight your table now. Love the art work, especially that little bright green pear. I probably would use that green for some accessories, like potholders, rug, etc., maybe even for curtains.


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Great idea nosoccermom.

Btw, the art is called, There Is A World Outside or in my case, there was light at the end of the oak tunnel!


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Tinker, you did great! I love all your choices, especially the beautiful granite. You didn't get your birds but you got your birdcage! Very sweet and looks perfect there. Congratulations.


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I love it! Great counter choice - usually I don't think that most granites look good with oak (too busy), but you really nailed it.

I'm another who likes seeing a wide variety of kitchen reveals. What I'm in the process of now is somewhere in the middle: we're changing a lot, but not totally gutting and starting from scratch. So as much as I enjoy the large scale project "dream kitchen" here (and I do), it's really nice to see a mix.


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Your kitchen looks great, everything seems to work well together. So sorry to hear about the laminate mishap. I hope you can get your money back on it. But your granite looks lovely, it goes nicely with the oak. I think the subway tiles are perfect too, love the black chairs, the curtains, the whole thing looks great. Well done. Your kitchen is a good example of how you can work around the oak cabinets without having to paint them, or replace them.


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Thanks everyone and it was so very difficult and just beginning to come out of the funk and enjoy it.

The laminate mishap was meant to be!!!


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(Wayfair, 66.00?)

On amazon, 28.50


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Cute, thank you.

I am still not settled on the size of that picture. Wall is 73" long and picture 36" and appears too small though I fear the next available size of 48" x 24" will be large as I may have mentioned.

Could be it is hung a tad too high and may move it down. Using those Command picture hangers. Awesome Velcro like system with no marks or holes in the walls. These are the old plaster and lathe walls so putting in a nail can be a real pain.

I painted my blue clock black and some nice green items on the shelves would be nice. Ideas?


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Here is another pic of the wall with the art. Too small? Too high? Ok?


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That is one wonderful kitchen. You are an inspiration to us and to anyone who loves kitchens. Great job. Warm room. Homey home. Fun to be in. Enjoy.


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How about some yellow-green plates next to the art work?

Or this:


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Not sure I want to get too busy on the wall but the first set of bird plates are very nice. Still may try something larger and that may be what I feel is off.

Thanks to the Command picture strips I can keep moving things around with no holes or damage.


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I love it! And I agree that the first set of bird prints look like they should join your lovely kitchen.
Seriously, great job! and I am totally on the bandwagon of updating if at all possible when you have great usable "stuff" (as in your table and cabinets).


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Tinker, your kitchen looks great! Congratulations! Such pretty granite and tile. It's funny how not using laminate or keeping the sink turned out to be the right decision.

I am going to admonish you to hem your curtains up. I wouldn't have said anything but I noticed that the old curtains hung low also, and I figure if you are able to remove wallpaper you should not lacking in gumption or do-it-ness. The window will be so much more cute and lighter and brighter.

What's the neat-o turned, wooden container on the counter in the corner?

How are the floor tiles? I am fascinated by grouted vinyl tiles (there was a g-webber a few years ago that installed them.) So you get the look of tile without the hardness underfoot? Ingenious, I think.


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The container is a ceramic pear from Wayfair. Leaf is painted a pretty bronze and needed something for that dead corner as not going to get a canister set to keep the counters more open. It comes in a smaller size as well.

I do appreciate all advice and not sure how short that curtain could be. Two inches shorter and it will be right at the window sill and is that what you refer to for making it appear lighter? I am not set on that tier and have ordered a few different types of blinds from JC Penney (cordless cellular and 2" wooden slat blinds) to see how it works using a blind and just a top fabric valance. We are very close to the house next door and need privacy covering at night and the tier does work out for that.

As for the floor, the tiles are the same concept as Congoleum's Duraceramic and Armstrong's Alterna vinyl tiles. Creates the best of both worlds when you grout the tile and softer feel, easy to install and remove and for our old house safer to use on uneven surface. He did apply a leveling substance first, then glue tiles, then grout. These are Shaw Array Resort tiles and 100% vinyl, he was able to heat them up and bend in an area of a slight slope in the doorway and they are guaranteed for 25 years.

Here is a link that might be useful: Imax pear


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dsWow - great job on re-using your cabinets and updating the kitchen!
I love your new counters and your JC backsplash.
Your art is so cute - is it 3D or is it just an illusion?


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Thank you. Art is a stretched canvas on a frame and not 3d.


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This post was edited by tinker1121 on Sat, Jun 28, 14 at 18:18


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Tinker- I was quietly watching the process you went through to update your kitchen. The end results look absolutely great. Your kitchen will be an inspiration to many others checking these threads. Enjoy your new kitchen!


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What a great update to a homey kitchen! Love the tile, the granite, the sink, faucet, all lovely choices. It's great to see something besides stainless appliances,as as well.
Kitchens of any budget should always be revealed, it is a great help to those just dipping their toe into a reno. Houzz can be intimidating.
By the way, I saw these curtains on Etsy, they'd look great in your kitchen, especially with those first bird plates:

Here is a link that might be useful: Waverly Pom Pom Play Confetti Cafe Curtains


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Your home is sooo cozy. Makes one want to sit and stay, it's comfy. Love it.

What is in the back of leaded panels? Is that the antique lace? Whatever it is, it's gorgeous!

Unless extenuating circumstances, a stained glass pro should have been able to use a wire brush to clean the lead, re-apply fresh patina (brass color patina exists for a color change), remove excess, buff, and polish, IMHO as prior obsessed hobbyist in glass.


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The compliments mean a lot. This project was very hard to pull off.

I went to Pier One to check out the bird plates and they are only 8". How could they be hung?

Those Waverly curtains on Etsy are really cute!

The glass panels in the cabinet above the sink are made from wavy glass and the light reflection on them makes them appear more detailed than they really are. There is nothing behind them and I have my glassware in the cabinet. (Antique Lace is the color of the Jeffrey Court backsplash tile).


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Great job Tinker! I was thinking about you a few weeks ago & wondering if I missed your reveal. It turned out fantastic. Worth all of the tough times you had. Time to enjoy!


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Absolutely beautiful! Your tile and stone are gorgeous. It looks so warm and welcoming.


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Nice update to your kitchen! I love the absolute-cream granite counters and the Backsplash-Jeffrey Court beveled 3 x 6 subway tile you used! Everything came together so nicely giving a fresh updated look with new appliances and your new beautiful faucet! I also like your new floors. Such a warm kitchen. Thanks for sharing.


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Hanging plates on walls, see below. The easiest is with disc hangers, but there are other options. Dollar store frequently has those metal clip thingies..

Here is a link that might be useful: Secret to hanging plates


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Thanks all for you kind words.

Nosoccermom, that is a great article and those hooks really cool.

My daughter came over for dinner and agrees the branch art is too small and looks undersized. Tier of that curtain also has to go. lol


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But the main part of your lovely renovation/refresh is done. Now you're just tinkering :)
This is off topic, but I love your thread so much more than a kitchen gut-job.

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I hope it gives others the incentive to know that all projects are important and they feel proud to post the results of their efforts no matter how modest the project.

It is finally fun for me too.


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Wow, tinker, congrats on an outstanding remodel--A+++ job. I love all your selections, especially the granite and backsplash. Your selections do justice to your lovely KM cabinets and the traditional style of your home. I agree with other posters that your kitchen looks warm and welcoming, not just beautiful. In the photos the glass and blackened caning look very nice. Good luck on ironing out that "wrinkle." Nice job on the accessories as well. Your reveal should be a great help to other owners of nice oak cabinets.


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Am thinking your very first bird pic (that you loved so much) would look good. Can you photoshop it in?


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I love that pic. I think your wall could handle the bigger size. Depending on how easy it is to purchase & return, if it doesn't work.


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Great job, it looks like a place you can really feel comfortable in which is something that so many kitchens lack. You're doing it right.
As to the art I do think that you could go bigger, if you can easily return items then no harm in getting it and trying it out then you can stop questioning it.
I really like the beveled subway tile, and the counter, perfect together.


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romy718, this 36 x 16 picture with the bird cage has to go back. Ordered it online and will be expensive to return. Next size is 48 x 24 which seems huge and not sure I would like a canvas that large and I cut a piece of cardboard that size and it does look big. I do love that art though as so unique, the black pops and the green pears a nice bright accent to work off of.
I could return this 36 x 16 canvas for a print in that size or the larger and have it put in a black frame. A mat could make the smaller one a bit larger but framed piece would be expensive and would like to choose the frame, mat color IRL.
Any and all input suggestions. You all assisted back at the beginning and I actually stopped posting until I got a real direction going.


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mdln, I really did love that huge wooden bird art from Pier One but really think it is too large and too much wood and not even available anymore. Very heavy and would have been hard to handle as well.

I don't know how to photoshop or I would as we all remember how much I loved that picture and was attempting to use is as my inspiration, even before I picked out the laminate before this granite.


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Had to share my latest find. Hated that tier curtain and ordered these 2" wooden blinds in a "distressed" finish in antique white. They are more than perfect in the styling and the color! More of a cream with greenish undertones and looks great IRL with the wall color, floor and granite.

Just have to get the wall art finished and that will be it. Boy, what will I do now. This was almost a 24/7 obsession since January! lol

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Close up of finish.


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How did I miss this?

Tinker, it looks fantastic! I know the process was long and hard, but you really pulled it off.

Could you frame the art piece? A black or dark gray frame would set it off, and add to the size.


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Thanks Annlh.
I have ordered the print in same size and will have it framed and will return the canvas as I too think it will be an improvement.


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Tinker, I'm sorry to be so late in finding this reveal thread, as I enjoyed following your previous threads. It looks wonderful, and you have truly earned the sense of satisfaction you must have. I love the backsplash, granite, sink, floor, and special touches. I knew you'd get there!

I agree with the others who have posted that threads and reveals like this one are wonderful inspiration for those who will not be doing a complete gut job on their kitchen. Your plan to update and save your very nice cabinets is just as important a contribution to the kitchen forum as the plans involving ripping everything back to the studs, I think. I'm so glad you have posted here.

To be honest, I think others with oak cabinets will be helped by your threads for a long time, because you were so willing to be open in your thought process. It's not an easy progression; thanks for being willing to let everyone journey along with you! It looks wonderful (clapping madly here.)


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What a fabulous job! Really, really nice, welcoming updated kitchen. Great job.

Looks like a kichen you could have a good cup of tea in and catch up with a friend.


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Thanks gothami.

Mudhouse thanks for your kind words. You were a great help with your olio board renditions of my early on ideas and your green and copper kitchen from the 'Keeping the Golden Oak' topic is what made me realize it was possible to save my oak cabinets. My original redo (with the bad counters) was going to be a green and copper color scheme but after the laminate was ruined I had to start over and wanted unique granite and also choices were limited to blend with the oak.

I included a link to revive that topic again in the case anyone else is thinking of keeping their oak cabinets to show the many ideas and possibilities. It isn't always easy, but it is possible!

Here is a link that might be useful: Keeping the Golden Oak


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More decorating in my new kitchen

I wanted to share a few pics as I have some more fun decorating.

Nosoccermom, I picked up some of the green bird plates at Pier One. They are on clearance for $3.99 and will be nice to use with cream dishes. I put one on the counter on a stand for now.

I have returned the canvas version of the bird cage with pears, ordered a print of it and having it framed and will have it in 10 days or so. I think it will look much better in a black frame and a bit larger.

I also ordered another print from the same artist (Priska Wettstein-take a look at her stuff!!) which is dill in a vase and a pickle and just hung it to the left of the window. Michaels had a stock frame and dry mounted it, put on paper backing and the hanging wire for $20!

I really need to learn how to post more than one picture.

I am soooooo happy to be rid of the tier curtain and love the wood blinds.

Thanks again for all the compliments and suggestions for finishing touches.


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Dill in vase with pickle.


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Close up of dill and pickle art. (Should have gotten the non-glare glass but not in the budget. What budget? lol)


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HA HA pickle art!! I love it! It will look great across the corner from your framed birdcage print. I keep thinking to complete the subtle humor you need to build a fake nest with a bird in it, in the thing on the table. So you have a pear in a birdcage and a bird in the fruit bowl thingy! And a pickle looking on as its dill fawns over it longingly!


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Love the dill and pickle art. You've done an amazing job on the entire kitchen, tinker. Still keeping a warm, country-ish vibe, yet bringing it from the 1980's to the present. I love it! I have a cape cod, so I tend to keep things a little bit country myself, but have been moving away from the "geese and ducks" decor I used to have. I love the warm, cozy feel of your kitchen.My kitchen is basically done, all I need is some wall art. I am going to check out Priska Wettstein's work, thanks for the inspiration.


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Not sure why I was drawn to such weirdness but probably because the theme is so unique and there is not much art out there for a kitchen. I was searching for a pear theme and found the bird cage with the pear in it and had to have it. The dill and pickle are of the same background so will look good together I think.

Hpny2, let us know if you find any art and did you post any pics of your kitchen yet?

Anyone for asparagus and potatoes!?


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Love that art! And agree with hpny that you have preserved the country look but updated it and in a way made it more authentic and real.


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Amazing transformation that isn't the typical white kitchen I am so tired of seeing.


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Tried but couldn't find the earlier thread....
Kitchen looks great!!!!!!!!!!!


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I love what you did with your kitchen!


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It really looks fabulous! Love the art, plates, and I love your granite with the cabinets.


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Thanks.

I was looking for my initial posts to post the link but they seem to be gone????? Maybe they expire when too many pictures? There were two as the initial one spilled over after many attempts to find some direction.


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Found the original post if you are interested. Weird for me to see all that happened along the way, the wrong choices, the encouragement and details I almost forgot about.

Here is a link that might be useful: Need help updating country look kitchen


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http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg121919465181.html

Here is a link that might be useful: Part Three


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I had to read this thread again and your thought process until you figured out with the help of suggestions on how to update your kitchen and keep your quality oak cabinets. The transformation is very nice! I love the changes.

This post was edited by lynn2006 on Sun, Jul 13, 14 at 0:39


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