Monday, August 22, 2011

Kitchen Update Reveal

I continue to update my 1970's knotty pine kitchen.  In a previous post I shared that I painted my cabinets gray.  As a back splash alternative I used Duralee  Faux Snakeskin fabric and trimmed it out with nail heads.  This vignette with the pewter plate and urns stayed the same.  So did the back splash.  I love the faux snake skin fabric and nail head trim as much if not more than when I added it more than two years ago.  If you missed that post, go here.

I decided to change the window treatments to this Schumacher chevron fabric, High Voltage.

And also changed the chairs in the eat-in area from this:

To this set of four, found at a consignment store.

Modern Chrome and Leather Vintage Chair

Not much changed in the kitchen prep area.  I made a faux roman shade for above the sink and changed the red French canister set for a set of stainless.

The eat-in area change up was more dramatic.

It's a little difficult to see, but the new light fixture is a horizontal stainless bar with hanging crystals.  I also did full length window treatments in the chevron fabric.  I like the look of the longer draperies.  I left the door uncovered.  You can see the draperies and new chairs better in this next image.

I love how the chairs look.  I swapped out a sisal rug bound in black for this Greek key rug.

This next image is looking into the kitchen from the laundry/pantry, still a work in progress.

I also changed up the vignette on the small sideboard.  I love the color and size of this vintage piece.  I keep all my tablecloths, place mats, and napkins in it.

I kept the Versace print which I've had for years.  I totally love it.  It's been in several rooms in the house.  I added the houndstooth cylinder, some silver driftwood to go with the "silver" in the room, a new lamp and shade, and of course my signature orb.  The orb is sitting on a vintage book with a chevron pattern.  The book--another design element that I love to use--was shown in another post about some of my vintage finds.  If you missed that, go here.

That closed door next to the server is my laundry/pantry.  I'll be sharing that soon.

Hey, it's done and posted.  Click on the highlighted words to see the laundry/pantry.
What do you think about the changes?
What have you done to update an out-of-date kitchen?



  1. wow those curtains are awesome!!!!!! love love love that fabric! it is all coming together beautifully!


    Quite a difference. I love the modern vibe of the space. Well done.

  3. It looks wonderful! Boy those drapes made an incredible difference and I love the change of chairs. You've been busy!

  4. I love the curtains, the rug, and the lampshade! It looks so glamorous.

    What is above the full length curtains?

    Great work!!

  5. Oh... I like how you mixed up your styles a bit to get a more contempory look. Love the dining table with those chairs.

    I would love if you would share this at my Bunny Hop Party this week :)

    xoxo Bunny Jean @ Bunny Jean's Decor and More! (my Main blog)
    Home to Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party!

  6. Your "befores" look good, then you show the "afters" and it's "WOW!!" Very nice.

  7. BTW, where did you get that lovely crysta chandelier. Crystal isn't usually my thing, but I love it.

  8. Stunning! WOW! Very nice :D

    Visiting from Bunny Jean's Wed Bunny Hop Linky Party today,
    ~Suzanne in NW Illinois

  9. How gorgeous!! It all looks so chic and that chevron fabric is fantastic! I love the new chandelier and think you did such a great job transforming the space with those changes. Thanks so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday!

  10. Love how your redid everything. The kitchen looks more cohesive with the new shade and canisters, and really like the drapes and lighting in the DR! Great job. Visiting from Bunny Jean's Bunny Hop Wednesday.

  11. Just dropped by again to say thanks for joining my Bunny Hop :)

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    @ Bunny Jeans's Decor and More! (my MAIN blog)

  12. Wow, Kathy! What beautiful changes and big statements. I love every detail of the new look! Great job! Thanks so much for linking up to the Roomspiration-Kitchens party! :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!