Thursday, April 23, 2015

Kitchen Makeover Reveal: "Epic" to "Minimalist"



When I mentioned to my husband a few months ago that I wanted to strip my green cabinet down to raw, natural wood, he thought I was crazy! "That color is what makes that cabinet worth so much!"..."That's why you bought that cabinet." He was right. I loved that cabinet for it's color and chippiness and unique look. And I STILL love that cabinet! 

Click here to see the BEFORE.

I had dreamed up a new look for the kitchen, a much cleaner, natural, less cluttered and almost modern look. When I was ready to get to it, it was hard to pull the trigger. I knew just what this cabinet meant to so many. I knew what it meant to me. I was deciding between a kitchen I loved and a kitchen I would love even more. Hubby refused to sand the cabinet for me...at first. He didn't "believe in it". Ha! But eventually, he said he'd do it for me if I bought him a jacket he liked. DEAL! I think this hard-working, self-sacrificing, clever handy-man deserves a new jacket. 


The day after the cabinet was stripped of it's paint, even though the kitchen was such a mess, I noticed as I cooked that it just felt like a clean kitchen. Many people talk about the feelings they get from their own home design, however I've never really gotten the "feelings". Either I liked how it looked or I didn't. But this was a feeling I got without even looking at my kitchen...just working in it. It felt so good! 


The hardest part was taking down my cubby shelf that my husband build and I painted. I LOVED that thing! I mean...who has one of those? But I wanted my marble shelves. The cubbies were part of what made my kitchen look cluttered and so they had to go. My husband quickly cut and put up the marble shelves. I was waiting for this "aahhh" moment...where you hear angels singing you know? Well, it was a bit disappointing. My husband said "you had an EPIC kitchen..." and he was right about that, it was pretty "epic". But what I want now is CLEAN...SLEEK...MINIMAL. So after thinking about whether or not I should put the "epic" shelf back up or keep going with the "sleek" marble shelves, I decided to go with what I really wanted, even though it's not a show-stopper. 

The only treatment we used on the wood cabinet was Briwax (Original) in light brown. I didn't want to change the tone or color much and wanted it to keep the "old" look. The Briwax was AMAZING! You can find it on Amazon

I searched for marble for a long time. What I REALLY wanted was old marble with stains and chips, but yeah right! Where would I find that?! Well when we went to Denver to put on our Vintage Whites Market in January, Jana (Vintage Whites partner) found some for me. (Leave it to Jana). She finds EVERYTHING! She took us to Uncle Benny's Building Supplies and there we found 3 large pieces of antique marble. I was giggly and giddy! Next I just needed to know how to cut the marble. The man helping us says, "oh, that's easy..." I couldn't believe it! Now I've got marble AND know what to do to cut it. That saves me HUNDREDS! 


Now, in my "DREAM" kitchen the marble shelves have this tiny brass railing and somehow Jana knew I wanted that and told me to ask the man about it. Like he'd know what I was talking about. Jana pulls up the picture and asks him. "Oh yeah, that's called galley rail. You can find it hear in this catalogue." My jaw dropped and my heart pounded...NO! WAY! This is the most amazing place EVER!! So I had everything I needed for my "dream kitchen". 




I wanted floating marble shelves but I don't even think that is possible since they needed to be wide enough to hold all my dishes. So I searched for very minimal brackets. I fell in love with Anthropologie's wishbone brackets. I ordered them in white because I wanted them to be almost invisible so that my shelves look like they're floating. 



We repainted the walls in Benjamin Moore Regal Select, Color: #OC-37 "Glacier White" in Pearl finish. I LOVE IT! It's not too yellowy or pinky. It's perfect! The trim and built-in cabinet I painted with Benjamin Moore's Regal Select "Snowfall White" (#OC-118) in Pearl finish. 


I'm so obsessed with black and white right now and it all started with this ironstone bowl and lid I found. I still can't find anything like it. 


But I found these adorable canisters on Etsy and I LOVE the design on them. I'm hoping for just one or two more pieces with a black stripe or design. 


 I really needed something for over the stove but wanting my "minimal" look it was hard to figure out what it needed to be. The rack was so perfect! I couldn't find an old piece of wood long enough so, again, I had to make the new look old. I used the same Briwax I used on the cabinet after denting and roughing it up a bit. My husband found these super cool masonry nails at Lowes and they were so perfect! 









I know the stripped cabinet will break so many hearts, but I hope it will also inspire a few. I feel so good in my kitchen now and even though I did so love the "before", I'm glad I took a leap of faith!

xo,

Vanessa
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45 comments:

  1. I LOVE your new look in your kitchen. It is perfect. And really as I tell my husband when he thinks I do something crazy I am the one that lives here. I have a question I have old marble for my kitchen and I thought we would need a fabricator which is too expensive for us right now so it has been out in the garage for a year. :( how did you cut your shelves? Thank you!!

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    1. Hi Hilary! Thank you so much! Well I'm so excited that you have marble and with these super easy steps you can put it in your kitchen now! Here's what you need:
      Circular Skill Saw
      Diamond Mason Blade
      Squirt Bottle of Water
      Tape
      Marker
      Here's how we did it: We put the tape on the marble where we wanted to cut, then drew on the tape with a marker to make our line. (This way we didn't mark on the marble). As my husband cut with the diamond blade I squirt the water on the blade to keep it from over heating. That's it! It was so easy! We sanded the edges with 220 grit sand paper and that made them nice and smooth. Good luck!

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  3. Looks Beautiful! I am so happy for you! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. I am both heartbroken AND inspired! :) I love the before and I love the after. I know what you mean about that clean feeling... it is really energizing! For me that has mainly come about with white paint so far due to budget... but I love your marble and the sanded down, bare cabinets.

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  5. I can't decide which version I like best! I do usually prefer stripped wood, but love the chippy blue that you had also. I'm definitely not a modern girl, but love your clean but still rustic and vintage look. Just don't go too modern on us! (smile) It looks beautiful.

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  6. While I was smitten with the before, I am in love with the after. The fresh minimalist look but, with character. I think you also helped me get over the hump on what colour to paint our living room (its only been a year trying to decide). Did you also paint your floors?

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    1. We did paint the floors...we actually Repainted the floor because the first time we just used a latex satin and it was AWFUL! We're smarter now and use an oil based glass (smooth and easy to clean). I've been using just a Valspar paint in the color of "Quail Egg" from Lowes but if you read the previous post about the farmhouse, she actually found a floor paint that seem pretty amazing! The trouble with the oil base is that it takes several days to dry. So I'd look into the paint that Felesha used in the previous post.
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  7. Thank you so much for the tips!! I will let you know how it turns out. :)

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  8. It's beautiful either way and whatever makes you feel comfortable in your space is all that really counts....right? Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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  9. Well, it's difficult to decide if green is better than the natural look. Maybe it is :)
    I think it's great to have a little change from time to time. I love the new look.
    Cheers, PillePalle

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  10. I didn't think it was possible, but I love this kitchen more. It's the perfect mix of minimal, vintage and shabby....makes my want to start over again in mine. :)

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  11. I really love the new look. I actually really love the old look too. Isn't it nice to have been able to enjoy it two different ways? Sometimes when you get a creative idea it's just best to follow it. Now I want marble shelves and natural wood!

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  12. I am thrilled if you love your new look. I am more the cluttered old look type;) hearts kinda breaking at the green chippiness gone...did you get rid of the epic shelf? I want it! lol.

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  13. Thanks for sharing! Love the minimalist look! Do you mind to share where your light fixtures are from?

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  14. It's beautiful, but I love both versions.

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  15. Well at first I was very sad. I LOVED the old version. But I really like the new version...so I went and found an old photo of your kitchen and saved both to my computer so I could study side by side and I decided I LIKE the new kitchen better. I was shocked. It is much more serene and calm. I thought I could not have liked it any better than how it originally was but I was wrong. The windows are a big plus too. I'm going to discuss this on my blog and see what my readers think.

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  16. Your kitchen looks amazing!! I really loved your green cabinet and chippy shelves - but I get what you mean about it now having a cleaner look. I love this new look - you were wise to follow your instincts.

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  17. Your kitchen looks amazing!! I really loved your green cabinet and chippy shelves - but I get what you mean about it now having a cleaner look. I love this new look - you were wise to follow your instincts.

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  18. Hands down....one of THE BEST kitchen makeovers I've seen. I'm going back for another look and more inspiration!

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  19. Hands down....one of THE BEST kitchen makeovers I've seen. I'm going back for another look and more inspiration!

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    1. Thank you so much! Such an awesome compliment!

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  20. The before was good, but the after is superb.

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  21. I'm going to be honest and say how frustrating it is to have just found your blog, it truly is a gem! I love the kitchen, it completely makes me happy and is so very inspiring! Cannot wait to see more....... xx ~Ashley

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    1. So glad you finally found us, Ashley! Hope we can continue to inspire!
      -Vanessa

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  22. Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful, sheer perfection. I'm so in love with those marble shelves and the wishbone brackets.Everything about it is spot on.

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  23. I have to say... I loved the kitchen before. I didn't even recognize it as the same kitchen when I found the makeover pictures on tumblr with no source credit! I feel a wee bit sad about the makeover, but I can also totally relate to your feelings of it being just clean and fresh. I would have been scared to death to take that leap! So glad you are enjoying the new look! :-) :-) :-)

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  24. Gorgeous kitchen! Truly inspiring pictures!!!

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  25. Very pretty and clean. I like the change. I'm in the same minimalist mode. I'm ready to rid our home of about 75% or more of all the stuff!

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  26. Your kitchen is so beautiful! I'm inspired to make some changes in mine!

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  27. Oh my goodness, I did not think I could love it more than I did before, but it is AMAZING!! I am loving a vintage/modern marriage these days too, and this is just perfect. Love everything, everything!

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  28. love the black striped bowl, the new shelves and the natural instead of the painted, loved it before but now its perfect! can you tell me where you got your round wooden sink brush? thank you :)

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    1. Hi there! Thank you so much! That scrub brush is from either Crate & Barrel or Pottery Barn...can't remember which. But it's my favorite and I need to order another since mine is worn down now.

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  29. I liked the before but I LOVE the after!!! Great makeover!

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  30. Your kitchen looks wonderful. We all are ready for a change every now and then.

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  31. Stunning makeover! Can you tell me where you found the gallery railing and posts? You mentioned that you were pointed in the direction of a catalog, and I would love to know which one. Thanks!!

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    1. sorry, and also how you attached them to the marble? Thanks!!

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    2. The galley railing is form vandykes restoration. I ordered from their website.

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  32. What a lovely makeover! I love your stove, sink, cabinets, marble shelves, everything!

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  33. Hi, just arrived here from pinterest and I've fallen in love with your beautiful house, and especially your kitchen. I think the plain wood cabinet makes the room look cleaner and lighter and its absolutely lovely. You have such good taste!

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  34. Love the minimal look. I have been slowly doing that in my home. I have noticed, as I have been taking things out, the pieces I keep really make the room stand out more. Less cluttered, and more elegant.

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  35. As someone who designs and builds kitchens professionally, all I can say is "Wow!" Very well thought out and stunningly executed. I have two questions: (1) when you put your brushes, sponges, etc. in the basket along side the sin, what keeps them from dripping on the floor? and (2) how did you husband get those masonry nails all at the same angle?

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  36. Just found your blog and am in love with your home. To be honest, the stripped cabinets are so much more beautiful to me! Good choice!

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