Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Kitchen Bar Make Over

I'm hooked on finished projects. Head over to see what others are hooked on today.This is the before. Oak veneer on the back side of the cupboards and plywood boards holding up the granite counter. I'm not sorry to see those go.
My husband created the raised panels on a table saw to match the design in the kitchen cupboards. He's such a marvel. We purchased the hand carved corbels from either Van Dyke or Restoration Hardware. We bought them awhile ago so I don't remember.
A close up of the corbel. (Please note the amazing photography. I'm learning all kinds of good things in my photography class.)
After the primer and two coats of white paint.
After the stain and stain flecks. I tried to make it look aged.
A close up again.
The after. I would have should you how it really looks in the kitchen but I still have paint mess all over the counter. I still need to add one more coat of finish so it will be durable/washable. I took this in the evening.
I took this in the morning. What do you think? I'd really like to know. Next project...hard wood floors. Can't wait to get rid of this floor. What type of wood do you recommend?

33 comments:

Steph said...

Wait, I think the next step should be painting the cupboards!

It looks great!

jenjen said...

Wow - it is AMAZING! What a great job. I love it!

Have you considered walnut? I think we are putting walnut in our office. It's really nice.

XOXO
Jen

Thimbleanna said...

Oooohhhh, very cool Kim! I LOVE those corbels. Can't wait to see the full-blown kitchen!

Jillian@housewears said...

exquisite looking, beautiful!
Nice job! I have a dark "hand-scraped" wood, which doesn't look worn, but hides the wear and tear of my busy boys.

mishebe said...

Love it. Mishelle

Lou Cinda said...

This is stunning! I love it! Beautiful!

Lou Cinda :)

susan said...

This makes an amazing difference! You are so lucky to have a handy hubby!

Mrs. Petrie said...

Amazing! It's wonderful to see what people do to makeover their kitchens.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Gorgeous! Love the color you achieved, very nice. Thanks for sharing... Cass

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

Complete Transformation!
Funny...we were just talking to a customer that wanted ideas on doing the same thing....we'll direct her here!!

Puna said...

I love the corbels but do they get in the way of the bar stools?
We have bamboo flooring and I love it. It's environmentally friendly, it durable. I have two kids, a dog and a cat...

ImagineCozy said...

What a difference! You did an amazing job. It really dresses up the kitchen, I'm sure.

Kara said...

Oh my goodness, that is an amazing transformation!! It doesn't even look like the same kitchen. I totally love it!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh my goodness!!! This is breathtaking! I'm so glad you photographed the stages. It's just beautiful.
I just got back from a quilt retreat...thought you might enjoy seeing our projects. : )

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Wow, Kim, this looks amazing! What a difference. Love it! :-)

ImagineCozy said...

Thanks for saying "hi". How great to find a fellow design lover so close! I'll be in touch.

wandering nana said...

Wow..... fantastic. You are so industrious. It looks really good.

Diane said...

That is very very nice indeed, please send your husband on the next plane to Scotland, i could use a hand lol

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Sherrie said...

What a gorgeous transformation! You did such a nice job! Love those handy husbands!
Thank you for sharing.
~Sherrie

The White Farmhouse said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love those corbels!

Jen r. said...

It looks great! fabulous make-over! Thanks so much for joining in on the party! Jen

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Wonderful corbels and transformation! You added so much character! Great job, enjoy it!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

The transformation is amazing. You now have a very high end custom island that any custom cabinet place would create. Wonderful job.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

It looks great! Have you seen end cut floors? They have them at the Frist in Nashville and it's amazing! We are planning on doing it in our kitchen area.

Cheryl said...

oh my gosh! Absolutely love it!

Jennifer DeDonato said...

OMG!!! Wonderful just wonderful

Cher said...

I agree with everybody else. It's lovely!

The Texas Woman

Maridith said...

Just beautiful!! What a transformation!! Great job. Your hubby is very talented too!!

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

This is gorgeous!! Love the new look! The corbels I adore!! So happy to come across your blog~going to check more of your post out!

Hugs,
~Victoria~

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Wow!!!!!!! Love those braces! What a pretty pretty kitchen you must have!

Linda said...

You get an A+ on that transformation! Linda

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