Monday, August 29, 2016

The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of - Kitchen Update



What kind of house did you dream of living in when you were younger? A new one with all the latest conveniences? An old Victorian? Farmhouse? Cottage?

For me, I've always been drawn to old houses. I guess I love the woodwork, the wide mouldings, beadboard, the history of a place. At one time, I thought it'd be cool to fix up an old Victorian, another time I thought it'd be nice to have a new one that looked like an old one.

But deep down, my real love was for a cottage with a big front porch, wood floors and shutters, white picket fence, and a kitchen oozing with cottage charm - white porcelain sink, window that looked out over the backyard, and beadboard on the walls.

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picture I took at Cape Cod - love the roses on the picket fence!

While my farmhouse has a front porch (it's not huge or wood but it has one!), it doesn't have a white picket fence (maybe someday?) nor the wood floors and shutters, however, I'm happy to say the kitchen is starting to "ooze" cottage charm.

This weekend we installed the sink (White cast iron!),
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the faucet (this one...I'm in love!),
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and then my beadboard backsplash!

After tearing off the formica on the window sill, Bruce built a wood face for it - it was pretty torn up under the formica - something we have found to be typical with this house.

I painted the lower cabinets grey and the beadboard and sill the same white as the upper cabinets. Ahhh! Be still my heart! My dream kitchen is coming to life.  We still have lots to do -  add a plug to the chalkboard wall, beadboard to the ceiling and the backs of the open upper cabinets, and  I still need to paint the drawers and doors (can't replace them just yet) - but with the progress we made this weekend, the kitchen of my dreams is coming to life.

Now, if you'll excuse me...I need to wash the dishes at my white sink while gazing out the window (that overlooks the backyard) and dream a little more.

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33 comments:

  1. SQUEAL! I love it, Cecilia. That bead board is absolutely dreamy! So, so pretty and I'm so happy you got the kitchen of your dreams. You (and Hubby) did a great job!

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    1. The beadboard really adds to the whole charm. I just stand there and can't believe it's my kitchen!

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  2. Oh it does scream cottage charm. I just love it. You'll be enjoying this for many many years to come.

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  3. The best dreams are the ones you wait for. :) I love your kitchen makeover.

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    1. Yes, I do think so. :o) Thank you so much!

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  4. It looks great. I bet you can't wait to decorate.

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  5. Love the bead board, sink and your county cottage kitchen.
    deb

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  6. Your kitchen is looking so beautiful and has so much cottage charm, Cecilia! I am swooning over your breadboard backsplash and your new sink. In my dreams, I live in an adorable blue cottage, with white trim, and flowers galore! B

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  7. Oops...I don't know where that "B" came from! LOL! My iPad has a mind of it's own! V

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  8. Oh Cecilia...your dream kitchen is finally coming together....how perfectly thrilling! I love cottagey homes too...and a white picket fence? Oh yes! {{Smiles}}
    Sending hugs and love your way!

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  9. Love it - looks fantastic and when you do it yourself I think it makes you smile even more.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

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    1. Thanks, Carole! Having a handy husband is a blessing! We make a good team!

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  10. You are slowly making your home the stuff that dreams are made of. More importantly, YOUR dreams. It's looking so pretty Cecilia!

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  11. What a charming new kitchen! I love the sink and the beadboard is amazing! Happy Tuesday ~

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  12. Great look Cecilia. Love the beadboard as a back splash. I really need to update our kitchen .. but that won't be happening any time soon. Enjoy

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  13. You are so lucky! I love the direction of the kitchen! I've been following along with you on social media and I LOVE everything!

    Happy day friend!
    karianne

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    1. Thanks, KariAnne! I am lucky! My man is the best! And oh my, I'm just in love with how my kitchen is coming together. I just want to stand there and stare. :-)
      So glad you dropped by!
      Hugs

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  14. Your kitchen is so lovely already with all the cottage details you are adding to it. It is so nice to see a project coming together.

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    1. Thanks, Sharon! It is nice to have it start to jell! You get this vision in your head and wonder if it will look the way you envision and then bam! It's better than you thought it would be! :-)

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  15. Love the beautiful bead board back splash!! And the faucet is great too!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  16. I am loving every single detail of your home! It is coming together perfectly, as I knew it would!
    xo
    Jemma

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  17. You accomplished a lot over the weekend. I love it all so far.

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  19. I applaud your choice for your sink and faucet, it added to the rustic appeal of your home. During our kitchen remodel, I have found damage under our Formica as well. I wasn't thinking of using beadboard but you have made it look welcoming. I know my family will like it better than the ceramic tile I planned.

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    1. Thank you, Essie. I couldn't decide on a tile so rather than make a costly mistake and hate it! I went with the beadboard. I'm so thrilled with how it looks. And it was easy to install!

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  20. Oh wow! This make over is gorgeous. It all looks so fresh and the sink is to die for xx

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  21. OMG Cecilia. I am loving that beadboard back splash. Love the new sink too. That faucet will be the cherry on the top. Beautiful.
    Kris

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  22. I LOVE your kitchen cabinet! It is so modern and stunning! I pinned it for inspiration!

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  23. This kitchen is absolutely breathtaking! I love everything about it

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  24. this kitchen is soooo Gorgeous! and It is so modern and clean looking. I’m really impressed.

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