April 12, 2012

Exposing my dirty little secret…..

Many of you have asked to see my kitchen. You have all seen pics of the rest of the house, huh? Well there is a reason I do not show it. You see my kitchen belongs in a Country Themed Showhouse. It. Is. Awful. The house was completely renovated before we moved in with a “Tuscan Love” meets “Hill Country Hideaway” theme. The finishes are very high quality, and someone worked hard, but I hate it. We have lived with it for 3 years while I have pondered what exactly to do. I have gone through a lot of different plans and nothing has ever “stuck”.

Here is the problem. Our living space is completely open. Therefore, the kitchen/living/dining/breakfast/entry is all one area. We also have 30 ft ceilings and a “big ass” stone fireplace that is smack in the middle of all that. There are exposed beams that are stained a rustic brown and the floors are handscraped hardwoods. As you know, I love an eclectic decor, so the fireplace and exposed beams are fine, but we have to do something with the kitchen.

My ideal kitchen is all white and grey with Carrera marble countertops and lots of shiny chrome hardware. Unfortunately, the starkness of that design will not work in our home. I need something with a warmer tone to better match the feel of the open living space.

So are y’all ready to see the kitchen….


Im starting to sweat…

I have to do it…

Here it is…..

No, thats not the Cracker Barrel, thats my house.

The best part you ask? The picture I am about to show you is the a picture of my arch nemisis. It stares at me every time I walk by taunting me to buy a power sander.

A carved vine!!!!!!!!!!!! Argggghhhhh!!!!!!!! What's next? Faux greenery above my cabinets?

I finally have Ben on board with a little change. I actually want to reconfigure the whole room, but he is a no go on that right now. He has agreed to paint cabinets, add hardware and change out backsplash. So on that limited budget, what do all of you think I should do?

You can see pictures of my home and the rooms that the kitchen opens to here .

I found the following inspiration pics on Pinterest. I am leaning toward the last one, without the fancy tile work over the range.







I’d love you all to weigh in. What do you think? Help!

Have a great week!



  1. I would love to have a range hood like that! 🙂 Of course, I’d also love to paint it white (like kitchen #2’s white top, color on the base cabinet treatment). I also just saw a silver paint technique (used on a bedside table) that might be beautiful…though I tend to lean away from faux finishes because I think someday they may just look like those ivy leaves to someone else 🙂

  2. kristen – after reading this, you will definitely have to come visit our house when it is finished. i just love carrara for an island but everyone says that we will HATE it…but we don’t care how high maintenance it is. and in the high maintenance department…we will have soapstone on the perimeter counters and paint the perimeter cabinets. the island we will stain. i stopped by Ann Sacks today and wish that i had not! i of course pick out two designs – one $41 and the other $110 a square foot… pipe dream, unless i have some long lost relative planning on leaving me some cash. really? tile costing more than appliances? as always – love reading your blog!

  3. Lavenderbrown says:

    Sounds like a big job. More photos of the rest of the room that the kitchen is opened to would help…hard to say where to start without seeing the rest of the space.

  4. It’s not THAT bad, Kristen, but I definately understand why you would want to change it. I think definately painting the cabinets will make you much happier with it. You can even sand down the little vine on the hood… maybe even paint the hood a contrasting or darker color -charcoal or black!? I’m with you on the subway tile or carrerra backsplash…. I think doing these two things alone will make you much happier with your kitch!

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