Friday, December 30, 2011

Budget Kitchen Project

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My friend and bidness partner, Kris, told me I should intersperse my posts about old work I've done with my new projects. So much for trying to skate by on past accomplishments. Boy, she doesn't let me get away with nothin'.
Soooooo......
Today, I will share with you guys what I worked on yesterday with my buddy Lissette.
In order to keep my mental health, I need playmates to share my project victories and defeats. Down here in Florida, I am lucky enough to have three; Lissette, Helene and Joanie. Sometimes I play with one at a time, sometimes two, and very rarely three.
Yesterday, Lissette and I attacked her kitchen with something I have wanted to do for a year, and Helene was more than happy to put her two cents in.
I have wanted to take the doors off some of her kitchen cabinets for an open shelf effect.
Here is the before!!!!!!!

Two years ago Lissette took down the wall of her weird pantry closet and opened the space to the kitchen. Our friend, Nika, who lives behind Lissette, was redoing her kitchen, and gave Lisette these two base and wall cabinets. I drew up the addition of the little open shelves, which Lissette then had added to the wall cabinets. She kept a small part of the pantry closet, and had a small door made that opened into it. Lissette had the great idea to have a glass door with the word Pantry etched onto it. I helped her pick out the font, and added the lines around the outside of the glass. The only reason I am telling you all this, is to make sure she doesn't forget, and start to think that she was the one who did the final design.





So, anyway, last year at about this time, I started pushing to take the doors off the wall cabinets. It is soooooo annoying when people don't take my ideas the moment they fall like pearls from my mouth.

I mean, come on, it was a good idea.


HERE'S THE WAY IT LOOKED WHEN WE WERE DONE!!!!!!


I helped her with the styling of the shelves, and Helen played too.
I took this picture today, and I just noticed some of the plates on the bottom right are missing.
I can't believe they had the nerve to start using this stuff!!!











Here's a shot with the lights on, I can't decide which picture is better...







































I definitely like the first one better, thanks for helping me decide.

We're thinking about taking a page from Amy at Maison Decor, and using the bead board wallpaper at the back of the cabinets, and painting it a color.
Now we'll fight for another year on what that color will be.

Betsy

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25 comments:

Kris said...

Just doing my bit to make you even more fabulous! than you already are!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Betsy, great new look with the doors off. Little advice for getting followers is you have to go to other blogs and comment, comment and comment. Cannot stress that enough. A lot of people don't know your blog exists without you putting yourself out there. Also joining link parties helps.

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Love the open shelves and the cute pantry door!

Anonymous said...

oh, would you please come and work on my kitchen. totally love the open shelves, white cabinets! mine are the oak, they are new but hate them. They were here when i bought my house, yuck but love my house. i am totally going to be one of your new followers, yea. Karen

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I like it~it looks like a magazine pic. Your new camera is taking much nicer pics. I think the beadboard wallpaper would be nice too, I ordered mine from Graham and Brown online to do the dining room, its a nice quality. Next time I ordered Martha Stewart version from HOme Depot online, and that was good too.

❀ JoAnne said...

Such a great idea to take the cabinet doors off. It really looks great and all of the pretty dishes are the perfect finishing touch!

dee dee said...

Oh how pretty! I love it both with and without the doors, both are great looks. dee dee

bloominganne said...

I love your book on color & pattern! It's one of my favorite decorating books. I have become a follower.

Miss Char said...

Great new look, much improved over the solid doors. Thanks for sharing and another great idea to put in my "change the kitchen" folder.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

really love the new look, very open and pretty. thanks for linking up!
Take care
Kristin

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Love the open shelving in kitchen!

Krista-Artista said...

Looks great! I like the pantry door too Much nicer than some of the pre-made ones I've seen. I'm your newest follower.
Krista
krista-artista.com

Denise said...

What a difference!

Cindy said...

Wow! I'm sure your friend is glad she took your advise, because her kitchen is GORGEOUS! It does help that she has such lovely things to show off in the newly opened up cupboard. I wished you lived near me, I would love to listen to your "pearls" of wisdom!
Hugs, Cindy

Jennifer Hayes said...

Betsy you did a fabulous job - LOVE the final look! I featured you today in my Friday I'm In Love favorites!

http://socialsalutations.blogspot.com/2012/01/friday-im-in-love-and-inspired.html

- Jenn @ Social Salutations

Stuff and Nonsense said...

you topped the 150 mark!

it's always amazing to me
what a big difference
small changes can make
and here's the proof
in this lovely kitchen

thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

alison

Heaven's Walk said...

Open shelving really opens up the feel of a kitchen, doesn't it? I did the same thing with the cabinets over the desk area in my kitchen. I displayed all of my beloved white ironstone. GREAT job styling your cabinets! :)

xoxo laurie

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I am so happy to have found your blog. I have loved seeing all of your projects over the years in Traditional Home and other publications. Cannot wait to follow along and see more!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

You've inspired me to remove a few doors in my kitchen. I have some beadboard wallpaper so I can put that in the back and paint it.
I appreciate you sharing these photos so we can see how it would really look.
I hope you feel More Popular today as I am your newest follower.

Sonny~155 Dream Lane

Becolorful said...

They are both gorgeous - lights on, lights off. They look so neatly organized too. So happy you shared your work on Motivated Monday at beColorful
Pam

eviesnana1 said...

Love what you've done

eviesnana1 said...

Love what you have done. Cannot wait too see whats next.

Anonymous said...

Betsey, I love the look of open cabinets but not the constant dusting and cleaning. I think it works in the country, not the city, due to pollution type dirt.

I still have my mag clippings of your work featured in the Boston Globe - how many years ago? You are my favorite!

JR Ramirez said...

Where did you get the door?

JR Ramirez said...

Dig the door, where did you find it?

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