Sunday, September 8, 2013

AT LAST, CHRISTA'S BEAUTIFUL NEW KITCHEN

For a long time, Christa planned to re-do her kitchen.  She DID NOT like the orange stained wood, but didn't know who to choose to help her with the work.  She said she had searched for just the right person and when she saw the work I did at the New Orleans style house, she knew I was the one!!  Now, isn't that nice!!  The builder of the New Orleans house, also built Christa's house, so that's how she got to know me and my work.

The island in her kitchen had two big open spaces and she asked the builder to make two new doors  to match her kitchen cabinets and close those openings.
 I had already primed the top cabinets when I took this picture.  So glad I remembered before I painted over everything.
Often, when a door is in the middle of the cabinets that I'm painting, I suggest we paint the door to match the cabinets.  Christa agreed, so I painted the door, door frame and the tiny bit of baseboard on either side.  The door and frame were white and would have been right in the middle and interrupted the beautiful new look of her kitchen.
So, meet Christa and her wonderful little baby, Cody.  Cody has the cutest personality!!  
As we were planning the look of her new kitchen, we were thinking about stenciling on each panel on every door.  Then, Christa said maybe that was too much, so just stencil on the pantry door.  That was a wonderful idea!  
This is how the island looks, now.  Christa wanted her outer cabinets lighter and her island black and this is the stencil she chose.  I embossed those stencils and painted them a metallic gold.  The same embossed stencil is on that middle panel, but didn't show up in this photo.  She has picked out a beautiful new granite for the island and I'll show that to you in a few weeks.
I wanted to stencil inside one of her cabinet doors to show her how the stencil would look on her pantry door.  She LOVED the way it looked and asked me to stencil inside five of the doors she uses most often.  She said she loves "the element of surprise".
Christa has other work she wants me to do in her home, so I'll be there a few more times.  
I really loved working here and love that everything turned out just as beautifully as we planned.
Thank you soooo much, Christa for letting me work in your very beautiful home!!!
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69 comments:

  1. Oh, my! The kitchen turned out just gorgeous! Beautiful work and the stenciling is so pretty.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Thank you! I'm so happy with the way it turned out, too. But, it is a LOT of work.

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  2. Great Ideas. New Follower here, hoping you'll follow back :)
    http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com/

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  3. Oh Lynda, you did an outstanding job on the kitchen =- it is simply beautiful! Wish you were close I would have you do a few things for me. Your work is outstanding. You are a true artist.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Mary

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    1. Thank you so much!! and, I would love to work with you, too. Sorry you're so far away.

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  4. Gorgeous! simply gorgeous...I love the colors, the stencil and that huge island.

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    1. Thank you! Her kitchen is one of my favorites that I've painted.

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  5. You did a beautiful job! I love Christa's kitchen.

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    1. Thank you!! Pictures never do justice, but it really does look so nice in her great big room.

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  6. It's a very beautiful transformation.

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    1. Yes, it really is!! She's been wanting to change for a long time, but couldn't find the right person to do the finishes she was hoping for. Lucky for me, I came along!! I'm really proud of the transformation.

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  7. BEAUTIFUL updates! Great work. I'd love for you to link up to The DIY'ers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-diyers-28.html

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  8. Those cabinets are gorgeous!!! What a great job! I love how you also painted the door to blend in with the cabinetry. I am also your newest follower on GFC.
    Thanks, Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, the door looks so nice painted like the cabinets. I'm following, too.

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  9. I've been waiting for this showcase :),Well I know exactly how she feels, you would be my pick too, I looooove your work, that kitchen is PERFECT,love the cabinets, the stencil inside very Kool,, the door looks fabulous, can't wait to see more, do thank Christa for letting us take a peak in her home and a chance for us to view your awesome art work, it is that. Oh and I looooove the birds nest, close to my bird heart.. Hope you have a wonderful week,

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  10. Gorgeous kitchen reveal with such lovely stencil! You do wonderful work, congrats! Loving the bird nest too, adorable. Thanks for sharing both of you!
    Big hugs,
    FABBY

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  11. This is amazing!!!! WOW!! Found you on Make it Pretty Monday! Please come share this on DIY Sunday Showcase, it's open now!! Come on over!

    Shelly
    MinettesMaze.blogspot.com

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  12. What a gorgeous kitchen and I love the inside of the cabinets stenciled. Brilliant, Lynda. I always love seeing your work.

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    1. Thank you! I love your work, too. And, it really is a beautiful kitchen and home.

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  13. Oh My! What an absolutely beautiful job you did on that kitchen! And that island is my favorite . . . oh be still my heart! You are so talented. This is the first time I have been to your blog and I am wondering why I have never been here before. I am now receiving your post via email.

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    1. Thank you so much!! Christa wanted that black island in the middle of her light cabinets and it really does look special. LIke a piece of furniture that she brought in.

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  14. This kitchen is so beautiful!!! Love the colors and everything about it! The idea of painting the door is brilliant! I would never have thought to do that - now it looks perfect. So glad I found your blog!!

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    1. Thank you so much!! When the door is that close to the cabinets, I always ask if I can paint it to match. Sometimes, the way the cabinets are placed, it's better to leave the door like the other woodwork. And, this one turned out just perfectly!!

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  15. Wow! the stenciling looks very elegant.

    Happy mid-week.
    /CC girl from D´Box

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    1. Thanks! On that pantry door, it really does look elegant.

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  16. Lovely LOVELY stenciling! Everything is just gorgeous.

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  17. Lynda, What a gorgeous finish you created and I am so in love with the island. Thanks for linking to the Open House party.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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    1. Thank you, Sherry! She's getting a beautiful piece of granite to go on top of the black island. Then, I think she'll have me paint a special finish on her very large vent-a-hood.

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  18. This looks like it took a lot of time and talent! I love how the inside of the cabinets are stenciled! It's like a surprise when you open the door! Great job!

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    1. Thank you! It took about two weeks for all of the layers. I let my clients know ahead of time, how long the process might take. This was a very large kitchen. I love the stencils, too.

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  19. WOW! That island is tdf!!! I love it! Julia

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    1. Thank you! The black really looks nice in the middle of her lighter cabinets.

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  20. you never cease to amaze me Lynda - I mean it!!!! Such talent, have a great day :-)

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    1. Thank you, Selina! Believe me, it's all a lot a hard work. But, so nice to see everything at the end.

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  21. That island! To die for! Brilliant tip of stenciling the inside of one of the cabinets first. I'll have to remember that. I like the homeowner's fun idea of stenciling the inside of a few more cabinets. wouldn't it be neat to do that on all the insides of cabinet, "element of suprise."

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    1. Thank you! Christa wanted the island to look like a piece of furniture. Hope you get to see it with the new granite. In the past, I've stenciled inside drawers and I stenciled inside my medicine cabinet. It's always a nice look.

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  22. I wanted to invite you to the Friday Flash Blog Party, the best linky in town! I hope you'll join us and link up. Who knows. You may just get highlighted!

    The party goes on ALL weekend.

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution
    www.thejennyevolution.com

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  23. Such a pretty kitchen! The stenciling is beautifully done! :)

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  24. Beautiful, everything looks perfect!
    Sandy

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    1. Thank you! We're not finished, yet. In a couple of weeks, I might be painting her vent-a-hood my "antique copper" finish...maybe.

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  25. Lynda, it's absolutely gorgeous! Love! You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again tomorrow at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  26. Hello Lynda, love the colors and the patina. Your artistic touch is marvelous - this is such a gorgeous kitchen! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  27. You do amazing work! What a gorgeous kitchen.

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    1. Thank you! It's always a lot of work, but always nice to look back and see what I've done.

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  28. P.s. I am in love with the cabinet hardware. Do you happen to know where it was purchased?

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    1. She was on a mission to find just the right hardware. I know she looked online, maybe you could try to search decorative kitchen hardware, or something like that. Oh, and I love your travertine backsplash shaped like brick!!

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  29. This is a beautiful kitchen! I love the white cabinets with the darker island. The stencils look really nice too. Thank you for sharing this at my HOME. Lovely job!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  30. Oh, this kitchen is gorgeous! I love everything about it! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. Just pinned and tweeted. :)

    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs
    Kathy

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  31. Stopping back by to let you know that you have one of the top views with this awesome kitchen at the party later today! I am in love with it. Thank you again for sharing with us. :)

    Kathy

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  32. Lynda, your work speaks for itself. I think you will find many more jobs this same way. I love the stenciling and agree that the element of surprise inside the doors is so fun! Great job! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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