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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