Thursday, October 7, 2010

Before and After: Kitchen

Here she is, in all her tract home glory! You probably have these same cabinets too. Stained oak! To me, yuck!!  Now, some people really like this look and if you do, I hope your not offended that I don't.  Everytime I walked in my kitchen, the grain in that oak just screamed at me! 


In my home, you can see the kitchen from the living room, and I hated that!  Because those cabinets were awful to me! 
  I tried to add some charm by bringing in my great Grandmother's table that I painted.  It helped, a little.  I just couldn't help feeling that those cabinets needed a dose of pretty.  I wanted so badly to paint them!  But, I was scared to death of that task.

But, I conquered those fears, and went for it!!  I won't lie, it was a monumental task!  But they are beautiful to me now!  Painted cabinets just make me smile!  Everytime I walk in my kitchen, I get this feeling of joy and pride that I did that!


We also got granite countertops, which are an absolute dream!!  You can put anything hot, right out of the oven on this baby and nothing happens!  I know some people are scared to do that, but not me !


We changed out the cutrains for bamboo shades from our local Lowe's and they have been the best thing ever


View from the breakfest room.  More on that later.








The cream table needed a face lift too.  I painted it this wonderful green color and my man picked me up some butcher block from Ikea.  My daughter thought the top should be stained and I completely agreed.  I love how it turned out!


This is me, trying my best to look like I don't know a camera is there!  I think I just laughed the entire time!




My little green ladder from our local antique mall.  I get more comments on this than anything!




So there you have it!  I would love to still add a few more details.  Like white subway tiles and wood flooring!  Right now, God teaches me daily to be content with what I have. It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the making, and I'm o.k with that.

I will be linking up here


Blessings,

90 comments:

  1. Love your house and your decorating style! Love the cabniets all the to your cute apron!
    You have such a knack for decorating. So impressed, way to go girl! Can't wait to read your entries and see the pics!

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  2. Wow.. what a change from a not so bad kitchen to a wow.. (And I do design for a living) Love your style.

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  3. This is amazing! You did such a great job :) I'm e-mailing you back
    XO
    Kristin

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  4. I am Erin's BFF!! Yes, she has a BEAUTIFUL home! She has sooo much talent! Watching her transform her home into her own style has been so much fun! She has a great eye! When I built my home don't you know I let her pick out everything from paint color to cabinetry! Her house is even more gorgeous in person!

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  5. BEAUTIFUL! I love what you have done to your kitchen, it's perfect! I've been thinking about painting my cabinets, but I can't bring myself to paint over the wood. And I love your style, it reminds me of my own! :)

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  6. Love your kitchen. What a transformation! You are inspiring me to tackle my own kitchen.

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  7. I'm so glad I found your blog and signed up as a follower. Welcome to our world. You will love it. I have your previous kitchen - same oak cabinets and even looks like the same counter top! I have been dreaming about having the cabinets painted. I don't know if I am up to the project (older than you) but I love your results. You did a fantastic job. The tutorial was great and if I ever get up the nerve to do something on my own your instructions will help greatly. Right now we are starting a project replacing our old sidewalk and step so we will be busy with that. Your home is just lovely and thanks so much for sharing it with us. Stop by sometime to visit me too.

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  8. Love your BLOG! I really like the green on your Grandmother's table would you share the name please? Thanks!

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  9. I love your kitchen redo. I came over from Kristen to have a peek. You did a fantastic job. I am having a hard time getting started with mine. I know it will be a big job. Mine are stained just a bit darker then yours. Any tips to get me going? Oh what colors did you use?

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  10. I found your blog through An Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. I LOVE your kitchen!! I'm like you, I really want to paint my kitchen cabinets but I'm so very scared!! Would you do a post of the process you used to paint them?

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  11. Still working up the courage to do this. Love your kitchen! Do you have a tutorial that I didn't see? Curious about your method, paint color, and also that long rug under the sink...can't find one anywhere that isn't hugely expensive. Please help me! =)

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  12. What an AMAZING transformation! I wanted to paint the kitchen cabinets at our old house, but was too scared. . . we bought a new house instead! Your kitchen is fabulous. I adore the green table with the butcher block top as well. Such a great space. Good job!

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  13. Wow! Your before kitchen colors is exactly like mine. Creamy walls, ugly cave-like cabinets and black appliances. I have been so tempted in painting my cabinets but husband is very skeptical about it. I even got a quote of having a professional paint the cabinets and make some minor changes to the island and install glass to some of the doors. Not bad quote but I am so afraid that it would not turn out as I envision. Love, love, love your kitchen. You can come over to my neck of the woods any time.
    Beautiful!

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  14. Oh you must be happy with the results, it looks amazing, what a difference! And the ladder is so fantastic, it's going in my inspiration folder!

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  15. WOW! I absolutely LOVE your kitchen. Painting the cabinets really pulled it all together. And painting your Grandmother's table green with the darker top... perfect.

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  16. Beautiful it all came together just perfect!!!

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  17. Wow!! Fabulous transformation!!! LOVE the whole thing! Great idea on the ladder... I have friend in Colorado who did that with an old sled...looks faulous.
    Now would you mind sharing the green paint color... Again LOVE. I noticed the chairs... did you do them also? Very Lovely!!
    (stopping by from Mustard Seed : )

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  18. Absolutely beautiful! I love all of your touches..just stunning. And you look totally natural laughing in your FAB new kitchen! Great job!

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  19. Really great kitchen. I am impress. All the kitchen appliance and flooring color and cabinets are really impressive and catchy. I hope that I will also make as same.
    cheap kitchens

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  20. It looks like a brand new space! Amazing transformation.

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  21. Erin, This looks Fabulous!!! Way to go on conquering your fear of painting. I have the same attitude as you towards oak, maybe more so - I think it is repulsive. As a professional Kitchen Designer, I do make one recommendation. Please, please, please use Trivets for hot pots and such. Placing a pot right from the hot stovetop onto your countertops can cause a Thermal Shock and crack your beautiful granite. I've been in the business over 15 years, and seen it happen a few times... trust me, it's not pretty.

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  22. Oh, Wow! I don't even know where to begin! I had the same cabinets in my last house and painted them the same color and we also used the same granite! I even had beadboard backsplash. Wow!

    I love your beadboard walls, the color of the beadboard being darker than the walls above, your decorating accents using green and red (my favs), the plates on the wall (another favorite of mine), your striped red rug, all your cute things on top of the cabinets, and I could go on and on. You are a woman after my own heart! After seeing the new bin pulls and knobs in oil rubbed bronze, I've decided that's what I'm going to use in my new house which is under construction now.

    Thanks so much for your post and all the pictures. I can't wait to explore the rest of your site!

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  23. I have always preferred painted cabinets. They are so much more homey to me. I live in a 40's cottage which we have just put up for sale and the Realtor was telling ways one could change out the cabinets! WHAT?! I just love the old original style!

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  24. I absolutely love what you did with your kitchen! It is gorgeous!! I also like what you did to the old table/island. Perfect. And all your vintage collectables fit right in too. Thanks for sharing your makeover!
    Pamela

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  25. What an amazing transformation. You have got to love working in that kitchen! Beautiful. Pat yourself on the back girl.

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  26. This is one incredible looking kitchen makeover...love the new counters and those cabinets are just out of this world so much better all painted! Your Grandma's little table is so dang cute...love it...also love your blog...so I'm going to follow along:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  27. You have done a fantastic job! Looks beautiful. I love your dining table chairs, where did you get them?

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  28. I have wanted to paint my oak cabinets for years but my husband just doesn't agree with me. After seeing your painted cabinets, I'm convinced that it's the way to go to freshen a dated kitchen. I'm going to show my husband your pictures to prove to him how great painted cabinets can look. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  29. I bought a table today to refinish like yours. I linked up to you at my blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  30. I love your kitchen! It's perfect and I love that you did so much of the work by yourself. Great job!

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  31. I just love your painted kitchen. This is the look I am going afer in my own and now I can show my hubby what it would look like. He's a little hesitant to paint the oak cabinets. Your whole house is beautiful. I've enjoyed looking through your blog. I do not have my own blog but love getting lots of inspiration from them. I am adding yours to my favorites!
    Carrie

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  32. Hi, found your blog, through another blog! LOVE your kitchen (although it was very nice before too!) -- and LOVE your grandmother's little table. It does look great painted green!
    Best,
    Gloria

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  33. Came on over from Rhoda's. Your kitchen transformation is amazing!

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  34. Found you via Southern Hospitality. What an awesome job you did! I know it must have been extremely labor intensive, but the end result is so gorgeous. I hope you shared your paint colors elsewhere for the white and green on the island?

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  35. Wonderful! Bravo! Now tell, what color did you paint your cabinets for all of us in the same situation :) It all DOES take time and it's well worth the wait. We did hardwood floors a few years ago, then granite countertops, then new appliances last year and I kept thinking "what is missing?" well thank God for blogland because y'all are doing what I should be doing!

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  36. Beautiful work! I love your grandmother's little table. A great eye must run in your family!

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  37. Just beautiful!! That white is like a breath of fresh air! I love the pictures of you in the kitchen-you could be right out of the pages of cottage living!! :)

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  38. So pretty! I adore all of the vintage touches and the ladder. (Visiting from Southern Hospitality : ) Glad to have found your blog!

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  39. GORGEOUS!!

    Can you PLEASE tell me where you purchased your faucet? And what color is the paint on the cabs?

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  40. Your kitchen is beautiful. Please share all of the paint colors you used.

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  41. I came over from Southern Hospitality. I LOVE your kitchen transformation. I've been thinking about painting our cabinets but haven't been able to commit yet.

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  42. Hi, yOur kitchen is beautiful! I am just wondering where you found your paper towel holder and chandelier over the breakfast table? I love them! I also painted and glazed my cabinets almost a year ago and am so pleased with the change.

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  43. Hey Erin...I love your kitchen. Great job!!! I now know what my next project it... XoXo

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  44. Found you via Southern Hospitality and would love to know what paint colors you used for walls and cabinets. Beautiful!!! We painted cabs at our last house and are considering doing it again (just moved to a new house).

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  45. Wonderful transformation! I love your kitchen, the vintage touches are so me! ;-) The ladder hanging~ just awesome! And the items you chose to put on it, too!! Great makeover, thanks for sharing, glad I found your blog!
    ~michelle~

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  46. Love your kitchen! So many great ideas and eye candy galore...great job!

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  47. I think your kitchen transformation is wonderful and I am so glad you could share it with us! It was a ton of work I can tell, but so worth it! Jen

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  48. Fabulous transformation!! I am sitting here biting my nails because I really want to do that to my cabinets but am so nervous to do so! Way to go!

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  49. Beautiful kitchen! This is the look I want! Did you paint the cabinets yourself, if so, can you post the steps? Thanks so much! Love the ladder!!!
    aroden62@hotmail.com

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  50. Just clicked over from Jen's blog and I love your transformation! Off to read more!

    Come say hi if you have time!

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  51. BEAUTIFUL!!! Would LOVE to know the color/brand/finish(latex or oil) that you used on the cabinets. Thanks so much for sharing your talents!

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  52. I love your painted cabinets! I am hoping to talk my hubby into doing that at our house also! I also would love to know the brand and color you used!
    You have such cute taste...so glad I ran across your blog!

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  53. Just came over from Southern Hospitality. Love your kitchen! I adore the plates on the wall, in the nook, too, so cute! I was wondering if you have shared (or would share) the paint colors? I'm especially interested in the lighter wall color you have above the chair rail and also the green on your lovely kitchen island table. It's the perfect color!
    Thanks so much,
    ~Angela~

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  54. Oh, wait! I found them! That was so nice of you to post all that information for all of us paint color collector types! :-)
    Thanks again -- LOVE your kitchen and blog!
    ~Angela~

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  55. Visiting from Southern Hospitality. WOW! What a beautiful transformation! Everything is perfect. I can't wait to catch up on your other posts!
    Michele @ Dreaming of a Farmhouse

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  56. It is really Awesome and amazing kitchen transformation. You have got a great talent and you should be proud of yourself. May I know where did you buy that cute ladder? I would like to know that antique mall's name and address.

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  57. I love the difference! Wow - y'all did a fabulous job!

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  58. love your kitchen makeover!! wow!! found you through the link up party! I linked my kitchen up too!! love the blog, i am your newest follower!

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  59. i think i've stopped by here before to comment on your ladder, but i've not seen your whole room redo. wow. amazing! love the touches of green. fabulous job here!

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  60. Wow, it's beautiful, I love what you have done! I especially love the green ladder, very creative! You did a wonderful job!!!

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  61. wow! I would have NEVER guessed that was the same kitchen! you did an amazing job! the ladder I am totally drooling over...the painted cabinets the antique touches! aahhh it is just perfect! thanks so much for linking up to my party! xoxo

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  62. "wannabe decorator?!" are you kidding me? you are amazing!!! i love this kitchen - it's perfect. love love love the ladder and your grandma's table - those little touches of character go a long way!! great job, but you're gonna have to change the name of your blog! :)

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  63. I think your grandma would be proud of the room that you did for her table...great job!

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  64. So love the painted cabinets! I, too, have the ugly oak and they just grate on my nerves...but I have been too chicken to paint them. I don't know what color to do because white would definitely NOT go with my decor. Anyway, thanks for this blog post because now I can show my *not believing* husband how great our kitchen could look.

    ~alicia
    proof-of-love.blogspot.com

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  65. This kitchen looks like you spent thousands to have it redone!!!! It gives me hope! I have really cheaphy yelloy pine cabintets and a great room so I know how you feel about seeing them all of the time! That's it! I am painting them! And adding beadboard to the backsplash and the sides of the cabinets you see....new countertops will come...thanks for this inspiration! Sandy

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  66. Love your kitchen, pretty lady!

    xo

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  67. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I like your apron too!

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  68. I painted my orangey oak cabinets as well and LOVE them, best design decision I have made so far.

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  69. WOW! That transformation is incredible. Of course, the counter tops help but the cabinets look AMAZING! I love your style ... it's so fresh and airy.

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  70. I L-O-V-E what you've done in your kitchen!! Where did you find your paper towel holder?

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  71. Just beautiful! Can you share with me the name of your granite? We are currently looking for granite for our kitchen (head still spinning from options) and your granite is giving me inspiration. Appreciate your help.
    Jan

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  72. I love this kitchen! I am going to feature it on Monday- thanks for the inspiration!

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  73. I have been looking for that same little ladder to hang my pots and pans from over my sink. Love it, the entire kitchen looks lovely!

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  74. Love it! It looks great! I have been looking for that exact rug for months. Can you share where you bought it?

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  75. AMAZING! We're renting, but our landlord is really flexible and I've been trying to decide if I want to take on this same task.....you just might have put me over the edge :) Beautiful!

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  76. WOW! Gorgeous! I saved one of your pics because this is exactly what I want my kitchen to look like! Thank you for sharing your wonderful makeover!

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  77. Your arrangements please me very! I salute warm < warmth > from Poland

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  78. New follower here and stumbled upon your blog through Savvy Southern Style's site. I LOVE your kitchen, maybe cos like you I hate those oak cabinets and I adore white ones! I need to ask though...how many coats of paint did it take? Did you brush, roller or spray painted them? Thanks!!

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  79. I came accross your blog and love the green you used for your chairs and the little kitchen island table. Would you mind sharing that color with me??? I love it! You really did a great job! Beauiful! Oh, after you painted it green, did you go over it with a gel stain, if so what color? allenzoo8768@att.net

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  80. I just came from Remodelholic. Your kitchen turned out so lovely. I love the sage green of the table/island and the new dining chairs. Did the chairs come that color? I love the laughing pictures of you too. I have a picture with my sisters and our daughters (one of them is a stepsister) and we are all making faces. I'm beet red from laughing too hard. My daughter has the picture in her room and I laugh every time I see it.

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  81. Oh my goodness! I just came from remodelholic as well. I *have* your cabinets and hate them...but am too scared to paint them! Did you spray yours, or do it by hand (roller). What finish did you use, and did you have any issues painting the sides of the cabinets (e.g. near the window...mine are veneer and I'm worried the paint wont' take well). I would love to hear back from you - great project!

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  82. This is so great! I wish that my husband would be open to the idea of painting out cabinets. I'm working on him :). Such a tiny detail but I have been looking everywhere for a papertowel holder like that. Can you please share where you found it? Thank you!

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  83. I came over from No Minimalist Here to check out your kitchen some more. I absolutely love the hanging ladder and Grandma's table.

    I have to confess something. I always roll my eyes when I see someone with oak cabinets painting them, because it seems to be the trendy thing to do in blogland. But can I say that your cabinets look gorgeous. It really has changed the whole look of the room. You may have talked me into painting my own cabinets and that's not an easy thing to do!

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  84. Beautiful kitchen makeover! LOVE those white cabinets. I don't think I have the nerve to do it, but I do love it so! Maybe one day....

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  85. Like everyone else I love your kitchen make-over - I am starting to think of doing mine - What paint color's and brand did you use on the walls.....?

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  86. Hi, what is the color of the walls in your kitchen. Everything is so fresh. Thanks

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  87. It,s really Awesome and amazing kitchen transformation, I love the difference, you did a fabulous job.Fire Engine Kids Bed

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  88. Can you tell me the paint color of the kitchen cabinets and walls please

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  89. Love it! It looks great! I have been looking for that exact rug for months. leather beds in London

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