Friday, April 20, 2012

(Your) Beautiful Kitchens

Hey hey! How are you? Any fun plans for the weekend? I was supposed to be on my way to the SNAP Conference to speak on Saturday, but the Bub’s first big baseball event is this weekend and I just could not miss it. So we’ll be doing lots of baseball and I’m hoping to sneak in a little DIY project.

It’s in the kitchen, so it’s fitting that I’m highlighting some of the ahhhhmazing kitchens you all linked up at last month’s Show Us Your House party. Wowsers – this was probably my favorite party yet!

I’m been drooling over Megan’s beautiful kitchen since the first time I saw it:


I love that so many details were thought out, in addition to it just being plain pretty. :) I really love that dark wood island with the marble top too. Told you…drool.

The links were FULL of before and afters, and Christy’s is one of my favorites – here’s the before:

And the after – she even painted the tile!:


That is a fearless woman and I love her for that.

There were a BUNCH of white kitchens, and I gotta say I’m on that train now. They are timeless and I love looking at them…gorgeous.

I love that Holly’s space shows that a white kitchen doesn’t mean a stark kitchen:

The fun color is a perfect backdrop to the bright cabinets. How FUN.

Michelle’s redo was pretty spectacular too – and they went two-toned:

I love the black on the bases and white above!

Not everybody goes white of course (nor should they!). Jenny’s makeover is FANTASTIC – from the before:

To a totally sleek and modern after:

black cabinets kitchen

Those are the same cabinets -- yet another example of the power of paint! (I love that they added another tier to the peninsula for more seating.)

I think I’ve highlighted Julie’s kitchen before, but I am again because I love it so:

black cabinets wood beams kitchen

There was an awful lot of wood going on before, so they painted the cabinets black, and added some major character by adding the ceiling beams as well. And I DIE over those windows over the sink.

Most of these kitchens took a lot of paint to get to where they are now. But I loved some of the quicker, less expensive updates you made too.

I love love love the colors in Amy’s tile backsplash:

I think they’re a stone, light green, grey and blue? Actually I think it’s black, not blue. But anyway, I think it’s totally fun and added the pop they were looking for in their kitchen! (And I want those little pear vases!)

Brittany did something I don’t think I’ve seen before – she took what was an awkward spot above her kitchen sink and turned it into her “Happy Wall”:

gallery wall kitchen

Oh. my. goodness. I love this. Love the colors, love the art, the photos, everything. What a sweet idea!!

Well that was fun. :) I hope you were inspired by these kitchens and the 230 linked up over at last month’s party! I so wish I could highlight every single one – they were all awesome.

Now I’m inspired to work on my little project this weekend. Crossing fingers it works. You never know…

Have a GREAT one!


  1. Love all these kitchens! :D They did a great job. I can't wait until we finally get to the kitchen. Some day... some day... :)

  2. Super features! I love the kitchen at 11 Magnolia Lane.

  3. Wow, those are some seriously stunning features, Sarah!! I'll have to pop by a few.

    What a great momma you are, staying at home to see your baby's first baseball game! Good luck to the Bub. Go team! Have a fun weekend. =)

    ~ Catie

  4. These are fabulous! I love looking at people's kitchens--we're renting right now so we're stuck with what the landlord put in, yick. Stained and peeling countertops, stained and peeling vinyl floors, stained and peeling cabinets. Someday!

    And on a completely different topic... My parents were redoing their floors (Going from light to dark hardwoods), but my Mom couldn't figure out how to style/decorate around the new floors. I sent her a pic of your "after" floor post, and she got a lot of great ideas! She doesn't read blogs all that much, but she was really excited to discover you.

  5. I love all these kitchens in all their pretty whiteness. My entire house is dark...dark cabinets, floors, counters, walls. I don't mind my dark counters, but am itching to paint my rotten cabinets a vintage white or stain over white.

    Glad to hear that you get to keep your neighborhood and view, for the meantime. I'm sure you're glad that whole mess is over!

  6. I love all of these, but the white ones have a special place in my heart. I am in love with white kitchens. There is just something so fresh and clean about them, and you're right, they are timeless. Too bad more houses don't come with a white kitchen. I guess that's why there's so many DIY white kitchens out there!

  7. Thanks so much for the feature! What a way to start the weekend!! :)

  8. So many great kitchens!!!! Makes me want to paint my new cherry cabinets white.

  9. I'm so honored to be featured among such GORGEOUS spaces! I hope the bub had fun at his baseball event--I'm sure you had fun cheering along :)

  10. I also have a white kitchen with white carerra marble subway tile backsplash and a carerra slab island. I just put in Ballard Designs white coral chandelier over the island...looks FAB!

    I have to say...I have always built houses with white kitchens and I am always encouraging (more like BEGGING) my clients to paint cabinets if they are looking for a quicker, cheaper fix to a kitchen...but they are HARD work! I am constantly wiping, dusting, and cleaning them!! My last kitchen was worse though--I had white cabs. but also absolute black granite that I was a SLAVE to!! Triple UGH! No matter how much extra work--I would do a white kitchen agian and again though! There is nothing cleaner and more timeless looking!

    I hire this excellent painter in my area(NY) to paint cabinets and he adds something (an additive) to the paint for a super smooth finsih so you never see any brush strokes and it looks like a factory finsih everytime!! AMAZING! I am not sure what it is though??

    Good luck with baseball and you wkend project! I don't know how you find the time--I feel like my weekends involve laundry, laundry and more laundry!!:)

  11. Wow--what an awesome group of kitchens (and bloggers!) I'm hanging out with! Thank you for the feature! Love those black cabinets, even though I am so done with painting cabinets (at least until our next house!). @Amy--maybe it was Penetrol your painter used? --Christy@11MagnoliaLane

  12. You are such a good momma to stay for your little bubs game! Good luck to him!

  13. That first one is gorgeous!!! We just redid our kitchen so I'm wondering: will the black and white with chrome fixtures become dated, or is it really timeless? (please be timeless, ha ha!)

  14. I totally am in love with white kitchens and didn't even know it. I started a Pinterest board a couple weeks ago along with my new blog. I pinned away on a Kitchen Love board, and then looked at what I had pinned and it is almost all white! The kitchens you showed are beautiful and I can't wait to look at all of the party's entires when I have time!

  15. Wow! I had no idea you featured my BLACK kitchen! Thank you so much!!! My views have been up, now I know why ... It's DECOR CHICK! Woohooo!!!


  16. Thank you so much for the great feature Sarah! It is such an honor to be on that list with some fabulous kitchens! Hope you had a great weekend of baseball!

  17. What a gorgeous blog - I just stumbled upon you and have fallen in love! Thanks so much for sharing... I will be back because I am now your newest follower! Have a great day. Jalon

  18. I had a dream about you last night.
    I went out to get the mail, and you were standing in the middle of the street with two children that were crying, and clinging to you.
    At first I thought "Wow, I didn't know Thrifty Decor Chick was my neighbor!...I think I'll just play it cool and get my mail."
    But then it looked like you were desperate for help with these children, so I took one of them from you. We started showing the kids how to pretend to be race horses so we didn't have to carry them home.
    When we got to your house, you were having a party and asked if I could help. I spent the whole night cleaning, and helping you host. It was exhausting. I even fell down because I was so tired, but the party wasn't over so I kept working.
    The moral of the story?
    If I see you on my street, I'm just going to ignore you and pick up my mail.
    I'm just sayin'.

  19. I so appreciate your round-ups I just don't have the time to click through all the links so I do check a few that catch my eye, but it so great to see some of the highlights get a post of there own. Keep it up.

  20. what I wouldn't tie for a gorgeous kitchen like one of those!!! Someday...

    Colleen @ Meet the Sullivans

  21. Oh my goodness! I'm swooning/green with envy right now! Those kitchens are to die for!

  22. omg love the kitchen and gardens, but my favourite of all is the art wall with all the frames and colors....
    Great inspiration for my new home project..have to follow you now.

    Do visit me to see few fun things I saw at Home and Garden show 2012at

  23. All of these kitchen designs are amazing, especially the third to the last photo with the dark wood finish. That is one fine interior design - love it!

  24. Hi girlie! I was just catching up on your blog (so bad about commenting lately!) and came across our kitchen featured! Thank you so much for your kind words about it- it means so much, especially coming from you! Have a great weekend! And good luck on that to-do list! :)


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