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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Some Cell Phone Shots with a Little More Done in Our Family Room and Kitchen



As I mentioned a few posts ago we ended up leaving to head to NH rather suddenly a week earlier than we had been planning on so I never took any photos with my real camera with more of the projects we worked on in our family room/kitchen. I normally hate to post cell phone quality photos of the blog, but I figured I would make an exception this time seeing how it will probably be at least another week before I will be able to post any real photos of the space. These were all taken just so I could text pictures to our family as we were slowly making progress in here and therefore I didn't put any thought into the layout or angle and they are super grainy.

Here are the upper cabinets before we removed them:

I will not be posting any tutorials on how to do this. I thought it was something I could easily do myself but that was not the case. =) Our cabinets were not screwed in like we were anticipating, they were in there with some huge nails and because we didn't have the right tool my father-in-law and I got stuck mid-way through taking in down and ended up having to call in some help - haha! Once it was down this is what it looked like. (I hung two pendants my mom had passed on down to me a year or so ago that had been sitting in our garage to see if they would look okay or not and even though they were not what I originally had in mind I loved them so we had an electrician come and wire it so that I can properly hang them as soon as we get back). I took this shot a couple days before we left. Everything is all fixed up perfectly now and I will get shots of what an amazing job Fred Nice (the contractor who repaired the mess I made) did on it when I get back. You would never know there had been an upper cabinet there.

You can see a little bit of the kitchen in this shot. We will be doing the kitchen in two parts. The first part involved removing the upper cabinets and painting all of the cabinets London Fog. We also replaced the appliances and are adding a custom built hood above the stove. We are just waiting on the stove to be installed and the hood. Both of those should be ready to photograph at some point next week. Then at once we have saved up enough money we will be replacing the counter tops (we will probably be sticking with a similar color) and adding an overhang to the peninsula area so we can add some counter stools, doing a subway tile backsplash and replacing the sink with a farmhouse style one. That might be a little ways off though. We'll see how soon I can convince Jon =)...

You can see the back of our sectional from IKEA in this photo. We went with the Karlstad even though it was a bit more modern than my usual taste. I will show more photos of it as soon as we get back and I can get the legs painted. And I am still deciding on which sconces to go with to replace those teeny tiny on either side of the fireplace. I hung some drapery panels on the window above the sofa but it's hard to tell from this picture. There are more things we are planning on changing up in here but for now this is where we are at.



That's it for tonight! I hope you all are having a lovely week!

44 comments:

  1. Oh it is just looking so awesome, Jenn!

    So happy for you all - it is all very exciting!

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  2. Looks lovely. Those lamps are adorable too!

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  3. Everything is looking wonderful!

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  4. Looks lovely so far! Love the pendants!

    www.rachelsnest.com

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  5. This looks so amazing. Have I told you how glad I am that you moved? I loved your last home, but I LOVE watching the transformations in your new home :)

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  6. Love what you have done to the room so far....it looks so different, and WAY better. I can't get over the beautiful beams in there...just wow!

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  7. I love all the changes you made to your new place. Tt's such an amazing transformation and I can't wait to see more. Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. Everything is looking so pretty! Grainy photos and all! Thanks for sharing. :) I'm glad you didn't wait!

    Gail

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  9. It is going to be so beautiful! I love what you are doing in there! I am eager to see more

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  10. Luvly!!! The lamps are great. Was admiring ans reading quickly to see where they came from :-)
    I am enjoying the transformation. Looking forward to the next post.
    Have a wonderful rest of week!
    Hugs, Gee

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  11. You have gotten so much done already! It's really beautiful. The cabinets look fantastic in London Fog. Really clean, crisp and fresh. Fun to watch your progress!

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  12. OMGosh... you have accomplished so much already! You are a real go-getter!! Everything you have done looks amazing - I can't wait to see what else you have planned.

    You have inspired me to get moving on my own house - which we have been in for 7 years. Your house already looks more put together than mine!! Ha Ha!

    Take good care!
    Angela

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  13. Your new home is coming together so nicely. It is absolutely lovely. My husband and I have been considering the same sectional from Ikea for our living room. Do you have any initial thoughts on the piece? Are you pleased so far? Any information you are willing to share would be greatly appreciated.

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    1. Than you! So far we are LOVING it and don't have any complaints at all at this point.

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  14. did you paint your cabinets yourself? I LOVE your kitchen. I know you aren't posting a tutorial, but do you have link that you referenced to redo your cabinets? My daughter sprayed ours with goo gone :( but I think it was a big blessing in disguise because I hate the dark stain.

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    1. We did. And I will be posting all of the details! I just won't be posting a tutorial on the removal of the upper cabinet. =)

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  15. Enjoying watching your transformation! Looks great. Where are your white X back dining chairs from?

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  16. Love your wing chairs! Please share where You purchased. :)

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    1. Thanks! They are from Savvy in Williamsburg.

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  17. Wow you guys don't waste time, it looks great!!

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  18. It looks beautiful already!!!

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  19. It's beginning to have your "stamp" on it. Just lovely!

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  20. Everything looks great. Do you have any ideas or plans for a window treatment for your kitchen? I have one similar in my kitchen and I am stumped on what to do.

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    1. Thanks, I have hung drapery panels on the french doors and then plan on doing a roman shade over the window above the sink. If I can't get the roman shade to look right I will just do a simple valance.

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  21. looks nice in witte your kittchen xxx tanja

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  22. Where did you get your kitchen table and chairs? Are the chairs from IKEA? You have beautiful taste!

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    1. Thank you, Cristina. I made the table. You can find the tutorial here: http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/our-farm-house-table-saga.html and the chairs are indeed from IKEA.

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  23. Where did you get your kitchen table and chairs? Are the chairs from IKEA? You have beautiful taste!

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    1. Thank you, Cristina. I made the table. You can find the tutorial here: http://dearlillieblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/our-farm-house-table-saga.html and the chairs are indeed from IKEA.

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  24. It all looks amazing... but I knew it would! It's so fun watching you guys transform this place! I love the pendants too...

    Cindy

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  25. It is looking beautiful, Jen! And I LOVE your kitchen chairs!

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  26. Gosh, I want a kitchen just like this, hahahah! Mine's a bit outdated and my hubby, who collects tabletop water features tend to add more clutter to my kitchen. I'd love a more... cohesive design and really clean colors like beige and white.

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  27. Your home is beautiful and your blog is very inspirational. We are building and wandered if you had an updated exterior photo of your parents home that includes the garage?
    Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, Julie. I'm sorry, I don't. =(

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  28. The kitchen looks wonderful. You must be delighted with the way it feels so open now. I have a question. It looks as though your kitchen table is backed up close to your sofa. Is that just the picture or do you use the table for meals and as a sofa table? Trying to figure out if I could make something like this work.

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    1. Thanks Donna - that is sort of an illusion thanks to the poor quality of these cell phone shots. We have a bench on that side of the table and then there's some space between the bench and the backside of the sofa.

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  29. Mind sharing where you got the hardware for your cabinets?

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  30. I was curious about your ceiling height and the beams. It looks like you have standard 8' ceilings or is it 9'. If it is 8' , do you feel the beams make it more closed in? Just curious. We've recently moved to a home with 8' from a. 9 & 10' ceiling height and I'm thinking I just need to get used to the new height. Thanks and am trying the #2 paint option on cabinets with the Aura paint but will remove the doors. Hope it works as well as yours.

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