Editing the Kitchen ~ Country French Style

The End

The Beginning
I love my kitchen but after 10 years I wanted something different on a no budget/low budget.  Not really something different (unless I had the money to gut it and start over but that's another story) but maybe just make some changes for a fresh Spring time start.  It's no secret that I love a country French style kitchen so instead of the traditional American style built-in cabinet, I wanted to try and recreate a hutch type feel to high light my cream ware and ironstone every day dishes and maybe tweak some other areas. 

Calm, Mascarpone, Monroe Bisque, Bleeker Beige, Coastal Path,  Slubby Canvas.  Beautiful names aren't they but in the end what color of paint did I go with???  Just a simple "white"!  White semi-glass by Valspar...easy to clean kitchen paint. 

When we first moved into this home, 11 years ago,  everything was very dark, including the paint colors.  I spent three months painting, painting, painting.   Everything was changed except the ceiling beams.  I kept those dark, thinking they had a French farmhouse look.  In this photo the kitchen beams are the color all cabinets, window and door trim and baseboards were originally.  

Bobby G. wasn't too thrilled about the idea of removing cabinet doors but I convinced him I was always right.  :)   After scrubbing and cleaning I started repainting all the cabinets.  What a job!  And I remembered this time to wear my handy dandy cotton gloves.  It seems I always start a paint job just after I have had a fresh manicure.  

What's with the chicken wire?  My original plan was to put the wire in the back of the cabinet much to B. G.'s chagrin.  After some arguing......heated discussion....gentle persuasion..... both of us were convinced it didn't look as good as I thought it would and we I nixed the idea.  :)  Continuing on, I added some curvy scroll appliques to the middle support post and painted those right along with everything else.   Now, lest you think my dishes and glass ware are all creamy or white think again.  We had lots of the ubiquitous coffee mugs...you know the type...the ones from your vacation.....Disney World or the beach or one with a huge bass fish on it.  And lots of plastic over sized event cups too. (why I save those I do not know!)   But they were all banished behind other cabinet doors. I also brought out a black and white toile plate and some red checked plates I had hidden away.  Love the pop of color in my black and white kitchen. And to give a little more vintage style, I removed the old pull type handles and added bin pulls to the drawers.  I love them!  They are easy on the hands as well as the eyes.

And here's the after photos. 

And for a little every day whimsy, it's fun to add a little flowered filled vintage bottle right up there with the dishes.

I love the new change.  It sure put a zip in my doo dah!  Until next time....xoxox

So much fun to join in on these parties.  Won't you click over to see lots of inspiration? 

Voila  Thursday......Polly's French Cupboard party

Open House Thursday..... Sherry at No Minimalist Here

Feathered Nest Friday......Courtney at French Country Cottage

Wow Us Wednesday ...... Kim at Savvy Southern Style

What's Up Wednesday....Kara at Elements Interiors


Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

HAH your kitchen was great to start with, didn't think it could get better but I do love the changes !

NanaDiana said...

Lynn- It looks great! Fabulous and I love the little doo-hickey things on the posts-they really add a bit of pizzazz to the cabinets. Love your bin pulls too.

I see you are another one that drags out the paint after getting your nails done! We must have some kind of bad nail fetish! lol Hugs-Diana

Blondie's Journal said...

I think you did a great job, Lynn! I love white cabinets and they look great with your counter tops. I am also in love with your black toile dishes and the red checked. I'd wish I had those beams on the ceiling! Those are very cool!


Donnie said...

What a great makeover. That scroll in the middle there really adds such style.

Tete said...

What a fun kitchen you made there! Love all the little details you used and it all looks so country french and warm. Hope you have many fun days in this wonderful little world you made!
Hugs- Tete

Gaia said...

Your 'new' kitchen looks darling! Now i'm inspired to get moving on mine! Enjoy!

Wanda Metcalf said...

I like what you have done. The gingerbread adds a little something to the area without doors. I had always wanted to do the chicken wire... glad someone took a closer look and tells me it won't work. thanks saves me a lot of trouble.

...and why does all the dirty work always come right after a nice manicure!?!

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

The kitchen looks great. I love what you have done! And I like the little white wood thingamabobs you put on your cupboard! Wow that adds so much.

Anonymous said...

What a pretty kitchen! Love taking the doors of the cabinet and using the little scrolly things! I have metal (50's) cabinets and unfortunately that isn't an option for mine.

Yes that is barkcloth that I used on those Easter baskets. I just love that nubby fabric and have a little collection of it!

O I do know what you mean about getting good pictures of your booth space. I have had several ask me and I have a front window space and the glare from the window is terrible when it comes to trying to take pictures.!! Will look forward to seeing it I hope when you get just the right angle, and lighting, and camera......:)

bee blessed

Simply Bungalow said...

What a beautiful kitchen. It looks lovely.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, The cabinets look great painted in white and I love the beams. I bet it feels like a brand new kitchen.

Ballerina Girl said...

It looks wonderful! good job...
and I love the daffodil up there with the mugs!


Cheryl said...

Hi Lynn,
Your "new" kitchen looks wonderful. Amazing what a little paint and knobs can do. I did a black and white kitchen as well two years ago and I am still loving it...I's great I can change the look of the kitchen simply by adding pops of color according to the season, just like you did with the dafodil.
I even have the same rooster plate..lol!!
Thank you for stopping in and visiting with me!!
Have a wonderful day!!

Mar said...

hi lyn, what a nice kitchen make over. I also just repainted my kitchen cabinets to a green color.. safe budget! :)
I love your red checked plates. They stand out beautifully against your white cabinet

Dee said...

LOVE it! What fun...the scrolls are fabulous! I think we are getting ready to paint our kitchen too...time for a little change. Hugs from Nashville!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Wow you did such a cute transformation!! It looks so good.I really like the white paint on the cabinets. It always seems to brighten up a room.

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

LOVE THIS! Come on ova' and link up to my Linky Party! xoxokara


Im CRAZY about this post!

Pamela said...

Love this !
French country is my favourite! I have a red french kitchen..come over for a peek sometime!

Pamela :)

All That Glitters said...

looks gorgeous!!!! I'm curious if you made your stove hood? It looks amazing!!! I have the generic metal one and it is not my style at all. I have no idea where to look for a more custom looking one.

Can you help me please?!!!! Thanks!

Margaret Cloud said...

I also liked the kitchen before, but, the change is cute, and I like the white paint. We need change once in a while, especially the kitchen area. Have a nice week, you did a great job.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Lynn, I just wanted to drop by again and say thank you for joining my new party. I really appreciate all your support.

Karen said...

I love all that you and your husband have done. It's so uplifting to have a new, fresh look.
I'm your newest follower!
Ladybug Creek

Unknown said...

Dear, dear Lynn,
Your poor fingers..I know I cant work with gloves so I have given up having beautiful nails! Oh how I miss my nails..yours look so good. I love the new look. We are under major renovation and I'm going out of my tree. Cant handle to disaray of my life..
Glad your are now enjoying your kitchen..

All That Glitters said...

lynn!!! I could not think you enough for the link!!! Thank you so much!!!! Yes!!! I love my coupons!!! I get some really good stuff for free or close to it!!

Rachel said...

I love your fresh new kitchen! Ans I really love the vintage clock faces hanging on your pot rack! That is so unique and visually appealing!!!!
Visiting from No Minimalist Here : Open House linky party... stop by and visit me at cookscleansplayswithpaper.blogspot.com

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Lynn, this looks wonderful..I have always loved the open shelf in kitchens..just so Frenchy to me..awesome job girl..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Becca said...

Your hard work paid OFF! Your cabinets are beautiful ... love the accentsl, too! Thanks for sharing, Becca


blessings said...

I love it, Lynn! My kitchen has been waiting for a re-do for about 2 years now. I keep saying that I'm going to do it but the days keep slipping away.

I really like the scrolly trim that you added to the cabinets. Great idea!

Thank you for sharing your French Inspiration with us!

Blessings... Polly
French Cupboard &
Counting Your Blessings

Unknown said...

Hi Lynn! Love your gorgeous kitchen! One day I'll have a beautiful kitchen like yours. The hubby and I are shooting for the beginning of summer.

EnchantedBella said...

Thats beautiful! I love the open cupboard look. Have a great day.

Sue said...

Love the new look, Lynn! What a difference removing cupboard doors and adding clean white paint makes. The pair of scrolls is adorable and I like how you've arranged the toile plate amidst the red/white gingham ones. Just too cute! Received my order and I love my helmet. It will go into the study when I re-work my shelves. Thanks much. xo Sue

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Hi, Lynn! So nice to "meet" you! I really like the changes you made to your kitchen. We have the bin pulls too and I love them! And taking off the doors...what a great idea to really open things up and give the space a brand new look. BTW I grew up in teeny, tiny Bassett, Va. near Martinsville. Virginia holds a special place in my heart! Beautiful country!

Diane Mars said...

Love the kitchen and it is always worth all the blood sweat and blisters! Hugs, Diane

Beverly said...

Wowzers! You did good, girl.

I love your new look - and you were absolutely right in every single one of your decisions. Bobby G, too - of course.

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

I just LOVE this post! A beautiful redo on your kitchen! Buuuut, your nails....not so much! LOL! Im so laughing at that...I tend to show all my blogging girlfriends the condition of my nails too! LOL

Thank you for linking this up to Whassup Wednesday! Hope to see you this week at my


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