Kitchen Refreshed

February 23, 2010

My friends, it took me a week, but I finished painting over my yellow kitchen !  You know how you just want something new after a few years of the same old look?  That was the story of our kitchen.  Hub and I just decided last fall that we’d grown tired of the butternut yellow on the island and walls.  I debated whether or not to do it because I did like the previous color, but eventually we just decided to go ahead and make the change. 

I was inspired to transform the space into a palette that would compliment the adjoining family and dining room, so we painted the walls, and I painted the island, a gray green color by Benjamin Moore called ‘Camouflage’.  I also replaced the valance and changed up the accessories. 

Welcome to our kitchen, refreshed.  Come on in and have a look around !

cg kitchen with b

cg kitchen green 

I even hung a mirror.  In a kitchen.

Just cause I think it’s purty. 

cg range


As you know, I’m a complete Francophile.  I like white.  I like white ceramics.  I like white spray paint.  And I like gardens.  When you combine a love for all French décor with a love of white, and spray paint, and gardens, you arrive at this !    

kitchen mantle mirror

. . . and this 

white ceramics


. . . and this

pitcher cropped


Here’s a peek at our unadorned paneled refrigerator. 

cg refrigerator 

Panels or no panels, in our house you’ll find the refrigerator doors filled with these kinds of artistic creations.  They make me smile whenever I go for a snack. 

pics on fridge


We do enjoy our secondary sink by the side door. 

Kids + dirt.  It comes in handy. 

second sink by door


I find most of my ceramics at the Goodwill, like these canisters I found last year.

second sink


I primed and painted this island all by my lonesome. 

Details to follow !

kitchen island painted


The cut glass on this chandy feels very old fashioned to me, in a really good way. 

cg chandelier


My favorite thing about my kitchen ? 

The garden window. 

cg garden window

kitchen garden window


It’s a magical little spot where I grow all sorts of things.

Right now, it’s this indoor herb garden.   

garden window


Here’s a few more thrift store finds. 

rosemary in goodwill vase


With a teenager + her friends + a hungry husband + two munchkins, it goes without saying that we go through fruit very fast, so I try to keep it around in pretty containers. 

bowl of apples after

citrus in urns


And just to keep it real, here’s a glimpse of what our kitchen looks like in real life.  

My ordinary daily mess:

real life


Every morning, I need good coffee.  And butter. And bread. 

five minutes later


I might need to brush his hair, but I confess I like my boy’s bed head. Even at noon. 

He likes carrots, she likes lemonade.  I like them.  :-)

five and ahalf minutes later


And I’d like to formally thank my hub for spending his Friday night doing this with for me.

mr cg

It’s sure nice to have a handy man around.  :-)   Especially when I can kick back for once and watch him work while I talk nonsense and drink Syrah.   :-)  

I spend a lot of time cleaning this kitchen, but I still love it so very much.  It’s like they say, the kitchen is the heart of the home !  It certainly is the heart of our home and where we spend most of the hours in our day with friends and family. 

I hope you like the new color !  We certainly do !  It’s very calming.  If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask and I’ll try to answer them in a follow up post.  :-)


214 Responses to “Kitchen Refreshed”

  1. Oh my gosh, I’m so jealous! Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous!

  2. Marcy says:

    You did a beautiful job. It looks so clean and fresh – love the white! Great accessories. (And adorable family, too!)

  3. hey have you got b4 pics, I’d love to see the “yellow” kitchen!!! This is just a beautiful kitchen, the attention to detail is very obviously, things like “purity” mirror make all the difference, and I’d say the best part is the window too – it’s stunning, loving the blind too!>>.

  4. Clever-grrl says:

    Your kitchen is officially now my DREAM kitchen!! Sniff… I’m jealos. Enjoy it!

  5. That. window. is. AMAZING.

  6. Clever-grrl says:

    Oh PS – can you please post on how you made that gorgeous valance?!

  7. don’t worry, just found the yellow kitchen!!!

  8. Lori says:

    Amazing job on the kitchen redo, it is beautiful.

  9. mary beth says:

    Awesome! Love the Garden Window too..those herbs make me ready for spring! It’s a fresh look for sure and you have done a great job!

  10. Kerry says:

    Oh my Kate, this is outstanding! You have inspired me to paint a very ornate mirror I have white for my ‘under construction’ black and white bedroom. I aspire to having a blog of your quality, style and friendliness. Well done you.

  11. Bunny Jean says:

    Wow… It is wonderful!

    How is it that I have never seen your kitchen before?! I certainly would have remembered if I had. I will now go look for your “before” kitchen.

    Talk to you soon ;)
    Bunny Jean

  12. Esther says:

    what a beatiful result of hard work…it truly is ‘clean & green!’

  13. Kathy Clark says:

    I love the contrast between your perimeter countertops and the island top. What kind of top is the island and is it hard to maintain?
    Its a beautiful kitchen!

  14. Marianne says:

    Whaouhh !! There are no words … your kitchen is amazing, you’re so lucky ! I love the bow window !

  15. It’s really beautiful, Kate! Nice job! And I love the keeping it real shots. I hope this trend really takes off in blogland to show our real lives in our real homes.

  16. Your kitchen looks great! Love, love love, the garden window, the island & all that counterspace.

  17. Beautiful kitchen! So calming looking!

  18. It is an incredibly soothing room – definitely looks like somewhere I’d want to spend a lot of time. Great job!

  19. Betty Jo says:

    Your kitchen is wonderful! I’m sure you’re going to enjoy it. I love, love, love white too and if I didn’t live in an apartment my cupboards would be white. ♥

  20. Suzann says:

    Your kitchen looks amazing. I love this color!!!

  21. Jaimie says:

    I am not a francophile, but I absolutely adore anything in white ceramic/porcelain. It just has such a clean crisp look to it. Your kitchen is lovely.

  22. suzanne says:

    Oh, I dooooooo love it!!! It is so fresh and bright and pretty!


  23. Samantha says:

    It looks beautiful! I have butternut yellow walls in my kitchen too and this definitely makes me want to paint them! Do you by any chance remember the type of marble that you have? My mom is looking for some for her new white kitchen and yours looks so pretty without being too stark!

  24. Your kitchen looks so great and updated! I love all the white touches and I am a self confessed Fracophile as well so I love all of your decorator touches. Very nice and I love that color!

  25. Richella says:

    Ummmm. So serene, so lovely. Peaceful, but not boring.

    You’re a Francophile; I’m an Anglophile. I look around at my eclectic mix of furnishings, and “British colonial” is about the only category I can think of that might encompass it all. But for a kitchen, I must admit that the French have the English beat. Can you imagine a world in which all we had to eat was English food?

    A wonderful job, Kate. Congratulations!

  26. It looks fantastic! I love the color.

  27. Breathtaking! Camouflage is one of my absolute FAV Benjamin Moore Colors! It looks so wonderful in your kitchen. My kitchen is about as large as yours. I would probably enjoy cleaning it more if it looked like yours! Off to do some brainstorming!

  28. Ann says:

    That’s has got to be the prettiest kitchen I have ever seen. I would love cooking in there.

  29. Oh yes, that garden window is to die for!!

  30. Ali says:

    Wow, what a lovely space. The white makes the already open space look even more open and inviting. I loved seeing full spectrum shots and boy is your family adorable!

  31. oh my goodness I love this!! Looks fantastic! Did I miss the before picture? WOuld love to see that. I am working on going from a red wallpapered one to white and again you serve as great inspiration!

  32. Chris says:

    I’m in love! The paint color, the natural light, the simplicity of the decor–everything! I’m thinking of tackling my island, so I’ll look for the tutorial on how you did it!

  33. Definitely LOVE the new color. It’s so much more fresh & clean feeling. You did an excellent job, girl! :)

  34. Beachbrights says:

    You have out-done yourself…again. Sheesh, you completely amaze me! You are what I want to be when I grow up.

    Do you mind if I spotlight your kitchen on my blog? This is Centsational!


  35. Irene R says:

    First, your kitchen is huge! Second, it looks like a gourmet chef lives there. It’s a very relaxing looking place.

  36. Beachbrights says:

    Ok girl, I posted this on my facebook, twitter, Reditt, Digg…you name it, I gave you as much props as possible. Something this great deserves lots of praise.

  37. Heather says:

    it has a totally different feel, so serene. I love it! Please keep showing pics of your kitchen, I adore it.

  38. Just Playin' says:

    Gorgeous. You did a great job….white, clean, shiny, gleaming. Enjoy the fruits of your labors!

  39. Christine says:

    Your kitchen is amazing no matter what color it is I think…but I do love the paint color!!

  40. Heather says:

    It looks gorgeous. I’m jealous of the sheer size of the kitchen (sure beats all of the galley kitchens in MI!) and the garden window.

  41. Sheri says:

    This is so beautiful! I am not liking my kitchen much right now. I needed inspiration.

  42. Erika says:

    OK, I am so ready to paint my oak cupboards – I’m really looking forward to your How-To tips.

    Your kitchen is fantastic! (I am working on our guest-room room with the same color scheme – yup, so fresh and inviting.)

  43. Dawn says:

    The kitchen is gorgeous. Did you make or purchase the window treatment? Can you provide detials?

  44. Nati Girl says:

    Your kitchen was beautiful before with the butternut walls & now looks refreshed with the new BM paint. Love it! NG

  45. Megan says:

    It is absolutely gorgeous. I am in love! I think I might refill my coffee cup and sit and drool at these pictures for a while, wow!

  46. Just when I thought your kitchen could not get any more beautiful, you go and prove me wrong! It’s gorgeous and I am so jealous. Great job! :)

  47. One of the reasons I love your blog so much is that every time I click on your link, I feel like I’m opening the pages of one of my favorite magazines. Your home is so lovely, but it’s not cold and sterile the way I sometimes feel about magazine spreads. It’s pretty and welcoming…what I imagine you must be like. :)

    You did a fabulous job, and it is very much the direction that I think I’d like to take our yellow kitchen. I LOVE your garden window. Is that a mistreatment above the window, or something else? I like the look of it alot….

    Great job!

  48. Coming from you, I knew it would be gorgeous as always and it IS!!! Your kitchen looks so elegant and so very you – I love it!!!

  49. Brie says:

    Fantastic job! I loved your yellow kitchen, but this one is nice and refreshing too :)

  50. Maddy says:

    I’m not sure how you did it, but you made a kitchen (of all places!) look so chic! You have the magic touch!

  51. Julie says:

    WOW!! That is all that can be said. This is amazing. I can’t believe it only took a week!

  52. Looks gorgeous!!! I love how crisp, light and airy it looks!

  53. Sue says:

    I am green with envy…it is gorgeous. The paint color is “whiter” than I imagined, and I love it. Tell me about your countertops…that is our next project. I’m obsessed with what people have and how they like it.

    I love all the white accent pieces, love the frig with the panels…love the faces of those little sweethearts and isn’t it great to have a husband that will help make all our wishes come true!

  54. Jenny says:

    Absolutely stunning!! So fresh, crisp and inviting – I love it! The garden window is fantastic, and I was just reading an article last night about growing herbs and thought how great it would be to have a big window like that. Thanks for the reality check pictures too. Nice to see that people do actually USE the kitchen and it’s not just a “show kitchen”. ;-)

  55. Lucy says:

    very, very nice!

  56. Marija says:

    Beautful! That is one of my favorite Ben Moore colors and it works so well with your countertops for a subtle, cohesive space! Love it! Marija

  57. sarah h. says:

    my DREAM kitchen. i liked the yellow before, but WOW… it’s just so classic and beautiful now!

  58. Christy says:

    ooh la la, I love it! I love everything about it The island is my favorite!
    Did you make the curtains over the kitchen window ?

  59. LOVE it!! Couldn’t wait to see it and it did not disappoint! Thank you for sharing! I love that you put a mirror in your kitchen! You both did a great job….and are still married!:)

  60. Pam says:

    Kitchen looks so nice, new and fresh. Great job.

  61. Sabrina says:

    Your kitchen is truly a “dream”! The cabinets, the counters and now that fresh all white look. Fantastic!

  62. Alexson says:

    I adore your range hood/shelf! Adding that to my to-do list right now. :)

  63. Janis Zettel says:

    What a wonderful kitchen you have. I adore the window and am so jealous.

  64. Kristin says:

    DIdn’t think you could improve on perfection :) It looks great, love it!

  65. I love your kitchen no matter the color, this one is great too (although I really loved the other one too!). You, my dear, have a DREAMY kitchen. Those kiddos are pretty cute too.

  66. erin says:

    wow! it looks amazing. i love, love, love the transformation! you’re hired :)

  67. Holly says:

    Wow Kate. So beautiful! I’m in love, and inspired. Although my kitchen won’t be getting any paint lovin’ for a while yet, this will be going into the “inspiring file.” And I love the shot of your daughter “welcoming” us to the new kitchen!.

  68. Fan-tab-u-lous!! It was beautiful before but now-it takes my breath away. I am so suprised at how much bigger & brighter it looks. LOVE LOVE the dark work on your island. We currently have tile on the island (what what the builder thinking-the grout is sooo nasty) I painted the wood part-in SW Navajo White but want to do the dark wood on top. Im in love with how it pops! Great job! even better job getting the hubs to lend a hand.

  69. Beautiful. Amazing. Totally jealous of the window thingy. LOVE the new color. I am in the same place, chamois yellow home, want desperately to paint it all a more neutral color, soft, pale gray perhaps. Mr. Wonderful would fuss… he hates home projects. I think I’ll begin anyway, most likely when he goes ona fishing trip. He’ll come back to a job partly done, and then will help me finish…. hehe!

    Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star’s Fault

  70. Bren says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Such an inspirational room. We’re in the process of planning our kitchen remodel- now I am filled with more ideas. What did you use to finish your wood countertops? I’ve been reading about Waterlox….

  71. candace says:

    Love it! I really like your “gray-green.”

  72. cielo says:

    What a lovely lovely post this is! I enjoyed it so much… your kitchen is to die for… my dream kitchen! I love your decorating style and all the whites, and your two little munchkins are so so cute! Beautiful home and beautiful family…. may you continue to be blessed! and may the sunshine always shine for you!



  73. Kim V says:

    Love your kitchen!!!

  74. Claudia says:

    This kitchen is dreamy. Love, love, love it!

  75. Beautiful kitchen. Love the colors and all that wonderful white!

  76. Danielle says:

    Oh my goodness, I love your kitchen! I’m totally bookmarking it for inspiration. I don’t love mine and I’m always looking for inspiration for when I eventually do something about it. I LOVE your window. It lets in so much natural light! Gorgeous!

  77. Rebekah says:

    Your kitchen is gorgeous, Kate. I love the light. And all that glorious expanse of counter space! :)

  78. jan says:

    Gorgeous! Seriously, great job!

  79. Sarah E says:

    our kitchen is ‘Camouflage’ too! I love the color, its very soothing to me. I just wish we had a gorgeous window in our kitchen like you!!

  80. slammie says:

    GORGEOUS! Especially love your stove!

  81. Love the bright fresh look, Kate! I love your window ~ the light coming in is gorgeous and I’m sure the view is too!

  82. Julie says:

    What a LOVELY (and HUGE) kitchen!

  83. Carol from Indian Springs Village says:

    Beautiful! We currently have a ‘Tuscan’ inspired kitchen with the heavier colors and are wanting to lighten it up. I’d love to paint the cabinets but my wood-loving husband would simply fall apart. I have black granite counters and I think this type of color might lighten things up enough, especially if I update the hardware as well. Hmmm, this gives me something good to think about!

  84. Aneraida says:


  85. Kelli says:

    Fantastic job–just lovely! I am so happy to see that color used in a kitchen as that is one of the colors I am contemplating using in mine (currently a golden yellow color too). My countertops are more grey though so that is one of my concerns. I have a couple of questions for you—would you mind sharing more information on the fabric you used for your window treatment? What color is it exactly ( grey? hard to tell for sure on my monitor). Also, what are your counterops?

    Thanks for sharing this makeover, I just love it!

  86. WOW! That looks amazing! I love the neutral color scheme!

  87. Alice A says:

    Ahhhh, Kate- you do not disappoint… I was guessing you might do the Camoflauge color…. and it looks wonderful! They say most new ideas and colors start out “west” , and move east gradually….. so I’m still in the butternut loving phase….. PUH-LESE. keep the before and after for refreshing my memory, as I’m just now trying to change to yellow…..
    Your kitchen window is to DIE for, and honestly, any color you picked would look fab in this wonderful space….Bravo! I love white dishes and accesories too, and yours are CENTsational
    ( MY hub will paint, but says wallpapering together counts seriously as grounds for divorce)

    Enjoy the new look, and Bon Apetite!

  88. Jenny says:

    Beautiful! The transformation really makes your kitchen lighter and brighter. Love that you shared pics. of your little ones and the real life shots… I guess we can’t always assume you are Ms. Perfect :) The island looks amazing!

  89. Heather says:

    STUNNING!! I love absolutely everything about it!!

  90. I loved your kitchen before, but this update just goes to show that you don’t have to be married to one look forever. I love that you were able to make a few little changes to take your kitchen in a new direction. And your little kid-ley beans are adorable (I’m talkin’ about your kids, in case my play on words was totally confusing :) ).

  91. Natalie says:

    It’s beautiful! I love the soft green color and all the lovely white accessories!

  92. Megan says:

    Wow! What a kitchen! It looks so warm and inviting. And my favorite part? The counter space! It goes on forever. So jealous :)

  93. Katrina says:

    Ypur kitchen is sooo pretty! Love all the details that amke it your kitchen – FAB

  94. I love your new kitchen. The window is beautiful and so is your family !

  95. Krystal says:

    What a great job! I love the green, it is such a soft pretty color. You do a fantastic job and I can’t wait to hear the techniques you used to paint the island. It looks SO perfect!

  96. O Mom says:

    Love It!!! I love the ideas i saw; like the thrift store coffee container holding a plant, putting the coffee maker on a beautiful tray….so simple but just beautiful!

  97. Leigh Anne says:

    What is the actually color you used to paint with?

  98. Leigh Anne says:

    Ha I meant to say actual

  99. Bird says:

    Gorgeous whites!

    Very soothing when you’re cooking up a storm, I imagine!

    One quick question, please?

    With the painted vases you’ve got, do you use a special glass or ceramic primer first?

  100. Abby says:

    Your kitchen looks amazing! Looks like a kitchen you’d see in a home magazine. I love all the white, everything is so clean and crisp! Nice updating!

  101. Karena says:

    Absolutely beautiful I love everything about your new look, and am certainly going to stop by the Goodwill more often!


  102. Andrea T says:

    That looks amazing and I actually prefer it to the yellow. It’s a very very nice change. Great job CG family!

  103. Diana says:

    Oooh it’s lovely! It feels clean and soft and serene. Picture perfect!

  104. Cathe Holden says:

    A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Ok, now having said that, I’m speechless.

    Looking forward to breakfast with you on Thursday. No doubt there will be paint in your hair!

  105. Liz says:

    WOW! I absolutely love everything about it…and your kids are GORGEOUS! :)

    Loving This Mom Stuff

  106. susan says:

    you’re kitchen is a dream! my dream! i love it! I love how bright and big and inviting it is. wow!

  107. Amy says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Do you have any before pics with the yellow?

  108. Julia says:

    GORGEOUS kitchen. Just… WOW.

  109. Sarah says:

    Looks beautiful, my favorite is the garden window too!

  110. Noelle says:

    Hi…I’m new to your blog (oh, about 5 days now) and I’m not embarrassed to say that I’ve been stalking it! O.M.G.!!! Your kitchen is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! Wowza!!!!! I’ve had a chance to peruse around your blog and I gotta say, i’m infactuated with everything you DIY!! Please keep up the great work. You are such an inspiration to me (and your readers!)!! By the way, I’m renovating my “new” 1950’s house I just purchased and that includes gutting the kitchen/bathroom, tearing out the wall between the kitchen and the new family room addition, remodeling the family room and remodeling the basement. A-LOT of work!! So you’re blog is totally inspiring me! Thanks again :)


  111. Kathy says:

    Awesome!! I love it. Question – did you paint your cabinets at some point (before this particular project)? If you did I would be very interested to hear whether the finish is standing up over time…..I want to paint my oak cabinets white but I’m nervous. Thanks again for sharing another great job!!!

  112. Melanie says:

    It turned out beautiful. It makes me miss my kitchen in Florida:(

    I had beige painted, coffee glazed cabinets and your kitchen made me homesick.

    I love the BM color.

  113. Tania Forti says:

    Your kitchen looks wonderful, I want some like that for me.

  114. Kate, loving that shelving above the stove! Beautiful! Great job on the changes and loving the color…very pretty. I am still in the middle of my transformation on our kitchen…eventually it will be there and worth it in the end! ;) Have a wonderful week!


  115. Liza says:

    Holy Molly!! that is one GORGEOUS kitchen.. I love the airyness of it… everything so swift and crisp.. love it.. And I’d never thought about a mirror on the kitchen, but your ‘mantle’ looks fab!… If I could only convince my husband to let me paint the kitchen cabinets in white.. our tiny kitchen will look so spacious and open.. You’re such a big inspiration!

  116. mary anne says:

    I LOVE YOUR KITCHEN!!! you did an amazing job. i would love a duplicate of your kitchen PLEASE:-)

  117. Jamie says:

    What a beautiful kitchen. Job well done!

  118. Rebekah C says:

    Sigh…..Eye candy!

  119. wow! what a beautiful job! I love love the color!

  120. Just found your blog through another – can’t remember which one – maybe Simply Seleta!

    Your kitchen is wonderful!! I love it. I have been wanting to paint mine and have decided to be patient because we have our house on the market. Oh I can’t wait to have a pretty, fresh, bright kitchen!! Love yours and love your blog.

  121. Gorgeous. I<3 your kitchen–and I especially love the white on white accessorizing you're doing in there.

  122. Sue says:

    Coming out of lurkdom to tell you that your kitchen is STUNNING! I am in the middle of a re-do, (A long story!) and you have rejuvenated me! Thanks for the Uuuumph!

  123. Shiri says:

    Wow! The kitchen looks brand new! It’s so neutral and clean, and will be easy to change the look in the future with colorful accessories. Great job!

  124. Kate@That's What Living is to Me says:

    I just saved most of your pictures for my idea file so one day I can say to a contractor “Here is my dream kitchen. Give it to me!”

  125. Emily L. says:

    I’m in love with your kitchen! It turned out amazing.

  126. Jen says:

    Oh.My.Gosh. I loved your kitchen before, but this is so beautiful and fresh and clean – it looks fabulous! and I love love love the pics of your kids and hubby :)

  127. Allie says:

    WOW. Perfect in every way. So refreshing! I must say, when I heard that you were going to paint the kitchen, I was a bit disappointed. I REALLY liked the yellow. But….I REALLY like the new color as well! Bravo!

  128. carlotta says:

    Oh my gosh. Wow. I am sitting here stunned. And drooling (well, not, you know, *literally*). Your kitchen is GORGEOUS! And the huge window is the cherry on top of the whole thing. Wow.

  129. Jennifer says:

    I heart bedhead, I never brush Max’s hair ( my son). Cause I love his bedhead it is part of who he is to me :)
    Your kitchen is amazing.


  130. Jamara R says:

    I love the new look!! What I love most of all are the real life pictures! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  131. Laura says:

    Beautiful. I would love to see some before pictures too!

  132. Sarah says:

    Very beautiful! I love your counter tops. I like it better than the yellow. That is a nice green on the center island and the mirror looks awesome above the stove.

  133. Brandi says:

    Hi Kate. What a stunning kitchen you have. I love the before and the after. You truly have a gift for amazing design! Can I hire you to come to Florida and do my kitchen? I have a question for you, did you make the window treatment, or did you hire someone to make it? If you made it, I’d loooove to see a tutorial (please :)

  134. Andrea says:

    Since you love the French and you like butter, you should invest in a french butter dish. I have a handmade pottery one in a really pretty green. Butter doesn’t go bad and it stays soft.

  135. KATE!! Breathtaking, simply breathtaking. Weak in the knees here. Just step over my passed out body on your way thru your MAGNIFICENT kitchen.

    The new color’s so fresh and serene!! Well done my friend (oh, ok, well done Mr. CG!)!

  136. Layla says:

    SOOOOO Amazing! LOVE LOVE LOVE it girlfriend!
    And your photography is pretty spectacular too!


  137. Dina says:

    oh my, so beautiful! I want your kitchen!

  138. Gypsie says:

    Not only is that the largest and nicest kitchen I have ever seen but it looks like it belongs in a magazine. I am awed by your kitchen. A-MAZING!

  139. Fawn says:

    Gorgeous! It is so beautiful. Great Job.

  140. oh my goodness, your house is just incredible.
    where on earth do you get a fridge like that?
    you have such style and taste.

  141. Charo says:

    Oh!!! It’s a very pretty and nice kitchen, es un magnífico trabajo de remodelación. Tus hijos estan preciosos.

  142. Megan says:

    Beautiful! Love the window!

  143. Dana Crowell says:

    SERIOUSLY CRISP and GORGEOUS! You all did an swesome job. Cannot believe it was done in a week! How did you get the cabinets all done so fast????
    WOMAN we HAVE to TALK!
    BTW: your photos of your herbs and your window are beautiful!
    Makes us want to visit!

  144. Yes, yes, yes. Love that you painted your island a soft green/gray! Beautiful. Don’t ya just love husbands that are handy around the house?


  145. Joyce says:

    I am so jealous of your kitchen- it is divine! I especially love the garden window *drools*

  146. elizabeth says:

    i have this paint swatch color painted on my wall. it looks great in your kitchen. i’m glad i got to see what it looks like in a kitchen rather than a swatch……awesome!

  147. Fabulous! What a beautiful chandelier and family!

  148. “Fresh” and “light” are definitely the words that come to mind. Love it!

  149. grace says:

    your other kitchen was pretty, but this is a million times better! great job:)

  150. Heather C. says:

    LOVING your new kitchen! Love how much light pours in!

  151. Beautiful, Kate! So very gorgeous. I love it already, but this new green is very pretty. Did you only paint the island, or all of the cabinet doors?
    Oh, and I absolutely love the mirror!

  152. I’m in LOVE! I really like what you did over the stove with the mirror. I love everything…So nice!

  153. cheryl says:

    Your new kitchen looks so crisp and clean. I just love it!! Lucky YOU….

  154. Melinda says:

    Your kitchen is beautiful! I love all the white. I collect milk glass, so you know I love your white pieces. Love & blessings from NC!

  155. Beckie says:

    Light, fresh, airy, serene, clean…LOVES!

  156. Amanda says:

    Spectacular…I am so very jealous!

  157. veronika says:

    wow this looks incredible! great work :)

  158. Amy Lynne says:

    Beautiful! I love how the light and airy feeling of the whole space. Well done!!

  159. Judy says:

    I thought I was looking at a magazine spread….seriously, this is some kind of gorgeous, you should be very proud of yourselves! It looks like a place you could practically live in!


  160. Jenny says:

    Love the colors! Your kitchen was to die for before and now it is even more beautiful!

  161. Kacey says:

    Gorgeous! Love all the French/non-traditional details.

  162. Lindsay says:

    I love it! It’s beautiful!

  163. Cathy M~ says:

    Love the kitchen! The style of your cabinets is very similar to mine. My cabinets are cherry & I think they would look fab in this color. Could you please share the paint colors w/ us? Also, I love the countertops~are they granite? Very, very pretty!

  164. mikael says:

    You have my DREAM kitchen! Ug, I want it so badly. Maybe in my dreams (hence you having my dream kitchen). I am about to embark on a kitchen remodel, me painting my cabinets. Please, any advice would be VERY appreciated :)

  165. Jery says:

    Totally GREEN with envy over here! I think if I had your kitchen I’d never leave it :) What a lovely warm wonderful gathering place you have created!!

  166. Raru says:

    Niceeeeeeeeee!!!! Love it. Thank you for sharing :))))

  167. Kim says:

    I absolutely love your big bright and beautiful kitchen. I first loved it on RMS and it is so good to see it again on your blog. I recently started a blog just for fun since rms is not fun anymore. Your children are so cute and what a great hubby to help you out. I have a handyman hubby, too. They sure come in handy! I all the attention to detail in your kitchen. Great idea placing the coffee maker and sugar bowl on a tray. It just dresses up a plain ole coffee maker. Great big wonderful bay window with tons of bright light. How nice is that!! Have a great day….Kim

  168. Refreshed indeed! I just love how welcoming it is. When can we all move in? I like carrots and lemonade, too!

    – e

  169. Love the heck out of this new color and look. The kitchen itself is gorgeous, but the touches you’ve added make it perfect.

  170. It’s breathtaking, Kate. I especially love the herb garden…I’m attempting something similar in my little kitchen corner window :)

  171. Roeshel says:

    A lot of comments but I can’t resist adding one too. Your kitchen is a dream! Ours is still outdated, old farmhouse meets 1980s. It’s on the list and I hope the results are as beautiful as yours.

  172. Laila says:

    My future kitchen- I LOVE IT!!

  173. Amanda says:

    Looks beautiful – what a lovely, light filled kitchen. I love that window overlooking your garden x

  174. Lindsey says:

    Lovely. Need I say more? I think the window is my favorite part! I love a lot of light. :)

  175. I love your garden window! What happened to the little rose bushes though – they were so adorable. Everything in your kitchen looks so – spiffy! I love it.

  176. Linda says:

    Your kitchen is truly lovely and inspirational, and thank you especially for the ‘keeping it real’ photos! Mine is still rockin’ the 60’s-70’s – and not in a good way, lol. Just starting out with the step by stop remodel, so I love seeing photos of welcoming rooms such as yours.

  177. Lisa says:

    i love your kitchen!! i am looking to paint my drab kitchen. i wanted to use a bm color called wedgewood gray but was disappointed because it was too blue, not enough gray. so i was hoping for a greenish gray color- i’ll have to check out your color-camouflage!!

  178. Robin says:

    Love it!

  179. Kerry says:

    Can you talk a bit about the floor? What is it, and how do you manage with wood flooring in a kitchen with kids?

  180. Pinky says:

    O*M*G*…..I have fallen in LOOOOVE…..with your kitchen!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is perfection to me!!!! Oh I am drooling all over my computer! I just found your blog and will be coming back to see all this lovliness!!!!! I love the new color! Oh, be still my heart!!!! XO, Pinky

  181. CentsationalGirl says:

    Hi Kerry. We’ve had wood floors for many years on the entire downstairs floor including the kitchen and bathroom. Water spills now and then, but we just wipe it up. It hasn’t buckled or bubbled or anything like that. It’s an old fashioned look, but we love it. I believe it’s just plain oak flooring with a natural stain on it. It also got several layers of poly before we moved back in. It gets a little scuffed and scratched, but it’s very easy to maintain. Just a very lightly damp mop every few days, and then I use a wood floor cleaner about three times a month just on the end of a flat square head mop.

  182. kathysue says:

    LOve your kitchen!!It is so fresh and bright. The window is spectacular and I love the mirror. I have a mirror in my kitchen and even the back wall of the glass cabinets has mirror on it. It brings in so much life, kind of like and extra window. I just did a post today on mirrors in the yard. I do like a good mirror, Kathysue

  183. gorgeous!! that window is wonderful- i had a small one at my old house, and i kind of miss it! however, my new kitchen is SO much better that i think i’ll live without it. : )
    pretty pretty pretty- good job!
    have a great weekend!

  184. Gosia says:

    Your kitchen make-over is fantastic. It’s tough to add any more positives to the stunning review already. So just this – f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s!-!-!

  185. Apryl says:

    I loved your kitchen before but the paint color looks very nice. Very classy and calming. :) Nice job.

  186. jennifer a says:

    Wow. I LOVE your kitchen. It is absolutely gorgeous. It looks like a page from a magazine. I love all the white. Especially the mirror and all the white ceramics around it. Beautiful!

  187. Tyler says:

    Usually I just skim through these blogs and only read ones that -jump- out at me so I can get new ideas for designs and stuff and yours did just that. Thanks for it – it is actually a real good read! Do you have a subcribe area so I can link to it to read again another day? Let me know – thanks.


  188. […] few weeks ago you all saw the new color I painted in the refreshed kitchen !  Every morning it’s like a breath of fresh air walking into this space, and I’m so […]

  189. […] The area rug is from Overstock and can be found right here.  The wall color ties in with the greens in the carpet – it is Benjamin Moore’s ‘Camouflage’ just like in my kitchen.  […]

  190. Zizette says:

    I Love Camouflage – it is the color of my kitchen too. Only my cabinets are Onyx from Benjamin Moore. Someday I will have the white kitchen. Love your kitchen.

  191. Jeannene says:

    You are very inspiring! I am back to my “projects” as you provided the incentive.

    Question – did you use Carerra marble in your kitchen? How is is holding up? I really want it but am told that it is too high maintance.

  192. Mary Kuhn says:

    Your blog has inspired many rooms during our renovation-I first stumbeled upon your blog when I was redoing my home office (your colors inspired me) then your white cabinets made us okay with the idea of refinishing our cabinets rather than purchasing new ones-i LOVE your ideas, thanks for posting and I’ll be checking weekly!

  193. Talysa says:

    It looks as though your trim doesn’t match your cabinets? Am I right? I am remodeling and wondering if my cabinets need to match my trim above them in my kitchen. Just like to get your opinion.

  194. […] a pale green color.  It’s a combination of the leftover BM ‘Camouflage’ from the kitchen, mixed with some of the green leftover from these cottage […]

  195. Amy says:

    I was about to paint my kitchen like your yellow kitchen. Now I see you have changed your color that is a close match to mine, now I am in love with that color again. Thank you I didn’t really want to go through all of the work anyways ;).

  196. Nadine says:

    loving your kitchen. may i ask what type of marble you used. also i really like the wood combo with the marble

  197. […] hours in my home office, but when the kids are home in the afternoon, I plug in at the island in our kitchen in order to keep an eye on the all the activity in our […]

  198. you say you primed and painted your countertops. i would love to tackle this at my house.
    it’s formica. how did you do it? What products do I need? how is it going to withstand a heavily
    used kitchen?

  199. […] the kitchen and the family room were repainted this year with Benjamin Moore’s […]

  200. […] the kitchen is all white, and the adjacent dining room is very neutral, I felt the dark family room was in need […]

  201. Michelle says:

    I LOVE your kitchen! It is very much like what I saw in my mind’s eye. I’m working on getting my kitchen there. I love the window treatment you did on your large window. I have a very large window also. Do you have a tutorial on how you made it???

  202. Brooke says:

    Would you mind sending me an email,…….What color did you paint your cabinets, they are lovely.

  203. Sheila says:

    I love your kitchen window!

  204. Betsy says:

    I am obsessed with your blog!!! I have read and reread. I am very very close to starting some majr painting of my kitchen cabinets and trim (they are all a honey maple). QUESTION: did you paint the insides of your cabinet doors? Can’t thank you enough for your beautiful blog, wisdom and impeccable taste! What a gift!!

  205. Amanda says:

    Can you post a bigger picture of your kitchen and dining room together? I’m interested to see how the bar that your kiddos are eating at fits in with the kitchen and dining room. I’m considering a kitchen remodel soon and have a long bar that extends from the wall (that’s really in my dining room). But the bar cabinetry and countertop match my kitchen. Thanks!

  206. Dina says:

    I was wondering if you can email me what paint color is on your kitchen cabinets? We are having ours refinished and I am desperate to find a paint color for my refinisher…he’s already done a sample of a color that someone advised me on but it’s all wrong. They chose Ben Moore’s Swiss Coffee, but I want a “rich cream” and can’t seem to find one! Yours looks like a great one! Are thy glazed at all? I want a hairline of chocolate brown glazing. Thanks so much! I am at my whit’s end!

  207. katie says:

    hello there! Just found you via the lettered cottage. I am browsing through your lovely blog, and could not beliebe it when I saw this post. We have the exact same cabinets in the butternut that we just painted white, the same hardware. Also, our walls were yellow before, and I painted them Cottage white. Too funny!
    Love the new kitchen!

  208. What color are the kitchen walls… love it!

  209. Fantastic! I would love to cook in a kitchen like that! The colors are very calming and the overall result is classy. Nice blog.

  210. Hollis Bella says:

    I love, love, love your kitchen, it is my dream kitchen, wonderful job~~

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