Sunday, September 5, 2010

My Newness of Kitchen!

Hello, Dear Ones! I have more to share with your today about my kitchen. First I want to take you all the way back to 1997 when we bought our 1970s home. The kitchen was painted all a light cream and it was boring...I took a picture of a picture so it's not very clear.

I stenciled a little border up at the top of the room. I used to love to stencil.

If you visit me often you know I posted a few weeks back about painting my little kitchen from red to soft yellow. You can read about it HERE if you'd like or you can look at my sidebar and click on Kitchen.

I've been enjoying the change very much. But there's been some more changes! Woo Hooness! I'm so excited because now I have new countertops, backsplash and under counter lights! :)

Ta dah!! Do you love it? Oh, I love it to pieces! Did I tell you I'm excited? :)

It takes some nasty to make some pretty! Do you see the bottom left hand photo? The cabinets used to be that yucky green color. Now I never got to experience the avocadoness of this color - hallelujah!! :)

Newly laid boards for the countertops and purple sheet-rock! The color purple! :)

Yay! I'm loving this so much. Do you like it? Have I asked you before? :) The granite is called Giallo Ornamental and the backsplash is beadboard! Here the beadboard is installed before it was painted. It comes in white and looked pretty good I thought.

Woo Hooness! I've said that too, haven't I? I love this stuff!

I'm going to share one of my dirty little secrets with you because I love and trust you! :) See that big ole hole? Well, in 1997 there was a huge old ugly nonworking Jenne Air grill here. Also had a Jenne Air cooktop with only two burners working. So we did get a new cooktop and had the installers take out the grill leaving me this nice square hole. So I went out and found a big Boos Block cutting board to cover up the hole and it's been there ever since! :)

But now ~ no more hole! I love it! I'll keep my Boos Block for when I want to chop chop chop! :)

Here's a close up of the countertops.

Here's a look at the beadboard all painted out in pretty soft yellow like my walls. Mr. Precious did not want beadboard. He wanted tile like most folks have. I didn't so I begged and pleaded and cried and guess what? I got my way! :) Works every time!! :) I'm so good!

Okay, here's the kitchen window now. Do you love it? I do!!

I got a new Moen faucet with many charms. I'm in love with my new faucet too! Can you love a new faucet with many charms? Well, you bet your tiny dripping hands you can! :) You know I'm a silly! ;)

Isn't my new faucet so very sleek and pretty? I've just been captured by her charms.

Smile honey, here's your closeup!

Her lovely little head pops almost off and her neck stretches out and with the poke of a button you can spray the water or you can just let it flow. Faucet love, yes siree Bob! :)

New window sill all prettied up and level unlike my Formica before!!

Got a new undermount sink and thought I had better keep my little red sink mats to protect it from scratches as long as I could! :) I still love red!

Nice deep corners to play on! :) If you know me, you know I love stuff! Lots of stuff! And I like to poke it around all over the place! :)

I previously shared with you that I painted my little peninsula this soft sweet green. There is really a lot of room under these cabinets so I keep my pots and pans in there.

Mr. Precious came up with the idea of poking the microwave under here and I'm loving it! With the microwave under here I have more room to poke stuff on my countertops! :)
Yes, I know, you're seeing tea towels placed between my frying pans. I do that so they don't get scratched! I'm so creative you know! :)

Thought I would show you that I have these very nice drawers under my cabinets and it's so much easier for me to get to things instead of getting down on my tiny olden knees and searching for things. I'd have a hard time getting up anyway! :)

Decorations! I just love to play! :)

See where the breadbox is? Well, that is where my red box of a microwave was. The breadbox was in the corner and now it's freed up so much more space and I can play in the corners now! :) I'm still loving this stuff!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing a little transformation in my tiny little kitchen! I'm in love with her, are you surprised? I may just bring my pillow down here tonight and climb up (with help, of course) and sleep on my countertops! Nah!

I'm joining our Dear Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday,
our Dear Cielo at The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday.
our Dear Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Shake, Rattle and Roll

Get out from that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans
Get out from that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans
Well, roll my breakfast 'cause I'm a hungry man

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I said Shake, rattle and roll
Well, you never do nothin' to save your doggone soul
Wearin' those dresses, your hair done up so nice
Wearin' those dresses, your hair done up so nice
You look so warm, but your heart is cold as ice

I'm like a one-eyed cat, peepin' in a sea-food store
I'm like a one-eyed cat, peepin' in a sea-food store
I can look at you, tell you don't love me no more
I believe you're doin' me wrong and now I know
I believe you're doin' me wrong and now I know
The more I work, the faster my money goes
~ sung by Bill Haley


  1. Oh Sheila Sweetie...
    What a beautiful share today. I LOVE your new kitchen. It is absolutely fabulous. The countertops are so pretty.

    Now your Moen faucet, I have had mine for a year now, and two times the piece that you pull down, the piece on the end has worn out from use I guess? Well anyway, don't go out and buy another one, notify the company and they will replace it for free.
    It starts to leak really bad when it wears out, you'll know believe me. They really stand behind their products though. I love having that pull down, some of my heavier pots I don't have to balance to fill with water, I just pull the hose down and fill er up. Love it.

    I love your valance too, and the lights under your cabinets is on my next list of things to do. It is amazing what that extra little bit of light makes.

    Thank you for sharing sweetie. I have so enjoyed my visit today, and you and DH made a beautiful kitchen even more beautiful.

    Country hugs and much love, Sherry

  2. Girl, you are styling! I love it.
    You know what we are kindred spirits. Got the little milk glass chicken in my window too! Enjoy that new kitchen.
    In HIM,

  3. It is beautiful! Love all the changes you made. I had the hardest time picking the granite last year when I did mine. And I picked the same one you have . I did subway tiles for the backsplash , I cook a lot so I would be ruining anything painted. That is what I had previous to the subway tile.
    I splurged for the racks for the sick that the company makes, and I am glad I did. I like that it makes the sink a little less deep, better for my back.
    You did a great job! Enjoy it!
    Can't wait to see all the cooking you do in your new spotless kitchen!

  4. Congratulations on your beautiful new kitchen (it is new you know)...Those countertops are wonderful and so shiny!!! My advice...don't cook or wash dishes!!! All that cookin and washin will just mess up the pretty "newness"!!! I'm sure Mr. Precious will completely understand !!!
    Now I'm off to my old formica countertops to cook supper and sob a little!!!

  5. Oh, Shelia, I can see why you're so excited about your new kitchen! It's so fabulous! Thanks for sharing pictues with us!

    Carol : )

  6. Oh Shelia, isn't granite the most wonderful stuff in the whole world. I only have the island in granite, but I do adore it. Your new counters are just exquisite. Love the color. Your kitchen is perfect and you do have room for some great displays. Great for you. Enjoy. Hugs, Marty

  7. Wow! This is a beautiful new kitchen, Shelia. I'm so happy for you. It all looks lovely. We used beadboard for the walls in a bathroom redo in our first home. I loved the look. Have fun in your new space. Hope you love to cook! ~ sarah

  8. Your kitchen was so pretty the way it was.. I didn't think it could be improved on...but you knew what it needed to improve it and you is gorgeous....I think you were right about the bead board to. God Bless Trish

  9. I love everything you did in the kitchen. It is gorgeous. I so want a new faucet like that...I am hoping to make enough from a garage sale to get one! And I have the same sink mats only in black. don't you love them!!

  10. I am so glad that I got to see your kitchen finale!!! It looks fabulous. I have seen those faucets advertized and I see that you really like it....we couldn't use one of those unless we installed a water filter elsewhere. Right now ours is on our faucet....not the best looking thing , but we use it constantly especially because I hate the taste of chlorine.

    Your counters are so pretty--it does transform your kitchen!!

  11. Sheila, great minds think alike or have the same taste. I have that same granite in my kitchen. Love it. We got ours around five years ago. You will enjoy that. You can set hot pans right on it and it won't hurt a thing. Love your kitchen.

  12. Oh's just beautious!!! LOL!!! I love it!!

  13. Sheila, your new kitchen is so lovely! We just did kitchen remodel of our '70's home and I, too, am enjoying granite countertops, under cabinet lights, new backsplash, new faucet and drawers to save MY olden knees! Enjoy, enjoy! It's gorgeous!

  14. Oh Shelia, I just love your new countertops!! Jealous, that's me! I love the way you ran the granite up behind the sink. Very smart. Love the beadboard too. It's all beautiful.

  15. WOWZER!!! Shelia your new kitchen is SPEC-TA-CU-LAR!!!!

    Love it!!

  16. Sheila,
    It is all just beautiful! I love all the before and after pics. Your red things just set it off!

  17. Oh, Shelia, I love everything about your kitchen! It is lovely!

  18. Oh your new kitchen is so fabulous! Love your new look!

  19. I wondered what you were up to, and now I see the beautifulness of your kitchen. How great is that? I know you will enjoy it for many years. Enjoy the new week (but don't sleep on your counters!!!) Sally

  20. Wow - your kitchen looks gorgeous! I would have picked beadboard and that same granite too! Love all your cute decorations too. We definitely like the same type of stuff.

  21. Looks awesome! Nice transformation. I like how you have the counter top as the backsplash instead of beadboard across. I made the mistake of not doing that and my wainscoating looks a little worse for the wear because of water, oh well, gives me a new project at some point. enjoyed your makeover.

  22. Yes, I do love it!! So pretty! Of course I love the yellow! Great countertops, and the beadboard! So glad you did beadboard instead of tile!

    Thank you so much for your sweet comment on the "Autumn of my life" post! I really appreciate what you said, it means a lot to me!


  23. Oh, I'm so excited for you! Lovin' you new counter tops and faucet! Just beautiful-enjoy:@)

  24. My dear, I am having such kitchen faucet envy! And beadboard envy! And brightness envy! I love it!


  25. You know, your kitchen was pretty in 1997, but it is drop dead gorgeous now! That is so exciting!

  26. Wow, Shelia...what a transformation this is! It's gorgeous! It just took your kitchen to a whole new level, didn't it! I remember when I had my counters done and under cabinet lighting put in...I actually wanted to cook for once! LOL I know you must be smiling from ear to ear each time you go into you new kitchen. It turned out beautifully! Don't you just adore the under cabinet lighting! That's pretty much all I use's so soft to work by that I never use my overhead. How does Mr. Precious like it? I know he loves it! :)

  27. My goodness what a tour! Call me crazy, but I like all the versions of your kitchen! It's so cozy!

  28. OH MY GOODNESS!!! It is "Beautiful". That is my VERY FAVORITE color stone counter top...LOVE,LOVE,LOVE it! and yes you can LOVE your faucet, I LOVE it too. and I adore that color. Oh I remember all those "Avacados and Harvest Golds"(I was the Harvest gold lady,hehe)... Now tell us, are you "Hanging out in the kitchen more these days AND drinking lots more water!!! Or have you thought about even maybe SLEEPING in there??? It is GORGEOUS!!!
    Hugs, Donna

  29. Oh Shelia I LOVE your beautiful kitchen. I would LOVE to have a kitchen that looked so GORGEOUS! I KNOW you are really going to enjoy it.♥

  30. Fantastic!!!
    Looks great and it's great to be able to see pics of your lovely kitchen. I know that you will enjoy this beauty a whole bunch.
    What a gorgeous room. GORGEOUS.

    I can't wait til my kitchen is completed! I will let out a big holler. Hoping by next year it will be done.

    Thank you for the prayers...thank you! I greatly appreciate this. This Thursday is my surgery and I am hoping and praying for a healthy recovery!!!

    God bless you,

  31. Sheila,

    Loved every single thing you did. I am about to start the same project and may need to ask you some questions. Have a Happy Monday

  32. Hi Sheila,
    Your new upgrades are just beautiful. The new countertops are wonderful and I absolutely love the faucet! Have a wonderful Monday!

    (Oh and if you joined the Bloggerette Sorority a little later you got to sneak in under the wire and not do the project. I am sure they were all great though!)

  33. Oh, oh, oh! Your gorgeous kitchen almost takes my breath away! I love it!

  34. Your kitchen looks beautiful!! I know you're enjoying it all. I'll bet you're cooking up a storm too :-)

  35. OMG I love it all!! What an incredible change! You have to feel like a Queen cooking in there. Everything is perfection!
    Happy Labor Day!!

    Big hugs, Sherry

  36. OMGoodness, may I just say...
    O HONEY !!
    This is just absolutely full of beautyness. I am lovin' every single thing you did.
    Love your little red microwave in it's new home. Mr. Precious HAD to at least have his way about THAT!! :))
    I am so happy for you to get a new is just beautiful.

  37. Oh Shelia, what gorgeous counter tops! I didn't think your kitchen could get any prettier after I saw the transformation to the soft yellow walls and the painted cabinets, but by golly, it got gorgeous with those new countertops! Your counter top vignettes look so pretty. What an inviting kitchen! Congratulations! laurie

  38. What an amazing and beautiful transformation with the new granite and backsplash, Shelia! Come on now- don't ya miss that crazy built-in blender base just a little bit?! LOL
    I would never have guessed you were hiding a ginormous hole in the formica counter with your butcher block cutting board, either.
    You were so darn clever. :-)
    hugs, Sue

  39. I can see why you're giddy with happiness! It looks wonderful! I just love your new countertops and back splash! Everything comes together so well! You've done a terrific job decorating!
    God Bless,

  40. Oh Shelia, I'm loving your updated kitchen! I know you must be over-the-moon excited.

    The bead board backsplash looks wonderful. I'm not a tile person either and I'm leaning very heavily on using the bead board-looking wallpaper for the backsplash in my new kitchen redo that's about to take place. I haven't picked out my faucet yet so I may have to check out that LOVELY faucet you have there. I'm also having some pull out drawers put in so I don't have to get down on my (not so tiny) olden knees to hunt for stuff. hehe

    Enjoy your new beautiful kitchen!

  41. Its all so beautiful Shelia, Love every bit of it. I do think the red microwave would make a pretty red statment on those lovely counter tops though. It would be a very nice look with all the other red gone. I adore a big splash of red.

  42. What a gorgeous update! I just love it. It was so much fun to see how your kitchen has transitioned over the years.

  43. Sheila your kitchen has come a long way baby! I love your splash of color choices too. They are fun and very energizing...just like a kitchen should be (IMO) thanks for stopping by. Copy cat, please do, I copied Kim first:)

  44. WooHoo! I have three words for your new kitchen:
    1. Buw
    2. tee
    3. full

    Happy Labor Day, Shelia.

  45. Right out of a magazine!!!! WOW!

    m ^..^

  46. Wow Shelia! The granite really makes a difference!!! Great choice! Everything looks fantastic!

  47. It's fabulous Shelia. I am loving those countertops!

  48. Oh Shelia, I love your granite and your kitchen looks like a million. All of your pretty new vignettes are just wonderful. I bet you are having such a good time just playing with all your new goodies. Love it. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

  49. Oh, how I have missed blogging with you, and I'm SO happy you got this great new kitchen, Shelia! Love it!
    This just looks WONDERFUL! That granite it the perfect crowning touch!

    I'm getting ready to leave for Mayo (we're spending the night at the hotel there), and Mr. Magpie's surgery is early, early. He goes in at 6:00 AM. Please keep us in your prayers. I blogged today for the first time in over a month. Just put up the post with all the details.

    Love you...



  50. OMG Picklepoo...girl just slap your mama this is just beautiful..what a huge differ this made girl...Love it, love it...WOW!! I'm impressed my friend..and I love how hubs put the micro in the cupboard...I know I need to move my micro down lower as I'm getting to small from old age to reach it any more ha ha!! Hope all is well in your world my Dear Pickle...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  51. Sheila, its outstanding. Every detail is so prefect and all your display items look even better on your new countertop. I so agree with you on the beadboard backsplash.. It was just made for the style of your cabinets.
    You have every right to be thrilled with it...


  52. Oh my goodness gracious is this ever true gorgeousness! What a stunning transformation. I have never seen such pretty granite ever before in my life. I love it and the way you accessorized too. Congrats Shelia! I'm soooo excited for you!

    Warmly, ~Melissa :)

  53. Sheila - WOW - I don't know where to begin. Your new kitchen is simply stunning! Everything from the color on the bead board to the beautiful granite looks great! But my personal fav is the new faucet! it's charming. Great Job! ~Susie

  54. Hello sweet lady...

    Ohhh...your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous, Sheila!!! When I was here visiting last time, I I had guessed that new countertops were in your future...and I was right! Hehe! Dear lady, I am sooo very happy for you!!! Ohhh...that granite is so beautiful and so perfect! I don't think you could have chosen a more perfect color and style! And...I love your beadboard has an ambiance all of it's own!!! I really do like how it carries that pretty soft yellow from your walls...down to the counter! Love how you carried the granite up behind the sink as well! Girlfriend, it really is perfect! I certainly can see why you are sooo excited and sooo in love with your new kitchen!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us for Marty's party! This has been such a treat!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

    PS...Ooops, I really didn't mean to leave out your beautiful vignettes! I think they're perfect too!!!

  55. Oh my goodness its so beautiful. Congratulations on your wonderful change. It is breathtaking.

  56. Shelia, it is just gorgeous!
    I LOVE your beautiful countertops and that beadboard is to die for. I love beadboard.

    Enjoy it!


  57. I am just flat jealous....that is all I'm sayin'

  58. Hi Shelia,
    I'm lovin your granite counter tops and that bead board backsplash is the prettiest ever!
    I can just see you running your tiny little fingers over all that glossy smoothness and whispering words of love! LOL!
    Your kitchen is just perfect.


  59. Love your kitchen, but then I loved it before also. I want a new kitchen redo, but don't see it happening here.
    Hope you have had a fun and safe weekend!

  60. Wow Sheila!! And a great big WOOHOO!! Love it gal! What a blessing for you! We sooo need to update our kitchen, but alas...not in the budget right now! Sure enjoy looking at yours though and can sense you absolute joy in the end result!!

    Enjoy, sweetie! Sooo happy for you!

    So glad I have some time to visit!
    Loev and hugs,

  61. Your kitchen is gorgeous, Shelia! You sure got a lot of woohooness! I love your new granite countertop and the back splash. What am I saying? I love them all!...Christine

  62. Fantastic job! If you have to cry, cry because I love that beadboard!! Love the countertops. Love the color. Love the red pot on the cooktop. You did a great job.


  63. I just love it all! Down to the very smallest detail, like the red and white check dish towel! (I have a thing for pretty dish towels!) I am crazy about the beadboard and so glad that you got your way! Just beautiful and wishing I could redo my kitchen! What lovely counter tops! Thanks for sharing a piece of your home! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

  64. Your kitchen is lovely -so glad you are enjoying the new look-I thibk you made a great choice with the beadbaord backsplash-the yellow is simply lovely

  65. What color are you kitchen walls nd you kitche cabinets -I browsed throigh you blog and could not find --love your home


  67. Sheila,
    OMG!! What an amazing transformation!! I love it!! It is stunning!!


  68. I am so loving your kitchen, Sheila!! You have really taken it away from the nasty old 70's!! ;-D

    The granite counter tops are gorgeous and the bead board is the icing on the cake. I could see myself cooking in here, for sure. I can tell you are thrilled. Hurray for you!!


  69. Ya know, I just love the look of the new kitchen and was thinking about a small remodel but then I thought "hey, I try to cook as little as possible so why would I want to change it to be more accommodating?" and that stopped me right there, sugar. Ooooh, I do have one small thing coming up soon, but that's it with my kitchen. I want to go to restaurants as much as I can, chick!!

    Still, your kitchen is fabulous!


  70. Shelia, your kitchen is awesome!! Love your countertops so much! Your kitchen has a modern clean look yet with the charm of the 70's giving it a cottage quaintness! Love the cottage feel!! :)

    Hugs, Carolyn ~ Cottage Sunshine

    I had taken a break from blogland but I am glad I was able to get back in time to not miss this! :D

  71. Shelia, I think it is only fair to tell you that I have fallen deeply in love with this kitchen. It is just gorgeous with all the creamy yellow and bright red!

  72. Shelia, this is stunning girlfriend! Simply Stunning!! That granite! PERFECION!!!

    I love everything about it!! Just love it!

    I would sleep on the counters too...or maybe just take a little nap...


    Lou Cinda :)

  73. Oh my, is this not the most gorgeous kitchen???!!! No wonder you love it so much! Did you bring a chair in there and jut sit and look around all weekend when it was first done? I know that I would have! As I mentioned in my other comment, I just love your red accents. And I love your red pots and microwave! I believe those are kitchenaid pots! And I was thinking of getting a red microwave, so I am now in love with yours! Hey, if you can be in love with your faucet, I can be in love with your microwave! LOL! (And I DO love your faucet too, by the way.) Wow, you have so many things that I love, I wish I had enough room here to comment on each item! Beautiful, Sheila, congrats on your new kitchen.
    Best regards,

  74. Oh MY! Your kitchen is beautiful! You've done such a great job with your colors. I'm so happy for you! Great idea on the microwave under the cabinet. I saw that you've got your toaster in a drawer and I like that idea.


  75. Thank you for visiting me and leaving such a nice comment. You are to kind. I love the color you painted your kitchen. That buttery yellow is so warm. It really sets off the red accents. The fabric you used for your valances is one of my favorites. In fact I had it in the Kitchen of my french house. I never got tired of the rich colors.

  76. Hi Shelia, I enjoyed your kitchen tour. It looks great and I know you love it. We've just redone our kitchen too. I saw your kitchen party and I plan to join in on the fun! So glad you've done this and I can't wait to see everyone's kitchen pretties!

  77. Sheila, your new kitchen is marvelous! The granite is beautiful. I'm loving the faucet and beadboard. What a difference. you deserve it Sweetie...after all we all spend so much time in our kitchens. They should be pretty and just the way we want them. Enjoy! Linda

  78. Your kitchen is wonderful! I LOVE the beadboard. I like it better than tile. Your green peninsula is great too. I just love green. I also like that you decorate your kitchen! :)

  79. I know this post is a few months old but I have been away from the computer a while. Mercy sakes. YOUR kitchen is spectacular, love the undermount sink, new granite and all the up dates you did. Looks like we chose the same granite and beadboard backsplash. I bet you dont mind cooking in your new kitchen huh?

    Super job.

  80. Yep, I had to come and see it for myself and WOW! I read an older post with the red kitchen and now it's so light, bright and updated! Love the faucet too! We definitely want the under counter mount sink too. I hope our kitchen looks as pretty as yours when it's done! :)


  81. Wonderful inspirations, lots of good ideas! My kitchen theme is chickens cherries and sunflowers.

  82. also I noticed your paper towel holder, I found an under cabinet mounted one that I just love, and it's so much easier to use than a countertop type. Ballard Designs website, different finishes and endcaps, mine is the black iron finish with fleur di lis end caps. A bit fussy to put a new roll in but oh so pretty with a sunflower print paper.


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