How To Update Kitchen Cabinets for Under $10 and a Giveaway

How To Update Kitchen Cabinets for Under $10 and a Giveaway


When we started working on the kitchen at the GatehouseΒ some people wanted new cabinets.

Some people didn’t.

Some people had grand visions of granite counter tops and new white cabinets with extra moldings that reached to the ceiling with glass windows and lights.

Some people wanted to send four children to college….

….and told some people that they were on a budget.


Good thing some people can get really creative. πŸ™‚


When we started working on the kitchen….the cabinets looked like this.


Just fine.

But why settle for fine…..when for under $10 you can transform the cabinets…..


….into something way better than fine ever dreamed of.

We started by taking off the doors.

Then scrubbed and scrubbed and bleached and scrubbed some more.

We filled in the holes where the doors were attached with spackle and then touched up with white paint.


Next I covered the back of the cabinets with painter’s tape.

And then pulled off every other piece for an even stripe.

Finally, I painted the back of the cabinets with the sample paint I bought to test on the walls for $4.95.


When we finished….I was so happy.

I was so happy that some people talked me out of fancy new cabinets.

A simple update was such a better option and much more send-your-kids-to-college-budget friendly.

Good thing some people around here are totally brilliant. πŸ™‚


When you were looking at the cabinets….did you notice the dishes?


I’ve filled the kitchen cabinets to the brim with the Cheers dinnerware from Mikasa.


Each set of four place settings comes in four different patterns.

Horizontal stripes.

Polka dots.


and starburst.


So subtle and yet brilliant.

I’m always mixing and matching and striping and polka dotting and star bursting it.

These dishes are perfect for an afternoon snack or a dinner party.

And here’s the best part.

Mikasa is giving away four place settings of Cheers dinnerware to a Thistlewood reader.


We can lift our polka-dotted coffee cups together every morning.

Entering is easy.

Just leave me a comment telling me what you like to drink for breakfast. πŸ™‚

If you want a little more decorating inspiration….

…you can also follow along with Mikasa on Facebook and Pinterest.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

disclosure: Β I was compensated by Mikasa for this post….however…..all opinions on dishes and kitchen cabinets are completely my own. Β 

For more information…please check out my disclosure policy….here


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  1. That’s fantastic! Love the dishes in there too. So glad some people are so creative and willing to work so hard.

  2. Very clever idea and thrifty too. It looks lovely. What I really want to know is how you find time to do all these things with 4 kids.

  3. I forgot to mention that I’m 100% a tea drinker.

  4. I love to drink coffee, coffee, coffee with just a little cream. I found you through pinterest and LOVE your site. Thank you for the great ideas and I hope I win the dishes-sure need some new ones!!! Thank you for being just the inspiration I need for my home!!

  5. Karianne,

    You have out down even your own self. I love the Mikasa setting off the striped, open cabinets. Bravo!
    In the morning, I start with a 16oz. glass of water with 2 tbsp. of organic apple cider vinegar for a quick detox to improve skin and hair. I read my e-mails and important blogs and then make a cup of coffee and add almond milk and read the rest of my favorite blogs!

  6. I use my Keurig every morning to make my cup of joe! I then add the creamy goodness of white chocolate creamer…. Yum like drinking white chocolate! That is my morning breakfast drink ritual! Dishes are gorg!!!:)

  7. BEAUTIFUL! I want to start this project on my kitchen immediately! (and I drink Coke or Dr. Pepper in the morning, if the contest is still on…..)

  8. I start my day with Thistlewood Farms and a cup of Constant Comment.

  9. michele ehmen :

    I love your cabinets and your sense of humor in all of your blogs! I drink Hills Brothers French vanilla cappuccino.

  10. I think your cabinets are perfect! My fave morning drink is a hot cup of joe with some Girl Scouts caramel and coconut creamer. Mmmmmmm.

  11. You’re cupboards look awesome. I love the dishes.

  12. Looks perfect Kari. I love the no door open shelving too.

  13. You’re cupboards look awesome. I love the dishes. I love to drink coffee with breakfast!

  14. I love green tea with breakfast.
    I am getting ready to paint my cabinets and am always thrilled to see such impressive, inexpensive, results! Thanks for such an enjoyable, informative blog!

  15. way to go karianne! love the stripes and the designs on the dishes. you are so very creative.
    my current breakfast drink is peppermint tea with a bit of stevia for sweetness….or a tall chai from a well known coffee house on special occasions. πŸ˜‰

  16. Betty Sievert :

    Must. Have. Coffee.

  17. The dishes are fantastic and the cabinets divine! Its amazing what you can come up with when you don’t have extra money to spend.

    I start my day with a cup of coffee and drink water or iced tea the rest of the day.

  18. I love a fruit filled smoothie and flavored coffee for breakfast. I love using pretty plates and these are so subtle so you can really play with the table scape.

  19. I must have a big mug of hot tea every morning! It clears out scratchy throats and feels so good going down!

  20. My closet resembles those dishes – polka dots, stipes, plaids, etc. I love patterns but I also love the monochromatic. I want to visit thistlewood farms and stay in it like a bed and breakfast….

  21. Before all else…. coffee… Must. Have. Coffee. THEN we have tea,smoothies, etc πŸ™‚

  22. Love the cabinets! How do you think of these things and where do you find the time? I wish I had a smidge of your energy. I have so much to do but not enough umph to get it done. Love how the gatehouse is turning out.

    My favorite drink in the morning is coffee. Black and lots of it!

  23. Give me a cup of Folger’s Black Silk topped off with a dash of Vanilla creamer and I’m a happy camper. Course, I could be even happier if I won a set of those dishes!

    Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  24. I love those dishes! And how timely… I was just getting ready to replace my old dishes for new.

  25. I drink English breakfast tea πŸ™‚

  26. Beautiful dishes. I love to wake up and drink green tea with a touch of raw honey. I just love relaxing for a few minutes before starting my day.

  27. I am boring I guess…. a mug of homemade espresso with cream and a bagel with yummy cream cheese.

  28. Jeez, SOME PEOPLE! πŸ˜‰ Brilliant makeover, Kari! BTW, I’m a coffee with cream only girl in the mornings… thanks for hosting!
    xo Heidi

  29. Coffee!! Splash of 1/2 &. 1/2!

  30. Coffee……my go to every morning.

  31. My favorite morning drink is coffee and plenty of it. Green Mountain Coffee from Vermont is my absolute favorite. I usually add fat-free half and half and then a small dash of a flavored creamer.

  32. Oh, those dishes are so cute! I was thinking that I wanted to get them, so was awesomely surprised when I saw they were the giveaway. Every morning my husband makes me a cup of tea – either Irish Breakfast or Early Grey, although occasionally, if he’s feeling really wild and crazy, it’s a cup of Tazo Awake.

    Yup, we are really cutting edge here in Palmyra. πŸ™‚

  33. Love the cupboards and the dinnerware. Where did you get the super cute little cut houses that are hinged together? I love them

  34. Brenda A Saball :

    My morning wake up is chai tea that I make myself — better than the Dunkin Donuts chai tea because it is a mix of vanilla and spiced chai — love the ideas you give in your blog

  35. Beautiful! I have loved white dishes for a long time and good old coffee in my early mornings.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  36. I’m a black coffee drinker — how unexciting is that!! LOVE when *Thistlewood Farm* shows up on my email — get to enjoy another cleverly written post filled with smart, fun ideas! Thanks! Great dishes, too. Could surely put those to good use.

  37. Denise Johnson :

    This is brilliant indeedie! Love the white and those dishes are to die for! πŸ™‚

    • Denise Johnson :

      Oh, and I make an orange juice and grapefruit juice slushy for breakfast every morning with a dab of cherry juice and cherry on top, and drink it out of my crystal cowboy boot. Lol

  38. My go-to morning beverage? Blueberry used tea and the online morning news sipped and read slowly on the back porch of our 100 yr-old Georgian Revival.

  39. Lovely cabinets and dishes! I lie Dunkin Donuts coffee with my breakfast

  40. Cathy Johnson :

    Love these dishes!! I always drink coffee for breakfast. A Wonderful way to start the day!!

  41. i don’t drink anything with breakfast, just coffee beforehand. then i switch to cold water all morning. i love the dishes, the cabinets and can’t wait to see the whole thing put together. you got mad skills!

  42. Love the stripes and love strong coffee in the morning!

  43. 100% in love with these dishes and I take my blogs every morning with a pot of strong hot coffee .

  44. Your gatehouse kitchen is awesome – love your ideas! I drink my mug of coffee every morning in my pale grey and white kitchen (still a work in progress…) The dishes are gorgeous!

  45. I love what you’ve done with your kitchen. It looks so fresh and clean looking. And the stripes look like alot of fun against the white.

    $10 Bucks! Inspirational!
    Thanks for the great ideas


  46. Green Tea, my husband said it was healthy! Takes a bit of getting use to.

  47. Louise Ryan Granger :

    First thing I do in the morning is to brew a great cup of great coffee!!!

  48. I get up very early and have a brisk sodium-filled Diet Mt. Dew! I’m trying to give them up, but so far it’s not happening. I have to leave at seven for school, but I leave time to look at your blog!

  49. I have white dishes but they are looking tired. I LOVE the dishes you have. Still white but fun and interesting!

  50. I LOVE my chocolate Shakeology with almond milk, banana, strawberries and a little ice for the best, full of nutrition way to start the day!

  51. Love the cabinets! Green tea is my choice in the morning. Michele m

  52. Kombucha tea!

  53. I am embarrassed to admit it but my morning drink is diet coke! Love the cabinets.

  54. Your gatehouse is wonderful….you did a great job in updating the cabinets on a budget….Sometime I think the word “budget” to a woman means challenge as well as a restriction….LOL

    In the morning I usually drink an iced Mocha coffee made at home. Thanks for having the giveaway πŸ™‚

    Christine G.

  55. P.S. KariAnne, you bring a smile to my breakfast with every blog! I absolutely love your sense of humor AND your beautiful home and decorating ideas!

  56. The cabinets look fantastic! πŸ™‚ I’m a big milk drinker with breakfast – I almost always start the day off with a glass of milk!

  57. It looks great Karianne! I love the stripes in the back of the cabinet. Such an inexpensive way to make them look pretty and interesting!

  58. Almost every morning I drink my breakfast! I make a smoothie using my Ninja, do you have one they are fantastic! My favorite is frozen banana slices, fresh spinach, vanilla stoney field yogurt and almond coconut milk…if I’m really hungry I’ll add a tablespoon of almond or peanut butter! Then I blend it all up with some flax seed and extra ice…its like having healthy coconut banana ice cream for breakfast…delish!

  59. One cup of black coffee. Tully’s House via my beloved Keurig.

    Looking good, sweetie pie.

  60. I love your cabinets and I love a cup of coffee with creamer each morning – actually several cups of coffee with creamer!! My coffee of choice is Highlander Grogg – wonderful stuff.

  61. Love, love, love your Blog. Coffee and Thistlewood farms. What could be better?

  62. Love the cabinets and this kitchen! In the morning, I gotta have my cup of Joe or I will be a zombie walking around my house muttering unintelligible things!

  63. Love the stripes in the cabinets!…and Mikasa sure does have some wonderful new products …. I love the polka dot dishes!…so what do I drink with breakfast?…coffee, coffee, and more coffee!!!…Have a wonderful day!!!

  64. My favorite drink in the morning is sweet ice tea.

  65. I usually drink two cups of coffee in the morning. Thanks for the giveaway!

  66. Chocolate blueberry smoothie every morning!!

  67. Love those dishes and I am a total coffee drinker.

  68. During the summer I have a nice tall cup of iced coffee, complete with creamer and almond milk. As the weather cools, I have a rather large cup of hot coffee with whipped creamer (easy little machine available at Target).

  69. I have milk every morning for breakfast. It’s a real emergency around here if we run out!

  70. Hi! I have half a glass of almond milk and a cup of coffee.

  71. One cup of coffee with extra creamer!

  72. OJ in the morning! Love your blog!

  73. Love the dishes. Dishes are my weakness. I’m moving this week from Georgia to Ohio and yesterday the packers kept commenting on how they had not packed so many in a long time lol. I do think my diet dr pepper would serve up nicely in one of these mugs though!!

  74. Kristine Marler :

    I Love FrenchVanilla Coffee

  75. Love what you did to the cabinets! I also love those dishes!! I drink coffee in the morning. Thanks for the chance to win.

  76. Always a cup of hot decaf Lipton Tea. Cute kitchen, by the way!

  77. OOO, I hope I win these…nothing I would like better than to raise a polka dot cup with you every morning.
    C.O.F.F.E.E. is my choice….no cream but gotta have sugah…..
    xo bj

  78. Fabulous cabinets. One cup in the morning is all I can have, but it works. Thanks for the chance to win!

  79. I always like to see our most valuable resource used…our noggins! So much more fun! Cute kitchen. I am enjoying English breakfast tea while I read, the same thing I drink every morning.

  80. Plain, old , unimaginative, healthy ice water. And I’m totally in love with both your cabinets and the china! Pick me, pick me.

  81. I drink milk or water. Love your cabinets!!

  82. I love to drink coffee w/almond milk and stevia from a china cup…not a big thick mug. That is my absolute favorite! Now my daughters are the same way…no thick rim mugs in this house…we love china cups!
    Cheryl Ann

  83. Must have coffee!

  84. Erin Buchanan :

    Nice updated kitchen, I’d love a gatehouse project. Every morning I drink a huge cup of coffee with french vanilla coffee mate. Every morning.

  85. A whole pot of coffee!

  86. Love the cabinet make over and dishes are fabulous! I am a Pepsi or Mt. Dew girl in the mornings.

  87. I just love your blog and look forward to every post! Thank you for sharing your style and creativity, but mostly for the smile you bring to my mornings…. it goes really well with my hot cup of Donut House coffee from my Keurig with hazelnut creamer…. =)

  88. Love the cabinet makeover. The dishes work well with your updated cabinets.

  89. Awesome update and I noticed the dishes right away. I can’t start my morning without a cup of plain old coffee with a little milk and sugar.

  90. Coffee is my choice of breakfast beverage.

  91. My breakfast beverage of choice is hot Lipton tea! ;D

  92. I drink a glass of sweet tea……never have liked coffee….kind of makes me feel like I never grew up, my mother was a coffee junkie and could not understand why I didn’t love it like she did.
    The white dishes are great. I still use the plain white Corelle dishes I got eons ago for everyday. I like the simplicity and the fact I can get a lot of them in my dishwasher. I love the way open shelving looks, but I have a tendency to stash things in my cabinets, so I am afraid it would not keep that clean, organized look for very long.

  93. Brilliant idea… How great is a little paint!
    I usually drink hot tea or (Land o Lakes) hot chocolate with whipped cream, yummmmm

  94. Sad to say, all I drink is water. Kinda boring. I’m not a coffee drinker so that’s out.

    I do live the dishes and the patterns are adorable!

  95. I really love white dishes, they are so versatile! But I really REALLY love dishes with a little personality, and these have it! I would lβ™₯ve to win these! Thanks to you and Mikasa for hosting a great giveaway:>)

  96. I love orange juice with my breakfast:). I love the dishes and they look adorable in your fancy cabinets!:). Thanks!

  97. COFFEE! On the best days with something pumpkin flavored in it! Cheers to a great day!

  98. I love the cabinets – so glad you didn’t change them. I drink coffee in the morning, way before breakfast – mostly because I can’t function until I’ve had a huge cup – not even to pour a bowl of cereal πŸ™‚

  99. I love to drink a cup of starbucks coffee first thing in the morning!

  100. Oh, wow- let me first say that it is great some people are frugal and some people are designer brilliant. That project is AWESOME – love it for the Gatehouse!!!! But, you know something? What really makes it work perfectly – those crispy glorious awesome dishes. I thought it the first second I saw the first pic – nothing at all to do with wanting to win this giveaway (like madness!)

    How awesome to drink my morning absolutely must – a strong cuppa coffee from those delightful cups! Count me in! Thank you for the opportunity!


  101. Marlene Larson :

    Being a senior, in my 7th decade, I am recently retired and LOVE reading your blog so much that I have decided to take a course to learn how to do this myself. Cupboards are awesome and your creative spirit is infectious. During a recent trip to Rockford Illinois I stopped at The White Trunk and picked up some chalk paint. Creativity has bitten once again, thanks to you and your blog.

    My breakfast drink is Green Mountains Breakfast Blend with French Vanilla creamer. We appreciate you and your sharing! Hugs from Minnesota. πŸ™‚

  102. Your kitchen update is so simple and so grand, just like a great cup of coffee in the morning!

  103. Beautiful! I like either coffee or tea to give my mornings a boost. Thank you!

  104. while i wish i could say i drink some kind of fabulous extra tall skinny latte with whipped creme and a cherry on top, i’m not a coffee drinker at all! so i usually have some kind of juice or my fabulous peach tea!

  105. OOLONG TEA!!!!!! It has sooo many health benefits, from strengthening teeth,lowering blood sugars & blood pressure to my favorite – burning fat!!!!! Whoo hoo!

  106. Love Thistlewood Farm! I drink coffee with lots of cream to mellow it out.

  107. Paint is such a awesome way to totally change the look of the space without going over budget! I love that you display your white dinnerware; it gives your cabinets a crisp & clean look!

  108. And my favorite breakfast drink is coffee…which obviously I haven’t had or I wouldn’t have hit post comment without finished my thought above lol time to go fill up my coffee cup!

  109. Oh how I wish your talent would rub off on me….you rock girl. I must fess up…I crack open a diet coke every morning.

  110. Love, love, love what you did with your cabinets! A cup of hot tea is my beverage of choice for breakfast.

  111. LOVE those dishes!
    Big glass of water first thing in the morning and then fresh squeezed grapefruit juice whenever possible.

  112. I’ve been needing some new dishes! Would love the chance to win! As for what I like to drink in the morning? I’m on a Zen tea (Tazo) kick currently.

  113. jennifer farnes :

    in the summer, when fruit is abundant, i love smoothies….all kinds of smoothies. our house is too cold in the winter to drink a smoothie, so i settle myself down with a satisfying cup of herb tea or hot chocolate with a delicious creamer stirred in (and a squirt of whipped cream on top) and warm up by the fire. i love the plates. putting the designs on a white dish like this? genius. and i’m drooling all over your gate house. i would so play in there every chance i got. if i turned up missing…..that’s where someone would find me.

  114. I say I drink coffee… kids say I drink hot brown water. The reality is I drink cream….with some coffee added in. Love the dishes, LOVE THE KITCHEN. But you already know that!!

  115. Karianne,
    I drink Kirklands coffee – the big box you buy at costco. I have the wonderful Keirig coffee maker. Turns out to be only 37 per cup of coffee.
    The dishes are very pretty and you have no idea how happy I am that you showed them close up. I’ve been looking to buy new dinnerware. Thank, thank you for adding their website. I too love polka dots, stripes, and swirls!

  116. Coffee before anything else is a necessity! It would taste even better in a new cup!!!

  117. I have black coffee or a cup of Earl Grey hot tea and also usually a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

  118. The cabinets came out great! And the dishes are gorgeous! I drink a cup of coffee every morning. Thanks for the chance to win!

  119. I drink orange or apple juice every morning.

  120. I drink organic green tea for breakfast. I used to be a coffee drinker but after a nutritional cleanse I lost my taste for it.

  121. I love fresh fruit and coffee for breakfast! Love these dishes too. Thanks for this giveaway!

  122. This summer I have been drinking cold brewed coffee with almond milk over crushed ice. Divine and addictive!

  123. Tea for me, and me for tea! NOT herbal, thankyouverymuch.

  124. COFFEE.

  125. i think i entered cause it said i did but wouldn’t let me tell you that i love, love love a cuppa my english breakfast tea every morn!!!

  126. Brenda Rhodes :

    Love the cabinets! Love the dishes! And love to have my coffee in the morning! A little cream, a little sugar, awww….heaven in a cup. Love your blog and I always get wonderful ideas from you. Thanks for all you post to keep my husband and me busy. Lol

  127. I love to have a cup of Hills Brothers English Toffee coffee in the mornings every so often- it is a treat, since my husband HATES coffee. This way he doesn’t have to smell a whole pot and I get a cup of yummy sweet goodness.

  128. Now that the weather is nice and cool in the mornings I like to get CREATIVE as well because Some People have a problem with me paying for Starbucks! So, I take my very own mug, add some sugar, a vanilla chai tea bag, hot water, some more sugar, MILK, and sugar to taste! Even when the tea cools down its still delicious!!! And non-Starbucks. Some people are happy now πŸ˜€

  129. Apparently, we have the same person advising us on our kitchen decisions! LOL I enjoy anything warm in the morning. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate…you name it. Crossing my fingers…

  130. LOVE the striped, open cupboards! LOVE the white dishes! I usually start the day with a Chai or Mocha Latte from my Keurig.

  131. Coffee!! Of course! I love tea as well, but only on cold days or late in the afternoon!

  132. Well, it’s one and a half cups of pure black coffee every morning…gotta get my engine started! Love what you did with the cabinets…it’s inspired! πŸ˜‰

  133. Christina Thurlow :

    I LOVE what you did to the cabinets! They are perfect. And those plates are amazing. I love the white on white detail. The giveaway thingy was acting strange and wouldn’t let me type anything or cancel but submitted a blank comment for me- so… I LOVE coffee in the morning. It is my absolute favorite.

  134. Coffee, strong with half and half.

  135. Lugene Bastian :

    Love how you painted strips on the inside of your cabinets! Thinking of borrowing the idea for the cabinets I’m installing in my girly office. Will look great with my collection of coffee cups from all the Starbucks location I visit. Plus it will make me smile while drinking my morning spot of tea.

  136. Super fresh hot coffee is my drink of choice in the morning! The bigger the mug the better too!!

  137. I love my coffee first thing in the morning as I go through my emails. I might have to try this as my kitchen cupboards mock me everyday with their outdated selves.

  138. I’m all orange juice all the time. πŸ™‚

  139. Love, love, love your style…thank you so much for sharing!! I drink Newman’s Own Special Blend with a splash of cream.

  140. I enjoy a cup of coffee (most recently Keurig-made) with flavored creamer. I really like the change in your cabinets, and I am amazed at the hard work you put in. If the cabinets are solid, then the time you put in is really worth it.

  141. I hate to admit this but far too often it’s Dr. Pepper with breakfast. πŸ™‚

  142. Love, love, love your Blog. Coffee and Thistlewood farms! What could be better?!

  143. I like to have a cup of coffee in the morning. Sometimes there is nothing like wrapping my hands around a warm cup and taking the morning in.

  144. Francis C. Moore :

    I love coffee in the morning . Love your old/new cabinets.

  145. You are the most creative. I love it and also I am so ready for the whole kitchen reveal. Did I miss it Thanks for sharing all your creativity. I drink 2 cups of coffee with lots of cream, while reading your blog

  146. Oh- I love how the cabinets turned out. You know me! I am the Queen of Coffee. Starbucks is my first choice, of course! shhhhh..xo Diana

  147. I’m a water drinker for breakfast. The dishes are fab! Thanks for a chance to win.

  148. I have the same cereal every morning with milk. If I am thirsty after my cereal I drink water. Love those white plates!

  149. Good morning everyone!! Just a plain black coffee drinker not only for breakfast but thru out the day:) Not much into pop and the flavored coffee, love the polka dots:)

  150. One cup of coffee with sugar and hazelnut cream gets me going in the morning. My daughter has an older home with lots of “fixing-up” areas. You provide so many less expensive ways to make things look lovely and give us new ideas to use. From one Kentucky home to yours…thank you.

  151. A wonderful blogger friend of mine asked if I had ever tried chocolate glazed donut coffee! I tried it and now I’m hooked! Thanks, wonderful blogger friend of mine, for all your advice….from coffee to painted stripes! You rock!!~~Angela

  152. Catherine McD :

    I love orange juice every morning no matter what I’m having for breakfast! Thank you for all your fantastic and beautiful ideas!!

  153. I am a tea drinker all the way!

  154. I make chai tea every morning with a splash of Tazo and some 1/2 and 1/2 – yummy πŸ™‚

  155. Why, I have children so COFFEE is a must! (What oh what would us mothers do if no one had ever discovered coffee??!! *smiling* And oh…..but how fun it would be to drink my dark roast (dashed with a flavored cream) and then I say I buy the spray “Redi Whip” for my children…but in reality, it’s for my coffee..(mother’s get enough exercise to justify a dash or a dallop of yummy cream..right?) oh, back to drinking coffee…oh how fun it would be to drink this spectacular coffee in a new beautiful white cup! I can picture myself hugging said cup right now (or for 2 seconds before my children interrupt me..but what cute interruptions they are!) Oh…and can you dance the lawnmower with coffee in your hand because you are so excited you won a new set of dishes? I think you can…………….

  156. Good morning – I’m reading my emails while enjoying a cup of my black tea with milk (thanks to Dunkin Donuts down the street – LOL)

  157. I would like to say I have a healthy fruit smoothie or green tea but if I’m honest, I usually pop open a Diet Dr. Pepper for the quickest route to caffeine! The gatehouse kitchen looks great!

  158. I LOVE what you did in your kitchen! Brilliant!

    I quit drinking coffee, so my drink choice in the morning is water. Boring. But I feel a lot better without the boost and subsequent let down after drinking too much coffee.

  159. An occasional Chai Latte in the Keurig is a treat for me! However I usually drink flavored seltzer in the morning! Crisp and refreshing, especially in the summer! I’m not much of a “hot beverage” drinker!

  160. I love my Keurig and my pumpkin spice coffee πŸ™‚

  161. Two must-haves for me first thing every morning…my husband and my coffee. Both hot and strong! We renovated our farmhouse kitchen in the spring and took some ideas from you. It’s a dream come true!

  162. I drink coffee every morning, no sugar but lots of cream in my white mug with the black initial “L”.

  163. I love cinnamon coffee in the morning, and I love white dishes. Have a happy day!

  164. Love the dishes! I actually have glassware from Mikasa with the same patterns! My favorite breakfast drink is a mimosa (after my morning coffee); but since I don’t have those very often, I would have to say that coffee (preferably administered by IV) is my morning drink of necessity. ;0

  165. Hi Karianne, None other than FRESH GRIND DARK ROAST STARBUCKS JOE for me! No coffee no work, HA!
    Have a Blessed Day with “ALL” that you DO!

  166. Kristy Fischer :

    I have diet Mt. Dew every morning– at least two. Yes, seriously. ;0).

  167. I drink a fruit smoothie for breakfast. πŸ™‚ And an occasional coffee or diet coke. πŸ™‚
    The dishes are too cute!

  168. Linda Eskeldson :

    My cabinets need an update & this is inspiring! I start my day with warm water with lemon juice & cayenne and then have 1 or 2 cups of English Breakfast tea.

  169. A mellow cup of coffee with a big splash of cream as I read Thistlewood Farms stories (because your posts are like mini-stories).
    I am a huge admirer of your talents!

  170. Thank you for showing such a great and inexpensive transformation. I needed the inspiration. I must have coffee in the morning before I feel ready to jump into the day.

  171. My morning go to drink is….

    wait for it….

    green juice!

    Yep, I’m THAT girl. The weird chick who drinks the weird juice.

    And you, my dear….you are the AWESOME girl who is a a wickedly creative genius! LOVE your cabinet update. In my opinion, much better than new cabinets ever could be. They are uniquely YOU! And that is as good as it gets!

  172. I have green tea every morning:)

  173. Marnita Parry :

    Love the easy and quick update to the cabinets. I want to take ALL my doors off and hang cafe curtain from the bottom and leave the tops open. My man isn’t feeling it though….. Sigh, maybe I’ll talk him into it at some point. πŸ™‚

    I drink coffee every morning, iced coffee that I make myself, during the warm months here in GA.

  174. Absolutely love the painted back of the cabinets! You did a great job! The plates look pretty gorgeous, too!

  175. I have to start my day with coffee! I love how your cabinets turned out and I love the plates. They would look great with my current plain white plates πŸ™‚

  176. Love the cabinet ideas! Yea for stripes.
    Lemon lift tea with sugar! Also French vanilla coffee with sugar. Thanks for asking. Sheila

  177. I love a glass of real cold milk!!

  178. I love what you’ve done to the kitchen. You’re turning a pig’s ear into a silk purse! Coffee is the only way to go in the mornign, and lots of it.

  179. You’re simply AWESOME!!!! πŸ™‚

  180. Karianne – your blog is one of my very favorites, and I admire your ability to take something ‘horrible’ and turn it to something fabulous.

    I always have to have one cup (only one) of dark roast coffee to help get my day started.

    With a little cream, of course.

  181. P.S. I’m a coffee girl, but with a little one on the way my delicious coffee has been absent. Can’t wait until I can wake up with a cup or two with two boys cuddling up to me.

  182. I typically drink my breakfast and it’s coffee. Isn’t that horrible? I need to know about the pillows. If I don’t find information on them I will send you a note!! The kitchen is lovely and the floors are awesome!!

  183. Wow so many comments! I start with a folgers and move to diet coke. Love the white on white mikasa pattern. Thanks for the giveaway Kari.

  184. Love your style sense! For me the morning begins with a glass of Spark. When it’s cold outside, I may follow with tea or hot cocoa too! Thanks!

  185. Denise Cozgrove :

    What a cheerful and beautiful kitchen! Cheers as I raise my morning cup of coffee to you!

  186. Susan Christy :

    Water before breakfast, then OJ & Coffee with.

  187. Your cabinets look great! I drink Diet Coke for breakfast πŸ™‚

  188. I love this! I love the simple combination of colors! I am planning on redoing my kitchen cabinets and this is exactly the look I have been wanting!
    I love the little details of the dishes! Can’t wait to pour my cup of juice in one of those mugs!

  189. Love this so much! I drink water, then two cups of coffee, then water. Pretty boring.

  190. I usually have hot tea for breakfast. Love your ideas. Thank you.

  191. coffee and orange juice

  192. I love, love those dishes. I need some porcelain, highly durable dishes. I have a ton of Butler’s Pantry but it needs to be babied. I bought some plain, white Corell for now for my kids to use but this set by Mikasa is so much more stylish. I love coffee in the mornings and love different teas from Teavana.

  193. Thanks for the chance. The plates are beautiful and the transformation to the cabinets is beautiful.

  194. You are the stripe queen! I love the cabinets, I can’t imagine ever getting my stripes to look that good! I’m a no talkie kinda girl. Love Dunkin coffee…it’s what America runs on..right? I love these dishes and I’m now convinced I have a dish fetish…I can’t ever have too many. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a dishes swap with your friends?

  195. I’m a coffee girl…coffee all the way! Great job on the cabinets!

  196. Michelle Kiel :

    KariAnne!!! 1984 called & they want their dishes back!! I would love to drink buckets of coffee in a lovely new cup! Have a beautiful Tuesday! Michelle

  197. Love love love theses plates! I really love the newkitchentoo. Stripes inside the cabinets are wonderful.

  198. Ummmm. I drink a coke or Dr. Pepper for breakfast…..Not healthy I know…trying to break this bad habit!

    Love the Mikasa dishes!

  199. Milk in my cereal! Love the white dishes! Everyone should have a set of white dishes, they are so versatile.

  200. SO much coffee…. I float.

  201. There’s nothing more beautiful then a lovely and delicious meal, showcased on white dinnerware! I drink a comfy cup of decaf tea with skim milk!

  202. I’m a coffee girl. Always with breakfast πŸ™‚ Love your update and the Mikasa pattern πŸ™‚ xo Kristin

  203. Love your cabinets ! I just finished painting my cabinets but hadn’t done anything to the insides yet. Now I have a great idea of what to do. Before my hubby goes to work in the morning, he makes me a big cup of coffee with flavored creamer just the way I like it. Then when I get up I pop it in the micro and heat it up. Isn’t he a sweety and a keeper?
    Love the dishes!

  204. Oh, and I think “some people” are just amazing with their super creativity and wonderful way of writing. Your posts make my day!

  205. Karianne,
    Thank you so much for all the work you do. Your blog and voice in your writing gives me a smile every time. Can you tell me where you bought the cute little fold-able village you have in a couple of your cabinet photos? I love it!
    PS. I am a lemon zinger tea girl all the way!

  206. what i LOVE to drink is latte w/skim or (sigh) cafe au lait that sometimes my spousal unit will make with chickory coffee; what i GET are swishes of water to wash down the almonds i have for breakfast on my 30 minute drive to work! love, love the Gatehouse karianne… but of course i do, you put it together!

  207. Sometimes the inexpensive improvements are the best. Who wants to go through all that reno drama anyway!

    I need COFFEE in the morning

  208. This looks so fresh and pretty. Awesome job! I drink coffee with a side of coffee at b’fast time. πŸ™‚

  209. Love your kitchen cabinets! What a great idea to add some interest with painting the back of the cabinet! Brilliant! and I can hardly wait to see this gate house….I really want to do another BnB on the property we are on now, and you just make me restless to do it!! Hmmm,,, my morning drink would be a vanilla cappucinno. πŸ™‚

  210. Some of my best ideas are born because of budget restrictions! I think the same can be said of you! I absolutely love the stripes on the cabinet backs!
    I like to start my day with a protein shake, it gives me the energy I need to make all those runs to various schools (3 kids, 3 different schools)!

  211. Beautiful! I drink coffee in the morning. LOTS of coffee!

  212. Looks fresh! love it..

  213. Brooke Shepherd :

    I’m trying again. Something happened and my comment didn’t show up like I had planned. The cabinets look great! Thanks for the ideas. I am so not a coffee drinker, but instead grab a Diet Coke. Still need my caffeine.

  214. You are OH SO CREATIVE!!! I love the look of the cabinets and the budget friendly, send the kids to college option too. Of course one must have beautiful dishes to display when there are no cabinet doors and I would LOVE some of those. My beverage of choice for breakfast is black coffee and the darker, the better. Besides it would look so pretty next to those stunning white dishes in one of those polka dot cups!

  215. COFFEE…or a Blueberry Smoothie made with my own homemade Almond Milk w/homemade Vanilla Extract and Cinnamon, Frozen Banana, Frozen Blueberries, Ground Flaxseed, Coconut Oil, and a touch of local honey! Yummy!

  216. Mt. Dew for breakfast….its the new liquid breakfast for champions! ; )

  217. Great post, Karianne. I would love some white dishes! I start the day with chocolate raspberry coffee with some stevia (natural sweetener) and either 1/2 & 1/2 or almond milk.

  218. A lovely cuppa Twinings English Breakfast at the end of breakfast. During breakfast I have a glass of Cranberry-grape juice. How smart Mikasa is to mixup the patterns!

  219. sweet tea for me!

  220. A big cup of Highlander Grogg coffee (preferably fresh ground!) with a healthy pour of creamer makes me happy in the morning! Love your blog and really love the Mikasa dinnerware!

  221. Heather Collins :

    I’ve been thinking about upgrading my dishes lately and these would be perfect…and fun!

    I drink at least 2 cups of coffee each morning….and when I have extra time (weekends), 3 πŸ™‚

  222. I know this is such a bad addiction, but I start my day with a Monster Energy Drink. I don’t drink coffee and I start work so early, that I need a bigger caffiene fix than a Diet Pepsi can offer πŸ™‚ Love the cabinets and plates and would LOVE to win this giveaway πŸ˜‰

  223. Love all the various geometric color accents with your white theme. Beautiful job!

  224. Great dishes and I’m in the market for new ones. And nice mugs for my coffee.

  225. I have been thinking about doing this in my kitchen, so it was great to see an an example, since we have similar white, blah cabinets in our kitchen. Thanks for the inspiration!! And those dishes are perfection!!!
    As for my morning beverage – it is usually coffee or chai green tea, with french vanilla soy creamer. πŸ™‚

  226. I start my morning with a latte that my husband makes AND drinking it from Cheers dinnerware from Mikasa would make me very H-A-P-P-Y!! I love your blog, keep up the good work!

  227. Coffee

  228. coffee, with a little cream and a little sugar….COFFEE

  229. I drink coffee. On bad mornings, I drink Irish Coffee. Don’t judge me.

  230. It depends on the time of year and where I am, but it’s usually a Diet Coke. If I’m travelling on business, it might be a Starbucks venti black iced tea (unsweetened).

  231. I always have Irish Breakfast tea, and carry it with me wherever I travel overnight.

  232. Love the cabinets, love your blog, & would love to have these dishes, thanks for all the inspiration !

  233. I love this idea! I love seeing things remade or repurposed inexpensively, it gives us all inspiration. πŸ™‚ Oh, and I love to drink coffee of course (must. have. caffeine.).

  234. In the fall and winter, I love to drink Russian Tea (mixture of lemon tea, tang, spices). It is especially aromatic and tasty on fall mornings and would taste even better in one of the new mugs that I would love to win in give away by Mikasa!

  235. Coffee, I have to have at least one cup to get the ball rolling!

  236. Beautiful dish set!
    I love my morning coffee. Lately in an effort to cut down on the flavored creamer, I’ve made my own latte of sorts, by adding half as much coffee, and filling the rest of my mug with low fat milk…then a teeny bit of creamer. It’s great cold, too! And it would taste very good in those mugs, I’m sure πŸ™‚ Have a great day!

  237. Have to have my coffee in the morning, with cream and sugar of course!

  238. Got to have my coffee first thing in the morning!!!! It would taste great in a cute white mug!!!

  239. I’ve been looking for white dishes and these are so fun! The cabinets are wonderful. Everything you touch turns beautiful!

  240. Definitely need some new dishes to perk up my kitchen! Have to have several cups of coffee in the a.m. with Equal and 1/2&1/2. Great job on the cupboards!

  241. colleen from Alabama :

    You’re supposed to eat breakfast, oh my! Coffee is my breakfast girl! and um, whatever my kids leave on their plates. πŸ™‚ Today the scraps left me only some orange slices and a half eaten piece of string cheese. Those biscuits were long gone! HA!

  242. My morning begins with dark roast coffee with Cinnabon creamer… Pretty sure it kicks my heart rate up a few beats (and I like it!). Really love the dishes. Cheers!

  243. Oops, I was so busy admiring the work you’ve done to the kitchen that I forgot to tell you that I like iced tea in the morning….maybe I should switch to coffee. πŸ™‚

  244. Wow, Karianne! You have a ton of people that love you! I had to scroll and scroll and scroll and read and scroll and…… do you know some people drink MOUNTAIN DEW when the wake up????……and scroll and scroll and here is a free space–and STOP! I love your little craft cottage! And your white plates are very nice.

    Tell us some more stories about your darling kids–amidst the “how-to’s” of course. I’m the Minnesota gal that comes for the stories and skips over the how-to’s, but I know that’s part of this “gig,” and there are legions of women that pour over each step of the “how-to’s” so you’ve got to keep doing that.:) I do think you are mostly a talented little writer, however–even over the glue gun!!!!!

    I’m an elementary school music teacher so kids are my personally favorite subject–IN THE WORLD–and yours seems particularly animated–wonder where that comes from? I loved your story about your son helping someone, patiently and with sweetness…”have you met my mother?”

    This has turned into a novel. Sorry. I drink coffee with half and half. Nice plates. πŸ˜‰

  245. With breakfast I always have a cappuccino doppio. It starts the day for me. Lovely giveaway because I’m a dish lover. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  246. I love that kitchen! And of course the dishes. You would be one of my best friends if you lived close! I hope I get to go to the chapel market and meet you! Planning on it! I will have red lipstick on! For breakfast I drink a half a pot of coffee and a whey protein drink with almond milk, half banana and frozen berries!

  247. Love everything! I am all for polka dots! Did you make the cut out houses on the counter? Where did they come from?

  248. For breakfast I always drink coffee and a glass of water with lemon. What a wonderful giveaway!!

  249. LOVE the dishes, and your cabinets. πŸ™‚ For breakfast, I’m a coffee with cream (or french-vanilla-sugar-free) lover. πŸ™‚ And water with lemon.

  250. I usually just have milk with my cereal! But then a little later I have my southern sweet tea!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win the beautiful Mikasa dishes!

  251. I have either a cup of black java or a cup of green tea with cinnamon and some honey.

  252. Thank you for a chance to win ! My drink in the AM is Tea w/shot of 1/2 & 1/2 and a little sugar…then it’s straight up black tea all day. I just love white dishes and these are very nice!

  253. Coffee with cream can’t be beat for that morning wake-up. Love what you did to the cabinets.

  254. Mild or Chocolate milk πŸ™‚

  255. kendra burton :

    I have big dreams on a little budget. This looks like a solution I can go for! thanks for the idea. Now, can you come and homeschool the kiddos for a day so I will have time? πŸ™‚

  256. Nothing but black tea for me please!

  257. kendra burton :

    It’s pumpkin spice coffee for me!

  258. Gorgeous dish set! It is like getting 4 in 1! I am one of those running late for work and trying to get the dishwasher emptied and one more load of laundry kind of girl before headed to work. But I always sit for a few minutes when I am waking up and drink hot chocolate while browsing the internet to read my favorite blogs. It always starts my day off right!! Thanks for all of the inspiration!!!

  259. Love the cabinets!!! In the summer~a diet coke; in the winter~coffee

  260. I’m simple. Big glass of water sometimes with lemon. I really need these dishes. Using the same dishes from 16 years ago. With four kiddos we don’t have many left!

  261. I Love coffee when I get up each morning. CATHY

  262. marjorie lavender :

    I love these dishes! Thanks for the opportunity.

  263. COFFEE!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE your blog and what you have done to the kitchen!

  264. marjorie lavender :

    I drink green tea with fresh lemon slices.

  265. I like what you did with the cabinets. I’m thinking of what I can do with my dark, espresso colored cabinets to lighten them up a bit. Usually milk, water or iced tea is what I drink in the mornings.

  266. I am a coffee drinker and would love love to have the beautiful Mikasa set… I can’t wait to see the finished gate house πŸ™‚

  267. In all my excitement over the dishes I forgot to mention that I like 2 cups of coffee with a lot of creamer to get me going in the morning!

  268. Coffee…coffee…coffee…and lots of it!

  269. Karianne,

    Follow your blog daily as well as Facebook postings. You mix style with comfort when designing….and that works well for families. I am so looking forward to the e-courses as well. My week-day mornings start with a glass of ice cold milk followed by water during the rest of the day….weekends are special for my hot steaming cup of coffee with caramel creamer (my treat for being a good girl all week).

  270. I typically enjoy breakfast with water and/or juice. Love the cabinet transformation and all the Ikea accessories. So bright and cheery! What an inviting to enjoy breakfast. Also love the white dishes with all the different textures. Beautiful!!

  271. Love my coffee in the morning. Hot and black. Enjoy the sunrise and devotions then off for breakfast. It is even better if my daughter joins me.

  272. Hilarie Sullivan :

    I love your cabinets, love the dishes, and love my coffee in the morning. If it’s a scorcher of a Texas morning, though, I fall back on Diet Coke!

  273. Diet Coke, cold from the refrigerator, or I finish the one I had on my bedside table!

  274. I have a smoothie! LOVE the cabinets!!

  275. Love your stripes and new dishes. Funny just last week I was looking at my plates and wondering why I liked them so much back when I got them and thought its time to look for new! I drink iced tea after totally giving up the diet Mt Dew that I was addicted to. Pretty proud of that! Thanks so much for the inspiration and for the chance to win those dishes!!!

  276. I am trying to quit but, I really love Diet Coke in the morning!
    Love your blog, you always make me smile. πŸ™‚

  277. Coffee!! πŸ™‚

  278. Orange juice and coffee!

  279. Love your cabinets!!!! Espresso is the word of the morning!

  280. Coffee……first thing in the morning. Very nice cabinets and love the dinnerware….thanks!

  281. Definitely mate. It gets me going!

  282. I love your cabinet remodel idea!
    I drink lots of coffee…I need it! πŸ˜‰

  283. I love to have my coffee in the morning.

  284. Linda Andersen :

    I drink soda for breakfast!!!! But who would know in one of those cute cups??!!

  285. I so β™₯ Mikasa! I registered for (& received as wedding gifts…) “French Countryside” 22 years ago. I still use it (nothing’s broken yet!) on a regular basis. I would love to win a set of “Cheers” for a gift to a young couple. Thank you for this opportunity!
    I love coffee with my breakfast. During our long hot summer, the hubs brews it at night then brings it to me iced. In our cooler months, there’s nothing like a warm steaming mug of black coffee while sitting on the back patio!

  286. Yu are so brilliant! And kudos to your hubby for being open minded about having the open cabinets. So clever to put the holders so the dishes can be seen better. I would LOVE these dishes, using the 19 year old ones from the wedding, and trying to be a stay at home mom and keep two boys in travel hockey and save for college. I just love your style, your writing, and the treat of having your post in my inbox each morning.

  287. Love these dishes, so very fun! My favorite breakfast drink is a 20 oz. Diet Pepsi!

  288. A tall glass of really cold Dark Chocolate Silk Almond Milk really hits the spot for me first thing in the morning. I am absolutely crazy for white dishes with a subtle white pattern!

  289. Oops, forgot to tell you, I like my coffee with cinnamon vanilla creamer. Sigh…

  290. Karianne,

    What a great way to stay on a budget and adorable! I would die for those Mikasa dishes!


  291. Usually prune juice… yea I know….. but I always start my day with prune juice πŸ™‚

  292. Coffee!! It truly is the breakfast of champions.

  293. Can’t start the day without a really BIG cup of coffee! The dishes are really pretty. Thanks for a chance to win a set of them!

  294. Jodi Hendershott :

    I love reading your blog each morning while I drink my first cup of coffee. Love everything you do. You are a true inspiration. The cabinets look so refreshing, bright and cheery. I have never won anything except maybe a couple dollars on a lottery ticket. So crossing my fingers for some fun Mikasa plates.

  295. COFFEEEEEE!!!!

  296. Gloria Luedecke :

    We’ve just newly remodeled our home. It’s wonderful to sit on the back patio with a cup of black coffee and listen to the birds and watch the light of day brighten the shadows.

  297. Really have to have coffee first thing in the morning. Love the open shelving.

  298. The white dishes are really lovely. We are still using the ones my mother-in-law got through grocery store points for us 20+ years ago! In the summer, I have time to make coffee and savor a few cups with caramel creamer n real sugar throughout the morning. Once school starts however, it’s nuked green tea.

  299. Tina Matteson :

    Walmart has the most delicious french vanilla cappuccino mix for just 2.97 a box. It lasts me a while and tastes so yummy in the morning with a piece of toast and an egg…

    I love what you did to the cabinets! Great job.

  300. Ok, I am so boring, but I drink WATER!! Those dishes make some people around here REALLY happy!

  301. Caribou’s Morning Breakfast blend coffee for me in the morning. Perfect cup of coffee.

  302. Michelle Robertson :

    What a great idea. I am putting in some used uppers right now. I was thinking of painting the insides, but the stripes are so classic and subtle. And my preferred drink is plain Chopped full of Nuts coffee. A little sugar and milk. Just the thing first thing in the morning.

  303. My husband and I are on the Virgin Diet by JJ Virgin and so my darling husband makes us a shake
    every morning. It has been a blessing finding this diet as I have lost 42 pounds since February and just maintained my weight in July and August. My husband has lost 85 pounds since March.
    We would love to have the dishes and us them for all the wonderful meals we are having now.
    Oh yes I love the cupboards. Would love to do something like that. Thank you so much for all the wonderful ideas.

  304. I tried the healthy option of fresh lemon juice squeezed in hot water for about a week…I discovered quickly I just can’t go without my coffee with breakfast!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful, budget friendly transformation of the gatehouse. I love it all!:)

  305. Your cabinets so fabulous! I must have my morning cup of Joe with Carnations Italian sweet cream creamer!

  306. So simple, but so spectacular in its simplicity!! Beautiful job again, KariAnne. My mornings start with one cup of strong coffee, black! Don’t know what my day would be like without it and it makes me happy!

  307. I start my morning off with warm H2O and juice from half a lemon.

  308. Before anything else, I must have coffee!!!!! The cabinets and dishes are gorgeous.

  309. i drink coffee with cinnamon creamer for breakfast. Those dishes are beautiful – I love Mikasa!

  310. The Cabinets are so pretty…..what a great idea. For breakfast it’s mango green tea for me!

  311. Hi ~ OJ every morning for me!
    Thanks for the chance ~ love those dishes!

  312. I drink water and coffee

  313. Rebekah Woosley :

    Love the cabinets, beautiful dishes! I drink coffee in the mornings.

  314. I LOVE it ALL……My drink of choice in the mornings is coffee!!!!!!!

  315. What a lovely job you have done! In the mornings I prefer either a cup of coffee or my loose leaf English Breakfast tea.

  316. Super Cute! and Super creative! Love it! I’ve cut out everything but water… but a fruit smoothie every once in a while would be perfect in a cute little polka dot cup….

  317. I. Love. Those. Dishes. Almost as pretty as the ones I sorted at Tuesday Morning! πŸ˜‰ But seriously . . . I love that each plate is different! How cool is that?

    And the stripes? Tres Chic. πŸ˜‰ Didn’t know I spoke French, did ya? I don’t. And I live with “some people,” too. Budget is number one in any project. Sigh . . . Just think what we could do with unlimited funds . . . but how much less creativity there would be!

    • ACK! I forgot to tell you what I like to drink for breakfast!!!!!

      COFFEE. Starbucks, Pike’s Place blend, Whole bean, fresh from my Cuisinart Grind-n-brew. πŸ™‚

  318. I usually start my day with coffee, unless The Man decided not to brew. Then I’ll hit up the quickie-mart for a jumbo Pepsi!

  319. The kitchen looks FANTASTIC!! I am a coffee girl, two giant mugs every morning with a bit of french vanilla creamer. Not to exciting but it get this girl moving πŸ™‚

    xo, Tanya

  320. BethB from Indiana :

    I drink a glass of orange juice while I take my morning meds, and then I have black coffee with the rest of my breakfast.

  321. Linda in Scottsdale :

    What a wonderful idea! I will be moving in a few months and I will file this away! Thank you for a chance to win the dishes; they would be perfect.

  322. Linda in Scottsdale :

    I forgot!-straight up black coffee for me

  323. I love tea for breakfast. Thanks for the opportunity.

  324. Such pretty dishes to display in those cupboards, where somebody was brilliant. I have to have a cup of tea first thing in the morning. I have a big old Lance cracker jar filled with about 25 different flavors of tea. come on over and find your favorite or try something new and maybe I can serve it to you in a pretty new Mikasa mug.

  325. I’m a regular orange pekoe kinda girl, followed by an afternoon French vanilla cappuccino! LOL

  326. I’m a coffee drinker in the morning…. and I absolutely love your ideas and humor!!! Your my inspiration in the mornings while enjoying my coffee. Thanks so much for this opportunity!! Have a great day!!!

  327. Jennifer Williams :

    Diet Coke… Every single morning. It keeps the people I love and live with alive.

  328. I love a hot, chai latte! Beautiful cabinets!

  329. Nothing but black coffee for me in the morning! Love your site and all of your great ideas!!

  330. Great cabinet update! For breakfast I’m usually a coffee drinker, though sometimes I’ll switch it up with a cup of English Breakfast tea.

  331. Kariann – Great giveaway. Love your kitchen cabinets – they look great. I drink my Diet Coca Cola out of my regular mug but would love to drink it out of one of those Mikasa cups. Thanks for the chance.


  332. Cindy Shearer :

    I love the cabinet up-do and I like cranberry juice for a morning drink.

  333. I am a coffee drinker only in the morning. Love those dishes! Thanks for the opportunity!

  334. Linda Carroll :

    Karianne – I love your posts, and Thistlewood, while I drink my coffee each morning in my white kitchen. The white Mikasa dishes would go splendidly!

  335. Good cup of coffee to get me going. Love your blog beautiful work.

  336. Love the open airy looking cabinets and the STRIPES!!! I must have my vanilla biscotti coffee each morning with a splash of creamer. Love your Blog!
    PS– so cute the cut out hinged house silhouettes. I’d love a set, where can I find them?

  337. A vended 12 oz. Mt. Dew is my drink of choice each morning. Can’t seem to start my day without it! I’ve tried to kick the habit several times but I seem to always revert back. πŸ™‚

  338. Brilliant! So clean, bright and happy! Where did you find the plate dividers -makes it look so pretty. The Mikasa plates are simply beautiful as well!

    My breakfast drink of choice is coffee with a splash of milk and a tablespoon of coconut oil – seriously delicious and gives me a dash of something healthy.

    Thanks for all your inspiration! ( I bought the chandelier from your curated event – it is stunning!)

  339. Coffee, coffee, and more coffee! And I so love the cabinets and the dish ware.

  340. Lady Delores LeBoeuf :

    A glass of water first to cleanse my thirst and then truly enjoy a hot cup of coffee with Hazelnut creamer and this gives me a bit of jolt to start my mojo/motor hopping, yummie…….thank you.

  341. Lady Delores LeBoeuf :

    your cabinets look great, I am so happy you took the creative on a budget idea…..I too love decorating the backs of cabinets….

  342. Dee Rasmussen :

    Great job, SuperDIYer!! For breakfast (lunch and dinner too, truth be known!), I start my day with a glass of good ole southern sweet tea — a special concoction I’ve perfected combining Lipton tea with mint tea and another secret ingredient. πŸ™‚

    Love the Mikasa dishes!


  343. I love to drink choc carnation instant breakfast with soy milk-yum! yum~
    Thank you for your blog…I really love it!

  344. I gotta have my coffee!!! It’s the no-brainer for me to start my day!! Love, love, love your cabinets and your thriftiness!!! And, of course, love your blog!!! Those dishes are soooo scootin’ cute!! Love. Love. Love.!!!

  345. I love the mixture of subtle patterns on the Mikasa dishes – fun, versatile, and classy! My favorite one of the 4 is the polka dot and it looks nice how you’ve paired it with the other one. Great job on the kitchen too! Sometimes not getting what we initially want really IS the best. πŸ™‚

    My mornings don’t officially start until that first 4 or 5 sips of my Tassimo Morning Roast coffee from my awesome coffee brewer that I’ve fallen in love with. I drink it black – about 2 cups, then later in the day I’ll have it brew up a Chai Tea – Yummm-o!

  346. Love the dishes! I start the day with a McDonald’s regular coke and I would pour it in one of the pretty little Mikasa cups and drink to my heart’s content. πŸ™‚

  347. Looks awesome!! LOVE!

    • I got so excited that I forgot to mention what I drink for breakfast! I usually have a big cup of coffee in a to-go mug, made with love by my hubby. It’s gone before I get to work, and then I promptly buy a Coke to drink the rest of the morning. Caffeine-junky.

  348. Laura Van Scott :

    I love your inexpensive and beautiful ideas! I drink Sweet Maria’s coffee with Peppermint Mocha creamer! πŸ™‚

  349. Oh how I would LOVE those white dishes! And sadly I usually drink water for breakfast. Wish it was freshly squeezed orange juice but alas…

  350. Fantastic cabinets!
    I love to drink green tea in the mornings. Love the dishes!

  351. I drink a bottled Starbucks Frappuccino every morning….. can’t start my day without it! πŸ™‚

  352. Love the kitchen! Is it hard to get the tape straight when you have to lean into the cabinet from a ladder? I too have white dishes but these are way better than Target squares. I often read your blog while having my morning, mid-morning, afternoon, evening, etc. coffee.

  353. Love the idea for the back of the cabinets–when we paint our cabinets I will have to remember this! Love the dishes–and my morning coffee would go great in the cup!

  354. kelly pollard :

    Love your blog. You are so darn funny…your stories make me laugh all the time. The dishes are super cute, but I am also wondering where you got those awesome plate stand/rack thingys. I would love some of those in my kitchen. I drink a protein shake every morning…almond milk, whey protein powder, fruit, crushed ice in a blender. Thanks!!

  355. I would absolutely love to drink my coffee with sweet cream creamer out of these so so cute mugs! Thanks so much for all the fun ideas – lots of great things on this blog of yours:)

  356. a concoction of sorts…whipped milk, coffee, and a bit of starbucks mocha frappuccino …on ice.

  357. COFFEE!! With flavored creamer. Or, as my husband points out, I prefer my creamer with a little coffee. Whatever. Ps….they have come out with a thin mint creamer. Squeal.

  358. OJ or red grapefruit juice. Love breakfast!

  359. I love your cupboards and the dishes. Freshly ground coffee – 2 cups – every morning without fail!

  360. Folgers French Roast with French Vanilla Cream………….
    i adore it…………………..

  361. Love these dishes! I drink diet Pepsi for breakfast!

  362. Plain hot coffee with milk. Love the look of the kitchen

  363. I am going to stripe my cabinets when I get that far with my kitchen redo! I drink iced tea every morning.

  364. I’d like to say that I drink coffee for breakfast, but it’s probably more like I drink cream with some coffee!

  365. Hot black coffee! Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring! Every day of the year! Those new white dishes would look mighty pretty on my new thrifted farm table!

  366. I’m boring. Water to down my daily pills and vitamins. Just water. And coffee, if I’m lucky, and someone else has already brewed the pot.

  367. Coffee! Can’t go without it!

  368. I’m much more methodical in my “old” age (52; I know, I know, that’s not truly old), and I always start with a glass of cold water, then move onto OJ, and then dive into a hot cup of coffee with fat-free 1/2 and 1/2.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  369. Diet Dr. Pepper, please!

  370. The cabinets look fabulous, Karianne…and love the dishes, too! My go-to drink in the morning…COFFEE.

  371. I like room us tea!

  372. It auto-corrected, rooibus tea!

  373. maria bontrager :

    so cute! you inspire me. I love hazelnut coffee every morning!

  374. I love your blog!!!!!!! It brings a smile to my face everyday! I drink a weak cup of coffeee…which I love every morning.

  375. Milk all the way!

  376. I see I am definitely in the minority, but I drink a cup of tea every morning. Maybe it’s a Canadian thing?

  377. I start my day with dark roast coffee. Love the white dishes!

  378. I drink mostly water. When it’s not water it’s cran-raspberry.

  379. I drink Dunkin Donuts Coconut Mocha coffee with a HEARTY splash of Almond Joy Creamer every morning πŸ™‚ YUM! And those dishes, and your kitchen redo, are fantastic.

  380. Great upgrade! Love the dishes. I drink MILK!

  381. Orange juice.

  382. Smoothies.

  383. LOVE those plates!!! Gorgeous!!

  384. I actually don’t drink anything with any of my meals πŸ™‚ but my kids usually have almond milk or grape juice and my husband drinks organic coffee.

  385. I don’t drink coffee , so what I drink is the milk from my cereal bowl . But I love , love , love these dishes ! You cabinets look great !

  386. I start my day with a tall glass of ice water with lemon and fresh mint….love the smells in the morning!

  387. Folgers coffee with French vanilla coffee mate creamer!!

  388. Each morn I drink my instant coffee the way my friend from Mississippi taught me. Almost all (almond) milk, splash of non-fat Hazlenut creamer and a bit of boiling water just to ward off the ice cold bite. I even have to travel with my cheap local food chain brand instant coffee for it cannot be replicated by fancy Folgers. And I’ve never ever had white…pure white…dishes so I’m entering along with 100’s of others!!!

  389. You always make such good choices… Not at all surprised the cabinets looks fabulous and so do the dishes! Love them! Oh… I always wake up with a cup of coffee!

  390. COFFEE!! With LOTS of cream. The Gatehouse is coming along. Can’t wait to see the rest of it. How do you plan to use it once it is done? Just curious since you stocked the kitchen with 12 place settings of that beautiful Mikasa dinnerware.

  391. Love, love, love the stripes! I’m a huge stripe and polka dot fan, so pick me, pick me!

    I hear tell you’re a glazed chocolate donut coffee fan? Sounds intriguing! I’m a simple Tassimo Signature Blend girl. Boring, but works for me ;).

  392. Coffee and orange juice!
    Thanks, Cindi

  393. I drink smoothies for breakfast most days.

    I like that you really made the effort to bloom where you were planted. The kitchen cabinet remake looks beautiful. I am inspired to do more than just keep it clean.

  394. Whitney Lindeman :

    Coffee coffee coffee!

  395. Coffee is what I drink. Love the makeover. Thinking of redoing my kitchen within the next year or so.

  396. morning drink? Diet Coke πŸ™‚

  397. Beautiful idea!!! Coffee with french vanilla creamer….first thing in the morning.

  398. Cheery white dishes are just what my soul needs right now. What a joy to drink my morning coffee from a polka dot cup!

  399. Coffee With nothing in it! Would love to be the winner! Thanks

  400. I love the stripes, and I love the dinnerware!

  401. Every morning is wonderful when drinking Earl Gray tea from a beautiful cup!

  402. you sure made that a mighty purdy kitchen Miss.. way better than new cabs for sure.. These let your creative spirit shine and you can change them anytime ya want to.

    I am a serious polka dot gal and sure would love some white dishes for my “in the process of being redone” kitchen.
    I’ll have the tile up and cleaned, the floor painted and sealed and be all ready to put the plates on a holder by next week..
    Folgers coffee is my morning delight so thats what I’d put in my polka dot cup. Even if I dont win I’ll be happy to share my coffee with ya.:)


  403. dianne anderson :

    I love drinking one cup of Maxwell House coffee each morning.

  404. At first I thought that was wallpaper in the cabinets! Absolutely LOVE the dishes. Would love to win them! The first thing I do every morning when I get up is to make a cup of coffee with my Keurig coffee maker. Add a swig of chocolate soy milk, a swig of 2%, 2 pumps of peppermint syrup, and 1 pump of vanilla syrup. SO YUMMY!!!!! πŸ™‚

  405. Oh my yes, you are one brilliant girl! That tape…..ingenious! Would love to polka dot, stripe and starburst with you in the morn drinking a cup of coffee and a glass of OJ.

  406. Coffee…lots of coffee. Love the kitchen cabinets by the way!!

  407. milk- breakfast shake usually. love what you did to the kitchen!

  408. Christine Sanchez :

    Love the pops of yellow with the lemons! And my breakfast drink is………..water. So boring, but all I need to get going!

  409. I would like/need a cup of decaf coffee, please. And in the white cup of those dishes, of course. Clever people, with the cabinets and all.

  410. I drink coffee every morning from my Keurig with french vanilla creamer and Truvia always…moved from an eleven room farmhouse in Quechee, VT to a tiny cape we call “the honeymoon sweet” and in process of yet again redoing kitchen. But my husband is a finish carpenter who had no work for the first time in 35 years and therefore is now working for someone else and has to work away from home for the week…..I would love to show him what I can do with a little creativity, not much moolah and motivation…..I CAN do this and the dishes sure would look lovely……………thanks for giving me hope…love your style….

  411. I can’t get my morning started without my Oregon Chai Tea. I buy the packets so all I have to do is pour in some hot water. Mmmmm! I think I’ll have some now. Thank you for the giveaway.

  412. Skim Milk! I love it and have to have it every morning!

  413. Diet Snapple Peach Tea. Think I have an addiction to it.

  414. Love your kitchen makeover! You showed it doesn’t take a lot of money to get a beautiful design. I drink coffee with a touch of cream every morning.
    Thanks for sharing!

  415. Mommy isn’t happy unless she starts her day with (preferably) Peet’s Coffee. DEEEEE-LICIOUS! πŸ™‚

  416. Love the cabinets. Great ideas. I drink snickerdoodle flavored coffee every morning! Start the day off right!

  417. Love your blog! I drink unsweetened iced tea every a.m. I need the caffeine and am not a coffee drinker. I love sweetened iced tea, but figure this is better for me first thing in the a.m.

  418. Somebody here drinks coffee every morning but SOMEBODY else drinks orange juice!

  419. Love your renovated kitchen and the dishes!

  420. Coffee!

  421. Iced tea or diet coke.

  422. I love how by just taking the doors off and putting a cute design opens up the kitchen and brings character. For breakfast, nothing is better than a glass of cold orange juice!

  423. I have to have Mountain Dew first thing in the morning. Dont judge.
    These dishes are to die for!

  424. Our creativity may cost us millions but who says we cant be frugal; at times πŸ˜‰
    Breakfast of champions for moi’; Spinach, vegi, berry, mango with flaxseed, emergenC, and banana drink. Yup, every single morning.

  425. My northern inlaws don’t understand it but I drink diet Coke for breakfast…it must be a southern thang. πŸ˜‰

  426. Coffee and more coffee and a protein bar. Yummy.

  427. Love Mikasa and what you’ve done with the kitchen cabinets! My morning drink with breakfast…a delicious cup of Hazelnut Community Coffee with a dash of Hazelnut creamer.

  428. “Someone” did an amazing job–as usual–of transforming a kitchen! I prefer white dishes in my kitchen and would love to win these

  429. Beautiful kitchen! I prefer coffee in the morning with those beautiful white dishes please.

  430. In the summer I drink ice water for breakfast but in the winter I indulge in a nice hot cup of International Coffee: Hazelnut.
    Love your blog!

  431. I drink ice water and cran-grape juice for breakfast. I love the white dishes and your kitchen remodel! Anything would taste good in that pretty space.

  432. C O F F E E, lots and lots of coffee with milk and that new brown cane sugar stuff that’s supposed to be better for you than the white stuff we grew up on. The coffee also has to be pretty hot, like me……just kidding!

  433. Love the dishes and your “save the college fund” cabinets, you are so talented! I start my day with a glass of water for hydration and later add a can of diet dr pepper for the caffein.

  434. Much better than new cabinets and love the painted stripes and chevron outlet cover, along with…well…everything else πŸ™‚

    Per my dear grandmother’s influence from little on, I have to have my Lipton tea with raw sugar and milk πŸ™‚

  435. Peppermint Tea or Chai Latte Mix….. No Coffee….

  436. Hi, great creative idea for saving money while stilling getting a beautiful look. I drink Vitamin Water Zero in a flavor called Rise (it’s orange). I drink it instead of juice because it’s sugar-free and has vitamins in it! Cheers!

  437. Love white dishes. They go with everything! I drink a couple of cups of Whole Foods Brand Coffee, Pleasant Morning Buzz.Who wouldn’t love that? I eat a bowl of good old fashioned bowl of southern style grits and whole wheat toast.

  438. Coffee with a little cream and sugar is my favorite morning drink!

  439. Oh my goodness, my finger is sore from scrolling to the bottom of the entries, lol!! Everyone wants to win πŸ™‚ I have a current love affair with white dishes! I drink coffee with peppermint mocha creamer every.single.morning! YUM. Thanks Karianne, just love seeing your gatehouse taking shape, and on a budget too. thanks for inspiring us!

  440. tea πŸ™‚

  441. samantha light :

    Totally awesome! Karianne I really enjoy your website so much and I only wish I could drink coffee with you in your beautiful cups! I know what it means when some people have to get really creative and then some people quietly take pictures of some peoples creative ideas and it makes some people really happy.

  442. Rachelle Powers :

    Love the stripes! I enjoy a touch of coffee in my coconut creamer every morning.

  443. So pretty and inspiring! I really really need to tackle our basement guest kitchen. It needs a serious dose of pretty. My favorite breakfast drink is hot tea with milk. Thanks for the chance of winning those gorgeous dishes.

  444. Ice water with lemon juice.

  445. I have the same thing EVERY morning! 1 huge mug of 1/2 caff – 1/2 decaf coffee with Peppermint Mocha creamer πŸ™‚ The best way ever to wake up! And, your cabinets look beautiful! Life to the full! Melissa

  446. Karianne,


    My choice drink in the morning is flavored creamer with a little coffee. πŸ˜‰


  447. Andria Shephard :

    Folgers coffee

  448. Reese Burdine :

    I love hot tea with raw honey and whole milk!

  449. Leslie Westberry :

    If only I could borrow you for ….a month or two. You always inspire me as I have an old house that needs a total overhaul. I see what you have done and I don’t have your eye, but it is the style I like and wish I could mimic. These dishes are so perfect ! They are quite simple from a distance and playful close up. I think my morning chocolate soymilk ( I don’t drink coffee) would appreciate the upgrade in style and class. So are you for hire ?? πŸ˜€

  450. I drink plain lipton hot tea at home, and when I get to work I drink a cup of peach tea.

  451. Coffee, dollop of milk and one sweet n low, only in a glass or china mug…no paper. Ruins the taste. And it is best while reading my favorite blogger. Unless of course she offers one of her humorous insights. In which case I am wearing my coffee. I must start wearing white so I can bleach my clothes (or tea dying everything.)

  452. COFFEE! Best start to my day. πŸ™‚

  453. Hot cocoa even in the summer!!!!

  454. I love Harney & Sons Paris Tea with some local Orange Blossom Honey!

  455. I’m a coffee girl – Flavored coffee creamers are my indulgence. πŸ™‚
    Have a college girl in her first place who would sure LOVE these dishes. She wants white and these fit her happy and fun personality!

  456. A hot cup of decaf with a splash of cream…unless I am on the road, shuttling children, then it is iced coffee, black.

  457. Billie Jo Vail :

    I love, love, love the kitchen remodel. I’m doing my wall in stripes with stencil writing. Where is the white houses on the counter from?
    My morning preference is coffee with cream.
    Thanks for sharing your creativity, it’s very inspiring.

  458. Sparkling Water.

  459. Wowser! Great giveaway! Orange juice…no pulp….is my beverage of choice for breakfast! Quite the connoisseur, right? Can’t wait to try it in a beautiful white Mikasa mug! Thanks for the generosity Mikasa and Thistlewood Farms! Jean from south jersey…

  460. I drink 8oz of water and then a diet coke with ice!

  461. Love the cabinets! I love to drink orange juice with breakfast.

  462. Diet coke caffeine free is my breakfast! Love the cabinets such an awesome update!

  463. Love it… seems easier then wallpapering the backs like I want to do lol… What do I like to drink for breakfast? Whatever I can. I usually have water right away, then a cup of coffee (iced lately) w/ lots of creamer in it… yummm

  464. Really looks like fancy wallpaper!

    I like hot tea and farm fresh milk for breakfast, in that order!

  465. Nevelyn Schooler :

    I love to have weak coffee (2 teaspoon full for a 12 cup pot) with Half N Half and sugar.

  466. Black coffee or orange juice.

  467. I like a cold glass of orange juice for breakfast.

  468. Coffee, coffee, & more coffee! Fun dishes!

  469. Hi! Love the cabinets and he dishes! I drink Diet Pepsi on my way to work. Thanks!

  470. I like to have 2 or 3 cups of coffee with cream.

  471. Checked out the Mikasa before I even got to the giveaway! It’s perfect! How smart they are…. πŸ™‚

  472. I like a cold glass of milk! Mmmm….

  473. Karianne, your cabinets look great! I’m totally inspired! Now to convince sweet hubby….
    Great dishes too! Excellent for that open shelving I’m looking forward to.

    Karen U

  474. I love the stripes in the cabinets. Think I’ll do that in our laundry room. As far as breakfast drink, my sweet husband makes the best coffee and pours me a cup. One of my favorite times of the day.

  475. Pepsi or Mr Dew

  476. beautiful! I drink hot tea with breakfast

  477. I would love to see the cabinets as a whole and see how you changed them up.

    I drink goat’s milk every morning from our own goats. πŸ™‚

  478. Luv all your projects and your blog!! And I start my day off with DDP…diet dr pepper!!

  479. Blessie Nelson :

    I loved your DIY idea! I drink coffee with breakfast!

  480. I like to start the day with a white bowl full of yogurt and berries.

  481. Katie Contests :

    I drink decaf vanilla tea with a spoonful of honey

  482. I just found your blog and am already quite excited. I’m planning on renovating my kitchen either next summer or in two summers, depending on budget. But you gave me a great idea on how I can give it a temporarily new look and bear with my current cabinets (which I hate with passion!) for a bit longer.:)

    As for my morning joy, it’s a glass of fresh fruit/veggie juice. My family juices a lot and I just can’t go without it! It totally replaces any need of drinking coffee and it’s so good for you!

  483. I drink what my kids used to call “beige milk” chocolate and white milk mixed together – it was their favorite when they were little : )

    Love the cabinets and dishes! Just found your blog and I am loving it!

  484. “the best part of waking up is coffee in my cup!”
    polka dots are my favorite color. i’d have a blast with a set of these dishes.

  485. Cutest cabinets! And no morning is complete without coffee. πŸ™‚

  486. You offer such great ideas, thanks! I like a cup of Dandelion Root tea w/cinnamon and vanilla coconut milk…mmmmm.

  487. I MUST have my cuppa coffee with breakfast. Sometimes it IS my breakfast until I can eat something later in the morning!

    I LOVE your cabinet re-do! It is just so simple and beautiful! It’s got my wheels spinning for my drab old kitchen!

  488. I LOVE the horizontal pattern!!
    In the mornings I enjoy a big glass of DIY overnight iced coffee!! I add coconut milk and a splash of the girl scout cookies creamer by Coffeemate!! Delish…seriously delish!

  489. What a great solution! The cabinets look really good. =)

    As for what do I drink for breakfast …. An Advocare watermelon Spark.
    Yep. Good stuff. =)

  490. Lynn in Florida :

    One cup of decaf with Stevia and French Vanilla Creamer….then I switch to Crystal Light Peach Tea or Green Tea Mango for the rest of the day! I’m a huge fan of white dishes, and these are especially lovely…sure would love to win them! Karianne, as always, you’re like the fairy godmother in Cinderella….everything you “wave your magic wand” at turns out spectacular! You have an extraordinary talent for turning the ordinary and mundane into something truly special. And having that handy, “cute grin” hubby around doesn’t hurt, right??? Even when he puts the brakes on the dreams a bit, he sure helps you create that magic on a budget pretty darn well! So does he conduct classes for all the hapless hubbies????

  491. Diet Coke each and every morning!

  492. Can’t wait to show this to my sister whose cabinets Really need an update! I’ll even volunteer to help her since this looks so ‘do-able’. If I can convince her, I’ll send you a photo when we finish.
    I’m a coffee drinker: grind beans, brew one lovely cup, add cream and sugar and do my sudoku puzzle to start the day.

  493. I drink lots of coffee!!

  494. I usually have coffee or hot tea and sometimes orange juice. I’m a multiple drink girl.

  495. I LOVE how those turned out! I too have no doors on my kitchen cabinets! I think it helps from making a cluttery mess too!

  496. Earl Grey Tea! every morning, then again around Ten, and then in the afternoon, and after dinner….oh, my! no wonder I never sleep!
    Have a great TEA day!


  497. Completely forgot to tell you how awesome the kitchen looks! Love the cabinets – and please tell us about the adorable little house screen on the counter! did you make it? please share! tooooo cute!


  498. What a terrific decorating solution! And I love that dinnerware. It’s really hard to beat white dishes, and the various patterns provide visual interest!

  499. And I always drink coffee at breakfast! Must. Have. Coffee.

  500. Lipton Pure Leaf Peach tea is my go-to morning drink!

  501. It’s usually black coffee first thing–not because I NEED it…just because I love it!

  502. Coffee or green tea depending on my mood!

  503. I love the way this turned out… and I drink coffee.
    Lots and lots and lots and lots of coffee.

  504. Hi Karianne! It’s me Kari – without the anne part! First I have to say that I love your website and your sense of humor reminds me of my own daughter’s whose name is…KarA! Well, it’s spelled Kara with a little “a” at the end, but I wanted to make sure you saw the difference. In fact, your humor is so much like hers I sent a post of yours around to our family members and asked the question, “Who does Karianne remind you of?” All answers came back as, yeah, you guessed it, my Kara. Even Kara thought you sounded like Kara. Am I confusing you? Was there something you wanted to know so you could then send me those dishes I want so very very much besides the fact that my name is the first part of your name? OH! Right. It’s coffee. Black coffee. That’s what you asked and that’s what I always grab before I sit and read your blog. I just know it would taste so much better in a polka dot cup or maybe a striped one. You could even put a little note on your web site that has a place for the cup you are using that day! Okay, maybe not. Honestly, Karianne, all silliness aside (for just a moment), you always make me laugh and that’s a good thing. Thank you for being you and doing what you do. You have to know how much joy you add to so many people’s days just by reading what you write.

  505. I’m not sure I’ve ever had to scroll down so far to leave a comment on anyones blog before! You popular lady you! I drink my coffee with mexican creamer added~yum!

  506. Most of my mornings I have coffee. But I do like I nice cup of tea once in a while.

  507. I must have coffee in the morning with caramel flavored creamer! Makes all the difference!

  508. Great article Kari. The stripes add so much. I’m a Georgia girl and I drink Coke with/for breakfast!

  509. I love orange juice. Im 34 weeks pregnant (with #4) and coffee is not good right now. When I’m not pregnant I love dark roast coffee with vanilla creamer!

  510. Love how the new Gate House is coming along! The cabinets look great! Well, w/Autumn coming on I’m sure I would have a nice warm cuppa raspberry dark chocolate. Don’t you just love a cup on a cool Autumn evening in front of a nice glowing fire…. πŸ™‚ Great Give-a-way Karianne (btw, I always loved the “anne” addition on a name. I had a college roommate whose name was Marianne and I wanted to name my next daughter Kacianne but alas I never had another.)

  511. Mimosas!!! Love the dishes and your projects!!

  512. Coffee coffee coffee = and maybe some tea. Love these dishes and the subtle differences. Doesn’t look too busy.

  513. Coffe, followed by Coffee, followed by Coffee in the AM! I love what you did with the kitchen! So much creativity! The dishes are so unbelievably cool, thanks for having a give-away.

  514. I love a cup of hot bold coffee. Thank you for this great giveaway.

  515. I drink coffee with creamer every morning! Love these dishes!

  516. Diet Mountain Dew, every morning, every day.

  517. Jennifer Hasselbring :

    I drink chocolate milk every morning with breakfast.

  518. Joanie Murphey-Cope :

    I drink milk!!!!!!! Yummo!

  519. I drink water… my drink of choice. I think minus an adult beverage on occasion the only thing I drink is water. πŸ™‚

  520. Lydia Trujillo :

    Discovered the beauty of white dishes bought my first set from the dollar store when I was sending kids to catholic school not a a lot of extra money . Love all the different patterns coffee with creamer and a bagel !;)

  521. For breakfast in the warmer months a glass of O.J. In the cooler months a cup of hot chocolate with a spritz of whipped cream and during December I stir it with a candy cane! I adore white plates they are so versatile! Love your blog!!!

  522. I love the stripes. We need to update our entire kitchen.
    I’ll drink coffee if someone else makes it, otherwise it’s soy milk or juice in the morning.

  523. Wow!
    My morning drink is hot, hot coffee with milk while walking the dog πŸ™‚

  524. There’s nothing better than that first cup of Joe in the morning, and it’s even better in a cup you love. The look of that beautiful rich coffee color against pure white is as invigorating as a fresh bar of soap…but it tastes a lot better.

  525. Love the Cheers dinnerware! Perfect for your cupboards! Have to have my coffee first thing in the morning!

  526. Jan from Michigan :

    I drink Dunkin Donuts coffee and I love those dishes!

  527. My favorite drink for breakfast is Caramel drizzle coffee with French Vanilla creamer, a packet of Truvia and a shake of nutmeg on top. I just love the kitchen that is posted! It is so clean and sharp. I love the idea of taking the cabinet doors off and striping the back wall of the cabinet!!! What a wonderful idea!! I am thinking of doing something to “freshen up” my kitchen but I am a little hesitant of doing that to my cabinet doors simply because I do not use all white dishes. They are Casa Fina from Portugual and are Madeira Harvest. The colors are all very light and earthy and light in color but I am not sure how that would look. What do you think???

  528. What a happy kitchen you have :0)

    I LOVE Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee for breakfast!

  529. I love my strong black coffee in a big mug!

  530. Charlotte Delaire-Meyers :

    Breakfast drink of choice has to be diet coke with lots of ice. I like my caffeine COLD!
    Love the kitchen and the dishes. Just recently started collecting a “new” all white set – well, they’re new to me.
    Thanks for the blogs. I look forward to my daily dose of design.

  531. diet coke all the way.

  532. Jody peterson :

    I have a tiny bit of coffee with my milk and sugar. And I love white dishes, so clean and they go with everything.

  533. hmmm. depends on the morning. I always drink half caf with skim and sweet and low. but truthfully most mornings around here would be better suited for a spiced rum and diet! my office tends to frown on that, so coffee it is.

  534. Diet Dr. Pepper every morning!!

  535. p.s. you cannot have 4 children within a five mile radius or you would not have the cupboard doors off of anything! I do have matching dishes, buried under the assorted mismatched coffee mugs and all the college beer mugs. but who would know?

  536. Duh-coffee!

  537. Coffee please, in lovely white mugs!

  538. Definitely coffee. Great kitchen update and love the dishes.

  539. wow, wonderful transformation! Coffee, in a huge mug. πŸ™‚

  540. Coffee for breakfast, definitely! And those dishes are so fun – love the mix of patterns!

  541. Water!

  542. I hate coffee and have given up diet soda. I like a talk glass of ice water with my breakfast. Beautiful dishes!

  543. Coffee and orange juice.

  544. I have about 2 lg. cups of coffee and if I’m still not awake or I’m in the mood for more hot beverage I switch over to English Breakfast Tea. Both with creamer and splenda. Thank You for the chance to win the lovely dishes.

  545. Coffee with Peppermint Mocha creamer Yum

  546. Nice mini cabinet makeover! It looks so fresh and open… I love it. πŸ™‚

    Favorite morning drink is a nice cup of hot chai. Mmmm…

  547. I have to start my morning with a few glasses of water, otherwise I never seem to squeeze in enough throughout the rest of the day. White dishes have always been my go to because of the versatility-pattern definitely would make them more fun!

  548. It really depends on the weather…on cool fall days I love tea, cold winter days call for hot coffee, and on summer days some iced coffee is essential!

  549. 16 oz. of cold water first, than coffee! I love the white Mikasa dishes!

  550. I would like breakfast a lot better if it came a couple hours later and someone else was cooking it….but, as it is, I will accept that it is a super important part of the day and pay it its due.

  551. Love the cabinets, totally doing this in our new house…and water. I know boring!

  552. I love how simple but gorgeous the cabinets turned out! I drink plain old h2o for breakfast. It works!

  553. I love the stripes I the cabs!! And those Mikasa plates are so cute! It would be great to drink my coffee with a splash of cream each morning and look at those lovelies!

  554. I like Grande Non-fat Lattes πŸ™‚

  555. What I usually drink for breakfast is water. What I would LIKE to drink for breakfast is a Starbucks mocha πŸ™‚ Love the cabinet update! Thanks for the fun giveaway opportunity πŸ™‚

  556. I usually drink some kind of juice or milk, depending on what I am eating.

  557. I like to have a cup of nice homebrewed fruit tree tea.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  558. Love the updates! Just curious, where dd you get your plate display racks? I’ve been looking everywhere for some. πŸ™‚

  559. Love the open look of the cabinets. Would really like to see the whole room … What’s the rest look like?
    I’m a fan of protein smoothies for breakfast. Sweet fruit,whey protein, almond milk and ice all crunched up together in a blender. yum…..

  560. Coffee (and often some water)…

  561. I always drink Apple Juice and Coffee for breakfast. πŸ™‚

  562. Coffee and some peanuts maybe dry cereal. I am so wanting to update my boring builder grade oak kitchen, just terrified! First world problems right. πŸ™‚

  563. I found your page through Pinterest. I love the patterns on the plates! I’ve been looking for something different like that for a long time, but not knowing what it was that I was looking for. As to what I drink depends on my whim and what I’m doing that day. Sometimes it’s tea (Good Earth Original Blend; lemon, or raspberry herbal; green tea), sometimes it’s a Mexican Mocha that I make at home, and sometimes a smoothie if I don’t have time for breakfast and am not coming home right after I drop the kids off at school.

  564. I drink tea in the morning – Hao Ya B is my favorite morning staple. Thanks for the giveaway!

  565. I like hot tea in the mornings. Especially in the colder months. Thanks for the giveaway!

  566. I drink green tea for breakfast and switch to decaf coffee mid afternoon for a 3:00 pick me up, usually with a little sweet something! I’d love these dishes. Thanks for the opportunity.

  567. Always coffee!


  568. Linda Southworth :

    I love the cabinet update ideas and will definitely make the plate racks for a few shelves. Looks grand! I will just sip my morning coffee just like I have every day and enjoy once they are done!

  569. Iced coffee. Always iced coffee.

  570. Oh my favorite breakfast beverage is pumpkin spice cappuccino..yum, yummy, yum!! Ok- topped with a pumpkin muffin..I LOVE that you made do with what you have and it looks gorgeous!! Inspiring!!

  571. Great job on the cabinets! I’m a spicy hot chocolate kind of girl, preferably paired with a good pastry!

  572. Diet Dr. Pepper all the way! Breakfast of Champions…well, that and a bowl of regular Cheerios with skim milk.

  573. Gotta have my coffee!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  574. hi love all your beautiful things. im a good old folgers drinker strong and black. I would like to know where you got your standing plate rack, or did you make it? thanks judy

  575. I drink tea with honey!

  576. It’s Starbucks brewed at hospital I work at with 3 squirts of sugar- free hazelnut & 4 creamers pods. But my favorite for special is a mocha coffe with sugar- free shot of Bananna syrup. Tastes Devine!
    Love the tape to space stripes – you are amazing!

  577. Wow! Love those dishes and the giveaway! A glass of orange juice is my breakfast drink.

  578. Teena Mashburn :

    Love me some Almond Breeze Vanilla Almond Milk…cause its good for me and Diet Coke cause I take my caffeine cold, thank you!

  579. I very much enjoy my morning coffee. Love the stripes & love reading all your posts, thanks for sharing your thoughts & pics.

  580. patricia loser :

    I have a coke with lots of ice. It keeps me happy.

  581. Love this! And I’m a little unconventional… I drink Diet Coke in the morning. Usually a 32 oz. from McDonalds in a foam cup. It’s a bit of an obsession. Pretty sad huh? πŸ˜‰

  582. Nicole Grimes :

    A cup of pumpkin spice anything for me!! πŸ™‚

  583. A mug of Lady Grey tea with milk. Love white dishes…lets the food be the star

  584. Usually nothing – or water. I’ve given up oj to save the morning carbs. Later I’ll have a big mug of coffee

  585. Those dishes look smooth and creamy! Coffee is what powers me in the morning. Love your blog. Keep up the good work!

  586. Sheryll & Critters. :

    I always have cafe au lait.

    And I wish I had the patience to do stripes on a wall.

  587. Sheila Miller :

    I start off the morning with a vanilla flavored coffee. YUM!

  588. Coffee, lots & lots of coffee πŸ™‚

  589. I drink coffee with lots of Hazelnut creamer and sugar!

  590. I love this update…might just have to try it in our kitchen!

    I drink AdvoCare’s Spark each morning!

  591. Hi!!! I drink coffee and a large glass of water πŸ™‚

  592. Sherry Buckles :

    LOL….love the budget conversation. As creative as I am with stuff for the house and the money spent to fuel said creativity- and you know I am – I regularly get reminded about mortgages, car payments, shoes, *SHOES*, like that will defer me one bit. You are an inspiration Kary! LOVE IT!

    Oh, I drink coffee, but am trying real hard to be a green tea drinker in the morning for health benefits.

  593. Most every day it is English Breakfast tea, black. If I need a little extra care taking I add honey and cream.

  594. I love a cup of coffee in the morning πŸ™‚

  595. Paint is the easiest way to change your kitchen cabinets and these look fantastic.

    I LOVE sweet tea for breakfast, lunch & dinner!

  596. How pretty…the upgraded cabinets as well as the dishes, loved them.
    Coffee, coffee and coffee for me in the morning!

  597. Where did you get the cute little city silhouette? I love it!

    This is coming from a non-coffee/cappuccino/frappuccino/latte/tea drinker!


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