I can’t believe it’s finished in time for Christmas Eve.
Hold on a minute.
Let me go check the kitchen one more time to make sure it’s real.
I’m not sure if I need to pinch myself or these countertops.
Are you ready?
Should I wait a minute for you to grab coffee or tea or diet coke? Maybe a muffin?
You might need refreshments.
It’s not every day Christmas meets a before and after kitchen.
Here’s where we started.
There was a wall in the middle of the room. See that empty space? It’s where the refrigerator was. The countertops were butcher block. There was open shelving on the half of the walls and cabinets around the corner. The island was turquoise. On the other side of the wall was a butler’s pantry that opened into the dining room through a swinging door.
We ditched the wall (and kept the swinging door).
Here’s a during picture.
The wall is gone (you can see the swinging door in the background).
We reused the same cabinets from the butler’s pantry and just reconfigured them.
In this picture you can see the shelving gone from the wall. We had to fit the cabinets around this bump out in the wall that can’t be removed.
We kept the sink and changed out the faucet.
Here’s a close-up of the old butcher block countertops.
We also kept the tile work and left the hardware, too.
In historic news here’s the original stencil my mother stenciled on the wall when I was in high school.
At the time it was high-wall fashion.
I think her friends copied it for their own kitchens.
When we pulled the wall away, we found the original floor.
I ate so many bowls of cheerios on top of these floors.
The floors are covered up.
The wall is rebuilt.
The cabinets are painted.
And the kitchen?
It looks like this.
I KNOW. RIGHT.
Can you even?
Can we look at the before and the kitchen from the same angle so you can see the difference?
Here’s the before again.
And here’s the kitchen from the same angle without the wall.
I knew I wanted my favorite yard sale find ever on the back wall.
It’s right at home in Texas.
Here’s a close up of the milk glass decorated for Christmas.
Easiest decor ever.
White yard sale dishes. Check.
Red ornaments. Check.
Fresh cedar greenery cut off the swag on the front door. Check.
Here’s the side of the kitchen coming in from the dining room.
There are vintage panels on the back wall.
I tied these wooden snowflake ornaments onto them.
Here’s a close-up of the plate rack.
My husband just built it this weekend.
It’s an easy project.
You can see all the DIY instructions here.
We just built it directly onto the existing wall.
I think it needs a recipe on the back just like this one.
I added a little bit of red in the kitchen for Christmas.
Like this reindeer sign.
And this vintage look-alike camper.
And a red truck ornament.
Here’s the view going out of the kitchen into the laundry room.
There’s a mini-butler’s pantry in there out of sight behind the wall.
This bench is one of my favorite things in the kitchen.
Kirkland’s sent it to me as a housewarming present (and it’s 20% off right now with free shipping).
It’s 48″ long and fits perfectly on this wall.
The tiny Christmas tree is real and it came from Lowe’s this weekend. I got it for only $10.00 and tucked it inside a galvanized Christmas bucket.
I added wood beads on the tiny tree and these wood slice ornaments.
They are woven.
That’s embroidery thread.
I also added white wood ornaments.
And these merry and bright wood ornament trees.
My brother made the wood pallet letters for the farmhouse and they came to Texas with me.
I found this cute metal pail that hangs on the back door.
It holds all the Christmas cards.
And the floor is from the laundry room.
More on the laundry room/butler’s pantry later.
Here’s a close-up of the centerpiece on the center of the island.
I just placed a large basket in the center and added these metal trees and these Christmas trees.
The trees are layered for height and then I added greenery to the basket around the base of the trees.
Here’s one more look at the kitchen.
We are hosting both of our families here on Christmas Eve.
And I think that’s the thing that makes me the happiest.
The countertops are amazing.
The bar stools are pulled up and ready.
The island is decorated and the hutch is full of red and white.
Having a kitchen full of laughter and love and joy and spilled crumbs and an extra helping of pumpkin pie?
That’s the best decoration of all. 🙂
PS I’ll do a sourcing post for most of the stuff in the kitchen later, but e-mail me if you have any questions or just leave it in the comments.