Saturday, November 7, 2015

I'm done!

Okay, not really. I still need to swap out two more light switches. But it's close enough to being done.

Changing out the outlets and light switches were a big pain in the "you know where." I totally understand now why electricians get paid what they do.

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I am EXTREMELY happy with my Formica Soapstone Sequoia laminate countertop! The finish is fantastic and is a breeze to clean! YaY!!

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Here's the one seam. It's definitely not as noticeable as I thought it would be.

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Here's those pretty listello tiles and my new cast iron sink. I absolutely LOVE my new sink!!

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I have to admit it... This Kohler sink rack is the best 70 bucks I've ever spent.
Yes, I b*tched and moaned about spending the money on a rack. Hey I'm frugal, what can I say! ((hee-hee))

If you don't have one for your sink, you must get one!
Go ahead, I'll wait right here for you to come back. But make it snappy.

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As I looked around my kitchen, I couldn't help but think about all the changes I've made.
Come take a stroll with me... Here is how the ol' Countryfolk kitchen has looked over these past 15 years.

When we first moved in I immediately painted over the light mint green walls with a more neutral color...

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Then I decided to paint the cabinets barn red and darken the walls.
As much as I loved this look, over time I felt it to be a bit too dark and somewhat gloomy. So I had to lighten everything up.

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That I did! Next, I used the Rustoleum Countertop and Cabinets Transformations kits.
I also painted that 1776 Americana flag on my peninsula. It's still there. I couldn't bring myself to paint over it so I covered it with beadboard.

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Then I decided I wanted a white kitchen for more of a timeless, farmhouse kitchen look...

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Ooooh, I can't forget about beadboard wallpaper on bi-fold doors project and the tintile ceiling project too...

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But when the countertop transformation kit I applied started to wear, it was time for a new countertop.

That's where Formica's Soapstone Sequoia laminate countertop comes in!

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Man, over these past 15 years I've put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this kitchen. But if I had to do it all over again, I would.
(And as often as I change my mind, I'm sure it will happen again. But we'll keep that between you and me)
I'm so glad my sweet hubs doesn't read my blog.

Happy Saturday, all.

:> )


Carol Roll said...

I love seeing all the changes, each one better than the last. Love this lighter look, so spacious and just lovely Peanut.

bayrayschild said...

No doubt you have been one busy lady! I love all that you do.
The finished product is so BEAUTIFUL Peanut!

Just gets me wondering...what project will be next? =)


Judi Hunziker said...

I love it, you have done a beautiful job keeping the character of your old farm house.

Primitive Stars said...

Oh looks wonderful Karin, love the lightness of the room. Your home is so welcoming, you have a great sense of style... Blessings Francine.

Maureen said...

Definitely fun scrolling through your decorating changes. Your present look is lovely, bright and cheerful. Honestly,I like them all. Wanna come to Ohio?

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Thank you kindly, ladies! It's funny how out taste in decor changes over the years.
No big DIY remodel plans in my future. At least not any time soon. I'm getting too old. I don't bounce back like I used to. ;> )

Raymond Homestead said...

Love it! You do such a good job of decorating! Great taste!

Dixie Redmond said...

It looks GREAT. Your kitchen transformations inspired me to get going on mine. YES, I am still painting, wedging it in between Other Stuff. ;-). My goal is to be DONE by Thanksgiving. Maybe the week before so I can start cookin'. ;-)

Ali said...

I think this my favourite of your kitchen makeovers and since when are you EVER done? LOL!


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Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Thanks again, guys! ♥ Mindy, we definitely have similar taste. ♥ Like they say "Great minds think alike." ;> )
Ali, I have to admit this farmhouse kitchen look is my favorite too! My photos don't do it justice. Nope, I'm never done. Next is to tackle the upstairs. But that will wait until next year. I don't want to give my sweet hubs a heart attack. ;> )
Dixie, I can't wait to see your kitchen! I know it will look fantastic! But you'd better get crackin'. Thanksgiving is soon!

marly said...

That's a lot of work and you've done it so well. Love the dining chairs too.

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Thanks, Marly! I LOVE my vintage Duckloe Windsor chairs. My sweet hubs went to great lengths to get that set for me and I am forever grateful.

Anonymous said...

Hi Did you paint your cabinets white or are they still the English Cream from the Cabinet Transformations? If you painted them white, will you share with me what products - paint you used? I am wanting to paint my cabinets white and yours are fantastic!

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Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Hi Vivian, thanks for the kind words! I don't mind sharing at all. I painted over the English Cream Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations. I used "Powdered Snow" (flat finish) on the cabinets, "Ivory Mist" (satin finish) on the beadboard backsplash and "Hazelnut Cream" (eggshell finish) on the walls. All by Behr.
Since I had some left over top coat from the transformation kit I used that to seal the cabinets. It is a satin finish. How I wish they would sell that product separately. It goes on easy, is smooth as glass and has an unbelievable hard finish to boot!

nikbis said...

Hi there, gorgeous kitchen!!! I thought I wanted the soapstone sequoia but the sample I have had what feels like tiny grains of sand in spots. And I'm wondering if it always feels like that, and is it easy to clean and KNOW it's clean? Does that make sense? I'm goinga little crazy trying to pick a counter top!!!

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Thank you! I know exactly what you mean by going crazy picking out a new counter top. I felt the same way. I had samples all over the place! :> )
The Soapstone Sequoia is slightly textured to give it a more natural honed look and feel. I've had absolutely no problem keeping it clean. I love it!
But if you're really uncomfortable and it bothers you, go with your gut and get a completely smooth laminate. I personally prefer a slightly textured laminate because it doesn't look so plastic-y.

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