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Sunday, March 14, 2010

First Impressions

Originally, when we planned our kitchen, I knew I wanted something here that would be a focal point.  It’s the first thing you see when you walk into our house, and although it would have been a great place for the fridge, I didn’t want that to be everyone’s first impression.

So instead, THIS has been the first impression for the last (almost) 2 years.  Originally, I planned to stain this and make it look like an old piece of furniture, but in the last 2 years, my tastes have changed.
P1040698  So I decided to do this!
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See that gorgeous table top?  It is from an antique Hoosier.  I got it from the Junk Refunkery for $15!  $15!  And she went and dug it out of her barn for me in the dead of winter.  Dori’s my new best friend. img_0315 img_0317   img_0319
Dh and I built these shelves.  I may do a tutorial someday.  I got my inspiration from Traci at Beneath my Heart.  She made these fabulous Ballard Design Cafe shelves and I knew I could do it, too. (Well, Dh helped me.)  I may do a tutorial on them someday, but Traci’s so good, what’s the point? :)img_0320I love that we were able to find trim that mimics the beading around my dishes.  I like details like that. :) img_0321
I wish I had a cost break down for you, but I don’t.  I think it was about:
$250 – unfinished base cabinet
    15 – table top
     30-40 – shelves (just an estimate – I said 40-50, but Dh thought that was too much.

What have you done to give a good first impression of your house?  I think this piece perfectly shows my style, and creates a great first impression!
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26 comments:

  1. Wow, that looks amazing. Great transformation!

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  2. WOW! What a difference that made. Love all of the white dishes with the black. Great, great job!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such nice comments. I am following your blog now and look forward to your posts! :)

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  3. Ah, three of my favourite things, black painted pieces, white dishes and open shelves. Very pretty and definitely a great first impression. I love the contrast of your white cabinets with the new black cabinets and how the black mimics the dark countertops. The black plate rack is pretty special too. What can I say, I love it all.

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  4. That is very modern and fresh! Love the details.

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  5. nice transformation, it is gorgeous, & i really like the black!

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  6. That is gorgeous!! And it is all neat with everything all put away. In my house it would become a dumping ground for all junk mail, etc.

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  7. This looks amazing. I really love the black and white.

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  8. Wonderful first impression! Looks very nice, organized and inviting. And I love that trim.

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  9. That looks great! I love the birds and the plate holder, too. Wonderful job!

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  10. Wow! that looks great! the plate holder is awesome!

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  11. I love it! What a great transformation! You did a great job. I am excited to read about your transforamtion of your farmhouse! I am sure that I will be very jealous!
    If you have a minute, please stop by and say hello!

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  12. Katie, WOW! You and your hubby did a masterful job! Your cabinet and shelves look fabulous and very upscale! I also notice you put beautiful accents on the your shelves, and the photo of the baby is precious!!!!! Beautiful!!
    Yvonne

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  13. Totally loving what you did! That tabletop is a great find. Junk Refunkery sounds like a fun place!

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  14. You have done great with your projects! I love that plate holder. Where or where did you get it?

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  15. That looks great. I love it. :) thanks for linking!!

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  16. What a great focal point! I've had those shelves of my to-do list... black looks great!

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  17. OOOhhh! I want your little white birdies! Where are they from?

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  18. Amazing!!! Love it! Much better focal point.

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  19. I love your look and just found your blog.

    I hope you do a tutorial on these shelves ...they look fabulous!

    Hugs,

    Natalie

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  20. How did I not know about this junk refunkery?? I am so sad that the next sale is the same day as my sister's wedding...do you think she would be upset if I skipped it to go junking? :p

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  21. The Junk Refunkery? Sounds like my kind of place? Do tell. I must find it. We have a place similar over here....called the Junk Asylum....lots of cool old stuff, rock bottom prices. :-)

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  22. This is all kind of gorgeous!

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  23. I'm really loving your repurposing, Katie. Your home is so creative! Lovely addition to your kitchen!

    Donna
    http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

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