Thursday, December 17, 2015

My new Christmas Kitchen...

Good Evening my dears.. 
Welcome to the Blessed Hearth tonight.. 
Come on in.. 

Can you believe that a week from tonight will be Christmas Eve.. 
The time seems to just fly by.. 
I love the build up to Christmas day, don't you? 
This week has been especially nice to me.. 
I just keep thinking that I still have two weeks.. 
No panic.. lol.. 
Now next week will be no time to procrastinate of which I excel at... 
I am one of those people who gets so much more done when the pressure is on.. 
Next week I shall be a miracle worker.. lol  

Speaking of procrastinating... 
Here are some pics of our kitchen.. 
Almost all done.. 

I decided to just post them even if there are not perfect photos perse.. 

Here is how it used to look.. 

And now... 

We used a kit called Rust-Oleum.. 
It contained everything we needed to paint the cupboards... 

Terry and I washed and scrubbed the doors after he had taken them all off and then Shonda came and she and her Dad painted them .. 
It took all day..

I will be honest and tell you that after they had been painted I almost had a melt down because I did not like them at all.. 

After they finished painting,  Shonda and I decided we could not wait to see what they would look like with the rather dark gel stain on..
So she did one of the doors and I disliked it intensely.. 

Oh, dear Lord !
I wanted them a bit darker but I really do not want the primitive look any more!
Just the more updated country look.. 
This one was dark and blotchy, sort of.. 

Poor Shonda... 
She didn't know what to do when I just sat there looking a bit  freaked out! 
 And on top of that, I did not want Terry to know I did not like them.. 
I have this problem with paint that goes way back.. 
I can pick paint for crafts and such easily.. 
But to put paint on a wall.. 
Well, let's just say I am not always successful.. grin

Yikes !! 
After noticing the look on my face and the fact I was trying to let on that sure it was ok that sweet child of ours starts laughing kind of hysterically... 
I am sitting there looking devastated and Terry says.. 
"She doesn't like them!"

To make a long story short.. 

We got out the tablet and start looking through Pinterest for painted kitchen cupboards.. 
Then to compound the fracture, shall we say, the first one we found was someone who hated the product and said it could not be painted over but had to be sanded down to the bare wood.. 

Can you just imagine how I felt?  

I have waited 20 some years to have them painted and now I didn't like it and they were all painted... 

We kept looking and I did finally find a few pins of kitchens painted the same and I thought that I did like them.. 

In the end I just went to bed and fervently prayed that by some miracle I would . . 

The first thing the next morning even before coffee the dear girl grabbed a drawer front and put the gel on and wiped it off.. 
Oh thank God...
What a difference!! 
The paint was now dry and the gel came right off and did not blotch up.. 
And thank the dear Lord... I thought they looked great ! 

The more we progressed from stain to varnish and putting them back on I actually did love them.. 

The kitchen is so bright now and I am a person who loves light.. 

We also replaced our table, chairs and hutch with a new set.. 
It is distressed just a bit and almost the same as the cupboards.. 

The process has taken so long because of hunting season and such... 
We still need to redo or replace the counter top but that will wait until after the holidays... 

Sorry for the long drug out story but 
all is well that ends well, eh?  

Here is a wee project that I finished.. 

I had a page from an old book enlarged and then recycled an old frame.. 
You can use old cards, too.. 
Love putting more of Christ into the holiday decor.. 

How are you all making out with everything.. 

I still need to decorate the living room, bake and put up some fresh greenery .. 
Our grandsons were here on Sunday and helped Grandpa put up the tree.. 
The earliest I have had it up in years.. grin.. 

Thank you sweet friends for dropping by and I love your comments and can't wait to hear from you... 

God bless.. 


  1. Your kitchen looks so divine. It is so light and airy! I love it. I also love your framed project!

  2. Faye...I love it! It looks so crisp and clean. Such a wonderful transformation. Your decorations look so nice as well! I painted my cabinets this past spring with the Nuvo cabinet paint and I never regretted it for a moment. Here is the link to my post about it: Have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. Fay your kitchen looks beautiful! So bright and fresh. I really like it....a lot! I'm glad the paint colour worked out in the end. Oh my....your telling of the story is funny but I think I'd be feeling the same way if it was me. I love your dining set too. Did you replace the old one? Is it painted fresh too? Sorry for the questions. Well, now you can get 'down' to Christmas doings. Have fun! I wish you, Terry and the family a wonderfully blessed Christmas. Pam

  4. Your kitchen cabinets look amazing and lighten up the room!!
    I hope you have a nice weekend and can accomplish a lot. I have last minute shopping and wrapping to do. Have a Merry Christmas.

  5. Looks so lovely! Merry Christmas!

  6. Hello!
    Everything looks so fresh, clean
    Please drop by and say hello!

    Have a wonderful Christmas season!
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage and festive! Congratulations on your makeover.

  7. Hi Faye....I don't know where to start!!!! What a remakable change in your kitchen and I love it so much. It is so bright and cheerful but yet the country look still stays. I do really love it!!!! Painting those cupboards must have been hard work....with all the washing, sanding and the gel. But it all paid off. It is beautiful.

    One more thing....I absolutely love your new picture that you put together. It is really pretty and more of what I picture in my mind of that glorious day! Thanks for showing us!!!


  8. It looks wonderful!
    Love the picture frame.
    Merry Christmas!

  9. I think your kitchen looks superb!

  10. Faye,the lighter colour brightens up your kitchen I must say. You are a great story teller. LOL! Now you have just a week to get ready for Christmas ;-) No more procrastinating!

  11. It really does look beautiful and has made the whole kitchen area so much lighter. I am so glad that having persevered you love it too. Have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the new year.

  12. Needless to say, Faye, its beautiful!!!! Many Holiday Blessings to you and your family.

  13. I love them! It really does make the room look brighter and bigger. I too, work better under pressure so this week should be awesome! lol

    Have a Merry Christmas, Faye!

  14. Oh I love your new look for your kitchen it look soo cheery and bright now . I to love lots of light and need to brighten my cupboards up . Thanks for sharing , wonderful photos of it to ! Have a wonderful weekend and if we don't hear from you before Christmas time Have a very Merry Christmas my friend !

  15. Dear Faye;

    I love your new kitchen - it is so bright and cheerful! Well worth the wait.

    Have a Merry Christmas!


  16. I'm glad you shared the angst filled journey to what is now a stunning, new look...
    I can relate to so much of what you shared ..because paint and I have a history too...LOL. Merry Christmas, Faye.

  17. Oh looks just beautiful! Cozy and warm :0) enjoy it dear lady and Merry CHRISTmas :0) mari

  18. What a dear sweet daughter....and your kitchen looks beautiful! My kitchen is all white and I am thankful for the extra light! I know that when you get some of your vintage goodies placed just so, it will be perfect! I love the new furniture too...
    Of course I think your did a splendid job with the picture framing. I just framed a sign type picture yesterday with the "wonderful counselor" verse! Our thoughts were on the same wavelength :^)
    Blessings to you and peace for the season,

  19. What a beautiful job you all did on those cabinets! I cannot even imagine your heartbreaking at the thought of all that work, and then not liking it! Oh my! I can so relate to the work process as I repainted kitchen cabinets this summer, and oh my, such a job. But, such relief when you put the gel on, and that did the trick, oh thank you Lord! Your kitchen looks amazing with all your new furniture too... and your lovely picture is just perfect to go with your decor. Sounds like you are going to have a very special Christmas this year! Much love to you dear Faye, always enjoy my visits here :)

  20. It looks fantastic and is a real change! I am glad that you love it! Happy Christmas! xx

  21. Faye your kitchen looks lovely, have a lovely weekend :)

  22. I think your kitchen looks wonderful, hubby is talking about painting ours, hmmm. Like you I have made some real bad calls with paint but like what we have at the moment.
    Enjoy your day.


  23. I love love love your new kitchen, Faye.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

  24. Love your kitchen! It is beautiful and so bright. I understand your working best under pressure; that's me also! Have a blessed Christmas and thanks for sharing the pictures.

  25. Just Love it Faye! It is so beautiful. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  26. I am glad it all turned out that you love them, it does make everything brighter, I love it!

  27. Hi
    It looks lovely! I am glad you shared the story. How family loves us to help us during these times too. Even when they are or as we may feel silly troubles.
    Merry Christmas!

  28. I love your blog and how you tell the bad with the good! and somehow it works out grand!

    Merry Christmas to all!

  29. It looks great! But, now I am scared silly since we are redoing our kitchen starting in January. I am so afraid of making a mistake with the counter top color that I have not been able to move forward on it at all. LOL! I don't have to worry about it until after Christmas!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  30. Feliz Natal!!! Que a manjedoura do seu coração esteja pronta para receber o Menino Jesus que irá nascer!!!
    Um ano novo repleto das bençãos de Deus!!!
    Doce abraço com carinho, Marie!

  31. Faye it looks so lovely...I can only hope ours will look as well at the cottage when we move! Merry Christmas to you. Jackie oxo

  32. I like the way you redesigned your kitchen. It looks prettier and fresher. White color made it look better as for me.

  33. Faye I love your kitchen, seeing it for the first time in March! But it is lovely. I want to paint mine. But I think I will get an cabinet man to paint the. I am to chicken.,,afraid I will mess them up.