My Kitchen Redo Is Complete

I got the knobs painted and things dried faster than I thought they would. So here is my kitchen...

What do you know? I went through my closets and found one more roll of black and white checkered shelf liner! You didn't forget that, did you?

Below was my first kitchen, before the boho tile decals, and you see the self liner here.


But it didn't hold up well where it was placed. The liner on the wall kept oozing down. So I had to scrap that and come up with something else.

Which led me to this...


This was the second kitchen redo. I know the photo looks lopsided because I suppose nothing in this apartment is level. I can't hardly ever get a photo that is straight.

Then, going a ways back to the little blue house...


I decoupaged the kitchen cabinets. Which led two magazines to my door to feature the kitchen. More black and white checks!

I must be channeling Mary Englebreit.

So back to my current kitchen, the third redo in less than two years. I moved in here April 14, 2014. Next month will make it two years.


And three kitchen redos!

This is the GianiGranite countertops. I got a free product kit of my choice from GianiGranite. And I chose Sicilian Sand. After the application, you apply the topcoat. I think it's what they use on automobiles, so I imagine it will hold up.


I know: you're thinking, she has new to her counter tops, the boho tiles are gone and the back splash is painted Almondine. Israel put a very pretty trim up separating the counter tops from the wall. She painted the cabinets again. And...

So what's with the spoons and checks and everything?


You could say I can't leave well enough alone. Or you can realize that I must have color. 

So what did I do after a day of looking at my pretty new but fairly generic look?

I started walking through stores. Just strolling along, pushing a cart, gazing at anything and everything. 

I'd been in Michaels and Target. I'd gone through Marshalls. All these stores are in the same shopping center. 

And as I was walking down an aisle in Bed Bath & Beyond, I passed these place mats. I went on by, then found myself backing up. 


I really liked the colors and the bamboo texture. And in it were the colors already in the kitchen. These were $1.99, and they had what I call "sizzle."

I went on and walked all through the store, but my mind was on those place mats. I mean, if it didn't work out, they were $1.99, and I'd have new place mats.

So I went back around and put some in my cart. Then I strolled through the kitchen section and saw these wooden spoons, etc. They were in a net bag, and I bought four bags, at $5.99 a bag. 

I still wasn't quite sure what was going to happen. But you can always use wooden spoons.
And so that's how the kitchen ended up like this. I wanted to put trim around the place mats, but it really wasn't in the budget this month. 

So I dug and dug and came up with this last roll of checkered shelf liner. I can always take it off and have Israel put trim up later.

The chicken and her chicks decal you used to see above are gone. I tried my best to paint around them. Can you imagine me trying to paint around every little foot and beak? Yeah well, that didn't work out. So I stripped it off, little piece by little piece. 

Sort of miss the chickens. But I also like the place mats.


I've been painting like a fool. I painted the brown knobs I purchased for another kitchen reno black. And every time I paint knobs, I like to remind people that this is the easiest way to paint knobs.

You punch a hole in a cardboard box with something like a Philips screwdriver, which is what I used. You bring your screw from underneath and screw it right into the knobs above. And all your knobs are upright and easy to spray paint.


Here is the valance given to me by Primitive Star Quilt Shop, which is where I get all of my window treatments. They're good quality, and I love that they're all lined. 

So the layered linen look is gone. And so are the colored bottles. They're out on the patio. 

I found this row of clear bottles in this little chicken wire container at the antique mall last week for about $20. I thought it fit the look better.


I called Jacki at the quilt shop in Indiana and we discussed what valance would work best. This one I'd sort of already picked out, and she chose it too. It has black, red and tan in it. Thanks Jacki!


I love the counter tops. I was a nervous wreck doing it, fearing I would screw it up somehow. But I really shouldn't have been so scared. It turned out fine, I think. I believe I have a bit more white than the Sicilian Sand demo they show you. But I like it.

First you roll on black primer. All of this is in the kit, including brushes and rollers. Then you have three colors to sponge on with sea sponges they send you. First there was a medium brown, then more of a gold, and finally the white.

You keep going while it's wet, sponging on each color. I don't know who thought this up, but it was a fantastic idea. Instant "granite" counter tops!



My concern was that having "granite" counter tops and paint and trim on one side of the kitchen, and then having the cart above across from it, wouldn't look quite right. 

One side would be more of an elegant style. And the other would be more of a farmhouse look. Somehow I had to bring these two styles together without having them look so disparate.


Thus, the place mats and spoons idea! 

The place mats are simply nailed on the cabinet doors with short nails, as were the wooden spoons. 


The EAT sign is now a soft gold instead of turquoise.


And perhaps one of my favorite finds was this Melamine red and white polka dotted plate I found at Target for $1.99. Perfect to house my dish cleaning stuff.

So there you have it. It may not be anyone else's cup of tea. But I'm a steadfast coffee drinker. And I like things to be a little different.


Joining Thoughts Of Home On Thursday, Foodie Friday & Home Sweet Home

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  1. What is the almondine paint? Is that the name and what brand? Thanks! You kitchen looks great!

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  2. I'm sorry. It was the shade of color I chose at Lowes. #HGSW3137

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    1. Oh, and it is Sherwin Williams Showcase Paint and Primer in semi-gloss.

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  3. Clever re-do of your kitchen...I love it!

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    1. I jump into the middle of a project. And generally I have no idea what I'm going to do. So it's exciting for me to get to the end too!

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  4. Your kitchen looks beautiful Brenda! I especially like the red cabinet and that rake that holds kitchen things is awesome! Nice job once again :)

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    1. Isn't it funny how many looks you can get out of one little apartment kitchen?

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  5. I think the kitchen looks wonderful. I love the place mats and spoons on the door! The colors are warm and inviting. The counter top turned out really nice!

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    1. To me it was somewhat bland before I put up the place mats. Now most people would probably have just been happy that the counter tops turned out so well and a few other things got done. But I just needed more color.

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  6. Your kichen looks so YOU, Brenda! Cheerful and colorful, with touches of unexpected and clever features. And your countertops are perfect ... They fit in so nicely in your happy kitchen. You did great!!!!

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    1. I was so afraid the GianiGranite counter top look was not going to look right with my "stuff." Thus I went to great lengths to try to reach a happy medium.

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  7. The counter tops are fabulous! I bet that was a lot of work but it looks expensive. Nice work. :)

    I like the kitchen a little less busy.

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    1. Yeah, now when I look at that first kitchen, it's sensory overload! Well, it took me a couple of hours to sponge on the three colors. And I kept staring at it to see if I needed a little more of one color somewhere, then would dab a little more of that on. I mean, if you mess up, you could simply roll on the black again and start over. But I finally got in the groove, after watching the video about 25 times, and the job got done.

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    2. Brenda, thank you for linking your pretty kitchen with Thoughts of Home on Thursday. I'm thinking you are a great spokesperson for the counter top refinishing kit. :)

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  8. Good job on the kitchen, Brenda! How long did it take for the three different coats on the counter, especially that last one to dry? With my cats I would have to make sure it was good and dry or I'd have foot prints. I read what it said on their website, but wanted to know what the dry time actually was for you.

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    1. It didn't take long. What you have to watch is to make sure the clear top coat is dry.

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  9. Your counter tops came out fabulous. Good job!

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  10. Brenda, this turned out beautifully! You did a wonderful job on the countertop and I love the idea with the placemats and wood utensils! It's very fresh yet still has color! Now you can enjoy your pretty new space!

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    1. Like I said, the cabinet doors aren't everyone's cup of tea. But Linda, you're a free spirit like me, and I know you would have done something a little crazy too!

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  11. Great new look! LOVE the counter tops. I have been looking forward to seeing the redo! Wonderful job!

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  12. oh wow! everything looks so awesome :)

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  13. Everything looks amazing, Brenda! Those placemats are so clever. Great job on the counter tops!!! You worked hard on this big project and it was well worth it. Love it all.

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    1. I thought I was just going to do counter tops. Then I started painting everything. Then I started with the cabinets and spray painting the knobs. So what I thought would just take a few days took more than a week.

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  14. Oh, Brenda! Your kitchen looks wonderful. I just can hardly believe your counter top is painted on (I do believe you did it, I'm just complimenting you :). Wow! You did do a great job on it and it looks like granite! What a cute idea with the placemats and wooden utensils! You have such imagination. Now get ready, another magazine will be knocking at your door again.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. I think I have the energy level of a 20 year old, and the body of a 70 year old. But my energy always seems to win out and then I'm benched for awhile!

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  15. It looks great! Love the countertops!

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  16. Your kitchen looks fabulous. Those counters turned out amazing.

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    1. This system really does work great. I have to commend this company on a great product.

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  17. CRAZEEEE about those countertops! They look amazing. I love all your kitchens. You are so creative!

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    1. If you can't afford the real deal, for less than a hundred dollars you can do this.

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  18. Your countertops look like marble. Beautiful!

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    1. I kind of thought the same thing. Looked more like marble than granite. I think it was the extra white I kept adding. But I like it. Thanks!

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  19. Your counter tops are so pretty Brenda.
    Isn't it amazing how one thing leads to another in a project.
    Your creative spirit shows.

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    1. One thing ALWAYS leads to another, it seems.

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  20. Nice Brenda!
    The counter tops look great and I love the black and white checker paper on the cabinet above the fridge.

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    1. That was all I could think of for those small doors overhead. Maybe, given another week or so, I could have come up with something else.

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  21. So creative and so you, Brenda! Your countertops turned out amazing. I may have to do this. I keep thinking we'll be getting marble or quartz "soon" and then the kids keep wanting to play more sports ($), we need the plumber, vet bills, gravel for the driveway, etc. This could be a good fix. Thanks for sharing! ~julie

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    1. With all the men/boys in your farmhouse, I'd go with this. Because I've had real granite and it chips. I'd wait till the boys are in college or married and then splurge!

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  22. The counter tops look beautiful...good work! I love the new valance and although I loved the colored bottles, I can see that they wouldn't really work with it. Your creativity is amazing and I like how you are not afraid to tackle any project or try something new.

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    1. Well, I am afraid to tackle some projects, especially those that require expensive tools. Because I don't have them!

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  23. Brenda I really like your kitchen.
    Thanks for sharing

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  24. Your kitchen looks great! I like this look the best.

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  25. Showing all of your kitchen renovations in one post DOES make me think you are channeling Mary. Had a good laugh at that one! :)

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    1. Those black and white checks have sort of been a staple in my decorating for years.

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  26. Wow Brenda, it look so pretty and fun. I love the brightness of the space. I hope you are doing great hun! ~Hugs~

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    1. Well, I'm going to take it easy for a few days I think.

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  27. It's beautiful! I love it. The window is lovely too, although I really, really loved the vintage treatment :) Enjoy your new kitchen!

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    1. Well, I can always put the vintage treatment back up. An easy fix.

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  28. Oh my gosh, I totally love it all! Brilliant redo, Brenda! I am in awe of your decorating talent...

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    1. I don't know if it's talent as much as it is that I get "playing" with color and objects and just have so much fun!

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  29. Wow, what a vibrant kitchen! I could definitely be inspired in a kitchen like that! I can't believe you made all of these changes in 2 years! That's ok, I also get bored with the same look, I only wish I had more time to change things up. The counter looks fantastic. I wonder if they have these types of kits here in Greece?

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    1. You should be able to order them online. And I would agree, it's certainly vibrant! (Or maybe just colorful.)

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  30. Good Morning Brenda,
    Such fabulous looking counter tops, I just know how much work they were, but wow so worth it!
    Your kitchen always looks amazing, but this is my favorite yet!
    Jemma

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    1. On that last part I do believe I agree! The counter tops weren't all that much work. It was everything else I added to them!

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  31. You really are so creative, Brenda. You hit on just the right balance and it looks so fresh and cheerful and ready for a magazine shoot. I have a feeling you'll be happy with this look for a long time. It's a real keeper!

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    1. That's what I was trying so hard to achieve: Balance.

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  32. Your kitchen re do looks fresh and original Brenda! I love how you keep recreating your own style but in different contemporary ways over the years, that is very clever!
    Happy weekend!
    Helen xox

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    1. If I hadn't added the place mats and spoons, it would have just been a certain style. Adding them made it more "my" style.

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  33. I got so excited when I saw that you had posted this....I was on my little iPad and had to run and get the laptop with the bigger screen so I could see every little detail!!! I love your kitchen...and I have loved every single one of your kitchens - we just have such similar style with the color, color, color everywhere! What a brilliant idea to use the placemats on the cabinet doors - seriously, brilliant! I think you're right - a little wood trim would finish them off nicely. The utensils on the doors as a pop of color are too cute for words! And I can't believe how nice the 'granite' looks - really looks great! You'll have to do a follow up after a while to let us all know how it stands up to use. Great job, my friend!!!

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    1. I will definitely do a follow-up on how the counter tops hold up in a few months. And I think the wood trim on the cabinets will be next. I just can't decide if I want to take the black and white checks off when I add the trim.

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  34. Your countertop looks great. I am sharing with my daughter who wants new countertops. I love your pops of color as I am a "color" lover also. Sheila

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    1. I think your daughter would be very pleased with the results.

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  35. Everything looks fabulous! You are very creative and talented.

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    1. And energetic. I often think I have too much energy for my own good.

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  36. Clever girl! It's always fun to see what you will dream up next. I like the idea of the mats and spoons -- saving it in the memory bank.

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    1. Well Ellen, if I hadn't added those, no one could have known it was "my" kitchen.

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  37. Those countertops look fantastic! You did a great job! Please let us know how they hold up! Love your idea for the cabinets...that says Brenda! ;)

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    1. For me it says "Brenda." I know some will think it says "tacky." But I don't care. I'm always up for a new adventure!

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  38. Simply amazing. I love it!! Great job.

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  39. What a wonderful place to contentedly putter in!!!
    Love, love, love the black and white check around the mats and over the fridge! I do miss the colorful bottles on the windowsill...they had a lovely "stained glass" Blessings and Joy to you!!

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    1. Those colorful bottle are outside on a table underneath my big sun. I was gifted a gorgeous set of colorful solar lights a few months ago. I spread the lights around the bottles, and it just looks gorgeous at night!

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  40. It's adorable Brenda. I only wish I had Mt desktop to view it on.

    As I mentioned before, our countertops still look good after several years. You'll be amazed how nicely they hold up.

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    1. I hope you're right. I figure automobile sealant should be strong and hold up well as a top coat.

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  41. You are an incredibly creative woman Brenda! I love your cabinets with the black and white check and place mats. Also that Giani product is fantastic. I did the kitchen counters in my friend's beach house and am still amazed at how fabulous they look. I have been kicking around the idea of using it on my island in the sand color you chose. Now I have a great visual on how it may come out. Thanks! Have a great weekend!
    XO Barbara

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    1. As I said, I think I added more white than the sample used. But I wanted a lighter look.

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  42. Love the old rake head holding utensils! I will be copying that idea! I also love your creativity!

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    1. I probably saw that rake idea in a magazine somewhere and stored it in my brain. It's a fun look!

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  43. Your kitchen turned out great! I've been thinking about redoing my counter tops and you've convinced me to try this product. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. My advice to you: Watch the video multiple times. I even had it on on my desk top near the counters so I could pause and view it again and again.

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  45. Very nice! The counter tops look awesome.

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  46. I love the placemats and the spoons on the cabinets. It is a really unique and fun treatment! I am like you, I crave color...

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    1. So you understand my need not to stop with the counter tops...

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  47. THe counter tops are beautiful , you did a great job.Oh my--- what a fun and exciting cabinet doors.. You are so talented... I love your new kitchen..
    ps and I really love that rolling pin.

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  48. I'm loving the fresh new look. Great job on the counter tops and the cabinet doors. So clever!

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    1. I just thought the place mats and spoons made it more whimsical, and matched the other side with the red cupboard better.

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  50. Love, love your kitchen. The counter tops look amazing. Can I ask a dumb questions....does the paint have a strong odor? I want to paint my tops but I have horrible sinus problems and I don't know if I could take a strong and long lasting paint odor in my house. Thanks for any info you can share.

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    1. I didn't think they had a strong odor, and I have asthma.

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  51. The counter tops look amazing! Very,very nice. The windowsill looks very 'quiet'..nice but so different than before. I have my blue things in my windowsill. I love to look at them and the plants outside.

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    1. I felt that this kitchen style called for a more "quiet" windowsill.

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  52. You are an inspiration! We are repainting our whole house and adding me color, thanks you!!!

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  53. Fantastic re-do! Love the countertops; they turned out great. Very creative with the placemats and spoons on front of the cabinets. Love the colors.

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    1. I wanted the spoons to not stand out "too" much. I simply used paint I already had.

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  54. It is just gorgeous !!! You should be a decorator.

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  55. Love it Brenda...the counter top is so nice...Great job once again...I may copy your idea with the place mats...Could you tell me where you got the little lights attached to the bottoms of your cupboards to light up your counter space??..I need them desperately..lol..Thanks..

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    1. Bought them at Lowes last year. Can't recall the exact price, but it was under $20 for both.

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  56. Splendid job, Brenda! I cannot believe how realistic the final result looks! You definitely have an artist's eye! One can read the directions and follow then to a T but it takes a real eye to know how much colour to add or not to add. Your new kitchen is so cool and serene. Perfect for the dog days of summer.
    I always loved your first kitchen, though. Not a visual overload but certainly visual stimulation. So joyful and
    thoroughly engaging.

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    1. I remember I did the side next to the washer/dryer, but I couldn't quite get the other side of the sink to look at all the same for some reason. I had to add a little more of each color. Just dabbing with the sponges lightly until I got the effect I was going for. It is more a matter of preference.

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  57. Great job on the counter tops, and I love the new look! Beautifully done!
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  58. It looks great Brenda, love the new counter tops!

    Tania

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  59. Brenda, your kitchen counters look amazing! Love the placemats on the cabinets, that is creative and different! Great job and I know you will enjoy! Pam @ Everyday Living

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  60. Just stopping by to say thank you so much for joining us in Thoughts Of Home On Thursday!
    You are always so inspiring and I just love the creative way you used these cute spoons:)
    xo
    Jemma

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  61. That placemat idea is great Brenda and I love the ice thing on your fridge. The whole thing is adorable! You have got such talent Brenda.

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  62. The countertops turned out great! They look perfect from here :)

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  63. You are just too darn clever! I would have never thought of that cabinet treatment in a million years...the placemats would have gone on the table and the utensils would have gone in a crock. LOL You are such a wonderful source of inspiration!

    I am in love with your countertops! I may have to try that on my 1960's formica countertops in both upstairs bathrooms...

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    1. Well, I had two place mats left. So those went on my little table!

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  64. Wow! Your kitchen now has a more streamlined look with your painted countertops, which look like the real thing! Your cabinet doors bring in your unique style and pops of fun colors, too. I notice you have undercabinet lighting which really brightens up the space. I need to find some for our kitchen. Wonderful transformation....or should I say transformations?

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  65. Your kitchen reno turned out great! I often wonder if I should do something similar to my counterops but worry about how the painted on stuff would hold up to wear.

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    1. I've had people tell me, who have used this, that theirs has held up for years and still counting.

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  66. Your kitchen looks amazing.

    Kathy

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  67. Your kitchen looks so cute and so full of life, all with a bit of whimsy thanks to the amazing ideas you had!

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    1. I just couldn't leave it at the counter tops. I was spurred on to do something that would sort of have my signature on it!

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  68. Your countertops turned out beautifully, Brenda. I'm impressed! And I love your cupboard door placemat and spoon treatment. So creative, colorful, and cute. It's always fun to see what you'll come up with, and you never disappoint!

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  69. Brenda this is fabulous! I cannot get over how some inexpensive place-mats and wooden utensils made such a darling and dramatic difference. This post was a joy to read and I sincerely hope you will continue to share your sunshine at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

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  70. I have loved all of your kitchens and this one is wonderful also! So creative and clever! Very well done, Brenda! xo

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  71. Great Job Brenda! I do love all the color you use in your little apartment. It is so cozy. I wish I was less afraid of color. Maybe if I knew how to use it I would not be so afraid. But you have a knack for it.

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  72. Brenda everything looks fantastic. Your so creative. I love the paint color with all of the other colors. I will feature it today at HSH!

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  73. Brenda,
    OMG!!!! Totally in LOVE wiht your Kitchen Re- Do!! You know that I am a lover of color and especially red in the Kitchen was warms my heart!! The place mats and spoons are a fantastic idea and I LOVE your counter tops!!
    I love seeing what you do with your apartment because Joe and I decided that in about 10-12 years from now when our house needs another new roof, we will sell it and move into an apartment in the complex right next to us . It is the same complex where our sons live.
    Congrats on your outstanding Kitchen Re-Do!! LOVE IT!!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  74. I missed the initial reveal. You did an awesome job Brenda and I think you chose the perfect color. The bamboo was clever on the cabinets. You are like me, color, texture, layers...gotta have them!

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