Loving the New Kitchen/Dining Room Look...


The kitchen/dining room project is FINALLY finished (I can't even believe it) and we are loving it!  You might want to check out the BEFORE , to see the difference.  We do not have a large house and the kitchen and dining areas share a room divided by an island.  I really wanted to lighten up and unify the look of the two areas, while keeping them separate.  We removed the wallpaper, put down a new floor, added board and batten, and painted.  I had finished repainting the cabinets last summer and the appliances and countertops were replaced several years ago.

I love the feeling of  French Nordic farmhouse style...and used what I had to bring some of that feeling into the space, especially in the dining area.  In this post, I'll share some photos of the space and in my next post I'll share the details and decor!  
First up, the dining side...you can click on the photos for a closer look...


You might recognize some of the projects I've been working on lately... 
(I'm heading out to paint the living room area next)







Now, for the kitchen space...




My husband left me a little note on the pantry chalkboard last summer...I decided to keep it there...



Quite a change, isn't it?  The space feels so much bigger, and so bright...makes me in a good mood just to walk into the room!

Next time, I'll share the little details and the projects of the room!

I am joining~

Until next time...

57 comments

  1. Linda- It is just absolutely gorgeous! It doesn't even look like the same space. You guys did a wonderful job. Don't you just keep looking at it and can hardly believe it? Hope you have a great rest of the week (in your new kitchen). xo Diana

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  2. whoa!!! It looks straight out of a magazine Linda.
    Amazing and so comfy fresh
    So much hard work but wow what a difference.
    Enjoy!
    Amy

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  3. Your kitchen turned out so beautiful, Linda! I love the floor and the board and batten. By the way, I looked at the post where you showed your "before" photos…I sure got a kick out of your husband's list :)

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  4. Oh Linda it is beautiful!!! What a fine job you all did! You should be very proud...and very tired. I know you will enjoy it for a long time. Stay warm! Best, Vicki

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  5. Linda,
    It looks OUTSTANDING!!!! I can see why it makes you feel so happy when you walk in. The board and batten and floor makes a huge difference. Hats off to you and your hubs...y'all did a wonderful job in there.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  6. It's beautiful Linda, so bright and inviting. You must be so relieved that it's all finished. Love all the details.

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  7. Oh my goodness, it's beautiful! There are so many thoughtful details in there. Love the board and batten, the paint color, the accessories - those large glass canisters are wonderful! Love the penmanship chart too. The kitchen really reflects your style perfectly.

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  8. Just so bright and pretty, I love all the steel pots and pans above the bar too!

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  9. It's wonderful, Linda - every detail so beautiful! It looks like something straight out of a magazine. Love the little stool and bench and your collection of milk glass. Well, actually, I love everything. I'll need to come back and visit this post again - so many great touches! So happy for you! xo Karen

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  10. Wow! Stunning! I love it! I can well imagine how happy it makes you feel!
    I love your husband's note. Both LD initials, eh?
    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
    xo Kris

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  11. Oh Linda I LOVE IT! your home is so warm and cozy! I would love to have it on my home tour series, that I only do once in a great while now. Email me if you like:) No pressure....micmanno@aol.com. I love your style.

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  12. Linda, it all looks wonderful...bright and airy with the sweetest vignettes - it would make me happy to walk into as well!

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  13. Absolutely beautiful! I know it's a lot of work, but so worth it! Thanks for sharing. I've enjoyed following you through your kitchen re-do! Inspires me. xo

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  14. It's done!!! So excited to see the photos and it looks wonderful! And I didn't even think once about the pretty wallpaper that came down. Not after seeing the final results! Looking forward to seeing the details on how you did it.

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  15. Fabulous! From the floor to the board and batten I love how it turned out, and especially the little chalkboard art.

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  16. It all looks great, Linda! The hutch looks wonderful and I love it displaying all your white pieces. Love the clock and Fresh Eggs sign in the dining room. Well, I love all the signs in both areas!

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  17. Absolutely stunning - both the dining room and kitchen! They look like they are straight out of a magazine!!! I know you have to be thrilled to have all the work behind you and can enjoy it now. Love all the little decorative touches too!

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  18. You must be so excited to be done with your kitchen/dining room makeover, Linda! It's all gorgeous, and your vintage treasures just shine in the space! I've got to go back to look at all the little details. Well done!!!!

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  19. WOW! You've been a busy girl!! LOVE the new look...so pretty and fresh! What else you gonna do in the midwest in the winter??

    Julie

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  20. Linda
    I'm loving every bit of it! It looks so fresh and inviting.
    I look forward to seeing the details soon...

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  21. Yipppee! It looks fabulous Linda. I know you and hubby have been working on it so hard and all that effort has paid off big time. I love. love. love. it. What a cozy, cheerful space it is now. Fabulous job.


    p.s. is the little table with the pig and scale on old typewriter table topped with wood??? I love it.

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  22. WOWZA! What a wonderful space, Linda! I'm going to have to look several times to absorb it all - but I love your hutch with the ironstone on it now - it pops! I love the piggy on the scale - made me giggle. And the print on the old hanger...I think I have some of those somewhere...clever! Nice job. It's beautiful - and so YOU.

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  23. This is such a beautiful reflection
    of YOU, Linda, plus the hard work
    that both you and your hubby put
    into this lovely space. Looking
    forward to seeing it in person!!!

    xo Suzanne

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  24. How gorgeous, what a wonderful fresh space to cook and have meals in!!! Love the new flooring and the board & batten walls. The Scottie dog cutting board is so cute!!! Super job~~~

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  25. BEAUTIFUL!!! You guys did a wonderful job! It does look bright and cheerful!!!
    I had to laugh at the love note on the chalkboard ~ my husband and I have the same initials too!
    Prim Blessings
    Robin

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  26. Linda,
    It's all gorgeous! I love it all and it was worth the wait to get it right! I'm sharing it on my FB page!

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  27. Holy moly!!!!! I just about died when I saw the pig on the scale. The Bachman house needs to take lessons from you.
    xoxo

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  28. Awesome! I love the house of a collector! The board and batten is very cool too.

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  29. Truly gorgeous! I can feel it too! It's not just the color, but all the elements too. What a change. We found how much we enjoy white too. We're adding more and more. It's a wonderful environment to live in. Well done!

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  30. It certainly looks AWESOME!!! PAINT sure can change things up! Love the batten board on the walls. Come over any time to work you magic at my house!
    warmly,
    deb

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  31. Beautiful, beautiful space and I love all your touches! This room is gorgeous!

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  32. What a beautiful kitchen, I love all of it! Well done!

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  33. Love it, Linda! It truly looks like a totally new space - it is, I guess! I love the look of the board and batten. Your existing furniture fit in wonderfully and the new floor looks great. Would your sweet hubby come done this way and take care of some projects for me please? LOL Ann

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  34. Your rooms look gorgeous! I love the pops of black with the stainless appliances and vintage pieces. Thank you for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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  35. Linda, it is stunning! I absolutely love it! You guys did a great job!!
    Jane

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  36. Wow Linda, it is amazing! Love all of your fun touches and signs! The white is so refreshing and I love the floor! No wonder it makes you happy.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  37. Absolutely gorgeous! Did you and your husband do all the work yourselves? Also, do I see two refrigerators in your kitchen? If so, out of curiosity, why the need for two?

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  38. It looks beautiful! So crisp and bright! Will you help me with mine??? :)
    I can't decide on the wall color and it's driving me crazy!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  39. Love your new kitchen! So many interesting things to look at. Love your white in the black china cabinet! All looks great.

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  40. Love the new kitchen!
    Wow! What a difference...so many beautiful things...and I am drooling over that large clock!

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  41. Everything looks so great, Linda! Amazing! Mimi

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  42. Golly gosh Linda! Amazing! I totally LOVE it. It looks so bright and homely and interesting all at the same time. I adore the pig on the scales and I spy that little white stool that I've found so sweet before. Well done both of you ....... Glad you kept the message from your husband.... I would have done too :)

    Karen x

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  43. Beautiful. Awesome cottage style and love how you re-purpose things. Hope your Valentine's Day is full of love!

    Heartfelt best to you 0:-)

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  44. Wow Linda! I just had to come over and tell you how beautiful your new kitchen/dining area is! You guys did an awesome job! Could you come up to Seattle and fix our 70's kitchen? Enjoy! you deserve it…that looks like a lot of work!

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  45. Oh My Linda! I just don't know what to say other than it's gorgeous! You and your husband did an amazing job!! I keep looking at all your pictures over and over again! I LOVE it!!!!! Enjoy your new space. I know I would be! Gail

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  46. Linda, I don't even know where to begin! It all looks so stunning! What a great job :)
    Susan

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  47. I love it all! I keep looking at the photos repeatedly also as there is so much to take in. I can't even choose a favorite. You guys did an awesome job. Hugs, Dianne

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  48. Just beautiful !!! I'm loving that clock - how perfect for your French chateau kitchen :)
    Visiting from Coastal Charm
    xxx

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  49. The transformation is amazing, I'll bet you don't miss that wallpaper! I love the round table, and the white kitchen, and your vintage collection is lovely. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com
    History & Home link party, Tue-Fri, weekly

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  50. It's looks fantastic! I am envying it as I type . . . My favorite I think is the collection of old wooden cutting or bakery boards. Fabulous!

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  51. Oh my, you have outdone yourself! I have been sick with the flu and missed this, but thankfully found it today while scrolling down my sidebar! It looks amazing, and I know you must want to just go and stand in both rooms all day, admiring your beautiful handiwork! I also know right where I want to have tea if I ever get out there! Enjoy!

    xo Kat

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  52. wow Linda, this is totally gorgeous, love the black and white!

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  53. Every single thing looks so wonderful, Linda! Your attention to detail really makes the whole space. I'm so glad you were able to use my alphabet graphic to make your own school chart. I love the one I made, which I have hanging in my entryway. I'll be featuring yours for my Reader Features soon!

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  54. I love your use of signs in your house so cool. Visiting from nifty thrifty tuesday have a great day

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  55. What a great transformation to your kitchen and dining areas! I love your turquoise and white large wall clock--where did you get it?

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  56. wow!!!! I love it. How the heck did you finish so fast? you guys did an amazing job.

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