French Inspired Kitchen

My friend Kelly and I had a fantastic time decorating her kitchen. Kelly loves all things French. When Kelly bought her home it had the perfect kitchen. Well almost! It was missing many of the key elements for a French inspired room. The floor was terracotta and the walls were pink. The terracotta floor worked but she wanted it to look more elegant. The cabinets were mission style stained wood. 


The cabinets were painted and giving a stain wash (mixing wood stain and glaze) wiping it on and ragging some off. Large beautiful tiles were installed on the floor with black granite squares. Kelly almost chickened out using the granite squares. The installers came and she told them not to use them. They told her "you have them and we are going to use them. It's going to look beautiful." I told her the same thing on the phone. I'm so glad she listened.....Kelly likes things plain. She was afraid it would look too busy on the floor. 

~The Floor Turned Out Gorgeous!!! ~


The table and chairs are from Craigslist. Kelly painted them black and recovered them. The fabric on the chairs is (garden gate) from Calico Corners. It's outdoor fabric. Kelly added plastic over the fabric to keep the chairs looking nice. No she is not Italian. lol The base of the table is an urn. Kelly painted it black and added the glass top.

Kelly also added the molding above the cabinets. It's not as easy as it looks to cut molding. We giggled like school girls trying to make it fit.


The concrete bench is from a garden center.  Kelly just painted it black and added the cushion.

Almost all the items you see are from Marshalls, T.J.Maxx, Joann Fabric and Craft, Calico Corners and Christmas Tree Shops.

It was a ton of shopping but we loved every minute of it.


The walls are painted with Benjamin Moore (elephant tusk) just like my bedroom here. She loved the color and we knew it was the perfect look for her kitchen.


Kelly made the burlap lined curtains. The trim we found at Joann Fabric and Craft. I love how beefy the top trim works so well with the bottom black fringe.



Here is the kitchen before Kelly redid it.


Kelly took off the entire wall of tile behind the table and sheetrock it. She painted all the trim white. 


Kelly added the silhouette window shades instead of using the cafe style curtains.


We were almost there! The cabinets had to be painted and the floor redone. What a wonderful difference already!


~ And now the Beautiful French Inspired Kitchen~

  She added the corbels like in my kitchen in the doorway.


I hope you enjoyed seeing Kelly's updated kitchen as much as we had fun decorating it.

Thanks for stopping by!
XO,
Dee
*Stay tuned for how the backsplash was updated.

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44 comments:

Linda Walker said...

Wow, I wish you were close by....what a knack you two have for decorating on a budget! Love everything! Curious about the concrete bench though....what kind of paint did you use? mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com

laurie said...

its just lovely,

miss flibbertigibbet said...

That is such and improvement Dee! I'm sure you had fun helping Kelly and I know she's proud of the job you two did!

allisamazing said...

What a gorgeous transformation!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great transformation, Dee! Just the lightness of it now is a major difference. I'll bet your friend just loves walking in there in the morning.

Eclectically Vintage said...

Shopping all day, laughing like schoolgirls ... what's not to love about that!?

And Kelly's kitchen is seriously amazing! She'll never leave!
Kelly

White Weathered Hutch, said...

Beautiful Dee! What a lovely transformation. Thanks for sharing.

Gina said...

Wow, what a fabulous transformation! The kitchen looks beautiful! Everyone was right...the black granite squares are the perfect addition to the floor.

Being Italian, I'm cracking up over the plastic on the chair comment! lol

Cottage and Broome said...

Love how those floors turned out! A pretty kitchen makeover, Laura

Kris said...

It certainly doesn't look like the same kitchen! I love the flooring. I can see that there was a lot of TLC put into this redo. Very nice!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Dee,

Love the diagonal tile but the proportion of this huge sized tile is a bit off with the rest of the kitchen. The walls and cabinets are definitely a huge improvement!
I would however not want to sit on any seat that is plastic covered...
Love to you,

Mariette

8)(8 said...

I love the floor; it was the right choice; the diamond pulls everything together!

Barbara F. said...

Dee, any renovation I am planning, you're hired. I love the floor. Great choice. Elephant Tusk, love the paint color and name. Turned out fabulous. xo

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Simply stunning -- love the black accents (in the floor too!) and the way it all came together. So fun to see that many things were from Craigslist or done 'on a budget' and repurposed - looks just beautiful! Love the wine bucket in the corner too!

RaNaeLuvsEwes said...

My hats off to you Dee and Kelly it is Amazing so elegant and beautiful Thanks so much for sharing
RaNae

Shelly { @ Quiet Luxury } said...

Wow, what a difference! Well done. Love the chairs and curtains.

xo
Quiet Luxury


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a beautiful and fresh looking frenchy kitchen!
Wow, she really did a lot of work!!! And the results are stunning!

Deanne said...

It looks lovely, so much lighter when the walls are white!

jyothisethu said...

great...
beautiful...

Miss Val's Creations said...

This makeover is beautiful. I would not want to leave the kitchen if this was mine! The floor is perfect. My favorite detail is how the cabinets were refinished. I love how your friend found such a perfect table and chairs set on Craglist! Good job with the moulding too! I would be afraid to make those corner cuts.

Cynthia said...

WOW! What a beautiful kitchen. You did such a great job I loove all the tiny detail and the chairs around the table a great. The fabric on them is perfect. Great job!

Cynthia

Little Miss Maggie said...

What a great makeover. Looks so light now. The cabinets are beautiful, and I love that floor. Glad she listened.

rj said...

Dee I love Kelly's kitchen. She really worked hard and accomplished so much. How much fun to work with you to put it all together.

Every detail is lovely and please tell her how much we all enjoyed seeing it. rj

Barbara said...

Beautiful Dee...fantastic job!!! Also want to let you know that I nominated you for the Sunshine Award! Stop by to check it out!!!
Have a great day!!!

~ Liz ~ said...

Lots of fun to see how the different changes affect the feel in the rooms. Truly a beautiful transformation. You were a sweet friend to help facilitate such pretty changes.
Liz

Gypsy Heart said...

Just gorgeous! The floor is to die for and the paint color makes the room look so much larger. Lots of beautiful touches ~ glad you two had fun!

xo
Pat

Gypsy Heart said...

Just gorgeous! The floor is to die for and the paint color makes the room look so much larger. Lots of beautiful touches ~ glad you two had fun!

xo
Pat

Keeping it Cozy said...

Wow, what a beautiful transformation! It sounds like you had a lot of fun too, which makes it even better. :-)

Ivy and Elephants said...

Dee,
Your friend's kitchen is gorgeous!
You guys did an amazing job. It should be in a magazine! We'd love to have you share it with us at the linky party.
Hugs,
Patti

Sparkle and Co said...

My kitchen is so tiny!!! My dream is to live in the country and to have a huge one in which I could make some jam and cakes with my son. You've made a good job... As usual!

Micupoftea~ said...

wow...what a difference! Love the details. Urn for the table is clever, love the drapes and iron piece above the sliders. Fab~

Wendys Hat said...

Wow this turned out amazing! I love every detail and especially the floors.

Pat @ Pat's Pink Apron said...

What a wonderful transformation. She has a kitchen to be proud of.
I like that syle.

SavannahGranny said...

Gorgeous kitchen. Great transformation. I bet you two had a blast. Everything looks totally different. Did they take up the old floor or were they able to tile over?
My old tile floor needs to be retiled but it was put in before the new underlayments that are used now. It is laid on a bed of concrete.
The cabinets turned out great.
Have a great weekend, Ginger:)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, what a difference from the before. I love the floor.

Deserae said...

Wow,what a huge difference....I can't believe the before and after!!!! Great job...just stunning!
~Des

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Kelly's kitchen transformation is beautiful! You both did such a wonderful job.

Donna Heber said...

Wow, gorgeous makeover! I just love your friend's French kitchen.

pam {simple details} said...

What a gorgeous update! The painted cabinets make such a dramatic difference and sounds like you two had a great time!

DIY Show Off said...

Amazing transformation! Beautiful reveal! Thanks so much for sharing your hard work. ;)

Bliss said...

I have the same exact easel as Kelly, found mine at Home Goods and I use it at dinner parties with an antique frame/chalkboard very similar to hers, but they live apart the rest of the year.

~Bliss~

Designs By Pinky said...

Holy cannoli! It is hard to believe this is the same kitchen! You 2 did an AMAZING job!!!! I love every bit of it. XO, Pinky

Ivy and Elephants said...

Dee, thanks so much for linking this fabulous post at WIW, we loved it and it is a feature this week! Please stop by and grab yourself a featured button.
Hugs,
Patti

Jeannie and Linda said...

Kelly's kitchen is gorgeous! Love the floor, table & chairs, curtains... everything. What a good and talented friend you are. I want to see the corbels. Maybe I can add them to my kitchen.

Linda @ frenchhensnest.com

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