Spring 2020 One Room Challenge - Week 8 (REVEAL!)

The Reveal!


It's finally reveal day and I'm beyond excited to share my new kitchen with you all! C'mon in!!

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Oh wait! We should probably take a look back before we go in.  It's been quite a transformation and frankly, I need to look back myself to fully appreciate how far the space has come. 


So sad.  Like I said in my Week 1 post, this has been the space in my home that I've avoided tackling for the past thirteen years and it showed.  Well, not anymore...

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Y'all, I feel like I live at Disney World.  For me this is the HAPPIEST place on earth.  
I'm obsessed with my new kitchen!  

First, if you're just joining the party and need to catch up on things, you can check out the backstory, the plan, the foundational elements, the soft selections and the special touches in my 
Week 1-7 posts linked below:

Week 1 - The Backstory
Week 2 - The Plan
 Week 3 - The Foundation
Week 5Cancelled

Renovating your kitchen (or any space for that matter) in the midst of a pandemic is a tall order, but thankfully uber anal me, started really early and had minimal delays in receiving product and getting things done.  I think in the end the only thing that didn't make it in time were my new upgraded electrical outlets and switches.  They've arrived now and I'll be adding them soon.  

My goal with this kitchen was to make it more functional for how I live (it wasn't far off there) and much more a reflection of who I am from a style perspective but also on a deeper level.   
Check out the video below to learn what I mean and to take a little tour. 


 From the start, I dubbed the project the Old, New, Borrowed, Blue Kitchen Redo.  This kitchen is a mix of old things like a vintage Duncan Phyfe dining table, my existing honey oak cabinets and a beautiful vintage Turkish rug and new things like my beautiful new Tile Shop floors and backsplash, Designmaster bar stools and custom drapery.  

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For as much as the space utilization remained, so many other things have changed.  Lighting plays a big role in the space.  It's something that I've learned to value more and more as I've grown as a designer.  Lighting definitely impacts my mood, so I added it in a number of new places in the space.  In addition to upgrading the existing lighting, I added a picture light above the commissioned art at the back door, a floor lamp in the corner near the bay window, a sconce atop the blue and white tile and a table lamp in the entry nook.  

One Room Challenge sponsor, Hudson Valley Lighting did not disappoint.  Ironically, they're one of my favorite vendors for client projects, so it was nice to get the opportunity to use them in my own home.


I went with a mixture of traditional and modern pieces, but all with a classic feel.

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I've loved the Mitzi lanterns since the first time I spotted them.  They come in a variety of colors but the white just seemed to work best here.  The Mitzi lamp is one of my favorite pieces.  I literally couldn't stop touching it when it came in.  It has the most delicious texture and mimics the Milton and King Tulip Seeds wallpaper motif. 

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While we're here, let's talk about this little corner, shall we?
For starters the wallpaper makes it so much more special.  The graphic large scale floral leaf pattern adds personality and installation (according to my wallpaper installers) was a breeze.
Creating some sort of landing zone was one of the things that was pretty high on my needs list. 

Art: Ray Hart Art and Photography: Cameron Reynolds Photography
It's tiny but it's mighty.  I adore the beautiful custom painted cabinet and metallic mirror from Wildwood Home

It provides the perfect storage for all of my everyday essentials.  It's so nice to be able to grab things just as I leave out the back door and to not have them pile up on the dining table.  

Art: Allison Ford Photography: Cameron Reynolds Photography
After things started to come together, I quickly realized I needed a landing spot for my purse too.  I had already began to hang it on the back of one of the dining chairs and that was NOT going to work.  I scoured Etsy for the perfect vintage addition and found it.  This little cane stool is too cute and guess what?  My purse is always on it. A place for EVERYthing and everything in its place.

Emtek Hardware came through big time with the most beautiful door hardware EVER!  Their selection was so good, I seriously had the hardest time settling on which to pick.  I landed on this beautiful satin brass deadbolt and knob from their American Classic collection.

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These upholstered doors are a whole mood.  
I'd been waiting on a place to add them in my home and this was it! 

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My laundry closet lives in my kitchen and these beautiful doors conceal them from the rest of the space.  Mark of Baity's Custom Upholstery did another amazing job with them and the custom cornice above my sink window.  I'm a textile girl and anywhere I can add a soft surface, I'm game!  The Addison Weeks hardware on these are a stunning addition that makes them total showstoppers.  Mark said they look like doors to my wine cellar.  I wish! Lol!  

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In terms of greater function, a tv cabinet was a MUST! What we created is simple, but really is a great substitute for that terrible little cabinet that used to live here and serve absolutely no purpose. 

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Now, it not only conceals my tv, but it also includes ample storage and a beautiful antiqued mirror provides a reflective surface to increase the light in the space.  

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As much as the kitchen is a mix of old and new, it also includes a little "borrowed" and a whole lot of of blue.  The tile was one of my very first selections.  I never doubted it for a moment.  Thank you Tile Shop! Yeah, it's a bold choice but hey, a designer lives here! I couldn't love it more.  It makes me so happy.  

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I decided early on to remove the singular upper cabinet that previously lived here but replaced it with these beautiful white oak floating shelves handmade by local firefighter and woodworker, Char'd Wood Woks.   

Art: Kelly O'Neal Photography: Cameron Reynolds Photography
They provide the perfect perch for several pieces of my grandma's Fiestaware (I guess that's my borrowed element) and a few other pretty things.  

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Probably the biggest surprise to many in this project was my decision to NOT paint the cabinets.  Do I regret it?  NOT A CHANCE! I love the warmth and depth they add to the space.  It's also pretty crazy what a BIG difference the modern black hardware from Schaub made on the cabinetry.  They do wonders for both the painted and wood-stained cabinets.  Oh and can we talk about my Cafe appliances?  

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I'll admit I'm not the biggest cook, but these appliances are the BOMB!  Having spent the last three months home and eating three meals a day here, I can say that with more confidence than I ever could have in the past.  All (except the microwave) are smart appliances and can be controlled from my smart phone.  I thought that was a bit much until I was chilling on the porch swing one evening and needed to preheat my oven for dinner.  Hello smart appliance app!  

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I'll also admit, it was hard for me to get excited about things like countertops and faucets; that is until I got new countertops and a new faucet.  I'm obsessed with my new quartz counters from Stoneworks.  They are light, bright, durable and easy to clean.  Build.com was gracious enough to provide my new Kohler sink and Delta faucet and matching strainer and disposal cap, p-trap and disposal.  These things are super important to the function of my new kitchen.  Build.com has the best selection of home improvement products including trending and traditional styles, unique finishes, and new technologies at competitive prices all in one place. Customers can find what they need to create their own personal style.  The selection really is pretty awesome. 
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You'd be surprised how motivating a new sink strainer is in helping you keep your sink clean of debris.  

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It's really hard to put into words how much I love this kitchen.  I can hardly wait until we all are a little more comfortable about being close to one another again.  I can't wait to host my peeps in the new space.  

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Until that time it's just me and you better believe, I'm enjoying every minute of it.  

TRADES RESOURCE LIST

Special thanks to Linda Weinstein, creator of the ORC and Better Homes and Garden Magazine.  To be asked to participate as a featured designer this spring was a huge honor and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity.  While it was my first time to participate, it likely won't be my last. 

Special thanks also goes to all of my sponsors.  This was certainly a team effort and I couldn't have pulled it off without the generous donations from the following vendors:


Thanks to you all for tuning in each week to check in on the project's progress and for your support and kind words here and on social media.  

Be sure to check out the reveals of this super talented group of fellow featured designers.  


30 Comments - Click here to join the conversation!:

Chelsea Cioara said... Reply To This Comment

CHERYL. You have outdone yourself and I'm just losing my mind over here. Every detail is so beautifully curated. LOVE that you kept the cabinets their original color. Beyond beautiful and just so original. I love everything about it!

Veronica Solomon said... Reply To This Comment

Wow Cheryl! I was in eager anticipation for your kitchen and you nailed it!! I love the cabinets and so happy you kept them. They are gorgeous! Everything is gorgeous and cohesive and colorful, yet timeless. Amazing job. Congratulations!

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

It's beautiful!

Jennifer @ MillerMusings said... Reply To This Comment

Oh, I love everything about this!!! It turned out beautifully! Love how colorful it is, and that you left the oak cabinetry alone.

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

So colorful and absolutely beautiful! What a transformation!

Nancy Ramdin said... Reply To This Comment

I love this kitchen! It is such a reflection of you- beautiful, practical, and hardworking with flair. Congratulations!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said... Reply To This Comment

I have been so excited to see this finished room, and it is AMAZING!! So much inspiration here! Love everything, Cheryl!! xo

Nicole Q-Schmitz said... Reply To This Comment

The yellow shoes by the door are a fun (matching) choice! It's crazy how different the kitchen looks with (mostly) the same cabinets - congrats :)

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Who would have believed honey oak could look so good?! Kudos to you for making it work. That banquette is, indeed, amazing! And I adore all of the color and layered patterns. Truly stunning job!

Jeanette Barker said... Reply To This Comment

Your kitchen is gorgeous, the different elements blend well together, my favourite are the fabric doors and the knobs, I would never think those are laundry doors, that is a majorly cool.

Brenda said... Reply To This Comment

So gorgeous AND so functional/livable. The definition of good design. Congrats on your beautiful space!

Brenda said... Reply To This Comment

So gorgeous AND so functional/livable. The definition of good design. Congrats on your beautiful space!

Simple Stylings said... Reply To This Comment

So gorgeous lady!!!

Cara said... Reply To This Comment

Cheryl, your kitchen is beyond incredible and I absolutely LOVE that you showed us all that we don't have to immediately paint the cabinets. I am in love with everything you did and how much it represents form and function!

Jamala said... Reply To This Comment

Clapping clapping clapping!! Your kitchen is truly beautiful!! The blends of different fabrics and styles is fabulous...and those fabric doors!!! You did the damn thing with those!! Congrats on a superb job

K said... Reply To This Comment

Your kitchen is beautiful and energizing! I love the color choices and pattern mixing. It is so refreshing to see someone keep posessions like your mixer and fiesta rather than replace everything. I am inspired.

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

You made those honey oak cabinets look AMAZING!! This whole kitchen just exudes joy and happiness

Su-z said... Reply To This Comment

Unbelievable! You know how to mix pattern and color. It really is the happiest place on earth. You’re making me want some wallpaper. I love the unpainted cabinets with the colors you chose, yet I also love the paint color of the island. Out of the park!

Oscar Bravo Home said... Reply To This Comment

Cheryl! Your kitchen looks beautiful! I LOVE how warm and charming the maple cabinets look! Keeping them was definitely a good idea!

Erika Ward said... Reply To This Comment

Cheryl, if I walked into this kitchen I would immediately know it was yours! This was such a remarkable transformation and personifies the cheerful, bright star you truly are! Congrats!!

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Congrats on creating such a lovely kitchen. This kitchen just feels good even through a computer screen! Love that you kept the oak cabinets. You give us oak cabinet kitchen owners hope.

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Incredible space and tribute to your talent! I discovered your blog during this ORC and am so glad I did. Many designers talk about loving color (and usually mean in an occasional throw pillow), but you really delivery on the colorful, lovely home front. Also I didn't know I could be emotional about a door knob until I saw your upholstered doors.

Victoria S. said... Reply To This Comment

You did an AMAZING transformation, I just can't stop looking at every little detail! It's all so gorgeous. So happy I found you via @Emily A. Clark! I am positively in love with the chandelier you selected for the dining room table and I'm considering it for my home. Would you mind disclosing the height of your ceiling, it would help me determine if the chandelier would work in my old rambling ranch house. Again, just amazing - Congratulations!

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

I've been clicking through the ORC participants in order and so many good projects but yours made me gasp! I absolutely love the colors. Great work ��

Kristine said... Reply To This Comment

Cheryl this transformation is amazing! You are making me think twice about painting my oak cabinets. I keep coming back to look at the photos everyday since the reveal! I'm pretty obsessed with it. Congratulations!!!

Sue said... Reply To This Comment

Cheryl - I love your kitchen! I just found your blog through the ORC and I just signed up for your posts. I live in a rental townhome and have the same cabinets you have and I love them (I did update the hardware). I have been trying to find ways to add color to my kitchen and I just found my inspiration from you. Looking forward to seeing more from you! Sue

Stephanie Jane Cameron said... Reply To This Comment

Wow Cheryl, what a cheerful and beautiful kitchen! I especially love the backsplash. Incredible job!

Dwell by Cheryl said... Reply To This Comment

Thank you so much everyone. I'm loving the space so much. It was a joy to create and an even greater joy to live in.

Rebecca said... Reply To This Comment

I love to finally see that someone made the basic oak look fablulous without painting it! I love this so much! by far my favorite reveal- thanks for the inspiration I needed for my kitchen :)

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