Tuesday, February 28, 2012

me, white walls?

Who would'a thought 
that 
I would start painting my walls white?

By choice?

And love it?


I certainly didn't.

But I did.

And I do.







I continue to be  amazed 
at how paint can change a room.

It totally transformed my kitchen.


 Take a peek 



..





Next post...we'll talk details.
but for today
I am off to my girl-young-in's basketball tourney
and
I have started a new project.
Yes, I did.
And it  may or may not 
have included more white paint.

Linking to:
White Wednesday @ Faded  Charm 
Tuesday cowgirl Up @ The Farmhouse Porch 
Knick of Time Tuesday @ Knick of Time
Tuesday's Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground
Farmhouse Friday @ Laurie Anna's Vintage Home
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
PRIMP Your Stuff @ (PRIMP)
Thriftin' on a Thursday @ Savvy City Farmer
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence


81 comments:

Tricia said...

What a beautiful kitchen. I looks so nice and bright. I'm loving white walls lately too. In fact, I just painted my dining room white. I would've never thought that would happen :)

podso said...

Your kitchen is lovely!

Blessed Serendipity said...

I would expect nothing less than perfectly pretty from you Renee and your kitchen is very pretty.

xo,
Danielle

One Shabby Old House said...

Your kitchen is just amazing. I love how calm white makes everything. Everything is just perfect Rene.
Hugs
Becky

NanaDiana said...

Rene' OH MY GOSH...That looks SO beautiful and warm and welcoming. I just LOVE it. It makes me want to paint everything white now! xo Diana

The Feathered Nest said...

It's all so beautiful!!!!! Each and every corner, vignette...just everything. White is so classic and timeless, I just love it!!! hugs and love, Dawn

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Beautiful. Your home is lovely!

margits bastelstube said...

dear rene,
wow!your new kitchen i like very much.wonderfully !
many greetings
margit

Faded Charm said...

Oh Rene', I just love everything about your kitchen. It looks so clean and fresh and that island is amazing!!!! Love the wood. I can't believe how big your pantry is either...sigh. You've been a busy girl too:-)

Also, the camera I got is a Nikkon D3100. Just an entry level, but even more than I can handle right now...still have lots of learning to do, but it's way better than the old CoolPix..hahaha

Hope all is well with you guys,
xoxo
Kathleen

marie said...

Your white kitchen is simply beautiful! I look forward to the details.

The "Barn" said...

It is absolutely beautiful!! I love white paint, its clean ,bright and goes with every style

About Vintage French Hen said...

Oh my! It's so fresh and beautiful! I love the white, it really looks so pretty, you must be so happy with the results! Marcia

EllenaElizabeth said...

Thanks for sharing your house with us all. I love the baby high chair and those huge slabs of oak in your kitchen island bench....WOW they must be OLD for the pieces to be so wide. Love it all!
PS I don't expect you to visit my blog and comment every time I comment on yours, but it would be great if you still published my comments. Ta....

FlowerLady said...

I just love your fresh white kitchen. I love the way you decorate with so much love, grace and charm.

FlowerLady

sissie said...

OMG, did I just ide and go to a kitchen in Heaven!!!
Gorgeous, just gorgeous!!

hugs
Sissie

trash talk said...

I'd like to do more than just take a peek. I'd like to belly up to the bar for a cup o'coffee!
Isn't it funny how we've come full circle on interior walls?
Deb

Erin of Salvaged Whimsy said...

I'm with you - I don't paint anything white except ceilings, trim, and doors...certainly not walls! But my taste seems to be changing (inspired by beautiful blogs such as yours)and I'm seriously considering using white in several rooms in my house. Your kitchen is stunning...thanks for sharing!

chateau chic said...

Your kitchen is soooo charming! It's so crisp and bright with the white paint. I'm loving that plate rack above the door to your pantry. You have great inspirational ideas.
Mary Alice

Fairfield House said...

Love the white paint on your walls. It gives a crisp, clean sense of simplicity. When we moved into our old Victorian farmhouse, the walls were either that primitive mustard yellow or wall papered with sage green trim. We are in the process of painting it all white and adding color/contrast with accessories.

Karen Bates said...

Love the white but then I have always thought white belongs in the kitchen! Yours looks so sweet...love all the details, can't wait.

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

Your white is lovely! I too am a color girl. Can't imagine myself doing white, except on trim. But you make it look warm and comforting!

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

simply gorgeous, love white!

Theresa said...

It is beautiful, just beautiful! I love the white, I'm gonna show my husband to let him know that he is on the right track... he wants me to paint the living room and his office white. He says he thinks it will brighten up the place, I think think it will make me fall in love with it all over again! t.xoxooxo

Theresa said...

It is beautiful, just beautiful! Everything looks so cheerful, bright, I love it! My husband suggested white for our living room and I can't wait to get started on it. Ofcourse pulling wallpaper off the walls does not sound like fun to me. Maybe I can convince the kids that it is a new demolition game I created!
t.xoxooxo

Anne said...

Oh how I love your home.That kitchen looks amazing white.I will be painting soon.I want to wait until the weather warms up so we can air out the fumes.But looking at your photos makes me want to paint TODAY LOL.But I will be painting a familyroom,kitchen,den,dining room,living room,hallway and one bedroom.Although I may just keep going and do our whole house.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Your kitchen is lovely...very peaceful looking...I love the island in the midst of white!

Sweet Old Vintage said...

I love everything... the white is so fresh and clean.... love some of the ways you display objects... especially the platters above the door with the fencing... too clever...sending best wishes and blessings...

Rose Garden Romantic said...

I used to hate white walls because I spent so many years in icky old apartments! Now after living in a rental painted colors we did not pick I'm dreaming of white walls. And I've noticed most of my decorating inspiration photos on Pinterest have white walls. Can't wait to own my own home someday. Your kitchen looks perfect in white! I love every lovely vintage bit of it! I'm exited to see more details and close ups!
Michelle xoxo

Ana said...

Hi Rene,
Your kitchen is just dreamy. Love the whites and the contrasting dark woods and accessories. I went back to an older post to see what color your kitchen was before. The light green was beautiful too, but there is something amazing about whites...Don't you argree? Your kitchen is just beautiful. Have a wonderful day.

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

Curtains in My Tree said...

It looks fabulous
I love it all the wall shelf, white pressed back chairs the old ironstone platters over the door, chandelier well just all of it

Lady Pamela said...

It is just so calming. I love the white.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

So beautiful to see your rooms like this! LOVE the white!! I love your style.

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Just beautiful... I love all the little details of the room too.
Susan x

Bernie said...

So very pretty...am loving your kitchen and your pantry re-do...makes me happy that you do the work and I can enjoy the pictures!

On Crooked Creek said...

Rene,
WoW! What a transformation! Your kitchen is gorgeous and I adore seeing the pantry off to the side! Still lovin' the dresser made cabinet!!! Thanks for all the amazing photos...I'll be back for a closer look at all the details!
Fondly,
Pat

Anneke said...

i love your kitchen.
i have made the photo larger to see every detail.
your blog is a good inspiration for the ones who love shabby, vintage ,and brocante.
i have linked you on my blog, and you can find it under brocante and shabby blogs.
have a nice day and regards from Ann

aarond said...

I am loving that pantry I think off to the left of the pictures. That cabinet is awesome. I like the white. Hmmm, don't get me started.

Linda said...

I adore white and love your kitchen. It is so welcoming. Just beautiful.
Linda Beautiful Ideas

All Things Chic 2 said...

I just found you & wow your blog is beautiful...Love your pics they are all amazing...I'm your newest follower...I invite you to stop by my new blog for a visit...Blessings Lori

Patty said...

Well, here I am on the couch, not feeling so well, and 'blog hopping' to see if I can find a new blog to follow and gain some inspiration...yours was just what I needed to for a blustery winter day with a cup of tea and my favorite quilt! Thank you for being a blessing to me today~

Hope Filled Living said...

So pretty, Rene. You are so creative. Your kitchen area reminds me of Susan Branch's home. She always puts photos on her blog.
Hugs,
Mary

Sandi said...

Beautiful kitchen Rene. You can come and remodel mine now! :)
Hugs~

Patty Sumner said...

All the white is gorgeous! Love, love your kitchen. Is that a pantry area off your kitchen? Show it off girl. I so want to see more of that area..... Beautiful!!! Blessing!

Pamela Gordon said...

I love love your kitchen and the white paint is perfect. It looks like a big ol' cozy country kitchen! Beautiful! Pamela

Shine said...

One word....GORGEOUS.

Diane said...

Your kitchen looks absolutely wonderful Rene. Everything looks fresh and beautiful.

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Absolutely beautiful!! I'm loving the contrasts ;)

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Hi Rene ~ your kitchen looks beautiful in white...so fresh and clean looking! I haven't had white walls in my home in years. Sometimes I think of painting them, but all of my "stuff" is now cream (including large furniture,etc.) so I think I will just leave it. LOVE your kitchen though! It looks so cosy and comfortable! ~Stacy~

Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes And Cozy Home Kitchen said...

I love the white look of your kitchen. I've been trying to get my Mom to paint our kitchen white, so I think I need to show her your pretty pictures.

Funny how we are all lighting up now isn't it? When we built our house 13 years ago, we had all the rooms painted builder beige because we didn't know our decorating scheme yet. After a few months, we couldn't take that colorless house anymore and painted everything.

Now, we want to paint it all back to beige or white again. Like you said, it is amazing how different the lighter colors make the rooms feel. Everything seems so big and bright in a white room.

Thanks so much for joining me at Your Cozy Home Party! Have a great day!

mudderbear said...

I really love your house. The kitchen is perfect.. my dream. White is always good..and it lets a lot of light in.
Thanks for stopping by to see me at mudderbear. I was very happy to hear from you.
justmeRosalie/mudderbear

My Cottage Charm said...

thanks for your comment on my kitchen...white paint really is awesome! (just look at your kitchen, it's lovely!) :)
Missy

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Beautiful. Your entire blog is beautiful. I recently painted my kitchen cabinets white and I'm really debating what to do with the rest of the walls. If I paint them white it will be the first white room I've had in about 30 years. Big step. I've been mulling over the white thing for a while now but I'm just not sure it's me...

Jennifer said...

I love the pics of your kitchen! I agree that the white transformed it, I was looking back at the old pics and it made a huge difference! I am curious about your countertops. Are they wood? I love the look and would like someone's feedback about how they like wood countertops. What do you finish it with and how does it clean, easily? Thanks again for the pics!

Dianne said...

You have a beautiful kitchen Rene! I love how you put things together and create absolute lovliness!

Kathie Truitt said...

I know what you mean. I changed to white a few years ago and absolutely love it. The best thing about it though is that the light reflects so beautifully that I no longer get the wintertime blues.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

LUV IT!!! Your kitchen is soooo gorgeous.

shelia said...

just LOVELY!!!!!

Heaven's Walk said...

Rene - I luv it luv it luv it! Did I say I luv it....???? lol! It is just beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!

xoxo laurie

Liz said...

Sigh! :) LOVE IT! I really like all the white with the pop of the dark wood occasionally. Awesome! :)

~Liz

Jocelyne said...

It's very beautiful, I love it. You have such a beautiful home, I've always dreamed of having an old house like yours. I don't have one but when I want to see a truly beaufiful home I come to your blog.
Have a nice week-end !

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Your Kitcen is beautiful! I love all the old fashioned details ! Stunning!
I am a lover of color and I dno't have any white rooms but that does not mean that I do not admire a white room. And yours is breath taking!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Pearl said...

Your kitchen looks amazing!

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

How pretty your kitchen is sweet Rene'. LOVE IT!

Have a great weekend,
Judy

Passionate for White said...

Wow, it looks great...so clean and fresh! Where did you get those awesome counter stools??? LOVE THEM!

The Other Me Is Sane said...

wow. love that kitchen and your new white look. I need to quit listening to my husband and paint my walls white too.

Leah C said...

Oh I love it so! Your kitchen is gorgeous:) I've been wanting to change my kitchen to whites & neutrals for some time...but hubby's not quite "on board" yet;)

Found Around said...

Your home is amazing. It's obvious you and your family have worked hard!

Bettsi McComb said...

Hi, this is my first visit. Your kitchen is so pretty! I appreciate that your blog is ad free. I know many ladies depend on their blogs for a portion of their income, but it's refreshing to find one like yours that isn't about income and is just about sharing. I look forward to seeing more projects!

lala said...

Oh no, I love the white!!! I used to have pale yellow walls, but saw your kitchen painted in the pale sagey blue color - loved it- so I changed my yellow to that, and was extremely happy with it until I saw this post!!! Now I am seriously considering painting the walls white, I just love how it looks. Your kitchen is so warm and inviting.

MARY PERNULA said...

simply love the look! HUGS MARY

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

What a gorgeous kitchen! Love all the creamy beauty! Thanks for sharing.

Nook and Cranny said...

Let me just say, stunning!!
Michele

Donna said...

Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous,Renee! I see that you have a butler's pantry, lucky you! Love the chandelier, oh, and you can never go wrong with white:)

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Stunning, I almost have no words, I am in love with your kitchen and blog! Thanks for linking up it will be featured tomorrow .
XO

miss flibbertigibbet said...

I have just found you through a linky party! I love your home and stories! I'm your newest follower and hope you'll visit back and maybe follow me too!
Blessings
Lorraine

Lindsay said...

The white paint looks fantastic, you cant go wrong with white can you?? and you have a beautiful vintage home I love it!! I had a fun time going through your blog. I am a new follower.
Lindsay, Country Girl Home

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love your kitchen... It's full of pretty details...

Ivy and Elephants said...

Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous kitchen with us! It is featured this week and everyone loves it!
Big hugs,
Patti

Cindy Williams said...

I too, am anxious to do white again. We are nearing a kitchen re-do and when I mentioned an old world white look my husband couldn't believe it. Our home is filled with colored walls now, 'summer squash' in the living room. But I think it's time. I'm so glad to have found you, I truly believe we are 'kindred spirits' and I love your blog. I, myself am still new to blogging but looking forward to getting to know you and the others better. Thanks again for the sharing your beautiful kitchen.

Jenny A. said...

I love, love, loveeee your kitchen!! What a warm and welcoming look. It's simply gorgeous!! I'm looking forward to looking through your blog and seeing all your goodies. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely home with all of us. Your kitchen reflects a woman of cheer and happiness that welcomes all who enter there. I'm so glad I found your blog while browsing tonight!!

Adrienne said...

Everything is so bright and beautiful! I love white walls. I've been thinking of doing the same but my sweetheart isn't thrilled with the idea. The colors in our home are soft and subtle and lovely - think I'll just wait a bit!
~Adrienne~