Sunday, May 18, 2014

Blank Canvas

The Kitchen Cabinet Reveal


Many of you sent me messages to tell me you wanted to see the cabinets and some doubted I would show them soon because I'm known for keeping my readers waiting.

Beaucoup d'entre vous m'ont envoyé des messages pour savoir quand je montrerais des photos de la cuisine... Certains doutaient que cela arriverait jamais car j'ai une petite tendance à faire mariner mes lecteurs...

Well, not this time! I'm showing you today the kitchen as it looks now that the cabinets are there, but to me it's in no way a kitchen reveal, it's only a cabinet reveal.

Eh bien, je vais vous montrer où cela en est: vous allez découvrir les meubles, mais en fait, ce n'est pas encore "ma" cuisine car il n'y a pas mes petites touches personnelles.


I took the pictures after the handyman left and I had cleaned a bit, but as you can see nothing except Shadow's litter was back... I wanted you to see the blank canvas I now get to have fun with.

J'ai pris les photos juste après le départ du poseur et après un petit dépoussiérage, mais aucune de mes affaires n'est encore de retour dans la cuisine, sauf la litière de Shadow! Je voulais que vous voyiez à quoi cela ressemblait avant que je me mette à la déco.

Can you see the empty cabinet between the two upper cabinets? It's supposed to be a glass door cabinet, but when it arrived the doors and the shelves were not how I wanted them, but the right ones should be there next week.

Vous avez peut-être remarqué qu'un meuble haut n'a ni étagères ni portes: elles ne correspondaient pas à ce que j'avais demandé quand elles sont arrivées... Mais elles devraient être là la semaine prochaine.


I kept the vintage looking sink I had found last summer, but I had the tap changed. This one is easier to use and I think it still has a vintage look thanks to the porcelain handle.

J'ai gardé l'évier au look vintage trouvé l'été dernier, mais j'ai remplacé le robinet par un mitigeur plus pratique. La petite poignée en porcelaine permet de garder un petit aspect rétro.

As you can see on pictures, I have many paint touch ups to do, but I guess it'll have to wait for the summer. 

Vous pouvez voir sur les photos que j'ai des petites retouches peinture à faire, mais je crois que cela va attendre l'été.


You may remember that I didn't like that the previous countertop piece I had was in front of the window. So I had the new one cut in a diagonal after the sink.


Peut-être vous souvenez vous que je n'aimais pas que mon précédent bout de plan de travail dépasse devant la fenêtre. J'ai donc fait couper celui-là en biais à partir de l'évier.


On the other side of the room, I don't have upper cabinets, except for one custom-made to hide the electrical panel (I hope this is the right word). It'll be my job to find storage solutions that are pretty, if possible.

De l'autre côté, je n'ai pour l'instant aucun meuble haut, à l'exception de celui fait sur mesure pour cacher le tableau électrique. Cela va être mon boulot des prochains mois de créer des rangements si possibles élégants.


The oven is switched on because it said to switch it on for an hour before using it. But I can't wait to try new recipes with it.

Le four est allumé car il faisait son tour de chauffe à vide indispensable avant une première utilisation.


So, I don't know about you, but I don't like those pictures very much. It's just very cold and soulless and not me at all. But it's a great blank canvas for me to add my personal touches: transforming that very store-like kitchen into a perfect Cottage kitchen.

Bon, je ne sais pas ce qu'il en est pour voiu, mais en fait, je n'aime pas beaucoup ces photos qui font, d'après ma maman, "magasin de cuisiniste" tant c'est vide! Vite, je rajoute mes petites touches personnelles pour faire de cette cuisine "ma" cuisine... Je vous montrerai l'évolution dès que ce sera intéressant. Mais vous savez au moins que j'ai déjà amené ma lampe-moulin à café sur mon plan de travail...

For this reveal, you're going to have to wait a little! But you can understand why I needed to add very quickly my vintage coffee grinder on that countertop!


In a future post, I'll try to explain where I decided to spend money and where I saved some in that kitchen floor plan, so maybe it'll help someone who has a small kitchen.

Dans un prochain article, je vous expliquerai quelles ont été mes astuces pour réaliser ce plan de petite cuisine, cela pourrait aider quelqu'un, qui sait?


I already have tons of ideas on how to add character and soul to the kitchen. Do you have any?

J'ai déjà des tonnes d'idées pour ajouter du charme à ma cuisine. Et vous, une idée?

See you soon,

A bientôt,


PS1: It took Cottage and I five days to get used to the new look of the kitchen. Now we love and we might drink coffee (yes, my lousy one) together at 10 am in the kitchen, just to admire it!

Il nous a fallu cinq jours à Cottage et moi pour nous habituer à cette nouvelle cuisine. Mais maintenant on aime prendre tous les deux une tasse de mon mauvais café sur le coup de dix heures, dans la cuisine, juste pour l'admirer!

PS2: The first batch of cookies baked in the new oven were rather burnt, because it heats so much better than my former small one... Please be patient, I'll share recipes again when I have become this baby's master!

Les premiers biscuits cuits dans le nouveau four ont eu un gros coup de chaud, je n'avais plus l'habitude d'un four qui chauffe bien. Soyez un peu patient, je redonnerai des recettes dès que je maîtrise la bête!

PS3:  I'm partying at some awesome parties!

Dwellings-the Heart of You Home          Linky Party            http://www.adelightsomelife.com/2014/05/a-return-to-loveliness-71.html           

Lavender Garden Cottage             Photobucket          Rooted In Thyme

http://www.nancherrow.com/2014/05/welcome-fridays-unfolded-110.html                         


60 comments:

  1. Oh, the fun of a blank canvas - can't wait to see the finished room.

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  2. I love it. Can't wait to see what you're up to next!

    S
    xo

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  3. I really love your white cabinets against your sea glass paint. Very pretty and so calming! I would definitely spend a morning drinking cafe' in there with you, petting le chat. haha. Do you like that I interject my French whenever I can. I do not want a mustard and salt sandwich, though. You definitely need to decorate with your beautiful china.

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  4. I love it! Magali, the cabinets are so pretty and well made, and they look pretty with the paint color you chose for the walls. I love that you kept the vintage sink that you found, and I love the faucet you chose; it's perfect together! Is the refrigerator built into the tall cabinet, or is that where the panel went? I like that look. Does your washer/dryer do both? Wash and dry? It's a very spacious kitchen now! I can't wait to see the glass doors and your decor! It will look even more cozy once you bring in some of your pretty dishes, fruit, and decor. xoxo

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  5. I love how it's all coming together! The faucet is just perfect for that sink.
    The grinder lamp is just amazing! Can't wait to see more!
    Big hugs,
    Patti

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  6. It is going to be fantastic when you make it your own. I love the layout and the cabinets look so cottagey and beautiful. That window is spectacular - you are going to have so much fun decorating this space!!!

    XOX

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  7. Dear Magali,

    this is the most wonderful background for all those very special things and bits you are going to ad! The cupboards are very beautiful! The only thing, I am not shure about, are the wooden knobs, but this will look different, when cou have put in all the china and so on. The porcelain handle is perfect and the lamp ads the first personal touch. In the end it will be amazing and the coffee will taste heavenly....
    Yours Sarah

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  8. Shreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!! It's SO FAB!!!!! So MUCH storage!! So much space!!! Such lovely colors!!! It doesn't look like a small kitchen anymore! Can you post a pic sometime from the dining room so we can see the hanging lamp against the new cupboards and paint and the lovely window? I can not tell you how wonderful this is and how inspiring! I can't wait to see your lovely rose china in there! Oh GOSH!!!

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  9. Wait, I just read what Heather said. Mustard and salt sandwich? Is that a thing?

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  10. Plus, I love how you had a special little space put in for the trash can. So smart! I love the whole thing! OK, I'll try to be quiet now.

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  11. Yes, I agree with the other readers: FAB Cuisine! I, however, would never have my cat's litter box in the kitchen - his is in my bathroom (french would say les toilettes). You will have so much fun filling all of that cupboard space! Yes, electric panel is exactly right wording - my father was an electrician! Your china will add a lot of interest! That vintage sink and the diagonal cut were great ideas! I'm really loving the transformation!

    Mary in Oregon

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    1. I understand perfectly... If the Cottage and its bathroom were a bit larger, I'd have found an other solution. However only one of the cats uses this litter and only when I go to work and at night (when he's not allowed outside).
      Thank you so much for your kind words about my kitchen!

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  12. Oh Magali...I love it! I simply cannot wait to see how you warm it up. I have a small kitchen too and this gives me hope that I can eventually turn mine into a room as bright and lovely as yours! I'll be looking forward to seeing what you do to it. I am envisioning some chunky, natural wood open shelves on that wall by the one upper cabinet to the right of the window. I love wood mixed with white...:) Have fun!

    Blessings, Vicky

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  13. Cabinets in place!! How very exciting, Magali! I will be waiting with "breathless anticipation" for the great reveal. The addition of the coffee grinder lamp is already warming the space. I am so excited for you!

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  14. That is the perfect story for the perfect lamp. You were meant to have it.

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  15. The cabinets are beautiful, and I know that the room is going to be even better once you decorate it.

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  16. I LOVE IT!! It is everything I thought it would be and more....and yes I am a little surprised at how fast you shared this! You are full of surprises. I can hardly wait until you post about all your special touches to make it yours! The lamp is a perfect start! Cheers!!

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  17. Oh wow...simply stunning. Great choice!

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  18. The cabinets are beautiful!!! The faucet is perfect!!! The countertop is awesome!!! I love it all!! You've done a fabulous job of making the most of the space without making it feel cluttered and overwhelmed. I know it's not 'you' right now, but it will be, and when it is it will be even more gorgeous..if that's possible. ;)

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  19. You just play with those and have fun and then share the reveal. I know you are so excited.

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  20. Let the fun begin!!! The cupboards are fabulous. I think you have established beautiful bones for your kitchen.

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    1. Thank you, Donna! Fun is a little delayed by a little after-storm mess at the Cottage.

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  21. I love it!!! It will be so much fun for you to start putting all your personal touches in!! Excited to see those photos!! Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you! I'm working on adding things to the kitchen!

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  22. Magali, your cabinets are beautiful. The wall color and the white cabinets look so serene together. My only question is where is the refrigerator? I don't see it anywhere. So glad you shared the kitchen at this stage, I can't wait to see it all charmed up.
    Traci

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  23. J'aime l'attrait de la nouveauté & je regrette qu'on s'habitue si vite aux dernières installations, alors de temps en temps il faut reprendre chaque pièce dans son regard & se remémorer toutes les étapes de sa construction.
    Ta cuisine est ravissante, mais pour moi, je mets toujours le plan d'eau et le plan de cuisson sur deux murs adjacents au pire ou sur un même mur comme ça pas besoin de traverser la pièce , de même deux murs adjacents ou le même mur pour le plan de cuisson et le réfrigérateur & pour les mêmes raisons. Là c'est mon côté trop pratique qui parle & ça évite les catas...de je me brûle & j'ouvre l'eau pour éteindre la cuisson de mon bras sans renverser ce qu'il y a sur la table en passant précipitamment à côté............pas Miss catastrophe non plus mais qui pourrait bien le devenir si trop d'obstacles.
    Bisous bisous. Babette

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  24. Je n'ai donc pas reçu ce matin ton nouveau post... je viens donc d'aller le voir. Ta cuisine est superbe... il manque juste quelques touches personnelles... et un peu de... fouillis pour que ce soit vraiment chez toi ! J'ai hâte de la revoir quand tout sera en place.

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  25. OMG! It's beautiful, even though it is missing your added touch. I have so far to go until I am at where you are now. So happy for you that you now can start the fun part, adding your personality. Congratulations! Patty/NS

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  26. It's lovely to have a blank canvas on which to work. I look forward to seeing what you do here.

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  27. Woweeee, thanks for revealing the cabinets !
    As Donna says, it now has great bones. The sea glass shows up more against the white cabinets, I love the layout and the way the worktop has a corner cut off by the window. Also the new tap is lovely and the whole room looks larger . You must be pleased, after waiting so long.
    I can't wait to see how you dress it, though I can already see how great the chair will look by the window and I'm wondering about that wall light you talked of.
    Congratulations to you and Cottage, on the big change !

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  28. I love the white cabinets and your new faucet! It looks so fresh and cheery. I know it doesn't have your personal touches right now, but it looks beautiful already.

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  29. Hi Magali! It all looks wonderful and I can just imagine how you will add all the details to make your new kitchen look like an original but improved part of "Cottage"! As someone about to embark on the kitchen renovation journey, I'm full of admiration for your thorough research & planning to get it 'just right'. I look forward to reading all about how you saved/splurged to get the look without breaking the bank! Well done!

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    1. Thank you Jenny. Due to computer + Internet issues, I'll be a little late; but I'll post about each choice I made!

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  30. Oh...I love how its coming together. It's the perfect canvas. Love every bit of it and can't wait to see how you do it up.

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  31. Magali, it's fabulous!!! It's a perfect blank canvas to put your own mark on. I really like the knobs on the cabinets -- looks very cottage-y! I am excited to see how it blossoms into "You!"

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  32. I am in love with your kitchen, with your house, with your kitty, and loved the Florence and the Machine video you shared. Your lamps are all spectacular! Am adding you to my sidebar so I can keep up with you!!!... Donna

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    1. Thank you so much, Donna. I'm glad you found things you like at The Little White House.

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  33. C'est que tu en as du rangement maintenant! Quant à cette lampe-moulin à café, elle me semble bien appropriée à cet endroit.

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  34. It's so beautiful! Can't wait to see it with the glass doors and all of your cozy touches. I'm wondering where the refrigerator is too...

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  35. Aaaahhh! So happy for you, it looks great Magali! i love how the sink set well with the cabinets too! and once you add your special touches, this kitchen will be as homey and warm as ever!!!! Can't wait to see more! Quick question, are you keeping the knobs?

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  36. You have a wonderful white canvas to start with~~~I soooo love your sink and faucet! Your cabinets are too lovely and you will make this kitchen beautiful! You have great style! I am very excited for you and I can't wait to see more~~~I'm sure you have bunches of ideas twirling in your head. I had to smile at putting your first piece-the coffee grinder lamp on the counter...I'm the same way. Sometimes just a little thing to start decorating with, fills that need! Blessings~~~Roxie

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  37. Oh this is is beautiful start to many personal touches - I could just stare at your kitchen window forever really - can't wait to see the complete final reveal!
    XOX

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  38. Love that faucet. The coffee grinder reminds me of one that my mom had...she bought it at an antique store years ago. There was also a little cast iron stove...how I loved to play with that ( even though I was not supposed to : )
    As to small kitchens, mine's a galley...about 8 x 12! :) It will be fun to see this as you go along.

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    1. I'll explain the choices I've made given the space I have in a post as soon as possible. Thanks for visiting!

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  39. An artist must have a perfectly prepared canvas to start a masterpiece - you have yours now. Get busy!

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  40. Your newly finished cabinets look fantastic! Your kitchen will be really lovely when it's all done. Would love for you to share at this week's Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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    1. Thank you so much Alison! I just linked the post to your great party.

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  41. Beautiful bones!!! Now the fun begins when you dress them up!!! Love the window, sink and faucet......good choices!!

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  42. OH MY GOODNESS!!! Where have I been? I've missed so much.
    Magali, your kitchen has turned out GORGEOUS! Can I move in? hahaha
    Enjoy it, and please show us every detail that you add to it.
    xoxo

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  43. Oh, it's all coming together so nicely, Magali. You will have that kitchen looking Magali charming in no time. The faucet is delightful with your perfect vintage sink. Cutting a diagonal at the end of the counter was the right thing to do. Love that window. How fun and exciting for you to have a blank canvas. :) ~ Nancy

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    1. Thank you so much, Nancy. Right now, I'm trying to find a place for each thing. Of course, I already have ideas to decorate!

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  44. Well it's a wonderful blank canvas Magali. It's all coming together beautifully. I know you will instil your vintage cottage style in there in no time, can't wait for the reveal!

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  45. What a fantastic blank space! Love how light and bright it is and especially love the sink and faucet. Can't wait to see it the reveal!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  46. It is lovely! And it's going to be absolutely fantastic when you transform it into la cuisine de Magali!

    -andi

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  47. Oh Magali, I am beyond excited for you! LOVE your cabinets and your lamp is amazing! Can't wait to see how you add even more special touches. Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  48. I am proud of your choice..and the patience. It will look amazing once you decorate it.
    Love
    Caroline

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