Blogger Block Party, Giveaways and my Kitchen Reveal!

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I’m so excited to welcome you all to the last party on the Block…let’s celebrate Christmas in our Kitchens!  As many of you know I have been remodeling my kitchen since….whisper…April! yikes! 
And believe it or not there’s still a few projects I have yet to finish…isn’t that the case with all remodels.   But, I am finally ready to reveal it to the world!…lol  Okay maybe not the world, but to all of you! 
And, it’s all decked out for Christmas!
I thought a few before and after’s might help to fully appreciate the transformation.
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Our previous planning desk area, that we removed and added this gorgeous buffet.
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Looking from our dining room previously and now.
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Our stove area looking over my remodeled island!
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The kitchen just prior to starting to paint the cabinets and afterwards bright and fresh!
And now get ready for picture overload!
You might remember the first project we completed in the remodel was adding a window seat to our bay area. 
Everyone really enjoys sitting in this sunny spot!  I stenciled this fun snowflake on my no sew napkin pillow for a fun and festive touch!  I repeated this same snowflake onto a burlap table runner for my kitchen table.
I love the blue and red against the burlap.
I layered bright and cheerful scrapbook paper for “placemats” and added cheery red plates and blue napkins for a fun place setting.
This lovely piece is from Germany and was my Bama Boy’s growing up.  It has held a place of honor on our kitchen table for several years and the kids still love lighting the candles and watching it spin.
I created this little wreath out of branches of berries and tied it onto the back of one of the chairs for a sweet touch.
We love our new eating area, it’s so bright and sunny and the window seat is a great place to curl up!
I had so much fun decorating my new buffet in fun new colors!
I found this sweet little white tree and twisted the branches together to mimic the tinsel trees that are so popular right now.
I filled my tree with sweet little birds…owls, doves and partridges. I placed the tree in a small galvanized bucket and piled ornaments around the base.  The tree is resting on a fun old silver pedestal I found at the Goodwill for $2.00!  I have a larger one on my coffee table, and I’ll share what I did with that next week.
I included some of my favorite pictures of our family and the kiddos…including some of the boy with Santa years and years ago.  I found these fun frames at Ikea
and I love the blue pear on my silver pedestal bowl.
Ready for a peek into the kitchen??
I love our open cabinetry and the curved details and the trim we added really made them look custom.
If you remember I recently shared how I converted our outdated oak island into this beauty.  My remodeled island is the perfect place to display holiday décor.
I had so much fun making this tiered tray and my knock off Anthroplogie snow globes.
My nutcracker collection stands at attention in my dining caddy along with some fun festive Christmas napkins.  The first nutcracker belongs to the boy.  My girl received her baker nutcracker from her Poppa and Nonna…and of course the policeman is in honor of Bama Boy.
I think that without a doubt the addition of my farmhouse sink has to be my favorite part of the kitchen remodel.  It is HUGE! Perfect for hiding dirty dishes. lol
I found these two little galvanized buckets on clearance after Thanksgiving and knew they would be perfect on either side of my sink with these sweet little live Christmas trees.
Here’s an up close picture of my beadboard backsplash I installed…all by myself. lol  I love how bright it made the kitchen!
On either side of the cabinets I hung these sweet tiny wreaths.  They are actually two wreaths added together that I picked up from the Dollar Tree years ago.
I think they look so pretty with the teal blue ribbon.  I just love incorporating the blue with the red for a fun fresh look.
Here are my fun DIY apothecary jars filled with candy.  You can see they’ve already been raided! I can’t seem to keep them full with this gang!
We installed black countertops around the perimeter of the kitchen from Ikea.  They really do look like soapstone…but are so inexpensive! 
I hung my husband’s sweet Mama’s cast iron skillet by the stove and use it with a magnet to hold my recipes! Sentimental and practical and I can take it off the hook and still use it when needed.
Across the kitchen you can see my galvanized dropcloth magnetic art board! I can change out the letters seasonally, and thought spelling out NOEL in the blue and red was a fun change.  
That’s my favorite fudge recipe resting on the island, I’ll share that recipe with you soon!  I love carrying the decorating to the top of the refrigerator.  It’s an often overlooked space.  
I used several items I already had.  I found the bird house at the Goodwill and painted it gold.  I added some berries to my galvanized watering can and tied a bow on my apothecary jar to carry over the blue.
Here’s my fun and easy Candy Cane wreath made from Dollar Tree candy canes and a closer look of my NOEL sign.
I will be showing you how to make THREE Dollar Tree wreaths next week including this candy cane one and the snowflake one in my dining room.
I’ll leave you with a few more photos of my kitchen…
I have a few more things I’d like to do but I am so happy with our progress!
Thank you so much for visiting my kitchen for Christmas!  You can see many of the tutorials for our kitchen remodel by clicking on the kitchen remodel tag in our sidebar. 
Now onto the fabulously fun part of the party!!


We were so honored that so many of our sponsors offered to provide items to giveaway to YOU our amazing friends here At The Picket Fence!  I was so excited to learn what I was I was going to be able to giveaway to FOUR, yes that’s right, FOUR of you!!
Vicki at Curly Willow Collections is offering one of her FUN and Fabulous prints!”
Seriously, this is perfect for a Blogger or Crafter!  I am in LOVE with this  16 X 29 canvas print and I know you will be too! She’s added several more just like this one to her Etsy store, Curly Willow Collections but this one is is being held for one of you!
Up next we have this gorgeous set of napkins from Cottage in the Oaks!
How fabulous would these be on our table for the holidays?!  Cottage in the Oaks has so many wonderful items for sale in their Etsy store that would be perfect for gift giving during the holidays!
Unexpected Elegance has put together this adorable set to give to one of our readers.
It contains: (3) Burlap embellished bows, Set of 3 Baker’s twine (25 yds/each), Cosmetic Pouch (8.5″ x 6.5″). Unexpected Elegance has so many lovely things in their Etsy store, be sure to pay them a visit!
and last but most certainly not least…Ruby Jean’s is offering one of her GORGEOUS handmade farmhouse aprons to one of you!! I am so jealous…seriously!
How perfect would this be to wear while preparing your Christmas brunch or dinner.  It truly is a work of art! You can visit Ruby Jean’s to see more of her beautiful items!
Here’s all you have to do to enter to win one of these four amazing giveaways!
We are giving you 3 ways in which you can enter!
  1. Just simply leave a comment letting us know you would like to be entered for a chance to win…you don’t even have to link up to the party! (Separate Comment)
  2. Link up to the Christmas in the Kitchen Party and let us know you did. (Separate comment)
  3. Pay these amazing Sponsors a visit at their shops and come back to let us know you checked them out. (Separate Comment)
And of course if you’re not a friend of At The Picket Fence in some capacity we’d love to have you, but it’s not required to enter the giveaways.
Giveaway and linky party will be open through NEXT FRIDAY and we’ll announce the winner that Saturday!

That’s all there is to it folks!
THANK YOU so much to these amazing sponsors of Christmas in the Kitchen as well as ALL of the fabulous sponsors of the Christmas Blogger Block Party!
Now it’s time to link up your Christmas Kitchen Decorations and your Holiday Recipes! This party is for anything kitchen, eating and cooking related! Once you’ve linked up please be sure to include a link BACK to this post by using the graphic below or a text link!!

Can’t wait to see what you have to share!!
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Merry Christmas!


  1. says

    Heather, Heather, Heather, your kitchen is so adorable. What a huge transformation with paint and a few accessories. I love the beautiful wood of that buffet against the white bead board. What cute Christmas decorations and colors. Love the candy cane wreath and look forward to the how to.

  2. says

    Heather, oh my goodness, what a transformation!! I LOVE the pops of color, and I especially love the dark wood against white. That is exactly how I like white. LOVE your buffet! LOVE your island, and the wood top. What are the countertops?? I love those and they certainly look like soapstone. Beautiful, beautiful!!

  3. says

    I see you agree with me More is better, love it all

    I am in love with that adorable cute pretty apron . I can just see me wearing it with all my pearls on Christmas day serving hot cider

    I am a follower and proud of it

    Thanks for this give a way


  4. says

    Can you hear me squealing? It’s beyond wonderful, you guys did such an amazing job. The open cabinets, that gorgeous buffet, everything looks perfect and you have so many fun touches for Christmas! just linked up, xoxo

  5. says

    Heather! Oh, your new kitchen is gorgeous! I love it! How beautiful your former desk area turned out! I love your buffet with the shelf over it. I have an olden buffet almost like that. The painting of your cabinets whites just look so pretty. Then look how you’ve decorated for Christmas! It’s lovely! :) Now do not, I repeat DO NOT COOK in that beautiful kitchen and mess it up! :)
    Thanks for hosting!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  6. says

    Oh my gosh, Heather, your kitchen is amazing! Love the white cabinets with the dark countertops. I adore the touches of blue with your red, white & silver — so fresh and beautiful.

    Amazing give-aways! Of course I want to be entered!

  7. says

    Heather, your kitchen is gorgeous! I love the white cabinets! And your buffet is amazing! Really, really pretty! Thank you for hosting this party! It has been so much fun all week long!

  8. says

    Your kitchen is so pretty! I too love the white cabinets. Love the color combinations! You have inspired me to do more for my little kitchen! Hope you will check out my Swedish Cheesecake recipe. Have a Merry Week! ~ Diane

  9. says

    Your kitchen is so beautiful!! I adore the little buckets with trees on each side of the sink and the pretty pedastal jars filled with peppermint candies. It was also fun for me to see all the beautiful blue and red decor. We are planning on using these colors on our tree this year for the first time. I’ve been a little nervous, but it looks gorgeous in your kitchen!

  10. says

    I added Unexpected Elegance to my circle on Etsy; lovely things & I’m already a follower of Ruby Jean!! She has amazing things!! Please enter me again for your giveaway!! Thanks again!

  11. says

    Wow Heather! Everything is simply stunning. Your kitchen is SO beautiful…from the buffet to the wreaths to the island…every detail is just perfect. LOVE the candy cane wreath…just darling. I could go on and on.

  12. says

    Heather, I’ve died and gone to heaven with all your red and aquas. Sigh…you KNOW it’s my favorite combination. I am in LOVE with that simple and fresh candy cane wreath. I feel a copycat lurking in the background. 😉 Hope you don’t mind. Everything’s GORGEOUS.
    Thank you so much for hosting.
    Much love!

  13. says

    Woops! I was so blown away by your gorgeous kitchen I didn’t realize I was at a themed party! So sorry ladies- but I linked a couple regular posts!
    The whole time I was linking up I was thinking about your gorgeous kitchen. I have a buffet just like that one sitting in storage- waiting for us to buy again! I love all the white touches- but I also love the holiday decor in red and turquoise!! You got your countertops so dark- most the stained butcher block counters I have seen have been a lot lighter. Love yours! I’m also loving the transformed island!
    Really fantastic job!

  14. says

    Your kitchen is spectacular, Heather! You have included so many wonderful details and inspiration for the rest of us! The added holiday decorations are all adorable and add a really festive feel! You have done a wonderful job! It’s truly stunning!

  15. says

    That candy cane wreath is great, Heather! I’ll be watching for that tutorial. Your kitchen looks so fresh and pretty. Your befores look very much like my daughter’s kitchen and I know she is probably going to want to be painting her cabinets white down the road. I will have to show her yours for inspiration.

    Oh, and I’d love to be entered for a chance to win!

  16. says

    Your kitchen is so bright and fresh, Heather! I’d stay in there all day, everyday:) I adore the blue and red!
    Thanks for the chance to win such fun prizes!

  17. says

    I am in LOVE with your kitchen. The before and after photos are unbelievable. Love the red and aqua…I adore aqua. I can’t wait to see how to make the candy cane wreath. I am so copying you on that. Love the giveaways and would love to be entered. Thanks for the chance.

  18. says

    I went over and visited Curly Willows…love all of her signs, but how fun would it be to have the one that says keep calm, celebrate, and carry on.

  19. says

    Thanks so much for the great party, I would love to win one of these great giveaways! I am especially in love with those aprons!!
    And your kitchen looks lovely, aqua and read are faves of mine!

  20. says

    I love your kitchen redo. I so wish I had the time (mostly energy) to redo mine. I would take me two years to do all you have done. Great job. Please enter me in the giveaways, would love to win any of the wonderful prizes.

  21. says

    Your kitchen rocks – the white cabinets, beadboard, dark wood countertop – LOVE. It’s beautifully decorated for Christmas too. Love the burlap runner and cute pillow with the snowflake stencils – love the blue and red together.

    Linked up my Unusual Wreath and would love to win one of those amazing prizes.

  22. says

    Thank you for hsting! I love Christmas kitchens! This white kitchen looks just fab! I SO want to paint my cabs but just do not have enough time yet to block out to dedicate to just THAT! Hopefully this summer when I have more time off! I really dig the beadboard backsplash…we are planning on that, too! Beautiful work! andrea@townandprairie

  23. says

    Gorgeous!! I LOVE that buffet…it is so beautiful! What can I say, I love everything…the white kitchen, the colors,I could go on & on! It looks great!

  24. says

    I entered a post.
    I am sharing a delicious and nourishing Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Recipe!
    Come see!
    It’s like having milk and cookies for breakfast….without the guilt!

  25. says

    p.s. Heather….
    I forgot to say. I love the kitchen!
    I too have a farmhouse sink that I love.
    And your turquoise lampshades over your nook table….too cute!

  26. says

    Heather, you must be so proud of your kitchen! It’s just wonderful!! I love your “picture overload”–I don’t think it’s overload at all! You know we want to see every little detail. :)

    This block party has been just wonderful. I’m sorry I haven’t been able to join every single gathering–but I’m glad I made it for a few! Thank you so much for hosting!

  27. says

    Hi Heather, I say a big WOW for your kitchen remodel. Love all the white beadboard! The buffet is gorgeous! You wouldn’t know that it was the same kitchen. You know that I love your choice of colors for your Christmas decor. I decorate my kitchen and family room in the red/turquoise combo. Love it! Please enter me in your fab give aways.

  28. says

    Yes, I have linked, actually twice. Hope that’s o.k. Linked my original Dhristmas kitchen decor and also a kitchen table setting I did. Thanks for such a wonderful party from all you gals!

  29. says

    Heather, Christmas is the perfect time to “unwrap” your kitchen! What a fantastic transformation — and fun, whimsical holiday colors.

    I couldn’t believe it when I read “Poppa and Nonna.” That’s what Little Man calls us! Is that Bama Boy’s parents? And if I remember correctly, Vanessa’s father-in-law is “Renaissance Man.” What fun things we have in common!

  30. says

    Wow, wow, wow! That’s all I can say, Heather! Your kitchen is simply stunning. You have done an amazing job. =)

    I’d love to be entered in the giveaway. Unfortunately I won’t be linking up though. Still no new computer. : (

    ~ Catie

  31. says

    I absolutely LOVE this!! I’ve been enjoying it all along, but I love what you have posted today. You have given me so much inspiration for the next phase of my kitchen makeover. Because of you, I am FINALLY going to gut up to it and paint my cabinets. I love so many things about this that I’m going to be pinning right and left so as not to forget.

    It looks wonderful for Christmas and all the time. (And the first thing I noticed was that big old blue pear. I loved that.)

    I came here early long enough to join the fun. Then, I got distracted by baking a red velvet cake which turned out to be a couple of red marble frisbees. Sigh…

    Why does that ONLY happen when you’re supposed to bring it somewhere? The replacement cake is cooling as I type. Maybe now I can oggle some kitchens.

    Thanks for hosting!

  32. says

    Your kitchen is delightful. I love the colors. Wouldn’t have thought to mix them like that, but now that you have, I realize they are very charming and festive. Love your new buffet too. It’s the perfect contrast to the white cabinetry. The kitchen is the last place I decorate. Very minimal in there, but you’ve given me some good ideas. If I can accomplish them by next Friday, I’ll link up. In the meantime, please enter me in the giveaway.

  33. The Single Nester says

    Your kitchen is lovely. And the spinning nativity from Germany? I have always wanted one. I have a metal one from Sweden.

  34. says

    Hi, Your kitchen transformation is awesome. It looks fabulous. I think you really paid attention to details and it shows. I love your Christmas decorations. The blue on the white tree is beautiful and I love the Nutcrackers in the caddy. Great idea. I have to say I love the anthro snow globes. I dug out two old ball jars and I have my snow and little santa candles but haven’t gotten to that yet. Now that I’ve seen yours I need to find some little trees. I love those. Thanks for hosting and a chance to win in your giveaway.

    The French Hutch

  35. says

    F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. kitchen. Wish I knew how to say it in French! Absolutely wonderful! Thank you for sharing! And I’m dying over the candy cane wreath! Can’t wait to hear about that!
    I made the mistake of linking up my dining room to the party! I’m so sorry! Please delete me. I didn’t realize until re-reading that it was a party in the kitchen. I’ll join in next year! :)

  36. says

    Heather, your kitchen is just fabulous! I would love to have a sink like that. And your countertops do look like soapstone. What a difference it made when you took out the office area and put in that incredible buffet. I haven’t linked up my kitchen, but I may tomorrow morning. Count me in the giveaway, though!

  37. says

    What a fun party! The kitchen is the heart of any home, and I can’t wait to start kitchen hopping to see what everyone’s up to. I would love to win one of your great gifts, so please add my name to the pot. Thanks!

  38. Cindy says

    Your kitchen is beautiful! Love your sideboard and tree…the candy cane wreath is too cute!!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  39. says

    Wow…that is a gorgeous redesign. I love the antique buffet over that desk area. I have a similar one too…love it great for displaying things for holidays.

    Thanks for sharing your kitchen, and hosting a fabulous giveaway.

    I would love to be entered to win!

    Lucky 7 Design

  40. Michelle says

    Your kitchen is so beautiful and light. The pictures are wonderful. Really fun post! I would love to be entered in the giveaway. Now following At The Picket Fence.

  41. says

    Thank you for hosting this link party! The Blogger Block Party has been so much fun! I’ve learned so much! I love your Christmas kitchens and homes! I have found so many wonderful new blogs too! Merry Christmas!

  42. Mary says

    I just found your site. I love it and will be coming back. I’m looking forward to learning how to make the candy cane wreath. Thank you for a chance to enter the contest.

  43. says

    Heather, your Christmas kitchen is awesome! I LOVE the pops of blue on your sideboard. What amazing before and after pictures, too! The red Christmas accents pop beautifully against your “new” white kitchen, too. And, I love the seating area … fabulous, fabulous!

  44. says

    Heather! Where to begin, I just don’t know. I LOVE your kitchen and all the gorgeous transformations, but then to add your Christmas touches to the mix, just really topped it. The buffet is gorgeous. I LOVE that burlap runner too, such pretty color choices. Thanks for hosting.

  45. says

    WOW!!! Heather what a transformation and I loved seeing the before and afters together! Your kitchen turned out beautiful, I LOVE every detail, especially the transformed island and gorgeous buffet!! Have a great weekend, Martina

    PS– Can’t forget about all the pretty Christmas decor!!

  46. says

    Your new improved lighter and brighter kitchen is wonderful! I love how your decorated it for Christmas. The fun colors really stand out against all the white. Love that tiered stand you made with the little trees on it too.

  47. says

    Your kitchen is beautiful! What a great transformation and it looks wonderful all decked out for the holidays.

    And why not? Please enter me in the giveaway.

  48. says

    WOW!! I love your new kitchen! They are the best remodel ever,,,,we finished ours just about a year ago and when I come into it, I still get the “I love my new kitchen” feeling!! I love all the elements you added and it all fits so well1 Love love love the little skillet that has sentimental value and that you use it as a recipe holder1 Love the hutch with the lamps!! I also linked up to your Christmas Kitchen party. Have a great day!

  49. says

    Your kitchen is AMAZING!!! The deails are perfect and I LIKE the dark buffet with all the white around it. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway!!!
    best regards,

  50. says

    Heather, The sideboard adds such richness to the white of the rest of the kitchen. Which, by the way, is absolutely amazing! You did a wonderful job on it and the holiday accessories you added are so darn pretty. Would love to see it all in person! Please put my name in the hat for this give-away!
    Holiday Hugs, Sue

  51. Amy Kenneally says

    First of all, love your kitchen!
    second, I was a military brat, and that candle thingy from Germany brings back so many memories. One day I hope to go back during the holidays and get one for my own home. Third, I visited Ruby Jean’s site. Love the story of how the apron “came to be.”
    Merry Christmas! :-) Amy

  52. says

    I paid all of the sponsors a visit. Liked their pages on Facebook. I am now following them on Twitter, tweeted them.
    This is a wonderful way to see all that people have to offer. I am loving this blogging thing.

  53. says

    Wow, Heather….what an amaaaazing transformation! That buffet adds so much style and grace to your kitchen! The turquoise pear is totally swoon-worthy. Love the pops of turquoise everywhere – and don’t even get me started on your white cabinets making me weak-kneed…. lol!

    xoxo laurie

  54. says

    Late to the party but I finally had time to get a post up on my kitchen so am joining in!

    Loved seeing your kitchen – the candy cane wreath is a keeper!

    bee blessed

  55. says

    I made your Christmas party, yipiii! Thank you so much for the giveaway chance. I am your follower always. Thank you for hosting this great party and for having me. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  56. Jamie says

    Love the kitchen transformation. I would love to know the dimensions of the L-shaped portion of your kitchen, because it looks remarkably like my own, and I’m wondering if I could achieve the same look by adding an island. Thanks!


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