It’s hard to believe, but after nearly 9+ months of oohing and ahhing over readers’ kitchens that were submitted for my contest, then 5 rounds of voting for various categories like Best White Kitchen and Best Makeover, we have finally narrowed it to the Top 5.
Take a look at the finalists below and then choose the one you think deserves to win!
Click the pics and links for more info about each one:
Thanks to all the readers who submitted their kitchens. I wish I could have featured them all, but then this contest would have gone on for several more years! May the best kitchen win!
VOTING IS NOW CLOSED. FINAL RESULTS:
This is tough! They’re all fantastic.
I chose Renita’s cuz its so unique and original and tugs at my heart. I could spend days in there! 🙂
Thanks so much, Claudia! You are welcome to come by and spend time! Have a great weekend.
Kay’s kitchen aaaalll the way!
I absolutely adore it.
It’s my dream kitchen
Mine too, can we share? 🙂
Melissa Daly says
There is something I love from each of these kitchens. It would be fun to some how create a new kitchen with each of those elements. I would pull up a chair and share coffee with any of these homeowners in their great spaces! Thanks for sharing.
These are really great kitchens. I love Ainhoa’s wood counters and sink, and Chris’s baking center, stove, and marble and wood surfaces, but I’m going to have to choose Kay’s kitchen overall. It just looks so comfortable to be in. I love the green tile, the cabinets, the wood floors, the window over the sink, the lighting, and the bookshelf. Great job!!! (And thanks for this contest, Julia. It was fun. My kitchen was not finished in time to send pictures. Maybe next time…)
p.s. I’d love to see more pictures of Kay’s kitchen!
I would, too. Feel free to send me more, Kay! 🙂
Kay Torre says
Sure, as soon as I clean it up, I’ll send more! Thanks!
Carol M says
So hard to choose! All of them had features I loved.
tricia @ littlecottageonthepond says
I voted for Chris’s kitchen. She did every bit of the work herself- a very impressive wood worker!
I voted for Chris’s, too. She did it almost all of it herself. And, it’s not all white and it’s not a wood tone. It’s really beautiful. She did a great job!
All these kitchens are so lovely! Having just done a complete kitchen reno myself, I know how much work and how many decisions go into it! I only wish I had finished sooner so I could have entered too-what fun!
This is really hard! These are all great kitchens. I ended up voting for Renita’s because it is the most individual – not so many trends on display – and her use of salvage and antiques. She was successful in her goal of achieving a vintage look. I particularly love her re-use of the old windows and the general store screen doors on the pantry. Her floor was a clever solution, too. Funny, my own kitchen is closer to Kay’s.
Thanks so much for your vote! Have a great weekend.
House Crazy Sarah says
All five are wonderful and the thing that is standing out to me about all of them is that they all have a vintage old-time feel to them. I am so happy that this is what seems to be resonating with people on this blog. It just goes to show that the old stuff is timeless and classic. I sure prefer vintage to cold and modern!
I love them all but voted for Kay’s. It has the same layout and size as my kitchen and has become my main inspiration for a redo of our kitchen. The color of the backsplash is the only thing I would change in my own home, using the same kind of tiles going closer to blue/ tealish color since it has always been my favorite color.
I really love the vibe of this kitchen!
I think the blue/teal tiles would be fabulous! That’s what I’d go with, too – also a favorite color. There are some lovely tiles like that out there. I’d go with a light to mid-tone blue-green, not a bright turquoise.
Valerie J. says
Yes! Not turquoise, I’d definitely would like some green but need blue in the mix! Our oven just diedtoday ( we had company coming and I had to run the neighbor to bake a cake that I had mixed all ingredients for already), maybeit’s a sign thatit’s time for tat remodel.
Definitely Kay’s kitchen – pure class.
All of these kitchens are nice, but I voted for Kay’s. It’s classy, I love the layout, and I love that bookcase.
Anihoa’s kitchen is just too charming to ignore. Love the table, the counters, and the floor. And she got that sink on Craigslist!
Jane George says
It was neck and neck between Ainhoa and Renita’s (I’ve bookmarked both kitchens for future reference). But I love the all-out charm of Renita’s kitchen. It’s fearless.
Thank you. They are all so beautiful and I really appreciate the kind words and the vote! Have a great weekend.
I’ve loved Chris’s kitchen since the FIRST time I voted for it, and it’s my first choice again. (Although Kay’s made my heart skip a beat, too!) Love the color of the island, the bookcase end, the subway tile, and pendant fixtures. It’s all just perfect.
While love them all – Renita I could just move right in to your kitchen. It is creative, timeless and just perfect!
Thank you for the summer fun Julie! This was the perfect relief to a stress-filled day!
Thanks, Cathie. I appreciate your very kind words!
I have vote for Kay’s kitchen
I just love the counttops and green color
Christina from Dallas says
I picked Renita’s kitchen as I love all the antique signs she has decorated with. I also love Kay’s kitchen.
Thank you Christina. I seem to be obsessed with signs!
Have a great weekend.
I voted for Renita’s because I’m in LOVE with those General Store doors!!!
Thanks, Beverly! We love them too 🙂
Renita’s kitchen is the most dramatic makeover. All of the kitchens show imagination but I like the boldness of completely rearranging everything in the space and making it flow. The colors show thought and work well with each other without making the eye focus on one thing in particular. Working so many details and colors together takes real talent, not just accessorizing white cabinets. I do to mean offense to anyone but that is my take on this. So, Renita, you go girl!
Thank you Milton. I appreciate all your kind words!
Kelly - Talk of the House says
They are all very prize worthy..every last one of them. And all seem to evoke a warm and cozy vibe- something every kitchen should do (or at least I think they should!) I voted for Kay’s because it looks like a kitchen I could live in. In fact, the layout (minus that wonderful island) and the base cabinets are very very very much like ours. Thank you Julia for doing this over all the months that you have dealt with kitchens in your email. 🙂
All the kitchens are amazing, but Kay’s kitchen is simply my favorite! I can easily see myself in her kitchen.
These are all wonderful kitchens, which makes this such a hard choice. I’m definitely more drawn to a retro look than modern though and I like warmth and a bit of color. I’ll register a quiet vote, since it is such a hard choice.
Brenda M says
After looking at all of the pictures of the kitchens, I feel Renitas shows real depth and passion. It looks like her kitchen was done over time not in one fell swoop which just adds more character
Thank you Brenda. I hope you enjoyed your weekend!
I voted for Renita’s kitchen a few days ago. She decorates the way I do, with antiques. I wonder how old her house is. It has the appearance of being at least 150 years old. The other kitchens are nice, but they all seem to resemble each other. This one, with the painted floor, is truly remarkable. Really nice work!
Thank you for your very nice message.
Yes – at this point, antiques has become somewhat of an obsession! Our house was built in 1939 but over time we have tried to add features and old materials to make it appear older, like the old beams throughout the kitchen (and our den).
I am glad you like the kitchen floor. That was our solution to “marrying” two different floors once we took down the wall between the old kitchen and the old dining room.
Once again, thanks for all your kind words!
I love Jodie’s kitchen! That’s who my vote goes too. It’s a place I could lose myself in while making a meal.
Thank you so much!! All of these kitchens are absolutely beautiful. I’m honored to have mine alongside them. 🙂
Congratulations to Renita! I’ll be contacting you soon. And thanks to all of the readers who participated by opening up their beautiful homes (and kitchens) to us and letting us peek inside! -Julia 🙂