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A New Kitchen in Time for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner and I can’t wait! Not only is it my favorite holiday, but this year I have a “new” kitchen to cook in and enjoy just in time for Thanksgiving! While there are still a few details to finish up before turkey day, the kitchen is finally cleaned up enough for “virtual company,” and I have even added a few Thanksgiving touches. Today I am excited to have you over for a look at how our kitchen renovation is shaping right up!


It’s perfect timing since I am hosting a fun Thanksgiving-themed blog hop today! I am gathering together with several talented friends during “A Season of Thanks” to share all kinds of Thanksgiving inspiration.  Be sure to check out all the links at the end of my post for 20 other fantastic Thanksgiving ideas.


A Kitchen Makeover with Touches of Fall Part 1 (mid-September)

In September I shared the first look at the progress on our kitchen makeover in a post which focused on the sink and stove area. With the exception of the grout on our brick floor and some touch up paint here and there, not much has changed about this view, but that is fine because I love it! I do have a new light fixture for over the sink which I will share in the final reveal post in a couple of weeks.



For our renovation we removed the huge island which ate up the middle of the kitchen and repurposed the cabinets as the base for our new 1920’s style china cabinet/butler’s pantry built-in. While a new window seat was also being built, I temporarily used my adorable marble topped bistro table from World Market in place of the island just to have a place to sit and snack.



You might recall that we previously had a little breakfast nook banquette seating area in this spot, and that there was only one set of windows on the left by the stove. We ended up removing the faux brick wall behind the seating and adding two more windows which let in tons of light and changed the whole vibe of the kitchen for the better. Next my husband built a custom sized window seat. Reconfiguring this area with new windows and seating has been one of the best home improvements we have made. We do need to update one of the older windows that has a broken seal, so I am checking into Renewal by Andersen windows.

A New Kitchen in Time for Thanksgiving!

Here is the current view looking into our kitchen! I think the built in cabinets and corner nook turned out fantastic! We still need to build our custom island, install vintage wood plantation shutters on the windows, possibly add cabinet hardware to the doors and drawers (still deciding,) and dress up the cabinet bases with trim. Nevertheless, I am so happy with how everything is looking so far! Oh…and my dream brick floor…how could I not mention it? Installing it was a bit of an ordeal for a few different reasons (another post for another time) but in the end it was worth it! 

UPDATE as of Sunday:

Beautiful 1920's kitchen with brick floor, butler's pantry and cremone bolts on glass cabinet doors, faux copper range hood

The cabinet trim is finished! If you scroll back up to the picture above this one and compare, you will see the difference trim makes. I love how the base cabinet valances/feet turned out!



I think the new built-in looks totally original to the house, but previously there was a low window which looked out to the side of our garage and a low cabinet that was added sometime in the late 80’s which just looked awful. I came up the idea to cover up the window with the new built in cabinets and put the old island base in this spot to free up the center of the kitchen, yet retain storage space. I showed my husband my Dreamy Kitchen Built-Ins, China Cabinets and Butler Pantries Inspiration post to give him an idea of the kind of 1920’s cabinetry I wanted. Well, he nailed it!


I honestly didn’t know I could “have feelings” for kitchen cabinetry…but I just truly love this new built-in, and get all giddy every time I walk in the kitchen! I think the authenticity comes from the 1920’s wavy glass cabinet doors I found at an antiques store back in Sept. I added French vintage style cremone bolts and faux leaded glass strips to the doors for extra vintage cottage charm. The beadboard wall inside the cabinets and backsplash also creates that original 1920’s kitchen look.


vintage glass pantry door

The doors were previously painted light blue and they were pretty dirty. A really good cleaning and several coats of paint revived their beauty.



Thanksgiving Kitchen Tour

Even though all the details aren’t finished and more messes will be made soon, I didn’t want to miss out on enjoying some Thanksgiving decor in my new kitchen. I came up with just a few simple vignettes that can easily be moved out of the way when work resumes. By the way, what do you think? Add drawer and cabinet pulls, or keep things as they are? I have to admit I love the suprisingly simple elegance of no pulls, but it isn’t really practical as the doors and drawers aren’t that easy to open. Decisions, decisions…



Thanksgiving Kitchen Fall Home Tour Thanksgiving decor

This is the first time decorating all these new spaces in the kitchen! I wasn’t sure what I was going to do exactly so I shopped my house for inspiration. It turned out that my French graywashed basket tray was the perfect size for the corner where the new built-in meets the run of cabinets. 



Thanksgiving Kitchen Tour Thanksgiving styled basket with greenery and fall fruits

I filled the basket with beautiful faux evergreens which will transition perfectly to Christmas. Various gourds, pumpinos, dried apple slices, orange slices, lime slices and bittersweet pieces are tucked into the greenery.  A faux ceramic lumpy white pumpkin fools the eye among the real gourds.



Farmhouse Thanksgiving Decor Thanksgiving decorating ideas fall kitchen fall home tour

The “Be Grateful” decal from Dollar Tree on a very old ironstone platter is one of my Thrifty DIYs from a couple of years ago. The rustic pilgrim couple was a thrifted find from last year.



Thanksgiving kitchen decor fall home tour Pilgrims pheasant feathers vintage Thanksgiving postcard

The cabinets are filled with ironstone treasures collected over many years. I didn’t want to cram them as full as my  corner cabinet in the dining room that is overflowing with ironstone, but there is still plenty of ironstone goodness in the kitchen.




Thanksgiving decorating ideas ironstone with vintage Thanksgiving postcard mini-Thanksgiving vignette

Just a few small fall and Thanksgiving items add holiday vintage charm to the cabinets without distracting from their simple elegance.








Thanksgiving kitchen

I love how much countertop space we have now! I have decided to keep this long run of countertop relatively clutter and decor free so it can actually be used for food prep and serving. There are 4 outlets down the wall which means plenty of space for plugging in crock pots during the holidays. Normally we will keep the toaster and air fryer on the counter too.




Thanksgiving vignette daiya cheezcake fall cloche

The built-in cabinets were designed so that there is still enough space in front of them to use to serve and prepare food. To celebrate almost being finished with the kitchen I am serving myself some allergy-friendly pumpkin spice “cheezecake” to enjoy after I finish this post!



The cheesecake just fits down inside my Rae Dunn “Thankful for Pie” plate. By the way, I am not “done with Dunn!”  My Rae Dunn collection was previously displayed in a small 1940’s cabinet that sat right about where the center of the new cabinets are.


How to decorate for Thanksgiving using Rae Dunn Thanksgiving mugs


Rae Dunn Pottery in a vintage cabinetAt first it was hard to change this cute cabinet and previous breakfast nook set up, but I have no regrets now! I have since found a new spot for my favorite Rae Dunn pieces over in a new coffee station area by the fridge that we are finishing up soon. The Rae Dunn Cabinet was super cute and fun to decorate, but the new built-ins are part of my kitchen dreams come true and I am so happy we made the changes.




turkey platter

The open area in between the new cabinets will be fun to style seasonally too. Right now I am loving this French farmhouse-creamy whites fall display (even if my battery operated votives stopped working right as I was taking pictures!) The turkey platter tucked in behind the cloche will be used to serve gluten-free pumpkin bars on Thanksgiving morning.



Late fall kitchen decor fall breakfast nook Thanksgiving turkey pillow

I still need to make a comfy pad for the window seat, but that hasn’t stopped me from sitting on the benches every free chance I have. I love sipping tea and enjoying the beautiful fall foliage and wildlife in the forest across the street.



vintage turkey planter with fresh bouqet for Thanksgiving

Most of my turkeys are trotting around in the dining room, but I brought this one into the nook for today’s hop. I   filled it with mums, sage, and thyme from my garden.




Thanksgiving kitchen breakfast nook

I made the bouquet at lunch but by the time I came back in to take more pictures, the sage had wilted. Some faux rosemary in a rustic little olive bucket replaces the missing green herbs in my styled vintage tole tray vingette. As soon as the mums wilt I will move the turkey back into the dining room with the rest of it’s feathered friends. We are going to have to move the table anyway to get the plantation blinds installed soon.


Beautiful vintage Thanksgiving vignette with vintage turkey plate and turkey planter with fresh bouquet

To see more of my vintage turkey and pheasants, check out my Vintage-Traditional Thanksgiving Dining Room Tour from last year. 



I hope you have enjoyed seeing the changes to our kitchen and some Thanksgiving touches! There is still a bit left to do and I am excited with how things have turned out, but overall I am just grateful for family, friends, and a safe place to call home during such uncertain times. 


Vintage 1920's kitchen decorated for Thanksgiving vintage cottage kitchen Thanksgiving decor #Brickfloors #brickpaverfloor

 Over the next few weeks and into the Christmas season I will share more kitchen updates, so I hope you will stop back by soon to see how things are wrapping up. I always enjoy your visits!

Update 12/7

Cute Christmas breakfast nook ideas plaid pillows ticking stripe pillows on a window seat. World Market Marble Bistro Table and herringbone brick floors. Christmas kitchen

Here is an update of how the corner nook is looking for Christmas! It’s the perfect place for sipping coffee or    . Be sure to stop back by soon for a full Christmas kitchen tour hot cocoa !

Now it’s time to continue on with today’s hop by heading over to visit Marty at A Stroll Thru Life. She always shares such chic and elegant holiday inspo! Don’t forget to visit all the other blogs on today’s hop via the links below. You are sure to be inspired.



Thanks for visiting today and have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!



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  • Reply Rita C at Panoply

    Amber, this is incredibly beautiful! Your husband, brother and you really outdid yourselves on making this dream of yours come true. I am in love with the brick floor and those antique cabinets doors with cremone bolt hardware! Of course, your styling for Thanksgiving is adorable. You are going to have so much fun in this space, both cooking and decorating. What a joy! Perfect timing for a season of thanks. Bravo!

    November 7, 2020 at 7:26 am
  • Reply Stacy

    Your kitchen looks so AMAZING!!! That brick floor is the best! I love all the pretty fall details you added too. You must love being in there all the time now!

    November 7, 2020 at 7:55 am
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    It’s gorgeous. I’m so happy for you. The brick floor is stunning. The cabinets are amazing. Thanks for hosting.

    November 7, 2020 at 8:24 am
  • Reply Jenna

    It looks beautiful Amber, the open cabinets are indeed a WOW factor and the Be Grateful basket tucked in the corner looks fabulous! I know you will have much pleasure styling your stunning new kitchen for the seasons, and that your family will enjoy many wonderful meals served from the spacious counter buffet. Tell your husband he has mad carpentry skills, what an incredible job he did!

    November 7, 2020 at 8:25 am
  • Reply Pam Richardson

    Amber, I am so happy for you that your dream kitchen has become a beautiful reality. The brick floors are fabulous, as are the antique cabinet doors. The Thanksgiving vignettes are all so lovely. I know you are beyond excited to finish all the details before the holidays begin. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving season!

    November 7, 2020 at 8:27 am
  • Reply Calypso in the Country

    Oh Amber, your kitchen is gorgeous! I love those brick floors with the white cabinets and the way you styled everything for Thanksgiving! Beautiful! Thanks so much for hosting this blog hop!

    November 7, 2020 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Christy @ Our Southern Home

    Your kitchen renovation is amazing! I am in love with that brick floor. WOW! The extra details that you’ve given the cabinets are so fitting for your vintage inspired home. So impressed!!!! Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for organizing such a gorgeous tour.

    November 7, 2020 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    All I can say is STUNNING, STUNNING, STUNNING!!!!!!!!

    November 7, 2020 at 9:35 am
  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Amber your amazing kitchen is the kitchen of my dreams. I am so happy you have this glorious space to enjoy! All of your lovely touches are truly something to be thankful for. I have become so very inspired and pinned away. Thank you so very much for hosting.

    November 7, 2020 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Marty

    Oh my word, what can I say. Every detail is perfection. This is such a stunning and well thought out kitchen. I love it.

    November 7, 2020 at 10:35 am
  • Reply Kelly Radcliff

    Oh Amber your kitchen is just beautiful! I love all of your choices and it’s absolute perfection decorated for Fall! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    November 7, 2020 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    I just love your beautiful new kitchen Amber. The floor is just amazing! Love every single detail here. So glad it’s finished in time for the holidays.

    November 7, 2020 at 11:54 am
  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407

    Is it okay to lust for a kitchen? Probably not but I wowza, I want the cabinets, the vintage style hardware, the counter tops, the floors and all that ironstone! I can see why you love it so much. Adding hardware will be a tough decision. I think you should make pieces of paper in whatever color your handles and pulls will be and stick them to every door and drawer and live with it for a couple of days to see if they distract or enhance the look. I’m sure whatever you do will be beautiful though. You have great taste! Enjoy Thanksgiving with your people. And thanks for the hop and hosting. I always look forward to this time of year and this hop. Big hugs!

    November 7, 2020 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Carol@BlueskyatHome

    Amber, the Thanksgiving touches that you added to your new kitchen are lovely. The new kitchen will be a wonderful backdrop for all your vintage pieces. I think I’m going to paint my colored pilgrims white. Yours are awesome.

    November 7, 2020 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    What I can see so far looks pretty fabulous Amber! A true dream kitchen no doubt with that floor and those gorgeous cabinets. Love the stacks of dishes behind the glass doors too. Wonderful blog hop today. Thank you so much!

    November 7, 2020 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Kathy A

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I’d say live with your cabinets a while before you decide. My 30 year old oak cabinets never did get drawer pulls/handles but, then, they have a bit of an edge to grab. Knobs on your white might reduce fingerprints, though! My early 70’s kitchen had drawer pulls that had overhangs on each end that were forever catching and ripping clothing so it’s worth thinking on for a while. Your new built in is fabulous–give your husband a big hug for all of us who live with non-handymen!

    November 7, 2020 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply CoCo

    Such a stunning kitchen, Amber, I can’t get over it! From the cabinets to the floors you nailed every detail. It seriously doesn’t even look like the same kitchen. So excited for all that you’ve accomplished and all that you’ll be able to celebrate moving forward too. Thanks for putting this hop together. Big hugs, CoCo

    November 7, 2020 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    WOW Girl, you have a gorgeous new kitchen to be thankful for among other wonderful things! You guys really brought it in this room. Those windows… oh my what a great idea and that built in butler’s pantry is a work of art. the hardware hinges alone are a masterpiece. Great job!! I’m so glad you have it for the holidays; it will be so much fun to use and decorate! Thanks again for organizing the Hop!

    November 7, 2020 at 5:56 pm
  • Reply Chloe

    Amber, I can certainly understand why you have “feelings” for your lovely build ins. The transformation has been amazing and you have created such a beautiful space. We are looking at expanding our kitchen, taking over a small bedroom so I finally have some windows in my kitchen! Your beautiful kitchen is so inspiring to me! Thank you so much for organizing this wonderful hop! Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving!!

    November 8, 2020 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply MaryJo Materazo

    Congratulations Amber. It all looks amazing. Those floors are everything 🤩🙌🏼. The vintage cabinet is perfection. 💫 You will enjoy this for many years to come through so many different seasons. I am looking forward to seeing it dressed up for Christmas.

    XO- MaryJo

    November 8, 2020 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    Amber, your kitchen is a dream! I love seeing each new update! That built in is amazing! I love the hardware you added. It looks like a piece that has always been there!! And your Thanksgiving decor is so wonderful! I love that basket tray and how you added the little candle light in it too!

    November 8, 2020 at 6:28 pm
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    Your kitchen is absolutely beautiful, Amber! All your planning is definitely paying off. Building in the vintage doors just makes the whole room! And that brick floor-wow! So glad you got new windows, too; the light streaming in is wonderful. Can’t wait to see the finishing touches! I think classic glass for some of the knobs and pulls, but definitely mix and match! Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 8, 2020 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces

    Amber, your kitchen is SO beautiful! I love all the attention to detail and your special finds! It looks like it has been there forever! And of course…that floor! Love! So happy for you

    November 9, 2020 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

    Amber, your kitchen is absolutely stunning! Those floors are gorgeous, and the cabinets are so beautiful. I love how you have kept the cabinetry true to the style and age of the home. The cabinets look just as beautiful without hardware, but speaking from personal experience…you may want knobs to keep the paint from getting worn from hands touching the actual cabinet. We had this happen in a previous home. I was always doing paint touch ups. All of your treasures look so pretty displayed in the glass cabinets. I’m so happy for you, and I know you are going to love cooking in your new kitchen! It looks like it belongs in a magazine! Happy season of Thanksgiving, sweet friend!

    November 10, 2020 at 8:02 am
  • Reply Katherines Corner

    Wooo Hoooo it looks fantastic. Your hard work is rewarded with this wonderful makeover! Love it all. xo

    November 11, 2020 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    November 12, 2020 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    Hi Amber, I’m back to let you know I’m featuring your post this week on the Tuesday Turn About Link Party. Hope to see you there!

    November 17, 2020 at 6:43 am
  • Reply Amy

    Oh my goodness, it looks amazing! I am swooning over those brick floors and all of the vintage touches. Those cabinet doors are gorgeous, and the trim is just perfect. I’m interested in the vintage plantation shutters you are going to put in. We have removed plantation shutters from a couple of rooms in our new house, but we still have them up in the kitchen. I’m curious about what “vintage” plantation shutters look like!

    November 18, 2020 at 8:04 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Hi Amy! The vintage plantation shutters are just shutters from an old house. They will have the same look as newer shutters once they are freshly painted. Hopefully they will be installed by the time I share my Christmas home tours if you would like to stop back by and check them out.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      November 18, 2020 at 9:51 pm
  • Reply Linda Primmer

    Gorgeous kitchen makeover Amber. So many wonderful details. I adore the plate rack. The brick floor looks amazing. How special to have most of it done before the holidays. I am happy to feature your beautiful kitchen at Love Your Creativity.

    November 22, 2020 at 12:07 pm
  • Reply Fabby

    AWESOME Kitchen renovation ! Everything about it’s gorgeous and just in time for Turkey Day of Thanks.
    Enjoy it and blessings.

    November 22, 2020 at 7:23 pm
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    Amber, I LOVE how your kitchen has turned out! You both did a wonderful job renovating it with it’s updated look!! Really lovely… Happily pinned a bunch of photos to my Ethereal Kitchens board and others. <3

    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends, stay well,
    Barb 🙂

    November 16, 2021 at 7:39 am
  • Reply Decorative Inspirations

    Wow Amber! It is hard to believe it’s the same kitchen! It came out incredible. I am so in love with how the brick flooring came out and the vintage built in cabinets too. Enjoy it looks so beautiful. -Meagan

    November 16, 2022 at 1:05 pm
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