Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Gettin' There!

This post is for those of you who don't hang out over at Facebook, which is my new hangout these days.  There are only so many places I can be at once, right?  ;)

Kitchen before I moved in:
I just finished laying these peel-n-stick 18" tiles from Lowes last week:
This microwave cart was my grandmother's...I hated to paint over the fabulous Contact paper with mushrooms circa 1972, so...
I had Kathleen do it for me!  Ha!
This was the kitchen before I moved in.  I think the homeowner was giving  a nice fresh coat of dark green paint to that faux tile wainscotting.  Yum!  NOT!
And this is what I've done with the place!  Morning Fog on the walls, white on the newly installed beadboard wainscot paneling, Ikea Lidingo kitchen cabinets, new countertop, a new stove, 
This was the kitchen when I first looked at the house...the tops of the walls were still yellow!
And here it is "after."  My plan is still to paint the hutch a dark raspberry red.  I have the paint.  I just have to sand down what's there, and get on task!  I may have to put some fun paper or fabric behind those shelves.  We'll see.
This corner is such a nice spot to sit in the morning!
...and here it was in the throes of renovation.  Note all the dark stained trim everywhere. 
...and now note all the WHITE painted trim everywhere.  It's amazing how much brighter the kitchen is now.  I love it.
Before:
After:
Tonight my friend Dwight is coming over to hang two upper cabinets for me, that he made out of vintage windows.  I can't wait!!!

9 comments:

Rose said...

WOW! What an incredible transformation, Sharon! Great-looking new kitchen. Love the b/w with pale fresh blue Morning Fog color palette, and the gentle color of the WTs. It keeps everything looking fresh and bright. Great job!

Diane said...

It's OK. If you LIKE that wonderful, fresh yet country-like and modern, restful, functional, SWACalicious kind of thing. ;-)

paintergal said...

I gasped when I saw your after pics.
So totally scrumptious!
You've done an amazing job. I love the white cab's and beadboard with the black counters and appliances.
And that wall color! Oh my good golly- it's perfection.
Don't you love peel 'n stick tiles?

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love it Sharon.

I do hang out at Facebook, thanks to Miss Xanti. I didn't know you were there.

Brook said...

You have done a wonderful job, Please take a pic of the upper cabinets when you get them up. I will keep visiting you and watch your progress. My hat is off to you. Visit me, keep up the good work. Brook

Kat said...

I love that morning fog...much prettier than the morning fog outside my window right now! The kitchen is gorgeous. I cant wait to see the upper cabinets....how long do I have to wait...are they up...are you happy???? I know they must look smashing!!! Im waiting!

Kathy said...

I found your blog my Googling "painted chandelier" and found the cute, cute one you did. Then I hit "home" to see what you are all about and found your FAB kitchen! So totally amazing. You did a FANTASTIC job. I LOVE the beaded board, the cabinets and all the fresh new color. I've used beaded board in my last house and am now putting it up in my now house. I can't wait to check out the rest of your blog.

Lori Bee said...

Soooo fresh, so beautiful....esp the fab window treatments! :)

My Casa Bella said...

I love before and afters. Beautiful job on your kitchen. Love the window treatments, are they shades or do they stay in that position?
Arlene

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