So, I randomly started a kitchen renovation this month. I have acquired some old barn wood beams for open shelving to replace the two open cabinets on either side of my range hood, and I’ve been tired of the harlequin pattern and paint color in my kitchen for awhile now, so one morning I just decided to go for it and get started making changes. Above is the most recent picture of my kitchen I could find, and it’s actually not that recent, as we haven’t had the seagrass carpeting in the kitchen for awhile now. Here are a few more pictures of my kitchen that I took back in January 2012 for the Nate Berkus Show. (In case you haven’t been a reader for that long, I was on the House Proud Segment on the Nate Berkus Show in 2012, and it was crazy exciting. You can see my posts about that here, here, and here.)
Anyway, I had already tackled the dining room a few months ago, but the kitchen was going to be a lot harder since the ceiling, two skylights and walls all had to be painted. (I actually despise the textured finish my walls have and also HATE the rounded corners so I wanted to blend the paint color into the two adjoining rooms (dining and family room) so that there aren’t any paint color transitions mid rounded corner. If I had money to blow I would have that all fixed, but we are on a budget (like most folks) so I can live with those things awhile longer.
Above is a grainy cell phone picture of the kitchen the day I started priming. I was so happy to see the cream color with antique glaze finish go… it was starting to read “yellow” to me and I was really hating it. And I was really excited to finally cover up that harlequin pattern.
More bad lighting cell phone pictures above… and below…
Day three – almost finishing priming. Ugh. So I decide, this is a good time to take down the cabinets where I want to put up the shelves. Keep in mind, I am doing this 100% by myself. It was HARD. But I was super proud of myself when I got it down. lol….
That mustard color was the color of our kitchen when we first moved in 9 years ago.
I primed and patched the walls…
And got the ceiling and walls all painted (Seapearl by Benjamin Moore).
I knew my cabinet color wouldn’t look all that great with white walls, so I went with an off-white and am planing to paint the cabinets in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Pure White. I love the way the white of the french door to the pantry looks (above right) with the new paint color, so that is my plan for the cabinets.
So as I am prepping the cabinets for paint (taking off the doors and hardware, etc) and I decide… well if I want to change the backsplash (which I do), I better do it BEFORE I paint or it’ll never get done… and so I did this…
And so here we are at today… my kitchen a wreck… me hosting a Superbowl party this Sunday, and no idea what I am doing to replace it yet… Oh the joys of DIY. If I had the money, I would change out the counter top and cabinet doors too, but I really need to keep my budget and ideas in reality, so I will wait to get some prices on the three main things I have in mind and pick and chose from there.
Wish me luck! And feel free to follow along on my adventures via Instagram.
Oh, and if you happen to catch the current (Winter 2015) issue of Somerset Life, look for my article of pages 16 through 19!