Kitchen Facelift

Wow - I haven't posted anything for almost a year!?!? I did NOT mean to do that. Luckily, just because this blog has suffered some abuse, doesn't mean our house has too. We've actually been really busy fixing things up and I have a lot to post.

Starting with...the kitchen! Since we'll eventually build a new one when we add on to the back of the house, I just wanted to refresh things in the existing kitchen so it was more functional, brighter and was more my speed, style-wise.

When we moved in, there was wallpaper (which I loved, but it was old and falling off the wall in places), a bunch of mismatching cabinets and the lighting was horrible.

Some before shots taken with a horrible camera phone:


 Halfway through!

Since this is a temporary solution, I had to stick to a budget (boo). But, I did it (yea) and I'm really happy with how it turned out.
 I stripped the wallpaper, repaired the walls and painted it 'You Are My Sunshine', Benjamin Moore.
 Since the cabinets didn't match and it was driving me crazy, I painted the builder-grade walnut cabinets and replaced all the hardware. A new schoolhouse flush mount ceiling light makes it nice and bright when the sun's not shining.
 Behind the sink and the stove, I put up Roth Allen textured wallpaper and painted it with Martha Stewart's metallic silver paint. I sealed it all with a Martha Stewart gloss coat. The end effect is pretty close to how a tin back splash would look a portion of the cost.
 New curtains and a cute sign found at a local antique shop.
 The shelf was already there, so I just spruced up the baskets and framed a favorite card. One of the major splurges was on new stools from Ballard.
 The baskets under the kitchen island hold grocery bags and recycling. I hung tin buckets from IKEA next to the stove for all the cooking utensils.
 A new blackboard wall with chalk holder (Home Depot paint tin). It's a hit with the kiddo.
 Close-up of the back splash and more IKEA hardware to hang sponges and keep odds and ends. To give the walnut cabinets a bit more 'oomph', I put up paintable bead board wallpaper (more Roth and Allen) in between the side molding.

All in all, I only bought two gallons of paint and one of primer, a few things from IKEA, the wallpaper and metallic paints for the back splash, three stools (on sale and with a coupon), fabric for curtains, hardware and bead board wallpaper. Total cost: $560!!!

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