I am sorry I have been away for sooo long (again). I have spent all my free time working on transforming my old, outdated and very much disliked kitchen into something I love so much!!!
Here it is again from a couple of years ago, before I convinced hubby to at least let me paint the insets. Too "country" for my style and definitely too much wood. I had to cover the table top, because it's wood too!!! Even though the kitchen has a ton of windows, all that wood just felt very dark.
Now it feels bright and clean and fresh!!! I love it soooo much! We replaced the old grungy brass hardware for black hardware to match the knobs and handles we added a few years ago. I still love them, so those stayed.
This is the other side of the kitchen, taken just before the re-do. As you can see, the painted insets helped a little, but it was definitely NOT the look I wanted.
It makes me happy just looking at the photos!!! LOL!! We took out the dishwasher because we were unable to use it anymore due to horrible hard water build up. Since it's just me and hubby at home now, we don't really need it anyway. We finished the inside and added a shelf, so now it holds the tall serving pieces that won't fit in the other cabinets.
We took all the doors outside sprayed primer on both sides and then sprayed the paint on the fronts only. I used a roller to do the insides after they were hung because we didn't want to run the risk of messing up the paint job while they were face down getting painted.
I have plans for that corner cabinet door above... I'm going to make a template with paper, and cut out a piece of masonite to fit inside. It will get painted with chalkboard paint and then I'll use velcro to hold it in place. I also still need to paint that green wicker basket black.
I borrowed this wood tool caddy from my studio, and I'm afraid it's not going back. I love it too much in here!!!
One of the added benefits of doing this is that I was forced to go through all the drawers and cabinets and completely reorganize, and PURGE!!! I had stuff that was put away 13 years ago when we moved in, and has never been touched since!!! There is definitely a garage sale in my future!
Painting all the window frames was definitely the hardest part, but it was sooo worth it!
After everything was installed, I mixed up some glaze and just edged the doors and drawers with it. It was just the right finishing touch.
I have a few things I still want to add. I need to find a sisal (or something similar) area rug to go under the table, and a mat for me to stand on at the sink. I'm making little linen seat cushions for the chairs, and I think I'm going to refinish the table top with a slightly gray-er stain to try and give it a more weathered look, but we'll see...
Well I hope you enjoyed the reveal! I get a smile on my face every morning when I walk in there now!!!
Have a wonderful weekend my friends!
I am linking up with Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch!!!