Thursday, October 25, 2012

Kitchen Progress

Let's get back to touring the progress we have made in the new house, shall we?! Between birthday parties and all things fall, I have kind of lagged on getting to all the rooms here.  This week I finally tackled the kitchen.  Which is funny because it was one of the first spaces that I made plans for

Starting point:
I hemmed and hawed over painting the cabinets, but you know what? I just can't do it.  There are a few reasons, the first being that this is not my house, and while I have permission to do anything I want, that seems to cross a line.  The second reason being that they are actually nice cabinets.  They are a cute style, and they are in really good shape.  The third reason is that the drawers rub against each other. and there is just no way they would keep a nice painted finish. 

So - plan B was born.  I have been thinking that I would like to really brighten the space up, so I knew I would end up going with white or cream on the walls.  I also knew that I really wanted to do SOMETHING with the backsplash.  As I mentioned before, almost every surface in this house was painted with flat paint, including the backsplash area.  This was a mess.  I mean, there is just no way to clean it.  I am a messy cook, and the previous tenants were apparently very messy cooks as well.  Months of staring at someone else's tomato sauce splatters will start to get to you, you know?  
  That is after I have scrubbed it repeatedly.  After almost 4 months, I had had enough, so I got to work.  

Tuesday I primed the walls and painted the ceiling. As much as I hate painting ceilings, it had to be done.  The ceiling in there was a high-gloss gray, and it was just awful.   Matt was gone for all day on Wednesday, and I really wanted to surprise him when he got home, so I worked my little tail off.   During the boys naptime I squeezed in two coats of white paint, and then I blocked off the kitchen while that dried for the rest of the afternoon. 
Once the boys went to bed for the night I moved everything from the counters out onto the dining room, did a third coat of white just to make sure the coverage was even (See a certain someone sneaking down the stairs to check out what I am up to?).  The white paint brightened the space up SO much.  It's very cheery now!
The little striped curtain I made out of some old fabric I had laying around, and actually have yet to make one for the other window.  I will get there eventually! Also, I think I have mentioned it before, but I am not a big fan of having stuff on our counters, I find that extra stuff just collects crumbs, so I try to keep the counters pretty clear (we do use a dish rack, but I put it away under the sink when we aren't using it).
 
Here is the view looking out toward the dining room (the window looks out onto the front porch).
Like I said - I'll get to the curtain someday!

I had originally thought maybe I would do beadboard on the backplash, but even that was more of a financial commitment than I want to make to a rental.  I loved the idea of having some texture back there, and then it dawned on me that I had recently seen an advertisement for textured wallpaper.  It's washable, it's paintable, and it is pre-glued.  And for a price tag of $19 it was more in line with what I am willing to invest in a rental!  Turns out - I LOVE IT.  A lot.
 For me, it is just the right mix of noticeable and subtle. 
 I was terrified to actually make cuts and hang it on my own, but I did it, and I only messed up one cut around an outlet.  It was an easy fix though, and it isn't noticeable at all.  I also shocked myself on said outlet, so when people say turn off your electric, TURN OFF YOUR ELECTRIC.  I've never claimed to be a genius.
It makes a huge difference in the room.  Huge. 

Lastly, I hung a cute little collection of blue and white plates on the large empty (but bright!) wall.  
 My mom gave me three of them (and yes, one is broken.  Thank you Luke), and the rest I had been given by my sister, and Aunt.  The white oval plate with the blue writing is kind of just in there as a place holder.  It is the lyrics to our wedding song, but I don't really like the finished product.  I plan on adding to the wall as I find more blue and white plates in thrift stores.  I think it will be fun to watch it grow.

So there you have it, that is what I have done in the last few days!  I had just wrapped it all up and cleaned up my mess when Matt got home around 11:30, and it was very surprised! He likes it, and it was nice to do something like this to surprise him. 

How about one more before and after of that backspash?
Clearly it is my favorite part!

14 comments:

  1. This is uh-mazing. It's so bright and clean but still warm and homey! The plates and the fabric on the window make it seem really french countryside. Lovely!

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    1. Thanks! I spend a lot of time in there, so I wanted it to be a happy place!

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  2. Yes, LOVE that textured wallpaper! That's amazing!

    And high-gloss gray on the ceiling?! *shudder*

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    1. Thanks! Yeah...it was pretty bad. Plus there was something splattered all over it. I want to believe it was a fizzy soda or something...?

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  3. Love it!! Come to my rental next :)

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    1. Thanks!! And puh-lease! I have seen your house pictures!! You dont need me!

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  4. It looks 394892348 x's better - love it!

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  5. It is really beautiful! I'm a fan of painted cabinets, but you're right - these didn't need it. Lovely space!

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    1. Thanks Amy! I love painted cabinets too, I almost wish they had been in rough shape so I could have haha!

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  6. I LOVE THIS! That wallpaper is amazing. I am in a rental too and am always looking for cheap ways to spruce it up. Thanks! :)

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    1. OOh let me know if you do it! Id love to see pics! It really was so much easier than I thought!

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    2. I LOVE the backsplash! It sounds like even someone as clumsy as me could put it up! After I paint, I may have to look into it...where did you buy it? Did you say? Wait, I should probably just go reread your blog post. LOL But I'm lazy!

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  7. Love it! We had breadboard wallpaper in our hall but our cats ended up scratching it to death :( didn't see it coming. Now we aren't sure what to put as the replacement. But as long as you don't have feisty cats on your counter I think you're good ;)

    Love the fun plates too!

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