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.
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?
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.
Here is the view looking out toward the dining room (the window looks out onto the front porch).
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.
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.
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?