Monday, July 30, 2012

Painted Kitchen Cabinets and Bead Board

 Let me sort of fill you in on what we started with. The red came with the house. And although I love warm colors and often lead towards red, there was just a lot of wood going on as well and something just wasn't jivin'.
 So we started with the eat in nook of our kitchen and this beat up pony wall.
(Dont't you just love all the little surprises kids leave around the house? Just keepin' it real peeps. Just keepin' it real. :)
 So we added a crisp white bead board.
 It really brightened up that space tremendously. I wish I had taken more pictures because before the bead board there was really dated wood laminated that faced the L-shaped peninsula. The bead board was such a huge improvement that I would often find myself just standing in that little eat in area and just stare. Do you ever do that?
 Although it brightened that area up, it really made the rest of the cabinets stand out even more. Something about the red with the wood floors and cabinets was just WAY too much. Another thing that bugged me was the lone ranger cabinet to the left of the window (along with the crack down the wall). It just felt out of place.

 So the cabinets got a fresh coat (or five) of white paint to match the bead board.

And we replaced the lonely cabinet for some floating shelves from Ikea and I'm so glad we did. It not only gives storage, but it fits the wall so much better and just updates the space. We sort of use it for our breakfast area with my husband's coffee/mugs, syrup, etc.
 I love how the white totally brightened everything up. However it made it that much more evident that we need new appliances--and eventually counters and backsplash. Key word: EVENTUALLY. 

Here's a view of the table area with the finished bead board. My dad built the farmhouse table for me/us for Christmas. I love it. (Maybe I can one day get him to give a tutorial on how he built it {wink}.) He also helped me recover the cornice boards above the windows and sliding door, which I think helps tie the room(s) together. I'm much happier with the red now that there is so much white to brighten everything up. 

Daily Tip of the Day: We typically try and take on most of these projects around the house ourselves (painting, tiling, etc.). However, we decided to look into having (and hire) someone come in and paint our cabinets for us. We probably could have done it ourselves but we were actually able to get it all painted for a very reasonable price. Plus 1: we wanted it to look professional, and 2: we wanted it done somewhat quickly. It is our kitchen and to be out of there for three weeks or more (the time it would have taken us to do it ourselves) would have been more trouble (for us) than it was worth. So, when deciding what types of projects are in the budget, what types of projects you can do yourselves, and what ones to hire out, keep those things in mind. You may be surprised at what your sanity is worth. :)
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16 comments:

  1. This is amazing! I am so inspired to do the same with our kitchen as we too have wayyyy too much wood going on. Found you through the hop with Naptime Review! :)

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  2. Thanks Sarah! It definitely made a big difference. White is just classic to me and cheers it up a bit. Thanks for stopping by! I'll do the same! :)

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  3. I really love it!! I can't wait to move into our new apartment and start doing those little things to it piece by piece! especially the cabinet painting :)!

    New follower via the monday mingle!

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    1. Thanks Eschelle! It is a lot of fun to make your place your own a little at a time. Good luck with your new apartment!

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  4. This looks great! What a huge difference! I'm a big fan of having lots of white space. I'm also a new follower from monday mingle! :)

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I am loving the white as well. Just seems to much more open. Thanks for stopping by! I'll do the same!

      Susan

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  5. looks amazing. congrats on your renovation and starting your own business. Look forward to viewing more of your projects. New follower from MMM hop. come visit when you get a chance

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  6. Just went and checked out your blog and love it. I am now a follower as well. I have two young girls so I loved the "interview" between you and your daughter. :)
    Susan

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  7. Wow, Susan, this is wonderful! I love what you did. It really made a huge difference and modernized the space.

    I spotted your blog on one of the GFC blog hop lists (I’m brand new to the whole blog hop thing and learning the ropes). I’m so glad I clicked on your link (loved the blog title) because I’m in the middle of re-thinking our tired-looking kitchen and you’ve given me some great ideas. Can’t wait to browse the rest of your posts.

    I’m your newest follower. I hope you’ll visit my illustrated humor blog and decide to follow me too! Thanks! :D

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    1. Thanks Susan! I will check it out! Thanks for the encouragement too!

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  8. I'm a fan of white appliances, but I know I'm in the minority.

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    1. Thanks Jae. You know I really didn't mind them too much until everything around them became white. Just think stainless would really pop. But unfortunately they aren't in the budget quite yet.

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  9. Beautiful transformation, Susan! I love the new look!

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  10. Hi. I love all of the great little ideas that you posted. The removal of the "Lone" cabinet is perfect! I have almost the same layout and I too have that one cabinet. Shelves would be a perfect solution. Question about the white paint, who did yours? Can you give an approx cost? I want to do this with a distressed white look. Was wanting to do myself, but hubby said it would be too much work. Love the beadboard also... Thanks for sharing!

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    1. We had a guy here in Denver but I actually think he moved so I don't even have a current number. He only charged us $600 to do the entire kitchen (and he touched up some other places as well). I thought this was a great deal and well worth it. It does take quite a few coats and sanding, etc. But I know plenty of people who have tackled this on their own as well. Rustoleum has cabinet kits with all the different steps included. I haven't tried it but have been told it works wonders--though it is a process and can take some time. Let me know what you decide to do. I'd love to see the transformation! Thanks for stopping by!

      Susan

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