But by decorate I mean I like to pick stuff out and then have other people do the work. Just keeping it real here!
We recently moved into a very beautiful (on the outside) home with an interior stuck in the 1980's.
Case in point...the kitchen before we moved in.
It was nice no? I like bright and cheery colors so living with the drear and drab was most painful for me.
So I decided to take matters into my own hands and started painting.
Each door needed 2 coasts of primer and three coats of paint. That is 5 seperate coats with at least 1 day of drying time in between. I was going to lose my mind!
So I did what any respectable wife of a construction Project Manager would do. I called Chip and asked for reinforcements.
But after several more weeks and lots of dinners at Chick fil a, we finally finished.
Here are some of my favorite before and after pictures.
Here is a list of the changes we made (in case you were wondering!):
Ceiling: Tour down existing popcorn ceiling including florescent lights fixtures and grotesque hanging wine rack. Replaced ceiling with tonge and groove planking. I LUV it! The narrow kitchen needed a focal point and now the ceiling is a beautiful place to rest your eyes. Tutorial followed for planked ceiling found at the Lettered Cottage here. We saved several thousand dollars following Layla's plan versus the traditional way to plank a ceiling. Ceiling Color: Creamy by Sherwin Williams
Walls: Took off 1980's texture and floated the wall to be smooth. Also removed moldings from around the breakfast area walls. Paint Color: Tea Light by Sherwin Williams
Cabinets: Removed cabinets over the stove. This opened up the room and let light into an otherwise dank space. Primed the cabinets with Sherwin Williams Adhesian Primer and painted them Creamy by Sherwin Williams. Replaced dated hardware with new crystal knobs from Lowes here.
Lighting: Removed florescent lights and put it recessed lighting in the main part of the kitchen. Removed fan (yes, can you believe it?I know I live in Houston but a fan in the breakfast room is a little bit over the top!) from the breakfast area and replaced with chandelier from lowes very similar to this one.
Windows: Installed new faux wood 2" blinds. Window Treatment Fabric: Thomas Paul for Duralee Stockholm in red. Window Treament made by my mom.
The only thing still screaming to be replaced is the white refrigerator. Clearly stainless would coordinate better with the other appliances but we just can't justify spending a couple thousand dollars on a new one. So we shall wait! Maybe my fairy godmother will drop one on our doorstep!!!
So, what do you think of everything so far? Any other ideas I should incorporate?