Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A can of paint...

CAN REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE! 

Our new-to-us house had a kitchen redo somewhere in the mid 1990s and we knew before we moved in  that we would need to give it a bit of TLC. 

Fortunately, I actually like the cabinets and they are great quality,  and plentiful, so we decided there was no need to consider changing them.  Eventually, (translated to mean when the $$$ is available)  we would like to have new counter tops. The current ones are solid surface, neutral and in great shape, so we kept those as well, which fit with our budget!  At the point we change counter tops we will also change out the cook top but since it has 6 burners and a grill I am happy with it for now.

This project was a first for us, in that we didn't remove the wallpaper before painting.  After hearing several friends say they had painted over wallpaper successfully we decided to give it a shot.  It worked and you would never know...and it saved us many hours of stripping wallpaper!
 
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We decided to have a little fun and painted a chalkboard on the wall so we could include all the silly "rules" that have evolved in our family over the years.  This was a super easy project with just some chalkboard paint and  molding to frame it out. 

I am still waiting on 1 window treatment (for over the sink) and plan to get a new rug for the breakfast area as the one above is one that I put there just for functionality. We used as many accessories from our old kitchen as possible. Of course, there are decorative items that need to be tweaked but I am just thrilled with the results and couldn't wait to post pictures.


Budget for Redo = $0 (well, you know what I mean!)
Results = Priceless!!!




I am participating in the 88th Metamorphosis Monday!!!!

27 comments:

southerninspiration said...

OOOOHh, It's loverly!!!

Suzanne

Shone said...

Beautiful! You have done a wonderful job on your new home. It looks warm and inviting. I know you will enjoy living there.

Nancy said...

It looks fantastic Michelle!! I know you are excited!!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Beautiful!!! You now have a kitchen that has stepped into the millenium. ;) I wish mine could join you. ;)

Mom on the Run said...

It looks great!

Piper Ellice said...

Love it!! Can't wait to actually see it in person!

Melissa Miller said...

Gorgeous paint color and kitchen Michelle! What an amazing transformation.

Blessings, ~Melissa :)

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I love the color you choose and it certainly made quite a transformation in there.. I know you are lovin it~!!

Sonny

StitchinByTheLake said...

Ok I have to know - how in the world did you paint over wallpaper and have it be ok? I tried it once and the wallpaper soaked up the paint and began to roll off the wall! blessings, marlene

Sweet Carolina Girl said...

Aw it looks wonderful! I love it!!!

Miss Char said...

Michelle, I can't believe what you did with paint and your beautiful decorating style. Holy cow that looks like a totally different home. I'm curious about the wallpaper painting too, I've always heard never to do it, did you put something over the wallpaper first before the paint so it wouldn't lift it from the walls?

Princess Freckles said...

WOW! It looks great! I love the bright color, and the crsp white! Everything looks bigger and fresh. I really like white cabinets, because it just always feels clean. Haha.

Anonymous said...

The creamy yellow paint and the white trim really make those floors POP!! I didn't even notice the wood floor in the first picture, but it sings now.

The chalkboard is oh so cute! Good job girl!!!!

Lorrie

Pamela said...

That looks sooo lovely and inviting! I love the changes and hey can I have your back door!!?? Pretty please!;)

Shannon said...

Truly a complete transformation! Great, great job!!!

Nikki said...

Your changes are absolutely stunning! I am so loving the chalkboard treatment on the wall. It really looks like a new house!

Melanie said...

Looking good! I know that you are happy to have that one project finished.

Sailing Simply said...

Very nice! What a transformation the color makes. I love how much brighter this kitchen is now. Great choices, it looks wonderful!

Nichole@40daysof said...

It's really striking how much taller your ceilings look and how much more spacious the kitchen looks. You gotta love paint!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Wow!!! You would never know it is the same room. Fabulous transformation!!
(stopping by from BNOTP)

Karrie said...

Oh my goodness! My mouth dropped open when I saw your beautiful transformation! Your kitchen is just amazing!

Amy said...

LOVE the paint color! So bright and cheerful!!!

What is the color and maker of the paint! I stink at picking out paint from the samples at the store! LOL

GREAT idea with the chalkboard!

Enjoy the new kitchen!

DSS said...

WOW! It's true what they say..paint can completely change a room :) The soft yellow and white are just lovely. Hmmm...now you've go me wanting to paint my kitchen!

Vanessa said...

WOW! I love it! I am such a sucker for white cabinets and these make me miss mine even more! You guys did a fabulous job!
Vanessa

Ruth said...

Beautiful! The yellow really brightened up the rooms.

happeningswithLana said...

I love blue but your kitchen looks so much nicer in the lighter colors. Looks like you have alot of room.

Krista@thegatheringplacedesign said...

Woah...amazing transformation! LOVE it:)