Monday, October 27, 2008

The Kitchen Project!!

It's FINALLY finished, and I couldn't be more pleased!! It was quite the undertaking, but we made it out alive. Becuase I'm a little OCD, I coudn't just paint a room and then have a refrigerator with smudges on it. Sooooo, in addition to painting the entire room, I also had to clean the entire room, which, of course, added a few hours to the project, but, I believe, made a big difference in the end.

Before, we had white walls and white countertops and white appliances and white floors...and I was SO over the white. We're very slowly replacing our old appliacnes with new black ones, but other than that, hadn't made any big changes in the kitchen. I had been collecting paint samples for about a year, trying to find something that was bright and cheery, but would also go with our oak cabinets. I had also been envisioning a black and white kitchen (see reasons below). I thought about greys and yellows and reds and, after seeing a beautiful kitchen in a magazine that was a mix of mossy greens with black and white, I had my mind made up! But, I just couldn't find the "perfect" shade...until one Sunday I was watching HGTV and they painted a kitchen, with oak cabinets and black and white accents. The color they used was THE color I had been looking for, so I immediately went to the HGTV website, found the episode and and paint color name and off to the Home Depot I went. Well, we buy all our paint at Wal-Mart (a. because we're cheap and b. because it seems to be good durable paint) so I went and was able to match the color with a sample they had...YAY! So, I got a gallon and some trim paint and some other supplies and we were on our way...until we applied the 2nd coat and it still looked like poo...so we went BACK to Wal-Mart got another gallon, applied the 3rd coat and from the second it was done, I have loved it! Marty keeps saying "Well, it's very green!", but I think that he really does like it! It's definitely been a work in progress, but like with all my other projects, there wasn't a lot of money to spend, so I had to be creative. I had to find things in magazines and, instead of ordering them, had to come up with inexpensive ways to implement the look, and I think I've succeeded. I was able to pull together exactly what I had in my mind and am happy to finally reveal the details and my cheap decorating secrets and of course, the finished product! So.........TA-DA!!!!



Before...check out those cool vertical blinds on the sliding glass door.

After! And now we have new curtains, that I LOVE!!! I found them at IKEA for $15 (for 2 panels!!) and they were perfect. I just had to hem the bottom a little and buy a pretty black curtain rod for the top...and the vertical blinds now live at the dump. :) Also, I refinished the tabletop and painted the bottom of the table black, which I love.

Before...


After! I've collected random black and white trays and dishes over the past 2 years to display on top of the cabinets. My rule was that I couldn't spend more than $5 on any one piece...and I didn't!! Most of them came from the Corelle outlet in TN and only cost $1.50!

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2 comments:

The Gieses said...

First of all, in response to your wayyy earlier post - you look GREAT! Secondly, your house is looking GREAT! I love to see what you are creating. You need to be on one of those decorating on a dime shows. At least thanks for sharing on here so that we can get some good ideas!

Team Martins said...

Hope you checked your e-mail... forgot to mention there, though, that green color is beautiful... you know how I am about greens! Great choice!