IT’S DONE IT’S DONE IT’S FINALLY [almost] DONE!!! : )
I took a Friday off of work and painted the Island in a weekend.
The rest would be a piece of cake, right?
It wasn’t *hard* work, per se, but it was PAINSTAKINGLY SLOW.
At least for me and my schedule, it was.
In an upcoming post, I’ll outline how I did it.
But for today, I’m just basking in the Before & After.
I am in LOVE.
Check it out:
[Move-in day, 2007]
Last comparison, I promise:
The crazy thing to me, is that it looks like a totally different kitchen. BUT, I really only changed 3 things! They were/could be considered biggies, but they really pack a lot of punch.
Here’s how I made over my kitchen with just 3 changes:
Seriously, that’s pretty much it!*
**we DID get new furniture, but that happened before the "makeover" ever began.
I think adding hardware made a big difference – even before painting. The knobs and pulls just added depth and a little texture to otherwise flat cabinets.
The second step was lighting.
This summer we added pendant lights over the kitchen sink and the island. In addition to the ambient lighting we added, we also gained some architectural interest in what had previously been just a big box room.
Once we added the pendants, I swapped out the wrought iron fixture for a large pendant with a natural burlap drum shade.
Here's my "interim" light fixture that we installed just to get rid of the dumb builder light.
See how it kind of fights with the pendants though?
The burlap provides a counterpart for the pendants in both texture (glass vs. natural fabric) and scale (larger, wider drum shade balances out the smaller pendants).
We installed the drum light ourselves, but chose to hire a professional for the pendant light install. Mr. V. did a great job with the electrical work when he finished the basement, but because we didn’t know what was in the ceiling prior to putting the lights in, we opted to go pro. We found a super handyman with a really reasonable rate and I’m so happy we hired that one out.
The final phase and arguably the most dramatic change, was paint.
Painting the cabinets was not a project for the faint of heart, but I’m so happy I stuck with it because I really think it transforms the space. I love how other colors pop in my kitchen now, and how it brings out the natural grey in our countertops.
With the wood tone cabinets we were drawn to all things brown, and now with the grey tones paired with the warm white, everything just feels lighter and brighter and I love it. :)
The “paint” phase also included painting the trim as well as adding the chalkboard wall in the hallway. Altogether, things come together just how I had hoped!
Painting the cabinets deserves a tutorial post all it’s own, so that’s coming soon.
For now, I’ll just bask in the “after” pictures and wait until my hand quits cramping up. :)