Monday, February 8, 2010

Kitchen makeover

This is our kitchen. It started out with hideous orange-tinted wood cabinets and a leopard-print style countertop. Distastrous. So...we did the first stage of the makeover a couple of years ago when we moved in. New cabinet fronts, appliances, painted the countertop with melamine paint (an awesome product from Benjamin Moore if you're looking for a very cheap quick-fix solution for your counters), new light fixtures and paint (dark brown). I wish I had a "before" picture, but I just can't seem to find one...so here is stage one of the makeover:





Now...about 2 weeks ago, I had an urge for a brighter, lighter, more uplifting kitchen. So....I headed off to Benjamin Moore and picked up a gallon of "Cloud white"...and went at it. It took 3 coats to cover the dark brown, but I love love LOVE my new bright kitchen! Dustin did an amazing job on our new glass tile backsplash. We also had a new counter put on....the paint job lasted well for 2 years, but it was getting a bit rough around the edges, so we decided to do another somewhat cheap fix. Laminate. I've always wanted a chalkboard wall, and so we decided to bite the bullet and give it a try....and we're loving it! It's so much fun to have a wall that I can change up whenever I choose....for whatever mood I'm in....and Toby is having the time of his life drawing masterpieces.









14 comments:

  1. ooooh I love everything about your kitchen and dinning room area. I too have painted walls using chalk board paint...it is sooooo fun and sooo easy. I now want to make some bulletboards with coloured chalkboard paint...aqua and pink..wouldn't that be fun. xoxo

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  2. I am so excited to have found your blog. I just had a look at your kitchen post and am so happy for you to have that lovely space to work in. I have just posted about our kitchen makeover. You're most welcome to pop over and check it out.
    Looking forward to following you:o)
    Angex

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  3. Your home is beautiful, and the chalkboard wall is so very cool! Glad I found you!

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  4. I do love gorgeous earthy tones but in the end really I think nothing can beat a fresh coat of white :") Love the chalk wall too !!

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  5. That wall puts my little chalkboards to shame. I love it.

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  6. Just stop by from Rocky Bella- LOVE the chalkboard wall!! getting ready to do the same in my kitchen!!

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  7. i really love those glass tiles! and the chalkboard wall - wanted one of them for years but am pretty sure the chalk dust would not be asthma friendly so i must content myself w/ admiring others ;0

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  8. I don't think I noticed your huge chalkboard wall in your kitchen~ wow it's amazing!!

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  9. thanks for the comment. I came over to check out your kitchen. Doesn't paint do wonders? LOVE the chalkboard wall. I have been wanting to try one for a while now too. I just don't have a good wall to put it on! :)

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  10. i'm in love with your kitchen. seriously. love ittttt.

    ps. i get so many hits from your blog....it's crazy... so...thanks!? haha. i'm going to think of your kitchen when we redo the one in our next house!

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  11. I love love love the chalkboard wall idea!! I want to do it but am curious...can I just paint over an already painted wall?

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  12. I just gotta have that chalk board wall...especially with my eight kids...and homeschooling...hmmmm, maybe I can talk my husband into doing it. That would be awesome!! Hey, great website btw :)

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  13. LOVING that chalkboard wall!! I've got a gallon of it sitting in my garage...just need to get up the nerve to paint something!

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  14. Beautiful! I especially like the idea of that blackboard wall. It’s basically like a freedom wall. It seems that your little kid had fun sketching. Anyway, may I borrow this idea? I’m sure my daughter will love to draw on a huge board like this. :]

    - Randell Jeffries

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