A couple of you have asked about me posting pictures of my kitchen painting project. Because I aim to please–and because I’m game for any and all posting ideas, keep ’em coming–I thought I’d offer the following shots of my kitchen, with something of a disclaimer. I did not clean up my kitchen prior to taking the pictures; this is as it really is and how we really live. Transparency in blogging, as in real life, that’s my goal. Also, I am sort of at the middle of the end of the project in that I have yet to replace all my knick knacky things and pictures and such. See, here’s a shot of my kitchen knick knacks hanging out on my dining room table while they await a more permanent home in my kitchen:
Anyone want to come over and help out the knick knack decorating challenged?
Okay, so it didn’t occur to me to take a “before” shot but here’s a couple of pictures where you can sort of see the former gold/yellow color. It’s a great color and I like it but it’s been there for eight or nine years or so as well as in the kitchen in my old house before that. In other words, I was tired of it and ready for a change.
Me and two of my guys before we headed out to an Auburn game last fall. Here it looks more yellow than it was:
Two of my nieces at my son’s sixteenth birthday party. Aren’t they cuties?
Anyway, that’s as it was.
Here’s some “after” shots, and remember they are un-retouched, un-styled, and un-cleaned up. Our real kitchen, as it were. If you can’t tell, the color’s a stone/linen color (“Stone 2” from the Laura Ashley collection at Lowe’s). I think it goes much better with the linoleum and I really like the neutral backdrop.
That island is a clutter magnet!
See, I didn’t even clear off the table nor straighten out the runner:
Here’s my new coffee pot that I had to buy yesterday because my other one died mid-brew.
And, like before with my den, I have to let you know how cheap I am…
- The toile curtains in the breakfast area I got on clearance from Target probably 6 or 8 years ago.
- The buffalo check toppers on the French doors were left here in one of the bedrooms by the previous owners.
- The black Hoosier cabinet was given to us by my husband’s grandmother years ago. It wasn’t black when we got it; I painted it.
- The table and chairs are one of my mom’s discoveries that we purchased for not very much money from a junk store where she lives. She refinished the table and recovered the chair seats for me.
There you have it! If anyone cares to do a knick knack consultation, you can let me know!