My Kitchen

Do you like your kitchen? I like my kitchen o.k., but it could use some updating. When I say updating, I mean cheap, affordable, easy updating – anybody with me? I don’t typically have a lot of cash to spend on my projects, so I have discovered one easy way to change my home is to use paint. I have painted my kitchen before, and it wasn’t an easy job. My cabinets were a dark cherry wood color when we moved in, and the walls were white. The floor is also a dark wood. I don’t like dark rooms, so I painted the cabinets white (which took me a whole week), and repainted the walls a red. Painting the walls red took several coats of a grey primer first. Without the primer, the red color was looking pink – YES, PINK. Can you imagine a hot pink kitchen? I couldn’t have that, so it took a lot of painting to get the red just right, but it was worth it. I loved the change, however, now I’m ready to change it again – can you believe it?

I like to change my home to suit my taste, and it seems my taste changes quite a bit – not good! But, most of the changes I always do myself, so no one suffers but me, and I’m ok with that as long as I am happy with the results.

So, this time around, I found a few inspirational pictures to use for my project on Pinterest.

I found several more images (follow me on Pinterest to see them in my kitchen pins), but couldn’t find a reference to give credit to the sources, so this is the one I decided to post. It is from alicelanehome.com. I absolutely love the blue and white color combination. I recently painted my family and living room areas with a light blue, and all the trim was painted white. My kitchen is open to these areas, so I wanted to add more blue and white, but decided to go with a navy blue. My bottom cabinets will all be navy, while my counter, walls and upper cabinets will be painted white. I found a couple of matching rugs on clearance that also influenced my decision to go with blue and white.

I love the pattern and color in this rug, and was able to purchase two, the large and small size. I am planning to start my project this week. I have already purchased my paint. The navy color is Glidden Rich Navy (50BB 08/171). I’m not sure how long it will take to finish this project, but I thought I would share some before pictures with you today.

  

Here are some of my lower cabinets which will be painted navy. Along with the stove area and the eat-in area seen below.

 

Some of my upper cabinets are mirrored, which I don’t like, and I plan to find some replacement doors for these eventually. I would replace them with either solid wood or replace the mirror with clear glass. These will be repainted white.

    

As you can see in the last photo above, I have a tall cabinet in the corner. This is my food pantry. I will repaint this white, but the bottom cabinets under the counter will be navy.

This area is a half wall that separates my kitchen from the front living area. I like the divider, and the blinds can close to provide a little privacy from the front room when my kitchen isn’t at it’s best (you know what I mean). This wall will be painted white also.

I have also purchased new knobs for my cabinets, and plan to make some type of curtain for the small window over my sink. I want to catch as much natural light as possible because my kitchen is on the back side of my house, and only has one small window. I would love to find a small stained glass piece to hang from my window and not have a curtain, but I haven’t found what I’m looking for yet.

As you can see, I have my work cut out for me. I will keep you posted.

Have a great week,

Back Entry Makeover

Hello everyone, it’s been a while since my last post. I apologize for the break, but there has been a lot going on around here. I’m sure you can all relate, right. We finished up our home school year, and had our second graduate. Yep, my son, graduated – WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?

I am so thankful that the Lord has allowed me to stay home with my children and educate them. Without Him, I couldn’t do it. I am also thankful for a husband that understood from the beginning my desire to stay home with them. Today is my 26th anniversary with my precious husband. I have a very thankful heart today for all God’s wonderful blessings in my life.

I have been working on a few projects around here, but haven’t had the time to create a post, so this one will be a doosey (not sure on spelling), or should I say a biggie.

I have a few projects that I want to work on this spring/summer, one being my back entry. This area gets the most use, and is often neglected when it comes to cleanliness, organization, and prettiness. Every time I came through my back door this winter, it was depressing to my spirit. I saw so much chaos and mess – UGH! I knew that this would be one of my first project to tackle for my sanity.

I will start off with a few before pictures. Keep in mind that I had gotten rid on the huge black rug that covered my wood floors over the winter, and had also decluttered some of the area, and cleaned the walls before I took these pictures – believe me when I say there was a BIG improvement before I took these before shots. Here goes…

                                          

I had decided to repaint this area. This brown did nothing to make the area a “Happy place” when you walked in, in fact, in accented all the dirt, including mud boots, muddy paw prints, scuff marks on the white doors – need I say more.

I had already painted my living room & family area in a cool pale blue. Did I mention blue is my FAVORITE color. I loved how soothing the color made the rooms. I had practically a whole gallon left over, so I decided to use the same color for my back entry. I think it looks sooooooo much better. Tell me what you think, I will show you a side by side comparison.

      I tried to find a similar shot so you could see the difference. This is the same desk in both images. The blue color is so much nicer on the eyes. I also decided to paint the desk white. This is something I had been wanted to do for a while, so I bought some semi-gloss white and painted the desk and all the white doors – such an improvement – just look!

          The first picture is obviously the before, the second is the finished, organized area. The white helps to make the area look much cleaner, I just love it. Now I want to actually sit there and manage my home. I can pay my bills, plan my grocery list and menu for the week all right there at that desk. Now it’s so much more functional.

I have a few more final shots of the room that I want to share with you.

        

I had a couple of other small projects that  I did for this area, one being the key holder that you see in the second picture above. I found that cabinet door at Goodwill for about a dollar, and decided to add hooks and make a place to hang all our keys. This works great, no more lost keys so long as you can remember to hang them up when you come in the door (LOL). I also made a poster to hang over our electric panel (seen in the third picture). I think I will save that one for another post.

Hope maybe I gave you some ideas about a problem area in your home. This makeover has really helped my mood when I step through my back entry. Instead of stress at the mess, I smile and think “Done.”

Enjoy your day,