4.19.2012

Before & Progress: Kitchen (Part 1)

DIY concrete countertop
You're going to get this one in real time folks.

Here's the kitchen before. You notice that carpet? We lived with that for over a year -- disgusting!

kitchen before
I started to take the wallpaper off, but after getting through 4 layers of wallpaper (one of them painted over) to the plaster, I could see that the plaster wasn't looking good enough for it to be worth it to remove all of the wallpaper.

antique hanging produce scale
I'm going to cover it with a combination of beadboard, paneling (Hey, if these guys and these guys can do it, I can too!), and wallpaper.

We have gotten a new sink, faucet, poured our own concrete countertop,

DIY cement countertop
and most importantly of all ...

bosch dishwasher white
A new dishwasher!

I handwashed dishes for 2 adults and 4 little kids for over a year.

Did I mention that I was pregnant?

And barefoot?

And walking uphill both ways?

Anyway, there are times when I feel like there's something wrong with me, and this is one of them. I never, ever see pictures of kitchens that I like. To me, it looks like there's maybe 3 kitchen styles, and everything looks like one of those 3 to me.

I was trying to get away from turquoise, but there's ONE kitchen picture in the whole world that inspires me, and this is it.

turquoise kitchen cabinets wallpaper
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What can I say? The color speaks to me.

I've picked out the exact color I'll paint my cabinets (2nd from the top). I'm also adding molding (there will be more of it, don't worry) to the top of the cabinets to mimic the molding in the photo.

picking kitchen cabinet color
And this stuff is sitting in my bedroom right now, just waiting for its time to shine!

tequila tulip crown wallpaper
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We're currently working on this room, and the next string of house posts will be about what we're getting done.

This will either try your patience or make you feel really good about the rate that you get house projects done, because we don't get 'em done too quickly around here.

Anyone else have trouble finding kitchens that they like? Am I crazy?


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18 comments:

  1. First off, I can't NOT mention those beautiful smiling faces!! Adorable children! I totally LOVE your inspiration photo. and I think it's so cool you aren't following the norm in your kitchen. I can't wait to see the progress :)

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    1. You're too kind, Whitney :). I'm pretty excited to see the progress too!

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  2. Way to be bold! I don't really feel "inspired" by kitchen photos either. I think it's because I know exactly what's in my kitchen and I can't find something similar enough that I could pull it off. I guess I'll just be plodding along slowly in my own kitchen progress too. (Ew on carpet in the kitchen - that's almost as bad as carpet in the bathroom :)

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    1. Yeah, I don't know what it is.

      And the carpet in the kitchen was pretty gross, but the carpet in the bathroom was even grosser! In large part because I have a couple of little boys ...

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  3. Good pick for the color! :) Can't wait to see the part 2!

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    1. Thanks, Rene! Part 2 is going to be the other-side of the room (that I didn't show at all). It's a pretty big room!

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  4. Ohh, I think that turquoise is beautiful! And yeah, kitchens are kind of tough. Seems like everyone is in an all white craze... Stick with your gut. Can't wait to see what you decide!

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    1. Ha, yes, it seems like every time I see I kitchen redo: "Oh, what a surprise, they went with white!" Although, there's no denying they look better than the before, and I can see the many reasons people would pick white, just don't want to do it myself :).

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  5. The colour is wonderful & if you change your mind it is only paint! You so deserve a kitchen make-over... carpet in a kitchen is making me faint (you are a tough cookie surviving that, especially with kiddies). Excited to see your progress.

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    1. Thanks, Danielle! I think the kids + the carpet is what made it especially disgusting :).

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  6. Geoff21.4.12

    I think the look you're going for is great. When you paint, make sure to use a very good bonding primer and enamel/acrylic paint, not latex paint. The latex paint will want to stick together (doors to boxes) and have a slightly tacky feel. For best results, after you paint them, finish them with a clear coat of varnish of lacquer. It will keep the appearance and cleaning much better in the long run. The lacquer can be whatever sheen you want.

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    1. Thanks for the advice, Geoff! I'll to take a second look at this when I actually get to that point :).

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  7. Of course my comment has to follow Geoff's which is amazing and pack-full of really useful info :) I just wanted to say that i really like where you are going with it. I'm sure it will be incredible!

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  8. I'm lovin your blog! Your kids are so cute. And, and, and I'm loving all your remodeling. Maui once said I would probably love your style, and now I see why. I dig your taste, keep up the good work:)

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  9. I just felt the need to mention that I probably used the word "love" a little too loosely! I don't want to scare you off. Let's jus go ahead and substitute love with extremely like. Does that work for you? I will say I love your kids little faces, such cuties! Looks like fun times at the woo's.

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    1. "Love" works fine for me -- I'm flattered! I'm way more scared that you wrote the word "and" twice, and I know that can happen to anyone ;)

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