July 21, 2012

Kitchen Update - Work in Progress

I've been working on my mini kitchen makeover.
Still a work in progress but thought I'd share.

{I really, really wish I could find a minute to read my new photography guide by Kristen Duke!  These pictures don't do the room justice.  It looks soooo good in person...please ignore my blush as you continue}

It was planned, but did not happen when expected!
To avoid the drama of the the makeover and just see pics, scroll on down!

You see, I emailed my husband while he had the day off last Tuesday.  I told him he would be the best husband ever if he removed the chair rail and border from our kitchen.  I didn't expect him to actually DO IT!  I thought I would get a sarcastic reply about it being his day off and so not happening!  Well imagine my surprise when I got a phone call at work saying he already had the chair rail off, but the border was being stubborn.  He made it sound like he wasn't going to finish because he had other stuff to do.  Remember, my son's party was THAT Saturday and I had 40+ people coming over!  Crap.

My mind was spinning at this time thinking about how I'd have to spend the evening getting the border off, picking out paint, painting during the evenings, sewing the curtains and faux roman shade, finishing my cedar plank sign and getting some finishing touches... all by Saturday.  When I got home my turkey off a husband had actually finished the WHOLE BORDER, along with patched the holes in the wall from the old fixtures and wall hangings!  Phew!  Yes, I still had a lot to do but it felt more managable with that out of the way....  Tuesday night I sewed up my yellow chevron curtain panels for the back sliding doors.  It took an hour and a half, but they turned out great.  The fabric came from Fabric.com and I LOVE it.



And then... Wednesday came and my husband woke up sick.  The kids couldn't go to daycare because of an outbreak of Coxsackie that closed the daycare for the rest of the week(thankfully they never got it).  So I worked from home with the 2 little kids, had to bring the dog to the vet since the hubby was sick in bed and had to transport my oldest to daycamp... all while working.  UGH.  But before all that, I sewed up my faux roman shade at 7am!  I also painted the first coat on the walls that evening.

I went with Clark & Kensington Primer plus Paint (ONLY way to go!) from Ace in Greek Column.
Turned out to be a WHOLE lot bluer than I anticipated, but I still like the color and the kitchen looks so much bigger now!

Thursday my husband was still sick so again I was working from home with the kids.  That night I finished the painting and once the kids were in bed I ran out to TJ Maxx to pick up some accessories.  I also picked up the tension rods to create the faux roman shade.  I used the tutorial from Imparting Grace.  Lastly, I hung the hardware for the new curtains for the sliding doors.  I had already purchased the curtain rod and hooks a few weeks ago so had those ready to go.

Remember, I knew we were doing the kitchen, but wasn't expecting to do it for another few weeks so I never got to take before pictures prior to my hubby starting demo.  I KNOW! Major Blogger faux pas! 
I did scrounge around and found these photos for you:
 {ORIGINAL kitchen - this photo is from our last tour of the home before we purchased it}
Only one I could find to show you the curtain area with the ugly valance and curtain panels!
 
{this use to be above the dining table, where the love sign is now}
{This shows you a little of the chair rail and VERY country border left from the old owner.  I will miss my sheep print, I just loved that modern country little guy.}

And the after:
 
{My husband has been tasked with raising our chandelier.  It is so low we are constantly bumping our heads - especially my 6'4" husband!}
 
Keeping it real - that curtain rod holding up my chevron curtains is cheap!  Can you see the bed in the photo above? I bought it online and had an inkling it wasn't the greatest because of the price.  I'll be replacing it before long!
{Don't you love the sweet little Faux Roman Shade?  See that light above the sink?  That ugly '90's thing is going buh-bye and we'll be installing a new pendant light as soon as it gets delivered!}
Thanks to my facebook peeps for helping me figure out which layout was best for my State print.
I'm in love with it and can't stop looking at it!
The geometric pattern calendar I made to hang on my fridge.  In my video below I mention that I'll share some of the other months, but I totally left the file on my drive at work so I'll share later this week.  I'll be making it available as a free download too.
My living room is done in much more muted tones, so to help tie the two rooms together I purchased these yellow pillow covers from Look Here Jane. I was ecstatic when they came in.  They are quality material and very well made.  Definitely worth the money.

We still have a pendant light to install above the sink and I'm looking for something to fill one space on the wall but I am totally in love.

And for your viewing pleasure, and to add to my creeping blush, here is a video tour on my iPhone (you'd think I'd get out my nice, expensive video camera, but no!  I'm too lazy for that):


I've received sooo many compliments on the "All you need is love" wall hanging I created.  I adore it.
It turned out exactly as I wanted.
Come back on Monday and I'll share with you how I did it!
 
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Kim is a Marketing Director by day and Crafter/Blogger/Blog Designer by night. She lives with her husband, three beautiful children, and her dog and cat. You can also visit her design site, seven thirty three – – creative blog design.  For even more seven thirty three fun, like her on Facebook or follow along via Twitter!

17 comments:

  1. Are you in Vermont?? That's where I'm from!

    Love the color, love the Chevron - love how spacious and open and bright it all looks. Great job!

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  2. What a great makeover! I'll have to be sure to read how you made the sign. I just repainted my kitchen and want some new artwork as well.

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  3. What a great makeover ... and I can't believe you pulled it off in the midst of a sick husband, working, and taking care of the kids! You're amazing! It really looks incredible.

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  4. I am absolutely in love with your kitchen!

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  5. Love the chevron curtains and that amazing wall sign!!

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  6. How much fabric did you need for the curtains? LOVE them! LOVE your kitchen! Have you thought about painting the trim white? It might make be the icing on the cake but it does look great now!

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    1. I purchased 6 yards for the curtains and used just out all of it. The panels are 84" long about about 52" wide. We are actually going to be replacing all of the woodwork in our house at the beginning of 2013 so no point in doing anything with it now. :) The new color is actually what can be seen around my window above the sink. We had our windows replaced and unfortunately were unable to match the existing woodwork. Since we also resided the house at the same time we decided we'll replace all the woodwork at the same time we have our hardwood floors replaced. :)

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  7. I really love the dining nook. It's so fresh and sunny. Great job!

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  8. I love that sign and your curtains!

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  9. Love this! It's so fresh and fun! All your little accessories and updates give it so much character!

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  10. Beautiful! I especially love the chevron curtains and OF COURSE the all you need is love wall hanging. It's really gorgeous!

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  11. Turned out great!! Maybe now I'll attempt to update my kitchen ;)

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  12. Turned out great!! Maybe now I'll attempt to update my kitchen ;)

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  13. I love, love, love the Vermont print. VT represent! :)

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    1. THANK YOU! Now you have me wondering - are you from VT?!? :)

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  14. A little LATE but--I live NEXT DOOR to Rupert VT!!!! Does that count? And I think I have the SAME kitchen tho much more "down scale" Even to the odd end of cabinet run where there is suddenly---nothing. We are not planning on living here for that much longer so I am not going to invest much time and effort in this place but nice to see what it could look like! I am going to make that odd space of one TOP cabinet--I see you have only the BOTTOM cabinet!!!---disappear by taking an equally odd top and bottom cab from across the kitchen and using it to fill out the odd space and then using a tall pantry cab I found to "fill in" that space. And outside of your pretty window I expect you have some yard space---we have--an OPEN cement stairwell! What were they THINKING!!!!! The people that built the place were a little--strange. Hey it WAS the 70's after all. Very nice re-do!!!!!

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