Ahoy!!! Thats what I thought of when I was taking pictures, all I need is a few yacht pictures to put on the wall. This is the white on white, with oak cabinets and light blue counters, lets not forget the white appliances that I inherited. I think there is wall paper under there so they thought white was a great safe color. Yes quite boring and yes it makes me sleepy just looking at this picture.
You have to have a vision and few understood mine. So I used some program to illustrate a step by step of what I was going to do.
Original. Oak counters, brushed nickel pulls, white walls, white moldings, and light blue formica counters.
First I painted.
This is the ultimate end of it all.
These are two makers of counter refinishers. I have read several how to's from several other bloggers that have used Giani, but no real reviews as far as how their counter tops are holding up. The difference: Giani about $70 from thier website ( I think Wal-Mart may carry it too, they carry someones kit, but I will not say its Giani), the Rustoleum, probably any place that carries their brand like Menards is about $250.
Hold the phone, looks like Giani makes a cabinet kit too! I was going to: degloss, fill holes, sand, prime x2 and paint x3. Yes all that for white cabinets, but I want it to last. But it looks like they make a kit specifically for just that. Awesome, so instead of it taking a week to do, it'll take hours. Still have to fill holes and remove the doors (sorry I hate paint on hinges, its just better to take it down). But its paint and primer in one specifically formulated for cabinets! Plus the Rust-oleum has that garage floor look to it.
I think the chocolate colors will keep with the warm tones of my kitchen, being the orange and the copper, and yet neutral that if years from now I want to repaint, it will still work
Honey Caramel is the colors name. Why the light orange color? Why not! I didn't want ordinary, safe, plain, usual. I wanted energizing and sunshiny (matches my personality I guess). I like the color, not too yellow, not too Orange, not too soft but not too saturated either. It coordinated very well with its complimentaries of Aqua and Dark Blues, It looks great with raspberry, and bright green.
Let's Strip! Don't you just love that natural wood color. Who in the hell thought that painting only on one side was a good idea, the other side (the dining room side) is the natural wood finish. I'll be stripping the doors and base boards but keeping the windows white.
So this is how my kitchen looks so far. I have always wanted windows in my kitchen, look at all that sunshine.
I went to the hardware store and felt this in person...eh
This is actually considered a bronze finish. heck I thought it was black.
Cant' decide which sink.
So that was the light bar under the cabinets. Only one light worked, the others were falling out and the plastic was so brittle if you tried to screw it back on it started crumbling.
Spray painted the outlet covers with Hammered Copper.
See the previous owners knew the lights were not working but never took them down they just put up new ones. So I have to tuck the wires back in until I cut the cord to expose the wires on the new lights and hook them up to the black coord right there, that has a wall switch, so once that is hooked up it will be awesome. Oh and touch up the paint.
Ok, yay, its finally warm enough so I can do this. I bought the kit this winter on clearance at Wal-Mart and its just been sittingin my basement all winter!
I know I will work on finishing the stripping this summer. But it still looks good! No one will rid me of my magnets! My house is to be lived in not to be displayed.
So I have rethought the copper sink and copper faucet idea. I think I shall stick with my white cast iron sink, I have finally found a faucet for my one whole sink. It looks like what I have now minus the pull out (filters and pulls outs don't go together).
The color of my cabinets and the color the counter tops.
My current sink. (Cast Iron Enamel)
Adding some color and contrast.
Done (for now). Painted the ceiling fan aged copper, made a valance (brings all the colors together, painted the cabinets, painted the counter tops, took the doors off of the built in display and painted it white.
Since I have a new (to me anyway) dining table I used the counter height chairs in the kitchen, found an old microwave cart and painted white and took off the wheel to make it a whatcha call it table for everyday dishes and some extra pans and my lavender. I think it fills the space (didn't want it to be too much room and just look empty like something was really supposed to be there). And I made that valance with some fabric and hot glue, I really love it and I think it brings all the colors in the kitchen together.
Still in the works
Since this picture, we have taken out the island and dishwasher, but a kitchen table and chairs (pub height with those chairs), repainted Jonquil yellow, and spray painted the faucet and knobs and pulls bright hammered copper. Pictures to go up, when I find them all. Oh and put up a new ceiling fan and made a tea/coffee/dish carry thingy.
The backsplash is painted. I did the "grout" in flat white, and then once painted used a pearl glaze over the aqau paint to give it dimension. And those knobs, which I love, are glass with aqua painted up the back. These silver ones are at the bottom. Kitchens should have some too.
.New ceiling fan: check. Removed weird Island: check. Lighter Brighter walls: check. Getting rid of the Aged hammered copper faucet and cabinet hardware: check
I'm not sure how many more times I paint this dresser or repurpose it. It was my sons though and I decided it would be perfect (height and width) for a coffee maker/ tea and placements are in the drawer/ dishes go at the bottom, thing.