Monday, May 23, 2016

Kitchen Progress

I had so many wonderful comments about the new color in the kitchen.  Thank you guys so much, you know how to encourage a girl and make her feel like she's on the right track.   I painted the walls the same color as the family room and breakfast area.  Reliable White by Sherwin Williams.  This is a really nice creamy white that goes with anything.  I had so many comments about how much bigger the kitchen looks.  It's not a "big" kitchen, but it is a generous size for a small house.  It measures 17.2 ft.  from backsplash to backsplash and 11.6ft. from the back of the range to the end of the island.  So basically l7 x 11 1/2.  It has plenty of cabinets.  That's the only thing the builder didn't skimp on.  I have 24 doors and 11 drawers plus the pantry.

Since I was covering up Chocolate Brown, I knew it would take at least one coat of primer first.  Remember when I did the hall bathroom makeover and every color white I chose turned out looking pink or green or yellow.  Well I had 2 gallons of that "wrong" paint in the garage and it had primer in it.  Each can was about 2/3 full, so I just mixed the two together to use as primer.  It worked perfectly.  I had 3/4 of a gallon of the Reliable White leftover, and that turned out to be enough to paint the kitchen.  There's not a lot of wall space here, just around the cabinets.  So this first step of the makeover was free.  Just a lot of work.

I still need to get hubby to change out all the plugs and switches.  With brown walls, I had them switched out to brown, now they need to go back to white.  So hopefully that is on today's agenda so I can get the counters put back together.

I want a less is more approach to my decor so that is going to take a ton of purging.  See all this stuff piled on the breakfast table, not all of that is going back.  I need to edit big time.

I decided not to put any of the tin cans back up on top of the cabinets.  I went with a "less is more" approach here too.  (I know, there are still ladders everywhere.)

Above the fridge I chose to use my ammo basket, french breadboards and Amish rooster. 

 Super simple.

Over the range I kept my weather vane.  I love how this piece is aging and such fabulous patina.

The side cabinets got a less is more approach also.

 A pair of shaped wheat stalks and a demijohn.

 I love my dad's old tool box, and thought it was perfect to go with my new horse.

 Isn't the patino fabulous on this old box too.  I remember seeing my dad carry this when I was a kid.  It really was his everyday tool box.

Remember what it looked like as I started getting it ready to paint.  Brown walls everywhere.

Ok, doing good so far.  Now to decide what to do next.  I think I will go ahead and paint the island, then not sure if I should do anything else until the floors go down.  I know when they take up the tile and put down all the hardwood it will make a huge mess and I will probably have to repaint, but at least it won't be as bad as this time with covering up all the brown.  I still havn't finalized which flooring I want to go with.  There are 2 contenders, I just need to make up my mind.  Since this is a major expense, I want to make sure I pick the right thing.

I am also deciding between Samsung and Frigidaire for all the appliances.   Do you guys have any reviews about either that you would like to share?

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  1. Oh Marty, it's looking great! It DOES look so much bigger.

  2. ironically we bought the top of the line finger-printless French Stainless Steel
    Frigidaire and my mother in law bought a smaller counter depth Black Samsung and she loves her (cost half what ours did) and I do NOT like mine. From the beginning it's been loud - so, for whatever it's worth that's my 2 cents worth. Crazy to me how it ended up between the two. (rolls my eyes)

    Looking good Marty. And it does look so much larger, paint is so powerful isn't it?

  3. Love your "new" bright and airy!

  4. Your kitchen is looking so pretty. Love the less is more approach you're taking! I'm not good at doing that. :( It's going to be amazing when you are through! Good choices!

  5. Looks fabulous so far Marty! I have had terrible experience with kitchen appliances over the years and I know to stay away from LG and Whirlpool. We have had our Fridiaire for several years now and love them. Looking forward to following your progress. Jane

  6. You're off to a great start, Marty! The paint made a huge difference and the less is more approach is great. Can't wait to see how it looks with upgraded appliances. ;)

  7. It really has opened up the room, Marty. It's amazing! You are such a good painter and so neat. When I paint it looks like a bomb went off in the house (and the walls, I am not a good painter)!

  8. Wow- what a difference! Your basket and boards are perfect on your cabinets. Looking forward to the next update.

  9. The white paint really does look fabulous Marty! We've been happy with our Samsung French door fridge ... It has a counter height drawer and the freezer drawer on the bottom - water and ice in the door. Have had it a couple of years and no complaints. So easy to adjust fridge shelves too. Our other appliances are GE. So exciting that you're getting new appliances and flooring!

  10. It looks beautiful! I too, am downsizing all my decor. We've spent months remodeling our kitchen and I don't want any distractions from all our hard work.
    About the refrigerator...I've had both brands in my last two refrigerators and I can honestly say...I see no difference at all except our latest is fingerprintless (is that a word?) and it's the Frigidaire and it makes cleaning it SOOOO much easier. The Samsung always had prints or smudges. Also, I thought the Samsung was way overpriced. We paid half for the Frigidaire and they were exactly alike.

  11. Love the new look with light paint and less accessories

  12. Love the new look with light paint and less accessories

  13. I absolutely love how the kitchen looks with its new paint! Wow, it looks so bright. And great choices for the top of the cabinets too. Love your dad's toolbox. What a treasure.

  14. I am in love with your kitchen Marty. I am going to have to send you pictures of mine so you can help me! LOL! I just redone my countertop to granite and love them. So nice just getting to do a few new things from time to time isn't it? On appliances...I am looking at a new dish washer now! I've had several different brands over the years and not a whole lot of luck on any to be honest. My daughter who just build a new home bought a Samsung dishwasher and it not happy with it at all. I am looking a Maytag dishwashers right now. Everything looks wonderful Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  15. It sure does look bigger with the light paint and I agree....less is more. It looks like the island you have where it is white is a different white than the walls and if so, I like the white that you have on the walls!! It sure is coming together very nice!!!

    1. Yes, different whites. The white on the island is the same as the hall bathroom white, I agree, I like the wall color better. The island is going to be painted black, so that is next.

  16. Wow! What a big difference already! Love the neutral colour on the walls!!!! ;)

  17. Marty,
    Love, LOVE, L O V E the transformation taking place in your Kitchen, dear friend!
    Makes your space brighter with the lighter hue!
    I adore Sherwin~Williams Paint!
    The accessories above the cabinets are fabulous!

  18. WOW Marty what a difference - everything looks terrific. It makes your kitchen look really big. Can hardly wait to see it completed. I like all the accessories you have placed on the cabinets.


  19. Marty I love the new edits for above the cabinets. I had soffits put in when weso I wouldn't have to clean above my cabinets although I know a lot of people don't like them. Looks like you have 9 ft. Ceilings too so you have good space above where I don't. Get some craft paper and wrap the island base to protect it. It would be a shame to have to repaint the black again. My sister got Frigidaire and has had disasterous consequences but that was about 9 years ago. Everything that could be replaced has been on her gas stove. I don't know anyone who has Samsung. I'm a GE and Kitchen Aid girl these days. You've made a huge step towards the new look- love it!

  20. Hi Marty: Live the new less is more look. I have had tremendous success with KitchenAid appliances. Their warranty's and customer service is great. I have the fridge, dishwasher, and cooktop. No problems with any of them through the years.
    I know someone people who have the cabinet depth fridge, and hate them. There is a lot less room in those refrigerators. Some of my friends swear by french door refrigerators, I love my side by side. Much more room in the freezer and you can organize by shelf. One thing I love is the new fringer printless appliances. Are you going for stainless or a color. The new black [which is more gray than black] are beautiful.
    Can't wait for the finished product, you have excellent taste, wish you could come help me with my house.
    Which 2 floors are you considering?

    1. I was thinking stainless but I did see the new black and I agree, it is stunning. I am going to rip out the tile in the kitchen and breakfast area and run hardwood all the way through the living/dining, kitchen/breakfast and family room areas. I think it will be much more cohesive than carpet - tile - carpet. .

  21. I find it so interest how by simply painting the walls how much different a room can look! Your kitchen appears more open and larger now! My cousin has the Samsung French door fridge and loves it, actually picked it up for a song on Craigslist, someone had a new one never on there for some reason. Anyway, good luck with the flooring choice!

  22. Wow, is looking fabulous! Love what you have placed on top of the cabinets! Pam @ Everyday Living

  23. Looks great already Marty! Love the new color!

  24. Wow, I love the new paint color, Marty! It makes your kitchen look so much bigger and definitely brighter. Great job!

    Warm hugs,

  25. It already looks like a different kitchen. Beautiful paint color! Hugs, Maria

  26. Looking great! I especially love the basket/breadboard combo up top! Thanks for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link!


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