Monday, February 28, 2011

Kitchen Makeover

Happy Monday!

I have some before and after pictures to show of our mini kitchen makeover today! I can happily say I spent less than $20 to update our kitchen...but a lot of time painting. But it was so worth it. We are enjoying it very much!

Let's start at the very beginning with this poor before pic(except for the cute little boy). Our kitchen was UGLY with a capital U! The original 1960's cabinets complete with white plastic handles and knobs. You can kind of get the idea behind the cute little boy. :)
When we moved in, I had no blog at the no fun before pics. Sorry.

After a couple years in our house, we finally decided to tackle the kitchen the best we could. We painted the cabinets black. We also added trim to all the doors and new knobs. Below, you can see what the cabinet doors used to look like. Pretty huh?

We also added new beadboard backsplash, new countertops, new sink. Then we removed some of the doors from the top cabinets to have some display space for collectibles. We painted the trim red and the walls a greenish tan color. The fan was replaced with a cute light fixture as well.

This is what our kitchen looked like a couple weeks ago.

Unfortunately the red was not the red I intended when we painted all the trim in our kitchen, dining and living rooms. It was more of rusty orange than a pretty deep red. In some light it looked really orange. But we did all that work, so I just lived with it.

There's that cute little boy that was in picture #1 all grown up and goofy. :)

So with a paint brush and some leftover paint from our hallway project, I started tackling the walls and trim in the kitchen. 4 coats it took for the lovely trim to cover all that red. Fun times. But it was well worth it!

Our kitchen is lighter and brighter!
On one wall I added board and batten to give it some interest. I used a 1x6 board for the top horizontal piece and 1x3's for the vertical pieces. I spaced them about 16 inches a part. The wood only cost me around $10.

I painted the beadboard the same color as the trim. That made a huge difference.
The fridge looks "busy" with abc fun. But I'm just keeping it real.

I painted the inside of the display shelves a greyish blue (leftover paint I had). I then added some dark walnut stain over it after it was dry to blend well with the already distressed cabinets.

The doorway is the landing to the steps leading to our basement.

Looking into our dining room.

I accessorized with items I already had or thrift finds that still needed a home. The candle and candlestick was made over by my mom.

The little shelf was a flea market find and I painted it cream. The other accessories were garage sale finds.

On my wish list is a new faucet.

The curtains are from our old house. I took them with us and finally have a spot for them. The plate above the sink was bought at TJ Maxx for less than $3 on sale. It's a pretty grey blue color.

Basket was 10 cents at a garage sale.

For the display above, I searched for all my white and cream dishes to make a more cohesive display.

Yellow plate was $2 at TJ Maxx.

My $3 mini pitcher found a new home.

I love vintage signs. I bought this reproduction Fig Newtons sign at a flea market. The little boy reminded me of my son at the time. Now I wish there was 2 little boys on it.

Another fun thrifty display. The picture frame I got at a garage sale for 50 cents and then I painted some flowers on a piece of muslin for a fun spring touch. The pitcher I got at a garage sale also for 25 cents. The box with lavender was made by my mom.

If you take a closer look at the landing in the doorway, you can see I added a special little touch to that area.

I found a fun stencil at Hobby Lobby for around $8 on sale and stenciled the walls just in that little area.

I used the same grey blue color I painted inside the display shelves. I also decided to paint the little section of ceiling as well.

A closer look.
The light fixture was replaced back in the fall. I got this at EcoStores Nebraska for FREE. I removed the outdated glass and repainted it oil rubbed bronze.

I put my recovered burlap bulletin board inside this space. I just added a matching blue ribbon. Now I need some pics to fill it up.

I will be honest, the stenciling was a little time consuming but I'm sure glad I did it. It's something unexpected.

One more look at the before and after.





Subtle changes that made a BIG difference.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

More Treasures & Feature Friday

Happy Friday! It's cold and yucky outside. I know it's February but Nebraska was definitely spoiled with spring temps lately. Then mother nature reminded us it was still winter yesterday with snow and wind. Brrr...

I wanted to share with you a couple other treasures I picked up last weekend while I was doing my alone mommy time.

I wasn't planning on it but I stumbled upon my first garage sale of the year. Well I thought it was until I went in the house and a sign said "all prices FIRM". So right there I knew it would be expensive. Victorian, cottage and primitive old pieces filled this house and with high prices to match! When I say high, I mean a $900 old bed, $1000+ table and chairs. Thrifty me was in the wrong place. LOL

But I went down to the basement and there were a few cheaper items. And I picked up this small cute pitcher for $3.

She's really cute.

I also wanted to share the other fun item I got at Simply Bungalow. This fun picture holder made out of old moulding. Cute huh?!

The Simply Bungalow gals showed me more moulding that they are going to sell at their Spring Open house. Boxes of fun pieces. I think my eyes boggled out of my head. :)

They were so generous and gave me a wonderful piece with great detail and chippy/crackly paint.

The picture holder was their idea. They showed me that they purposely left in 2 of the 4 nails in the moulding. That way, you could prop it up on a table for display. Genius!

You can kind of see the square nails.
Square nails=old.

Sorry about the poor quality of pics-I took these at night.

So with their idea in mind, I thought about what I could use to make this piece of moulding into a picture holder. Many things can be used. Like a small clothespin or many different kinds of paper clips from the the office supply section...

Here's a past project that I used wired and attached black paper clips, too.

But I wanted to think outside the box on this special piece. So I rummaged through my rusty junk drawer and found an old door hinge that would work perfect.

I attached it to the side with 2 rusty screws. We also have a small stash of those, too.

Then I took a round magnet and hot glued an old button on it.

And now I have a super cool picture holder. It would also be great for a recipe card holder.

Thanks Simply Bungalow for the idea! And for the Lincoln area followers/readers: Simply Bungalow will be having their own version of picture holders like these at their Spring Open House on March 18th and 19th. So get them while they're hot!


Thank you all again who joined in on Terrific Under Ten this week! I had a great time looking through all your wonderful projects. Here are a few I would love to feature today!
Gwen from Gwenny Penny madeover a $1.99 Goodwill cheese cover into a sweet cloche. I love the little nest and eggs.

 Susie from Puddle Jumper Creations made these cute personalized towels for graduation gifts for her daughter and friends.

Heather from Summerstead made this cute wreath from pages out of an old book. I'll be on the lookout for old books at garage sales this summer. :)

Susan from Homeroad made over her old room divider with chicken wire and other assessories. I like the idea she gave of spray painting the chicken wire with rust colored spray paint. :)

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Have a great weekend!