Kitchen Makeover - Step 1

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hey y'all! Kristine here!

When I bought this house I fell in love with it right away because of my kitchen...it is huge and spacious and wonderful. What I was not in love with was the white laminate counters, the brass hardware, the beige walls or the vinyl floor. Ick. Take a peek...







 Great space right? Just super boring!

Appliances were included and everything was in really great condition. The kitchen had been recently remodeled before they decided to sell their house and the cabinets were custom built to the space. The sellers were also super proud of their "insanely expensive" (her words) vinyl flooring and were sure to tell me all about how to clean it and care for it properly. I didn't have the heart to tell them that EVERYTHING in their beloved kitchen was going to get changed with the exception to the cabinets.

We have lived here a little over 2 years now and I still have no clue what I am going to be doing with the counter tops. I know I want granite, quartz or glass...just can't decide which one! The floor will eventually be changed, but it's in really great shape so it's not a priority. However, I knew that I could not live with that boring white laminate, the brass hardware or the beige walls so we decided to paint the counter tops, paint the hardware and paint the walls. It was a paint party up in here!


I lost a lot of pictures when my hard drive crashed last fall, including the pictures I took while we were painting, but I have one "during picture" (thank you Facebook!) that I can show you.


I don't know the name of the gray we chose for the walls but it was Valspar brand. It looks dark here but is actually not dark at all.

We used a granite counter top paint kit from Giani Granite. It is sold various places but I bought mine at Walmart. One kit was enough to do all the counter space for the entire kitchen, island included. I cannot say enough good things about this kit! If you want the granite look without the cost, this is absolutely the way to go!

I also removed all the hardware and spray painted it with my fave, Oil Rubbed Bronze. Initially we were going to buy new hardware until we counted all the pieces and did the math..57 pieces to be exact. Y'all know how much even the cheapy cheap hardward would have cost? It would have cost a downright fortune, that's how much! So painting it was.



I actually had a farmhouse table and chairs that I made and painted with my dad. It's been in the kitchen until very recently...(the original post has been moved over from my old blog and you can see it HERE on this blog now!)




I LOVED this set when we first completed it. It was what I wanted at the time but it never really "fit" with my style and overall theme I have been going for in the house so I sold it last month and bought this great table and my dream chairs.



Great right?



And here is the completed kitchen (for now):





The island was originally done with the granite effect as well, but I got bored one evening and now it is a chalk board island! The Mr. hates is strongly...I am still deciding. We have had lots of people tell us they love it and that it's creative but I don't think I am going to keep it. It was a better idea in my head.




Ummm...yes, that would be the cat lounging on the counter...she is the boss and she does what she wants!
(No for real...any ideas on how to keep the cat OFF the counter would be greatly appreciated!!!!) 
Oh, and that gorgeous pup is Thor...he's the baby of the bunch. Isn't he purty?

One more thing to show you...this empty space on the left was supposed to house an upright freezer...



Nu-uh...not in my house...



Who needs an upright freezer anyhow? I need wine! Better use of the space in my opinion. :)


What do y'all think? Eventually we will install real counter tops and I plan on doing hardwood floors but for now it works well and I love the look of it overall.



                                                                    Thanks for lookin y'all! 

                                                                                            

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