Monday, July 12, 2010

Kitchen Update

I think I must be the SLOWEST painter EVER in the history of the world!  How's that for dramatic?  Actually I just need to stop trying to do so many different things at once. I have way too many projects going.  :-)

I am still not finished painting my kitchen island... let me rephrase that, the island is painted, but the doors and drawers are not yet painted, and of course I still need to distress it.  Since my friends and family have been hounding me pleasantly inquiring on the status of the kitchen and asking for updated photos, I thought I should go ahead and post an update.

I purchased a metal scroll piece (sorry, I don't know what it is called) at Hobby Lobby (half off, of course), and asked my tile guy if he could hang it on the tile and build a frame around it.  I absolutely LOVE how this turned out. 

How about a before shot first (yes, the tiles on the counter and backsplash are indeed the same tiles that were used on the floor):

...and after:
I really love how the light seems to highlight it... like we planned  it that way (we didn't, that was just a bonus).

On to the island.... here is what we started with:

Here  it is with granite and the legs added (love these legs)
here it is the after a coat of primer

and here it is with the brown paint... keep in mind I still need to distress it.

 As pretty as these legs are, they are certainly NOT fun to paint. 

The corbels have not been painted yet either.  I think I have decided to paint them the same color as the island... unless I change my mind again. :-)  I hope to have it all finished by the end of the week.  Wish me luck.


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Friday, July 2, 2010

Kitchen Makeover

Here is our kitchen before.  These photos were taken before we closed on the house. 

This first photo is a view from the living room.  I love how open the kitchen is. 

Here you can see that the countertops were tiled with the same tile that was used on the floor.  We are replacing it with granite. I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but the tile is sort of a pink color. 

Lots of counter space and storage.  I intend to make the island look more like a piece of furniture by adding legs to the four corners and painting it a dark chocolate or expresso brown.  The rest of the cabinets will receive a brown glaze.

We will also change out the appliances for stainless.  The microwave quit working the day after we moved in, so it was replaced almost immediately. 

The sink will be a brown composit granite sink and the faucet will be oil rubbed bronze.  We will eventually replace the floors too... but that will have to wait for now.

Here is a photo of the granite I selected.
The wall color is a warm color that goes well with the granite.  The corbels for the bar area.  These corbels are 14" long by 8" deep and I found them locally for just $37 each... a great price for corbels that size.  Much better than anything I found at Lowe's or Home Depot.  The brand is Du Bois in case anyone in interested. 

The legs I purchased for the island and the hardware for the cabinets. 

I forgot to take a photo of the tile, sink and faucet, but this post already has enough photos anyway.  :-)

The granite and tile guys are finishing up today, so I will post some after photos in the next day or so. 
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