A few months ago, I decided to join the Pinterest Room Challenge on the Toolbox Divas blog. Timisha presented the kitchen as the featured room, and I’m embarrassed to say that was three months ago. I’m just so indecisive, especially when it comes to choosing a paint color. I still have much more to do to my kitchen once I finally find the perfect round table to refinish and new flooring. I am also considering paint for the current floor…not sure yet.
I have a few kitchen updates to feature today, but first I’ll take you back to what the kitchen used to look like.
I keep going back to this photo of my kitchen I took several years ago…long before I ever thought of starting a blog. I can’t believe what it once looked like compared to how it is now. I snapped this picture on my phone one night in an attempt to get it on the Personal Color Viewer on Benjamin Moore’s website, which is why it was taken at night. It didn’t look any better in the daytime.
The first time I walked into this house was through the kitchen door, and the first thought that entered my mind was how much I loved the house and all the potential it had. The second thought was that something had to be done about the kitchen cabinets…which were missing hardware and made the room look so dark and dreary.
So, five years after we bought the house, I finally painted them…
I couldn’t have been happier with the new look of our kitchen cabinets. As much as I liked the color I chose to paint the kitchen when we first moved in, I still wanted a lighter color to help brighten the kitchen even more. It still was far better than the tan/gold paint that was not only on the walls, but also the ceiling when we moved in (yikes!).
Two years after painting my cabinets I began looking for a nice blue/gray paint…and covered the kitchen with samples. And, I really went overboard, thanks to the weird lighting in my kitchen…
I finally narrowed it down to two colors while I was building my mantel…Ocean Air (top) and Iceberg (bottom), both Benjamin Moore paints…
Since I accepted the Toolbox Divas Pinterest Room Challenge, I did take some time to refinish the top of my Grandfathers butcher block, using Watco Butcher Block Oil. I love the way it stands out now since the cabinets have been painted white. I have also purchased a few things for my kitchen and have added things I bought along the way over the last few years, which I have waited patiently to decorate my kitchen with.
I purchased 84 in. curtains from Target a while back to replace the hideous vertical blinds that once covered our large sliding glass door. I loved the paint color even more when I put these curtains up. And, they go perfect with our kitchen clock…that once hung on the wall in my husbands Grandparent’s kitchen.
Adding accent pieces and little knick-knacks around the kitchen have added some color. I have to call the small salt and pepper shakers knick-knacks because I really haven’t used them much. I’m afraid they will be dropped on the ceramic tile floor and shatter (which is why I don’t like ceramic tile floors!).
And, fresh cut lilacs in a mason jar always add to the look of any room in the house. These grow at the side of my house and only bloom every couple years for some reason. I have been taking advantage of it while they are blooming!
I hope to have more updates to show you soon!
To be continued….
Butcher Block Refinishing Product: Watco Butcher Block Oil
Napkins/Cafe Curtains: Aqua Ikat Bungalow Napkins (World Market)
Yellow 84 in. Curtains: Threshold Tile Curtain Panel (Target)
White photo frame: Room Essentials Wood Frame (Target)
Curtain Clips: Threshold Curtain Rings (Target)