Painting a room is such a great and inexpensive way to give a little facelift without breaking the bank. As I start mulling over new color ideas, I thought I'd share a bit of our kitchen journey with you all.
Welcome to a new mini series I'm calling:
How to get a high end (looking) kitchen
look for a low end price!
look for a low end price!
A little back story:
Rewind, three years ago... the hubs and I were expecting our first baby and as any normal couple who are preparing to take on that huge responsibility of parenthood and make major life changes would do... we decided it would be an ideal time to completely gut and renovate our kitchen.
This was our kitchen for many years (5+ years). This picture was taken shortly after we moved in. Sometimes I wonder why we bought this house when I look back at the early pictures.
We saw potential but now all I see is lots of dark original to the house cabinetry, fake butcher block counter tops, odd textured stripe wall paper, and a single large florescent light overhead. Oy.
Not a lot of sunshine going on in this room.
Step one for getting a high end look involves a lot of do it yourself work. Let me repeat, DO A LOT OF THE WORK YOURSELF. I think the hubs was gone for a few days on travel and I grabbed a paint scrapper and decided to go to town on our awful wallpaper. Once I removed the wall paper, there was quite a bit of nastiness going on. Sadly, we left it this way for quite some time. We even hosted my family for Thanksgiving while the entire kitchen was scraped down to bare dry wall. Part of getting a high end look for less, is being okay with getting your end product in time and not all at once. (I was clearly not preg when we started this lovely update.)
Our second step and a step that lasted for some time (years) was simply removing the wallpaper and painting the walls. I painted them in a soft green color. The "lovely" florescent light gave the walls a much more intense green look than they really were.
I love adding a bit of color to the room, but with the lighting and the dark cabinetry, it still felt like a dungeon. A happier place, but a dungeon none the less.
Step three for getting that high end look is patience. It always is so great to start a project and two simple weekends later, presto a completed product. In DIY and especially in kitchen remodeling, that is rarely the case!
Next week I will be sharing the process of redesigning our kitchen, removing our cabinets and opening the space up into our dining room. All quite do-able and amazingly inexpensively.
Have you done a kitchen remodel yourself? Was it a multi-year process like ours? I'd love to hear your kitchen stories.