Kitchen Update || Paint!

 Heads up: I finished my quilt!  To celebrate, I will be hosting a Quilt Link party next Monday!  More details to come.

I got around to painting the kitchen, and it has sparked the desire to finish this kitchen soon!  Well, as quickly as the budget will allow.   I really love how this little job made a big transformation.  One little addition to the paint job was a small chalkboard wall.  It was dead space in the kitchen, so I made it somewhat functional.  Owen loves it!!  We use the jumbo Crayola chalk, so pieces do not fall into air vent, if they were ever to break.

So here's the kitchen with new paint!  You may be asking, "Nancy, why did you not remove the sheet before taking this picture?"   Answer:  Because I love my ghetto sheet yo.  And I really loved one reader's comment, "Your kitchen is so clean!"   Well, let me direct you to this post.  It ain't always this clean.  (Actually, I just shoved all the crap behind me, but no yams were included in this roundup ;)

And I am still loving this new light.  I like the pattern on the ceiling too.

I extended this color into my dining area since the wall runs along the right side of the kitchen.  Buh-bye Antique Stone, which was actually a really nice neutral and wouldn't mind having it again.  Painting this wall the same color as the kitchen made it a little more cohesive.

After minus the card table :)  I'm gonna say this looks a little more sophisticated.  Don't ya think?

I added a chalkboard paint to a wall that wasn't getting used.  I used a Royal Design Stencil to incorporate the gray paint onto the chalkboard paint, so there wouldn't be a harsh line.

And then I thought I would suck up.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to read my random thoughts.

Kitchen Redo:  ( I totally forgot to add the faucet and sink last week. Also, I will have a "before" photo for you at the final reveal.  And if you are new to reading this blog, I like to DIY, but keeping our old cabinets wasn't an option for us.  Well, I guess we really could live with our cabinets, but we chose to replace them.  Best thing we've done so far in this house.)  Red items are things I still need to do.
  • Cabinets, hardware, self-closing doors $2600
  • Granite countertop - $1200 (Lowe's was going to charge us around $800 for laminate)
  • Subway tile - $150
  • Composite bowl sink - $298 (and worthy every penny!!!!!!!!)
  • Faucet - $60 on clearance at Lowe's
  • Dishwasher (existing one broke) -  $250
  • Microwave - $90
  • Dresser Island, which you can see here.  I'm still figuring out what to with the backside.  - $125
  • Quartz countertop for island, which you can read about here  - $80
  • Light fixture -  $12 flea market find, which you can read about here
  • Fix ceiling around light fixture
  • Recessed lighting
  • Window Treatments
  • Paint - $11 quart of Glidden
  • Moulding near pantry - $0
  • Rug
  • Cabinet trim at the top, not necessary and may not do
Total so far - $4671


  1. Anonymous4/16/2012

    Good Morning! I love the color, and I am excitedly waiting for the island reveal, and the finished product...

  2. I love the way you've made your kitchen pop with the gray. I would have never thought of this. Classy!

    I've been eyeing my walls with the thought of updating and color, oh god do these walls need updating, starting with my living room.


  3. Anonymous4/16/2012

    So what color is that gray? It's great!

    1. I should have mentioned it in the post but it's Cement Gray by Martha Stewart. Thanks!

  4. I have to agree.... verrrrrry sophisticated colour. It's looking great!

  5. Love that chalkboard wall!!


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