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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Reviving a Kitchen with Paint & Decor...

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I have shared on this blog before how my husband & I purchased our home on a short 5 day house hunting trip.
It was stressful to say the least, and we ended up buying a house that was our 3rd choice.
Below is the kitchen on the day we purchased the house.
It is not a big or remarkable kitchen.
Just a normal run-of-the-mill kitchen...nothing fancy schmancy.
Take note of:
The boring colour on the walls.
The lack of personality.
The dumpy appliances...{the appliances were included but we said no thank you}.
The vinyl floor coverings.
Not very inspirational at all.
Because of our big move across the country...we did not have a budget for renovations or huge decorating projects.
I began with the cheapest transformational tool out there.....paint!
 I chose a very warm yellow-y colour...Benjamin Moore's Gingerroot.
For years I have decorated with blue & white because it is a colour scheme that I love and this colour makes a wonderful backdrop for blue & white.
Gingerroot on the walls made the kitchen feel instantly warm & inviting.
It makes a nice contrast to the white cabinets.
We painted, painted, painted.
Added a new stainless steel sink.
New stainless steel appliances.
And after 2 years, we added a medium brown laminate floor.
I thought the kitchen looked so much better for not a lot of money.
 Then I set to work organizing my kitchen into 'zones'.
This is my baking corner...everything I need is within reach.
{I do bake a lot...my flour & sugar canisters are looking sort of empty!}
 This is our food prep & plate zone.
And yes...there is real butter in the butter dish....Julia Child lived to be 92 years old and she ate pounds of butter...so that's what I am going with!
 The small counter by the fridge makes a perfect coffee corner.
Anyone can help themselves to coffee, tea or hot chocolate without having to go into the work zones.
The cabinet above holds all of our coffee & tea cups.
 I decorated the top of the cabinets with things we already had...it is a great storage spot for things not used very often.

 This kitchen is a great 1 person kitchen. Everything is within easy reach.
It is small & humble...but it works for me.
There are a lot of things on the counter...but I cook every day and  all of those items are used and needed
Before:
After:
Yes.... I still dream of a custom designed kitchen with white cabinets, subway tile and marble counters with some gleaming chandeliers, but for now...this feels great!
And you know the best part about a small kitchen?
Cleanup is a breeze.


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19 comments:

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

Very warm and cozy, I love your designated workspaces! My kitchen was pretty bad when we bought on our house and it's on my dream list for renovating next year! (on a creative budget of course!)

XO
Lenore

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I don't think it looks "cluttered" at all, Angie! Especially when you have that whole other side that looks clear. I see you have the same as me with the microwave taking up some prime counter space. I would have wanted mine over the stove, but hubby hates how they get messy underneath from splashes and splatters so on the counter it sits! I may move my Keurig to my small counter by the fridge {like yours}. I like that and putting the mugs above it ~ good idea!

Tulika Verma said...

You've done a wonderful job on the kitchen, Angie! I know the fun of adding your personality to your place...thanks for sharing this with us...and congratulations on the new house!

Jeri said...
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Jeri said...

Thank you for coming to visit me and your wonderful comment! I am in love with the color you choose for your kitchen! I'm soo jealous of the space you have above your cabinets!! Beautiful!!

xoxo
Jeri

KellyH said...

You have a beautiful kitchen. That paint color is perfect!

Elizabeth said...

Your transformation looks great! I love the color you chose, very warm and inviting.

Joyce said...

It looks good though- I will have to post a photo of my kitchen for you- we are in a rental- but we have one long bench and a sink right in the corner...no room at all to do anything!

The Cannary's said...

Your little kitchen is so clean and neat and tidy - it works for me, too!

Sherri said...

Love your kitchen Angie! I also have designated spots and it helps alot. I don't think your counters are cluttered at all. Believe me, I work in real estate and post pictures of peoples cluttered rooms all the time.

Jennifer said...

I love your kitchen! I never thought about having "zones" but I guess I do too in my kitchen! I need to eliminate the "junk zone" in my kitchen, lol. Thanks for stopping by my blog--I am your newest follower!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Paint works wonders, as you have shown. It looks great! And I love my small house for the same reason you love your small kitchen - clean up is a breeze. That is worth something.

Pamela said...

Looks great Angie!
I am quite sure you will be getting the kitchen of your dreams in no time at all!!

Pamela xo

Heather at Dragonfly Designs said...

Love it! You and my SIL {who lived in St Albert} have a very similar style. Is that a walk in pantry?! And we have the same mixer!!! :P

Comeca Jones said...

I love your kitchen its lived in and suited for your needs enjoy it! Not cluttered but loved!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Happy Tuesday!

Lovely kitchen.

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Cara said...

Absolutely adorable!

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Nancy said...

Love the after kitchen. Great job.

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