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It’s time for a party!

July 15, 2011

It’s time for a party!! It’s the “We officially have NO MORE WALLPAPER Party!” Ladies and Gentlemen, we’re back in the 21st century!

We’ve been movin’ and a shakin’ here – explaining the lack of posts lately, but we’ve got some good stuff to share!

Let’s start with the room that is inevitably used the most. The kitchen. When we bought our house, our kitchen was nice, but not great. It was nice in a sterile, all white hospital kind of way.  Bottom line, it was just too white and needed a little warming up. The room is a good size, with lots of windows, tons of storage, a gas stove and three, yes three ovens. We thought that would really come in handy for all of the Jack’s frozen pizzas homemade lasagna and cherry pies I bake. Our goal was to initially do as much as we could to the kitchen under $100.

Here is the breakdown of what we’ve done so far:

30 new cupboard knobs = $6

Large 4’x6′ rug = $50

I wish I could say that this was cheaper, or that we made it ourselves; the DIY in me feels let down, but it was the perfect size and color. Plus it’s an indoor/outdoor rug and can be dragged outside and hosed off when it gets spilled on.

Gallon of  paint = $12 (really $25, but we only used 1/2 for the kitchen…I know, it’s a stretch)

We went with Pittsburg Paints “Sharkskin” from Mendards which is a warm gray tone. We’re going to use the rest in the adjacent hallway.

New light above the sink = $20 

Chalkboard paint = $9

That brings us to the grand total of $97 smackers. The only other immediate change we need to make in the kitchen is replacing that golden beauty of a faucet. I am guessing that we wont get a new one for $3 to keep ourselves at our $100 goal, but don’t think for a second that we wont try a little spray paint action on that baby just to test it out.

Here’s how we did it all:

The first change we made, almost immediately after moving in, was remove the swinging door that leads into the dining room. Although I’ve had visions of  the swinging the door opening to me  wearing an apron, a la June Cleaver, holding a freshly prepared turkey platter and presenting it to my friends and family in the dining room.

That seemed slightly unlikely…and a lot of work…so we just took the door off instead.

We wanted to open up the space as much as possible and even have plans in the future to open up the doorway wider. The door that we took off is sitting in our basement but we have grand plans of turning it into a headboard. So get ready!

The gold knobs were next on our list. They were bright, flashy, and seemed to multiply in numbers overnight. After we counted up all 30, and priced it out a bit, that added up to a nice chunk-o-change. They are a nice shape, so instead of replacing them, we purchased a can of Rustoleum Hammered Spray in Black Hammer. We sanded down the knobs with a fine grit sandpaper  to give them some texture for the paint to stick to. Then we gave the knobs two coats of spray to make sure we covered all angles. We found the best way to cover the whole area was to build a small stand out of cardboard, and stick the knobs into the cardboard, allowing us to spray all around and underneath the metal. The trick with this spray paint is to stand back from the piece your spraying, and to continuously move your hand over the object until its covered. More thin coats are better than less thicker coats that can stick or drip.  This particular “Hammered” finish is perfect for the knobs because it creates a texture in a black / gray color. Our first batch of knobs was succesful, however, we let them dry overnight in the garage…and then this happened. Luckily, we were able to salvage all but one from the wreck.

In that small kitchen space, there was a total of 8 lights. This seemed a bit excessive to us so we removed the light over the sink which we referred to as the prison light. No escaping when that thing was beamed up pointing in every direction. We wanted a smaller, single light that hung down lower, but because our window door swings open, it had to be skinny or able to swing from side to side. My wonderful MIL got us a very lightweight metal light from Home Depot that swings over when we need to open the door, and we couldn’t be happier! Aren’t moms the best!

Finally, we added some color. In the picture above, we bought a large rug with a tan, blue, that matches our new dining room, and a fun punch of reddish-orange.

We painted the ceilings white, and will eventually go over all the white trim with a fresh coat of paint. If I have learned one thing through this process so far, it’s the impact of a fresh white ceiling. My mom convinced me that, while we are painting anyways, we should paint all of our ceilings white. It’s a pain in the booty, but it freshens up the entire room and makes the paint pop.

My parents visited for a few days and helped with some tasks around the house, including painting. It was kind of nice to go to work, leave a list, and come home to a freshly landscaped yard and a newly painted kitchen. Thanks rents!  The color is called Sharkskin and is a warm gray. The photos don’t show the true wall color, they were taken at night with a flash and have funky shades to them.

Although we just about reached our $100 goal, we have a few more changes in mind, but in due time. For now, I’m happy baking pies and presenting turkey dinners to my guests. Here’s what we have in store for the future:

– replace the beaming gold kitchen faucet

– new ceiling fan, or remove the fan altogether?

– dark bamboo shades for the windows

– built-in garbage can storage

And as for the chalkboard paint… you’ll just have to wait and see 😉

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Lauren permalink
    July 15, 2011 8:26 am

    This is lovely! This looks like a completely different kitchen! BTW, you could totally rock an apron!

  2. mom permalink
    July 15, 2011 8:34 am

    Yea…. about that turkey and cherry pie? I’ll be waiting.

  3. July 15, 2011 1:58 pm

    What a difference!! Love all you did (and your parents did…nice gift to you huh?) and also love the pizza comment! Just nice to know those ovens are there if you need them right? 🙂


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