Before: My little galley kitchen the day we first laid eyes on it. 🙂
Still Before: We hired a guy to come paint the walls (he was pretty good), and a different guy to do the cupboards. It helped. Some.
Seriously, when we bought this house I had not a clue under the sun what I was doing. We went to Lowe’s and since I thought, all paint is created equal (It’s not!)… I picked out low grade Olympic (from Lowes) paint. It never looked good. I painted the kitchen white, and it always looked like drywall basically. So, ugly.
I have since become a paint-junky- now I would say… paint matters MOST. Buying quality paint makes more of a difference in a room than anything else you could ever do! A few brands I like Sherwin-Williams, Ben Moore, and if I’m feeling tight Valspar from Lowes in pretty good. Not as good though. SW has a lot of 40% off sales and since it’s a mile from my house- I buy most of my paint there.
Before: Had painted the door green. Oh my husband mocked me when I repainted it this last week, but the green was not doing anything for me.
And I really like things to do things for me.
Another before: We will call this wall color “drywall dreams”.
Feel nauseated and depressed yet?
Before: You know how you just want ORDER in your life? A system, something that looks good and is FUNCTIONAL. Yup, that’s what I had ordered.
I collect old ‘silver’ware, clear glass, and white plates- problem was, some were stored away, some were stuffed back into shelves… I want them OUT and used.
Working on it…. painting IS NEVER GLAMOROUS! I worked on this project for over a week off and on. (I am still not done.)
Galen came home one day and said, “You are just crazy the way you paint stuff.”
It has been days, and I am still trying to figure out if that was a compliment to my speed at ‘gitterdone’…. or if he was just calling me OCD. I actually think it was both.
Before: Yes, G helped me deep clean as we went. I made him climb up and vacuum on the top of my cupboards. I have a darlin’ for a husband- that’s fo’ sho’. 🙂
Not sure what slang I was going with there- just roll wit’ it, yo.
Did you think that was a baby carrot and a mouse?
Well, it’s not. It’s my chubby, reddish finger and a dust bunny. Ask my husband about the greasy dust bunnies everywhere. Let me just say moving out your fridge and cleaning under it, can give you sweet dreams for a good 3 weeks after.
Little red stool- before.
Little stool- after.
Oh my. Please do not just re-read that. Please move on and forget.
… And finally!
A few afters. (For those of you that were all bunched up after my last post WITH NO AFTERS. )
I kid, and I love you. 🙂 I just had a lot of coffee and I always love pretty freely when I’m high on caffeine.
Yes, after. I did not say this- but I also had to repaint all the cupboards. How do I say this gracefully? Well, the paint “job” we hired was. awful. It needed another coat at least, the nail holes were open, and gaping and the whole underside was never painted at all. I will just stop there…. yeah.
Walls: Glimmer by SW (Sherwin-Williams)
Cupboards: Snowbound by SW
(1,000 % happy with both colors!!)
Happy sigh. All my collections are out and working for me. I loaded the rest up for Goodwill and sold a few pieces too. I do not like to own things I do not use. And yes, we use my collections to eat cereal in the mornings…
Life is a beautiful gift, I want to treat it that way.
Seriously, I think I am turning into my grandma W.
I look for beautiful things to use everywhere I go. I had taken someone to the Dr. and was waiting outside the office– and snipped this little greenery off a bush on the porch. It just goes so perfectly with what I was working for. In fact, I would say this green bush-piece– it helped to shape the vibe of the whole kitchen.
A few details: I love to buy little bottles and glue random labels on them. This was one I bought at Save N Serve for $3.50.
In case, you didn’t already think I’m crazy- I can usually tell you the price I paid for anything. ever.
One of my favorite decor tricks: frame little postcards with old, old frames. This was frame was $7 from the Berlin Antique Mall.
Can I tell you I buy 80% of my decor from Save n Serve? I actually find them a bit pricey at times- but I DID score these hip chicken wire baskets for TWENTY FAD CENTS EACH. That is a little bit of quarters for so much cuteness.
More labels glued onto jars.
Joy and I found these awesome little, vintage, wall calenders at the thrift store- $2 each. She took a pink one, and I took all the blue ones. I love them for dish towels.
Repainted the green door. My fake calligraphy is a JOKE.
Top of the pantry. It still needs another coat of paint- the pantry. 🙁
Girl’s art box arranged better.
Above the sink. It’s funny how when something is right- it looks good.
Let me explain. My sister cast off this blue wood board above the sink to me. I never loved it in my bathroom. It just looked sad. Now here in the kitchen, it’s like the perfect marriage or something because it just shines here.
Frames that look hideous in the thrift store can look SO cute when cleaned up with modern paper framed inside of them. this was was so ugly when I bought it- I felt like a fool for giving denero for it.
This frame was $3 at an antique store. Sturdy, but gold and gaudy. I painted it, cleaned it, and sewed some paper together to make like a paper quilt and framed it. BTW, sewing paper is fun. I wanna do a mini quilt some day. Also, this frame didn’t have a hanger on the back, so I stapled on some twine in a tear-drop shape- works great.
Details: cream and sugar jars from my friend Shelly. I love them!
More of the same. 🙂
Remember this corner?
This is how it looks now. I put up a huge, was-ugly bulletin board (covered in khaki fabric) with all my little what-nots on it. It really helped clean my fridge off.
It’s fun to make pretty push pins by gluing on vintage baubles.
Another close up of the baubles.
Alrighty well that’s all for now.
I really am sick of loading pictures right now. Laila is sick of it too. She is sitting here putting little dolls, doll clothes, and bracelets down the front of my shirt. then she digs them back out again. Can we say wanting mommy?
It’s Friday morning- not sure what all I’ll do today. This last week was so busy, gogogo.
Last night G helped me carry up a weeks worth of laundry. A TON. I got it all put away and I cleaned a lot yesterday so I might just pull a lazier day today. I only have 10 weeks left in my goingverywell pregnancy- so I always have things to do, but need to take rest breaks too.
If you just read that paragraph- well thanks, because it was pretty boring.
Gonna go mother my girls now!
HAPPY WEEKEND TO YA!