I’ve gone a lot crazy lately and gotten way in over my head on some D-I-Y home improvement projects and am finally coming up for air. And now it is time to REVEAL what I’ve done!!
But, first I want to thank The Manchild for being so patient with me on all of this… he is AWESOME at fixing things that are broken in the house or on the vehicles, but when it comes to Angie’s “decorating” projects (ie. spending lots of money and time on cosmetic issues that actually DON’T need to be done) he’s not so game for putting in the time and sweat to “get it done.” But, he doesn’t complain about me going for it (much) and is VERY patient while I slowly reach my finish line and get the home (and normal family functioning) back in order.
I mean… its not like I have been working in major family areas of the house or anything…
And the second big thanks go to my Mom and Dad (especially Mom, she is AMAZING) for helping me with the big cabinet painting job. WOW, I would have NEVER gotten those puppies done by myself… or with Manchild’s help for that matter. It was definitely a 4-man job over the Independence Day weekend. And then my mom stayed another 4 days and helped me start a BIG beadboard paneling project in the dining room… which Manchild and I JUST finished on Monday… do the math… being pregnant and having 3 kids home 24/7 for the summer makes SLOW work for this lady.
And I should also thank the people who let me borrow their AWESOME power tools… The Grays and my Uncle Nathan. I heart brad nailers. I heart miter saws. I want… I NEED!
Anyway, here are the BEFORE pictures of the kitchen. It wasn’t BAD… It just wasn’t my style. Well, really, it just wasn’t “mine”. It had the signature of the previous owners all over it (Country Americana and original to the house, built 1983).
And painted the cabinets black. Also added hardware… although you’ll notice that since Ikea ran out of stock on the drawer pulls, I am missing 3 pulls near the oven… Also, the “bisque” appliances would like very much to be stainless steel now… but I am telling them they have to wait until they die.
And this is the free-standing kitchen island that we bought from Ikea in order to add counter-space and storage space to the kitchen. I will be turning it into a bar by attaching a raised countertop to it like this…
Anyway, I have more plans for the kitchen island, like putting black beadboard around the sides and back (like shown here), adding bar stools, and also some “schnazy tags attached by schnazy ribbon” to each basket, because neither The Manchild or the man’s child (Big Bro) can EVER remember what is in each basket (its a guy thing).
I have a lot more I want to do cosmetically to the kitchen now that the hard work is done. Like- THESE CURTAINS and Cute decor like THESE. Not to mention new lighting, which I am working on right now with various craiglisters across the DC region. I’ll post before and afters of the lighting improvements later. And I want to paint the walls an oatmeal color to warm it up. We have that color in the bedrooms and it is so soothing!
But, alas, this is what we have done so far and I am so proud of myself for doing it and I really do like it! The tile was a beast, let me tell you, but I conquered it. Full disclosure: I’ll never do that again.
I’ll post about the dining room separately.
ps. props to my favorite blogger for inspiring me since the day I googled “beadboard panelling”! Thrifty Decor Chick is my new BFF. Seriously, check out her laundry room!