22 Mar

Of all the rooms in this house, the kitchen has undergone the most dramatic change. We started with a chair rail and two kinds of wall paper: a gray marbled paper on the bottom (hence the gray outlets) and a white textured paper on the top that actually would have been pretty had it been in better shape and covered the walls from floor to ceiling. One of the first projects (if not the first) that we tackled in this house was removing the wallpaper in this room. Here’s a before and during shot. It was a hot mess.

Once it was removed and the walls were cleaned up, we painted them a beautiful turquoise blue (Valspar’s Sea Serenade in eggshell). This look isn’t for everyone, but we love color, particularly blue, and it suits us perfectly. This was also the light fixture we were working with. It was fine as is, but we wanted something a bit lighter to balance the bold walls.

We added an Expedit bookcase from Ikea to house books, wine glasses, serving pieces and cookware, and Smoky’s food and water. And we simply spray painted the light fixture white for an easy and inexpensive upgrade.

I know there’s a group of people who would suggest I paint the cabinets. The reason we haven’t is simple. The finish on the cabinets is pretty and since we’re not going to be in this house for many years, I can live with them as they are. Plus, I know many, many people would absolutely love them just as they are (not to mention that it would take forever to sand, prime, and paint them).

We also put the Europe map print from These Are Things (which I’ve mentioned before here and here) in the kitchen, and I love the yellow against all that blue.

Smoky was giving me the stink eye because she wanted to go outside. No worries. She got to spend a good bit of time outside over the weekend.


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