I'm busy decking the halls this week, but I didn't want to wait any longer to show you my kitchen makeover!
I'll just share a few of the basics today, and follow up with a post and more details in the near future. Feel free to ask any questions you might have that I don't cover in this post.
Paint makes a world of difference! I had tired of the previous glazed finish, and it really clashed with the new wall color that we painted a few months ago. I won't sugar coat it, it probably took me a month working on the cabinets off and on and allowing plenty of time for curing. I'll share more about the process I used soon.
Here's a big secret I kept... I switched out the pendants!
I LOVED my huge lanterns that we put in last year, but I didn't think ahead about using glass panes directly above the stovetop. They were always dirty. I ended up just never turning them on when anyone was here because of it. I'm sure you real designers knew that, but I never though of it beforehand. Live and learn.
I loved these lotus pendants the first time I saw them. After checking the measurements and consulting a few trusted friends, we were worried that they would be too small. But, I loved them so much I ordered them anyway to try them out, and I think they turned out just fine. I used a ceiling medallion with them to help add a little bulk.
I've been wanting to replace our living room light for a long time, but haven't come across the right thing yet, so we moved one of the lanterns in there. I'm hanging on to the other for a future project.
I asked your opinions, and after really planning to paint them black, I decided to paint the pantry doors white. I thought they needed a little something, though, so I painted the moulding on them gold. After visiting London last month, and especially touring Windsor Castle, I came home wanting to fancy everything up a little bit!
I tried lots of different hardware options, but I settled on mixing and matching 3 (plus another on the island).
These pulls are on the drawers,
and I used knobs from Hobby Lobby on the cabinets. The top knobs are a little difficult to see in photos, but I really loved them and they look better in real life.
The knobs on the lower cabs were originally bronze, so I taped over the bling and sprayed them metallic brass. I love how the centers almost read as silver and tie in the stainless appliances, not to mention the little extra sparkle!
The pantry knobs were oversized cabinet knobs that I mixed with a backplate to make them even more substantial, both from Hobby Lobby.
I used a brass towel hook over the kitchen sink. During the last remodel I painted it ORB to match the hardware, so I stripped it back to the brass using this method... good as new!
Here's the progression of the kitchen since we've lived in this house. The first photo is the listing photo. Second is our remodel about 4 years ago. Third is fresh and bright! That's almost 8 years of working and tweaking...
I'm so excited to be working in a bright, fresh kitchen for Christmas, there will be plenty of sugar cookies and cinnamon rolls spread over those counters very soon!
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