Saturday, December 15, 2012

Ho Ho Ho - Holly Jolly Kitchen

Another peak at my kitchen which is in makeover mode.  The kitchen is months away from being done, but bits and pieces of it are finished.
This is a Christmas card I received this year that I thought made the perfect kitchen decoration with a white frame on it.
 
 
It sits on my new countertop amidst a small vignette of stacked plates, a Santa mug and glass canisters filled with peppermints.
 
 
Currently, my cabinets are still a cranberry red color, but after Christmas I will start heat stripping the paint off of them.  I am going to paint them white and have new cabinet doors made in the Shaker style, but this is what they look like now.
 
 
I have a very small kitchen.  The counter top you see in the above picture represents half of my counter work space.  The kitchen is on the north side of the house and consequently never photographs well, even without curtains on the window.  Mostly I don't mind my kitchen being so small since it has only been my daughter and myself all these years.  Painting the kitchen white is doing wonders for brightening the space and at least gives the illusion of pushing back the walls.
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This wall is on the opposite side of the room and this door leads to the laundry/furnace room, which is also undergoing a slow makeover.  I stripped all the paint off this original, old door and painted one side of it to use as a chalk board.  Here is my first attempt at chalk board art.
 
 
  I wish I could say this was an original art design, but I copied it off of some chalk art I saw on Pinterest.
Next to the door is my refrigerator with my vintage chickens on top.  
 
 
Behind the chickens is a tall cabinet I have already painted white, but it doesn't have any doors on it yet.
 
 
 The bottom part of the kitchen walls are bead board that were previously a caramel color and are now painted white.  Here is a picture of my new floor that was a pain to lay.  More than once I wished I had hired that job out instead of tackling it myself, but at least it is finished along with new base board trim.
 
 
And so that's about it for now.  Progress is slow, but there's really no rush.  
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7 comments:

Gone Country said...

It's looking really good! I think you're right about a white kitchen making it look bigger.

And your chalkboard artwork turned out great!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Looking good Cindy! I would love to paint my cabinets but it is ALOT of work so I will just enjoy the island cabinet being painted. Your kitchen is looking very much like Christmas!~Hugs, Patti

Lucille said...

Cindy, I'm so impressed that you did that floor yourself. It's beautiful. What sort of a floor is it? The reason I'm asking is that I only have a small galley kitchen and I would love to replace the floor. The landlord would never do it so I won't even ask. I have about the same amount of counter space you have. I purchased an island on wheels which I keep on one side of the kitchen stacked against two cupboard doors where I store things I don't often use but must keep because I do use them sometime. I love your green plates, by the way.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Painting cabinets white will really open the space up, I know it did with our kitchen. I have beadboard wallpaper that I'm going to wait till after the holidays to put up:)
Wish I could do chalkboard like you:)

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Lookin great, Cindy!

I cannot believe you can lay flooring, wow.

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

Love the bits and pieces of finished kitchen! What a great idea to frame that cute card...and that door "yikes" I'm thinking Sall needs to change out our ugly basement door a.s.a.p.!! I have a pair of ceramic chickens too, every farm kitchen needs chickens right? Love your outdoor decorations in previous post too!Fantastic Job!! Have a wonderful holiday season!!

Mary Ellen said...

Oh goodness friend you kitchen looks wonderful! I love your chalkboard door! I have a door pantry that I have been wanting to chalk paint but need to strip it first. Love the idea of framing that card! I am going to have to go through my cards now!

I so enjoyed our phone conversation- will email you when I have some time -

Trying to get the newsletters and donor ornaments packaged and mailed - had the last party here today also.

bee blessed
mary

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