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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Kitchen Before and After on a tight budget

My Kitchen before and after on a tight budget
I know these photos look light and bright. Some may think it's looks fine, but I promise you all the veneer on these cupboards had cracks of wear over time. It's a modest kitchen compared to a few dream kitchens I've had. Nonetheless, it's easy to work in and suits my life now just fine!

I've never been much of a white person, but I like it better than beige so it's no wonder the walls were once painted purple. A nice muted purple that everyone commented on and loved. Including me.I have many purple accessories that really stood out!

I wasn't quite ready to relinquish the purple kitchen to the apple green. I had been checking online for two years to see what the green I hankered for looked like. I test out the virtual kitchens with black cupboards. But when Pepper purchased the paint, I was anxious to let go of my cozy kitchen, and family room.

Photo taken July1st 2007
Once the white veneer was pulled off, it exposed press
board,
which was primed then painted with an oil based Benjamin Moore paint
that smooths out after application.
Then an special oil base black paint was applied. It took two coats and people were astonished at the difference.It's been done over a year and a half now but the little extra touches took a bit of time to complete.

After Photo taken December 22, 2008
Black was used for the cupboards, Benjamin Moore apple green latex for the covered up purple walls. My taste is unique, it's not for everyone. Many feel the cupboards are too dark, yet note that it's a wonderful improvement. Don't feel obligated to lie and say you like it! Truthfully I never expect anyone to enjoy my tastes. It's fun, it's me and it was a great change. Bryan and Pepper did an amazing job and we all enjoy the clean vibrant look!
I would eventually like to change the counter tops, they may even be painted. I need new floors and a new stove. Only two burners work on mine, they have been changed once before.
That's my art corner, my spot on the couch where the little white table ,
( that I love) is used to do my art. The coffee table harbors many art supplies.


That's my family room that often gets very cluttered with art supplies. I tidy them up and throw small dark blankets over them when company visits! Years ago that would be unheard of, and everything would have been painstakingly returned to it's proper place. But I need access to my paints and such in order to keep creating. That perfectly tidied house gets forfeited for my art! Ultimately I am happier for it too! Besides I try to take company into my living room. Still they gravitate to this room!There you have it the main rooms I live in when I'm not at the computer or sleeping!

16 comments:

Flor Larios Art said...

wow! Very nice new kitchen! I am guessing you are cooking every day now...LOL
I like your quote of the day.

Mary Timme said...

The green is not to my taste, but then I like forest green, with gold and burgundy for a color palate so what do I know? It is different and if you like it, that is what counts.

I do love your coffee table with art supplies! Now, that is a fun bunch of color.

Tumblewords: said...

I love it - but I couldn't do it. I have white everywhere because I can't get it together in color. LOL I envy that you can and did!

Queen-Size funny bone said...

Boy have you been busy. I love it. and the fact that it flows so nicely into the other room.

Patois said...

I envy you your sense of color. White walls everywhere around me. But I never notice. Except when they are covered with kids' fingerprints.

Alberta and Ava said...

Well, I don;t know about everyone else, but I certainly share your taste. But then you know exactly how I feel about color. I LOVE the black and green; it's so bold and happy, (just like you) and your coffee table is to die for.

Love,
Alberta

keith said...

I LOVE that green. My kinda colour.Your kitchen looks great - very daring to use black. Having said that my biggest selling kitchen is a black gloss one which I often contrast with white top units - perhaps I'll use more green in future!

Lucy said...

Did you ever read the childrens book.."the big orange splot?" It was one of our favorites around here when the kids were small.... the repetitive sentence was ...
"my house is me and I am it, my house is where i like to be and it looks like all my dreams !".... That favorite memory came to mind when I looked into your colorful cozy inviting home!!
just so so YOU! wish I could share a pot of tea from your beautiful mugs!

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Dream Goddess said...

It's even prettier in person, just like you!

Ninnie said...

Love the green and black. Once upon a time my living room was just about that same green with blue and purple. Love Hugs and Blessings

forgetfulone said...

I love it! Great job, creative momma!

CattyCat said...

OK, I'm guessing you like Chartreuse (sp?). What a wonderful home you have. The before and after really show it well. The only similarity is the coffee cups on the stove. Tee hee. Thanks for sharing these with us.

Lisa said...

Oh man. I Love, love, love your kitchen and every other room you've shown! I can't wait to have my own house where I can do my thang.

JP/deb said...

Awesome makeover! I would like to redo my kitchen - love the black cupboards :)

Art Lover said...

wow colors! shocked to see the kitchen black (I won't have dared) but it looks really gorgeous. it's so you based on my memory of your lampshade makeover :-).

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