FINALLY, I can show photos of my kitchen! (You had a sneak peek in my Thursday Tablescape) It all started in March. YES, that is correct 6 months ago. Ok, so I took a bloggy break in there too. Seriously, I finally painted the trim this past week while off work. I'm joining in on Susan's Metamorphosis Monday for a reveal 'party'. Here is the BEFORE photo:
This was last November. I've lived in this house for over 10 years with this wallpaper chair rail. I thought it would be too much 'work' to remove it. Reading all the blogs made me decide to take the plunge and just DO IT! I started by trying to remove the old OLD paper.
This step was messy and tedious! I pulled off the old, then sanded and primed. If you really look closely at the 'new' walls; you can see a small line where the old border print was there for so long. Hey, but it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. The walls were painted, then bead board was applied with a trim over the top. I changed out all the switch covers to white, but if you look close the switch itself is still cream. Hey, I'm no electrician! Maybe someday.
Notice that OLD gold ugly light? Here it is:
Here is one of the new kitchen with the light on.
The other side of the kitchen didn't get an 'update', although I really wanted to do something to it. Would love to paint the cabinets...maybe one day. I did try to clear as much counter space as I could. I have a TINY work area, but this room serves as the kitchen and dining area. I've always enjoyed that it was a large room. The kids could do homework at the table, while I cooked dinner.
Before taking photos today, I did a mini makeover for the top of my frig. In February I cleared off the 'junk' on top of the frig and made it pretty. You can see the Spring look here. It was time for some Fall decor. Dollar Tree flowers, a mini harvest in a jar plus a different plate. New look:
I LOVE the mix of colors! Just the punch my (hand me down, new to me) cream sofa and love seat needed. There were two large pillows and a small one in the same print - $5 for all three. I quickly moved the small burgundy pillows to the love seat with the small pillow and the two large pillows are on the sofa. I gave my former teacher $9 with a huge smile; there are a few more thrifty finds that will make their way to my blog soon!