Have you guys ever dreamed and schemed and wished for something for SO long… like YEARS…and the day finally arrived where all those dreams would start falling into place and you were actually nervous about it all? You know like…what have I done…am I making a mistake kind of nervous feelings?
The only other time I felt like this was right before we started the One Room Challenge and my office makeover. I think it was mainly because I knew there was going to be an enormous amount of work, time and money involved. There were also a lot of decision that had to be made and I just wanted to make sure I had all of my ducks in a row.
I’ve lived at Journey’s End, our cottage on the island for 7 years now. As I’ve shared so many times in the past I thought I was supposed to be decorating with “all shells all the time.” I guess I was thinking about our vacations to the beach and how many happy memories we’ve made there. But as my sense of style grew and our DIY skills increased so did our confidence in the choices we were making for our home. If you haven’t had a chance to see yesterday’s Before and After Home Tour post, you gotta check it out. It’s a great example of how far this house has actually come.
While I’ve painted hundreds of pieces of furniture and swapped out everything from accessories to dressers over the years, there was always one area of our home that was completely off limits as far as painting goes – the kitchen cabinets. I tried my best to stay respectful even though, I’ll admit it was so hard sometimes. I wanted to pitch a big fit until I got my way, classy right? I’m not proud to admit that but it’s true. I could have pitched several fits over the past 7 years, believe me he he but I knew deep down that wasn’t the answer. Instead I waited for the right time because I knew it would come…or at least I hoped it would…
The kitchen has undergone the small makeover in the past few years which gave me hope. In the beginning, the kitchen looked like this…
then we painted the kitchen walls…
added a subway backsplash that we tiled and grouted ourselves…
Last month, we painted the bathroom cabinet and it went so well I finally broached the subject again… and this time it was a yes.
We all know those brides that have been holding onto their wedding idea book since they were old enough to rip out the pages of bridal magazines…well that’s how I’ve been with the kitchen. I’ve pretty much been pinning the same things over and over again for 7 years.
Here’s what I’m thinking…
- Paint the cabinets in Snow White
- The island will be painted in Seagull Gray
- We’ll also add wainscoting picture frame trim to the island
- The old hardware will be replaced with classic c-cup style hardware
- We’ll change out the glass pendant lights for rubbed bronze pendant lights
- The barstools will be upgraded but I still can’t decide which style I like best
- New rug
This house is open concept so anything that goes in the kitchen will have to also coordinate with the breakfast area
as well as in the living room.
I’m having trouble deciding the direction I want to go with the bar stools I can’t decide if I want to keep the existing stools or get upholstered bar stools with backs. Then there’s always the color to decide on…linen or gray?
I also need to decide if I want to change out the hardware. Right now it matches all of the stainless steel appliances throughout the kitchen. There’s still a lot of decisions to make but it’s going to be really exciting. There are a few ideas I’m saving for later. I can’t wait to see how this all comes together.
What do you guys think? Any tips or decorating tricks I should know about?