After months of struggling to find the time to get these projects finished, I am so excited this day is finally here. Just to refresh your memory, this is what the kitchen looked like on the day we started painting.
The kitchen was originally painted in a beautiful color called Green Tea. But the rest of the common areas in the house are painted in very neutral Ralph Lauren paint colors. And with an open floor plan having the Green Tea standout in the kitchen area just wasn’t working for us any more. So we decided to paint the kitchen in Valspar’s Cream in My Coffee, which immediately transformed the space.
Over the next few months we worked on kitchen related projects here and there. We hung the Suwannee Sugar Cane Sign back on the top of the over pass into the dining room.
We created an indoor coffee station from an iron baker’s rack.
We hung the vintage chalkboard I bought two years ago as a weekly menu reminder.
and I decorated the tops of the kitchen cabinets.
As February was coming to a close, we refocused our efforts and completed the subway tile backsplash.
It’s an absolute gift to be able to express your creativity in any given space but when it came to the kitchen which was not my domain, there were a few requests: the maple cabinets could not be painted, there had to be a kitchen herb garden and finally there has to be as much open space for cooking and prep work as possible.
Is that a challenge I hear? It’s cool; I’m up for it.
My Mom bought me this metal piece for Christmas two years ago. I’ve been using it to hold my paints and paint brushes. But once I heard the words kitchen herb garden I knew this old tool caddy would be perfect.
I turned this old fruit crate upside down so I could display all of these goodies. I have a serious thing for scales and I’ve had this one for a while. These milk bottles came from Rennigers Extravaganza where we celebrated my sister LiLi’s birthday. The crazy awesome wooden scoop was a Christmas gift this past year, thanks Vicki and Jenn.
I picked up this crock at Renningers too. I’ve held onto this Florida corn sign for about a year now and I’m so excited that I’ve found a place for it.
This built in desk is where I do most of my meal planning and grocery list making. Taco Tuesday, check.
It’s amazing how a few cosmetic changes have transformed the entire space.
It wasn’t always easy. At times it was downright frustrating.
We were able to work through the, “No you don’t understand, I really do use all of these cutting boards. No, it’s not just another collection.”
and the “What do you mean! Of course, we need this hedgehog!”
In the end, I’m so proud of how we learned to work together as a team. We would have never been able to complete this project had we not learned to appreciate the vision of a temperamental creative and the laid back skills of a craftsman.
See you guys back here tomorrow. It’s been a year since we brought home a buggy full of baskets to help keep the panty organized and I’ll have an update.
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