Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What a little paint can do

I am so excited to show this kitchen transformation to you.  I know it probably isn't everybody's taste, but when you can't afford a whole kitchen remodel, I hope this inspires you to see the potential in what you already have.  The ONLY thing we bought for this make-over is paint.  So, without further ado, here's what the kitchen looked like before:


Pretty shocking, right?  Well, here's what it looks like now:









Obviously, we still have a few things to do in this room--light switch plates, for instance.  "Add it to the list," is a phrase we've come to use at least hourly around here lately :)  And the other side of the room isn't even done yet, although that wall paper is gone from every wall and the walls behind the wood paneling have been repaired and textured, so the hard part really is done.  The rest just takes time, but somehow it's less bothersome when it's yours and you're putting your own stamp on it!

Please comment and tell me what you think! I need to know how many people really read my blog so I can weigh the benefits of posting a poll here on which cake I should have Melissa make for Kelby's birthday party coming up! I know there are a lot of lurkers out there whom I would love to get to know ;)

38 comments:

  1. I loooooooooove it! But you knew I would say that. I love everything you do! I can't wait for you to come help me make over MY house some day! LOVE how bright and cheery it is in there now. GREAT job.

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  2. i'm a friend of jaclyn zornes/ hirsch and i read/ creep. :) i also have a strong opinion when it comes to cake!

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  3. well this is astounding...so amazing. it always amazes me what a little paint can do. this is such an awesome transformation.

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  4. HA!!! LOVE your comment about lurkers!!! I get over 100 hits a day, from all over the world and 3 comments. . . erg.
    LOVE love love the kitchen re-do! I'm doing THE SAME thing with ours. We've been here a year, but I am knocking out a dividing wall, (david's knocking out the wall) and leaving one cabinet door-less.
    GREAT JOB!!!

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  5. It's amazing what a little (or a lot) of paint will do. It looks sooo much better. Love how you left some cupboards open and added the pop of color!

    (see what happens when you get on us lurkers...we actually comment!)

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  6. Looks fabulous. I see the moka pot on the stove. I'm enjoying homemade lattes, too, since reading your post earlier this year. I enjoy reading your blog.

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  7. Nikki,
    The kitchen looks GREAT! I love how you left a couple of the cupboards open, and I like the line design that your cupboards have...it adds definite interest!
    xoxo
    Jana

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  8. Your kitchen makeover is amazing! Gives me inspiration to do mine, although I don't know where I would ever find the time. I absolutely love the creamy color of the walls and cabinets. It is gorgeous!

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  9. Will you please make a trip to Alabama soon and redo my house for me. I love all the cute little touches you have done with so little money spent. I wish I was as crafty as you. So glad you got your house. Hope we get to come see it soon!

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  10. Looks so good. You are great at decorating and so crafty. You always make everything so cheery with fun colors. Can't wait to see the rest of the house and transformations.

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  12. Lurker here :)

    I'm seriously impressed with this - it is so clean and bright looking.

    I did the same with our kitchen. When we bought the house it was very dark and dated, sunflower yellow and ugly wood. Some paint and new knobs and it's a brand new space

    before and after shot #1

    before and after #2

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  13. Nikki, this is simply beautiful! I am so afraid to try anything decorating wise and wow, you have done such an amazing job with a can of paint. very cool.
    Jennifer Maynard

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  14. You are an artist Nikki! It's beautiful.

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  15. Wow! Thanks God for paint. It looks so cheery and bright and beautiful!

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  16. Love, love, love the kitchen transformation! It's so vintage and cottagey and perfect! Great job!
    Blessings,
    Dana

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  17. It looks soooo mush brighter and much easier on the eye. Turqouise looks great too! The only thing that kinda looks outta place is the vent hood, but HD sells some fantastic spray paints for that. I painted all off my 30 year old ceiling fans,floor vents, switch plates and they look great.

    Check out this blog-betterafter.blogspot.com

    Can't wait to see more! Amie, Tn.

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  18. fabulous!! It's amazing how great the countertop looks with the right walls & cabinets :)

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  19. it looks awesome! Very retro looking and I love how you pulled those countertops into everything.

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  20. Just beautiful! I have been thinking about doing something similar...but I lack the courage. You may have given my the final nudge. :-)

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  21. I love the color scheme of your kitchen redo...and the avocado appliances and counter top actually look nice with it. Of course....I love a creaming light butter yellow with light turquoise too myself. I use it a lot in my house. I have yet to post photos of my kitchen but will soon. It has the same color of walls as your's but with white cabinets and I use accessories for the turquoise. Love seeing your house.

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  22. I think you did a marvelous job and without having to spend major bucks on new counter tops or stove and hood vent- incorporating the current big $ item color on the back of cabinets and then adding splashes of other cheery color did the trick of transforming this into a darling kitchen!!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  23. Oh my goodness! I LOVE paint! And you picked the perfect color combo. Love the punch of color on the window treatment.

    Super cute!!

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  24. Lurker alert! The kitchen is adorable. When I looked at the before picture I anticipated that you had gotten new appliances. This just goes to show what can be done with paint and vision. Great job!

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  25. This is fantastic! GREAT job! I love the shade of paint you chose, and the open shelving is very cute.

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  26. Found your blog through Better After blog. I <3 your kitchen and after perusing a bit of your blog it will definitely be added to my favorites. Faith in the Lord, Decorating and Sewing.....can't get much more up my alley than that!

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  27. I Love it!! I'm here from Better After. I've tried for years to convince my grandmother to paint over her very dark & depressing wood paneling in her living room AND kitchen. She refuses to listen. Maybe your beautiful after pics will up me convince her otherwise.

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  28. Yay! What a great transformation! I love it!

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  29. love the bright cheery colors!! can you believe what paint can do?! especially love the bright plates. great job!!

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  30. I've just discovered your blog from Remodelholic and I love your kitchen. What a difference the paint makes. Your kitchen looks so much bigger too. I like where you took the doors off your cabinets and you've dressed the insides really pretty! The detail in your cabinet doors is really nice and it shows up so much more now.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  31. Okay, I'm a newbie to your blog (hello, bookmark) and love what you have done. It can be discouraging to see these great make overs that clearly cost a lot of money. I love that you left the same countertops and appliances and incorporated the color to make tie it all together. Beautiful!

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  32. I came here from Before and After. I just repainted my kitchen but I had to get a new counter. Mine was gross!! The sink was dark pink and worse. So I got new faucets, sink and counters, new floors (99 cent per square foot laminate wood) and painted. The walls are dark yellow and the cabinets are white. I paid my sister and her boyfriend for all the work. I'm in love with my "new" kitchen. I kept all the same accesories and curtains because I chose the paint to match them.

    I love your kitchen redo. It's so retro and cool looking. Never knew the avocado could look so good (we had avocado cupboards and appliances when I was growing up lol).

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  33. WOWOWOWOW!!! It's amazing!!! It looks fabulous and not even like you were just trying to "make do"!!!

    Love it! Good job!

    (I didn't paint mine because we plan on selling in a couple of years and people tend to prefer vanilla builder than funky paint colors so I don't want to do anything "permanent" until we are in a more permanent house!)

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  34. Your kitchen is just precious! You have inspired me! I found your blog when looking for the Simplicity 2017 dress pattern.

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  35. Just lovely, so much lighter and brighter. Yep, I am one of those lurkers. I used to post comments all the time on the blogs I read, but so much of the time, there are never any replies to the people who take the time to post, not even to answer questions. I realize nobody can take the time to respond to every post, when they are a lot, but even a note like "thanks to everybody for responding" is nice. Not directing that at you, this is my first visit, just sayin'. I came over from Better After, love your blog, now following.

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