Monday, November 24, 2014

A Thing Of Beauty

It was a busy weekend of painting... and more painting... and more painting... and progress is being made. This is good. I like it. My son doesn't. I had asked him a while back to tell me one thing that he appreciated about me and he said color. He's finding the switch from green to grey a switch from color to colorless and says it'll look like we're living in a jail cell. I told him to hang in there and wait for the finished project. There's more than one way to go about being colorful.

Some friends stayed over Saturday night. They're in the process of moving back to Kamloops and will be house hunting for the next week. While they are looking forward to retiring here, they are not looking forward to the time and energy it takes to make a new home your own. It does take time but after the initial rush it is - thankfully - a evolutionary process. We've lived here two and a half years now and have done a fair amount of work to make it ours. I'm glad it's the kitchen's turn.





When we first bought this place, the kitchen had fixed and open shelving in the corner above the sink. I couldn't even reach to get something off the second shelf never mind to dust it so we...





... replaced it with two new cabinets with glass doors. We have our dishes in those cabinets with nothing on the top shelf and it works quite well especially as the dishwasher is just to the left.





There wasn't a lot of counter space in the original layout. I wanted a bigger working area and more drawers. After pricing out different options from an island, I purchased this one from Ikea. It works great.





Right from the start there were two things I hated about the kitchen - two not me things - the brown tile and the white sink... which I thought was porcelain... and was really cast iron... as in three men and we could have used a fourth were needed to get it out of the kitchen and into the car cast iron heavy. My new sink is a thing of beauty. The hole from the previous sink was big and irregular. It didn't fit the first option we bought so I went back to the store to find the biggest one. Luckily, it was also the one I really liked and - unfortunately - a lot more expensive which is why we hadn't bought it first. The tubs are 9" deep and there's a spot for the soap dispenser which I've never had before. I think it will be great.





Here the kitchen is with the first coat of primer. YES YES - the brown is gone. I'll put another coat of primer on this morning and then start with the paint colors. It's going to be a process - weeks - because the paint needs to cure at each stage. LOL - I can be patient. I think the primer is a 100% better already especially as....

... we also got rid of the other thing that drove me crazy - the microwave shelf. I prefer an over the stove microwave rather than a sitting on a shelf and jutting out in your face one. Yesterday afternoon, after this picture was taken, Howard cut the shelf off flush with the cabinetry. Once it's painted, I'll add another shelf inside and decide what to store there. Not cook books. Probably glass jars of some kind.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - no brown

Remember color is not just color, but mood, temperature, and structure. 
- van day truex

10 comments:

  1. Paint can do such wonderful things for a home. I'm looking forward to seeing the transformation!
    Helen

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    1. Me too although I'm going to have trouble being patient with the drying time. It is making me think through the organization of what to do when better though.

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  2. Looking pretty awesome! Absolutely amazing what a coat of paint can do.

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    1. Isn't it? I just love what paint can do.

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  3. That is a beautiful grey! It is totally "a color" no matter what your son thinks at this stage.

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    1. I like the shade. I wasn't sure because I've never done grey before but it has really opened up and brightened the space. It's good to have a change.

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  4. Your new corner cabinets look beautiful. I just don't understand the popularity of open shelves in the kitchen but then, housework is low on my popularity list. The new backsplash color should really brighten things up. It will be a wonderful place for kitchen creativity of the food kind.

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    1. For me, what I don't like about open shelving is having all your stuff out on display. Usually it ends up a clutter spot for most people rather than the decorative feature it was meant to be. I prefer doors. I LOVE the added color. Not sure if it'll inspire any culinary delights though.

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  5. Kitchens are a passion of mine, and I understand your desire to make yours into a space that is pleasing to you. It looks like you're off to a great start with the painted tiles, and I can't wait for the step-by-step instructional post.

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    1. Thanks. What kind of step-by-step instructions would you like? So far, it's been a coat of primer, what the longest recommended drying time, a coat of the gloss paint, wait the recommended longest drying time - repeat - and so on. Today I'll put a second coat on the tile and a first coat of white on the island. Once the second coat of white is on the island I can add the metallic to the top and see what I think of that. It may change my ideas for the tile that is - right now - screaming for white grout. We'll see what happens.

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