Here's a little photo journal of our remodel:
Here are the "before" photos. You can see, it's not an ugly kitchen. I had dark brown laminate counters to simulate "real" wood counters. That's what I initially wanted in my country kitchen, but my husband vetoed the idea of wood counters. The cream counter on the island was worn all the way through in spots. It definitely needed replacing.
|Here's an older picture of our eating area with the dark brown paint, our oak|
kitchen table (always covered with a cloth) and oak chairs. Also our hutch
is still plain wood.
|A recent photo of the kitchen...before the new counters, tile and paint.|
|The dark brown walls make the cabinets "pop", but I don't like|
dark brown walls. Also, we had no real back splash, just drywall.
Here, we've painted the hutch white. In the top picture it is still brown.
We get our new quartz counters installed. The design is called "Rococo". I love them. I was looking for a traditional marble look, but didn't want actual marble.
Now it's time to put in a back splash. I've never tiled before in my life, but I borrow a friend's wet saw and have fun tiling my back splash. I even do a fun herringbone design behind my stove top. This was also a hard decision for me. I was so worried that my white subway tiles would clash with my cream cabinets. I didn't want the white backsplash to make the cream look too yellow. I really fretted about it for a long time, but in the end, I'm happy with the result. The cream and white look just fine together.
The next thing we do is add a fresh coat of paint to the white cabinets and we also put in some dark hardware. The new knobs and pulls look sharp! Before, we only had wooden knobs that were painted the same color as the cabinets.
Next, we paint the walls. It feels great to cover the dark brown. This was my HARDEST decision. Every color I picked looked baby blue on my wall. I painted the whole kitchen a color that I thought was grey-green (BM Silver Marlin) and it looked baby blue. With the help of a color specialist at Sherwin Williams, I decided on SW Contented. Looked grey-green on the chip, of course, but ended up looking "minty" on my walls. Nothing like the chip, but I really love it!!
|We painted the whole kitchen twice. This is the first color, BM Silver Marlin,|
but it was too blue.
Now that my walls were pretty, my oak table stood out like a sore thumb. I have never liked oak. We ALWAYS had it covered with a table cloth. So, it was finally time to cover the oak. And I'm SO glad that we did. We used the new water based Alkyd paint from Behr. So far it has been pretty durable. I haven't covered it with any sort of polyurethane yet, but I may do that later.
|The oak blends into the floor...bleh!!|
|My cute daughter lets my littlest guy help her paint.|
|Love the my white kitchen table!!! We hardly ever put a|
cloth on it now!! AMAZING what some paint can do to a room!!
Next order of business: Paint the island. I decide to use an oil paint by Sherwin Williams and love the result. The color is Roycroft Pewter. The oil paint has been very durable. I really like it!
|Before we paint the island|
|Priming with an oil primer|
|Adding the second coat. The first coat took 12 hours to dry.|
|Love the result|
|Yay for paint!!!|