Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Sneak Peek

After two weeks, I've finally been able to complete the painting of walls and trim in my kitchen!  I'm very excited with the transformation, but I'm not quite ready to have a full reveal just yet.  I've now got to get things set up all over again, and I want to rearrange a few displays.  You know how it is. You can't just paint the walls and put everything back in the same place.  A little rearranging makes the room feel really fresh and new.

I'll show you just a couple of little sneak peeks for now, and see what you think.  First, of course, we have to show the "before" ....


Naturally, I didn't take any before shots since my daughter rushed me into this painting stint.  I had to scrounge around through my old photos and came up with just a few.  You can at least see the deep, dark yellow paint that graced our walls for the past ten years.  Oh look!  Last winter's snow still deep on the patio :)


I've wanted to paint the kitchen for years, and I had finally decided on a sort of Wedgewood blue.  Here's the final result ...


This is one area where I can't decide what to do (above).  I like this little bench that I sanded down a bit last summer, and I could put a few plants on top of it.  Or, I could put the jardeniere back in front of the sliding patio door.  You can see the wicker jardeniere in the first photo.  There's just not a lot of space in our eating area for both, although I have enough indoor plants now to fill both!


Above is a tiny peek at the cupboards I want to paint.  The trim around the windows is bright white, and I thought I'd paint the cupboards a cool beige (taupe) to match the backsplash.  I looked at some photos on line, and I think that'll work nicely giving the kitchen a very calming overall look.


Above is some fabric I have for curtains.  What do you think?  I actually bought this stuff to make curtains for the yellow kitchen, but it has been a long-standing joke in my family that we will never have curtains over our windows.  This is a nice heavy cotton decorating fabric.  I'm going to make tab curtains to be hung from black metal rods over the three large windows.  

It gets quite chilly in our kitchen with the bare windows in winter, and there's no privacy when we have supper in the dark in the wintertime.  Plus, it could block out my neighbour's deck which looks directly into our kitchen ... our neighbour who one day came out dancing to music with not a stitch on!!!!  Yeah.  We need curtains!  I think we're just going to go with vertical blinds across the patio door since they fold back easily and we can angle them to shift the bright sunlight that pours into the kitchen for half the day.  Although my daughter said they're out of fashion now (are they?!).

Well, there you have it.  Once I get the things set back in satisfactorily, I'll show you proper photos of the room.  I can't decide on what to do with the kitchen chairs either.  I quite like them because they have a nice roomy seat :) At first I thought we needed to paint over the dark green.  Now that I see lots of green in the curtains, however, I might just leave them.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Wendy


28 comments:

  1. Wendy, your new paint color is gorgeous. Your room looks so modern and updated now. It's definitely worth the effort. I can't say I am crazy about your fabric for the curtains. Don't hold it against me, okay. But I think the fabric brings too much of the old room to your newly painted room and it takes a bit away from your hard work. And they don't scream Merry Christmas either, which is why I suggest a neutral fabric. Even a neutral stripe would look awesome with the new paint color and coordinate with holiday decor year round. By the way, evergreens will really pop against the wedgewood blue. And as for the door, I would do a dual curtain rod with a sheer panel to filter light and a panel that coordinates with the fabric on your windows. That said, you have to do what you like and it doesn't really matter what I think! I just happen to be thinking about these non stop for months and months now. I can't wait to see your newly painted cabinets. Good luck.

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  2. Hi Wendy, I have to say I like both colours however the wedgwood blue is the colour of the outside of our house and matches the fabric nicely. I have fabric, and similar jokes outstanding as the projects around our house don't always get completed, take care

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  3. I like your painted cupboards idea. I actually suggested the same thing to Hubby recently but he is set against the idea.....I don't know why. We also don't have curtains on our kitchen windows. But we don't have the same naked neighbour problem as you!!

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  4. I agree with you Wendy I see lots of green and yellow too in your curtains ... I'd change them to fit your kitchen 's color that is gorgeous ! maybe something more neutral... well I understand your wondering ! But it's also exciting isn't it ? Good luck ! Have a nice day !

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  5. Oh dear goodness!!! I can not wait to see more Wendy!!! The before and afters are amazing! And that blue you chose is stunning!! Keep the photos coming lady!!! Nicole xo

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  6. I love the wedgewood blue, it is a pretty color.. Your befores are lovely and I can not wait to see the afters.. Have a great evening and week ahead!

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  7. The colour is very pretty and I love the fabric you chose for the curtains. I think it will be bright and fun.

    xox

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  8. I love the wedge wood blue, very pretty. Beautiful houseplants, too. I went without curtains for a long time, and finally paid a friend to make some for me!

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  9. The walls and trim are wonderful. I think the cabinets should be the same color as the trim and the blue in the curtains is off just a bit. It will be fresh and fun when it's all completed.

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  10. Looks great. Yes I would block out the neighbour too!!! I like the curtain material but I also like the vertical blinds - in or out of fashion I would still probably go with them. Have fun planning your finishing off!!

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  11. I think the curtain material you have chosen is lovely..waiting to the final reveal :)

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  12. I love the wedgewood blue colour! I laughed when I read your family has been perpetually curtainless. Ours has as well. That's very strange about your naked neighbour. :-)

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  13. Your new paint color is beautiful. I think it seems soft and soothing, which is nice in a room where the family spends a lot of time together. The curtains will be lovely too. Too funny about the neighbor - time to block out the weirdo! Haha.

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  14. I love the blue, when we did our kitchen reno a few years ago I also choose blue and have never regretted it. I would have preferred the fabric for curtains when the kitchen was still yellow but hey, they may work.
    We don't have sliding doors in our kitchen but our daughter does and when they replaced the patio doors for their own reno, she had the doors with the venetian blinds between the glass installed - I love them!
    A total room change certainly can give you a lift can't it? I look forward to seeing the 'after' of the cupboards.

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  15. Nice to change things up. I'm a sloppy painter and lose interest real fast so then I'm just slopping it on there best I can. I painted every room here in between dropping kids at school and picking them up and taking them to baseball and back and forth. That was about 8 years ago. Loved the mustard color but I like blue, too. I don't follow trends, so as far as I'm concerned, if it works for you, then anything goes. Have a fabulous Friday. Tammy

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  16. Hello, Dearest Wendy♪  Wow, what a fantastic change with soft blue and I admire your efforts so much☆☆☆ I liked to read your friend said wedgewood blue. You know what, we have a TV program called "before and after", the program asks specialist big remodeling for the viewer who ordered and follow how it goes. Kind of reminds me of the program:-)
    So sorry that I haven't visited your lovely blog and I really appreciate your sweet comment, Dear friend.

    As you know, I'm away from PC for more than a week, see you in two weeks.
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*



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  17. that colour looks just great Wendy ! and I always think plants make a room look cosy and homely ....
    Gail x

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  18. My kitchen is butter yellow at the moment. I don't mind it, but I don't love it. The new blue you chose is nice. (I have toyed with the idea of repainting mine blue as well. There is no time for kitchen renovations now- maybe someday soon.) I think the green chairs will work with the blue, and as you say, there is green in the fabric, but I reserve my opinion for after the big reveal. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  19. That blue is lovely! Very restful to the eye, which matters a lot to me. I used to paint everything a sort of clay/white, but when I finally got bold enough to experiment, I found colors to be must more pleasant, and interesting as the light changed throughout the day and the season. Of course, my favorite wall is a window, so now I have very little painting to do...my tiny house is mostly windows and wood trim :)

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  20. It is such a lovely colour Wendy!! It looks very fresh and warm at the same time somehow - a contradiction I realise, but it does!! I hope that you can decide what you want to do to display your plants! xx

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  21. I love the blue. I love the naked neighbor, too. The things that go on up there on the other side of the lake, hoo! Sounds like you're getting a free show; are you sure you want to cover the windows? ;) Vertical blinds can look a little bit "office", but if they work for you, go for it.

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  22. I love the wedgewood blue and that fabric goes so well with this. The vertical blinds would give you that privacy from next door's antics so them being fashionable wouldn't really matter :-) Take care xx

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  23. I love love the new color choice-and the fabric is just perfect for curtains to go with the new walls-

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  24. Calming is the word I would use as well as beautiful. Giggling over dancing naked neighbors! Makes ya lose your appetite!

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  26. I like the yellow but love the blue. What a difference. I can imagine all kinds of things that go with that wedgewood blue. Now I want to change my own colour scheme. I wish I could just do a whole house makeover. I love what you are doing.
    Janice

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