Sunday, August 16, 2009

So someone pointed out to me that I hadn't put up a "before" pic so you could really see what a drastic improvement we had made in the kitchen. So, here is the "before" pic. This was made a couple of years ago. The original wallpaper is there, along with a sample piece I had taped on the wall. I was "auditioning" it. After a while, Lars decided that it was good enough and he bought 3 rolls of it. I threw them out when we moved. He had painted the cabinets green a few years earlier when I was away at a quilt show. That particular weekend, he killed the stovetop and replaced it, and then decided to paint the cabinets also. In this picture with me, are my friends Dot and Cathie V. from VA.

So, in the "after" pic, you can see that we kept the stovetop since it was still in good shape (and the oven and dishwasher), we replaced the counter top and put up the tile backsplash, replaced the rangehood, and removed the wallpaper and painted the soffitt and cabinets, and replaced all the hardware. So, as my friend Tom says, break out the crayons and color me done. Done with the kitchen anyway.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Every girl needs a pink room!

So, since we're trying to sell the house, the realtor suggested I "neutralize" a couple of rooms. One of these rooms was Naomi's bedroom. Naomi's room was painted pink and brown. 3 walls pink, one wall brown. Her bed is also painted bright pink. As you've probably guessed by now, Naomi loves pink. We also chose the brown because Naomi loves horses, and horses are usually brown. I love the simplistic way kids think.
So, anyway, the room had to be painted, so I've posted a couple of before and after photos here. It took 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint to cover it all. Naomi hates it, of course.

This old house....

My new (old) kitchen!

Wonder why I've been quiet lately? Been busy "making over" my house!

I thought I'd post some pictures of our kitchen renovation. It was the most work, and the most rewarding project we've done!

The first pic is the kitchen cabinets, freshly painted white, and the counter top has been removed. The backsplash is still there and the countertop was the same material.

The next picture shows the new countertop, and the beautiful new sink. The last one shows the new tile backsplash going in.
All in all, it was a lot of work, but made such a HUGE difference. We're very pleased with the results, and actually looking forward to doing some more projects with tile in the future!