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I Now Love What I Once Hated

Last night as Matt and I were eating at the table, I just kept staring at my kitchen.  I love my little kitchen.  I just makes my heart happy.  It makes me smile.

kitchen--current

Oh sure…it’s the size of a postage stamp.  It’s not completely finished.  There’s absolutely nothing high-end about anything in my kitchen.  But I love it.  I feel like it’s me, and the colors are so fresh and lovely (to me, at least), like a breath of fresh air.

Then I just had to laugh.  There’s actually a bit of irony in the fact that I wound up with a kitchen with teal cabinets, and that I voluntarily chose this color on my own, and then added yellow walls and orange accents.

You see, I’ve had this before…ten years ago.  Only the first time, I absolutely hated it.  I was living in Turkey at the time, and I’ll never forget the first time I saw this apartment.  I really liked most everything about it…EXCEPT the kitchen cabinets. 

kitchen--turkey 1

I remember talking to my mom about it, and saying, “Who in their right mind would use teal cabinets?!  What in the world were they thinking??  It must be a Turkish thing, because you’d never see this in America!” 

Ha!  Little did I know…

kitchen--turkey 2

So I decided to “deal with” these teal cabinets by adding other bright, fun colors.  And you see what I wound up with…teal, yellow, and orange.  The only thing missing from this kitchen is the apple green that I have in my kitchen today.

Isn’t that just a little bit odd?  This was ten years ago, and I hated it.  After that, I moved back to the U.S., and lived in an apartment with all white “normal” cabinets.  Then we bought a house that had maple cabinets and dark green walls.  Then I had a kitchen with dark mahogany stained cabinets and creamy white walls.  And now, ten years later, and by choice, I have teal cabinets, yellow walls, and green and orange accents. 

Taste in décor is a funny and fickle thing, isn’t it?

Psstt…wanna see more of my Turkish apartment?  Click here for the full tour.




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    mlinauer
    April 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    When she painted our kitchen cabinets, I made sure she remembered how she hated those cabinets in Turkey just to be sure that is the color she actually wanted for out kitchen. It is rather funny to see her changing her mind. My favorite part of this room is the mural. It is so comforting to me.

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    Winter'sLastCrow
    April 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Hey Your kitchen is awesome Love those colors. honestly i love teal but i dont know if id want it in my kitchen but who knows.. i mean i need to update my kitchen something badly and my husband is going crazy cause im trying to take on like 17 projects he finally told me last night Josie i dont care what you do to the house and i will help you as long as you decide on something. But i just cant make up my mind with what color scheme i want to go with .. but i really love this.. great work!

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    Aaron
    April 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    It reminds me of my in-laws place in Turkey. They are British and run a small bed & breakfast near the Mediteranean Sea and everything is bright and jewel colored. We will be visiting again this Oct. for my Sister-in-law's wedding and I'm looking forward to all those crazy colors again!

    -Aaron {the girl with the boy's name}

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    Neena @ Practical Decorating Ideas
    April 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    What goes around comes around – isn't that the truth? The kitchen looks lovely!

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    Scientific Housewife
    April 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I love your kitchen too!

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    Kayla
    April 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    That is funny. It looks so good! Love it!

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    Anne
    April 8, 2011 at 4:30 am

    HAhahaha that's awesome! And I think the style of your cabinets works a lot better with that pop of color than the flat faced ones. 🙂

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    mab
    April 8, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Ok, now this is getting nutty…. I lived in Waco and then I lived in Turkey….. but my Turkish kitchen didn't look near that nice! And, although the colors are similar, the execution is faaaaar nicer!

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    mab
    April 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Ok, now this is getting nutty…. I lived in Waco and then I lived in Turkey….. but my Turkish kitchen didn't look near that nice! And, although the colors are similar, the execution is faaaaar nicer!

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    Kayla
    April 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    That is funny. It looks so good! Love it!

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    Winter'sLastCrow
    April 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Hey Your kitchen is awesome Love those colors. honestly i love teal but i dont know if id want it in my kitchen but who knows.. i mean i need to update my kitchen something badly and my husband is going crazy cause im trying to take on like 17 projects he finally told me last night Josie i dont care what you do to the house and i will help you as long as you decide on something. But i just cant make up my mind with what color scheme i want to go with .. but i really love this.. great work!

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    mlinauer
    April 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    When she painted our kitchen cabinets, I made sure she remembered how she hated those cabinets in Turkey just to be sure that is the color she actually wanted for out kitchen. It is rather funny to see her changing her mind. My favorite part of this room is the mural. It is so comforting to me.

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    August 19, 2011 at 8:37 am

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    October 21, 2011 at 11:02 am

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    Megan
    December 30, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Can you tell me the name of this color? I can’t seem to find anything like it at our paint stores!! Thank you!

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