I have been so anxious to get started on John & Alice’s kitchen and family room, but there were a couple of things in particular that I was absolutely chomping at the bit to do.
First off, see this mantle?
I couldn’t stand to look at the thing for one more day. It’s gone…
I had been planning on replacing that mantle with a much simpler, wider mantle…more rustic, stained wood. But really, now that the mantle is off, I’m wondering if I even want to put another mantle up. I really like the look without a mantle! We’ll see.
Next up…the wallpaper. Oh my…that wallpaper!
I couldn’t get that stuff off the walls fast enough!! And what an amazing difference it made. As soon as it was gone, it was as if the room took a huge breath…like it was free!!
There are still some tricky places, like over the cabinets, that I couldn’t reach with my ladder. I’m gonna have to pull out the really tall (and kinda scary) ladder for those areas.
As I was working on these things, I kept peeking over at the paint sample I had painted on the wall (see it in the picture above, to the far left?), and I started having second thoughts. Was it too blue? Was the color too saturated? Did I want a softer color? Perhaps with a touch more gray?
Oh…why do I do this to myself?!
So off to Home Depot I went, in pursuit of a sample with 1/2 the color. Did you know they can mix the sample pots with 1/2 the color?! I didn’t! I knew they could mix the gallons and quarts with 1/2 the color, but figured with the sample pots, you were stuck with full color. Not so!
Anyway, I brought it back and painted a section on the wall, and then put the drapery fabric swatch up against it…
Ummmm…no. That light blue looks like it belongs in a baby boy’s nursery. So I’m going with the original color. I actually really like it now.
But all of those are little things, right? You want to see big changes, don’t you! Well, I’m not quite there yet, but I’m sooooo close. The kitchen cabinets that started out looking like this…
…now look more like this…
…only now, ALL of the doors have been removed, and they’ve all been sanded, cleaned, and deglossed.
Yep, all 30 doors…THIRTY…DOORS…are ready to be primed. I’m so anxious to start painting!! But perhaps I’ll have to wait until I get the feeling back in my hands. 🙂