Last Updated on February 26, 2013 by Kristi Linauer
Well, it’s finally finished. Finally. The kitchen…finished. The family room…finished!! I was beginning to think this day would never come.
I’m going to do this reveal in two different posts, and not because I just like to draw things out, but because we had a bit of technical difficulty with the camera. We were able to get some pictures of the kitchen, and then the camera decided to stop cooperating, so we’re headed back this morning to get the pictures of the family room, and I’ll show you those tomorrow.
Of course, I first have to remind you where this room started. It was a sea of orange stained oak.
And of course, the green and white checked wallpaper and matching wallpaper border (with the matching valance) only made the room that much busier.
The dark cabinets and busy walls made the kitchen feel much smaller than it actually is. In fact, the kitchen is quite large.
The good thing was that the cabinets were in great shape, so they just needed a coat (or two or three) of primer and paint. The countertops were replaced with granite, and the square off-white and hunter green backsplash tiles were replaced with a clean and simple matte white subway tile. The appliances were upgraded, and the flooring was replaced as well.
And here’s what the kitchen looks like today…
The upper cabinets are painted in a color called Alabaster from Sherwin Williams. The lower cabinets are painted in a color called Elephant Skin, which is a Behr color that I had color matched at Sherwin Williams. The cabinets are painted in a satin finish oil-based paint.
All of the new cabinet hardware is from Home Depot, as is the new woven shade and the over-the-sink light.
Remember the hole left by the old trash compactor? You can see here what I ended up doing with that space.
I love the bit of texture and warmth that those baskets add to the kitchen.
The wall color above the cabinets (which you’ll see much more of tomorrow in the family room pictures) is called Rainwater, which is a Martha Stewart color from Home Depot.
The door to the laundry room (next to the fridge) got a coat of black paint, as did the door to the garage in the family room, which you’ll see tomorrow. I love black interior doors!
So, that’s the kitchen! Quite a difference, right? Here’s another before and after view…
And here’s one “quick view” before and after of the kitchen. Just move your pointer on and off of the picture below to see the before and after views of the kitchen.
Update: I finally got pictures of the family room posted! Click here to see the before and after of the family room.
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