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Remodeled kitchen

Yesterday I showed you what our kitchen used to look like:

Ta da!

Yes, we painted the wood cabinets!  But in our defense, we have a LOT of wood in our house.  Wood floors, wood post and beams, wood doors and window sills, several wooden walls.  Neil's point before we started this project was "too much wood and a house looks more like a hunting camp.  And our wooden cabinets were (and still are, since all we did was paint) nice V match boards attached together as doors. (what I'm saying is it's not like we painted fancy wooden cabinetry)

Neil absolutely loves the new look.  I'm quite attached too.  Part of me really wants more realistic sunflowers, but I went with the stylized ones on purpose knowing that if I tried to do that many realistic sunflowers some of them would undoubtedly end up looking funny and irking me for years.

I really appreciate how easily this project came together.  Neil wanted to paint the cabinets, I've always wanted a sunflower kitchen (you can't see it, but the shelf over the sink is a sunflower shelf.  I've had it for years).  Neil thought sunflowers would be a great idea, and paint, sandpaper, brushes, dropcloths, we had most of the supplies on hand already!

We went with off-white for the cabinets because of the white counters.  We hope to replace them someday, and we'll probably be keeping the sunflowers for years, so the off-white background shouldn't affect future color decisions too much.  That said, we both thought it was going to be more of a warm, yellow-y off white then it actually is.  Picking the light colors can be so tricky!  The sides and overhanging parts of the cabinets are painted with more red - the same red in our downstairs bathroom and one wall of the upstairs bathroom.  We bought a lot more of that red then we realized...

Next I have sunflower fabric stored away which I plan to use for curtains and stool covers (for the stools at the breakfast island)  I have several other sewing projects lined up, I feel a sewing weekend coming up pretty soon!

Here, have some more sunflowers:

Aren't they cheerful?  Clearly I'm fighting back the grey, coldness of march (it's been below zero two nights in a row now)  People who know me know that this urge to paint things on walls (not just flat colors) comes over me sometimes.  It's nice to live in my own place so I can indulge!  Another thing Neil said (as I was dancing around the kitchen, paint all over my pants, making happy noises) it's important to make our house our home.



( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 5th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
I like the stylized look! Very bright and cheery--with the theme of growing things really fitting in well with your lifestyle. Very appropriate.

I agree that painting over nice wood is something you don't want to take lightly--a hard decision to make. The thought that you have lots of wood elsewhere does take off the sting a little. (Thankfully, my wood cabinets were painted over by the previous owners, so I didn't have to go through the stress of having to make that call myself!)

Thanks for sharing.
Mar. 6th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
Painted wood cabinets can always be sanded back to wood. That's another thing I tell myself, home remodeling isn't as permenent as it looks.
Mar. 6th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
I love how light it is! It makes me want to do it to my kitchen. Our cabinets are technically wood, but it's so generic and doesn't really suit the space. I wouldn't feel at all bad about painting them, except the finish matches the window casings and a door, too. But there's nothing that says I can't paint those as well, right? I probably have enough projects on my hands right now though, trying to spruce up our living room, bedroom, and Bella's room.

I know exactly what you mean about painting more than flat colors--I got that urge as a teenager and painted my bedroom with a black landscape from the floor to about three feet up, then a gradually deepening blue with a dark blue ceiling. I even put up glow in the dark stars in the correct constellations! Neil's right, it really makes a given space your own. Don't fight the urge!
Mar. 6th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
The kitchen only took one day! I know sometimes I put off projects because they're so big, and then won't start other projects because the big one needs doing - and then nothing gets done. Neil's much better at getting past the stalled point then I am.
Mar. 6th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
It's ok to paint wood if you love it and it makes your house a home!
Mar. 6th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
I do love it! I just felt a twinge painting over the wood myself - so I'm really just defending myself from myself... (does that make sense?)
Mar. 9th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
I love it! Sunflowers are my absolute favorite. Your kitchen looks so amazing and cheerful!! I just booked a quick trip home in April, maybe I'll have to come and check it out! I'll be around April 15 - 17 - feel like knitting??

Lara (http://malarakycrafts.blogspot.com/)
Mar. 10th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
Re: WOW!
Feel like knitting? What a silly question - I'll send you an e-mail!
Mar. 10th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
Hi Becky, I think your sunflower cabinets are really jolly!! They definitely put a smile on my face, and they make your kitchen a very happy place! :) Karen
Mar. 10th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
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