Friday, January 24, 2014

Before and After

Okay, I am finally getting this post up! My internet must be really slow this afternoon because it took forever to upload the pictures. So without further ado, here are the before pictures of our kitchen....or should I say the "after" we started pictures! I had forgotten to take "before" pictures so my daughter took a few after we already were taking cupboard doors off and making a general mess! We also had already painted the ceiling and the wall above the cupboards. Our original color was kind of a gold and we had oak trim. Now the trim is white. I wish we would have gotten "neat" before pictures....we really don't live like this! (at least not all of the time :)
 

My 12 yr. old son Gideon is in this picture...or at least half of him!
 

 
 
 Looks so much better, or at least neater, doesn't it? I love it! The red looks a little darker in these pictures than it actually is. We used our original handles and hinges and spray painted them a flat black. I really like how they turned out. It adds a lot! We used beadboard wallpaper that we painted between the cupboards and on the island. Our countertop is a dark green kind of granite look and we are thinking of re-doing the tops with a kit and making them a black granite look but I'm not sure about it now. There really isn't anything wrong with our countertops and I hate to take a chance on how a faux look will turn out. Also, above the cupboards somebody just put the stuff up there so someday I will probably try to rearrange and add to the d├ęcor up there but for now it's good enough!
 
 I really love the look of the laminate floor. I think we got a mahogany color. My mom paid for it and my son and daughter-in-law laid it down for us. So pretty!
 
I'm not sure if we'll leave the floral glass in these cupboard doors. I was thinking of maybe putting some kind of chicken wire or something different in them. Our house was made in 1997 so this kind of glass is probably outdated but I really don't mind how it looks right now either. Changing it will cost money so it'll probably be on the back burner! Notice I still don't have the light switch covers on this side! Also my daughter stained the edges of the counters with a darker stain. The side by the fridge is done and then the part under the glass cupboards is finished but she still needs to get the sink side done. She did the window ledges too. Looks so much better!
 
Also need to get a couple of knobs for the 2 drawers under the sink.
 

 
 
And here is my window that I take my jar pictures at! It's been a cold blustery week this week!
 
So, what do you think? Do you like the red cupboards? I originally was going to go with all red cabinets but I really like the white on top. I think all red would have been too much in our kitchen. I really like the green....it's called "Spanish Olive". The red is "Bubble Gum" red. I'm just glad it's mostly done! I still have some other rooms that need some work done on them. The boys bedroom definitely needs done soon! I just need to get in the right frame of mind to do it! I love how things look when they are done and all fresh but I really don't like doing it! There's enough to do around here with just basic everyday stuff and never enough time to get it all done!
 
Thanks so much for taking a look! ~~Pam

 
 
 
 




 


12 comments:

  1. Hi! It looks great...so clean and fresh. And I think staining the edges of the countertops will give it a more finished feel as well. Can't wait to see it IRL.

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    1. Yes, I wish it looked fresh and clean right now! Apparently we forgot to add the "self-cleaning" feature when we re-did everything!!! :) So when are you coming down to see it? :) ~~Pam

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  2. I love it! It looks like a before and after in a magazine. I've thought about painting my cabinets red too but don't feel like doing the work LOL. Yours looks great!

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    1. Thank you! It IS a lot of work! I wished several times while we were doing it that we would have just let it be! But, I do like it now that it's done! ~~Pam

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  3. I love it!! I like the red bottom and white top. I need to paint my kitchen but I can't seem to get motivated. I think its great that you used the same cabinets, they look so different.

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    1. Thank you! I wasn't really motivated...one of my sisters got me going and I couldn't very well stop after that! :) ~~Pam

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  4. Pam the kitchen looks great! I love the red cabinets with the white tops. I really like the floral windows I think I would keep them. You guys should be proud of yourselves!
    Rhonda

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    1. Thanks Rhonda! My daughter helped a lot....I couldn't have done it without her! ~~Pam

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  5. I like the floral glass too. I would keep it. You did an amazing job! I know how much work that is. You should be very proud. Your kitchen has been completely transformed! And I love the floor. It looks awesome! I'll bet you're happy it's all done. Now you can enjoy it.

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    1. It's hard to believe it's the same kitchen, isn't it? :) Thanks for your nice comment! ~~Pam

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  6. It looks great! The floor also! I painted my cabinets a dark green on the bottom with the white on top! Never regretted the hard work, except of course when I was doing it!

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  7. Your new kitchen is absolutely beautiful!!

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