Thursday, March 26, 2009

Feathering my Nest: The Kitchen Redo

Well, after weeks....make that MONTHS of work, the kitchen is DONE!! Yipee!!! Our house has actually been for sale since last July. When we listed it, it had 10 year old sage green and white gingham wallpaper. I put it up when we bought the house the first time TEN years ago....yeah, I said the first time.....that's a whole 'nuther story. Anyway the wallpaper was very worn looking. I decided (for some insane reason I am still not sure about) the wallpaper had to GO. It took forever to strip it and get all the gooey stuff off the walls. Then I textured them. That was kinda fun. I just used regular old drywall mud and a plastic putty knife and went to town.

After the drywall mud dried, I did a layer of primer. But what color to paint?? We had planned to put in updated counter tops to improve the look before we listed it. Boy, is that expensive!! We decided to do ceramic tile....I thought....Soooooo I plug away at it thinking we are putting in white tile. First I tried yellow paint like in the living room. That didn't look very good. Ooohhh, red would be wonderful.....I could not get it to be a solid enough red...had too much show thru. Ok- My dream kitchen color......Pink!!


So it was pink thru the holidays and I LOVED it! But it looked horrid with the natural colored laminate. But we are going to tile them right??? Hmmmm....I guess not. DAMN!! I guess I had just better paint it sage green to match the family room, Sigh.......


Here it is all done. I do love how the red pops against the green. I am happy with it now. I hope it looks appealing to folks house shopping. If you take all my frufru stuff out it is a basic nice kitchen you could make almost any style.



This shot is looking in from the living/dining room. Just to the right is the opening into the family room and my studio etc... back to the left is the living room and foyer. I am standing in the dining area. I put up the shelf over the entry to the kitchen and I try to put big stuff up there since the ceiling is so high. Stop in again tomorrow....I am going to post close-up pictures of the collections in my kitchen. Thank you so much for coming to visit!
Blessings- LillySue


35 comments:

Dawn said...

Hey Lilly Sue! The kitchen looks great! What a charming home you have!

~Dawn

Dawn said...

Hey Lilly Sue! The kitchen looks great! What a charming home you have!

~Dawn

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Is it going to be sad to sell after getting it just the way you like it? Its very pretty!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Yes...I agree with the others..."charming" is the best way to describe it! It's just so cute!!! Great job!

Bobbi Jo said...

LillySue,
Oh I love the way the kitchen looks. Beautiful color too. I would love to have a pink kitchen also but hubby says no.
The shelf is a great idea.
You did a great job on the kitchen.
Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Meme said...

Your kitchen in downright adorable! Love all the cozy nooks and cranies - love it! My mom has family in Sisters, Oregon! Her cousin, Kenny D. and his wife Beatrice - she is so hoping that you might know them! :) Yes, we grew up in a small town where everyone knows everyone, and I think that she still hopes it is that way!!!

Thanks for stopping by my place and saying hi - I will be back often!

Meme

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

I Love your kitchen! It is so welcoming and cozy! Love that shelf you put up, adorable!

debi @ life in my studio said...

Nice job! Love the white upper cabinets with green lower cabinets! You have so many cute vintage goodies in there...and I love the shelf above the 'doorway' from the dining room. Cute, cozy, charming cottage kitchen...love it!!!
Hope your day is wonderful,
Debi

obsessed scrapbooker said...

This is too adorable! I love the kitchen decor and the color scheme!

C Maisy said...

I LOVE THE KITCHEN!
I would buy your house!!

Sonia ~ Vintage Rose Designs said...

Oh, LillySue, your kitchen looks wonderful, I love the cheery colors and how cozy it looks. Now that you done yours, come and work on mine...hahaha!! (Joking) Love it!!

Auntie Joy said...

Hi Lilly Sue,
I am always amazed how long it takes to get a project done, so congratulations! I always feel like someone should hout that out when I finally get it completed! It looks great, good luck selling!
JOY!

delighted heart said...

Hey! I love your kitchen! It look wonderful! Hope you sell it soon! Ours is for sale also. I tried my best to declutter and simplify last year but stuff keeps making its way back in from the garage! I'm sure the stagers would box up alot of my stuff! LOL

Cathy said...

I think I smell homemade banana bread! Your kitchen is so warm cheery, and inviting, and I love that birdhouse on your shelf!

ps-I bought the Farmchicks' new book from Amazon yesterday -- I hope it's good!

Sheila R said...

I just love your kitchen redo! So lovely!

Anne Marie said...

Lilly Sue!! It's great! My favorite red is popping out here and there...LOVE IT! isn't it the way...you fix up the house the way you want it, and then you move!

You'll be in my prayers for a quick sale :)

Annette said...

That is sooo cute!!!! I love the shelf you had posted earlier...Makes me motivated to work on my own kitchen :)

Becky said...

Love your kitchen its so cute.

ellen said...

coolest kitchen ever!!

Betty Jo said...

Lilly Sue, your kitchen is adorable. I just love the colors you've used, especially the sage green. I'm in an apartment so can't change my wall color which are off-white. Love the touches of red. There's a room in the mall my friend and I are going into with lots of red, green, and blue things that reminds me of your style. ♥

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

LillySue! How fabulous !! I adore all the color you used and every detail is so cottage sweet! Beautiful Job!! You must be a proud Mama :)

Hugs, Cynthia

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

I just love all the colors! Wow, it is beautiful. What a great job!
~Michelle

The Dimino's said...

Love your kitchen!! Thanks for your sweet comments!!

CJ said...

I love your kitchen...SO FUN!!!

Anna said...

Thanks for stopping by...enjoyed the tour of your kitchen, too!

Maridith said...

Wow, this kitchen is so cozy. I love the colors and how bright it is. I also love the walls going into the kitchen. Your decor has so much character and I love it!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!!

Sar(Mrs.Teddy) said...

What a bright & happy kitchen! I love it! thanks for sharing!

KLC said...

Lilly Sue,
Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your sweet comments about my kitchen.
I love your kitchen redo. It seems so light and airy, like somewhere I would love to spend the afternoon. Thanks for sharing your pictures.
Keely

Natalie said...

What a happy and cheerful looking kitchen! Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting us at the Jones house!

~Katie said...

OH HOW CUTE!!!! I LOVE your kitchen!! I love those glass cabinets but HOW do you keep them so clean and organized... I would give anything to have them but there is NO WAY!! I LOOOOVE the green walls. I want your kitchen!! :)

kkrowan said...

Thank you for coming by my blog!

I love the green! When we get to buy I want to do a green theme kitchen!

6HartsforHim said...

very cute,I love the crisp white with the fresh green.Our old kitchen was white and green!I too love your style and many collections.Thanks for commenting on our little kitchen,twas very kind of you!

Newlywed Next Door said...

Your kitchen is so great! I love the colors and how "put together it is". Very personalized yet stylish!

Jen said...

Your kitchen is very cheerful! I love your hamilton beach mixer!! Thanks for stopping by mine and leaving your sweet comment. =)

Karyn said...

Absolutely adorable!