There’s always a “vision” when you look in a room. I run through ideas of what I would like, and how I envision it in the space. I had already transformed my kitchen from it ugly plain oak cabinets, fake countertops and green walls. You can see that transformation from a previous post here: “Home Cooked Meal”. However, I was looking for a change- something newer/brighter. Here is what the kitchen looked like before this project:
As you can see, it’s a small kitchen, and I felt like the decor didn’t represent my true style. It had the antique cabinet and other elements I liked, but the color on the wall and accessory colors I chose made the kitchen feel small. It was time to change it up!
I had already painted the cabinets a light color called: “White Down” by Benjamin Moore. It’s actually appears a lot whiter than the image below.
It took me a while to pick out the color for the walls. As much as I wanted to lighten the walls, I didn’t want the kitchen cabinets and the color of the walls to be too similar. So I looked at a few paint samples…
I ended up picking the color “Tapestry Beige ” by Benjamin Moore.
Once I started cutting in the paint, I was pleasantly surprised with how much brighter the space was becoming. I didn’t realize how “dark” the previous color was.
I’ve always been a fan of black and white. It’s clean, it and classic. I sold the antique hutch, and replaced it with a low black cabinet and rustic shelves. I love seeing all the white dishes on display, and storage underneath is a bonus!
I took the old hardware, that I had previously sprayed bronze, sanded them and re-sprayed them in black. This was an easy fix, and extremely cost effective since I didn’t need to buy new hardware.
Final details like curtains and accessories I kept to white/cream or white/cream/black combo. I replaced my cream and orange canisters with whit ones, a simple white utensil holder, and my favorite- a creamy white colored kettle. I keep very little on the counters so it doesn’t look cluttered. Again, my goal was to keep it clean and classic.
All in all, I am very happy with the turn out. Here are after pictures. Unfortunately in order for you to see curtains I had to take some pictures at night and some during the day. I’m not too thrilled with the pictures, but here they are: