The Kitchen Got a Facelift

Friday, August 12, 2011

We got back from our trip on Sunday night, and immediately delved into some little projects around the house. The main attraction this week? THE KITCHEN! Here are a few (horrible) before pictures of our messy kitchen: :)

This was kind of an awkward space I wasn't quite sure what to do with. Paint? Gallery wall? Piece of furniture? It also didn't help that I was having a hard time going with a particular "theme" in the kitchen. Keep reading to find out how I remedied this situation.

One of my favorite DIY house blogs is Young House Love. They once referred to these way-too-commonly-used light fixtures as "boob lights." You see it, right? That phrase comes to my mind every time I see them. Unfortunately, our builders used these lights in every room, or in this case 5 times in one area!! There are way too many boobs in this picture. Excuse my language please.

So we got down and dirty this week. I know wallpaper is all the rage these days, and there was one particular print I couldn't get out of my head. It caught my attention probably a year ago, so I finally decided to make the plunge and do it. My older and much wise sister once made the comment that the bolder decorating decisions she has made, as opposed to the "safe" options, are her favorite. She is so wise, I tell 'ya. Just a week before that I had painted our living room and went with the utlra "safe" option. Yeah, I hate it. Hence, the bold decision of the Orla Kiely wallpaper. :)

 I'm in love with that color of blue, and doing this wall has given me such a good starting point to decorating the rest of the kitchen. No more random purchases for me, thank you very much. I really had no clue whatsoever how to put up wallpaper. It ended up being a lot bigger project than I had anticipated (aren't they always?) and took three evenings instead of one. But with the help of a few YouTube videos and a patient husband, I conquered my first wallpaper experience. Whew!

You may also have spotted the other new addition to our kitchen. I present our new pendant light fixture:

Let's all take a moment and realize how much better this is than the boob light. I especially like how it defines the eating area from everything else since the kitchen, dining area and living room are pretty much just one big room. We got it from Overstock. Gotta love that $2.95 shipping.

And last not least, we put some handles and knobs on those dark cabinets of ours. It's amazing how much easier drawers and cabinets are to use with hardware. We bought the hardware from Ikea.


So how 'bout that facelift? It feels so good to get some of those projects out of the way. 

Next in line? The yard. Dun dun dun...

16 comments:

Candace said...

Yea I'm still working... which means I'm still watching my reader account at 6 on a Friday. It looks sooooo perty my dear! I love blue and I love the pattern! Great decision. I also love that pendant you found. Can't wait to see it all in person.

Annie. said...

FAB. You better believe I am going to get on Overstock now and look for that light...I LOVE it.

Reeve family said...

It all looks so good!

Megan Barrick said...

Love it! I am now feeling very ashamed of my "boob" lights (which I picked out- what was I thinking!). You are so good at pulling everything together! I also agree being bold is so much more rewarding. Why can't I remember that when I'm making decor decisions?!

~johnny becky hazel~ said...

I'm drooling. I've been on the wallpaper hunt because I've been determined to do that to a wall or two in our new place. You've inspired me. It's so true about the bold moves, but it's so scary. So I guess you'll need to teach me how to apply it then..?

Angela Joy said...

Weel done kiddo! Love the wallpaper and the light. Can't wait to see the whole house again. See you soon.

Angela Joy said...

Sorry, can't spell! I meant "well" done.

Jessica said...

I love it! Great job!

chad * kaity * kami * truffy said...

LOVE the wallpaper! I'm obsessed with that blue color for my house too (which should hopefully be DONE in the next couple of weeks:) xo

Danielle said...

oh millers! so good. can't wait to see it in a few short weeks when we come to the hotel de lewis! :) you've got style girl. that's why we are friends :)

Morgan and Karen Allen said...

LOVE it! That wall paper is seriously the cutest thing I have ever seen!

Sara said...

LOVE IT!!

Sada said...

Cute!! Looks so good! Are you keeping the cabinets black? I actually really like the contrast it gives the room, especially with the wallpaper. Now I think you should paint that door blue! (I'm in a door painting phase...ha). Can't wait to see more pics!

Justin Yoder said...

Do you have any leftover wallpaper for me?! No, seriously..

Justin Yoder said...

Do you have any leftover wallpaper for me?! No, seriously..

Francie said...

I found your blog desperately looking for a few more feet of the Orla Kiely blossom wallpaper! My wallpaper hanger put it up and we love it! But he ran short, miscalculated! There is a gap on both sides of the wall!! Only need 6-10 more feet!! Any chance you have leftovers?? Any chance you would like to sell them????