Monday, December 12, 2011

Kitchen Progress

 You may remember this is what our kitchen looked like when we first purchased the house. I had always wanted white cabinets, and the glass fronts were an extra little bonus.

And an eat in area large enough to allow for the table of my dreams? Perfect! But the kitchen lacked a little something. It was dull. The painted over wallpaper border irritated me. The lack of color was depressing. If there was a room in this house where I could use a bold punch of color, the kitchen was it for sure.

POW. Hello yellow.
Days and days of peeling off wallpaper and sanding and agonizing over the perfect color were totally worth it.

New cabinet hardware was actually the first update. I liked the clean classic lines of the traditional knobs and drawer pulls, and the oil rubbed bronze finish really pops off of the white. I worried about finding a color that would showcase our collection of Fiestaware instead of competing with it, and I think the yellow was a great choice.

The dining area needed a splash of color, so I made the curtain panels to frame out the large window. The fabric was a bold print, and so not safe at all. I LOVE IT! It really makes the space ours.

The kitchen table and chairs were a birthday gift, purchased shortly after we moved in. I had lusted for this set for years, but it never would have fit in our old house. I'm thrilled that it fits so perfectly in this space. It even expands and can seat four more chairs comfortably in this space.

There is still a good bit of work to do, but this is a start. I love walking into the kitchen in the morning when the sun is streaming through the windows. It's such a bright, vibrant space now.


  1. I LOVE the colors! We have fiestaware also and would love exposed shelves someday so we can display it. I also love the curtains. Waverly home essentials is my new favorite. I just finished making a pillow for our master bedroom in the same fabric but different colors. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I am lusting after your kitchen. Mine is the size of a postage stamp!!

  3. Thanks for sharing this, Steph. The picture of your kitchen before looked good in white, which is somewhat natural to every home. But I’m glad that you repainted it. The new color added a sunny mood to your kitchen. It became more lively and warm.

    Terence Watthens