Wednesday, June 16, 2010

One of my friends had a kitchen that she could barely cook in.  I say that because the color of it made you not feel like cooking!  When I walked in, all I felt like doing was taking a paint brush to it, it was in desperate need of help.

One day she went on vacation and was gone for a week.  Her husband always liked to surprise her with doing something around the house.  So can you imagine the horror she felt when she walked in and saw this bright yellow kitchen glaring at her?   Big Bird yellow? Really, what was he thinking?  She always told him that she wanted a yellow kitchen, so he granted her wish.

She asked me to give her kitchen a make over and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I made sure I picked calming colors this time.  Here are the before and after pictures.

My friends bright yellow kitchen.






Her home is about 100 years old, so we ran into a lot more obstacles than we planned.  What we were hoping would only take a week or two to do, ended up taking months! We ran into so many problems.  As you can see, her husband painted over everything! Including hardware on cabinets, lights switches, electrical outlets, we even saw where he painted the counter tops and hid it with contact paper because he realized he went a little over board.  Yes that green stuff on the counters in the before photos is contact paper stuck on her counters!  Since the house is so old, nothing was level.  There were about 8 or so coats of paint and after we finished painting, it all started chipping back off, so we had to start all over again! It would take a novel to explain all the problems we went through, but we finally finished it!  Ok it isn't completely finished, but it is almost there.  

My friend's daughter loves the chalkboard door as you can see, she has wrote on every square inch of it :)

The Makeover:
  • Painted cabinets Olympic Frosty Pine
  • Painted  the walls Benjamin Moore Bone White
  • Replaced ruined back splash with beadboard
  • Painted with chalkboard paint on her door, I got the idea from this inspiration photo.
  • Peeled contact paper off counters and scrubbed down to the white laminate counters.
  • Put up curtain rods and curtains.
  • Replaced outlets, light switches and covers.
  • Replaced hardware on cabinets.
We're going to hopefully replace the counter tops with butcher block.

A puppy she found in the backyard.

Let this be a reminder to never tell your husband that you want a room painted a certain color.  You have been warned and seen for yourself what kind of damage this can cause.

The names of the victims involved in this kitchen crime have been left out to protect the innocent.


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