Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Farmhouse Kitchen Progress

Hi there! I promised a kitchen update, so here goes! I've been working on our farmhouse kitchen for a little over a week now, and slowly it is transforming into a kitchen that feels like me! This afternoon I snapped a few pics with my cell phone so I could share my progress, so please don't mind the poor photo quality.

Here is a before shot.  One of the biggest changes so far came from tearing down those cabinets over the island.  It immediately made the kitchen feel so much bigger and more open.  The cabinets were so low that we had to bend down to be able to see the person on the other side.

I also took down the three cabinets above the sink area, and added two recessed lights in place of the old florescent fixture.  I would like to add some open shelving made of reclaimed wood on that wall as well.

I love the look of two-toned cabinetry.  Our last kitchen sported two-toned cabinetry, and now our farmhouse is as well.  I tossed around the idea of doing something different, but at the end of the day this is the look I really love, so I decided to just go with it!

The upper cabinets are Valspar Ultra Pure White, and the lower cabinets are Valspar Java.  Something I did different this time around in comparison to our first house is I painted the soffit white just like the cabinets.  In person this really helps draw your eye all the way up and prevents things from looking to choppy.  Another difference is the hardware.   I chose oil rubbed bronze cabinet hardware.  It has that farmhouse feel I'm going for and goes along perfectly with the pendant lights I chose to go over the island and our new faucet.  Hopefully those things will go in later this week as well as the backsplash!

I wallpapered over the paneling on the island with bead board wallpaper that I had left from the built-ins in the living room.  I am on the hunt for some vintage looking bar stools in a darker color, maybe wooden ones?

As for the other soffit, that goes from wall to wall across the kitchen, it has to stay.  We took a piece of it down to see what was inside, and unfortunately it is covering up pipes.  I'm hoping that painting it white to blend in with the ceiling will help it not stand out so much.  Right now it only has primer on it.

More updates to come soon! Thanks for visiting!

Have a BLESSED day!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Our Farmhouse - Living Room Progress

One of my favorite rooms in our farmhouse is the living room.  It's so spacious!  Before I can jump to the fun part of furniture placement and decorating, I had to decide on paint.  I painted a million little sample swatches all over the walls before finally deciding on the one. 

Before, our living room was dark, dreary, and dated.

Now it's brighter and much more inviting thanks to lots of paint.

 The color I chose for the walls is Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray.  It is the perfect warm gray color and looks good in any light. It's hard to show the true color in photos.  In person it's not quite this dark.

As for the fireplace wall, the trim and cabinets are Valspar's Ultra White, and the backs of the built-ins are Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray.  My mom wallpapered the backing of the bookcases with beadboard wallpaper and I love how it turned out!  I decided to keep the shelves wooden to tie this part of the room with the wooden doors throughout the house, and the staircase.  I'm trying to make sure that the entire house flows nicely from room to room.

So far I've only painted one coat of primer on the bricks, but they already look so much better than they did before.  When I'm done, they will be a nice bright gloss white.  I'm also going to replace those can lights with nice new white ones. Baby steps, baby steps.

The power of paint never ceases to amaze me!  I began painting the kitchen cabinets today, so hopefully I will have an update on that project soon!

Have a BLESSED day!