I am so thrilled with my new kitchen makeover!
I’m overwhelmed with how light and bright my kitchen is now.
What a difference
a little alot of white paint makes!
I used paintable wallpaper to get the wainscoting look. It was super easy after I figured out one thing. Perfection is not necessary.
Once painted any imperfections will not show up.
I followed the directions that it came with. The one tip I have is score the edge with a knife so you have an exact line to cut with scissors. If it’s off a little use the knife to push it behind the baseboard or chair rail. If you don’t already have a chair rail, put it on last. That would have made this project a lot faster. I didn’t have that option.
My Mother is a consummate thrift store/garage sale shopper and left a few pieces in my storage building when she was visiting. I remembered an old Victrola case was among them. I thought it would be perfect to hold the kids kitchen toys.
Instead this is what I found.
I had remembered wrong, thankfully. Some white paint for sure, but what do I do with the green glass? Since it’s for the kids I thought a chalkboard would be fun. Readily available chalkboard paint is full of VOC’s and looking at the prices of non toxic I went back to the drawing board. Or rather magnetic board!
A piece of sheet metal and it’s perfect.
Now for the thrift store finds.
I liked the idea of painted cabinets, but now with all the white on one side I like the oak cabinetry.
I really can’t imagine wanting to do anything else to this kitchen.
My youngest felt it still needed a little something and true to form waited me out until I was out of range. Then proceeded to finagle down the gate protecting my paint pan and added some artistic touches
Ah…the joys of toddlers. As I washed those little feet I was thinking, “Dear God, what chemicals just seeped into that precious little body?!”. “No VOC” paint is still toxic it just doesn’t off gas. The chemical fears of a mother never seem to end.
We spent a bit more in the kitchen than we intended, but since we may have to sell the house someday, the kitchen is the place to put that extra cash. Luckily I had been buying things here and there for a few years. So we didn’t have to come up with all the cash at once.
- 1 gallon each Olympic Icon Toasted Almond & Ultra White $50
- Pulls for cabinets & guide $40
- Ceiling Fan $85
- Light over sink $57
- Light in hall $10
- Drop Cloth for table runner $5
- Thrift store goodies $30
- Curtain & Drapery Rod $42
- Curtain Panels & Valence $70
- Wainscoting $19
- Total $408
Everything except the thrift store items were purchased from Lowes *grimace*.