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Showing posts with label New Home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Home. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

New Home Tour #1 kitchen

It is so hard for me to give a tour of our new home when it is still not the way we are envisioning it.  I realize though that our vision may not happen and if it does, I can share the changes with you along the way.  
The day that we moved in, I started to paint the kitchen.  I had my Annie Sloans' French Linen ready to break open and paint.  I knew it would be easier to paint before unpacking all of my kitchen stuff.  It took about two weeks (with some interruptions and waiting for more paint & wax) to finish the kitchen.  I would paint a section and then unload a box or two.  I work well in steps :)
Here is day one.  
Can you see all the stuff in the background?  
I had stuff and boxes everywhere!
 Would you have unpacked everything first and then painted?
I know, I am a little crazy.
I used clear and dark wax on the cabinets.  I knew from my previous Kitchen Makeover (3 yrs ago in our old home) that I wanted to use Annie Sloans Chalk Paint and Fiddes and Sons wax.  It held up so well in our last home.  In fact, I only had to touch up where fingernails dug into the cabinet around the handles.  
Here is a good pic of the color and the hardware I used.
The hardware was from Lowe's.  I decided not to put any hardware on the cabinets, because my son counted all the cabinets and I had 34 cabinets to paint--not counting drawers.  I wasn't going to pay for all that hardware.  We'll see how things hold up.  It has been about a month, and so far no scratches or chips. 
 Finally here are the before and after pics.  
The "before pics" were taken during the inspection of our new home before purchasing the house.
This is the view as you enter the kitchen from the front of the house.
Sorry for the not-so-focused pics.  It is so hard to photograph this house. 
I bought some panel board and made panels for the doors with windows. 
 This is the view as you turn left when walking into the kitchen.
I found these paneled doors left in the garage.  They did not match in color, but you never would know it now.
 Finally, This is the view from the mudroom entrance.
I still need to finish painting those cabinets in the hallway.  I ran out of paint.  I also need to paint the wall next to the fridge.  I am debating about what I want to do with the back splash.  I think I like the white and will probably just keep it that way for now.

I will try and post a new room or area each week.
It has been very fun personalizing our home.
I know a lot of you out there really don't like a dark kitchen and may be cringing at the dullness.  I guess I just really love Linen.  I had white and was ready for a change.  I am really happy with the way it turned out.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

My New Primitive Hutch! Project #1

Finally, we are moved into our new home!
We have been painting and fixing and painting some more.  The first thing I had to do was paint my kitchen cabinets.  I will need to post about them another time though.  Hubby was painting the living room and dining room while I worked on the cabinets.  I did not want to unpack anything unless the place that the item was going to be stored was painted and ready to accommodate them.  So in between cabinets and wall painting, I decided to work on my hutch. 
I bought this pine hutch at a consignment shop.  It is not old and was not primitive enough for me. The person that built it did not sand the edges.  Every edge was sharp and perfect.  I don't necessarily like perfect in my decor :)  The doors are also too country looking and not primitive.  I needed to change that too.
 The first thing I did was to take off the doors and tear off the "T" shape center piece.  In doing so, I gouged the top frame....oops...but wait, that will make it look more rustic and used.
 I had a white shelf top that I used as my new door frame.
Here it is sanded down and ready to take in some stain.
 I painted the hutch (right over the sanded red paint) in Benjamin Moore's Carter Gray.  I absolutely love that color!  You will see more of that color in my future projects.  I just added a layer of Walnut stain over that counter top, but other than that the stained part of the hutch stayed the same.  You can also see in the top right photo that I did not paint all the way to the edge of the center frame board.  This gives it that worn and aged look without sanding.
I finished it with Minwax's Dark Walnut (my favorite).
As you see, I made two new doors that go all the way to the bottom edge of the hutch frame.  To me this looks more primitive.  I also changed the hardware and painted and stained them too.
Here is a before and after.
What do you think?
It feels so good to be doing projects again!
Happy Sunday to you all!

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