Chronicling the cleanup and restoration of our house and property in northern Michigan

Chronicling the cleanup and restoration of our house and property in northern Michigan

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Blueing Up The Kitchen!

While Michael and I were in the basement framing walls, Shelly was busy upstairs...very busy!  She tackled our kitchen, giving it a fresh coat of paint and some updating.  Mike and I pitched in a little...very little...and installed two new light fixtures.  Shelly did all of the heavy lifting on this project, and she ROCKED it.

The old color was yellow, which is not necessarily a bad thing.  But...and you knew there'd be one...we're pretty sure that it was the original paint from when the house was built in the 70's.  Couple that with the soot from long time use of a wood stove, and I think you get the picture.  If not, I've posted some before pictures below.  :-)

Lovely sooty yellow, isn't it? 
Over the stove and refrigerator.  That shelf isn't going to make
the final cut.  ;-)
If you're wondering why the electric outlets
are sideways, so are we!  Convenient, though,
having them so close to a water source.  :-p
This light fixture?  Yeah, it's going with that shelf you saw.
That lovely green light hanging over the table?
It's also not making the cut.  While you're looking,
check out that floor.  No, that is not an optical illusion.
We really do have two different floor tiles.
Okay, that's enough for the before shots.  Let's get on to the GOOD STUFF!  Shelly went with a pale blue for the walls.  She's also going to be painting the cabinets, but that'll be for another day.  Check this out!  :-)

Stunning difference, huh?  Shelly rocks, no doubt about it.
I told you that shelf was a goner.  ;-)
It all looks so clean.  Sooty yellow never looked clean. 
Our little dining area.  Check out those open windows.
March in northern Michigan, and we have the windows
open.  Bizarre weather, but we're enjoying it!
The new light fixture over the table.  The green chandelier would have
clashed...well, with everything.
The matching, but much larger, light fixture over the sink.
This one was a PITA to install, and there just might have
been some profanities uttered.  OK...a lot of profanities
were uttered.
I really can't wait to see what it's going to look like with the cabinets painted.  As good as this all looks compared to how it did, it's strange to think that all of this is temporary.  After we're done with the basement finishing project the kitchen is going to get gutted and redone.  But, knowing that the basement is probably going to take us a year at the pace we're able to go, we knew we couldn't live with sooty yellow, a green chandelier, and a fluorescent shop light over the sink.  Shelly is creating something for us now, that will be easy to live in until we're able to make like we really want it.  :-)

Until next time!


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