Thursday, July 29, 2010

A little Sunshine in the Kitchen


For someone who loves to re-decorate and constantly change my surroundings I have to admit I am terrified to make big changes.  Ok....sometimes I'm even afraid to make small changes that I think will make a big difference like.... painting the cabinets.

In my head everything turns out just the way I want it to, however in reality that's not always the way it goes down. 

Luckily my husband is super supportive so this is how our conversations go....

Me: Hey honey, have you ever noticed how the kitchen looks kinda dark even when it's sunny out?

Hubby: Not really....why you think it looks dark? Lets turn on the lights.

Me:'s not it. I mean the cabinets look dark they suck all the light out of the room.

Hubby: Oh...

Me: I think we should paint them....white.  Well not all white just the tops.

Hubby: OK...

Me: See like in this picture!

Hubby: Oh...Ok...we can do that.

Me: Cool!

So even though we have conversations like that A LOT, they usually never happen because I end up changing my mind or getting scared.  Which I think the Hubb's was counting on... so the next day when I went to the hardware store and loaded up the back of the Dingo (Durango), he was quite surprised and a little nervous.

Not to mention I had him doing a fair amount of the work.

While I was inside priming and painting....

He was outside cutting beaded board panels for the 
sides of the cabinets.

We also sprayed all the hinges to match the 
hardware and light fixtures.

In the end I like the way it turned out!

Yes.. the dog moved so that she could get in both pictures =)

I'm thinking about painting the bottom cabinets a light sage green.

We still have to add molding to the tops of the cabinets and under cabinet lighting underneath, we have an apron front sink that I snagged from Ikea for 1/2 off we need to install (currently it resides in the back of my Jeep), we also want to knock out the pantry and add a hutch style cabinet with a hidden kegerator underneath and a double tap tower on the end of the counter top. It is a must when the Hubbs makes awesome home brew!

What can I say...a homeowners job is never really done.

* Angela *


  1. first of all.... sweet, sweet hubby!!
    The kitchen looks great!! And before I read the part where you were thinking of painting the bottom cabinets sage green, I was thinking the same thing!! Love your pup in the pictures! Ella sends him a wag!
    p.s. I am NOT telling Dan about that hidden keg!! But, must admit his home brew sounds wonderful!!

    thanks for the bd wishes!

  2. nice work! I also want to repaint my kitchen cabinets. Apparently white on top/sage green on the bottom is the new trend because that is exactly what I want to do!

    I love the idea of beadboard on the side! I'm totally stealing it. I'm trying to give my kitchen a more cottage-y feel. We live in a 1940s rambler that is... architecturally neutral, to put it diplomatically. It needs character!

  3. Thanks Elizabeth,
    I think it's nice that you get to start with a blank slate, because it's so neutral you get to do whatever you want without having to stick to a certain architectural style. Our house is a Builder Basic that we have been slowly adding some character to. Have fun with it!

  4. Angela,

    Thank you so much for coming to my Kitchen Favourites party. I'm not sure that I've been to your blog before so I'm especially glad that you decided to link up.

    Is there a way to follow you? I can't see your Foll;owers gadget. I'd love to follow along if you'll have me. I think you've done a FANTASTIC job on your kitchen.

    I think makeovers like yours are some of my favourites!! It just shows what's possible with a bit of thought!! - 0h, and a lovely husband. ;-)


  5. Coming over from Sarah Kitchen Party....what a great improvement!! I agree that some crown moulding at the top would be great ( I love moulding and bead board...2 of my favorite things!!) YOu have a great space to work with!! Love, love what you are doing with it!! Happy renovating from one DIYer to another!!!

  6. I vote for the sage green! I love sage green!
    (visiting via Modern Country Style's blog party)

  7. I am popping over from Sarah's Kitchen Favourites party to see your kitchen. What a great project and a shared experience with your husband.

    You can see my kitchen in my Chicago Vintage apartment. Can you stay for tea?

    Glenda (link # 62)