I shouldn't even be talking about the kitchen.
Wasn't I supposed to show you the family room ages ago???
You know the window of cleanliness in the family room was very, very small, right?
But that's not the only hold-up.
I kind of have some ideas about what I want to put on the walls, but I haven't actually gotten around to doing it. :/ I got this idea that I want to only hang art work by myself and people I actually know.
This is because I know so many talented people, and I hope they will be buttered-up enough by this sentence that they will let me hang some of their work!
(Hint, hint, Adrena.)
Anyway, this is why the family room hangs in limbo.
And I got kind of bored with it and moved on to finally painting my kitchen!
I actually painted it back in January.
I know, I know.
I've been busy since then. Stuff's happened. I'm a procrastinator.
I am excited to show you. Are you?
Let's get to it, then!
First, the befores...
Anyway, I didn't even realize how dark it was until I lightened it up!
Amazing what some just paint will do.
After? You want an after. Here's, like, two, because I'm a giver:
So you're like, "How is this a 'remodel' if all you did was paint?"
And I'm all, "I know, right? My readers get it, I don't know why Sean doesn't!"
See, there may have been some lifting of Sean's pretty little fingers in the kitchen painting process.
I'm sorry! I try to not involve him, really I do! But he always wants things "done right" and "not half-arsed".
Naturally, there's a sequence to this story and I have to go back to the beginning...
No, no. There is too much. Let me sum up:
We used to have a built-in desk and we bought a free-standing one (I'll tell you about that later). Above the old desk I wanted open shelves. But things are always easier said than done. There was a wire and a switch for a desk light that never got installed, and there was nothing to nail/screw the shelf brackets to, so he had to put some backer in the wall and eliminate the wire and switch. Therefore, drywall (a 3'x3' piece) was removed and drywall was replaced. Hence: "Remodel".
Boys are so dramatic.
Almost as dramatic as the results!
Sorry I don't have a before. Picture it with a computer and waaaaay cluttery with papers and computers and stuff. Also, these "afters" are really "durings", because I'm not done. I never am. For instance, where that stool from IKEA that I painted red and L-O-V-E is, I want to put shelves for my appliances like the
Crock Pot and bread machine that I would use more often if it were easier to get to, but I don't want sitting out on the counter all the time. Then I'm thinking a curtain to hide them.
My other plans go a little like this:
Here's the dining room side...
As you can see, I still haven't painted my chairs.
I love bunting!
Also, this picture was taken back in January, though it could've been taken any time in April, as well.
Dang, we had snow for forever!
Easy-peasy shades using a yard of fabric and a 1x2!
Bunting again. :)
I didn't have drapes on this window before. Fortunately, a long time ago I saw this wooden rod at Lowe's on clearance for $6 and knew I had to snatch it up. It's been living in the corner of the basement ever since, just waiting for it's calling. But I needed brackets. Can you stand that my mom had perfect ones just hanging out in her junk drawer?! I will add finials and paint the whole shebang someday soon.
I just included this one of my owl because he makes me happy.
The whole kitchen makes me happy.
And talk about a budget "remodel"!
Here's a break down:
Paint: I used Valspar One, and it only took a gallon! What?! I know. Amazing. Plus, I returned some plant hangers I couldn't use for I what I bought them for, so I only had to spend about $13 out-of-pocket!
Fabric: 3 yards, on sale, of the floral fabric for my shades; another $13.
Shelf brackets from IKEA: $24
1x12 for shelves: $6
White curtain panels I already had. So the grand total was about $56!
Not too shabby.
A special thanks to Jillian, who came and helped me paint and helped "style".
Here's the "before and
after during" again:
And because I feel this post was long-windy and not very amusing, I will share this in order to make you laugh:
The good news is, I caught the roller. With my FACE.
I've finished my desk wall and taken pictures, to boot!
But you'll just have to wait.
That's what I've got for now.