ic Kathe With an E: Making The Kitchen Mine~Before & After

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Making The Kitchen Mine~Before & After

When we first came to look at our house to buy, one thing I knew would change, if we bought it, was the kitchen backsplash.
How a simple coat of paint can make a world of difference in a space, and make it yours!
The painted faux stones and other "artistic" touches were so not me!
How a simple coat of paint can make a world of difference in a space, and make it yours!

How a simple coat of paint can make a world of difference in a space, and make it yours!
The house was built in 2006 but I am sure faux ivy went out of style in the 1980's.
How a simple coat of paint can make a world of difference in a space, and make it yours!
I can't even begin to tell you how dark all of this made working on the counter. It was dated, it looked so fake and it totally was not me.  It was time to make it mine!

Luckily, my MIL, Linda, was begging me for a project to do.  Plus, we were expecting another snowstorm that would keep us home bound.  So, before the snow flew, I grabbed the leftover can of paint from when we painted over the hot mess pink in the guest bedroom, had the guys at Home Depot mix us up a quart, got some primer and we were ready to freshen things up.

I did the cutting in while Linda manned the roller.  One coat of primer and 2 coats of perfectly matched paint was all it took.
  
With the taping and waiting for paint to dry it took us approximately 5 hours.  
We did all of it without telling Mr. B too.  He knew how I felt about the backsplash but I wasn't sure if he was in love with it or hated it as much as I did.  
How a simple coat of paint can make a world of difference in a space, and make it yours!
No worries!  He loves how bright and light the space looks now! Linda & I swear the room is now 2 feet wider!  It's all an illusion of course, but it totally made a huge difference in the feel of the space! 
How a simple coat of paint can make a world of difference in a space, and make it yours!
Now, I feel like the kitchen is truly my space and not the previous owner's!
How a simple coat of paint can make a world of difference in a space, and make it yours!
How about you?  Do you have a spot in your home you are wanting to make yours?  Tell me about it in the comments below.


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25 comments:

  1. Looks great.. I have been working on my kitchen for 6 years and still not sure that it is really how I want it too be.

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  2. The change in backsplash makes it look like a different counter. Fantastic transformation.

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  3. We're almost ready to do the backsplash! I'd love the stones OR the plain, but we've got a walnut & white thing going so we're going to have to see what compliments that best.

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  4. Great fix - looks sooooo much better, open, and looks bigger, you are right.

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  5. It looks great, Kathe! The counters look so much bigger, too.

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  6. Oh I love the white paint. Perfect remedy.

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  7. Nice and bright! Love it! (And I'm jealous of all the outlets!)

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  8. It certainly looks a lot bigger - I have recently made our kitchen mine - by replacing the previous kitchen that I never really liked …. Yours looks so much better - a great way to pass a snowy time!

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  9. That does look a lot better and larger! My home as nothing but hot spots when we moved here in 1989. I have lost track of how many things were done/fixed up. It's rewarding to see each improvement come to fruition!

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  10. Such a pretty change! Love the power of paint. Jane

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  11. Looks great! When we boought our house 20+ years ago, the previous owners, who had it built, put in the best of everything. By that, I am still using a 35 year old Sub Zero refridgerator and Thermidor oven! BUT they had the WORST taste in decor and in particular, TILES! Each bathroom had a variety of shapes and shades of a particular colour. I cannot say what was worse, the green bathroom or the blue one. The kitchen backsplash was also a mixture of beige and brown tiles ... some plain some with flowers.

    I have been a daring DIYer for years and the first thing I did was PAINT THE TILEs with true oil based Melamine paint which is not longer sold here in Canada. Needless to say, like your kitchen, creating a blank canvas was the best thing I ever did... Until the reno...

    Have a great week.!

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  12. Kathe, yay for the paint! What a difference. I know it made the kitchen so much lighter and brighter! Paint is an amazing thing!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  13. Wow. I'm with you on the backsplash. To each their own, I guess.

    I'm dying to make my office my own. Our house is still under construction, but when it's done, that room is going to be completely overhauled from it's boring builder-grade to my perfect little haven.

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  14. Much, much better and so much brighter! I never saw ivy used that way before, but painted ivy on soffits and above chair-rail was popular even in the 90's......not popular with me, however. I'm not sure there is just one thing that we plan to do to make our house our own; it seems like more of a constant something going on.....lol!

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  15. Wow. That was quite a faux job. It looks so much better. We bought a spec house, which was advertised as "you won't believe the fabulous stained cement floors", and they were right! We didn't believe a builder would advertise the mess of the floors as fabulous. We planned to cover them with distress hardwood anyway and he gave us a $20k discount which was about what it cost to replace the floors. I still wouldn't recommend buying a builder's spec house (we've bought two) no matter what.

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  16. Kathe, you did a great job! I love a light, bright space and I am with you, the other was too dark. Isn't paint amazing? :)

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  17. Lawd have mercy, what would we do without paint?! What a wonderful fresh new look!

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  18. Wow! I'm so impressed. It make a huge difference. It really shows off your beautiful countertop and it looks so bright and fresh. Great job!

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  19. love it your doing a great job have a great day

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  20. So much better! It's like a breath of fresh air! All ready for spring.

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  21. One small change has made such a big difference. Very nice.

    Diana

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  22. Love your countertops! Looks great! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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