You can also find my counter stool makeover HERE.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved our all-white kitchen. I’ve had it since we moved in in 2000. The one thing that drove me crazy was the foot prints on the bar area and I frequently repainted it.
And, for those of you who’ve been following me since the beginning of my blog, you might remember that our kitchen used to have a half wall which you can see in the next photo. I hated it so much!!! Whoever came up with the idea to put such a useless contraption into a home. I cut it off myself one day when I had enough and it is my all-time favorite home update by far. It was a game changer for how we use our kitchen and dining room. You can see that post HERE.
I also used to have laminate countertops in a black marble look. The below kitchen photo was taken in 2012.
Before that, it was all brown and beige and I managed to dig up a really old and bad photo.
The biggest splurge in our kitchen has been the quartz countertop and marble backsplash after the half wall removal and it was worth every penny. But besides that, the only thing I needed was paint whenever I felt like a change. And this latest change makes me love my kitchen more than ever and cost me a bucket of paint and a bucket of varnish. I will share more details about my tips and painting process in my next blog post.
Green and white two-toned kitchen
Today, let’s look at some more photos of what it looks like now as a green and white two-toned kitchen. The funny thing is that I used to really dislike green for our home. Hey, my parents have that same shade of carpet in the upstairs bedrooms and I grew up with it. I would have never believed that one day I would paint my kitchen in their rug color. But… I sure did.
You might ask why I decided to paint it this specific shade of green and not my regular choice of black or maybe blue? The reason is our vintage settee that lives in our dining room and which we all love. I just showed you a couple of weeks ago how I raised it to dining room table heights which you can see HERE.
I was looking for a tone that complemented the color of the vintage sofa without being too matchy-matchy. The sofa/settee is silk velvet and changes tones according to how the light hits it, so I could have chosen several different tones.
I think I could have done a blueish gray too but since I had so much gray in our house before I wanted to pick something different.
I think the color I chose is the perfect shade and it shows in the photos. It’s not too green, doesn’t have a lot of gray and isn’t too dark either.
I had to dig up an old photo of our dining room from 2012 when the painting was hanging in the same spot. This is why I don’t like throwing things out and rather move them to different spots or store them somewhere in the house because chances are that I will like something again.
And if you were wondering about our table setting, here is what I got.
( I need new lenses, the dark corners in some of the photos drive me crazy by the way)
Remember how horrible our cabinets were before? The wear and tear was so bad from my last paint job which wasn’t because I did a bad job but because our kitchen gets used and abused. I had partially peeled some of the laminate off in areas that were cracking and peeling but not everywhere (read the post HERE). It is also a 19-year-old kitchen and I’m pretty proud of the fact that I made it work for so long.
We bang into the cabinets with pots, pans tools, and utensils and occasionally some of the drawers got stabbed with a knife when rushing while putting them away again. Just ask my husband, he loves rushing around.
This view is the before of my under sink cabinet which always gets the worst use and damage:
Look what it looks like now:
In case you are wondering about the tassel, it is old and I’ve had it for about 20 years. I think I bought it at good-old Bombay company when we had a store at the mall. Man, I used to love that store. I’ve never seen one like it since. And the area rug is one of the rugs I brought from my parent’s house.
Also, you can find my woodbead pendant tutorial HERE.
I also found a wall weaving on Pinterest that inspired me to make this giant version for our home. It isn’t completely done yet though. I love that it mimics the woven seats of the wishbone chairs and the woven seats of the counter stools. This is my unfinished copycat version and you can find your own in this Etsy shop HERE.
Like I said in my post yesterday, I love when the sun shines into our home now.
I purchased the above faux plants for our kitchen and dining room and love them. That back corner on top of the fridge is so dark and I can’t grow any plants up there. Our cats actually like sitting on top of the cabinets (yup I don’t care) and would eat the plants and get sick. So faux ferns it is for me right now.
Our Green and White Kitchen Makeover
Oh, and I have to mention that we adopted another new family member with no name yet. We can’t agree on a name but isn’t he handsome? His foster mom named him Walton because his mother jumped a truck from Walton Georgia to our area. She gave birth to him and his siblings 4 days after she was found in the truck bed but all the kittens died except of him. My husband and son don’t like the name and my son thinks that he should now be allowed to name one of our cats. He wants to name him Norman which is cute.
I will definitely post more about our cute new family addition.
There is a new model in the house and hopefully, Willy is willing to share the limelight.
My next post this week will be about some of my painting tips and tricks when tackling cabinets because I did run into some issues and managed to work through them.