Happy Monday friends!
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. We got more snow here, but it’s January in Midwestern Ontario so that’s not really news.
January is a long cold month here and I’m so excited to finally be tackling my kitchen makeover. It’ll make the month go faster if I keep busy with a big project (or two). I very patiently (not) waited through the holidays for this time to come.
It’s long overdue, in my eyes anyway.
To me room makeovers have always felt kinda like road trips, which I love by the way. I always have some idea about what I want to do and where I want to go, but I’m open to changes along the way. To me that’s just part of the fun, and sometimes it ends up being the most fun.
So because I’ve never shown pics of my vintage kitchen on the blog, I thought I’d share some before pics so you can see where I’m starting from.
Just so you know I did tidy up a bit but I didn’t hide stuff away for these before pics. This is how we live day to day, and I think any makeover should reflect that from beginning to end. Please excuse any cat hair bunnies you might see. lol.
Our house was built in 1890, and this is the main wall of kitchen cabinets.
I have no idea how old they are, but I’ve been told that they are the original cabinets that would have been put in after the era of freestanding kitchen furniture.
The interiors of these old cabinets are totally impractical and some of the doors don’t close properly, but call me crazy because I love them and would never consider getting rid of them. I’m hoping I’m going to fix those issues, at least a little bit.
The cabinets at the end where the microwave is are a much newer addition, probably from the 70s or 80s.
Here’s another view of them. There’s a small 4′ x 8′ pantry to the right of the front window, which we use for tools, coats, etc.
Miss Pixie decided to grab a quick snack.
Our house still has all its original doors and even though we do have a deadbolt on the kitchen door, which is the door we always use to come and go, we still have the original latch and handle.
The door to the left of the boots goes to the basement and the open doorway leads to the living room.
The table and chairs match the china cabinet, and all will getting a makeover hopefully in February.
The pine potato bin holds dried food and treats for the cats.
The Old Country Roses china was a wedding gift back in 1989 and since I’m moving away from green decor it’ll be packed up in the original boxes.
Since I’ve been storing the boxes all these years it won’t take up any more room to put the china back in them. One day I might go back to green again.
One never knows.
My vintage Anchor Hocking turquoise devilled egg plate, which is a recent find, is waiting for the new colour scheme.
The wall and ceiling colour has been the same light buttery yellow for about 15 years. Each of the 3 previous times that I’ve painted these cabinets it just seemed to go nicely with the new colour so it stayed.
It won’t be staying this time.
This back wall of the kitchen is an original outside wall of the house, and the window is original. It’s kinda cool to be cooking and be able to glance through the window at the TV.
The family room is an older addition and I painted it the colour of terra cotta roofs that we saw on a Caribbean island on a cruise quite a few years ago. It’s very warm and fun. Once I see how it looks with the new kitchen colours it might just get a makeover too.
That’s how redecorating works right… it’s the domino effect. 🙂
We added the french doors to the right ourselves about 12 years ago. They open into what was a separate dining room, which we don’t need so John’s been using it as his office.
The french doors and the china cabinet really help to balance that big wall of cabinets on the opposite wall.
Here you can see the last colour of the cabinets, a dark green. Before that they were sort of a dark wedgewood blue. They’ve been the current green for about 9 years. They are all historic colours with grayish undertones.
The whole reason for this makeover is that the cabinets really need to be repainted so I decided to take the opportunity to change the kitchen completely. Why not? I really need a change.
I did all the punched metal panels about 15 years ago. They are used newspaper plates that John brought home from work for me.
I did all the panels with a hammer and a small finishing nail.
The designs all complement each other, but are slightly different depending on the size and shape of the door.
I can’t even tell you how many hours it took, but I did much of the work while watching TV.
I’m still loving the punched hearts and roses so the panels are all staying. I’ll be sharing a a diy punched tin project some time later, hopefully next month, just if anyone wants to give it a try.
So now the hardest decision of all… I have to decide on the exact colours I’ll be using. Usually I paint when I find Ooops colours at the ReStore, but this time I want specific colours so I’ll be buying paint at at the hardware store. Something I rarely do, but my kitchen is worth it.
I’ll save some money on the wall paint because I have several creamy white Ooops paints here at home already.
Here’s the vintage Dormey mixer, my inspiration, and some paint chips. The aqua chips look a little more aqua in person than they do in the photo.
I’m leaning towards the middle aqua and the red on the right. The lightest aqua is a definite no. Just not enough fun colour for me. But I do love the darker aqua on the left.
Oh… decisions… decisions.
What do you think?
What I really love about the mixer is how beautifully the aqua/turquoise goes with the silver metal parts. When I first saw it I immediately thought about the punched metal panels on my cabinets and I knew it was meant to be.
And I love how the bright red accents really pop and add a touch of fun.
So now you’ve seen the before, and as part of my January challenge I’m supposed to get this kitchen all repainted by the end of the month… so I’d better get on with this kitchen adventure.
The painting is just the beginning, but isn’t it always. lol.
After that comes furniture makeovers, window treatments, wall decor, storage solutions, light fixtures, back splash, flooring, etcetera… etcetera… etcetera 🙂 And I’ll be doing it all as thriftily as I possibly can because, as usual, I have next to no budget.
So, this kitchen makeover adventure is officially on. Yay! I hope you’ll come along for the ride. Adventures are always more fun with friends along, and the more the merrier. 🙂
Thanks so much for reading and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!