Kitchen Progress

A Stroll Thru Life
I had so many wonderful comments about the new color in the kitchen.  Thank you guys so much, you know how to encourage a girl and make her feel like she's on the right track.   I painted the walls the same color as the family room and breakfast area.  Reliable White by Sherwin Williams.  This is a really nice creamy white that goes with anything.  I had so many comments about how much bigger the kitchen looks.  It's not a "big" kitchen, but it is a generous size for a small house.  It measures 17.2 ft.  from backsplash to backsplash and 11.6ft. from the back of the range to the end of the island.  So basically l7 x 11 1/2.  It has plenty of cabinets.  That's the only thing the builder didn't skimp on.  I have 24 doors and 11 drawers plus the pantry.

Since I was covering up Chocolate Brown, I knew it would take at least one coat of primer first.  Remember when I did the hall bathroom makeover and every color white I chose turned out looking pink or green or yellow.  Well I had 2 gallons of that "wrong" paint in the garage and it had primer in it.  Each can was about 2/3 full, so I just mixed the two together to use as primer.  It worked perfectly.  I had 3/4 of a gallon of the Reliable White leftover, and that turned out to be enough to paint the kitchen.  There's not a lot of wall space here, just around the cabinets.  So this first step of the makeover was free.  Just a lot of work.

I still need to get hubby to change out all the plugs and switches.  With brown walls, I had them switched out to brown, now they need to go back to white.  So hopefully that is on today's agenda so I can get the counters put back together.

I want a less is more approach to my decor so that is going to take a ton of purging.  See all this stuff piled on the breakfast table, not all of that is going back.  I need to edit big time.

I decided not to put any of the tin cans back up on top of the cabinets.  I went with a "less is more" approach here too.  (I know, there are still ladders everywhere.)

Above the fridge I chose to use my ammo basket, french breadboards and Amish rooster. 

 Super simple.

Over the range I kept my weather vane.  I love how this piece is aging and such fabulous patina.

The side cabinets got a less is more approach also.

 A pair of shaped wheat stalks and a demijohn.

 I love my dad's old tool box, and thought it was perfect to go with my new horse.

 Isn't the patino fabulous on this old box too.  I remember seeing my dad carry this when I was a kid.  It really was his everyday tool box.

Ok, doing good so far.  Now to decide what to do next.  I think I will go ahead and paint the island, then not sure if I should do anything else until the floors go down.  I know when they take up the tile and put down all the hardwood it will make a huge mess and I will probably have to repaint, but at least it won't be as bad as this time with covering up all the brown.  I still havn't finalized which flooring I want to go with.  There are 2 contenders, I just need to make up my mind.  Since this is a major expense, I want to make sure I pick the right thing.

I am also deciding between Samsung and Frigidaire for all the appliances.   Do you guys have any reviews about either that you would like to share?

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