Here is my newly painted kitchen. Remember...this is a 1960's four-plex that I rent so I'm limited in what I can do here. I sanded and repainted the cabinets with Benjamin Moore Cloud Nine which is not a pure white but a nice creamy white. I painted the walls with Benjamin Moore Feather Gray which is a gray-blue. I'm not sure if I'm liking the blue walls though. At times the blue reflects onto the cabinets and makes them look blue also. In the morning light it reminds me of a swimming pool. I may end up painting the walls yellow. The rest of the downstairs is yellow so I wanted something different for the kitchen. I'll live with it for now.My landlord came by and she was happy with how it turned out and I was able to deduct the cost of the paint from my rent. Yay! I would love to get a new faucet. One of those goose-neck ones would look so much better.
I also re-grouted the tiles and I can't believe the difference that made. I bought a tub of premixed white grout, a grout float and sponge and it was very easy. If you can frost a cake you can re-grout your tile!
I have a couple birdcages on top of the fridge. The little plate says "Gardening grows the spirit" I bought it at Marshall's (of course) and only had it a couple days when I dropped it and chipped two pieces off the edge. One of my 7 random facts yesterday should have been that I'm a klutz.
Okay, I'm really embarrassed to show these "before" pictures. They look so gross! When I moved in almost 4 years ago the kitchen was freshly painted in this beige color (the whole interior was painted this color) but the walls and cabinets weren't prepped right and the paint started peeling off.I was trying out some paint colors so that's why the area right below the sink is a different color. That's not dirt, it's just chipped paint...
As you can see my kitchen is very small...some of you probably have closets bigger than this! Even being this small it was a much bigger job to do this than I expected. It took me 3 full days (8-10 hour days) to get it prepped and painted. Then some additional time to paint the hood over the stove and re-grout the tile. It was so worth it though. The difference paint can make is amazing. It looks so clean and fresh now!
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
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