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« on: September 27, 2008 06:32:19 AM »

So I bought this house last fall, and since it was a foreclosure (and super nasty) we (SO and I) had to redo EVERY room in the house! (He wasn't much help with the planning, lol....) Plus, since EVERY room had to be touched we had a SUPER skinny budget.

I desperately wanted to get new kitchen cabinets and counter, but it just won't happen for a few years.

So what we did was:  paint the walls, paint the cabinets inside and out, new appliances, new faucet, new cabinet hardware, new vinyl tile floor (looks like stone-ish), removed a couple cab. doors for open storage, used ceramic paint to go over really ugly granny-flowered tiles in the backsplash, etc etc etc. It was super fun, but a LOT of work, and I really didn't spend much $$!

The dining room has a brown chair rail (same color as cab. frames) with rust on the bottom (same as cab. doors, but many shades darker) and the wheat color- seen around kit. window- on top. (Kit. and DR are connected)

So blah blah blah, right? lol- ok, I'll shut up, here are the pics! (Befores and afters)
Before (blech)                                                   After!! Yeay!!
 

So I really hate this valance, can't decide what to replace it with....


Before ::shivers with dread::                                love love love this room now Smiley
   

Let me know what you think! We finished this room last winter and I'm thisclose to changing it again... haha SO will be so pissed at me....
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2008 06:49:51 AM »

WOW!  You did an amazing job, very inspirational, really!  It's so cozy and warm, I love it.  How did you change the color on the edge of the counters? Is that paint?
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2008 06:51:56 AM »

It looks SOOOO amazing!!! I LOVE the colours that you picked out! I wouldn't change it. Smiley Also, the valence isn't bad at all, it actually compliments the room. Cheesy I would love to have a kitchen like that!
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2008 06:58:53 AM »

That's fantastic! It looks so warm and inviting.
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2008 07:00:49 AM »

I love what u have done. Fits yer name Wink  I'm a pretty big hippie too, however I tend to have 'lots' of me. If that was my kitchen I would no doubt have ended up doing the new 'modern' twist of the 50's...You know black, white and red with bright silver handles. Yes, I am also a victim of the punk early 80's as well.LOLOL

Maybe look at Sari's that match the color plan to your kitchen and make a new valance out of?? Just an idea
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2008 07:04:49 AM »

Super Amazing!!  Are those metal cabinets?  What kind of paint did you use?  I used plain old latex on mine and it is scratching right off!! 

P.S. Don't change it, it's beautiful!
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2008 07:07:33 AM »

Wow, thanks guys!!

The edge of the counter is painted also, I couldn't find that type of laminate edging ANYWHERE! (It really sucks, actually- if belts / buttons on jeans hit it the stupid thing scratches so easily!)

The cabinets are regular wood, and the paint was latex- it does want to get scratched easily, but I sanded them before I painted and used Kilz primer (best stuff ever) so it stays pretty well!

Thanks for the awesome comments, I <3 you guys!

-Steph
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2008 07:18:25 AM »

Oh my gosh, it's just beautiful!  I am in love with that color scheme (which always gets tricky for me during the fall when EVERYTHING is harvest colored and I have zero dollars).  Nice work! 
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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2008 07:55:06 AM »

Wow!  I totally love this! 

And I may totally steal the painted tile thing.  We have a tile backsplash with this ugly 80's-style herb tiles scattered around.  It never occurred to me to paint them, but its such a great idea.  What type of paint did you use?  Did you have to use a heat gun to set it?  I was thinking ceramic paints needed to be heat set, but maybe not.  Oh I'm so excited thinking I could dress up our ugly kitchen (we've done so much other work, we have no time of money for the kitchen - its ugly, but functional)
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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2008 09:08:55 AM »

OMG it is wonderful!  Love the colors.  Love the painted tile.  Love Love Love.
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