Tuesday, September 28, 2010

B & A: Kitchen

It's still not finished, but I wanted to go ahead and share some pics of the kitchen.  I think we've put nearly 100 hours of work into it so far, which makes me think the before and afters should be MUCH more dramatic than they are.  I swear I got confused a few times and had them backwards.  Sigh.

We painted the upper and lower cabinets, walls and trim.  We took out the ceiling fan and changed the lighting.  We removed the soffit above the sink (along with that scroll doohickey that looked more like punctuation than an architectural feature).  And we filled and re-drilled the cabinets for new hardware.

Meh.  Not a very dramatic difference here, and yet I still feel compelled to share. 

For the back of the open shelves, I hot glued some Ikea fabric to foamboard and wedged it in.   I'm still shocked that I got away with it.  From even a short distance the shelves look wallpapered.  And I'm thinking I could have a taller kitchen window now!

... I heard that Scott.

I always thought that ceiling fan looked like a giant spider on the ceiling.  It even had a little maroon tassel that hung down and would tickle you on the back of your neck if you backed into it.  Then we hung the new baby chandelier over the kitchen sink, and I was amused to discover it reminded me a little of a spider too.  A good sparkly spider.

The remaining to-do list:
  1. Paint rest of trim
  2. Paint inside of upper cabinets
  3. Paint pantry and desk area
  4. Fix place on cabinet where I just rammed my chair
  5. Finish painting walls and remaining soffits

Dream to-do list:
  1. Skip painting soffits and go after them with sledgehammer instead
  2. Send neon white dishwasher and refrigerator out to pasture

Owen and Solomon with their matching left winged hair at the zoo yesterday.


Grandma DD said...

I want to be there!!!!! Looks great. I would like to be at the zoo too!!! Waaa waaaa waaaa!!

Jennifer said...

So, what is a soffit?

Shelley & Scott said...

It's the boxy thing between the cabinets and the ceiling. They were big in the 60s and 70s. Most of the kitchen cabinets have a fourth shelf up there, but the people who built this house actually thought, "Who needs more shelves when you could have a wall instead?!"

Kristy @ Next to Heaven said...

Wow... what a vision you had! and oh, so handy! I am so impressed and love the grey! So people have posted about painting appliances... maybe ole whitey could be painted?

Rebecca Davenport said...

Looks great Shelley!!!

Coach said...

I know you have seen the bathroom your mom and I painted. It took the entire day on Labor Day as well and more. It was hard work, especially for your mom with her back and shoulder, but you know her, she never complains just full speed ahead. It looks great now that we have completed it. I can't wait to see your completed kitchen as well. You and your mom have the same talent for creativity.