On Monday (15 days before baby is scheduled to arrive) I looked around our living area and decided that I was tired of the wall color. I also decided that while we were at it, we should go ahead and paint all of the wood trim white. Oh, and I’ve dis-liked the popcorn covered soffet (is that what it’s called?) above our cabinets since we moved in 7 years ago.
So with Mark’s blessing, the children started moving furniture and prepping the walls and I headed to Lowe’s for some paint.
Two days later and our walls in the kitchen, dining, living, entry way and hall are all a delicious brown/gray color with a touch of lavender in certain lights. The popcorn is gone in the kitchen, we removed a door and the trim is all primed white.
I’m currently eye-ing the family room….
Here are some before and after pictures of the paint changes as well as our wall removals and kitchen construction.
Before we took down the walls in our living room we swapped the furniture from the family room into the living room, so the couches in these pictures are also different. (Is anyone else like this? I’m forever moving furniture and decor around.)
For a good idea of what this whole area looked like before, visit my living/entry area home tour post.
I really miss my large magnetic wall. It was terrific for displaying lots of kid art. I still have a small wall in the kitchen that is magnetic, but we’re considering doing another large one in the family room….later.
We’ve always had a mis-match of chairs up to our dining room table. Most of them acquired at various garage sales. Several months ago, my friend suggested painting them different colors. The idea scared me a bit, but I knew that I didn’t like what we had going and since I only had about $5 in each chair and could always repaint, I decided to go for it.
I painted them using acrylic paint (you know the small bottles of paint found at any craft store) mixed with Plaster of Paris in my own version of homemade Annie Sloan chalk paint. Then I sanded to give them a distressed look and finished them with dark wax. Much better than before we painted them.
Here’s how they look in the space without the gaudiness of the flash:
When we took down the half wall between the kitchen and dining room, we lost all of the top cabinets on that side of our kitchen. To compensate we built these terrific custom cabinets on the dining room side of the half wall. I ended up with more total cabinet space.
My goal was to keep the kitchen and dining room spaces defined. We made a few decisions to accomplish this.
- We made the bar high (it’s about 46 inches) so that when we are sitting at the table we don’t have to see dirty counter tops and dishes.
- We designed the cabinets so they don’t look too much like kitchen cabinets.
- We stained and polyurethane-d the cabinets while our kitchen cabinets are white.
- We used hard wood flooring for the bar top. This makes the space look nice and warm.
The wooden bar top is one of my favorite details!
Can you believe that is the same space???? This was such a great change.
A special thanks to my friend Tisha for suggesting that losing those cabinets was not a deal breaker (she gave me the courage to seriously consider this and I’d always discounted it by saying to myself that we NEEDED that cabinet space). And a tremendous thanks to Seth who put in many hours and made actually accomplishing this in less than 17 years possible!
See the popcorn above the cabinets?
Yeah, never liked that…
It took me less than 10 minutes to remove. Seriously, we’ve lived here and it’s bothered me for 7 years and it could have been fixed in 10 minutes!
I’m so thankful that I’ll be able to sit down and nurse this baby in these beautiful surroundings. God is good!
What do you think?