But first, here is where we started when we bought our house in November 2008:
Pretty sweet, huh? Laminate everywhere: cabinets, countertops, backsplash, and ceiling. This photo was actually taken on the day of settlement, so we hadn't done a thing at this point. What stayed: the floor (oak floors that had just been installed a year prior), the awesome Caloric stainless steel wall oven that you can see a tiny bit of in this photo to the very left, the stainless cooktop and hood to the right of this photo, and the fridge also to the right side of this photo. We were also going to be creating a half wall between the kitchen and dining area.
We started to do some of the easy demo ourselves, but left the rest of the job to the professionals. That wall above left is the one that would become a half wall with countertop and stepped up counter for eating. The electrical got fished up and around to the other side to accommodate the removal of this wall.
Oh my gosh, look how this opened it up. I was thrilled beyond belief the day this happened. I can remember just standing at the wall on the dining room side grinning from ear to ear. Progress.
Ok, now brace yourselves...and this is where we made a rookie mistake. When deciding what color to paint the walls, we didn't really consider much other than the new cabinets were going to be off white and we liked the color orange. Easy. Yikes is all I have to say.
But once the cabinets got installed, we really did love it. It was ours and we had a say in everything and that felt really good. And what a difference our new and improved kitchen:
Fast forward 3 years later, and I'm ready for a change. We love our kitchen but I was sick of the orange and I've learned a thing or two about color as well. Can you see how our wood floors in the kitchen have an orangey/red undertone? The color of the walls basically matched the floors and it was driving me crazy.
So a change we made...enter our new paint color, Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue (it's really tough to get good lighting since we're in a twin but you'll be able to see the big change this made):
I know lighting is tough but anyone know why these particular photos are so grainy?
I love the new color - it looks great in our kitchen. It's a pretty blue/green and looks awesome with our cabinets and floors. And as you can see I had styled it in the hopes of being able to use these as part of the house tour I'm starting to get together for my portfolio, but I think I'm going to try again at a different time of day.
I was eager to give a sneak peek. And next time I'll photograph the rest of the kitchen too.
Have any of you made any paint mistakes and updates that have made a huge difference?