Saturday, January 28, 2017

Some Kitchen Details

One thing I have done in our kitchen is paint the ugly old wood panel walls. Now if these were floor to ceiling, we would have removed them.
Luckily they were installed in a wainscotting (aka beadboard) fashion with a strip of molding on top.

First I sanded it all. Then filled in any holes.
Then applied 2 coats of Kilz and 2 coats of paint. We are so happy with the results! 

If we chose to remove it, it could have created so much more work. There is probably old wallpaper behind it and who knows how messy the wall itself would be!

I should have taken a before photo of the old radiator there. It was a blah matte brown but now it is shiny silver making it an attractive original fixture.

All the outlets and switches will have these plates I came across when shopping. 
So far only 1 was done when we had the power off to install 2 of these $10 light fixtures to replace the hideous ones that were there.
The ones we were looking at were around $60 each so when we saw these, we snagged them. Yes they are really glass and metal! Total score. The glass is corrugated for a touch of elegance, yet still making for a casual kitchen fixture.

I really like the cabinet handles for some reason and want to keep the after the cabinets are refinished. So I searched for the right paint to rejuvenate them.
The original is on the left. It is hard to tell from the photo but the handles are very dirty from decades of use.

The middle one is Rustoleum's "Dark Bronze" with a hammered finish. It comes out like a dark pewter rather than bronze. It is a bit too shiny for my taste too.

So then I tried Rustoleum's "Oil Rubbed Bronze" that has a smooth finish on the last one. That is the paint we need! I tried 1 light coat on 2 of the hinges as well to make sure that will work. That was successful too. 

We are slow to start the cabinet doors. After playing with a couple of stains we have decided to go a completely different route and paint them an antiqued white. With that color, we will really be able to install any counter, backsplash and flooring. 

Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy your week ahead. ~Val






18 comments:

  1. It looks fantastic, Val! I bet that was a lot of work though! It's all coming together slowly but surely :)

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  2. Great work! It looks so fresh and elegant.

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  3. The wainscotting looks SO much better painted white! I like those cabinet handles too.

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  4. I love the look of wainscoting! it looks so much better and fitting the period of the house!

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  5. It looks really good. We are updating our kitchen also. We actually need to replace the cabinets, but not enough $$ right now, so hopefully some paint and new handles will improve it. Keep us updated on the rest.
    Debbi

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  6. Again, I have to say, you guys are rocking it! Well done on the wainscotting! Love the light fixture and I love the cabinet handles too! Excellent Val! Hope you're having a great weekend! Big Hugs!

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  7. I am really enjoying reading about your home improvements. I love the white paneling now. I think it looks wonderful!

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  8. It looks so beautiful. Great work!
    Have a wonderful Sunday val!

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  9. Val, this is wonderful!
    Oh my goodness, the difference in those walls!
    We had the exact same thing (and did the exact same thing with it) in our previous house. I made such a difference. Still to this day, I wonder what previous owners were hiding under those ugly old panels!!! :-)
    You do good work, my friend!

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  10. Although I like wood I think painting the wall panels and the cupboards white is a good idea. I love the cupboard handles, the finish you decided to go for looks fab :D

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  11. What a change with those painted panels!

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  12. You have done a great job on the painting, Val. I like the outcome. Cute cupboard handles and I also like the last one, more of that satin finish. Happy new week, Val.
    xox
    Lenya
    New update: Days Of Mauve And Gray

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  13. Nice details!!! Good work!!!!
    Have a good week, dear Val!!!!

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  14. Val, you're so lucky that you didn't have to gut those walls. All of mine got tore down. LOL It's so much more money. So glad you didn't have to. They look great and I love the fixtures you selected.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  15. Just popping in to wish you a happy weekend ahead, Val.
    xox
    Lenya
    New update: Click : : Click : : Clicketty Click

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  16. It's already looking more clean and modern! White paint works wonders ;)

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  17. Great job on the painting! I love the texture of the beadboard at the bottom of your walls (but painted). The cabinet pulls look great too. Your space is coming together nicely. And I think you're right about the neutral palette allowing for more options later. Although I enjoy my very colorful kitchen, I now see that I need to paint the entire space because it's connected to the dining room and hall that are both knotty pine. I want a neutral wall in those spaces and that means the kitchen needs to match. I can add color in fabrics and accessories. #futureproject

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  18. What a timesaver to just paint that paneling. It's what I probably would have done too. Looks like things are starting to come together for you. Can't wait to see more as it comes along.

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Thank you for stopping by! I love reading visitor comments! ~Val