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