Monday, October 6, 2008

The Tackle You've All Been Waiting For...

Tackle It Tuesday Meme
I know pictures can't really do justice to the improvement in this kitchen. This 50 plus year old house has ickiness everywhere. As hard as I try to clean everything, walls and floors included, it doesn't doesn't always come clean. The walls were so gross that I just had to do something drastic. So, here is the final result of my obsession all last week. I still need to get new valances, which will warm the room up a little more, but at least now it's a fresh, clean feel.


The beam running across the ceiling was a strange sort of plastic/wood board that I had no idea what to do with. A kitchen designer friend of mine suggested just painting it.










I think the painting of the beam made a HUGE difference.












The drop ceiling needs desperately to be replaced but we have neither the funds, nor the know how to do it so we have to be satisfied with the other stuff for now.


This picture was where the most noticeable nastiness was. There were cracks in the walls under and above these windows, as well as several BAD patching jobs in between the window. Once again, with valances, this angle will nice.









The room looks much cozier with this view when you first walk in.











I was fully intending to re-stain the cupboards and put new hardware in, but alas, the funds issue arose again so that will have to wait.



Above the cupboards was also that strange wood/board material.











The area above the cupboards is another one of the huge improvements, having that painted.












Somehow, I missed a "before" picture of this angle, but it was again one of the nastiest of walls. It is so much better sitting at the desk typing looking at a clean, neat wall. I like the replacement desk also.










So I know this was overdoing the Tackle it Tuesday a little, but it was a huge tackle and one that made such a difference, that I keep walking into the kitchen, just to look at it. It really does make the hallway and entry ways even worse though, so I imagine I probably will be posting about those soon. Maybe by Christmas, I can have the living room done too...if my family can put up with the messes that painting creates long enough.

Happy Tuesday.

15 comments:

Colleen said...

It really is amazing what a paint job can do for a space. I love the color!

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

I think that the pictures really do give a good idea - but it does feel so much more comfortable and cozy in there too. You did a great job, especially with limited funds! :)

Dad of Divas said...

What a difference this makes, great job! Sorry that I didn;t get more time to chat with you on Sunday...I listened to the bells practicing, they were awesome!

Nap Warden said...

Wow...great job!

Tammy said...

That color looks great!

Courtney said...

Wow, I always knew painting makes a huge difference, but to really see it! I am impressed and I love the color.

AmyG said...

Love the color & you're right, painting the beam thing makes everything pop so much better. Great tackle!

Kila said...

Congratulations! I love the new color! Looks so much nicer. (But, yeah, once you start putting fresh paint on some walls, the whole house has to be done, LOL!)

Jenny @ Daily Dose of Motherhood said...

Wow, that's a great tackle Kristi! The new color really brightens the room and makes it feel cozy. Great job!

heidi said...

wow! it looks so fresh and new!! great job!

Whitney said...

W-O-W!!! Nice work:) LOVE the color!

Annie said...

Woohoo, inspiring me to bigger tackles. I agree, the paint makes a huge difference for the beam and area above the cabinets. My kitchen was white with nasty 70's peach tile covering the lower half. I painted the whole thing green, tiles and all, and it looks eons better. I still need to redo my cabinets, too, though.. Money and time...

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

I love the new color and your friend was right about painting the beam!

bethn said...

It looks fabulous! What a great change. I love the color. You made a great choice.

Jennifer said...

don't know how I missed this post but I love the paint color...looks like a different house!