We'll take a little detour from the room-swapping-room-updating, and go back to the kitchen. Just when I think I'm "done" with a room, I change my mind! *insert face palm emoji*
Now in my defense:
1. I did the kitchen "update" this last summer - more or less on a whim... what's another coat or 12 of paint? *insert eye roll*
2. I always felt there were a few things that were "off" in here... and after much debating in the eldest's room, I've realized some things in "tones." And why some designs and colors and schemes work and why others don't... I suppose if I had any formal design / decor training, maybe they'd cover such an issue in Decor 101, but I digress.
Any who, back to the kitchen... I left you here.
And here it is now...
In case you're keeping track, it alllllllllllll got a fresh coat of my same trim white. I first tried merely painting the walls white, and boy did that make my cabinets look aw.ful. They were a mere off white, but against bright white walls, they then looked like that nasty smoker's-house-faded-nicotine yellow... it was hi.de.ous. So... guess who ended up refinishing her cabinets for a FOURTH time since the initial kitchen remodel!?!? *face palm / eye roll*
I actually had to remove these cute rugs :( ... over the summer, with all the muddy foot traffic, they began to show ev.er.y.thing. They washed up super nice actually, but I quickly tired of washing them every other day. So for now my floors are actually naked - except in front of the door. One day I'll maybe add something back... but bare floors sweep and mop much faster!
And I'll admit, my counters are rarely this clean... #cuzwelivehere
I also simplified the whole rest of the kitchen and decor... by merely removing the burlap curtain on the window over the sink, it emphasized the size of it dramatically. And added even more natural light - win win!
And one major change you'll see is that I removed the corner cabinet. It was barely functional.
1. I'm too short to reach even to the back corner of the bottom shelf much less the top one...
2. Given the shape of the cabinet, it was super awkward to store anything...
So I've been digging the open shelving that's super popular... so about $50 later, open shelving it is! I've reconfigured the styling and functioning about 483 times, but again I digress.
I did do a little revamp on my pantry as well... sheesh do I leave anything alone!? It's now wood with a ticking fabric insert. This grey one got too busy for me... Bessie is still on top tho!
My dining room is also on the #paintallthewallswhite chopping block... as is the living room eventually. But I've also gotten distracted with a plethora of other things too...
Also, it's hard to tell in the pics, but all the kitchen walls got another faux shiplap treatment... but this time all I used was a marker!!! I measured out lines and used an oil-based marker to draw lines. Super simple cuz I was NOT going to cut plywood around all the nooks and crannies that a kitchen holds! I did just start with the backsplash - cuz a plain white backsplash is ... well ... a plain white backsplash... but got over-achieving and did the whole thing. So until I eventually get the subway tile that I've been dreaming of since fo-eva, this will do. :)
So that's it. Just a fresh coat of white on all the things! :)
I'll do the sunroom room refresh update soon!