I am soooooo very excited to show you the kitchen!!! I cannot tell you how much difference some paint and new lighting makes in a space! It feel like we added a window too…light just pours in! Ok…I’ll shut up and get on with the eye candy we all want to see…..
Let me jog your memory…..
Amazing right?!?! I know!! We painted the walls a half strength of the foyer paint (Behr Light French Grey). The ceiling is a shade lighter…Reflecting Pool. The white cabinets are Porter Paint White Umber…along with the trim.
The lighting we had before was great for the “Tuscan” look….but we wanted something fresh and a bit airy. The lanterns I found are actually outdoor lanterns…scored them for $29 each at Home Depot! The original lanterns I fell in love with were $130….so these saved us a bundle. I did have to spray them white. We LOVE how they came out. The water glass shimmers at night…so lovely.
The chandelier was also a STEAL…from the Restore. (Habitat for Humanity store) You should seek this store out in your own town….seriously the best deals. This light was $18! It was bright brass….but I made it sing again! I will be doing a separate post just about the lights :) I made a video about how to install your own pendant lights. It is really a simple project…and you can do it girls!!! I will show you step by step how to take out and old light and re wire a new light…easy :)
Last thing we are working on now is this custom mirror for the cooktop area. The black granite tile hasn’t really annoyed us like we thought it would. We are going to live with it for awhile since it would be costly to replace. However, the area above the cooktop will be outfitted for a custom mirror. This is a great, budget friendly solution to visually opening up the space without taking out an tile. We called our local mirror and glass cutter…gave them the exact size…and they cut us a mirror. We are going to trim it out and place it in that spot. Easy! And look how it bounces the light! It’s like we have a 8 burner cooktop!! :)Love it!
I know the question yall are dying to know…what did it cost you?!? Here is a basic breakdown of the kitchen update.
Demo pantry and re-drywall : $425
Built new base cabinet and shelves above: $70
New wood countertop: $10
Paint walls, trim and cabinets (includes paint) : $800 (we were going to do this ourselves…but when we got this quote…we surrendered! Plus our contractor sprayed the cabinets which made the finish really lovely and professional)
New Pendant Lights: $15 (we sold the other chandelier for $55, and the pendants are for sale still on craigslist :)
New Chandelier: $18
Paint for new lighting: $7
Storage, décor, etc.: $30 ( I had some of the jars prior to this update)
Custom mirror for backsplash: $39
We think it was worth it….to go from this…
Some other kitchen post you may enjoy:
And here is a post I did about painting the cabinets in my bathroom:
I will be doing a few more post about the kitchen. Thanks for your sweet words about the space :) Amazing what a bit of paint can do. Let me know if you have any questions….just comment and I will reply back :)