Thursday, August 19, 2010

"F" is for Finished

Except for the tv above the fireplace, some shelving, counter stools and lots of decor the kitchen is finished. Are you ready to see some pictures?

First a BEFORE view from the front door:

And now that same view AFTER:

And the view from the back door (I don't have a before shot from here, there was nothing to see.)

Some more BEFORE:




And I thought I'd include this little chair makeover just for kicks because I love the little skirt so much. Unfortunately I don't have a before pic so you'll have to imagine.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"S" is for Stairs

Stairs that lead directly to 1985 in our house.

So the stairs made it into the kitchen remodel. Since the floors we being redone we had to include the stairs. But now the stairs lead directly to the 2nd floor which hasn't been updated since about 1985 with the offwhite trim and doors, brass doorknobs everywhere and 1950s pink bathroom tile. It will remain that way for awhile but I thought I would show the much improved stairs in all their glory.


And now, no carpet, all white semi gloss trim, refinished wood and new railing:

And let's see the railing up close.

And after:

And one other before shot:

And after:
Hope you like the new look as much as I do.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"L" is for Lighting

The kitchen is officially complete and functional. I have a few small things to show before I give a real reveal.

First the entry light. This brassy number was hanging above the front door since we moved in. Bye bye brassy.

In the spirit of repurposing as much as possible and since I liked the shape but definitely not the bright brass finish I did a little makeover. She now has a new home above the kitchen table and a much updated look. I spray painted it oil rubbed bronze and remade the shades. Watch out Pottery Barn!

So now we needed a new fixture above in the entry. A bit nautical but I love it and I installed it all myself, of course I had to do some major handiwork to get it right up next to the ceiling in order to clear the door opening. This would be an Ikea light.

That's all for now.