For those of you that have been reading my blog and following along, (Thank you!) you know the challenges I’ve been facing in the kitchen. My kitchen started out as this blue dungeon. I was stuck in a state of “Smurfdom.” I hated my kitchen. It lacked order; functionality, but most of all, it lacked appeal. Lets face it…It was ugly! You can say it. I did. And to top it off, my budget was ugly.
With a limited budget I made a few changes. But something was still off. Ok a lot was still off. The colors and the styles clashed. I painted everything, covered my counter-tops and dishwasher with contact paper. I thought I’d create a little character by adding a shaker style trim to my dated cabinet doors. However, the project totally flopped, leaving me with dysfunctional doors that didn’t close or open properly. In addition the paint was chipping at the door corners.
My kitchen was sucking the life out of me. On top of it, that darn blue tile back-splash stood as a giant ceramic mental roadblock….Or TileBlock depending on how you look at it. I couldn’t see past it to come up with a color scheme. I was going insane and miserable whenever I walked into my kitchen. Sure, I could paint that darn blue tile or attempt to cover it with some faux finish or vinyl stick on tile. But that wasn’t enough because I would know that it’s still there, lurking in the background. I needed it gone. But truth be told I was a little scared. What if I can’t finish this? What if I totally screw the wall up? How much is this going to cost? What if I’ve finally met a home improvement challenge I was not equipped to handle? Yea there were a lot of ‘what ifs’ going on. But then it HAPPENED!!! I guess I just snapped. I came home and I took a hammer to that blasted wall with the help of “Big Zeek” of course. And it felt GR-E-A-T! There was no going back and I sure as hell wasn’t looking back. Once the tile came down I had a whole new perspective of my space.
It felt like spring and the feeling of a new beginning…for my kitchen and me.
So as it turns out, tiling wasn’t that complicated. I got the hang of it, tiling not only the backsplash but my counter-tops as well. In a perfect world where money was no object I’d want carrera marble countertops but this isn’t a perfect world and money is an object..SOOooo I went with marble tiles for my counters. These days It would appear that tiled countertops are slightly passé but to heck with it. I loved the tiles I found and it was a tiny fraction of the costs of the countertops I’d been checking out in showrooms. And to tell you the truth…I quit like the outcome. For the backsplash I went with a fabulous clearance find mosaic glass tile from Home Depot. Ok so without further delay, I share with you my kitchen.
(WARNING:This is a REAL kitchen that gets REAL use.)
The most important area in the kitchen: The Coffee Station.
So you know what that means….
BEHR Premium Plus #710E-3 Rhino – Walls
BEHR Premium Plus #770F-5 Dark Ash Zero VOC Semi-Gloss – Cabinets (Before)
BEHR Premium Plus #520F-5 Harbor Semi-Gloss – Cabinets (Finished)
BEHR Premium Plus Ultra Pure White Semi-Gloss Zero VOC Interior Paint – Trim
BEHR Premium Plus Ultra Pure White Ceiling Paint – Ceiling