Details in the *new* White Kitchen – Using Contact Paper

As seen in my previous post (click here), I painted my lowers white.  I am working on the long game for the kitchen and narrowing down my design choices for its future.  I have a lot of ideas swirling in my head and quite frankly its hard to get a grasp on all the things I want to do.  Fancy stove, restaurant style reach-in fridge, island with drink fridge, new pantry….the list is long and funds will definitely not stretch that far.  I think I should distract myself from the long game…don’t you?

Yeah!  Distraction time.

I had some left over chalkboard contact paper from the Bathroom project and I decided to use it on the inside of one upper cabinet.

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As you can see, I had a rough time cutting off the bottom edge but otherwise it was an easy install.  I then used some command hooks to secure my measuring cups.

Another contact paper project – was just your standard lining of our drawers and cabinets.

More pretty distraction!

The contact paper was an easy and quick project that really cleaned up the kitchen.  Our cabinets are the old 1979/1980 dark wood style that seems to suck the light away from you…so getting those insides painted out and lined really helped lighten everything up.  I kept the chalkboard contact paper on the inside of only one door so I did not negate all the good the other contact paper did.

 

*new* White Kitchen

Dave and I have a long term plan for our kitchen and the work that we have put into it till now, is prep for the remodel/gut job.  One of the things that we recently decided on was the choice of a white kitchen.  In order to confirm this choice, I painted our lowers to match our white uppers.

Before:

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Current:

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Here are some inspiration shots:

 

Love the floors and the slick fronts of the cupboards

This one is very close to what I like….just a few tweaks to my taste

This plywood and white kitchen is amazing….and gives me so many ideas.

 Our plan is to extend real wood floors throughout the entire top floor.  Hopefully, the flooring will be reclaimed flooring from the farm.  With the flooring comes the opportunity to take out the L shaped wall where our pass through is and make it a true island.  Since we are doing all that work, we would like new cupboards.  I am happy with the all white, as it brightens the whole kitchen AND dining room.  It is going to be an act of extreme effort on my part to narrow down my likes and preferences into one cohesive design and get it in…without changing my mind a few hundred times before and after it is completed.
What do you think of the white?  And which parts of the inspiration picture do you like?

Chalkboards all over this house

I always like reading the graffiti in public toilet stalls…secretly of course…cause writing on stalls is not kosher.   There is usually something that makes me laugh.  I was thinking that I should create something for my bathroom that would give me the same ha-ha laugh.  Without the graffiti guilt.

I took a piece of flat wood that was apart of the old vanity that we demo’d from our master bathroom and covered it in chalkboard contact paper.

making a chalkboard

There were some bubbles that needed to be smoothed out.

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Dave helped out by making my 2 sided frame.

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I sanded and poly’d to protect the wood.

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Oh My Gosh….have I enjoyed having this.  The girls leave me notes, visiting friends have taken advantage and I laugh every-time I see something new.  (the most popular items are Doctor Who quotes)

The bathroom chalkboard inspired the girls so much that they were spending time in the bathroom just to draw, so I purchased each of them a chalkboard for their rooms.

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Such a good idea.

 

 

Deck the…. House out for Christmas

The girls and I were pretty busy during the previous 2 weeks getting the Christmas decor out and arranged.  When we first started I got all the decor out that we are using this year and put it around the place.  I was happy with where everything was at.  The girls had other plans.

Everything got moved and then moved again.

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I think that we are all happy now, as its been a couple of days since something has moved.

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So Pretty.

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In the dinning room:

are those jack daniels bottles being used as candle holders.  no…I mean Yes.  I painted them to help them blend in.

I don’t own taper sized candle holders and I wasn’t enthused about buying any.  I was given the tapers as a gift, so I used some left over bottles from a card party we hosted a few weeks back.

I am thinking that I should put together a candlelit dinner for Dave and I.

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Have a good weekend peeps.