Welcome to post #4 of my kitchen renovation! I haven't updated you all with any progress since we really hadn't made any since August. We are so slow when it comes to renovations.
This holiday break, we finally made some strides in the kitchen reno, and I'm excited to show you the progress. Here's a peek (there's more about the cabinets further down in the post).
Let's start with this uber gorg light fixture that we chose for our breakfast nook/eat-in kitchen area. I ended up choosing the fixture I mentioned in post #2, and I have ZERO regrets. The hubby put it up one day all by himself while I was at work, and he said it was a piece of cake.
This chandelier has some major bling and the glass drops really, really sparkle. The chrome is classic and beautiful.
I think it instantly classes up the whole space and it adds just the right amount of light. We also have nine (yes, nine!) recessed lights in the kitchen. You can also see that we've primed over the original dusty aqua paint color. I loved the blue/teal paint color originally, but now I want a more sophisticated color and finish. We also removed that floating IKEA table and replaced it with another IKEA table that I'll show you in a future update.
Here is the light fixture lit up at night. The cage around the light casts a lovely geometric pattern on the ceiling.
We love this chandelier so much that we're buying an additional one to put in the spot where the track light fixture was (see below).
And now moving onto the most major decision of all...the paint color for the cabinets. I decided against the java (I know, I know...don't hate me!) because I think it'd be too dark for our kitchen. I wanted a bright, cheery, airy kitchen, but didn't want white cabinets. I wanted something a bit unique, still on the timeless side, and something that will be good for resell.
The folks at General Finishes were kind enough to send me some samples of their ah-may-zing milk paint in the snow white color and seagull gray color.
I used a paint brush to paint some of each color on the extra cabinet door we had. I read another blogger's review where she said there wasn't any brush strokes, but I definitely had brush strokes. So, I switched to a cheap foam brush, and I had flawless, factory finish results. You can still see the wood grain though, which I expected.
After seeing both paints on the door, it was clear to me that seagull gray was perfect. It's not too dark, it's not your normal white, and I think it would appeal to most buyers once that time comes.
After two coats, my cabinet door looks amazing! I didn't sand, didn't prime...I literally just slapped the paint on with a foam brush, waited for it to dry about half an hour, and slapped on another coat. Once I start painting the actual cabinets, I will clean them thoroughly and use a deglosser and sealer for good measure.
And that's my update! We'll be painting the walls and ceilings this weekend, and I'll show you all a sneak peek of that later this month. Then I'll start prepping for painting the cabinets. Here's our updated budget breakdown:
Phase 1: Monica Wants It Kitchen Renovation Checklist
Open up the kitchen layout (done!)
Remove Popcorn Ceiling (done!)
Paint Air Vent (done! $4)
-Paint Ceiling (in progress- $88 for paint & supplies)
New Light Fixture for Bay Window/Breakfast Area (done! $133)
Possible(?) New Fixture to Replace Track Lighting (Buying 2nd chandelier, $125)
-Paint Walls (in progress)
Add in 5 More Recessed Lights (done! $300)
-Add Open Shelving
-New Cabinet Hardware
Table/Chairs/Bench for Breakfast Nook (in progress, table $170)
-New Roman Shades for Bay Windows
-Add Moldings to Peninsula and Breakfast Area
Total Spent: $820 spent to date