Christmas is put away and it's time to make a few refreshing changes around the house!
I have always liked this green bar. It's the first thing I painted when we moved into the house.
I ended up painting the kitchen a tan color that I didn't think blended very well with the green or my red couches. The combination of it all was a little sliver in my mind, but I didn't want to change it all after I just painted so I let it simmer. After Christmas I had some Christmas money from family and it seemed like a fun time to give the kitchen a new look.
Here's what the wall looked like before. I know the stripe looks red, but it's really orange.
I need to work on my photoshop skills to be able to accurately represent, but you get the idea.
I actually really liked the tan with the orange...like I said, it just didn't work with everything else as well as I'd hoped it would.
First of all I decided to add some trim to the bar. If I was going to be painting anyway, might as well add a little more character. I bought primed pieces of mdf at Home Depot. The whole project cost me $10.
I've wanted to try and add gray accents into the kitchen. I have gray in other rooms of my home, but I just wasn't sure how it would look next to my dark brown cabinets so I just painted gray in the picture frames. I really like the gray and the brown together, which was a relief because it's always a bummer to spend time and money painting if you don't like the end result.
Couple tips that I learned along the way: If you are using vinyl or painters tape as a stencil, do a couple stripes at a time and then pull the vinyl off while the paint is still wet.
Also, paint the darker color LAST. I wasn't planning on painting at all, so I did the gray first. I had to paint a few layers of white to cover the gray and during that time the paint would dry and pull up with the stencil.
I spent a lot of time doing touchup surgery.
After all was said and done, I was happier with paint. It was a softer look than the bright white vinyl and I don't have to worry about the kids pulling it off;)
I'm still debating whether or not to paint the shelf and the trim gray. Thoughts??
In an effort to brighten the room and match the bar, I painted the walls white.
I thought it might be nice to pull in the gray, so I painted a door and had The Joe help me hang it.
It's solid wood, so it was HEAVY!!
Circa means approximately or about. A little different take on "Established 1999"
I decided to add some black to help ground the room, and it was a good excuse to make a new sign:)
At first I was planning on building shelves onto the door, but there's not a ton of room to walk around the table in our dining room so I cut the boards down and made a few littler shelves for the adjacent wall.
Easiest shelves on the planet. One wider board and two smaller ones.
Since they weren't going to be holding a lot of weight I just nailed them together.
All of the decor was Target clearance and totaled $15
I still have to paint the rest of the room, so I had to take a few strategic shots that I could share with you.
Thanks for dropping by. Happy New Year!