I have always LOVED red. It is one of my favorite colors.
So much so that we have had 2 red kitchens in the 2 homes that Brian and I have owned in our 12 year history.
Here is what our kitchen looked like BEFORE with our fabulous bright red paint:
Don’t think for a moment that our kitchen looked like that all the time. These photos were taken the day before the painter came and we had to move EVERYTHING out.
By EVERYTHING, I mean this >>>>>
Oh, man. Our kitchen had a lot of crap. Don’t worry. It didn’t all go back. We have a little bit of crap now, but not nearly what it used to be. 🙂
We decided to lighten things up, calm things down and selected the color Oyster Bay from Sherwin Williams for our kitchen. I found the color from another home blogger that used it and I fell in love. Sometimes it looks green (don’t be fooled by the colors you might see online) and most of the time it looks more blue to me. It just depends on the lighting.
For the first time ever, I’m sharing a “home tour” of our complete kitchen on this #makeovermonday with wide angles (only because it got cleaned up this past week and I figured I should take advantage of this momentous moment!!!). I also thought it would be fun to point out some of my favorite DIY projects in our kitchen.
Also – you should note that I take photos of homes for a living (Brian and I are Realtors if you didn’t know that already), so I used my real camera instead of my iPhone – huuge difference. This is actually what I do for a living, y’all – so here we go!!
That’s my grandma’s 1960s vintage table in our breakfast area. I didn’t plan on using it here, but we sold our other table on Craigslist and this one got put as a placeholder…then I kinda fell in love with it. And I don’t really have anywhere else it can go in our house right now, so it stayed!
Yes, we have a ton of cabinets. This kitchen is what sold me on our house (funny because I don’t really cook that much)! But, I do love to have parties with lots of people and I have lots of STUFF that fills every inch of every cabinet you see. This is my problem. This is also the reason we can’t ever get granite or backsplash – cause it would be a small fortune that I would rather spend somewhere else!!
Our fridge and pantry door are covered with drawings. I would always recommend taking this stuff down before you sell a house – but, hey – WE AREN’T selling hah!
The drawings on the fridge are actually a disguise. We bought a super discounted floor display model from Lowe’s and didn’t realize til we got home that it was FULL of dents. And stainless doesn’t hold magnets. So, we have drawings taped to the front. It works 🙂
We have a double oven. It came with the house. My father-in-law loves to joke that it is great for storing pots and pans!!!
Flat surface stove tops never come clean. It helps if you don’t use them as often!!!
The under cabinet lights were installed by my hubby. He comes from a family of electricians and I LOVE THAT!
We used to have a big red and yellow curtain on top of the window. I took it down for painting and decided I loved it more without the curtain!! And just this week I raised the blinds to see our girls playing outside and decided that I like that better too – they haven’t come back down yet!
Our island is one of my favorite parts of the kitchen. People can gather all around and eat and stand and talk. It’s the perfect size and in the perfect spot. I wouldn’t really change anything about the design of our kitchen.
I would change having hardwood floors in the kitchen. Don’t EVER do this. These floors have been beat to death. They have scrapes and marks all over them. They need to be buffed. I would do the tile that looks like hardwoods if I ever had it to do over again.
A few close up shots so that you can see the color that we picked – Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay. I LOVE it, I LOVE it, I LOVE it!!
Our kitchen window is one of my favorite spots. I love seeing the girls playing outside or Brian grilling. The milk glass vases belonged to my grandmother and so did the plants that are growing out of them. They survived inside all winter long in those vases! The little green house and white clock on the window sill were hers too. She kept those very items beside her kitchen sink and I love thinking about her when I see them.
These plants all came from our backyard! They are bushes actually. Brian just went out and cut a few branches. They will survive a week or two and make a statement!! I love using flowers and plants from our backyard. Best part? They are FREE!!! And the little candles are less than $2 from IKEA. I have almost every flavor they make because I love them so!
Those curtains are from a salvage shop in our local town and required ZERO sewing skills!! I did a blog post on how to create cheap curtains like these > you can read that here.<
That white cabinet was left in a house as TRASH and looked like this before:
YES. It sure did. >You can read the post on how I fixed it up here.<
Side note, up until this past weekend we had a huge green house plant beside the cabinet and a play table for the girls. It was sooo crowded. We moved it all for a small get together and Brian and I can’t believe how much we LOVE not having anything there now!! So, nothing else is getting moved back!
See how open it is now?? If you have a cramped space I would totally recommend taking stuff out for a bit and seeing how you like it!
Lastly, I love these vases filled with plants from the back yard on our table. Simple, yet elegant and classy.
There you have it! Our very first “home tour” of the kitchen!! I hope that you’re inspired for your own kitchen. Remember, you don’t have to have a fancy space to make it beautiful. Use what you have. Paint can make a WORLD of difference. Start there! And work on it a little at a time. That’s what I do.
So now you know why I had to take advantage of it being clean for TODAY!
Before we go, the winner of the #shareitsaturday post on my favorite $5 bath secret is:
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Happy Monday, friends!
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