Tuesday, February 15, 2011


O.K. here's a picture of our kitchen now. On Monday we are having local contractors (a very sweet couple from our town) come in and paint the cabinets, add beadboard around the lower walls, add subway tiles as a backsplash, a new countertop and new floors. And hang wallpaper too! But I didn't realize that it was so much work getting ready for all this! Clean out the cupboards (all of them) take all the pictures off the walls and the nails too. FIND A PLACE for all of this, YEESH!! And here I am with a bum knee! (Tomorrow I am going to the doctor to find out what is wrong with my right knee though, so hopefully I will be getting around much better soon.)
This is the wallpaper that my honey and I agreed on! And I love it!

Sooooo, the cabinets and wainscotting will be off white. The subway tiles will also be off white. There is a picture of the wallpaper below; for the upper part of the walls. And I will sew a red toile valance for the windows. And a large red check for the chairpads. Also we're putting in new countertops and a rich hickory look laminate floor (the floor will go from the kitchen through the dining room and living room.) I am going for the look that designer Gail Claridge did in her guest house; lots of reds, greens, yellows and wood. A very warm look.

Then it's on into the living room. We have ordered two new LazyBoys - one for each of us, yay! I am going to sew a new slipcover for the sofa, and make pillows, and new drapes for the window. I already bought an area rug from Pottery Barn in a red, green plaid.
Here are a couple of the fabrics that I am thinking about for the curtains, which one do you like the best?

I can't believe it; this all started with needing a new floor! One thing lead to another and pretty soon, we were re-doing the kitchen and the living room! So, I will keep you all posted with new pictures as this renovation takes place! AND I am open to suggestions, please!



Adrienne said...

I love what you are doing! Your kitchen will be so nicee and to have the rest of your floors done and a 'new' living room, too, is over-the-top wonderful! Of course I love the drapery fabric with the yellow background (you know I love yellow!) but the other seems to go with the wallpaper so well. What a hard choice you have to make, dear friend. Can't wait to see it all finished.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

How very exciting for you! A new kitchen....I like the large floral fabric for curtains.But either or will be pretty.
I want to replace our tile back splash in our kitchen, I just have to talk hubby into it..LOL
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

Dolly said...

I am so excited for you!
It all sounds wonderful!
Love the wallpaper and the toile will be perfect with it!

I can't wait till we can afford to re-do our kitchen!

Smiles, Dolly

bj said...

WOW...you are getting a lot of new things at once. How exciting.
Have fun with it all and be sure to show it to us.:))

Meggie said...

Oh Marilyn, I'll be so curious to see the results of your kitchen. I've wanted to paint my kitchen cabinets for quite some time. But I'm from the "you never paint over natural wood" school. Please share photos when the project is complete. Hope your knee is feeling better.