House {to} Home Series_Kitchen/Dining Room

Welcome to Part 2 of my

If you missed part one
(the befores, check it out)

today’s feature
the kitchen & dining room
Let me first begin with some reminders of what these rooms looked like on closing day.

With this as our inspiration…

here is the now…teal be gone, & green come on!!!

III & I are pretty ecstatic with the results :)

The walls ended up being a little less yellow & and little more green for a warmer effect;
the cabinets & blacksplash a little more cream.

We did most of the work ourselves, but had a little help with those handier than ourselves.
(granite installation & new appliances…)

Before I give you the run down, I have to give a little shout out to my Dad; our house would not be anywhere near where it is today with out his help & guidance…he was our carpenter in shining armor!

Here is what’s new in the kitchen.

1) new stainless refrigerator (squeezed into a space that is about .5 and inch too small!)

2) new stainless dishwasher

3) new stainless stove & microwave…our stove is a flat top electric
(if I had to do this again we’d probably reconfigure for gas)

4) granite countertops (a brown/black mix)

5) backsplash (installed by my sister & me, off white mix of small bricks)

6) Removed wavy do-dad over sink, painted & glazed kitchen cabinets, and added new hardware
(I first painted the cabinets an off white. Then mixed 3 part glaze to one part toupe.
Brush on, wipe off. Then they were sealed.)

7) undermount stainless sink, perfect for wiping crumbs off the counter)

8) dresser turned kitchen island (tutorial)

 9) replaced panel with flat focet
(Paneling before, my dad removed it & replaced it with the flat surface, then added the crown molding)

10) stocked with kitchen goodies from our fabulous wedding guests & thrifting…

not shown: painted the walls green (can see behind the fridge & in dining room pictures)

We didn’t take very many pictures along the way (no blog yet, sorry…)

But trust me, there was a lot of blood, sweat, & tears put into this project (well, not tears)

I just love cooking in my own little kitchen oasis

. . . . . .

on to the dining room

There wasn’t as much to tackle here…the dining room & kitchen are in one big place. There use to be a wall separating the two, but the previous owners took it down.

We purchased a high table (complete with lazy susan & leaves to magically transform from square to round),
replaced the light fixture with this fabulous stained glass (one of our little splurges),
& painted.
The curtains are IKEA & I plan on dressing them up with a little ruffle soon!
The art is from my aunt’s fabulous design store…makes you feel like your in Italy…kind of.

 We also scored on this $5.00 special bookshelf, great for extra storage! Might stain or paint it one day, but right now I’m kind of diggin’ the natural look!

Thanks for stopping by for the House {to} Home series!
I’ll be back next Wednesday featuring the living room, entry way, & powder bath!

Do you have some great before & afters?

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