I Painted our tile Backsplash, yes I Did

After adding upper cabinets in my kitchen, painting it and giving it a whole new look, I decided the gold backsplash wasn’t working. I guess I wasn’t thinking that far ahead when I was thinking about freshening up the space. I hate when that happens, don’t you? All I could think about was a shiny, new subway tiled backsplash. I love the fresh, clean look, but realized that change wasn’t going to happen soon, so I came up with plan B, my substitute for subway tile.

American Olean Subway Tile 199x300 Top Ten Kitchen Backsplashes

source Isn’t this subway tile beautiful?

upper cabinets

The gold backsplash was great with my old kitchen and really wasn’t that bad with the new look. It was the gold I wanted to be gone. You can see the previous looks of the kitchen here.

tile backsplash painted

Plan B was painting the tile. It was a quick and easy solution. I used plain old flat white paint. Because of the texture of the tile, I didn’t think a shiny finish, like subway tile, would look good.

backsplash painted

I didn’t cover every nook and cranny completely to emphasize the texture of the tile. It looks more like a whitewash.

kitchen painted backsplash 2

It really looks so much brighter.

kitchen painted backsplash

So there’s the new look! It’s working for me now. I’m almost certain that I’ll get tired of this too! Confused smile  Who knows what will be trending next?

kitchen

It looks pretty with pops of bright colors.

kitchen plants

Here’s a closer look at the tile and my pretty old cheese box filled with plants. Hope I can Keep them alive!

Next up on the interior project list will be painting but that will have to wait until all my work outside is finished. I’ve been enjoying working in the garden and getting the flower beds ready for summer. The weather has been just about perfect for working outdoors and it feels great to be outside. We’ve got some power washing to do and I need to paint the shed door but it’s looking good.What have you been up to?

Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))

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Upper cabinet project in kitchen is finally complete

 

This kitchen cabinet project has gone on forever it seems but I’m happy to say it is finished! From the café curtains to the finishing and painting of all cabinets, it’s done and I am so happy about that!

Here’s a recap and the official reveal of the finished projects.

breakfast area

Here’s a look at the board and batten project that we did last winter, refinishing my Mom’s table and new fabric panels on the windows.

bakers rack kitchen

Looking through the kitchen and the baker’s rack freshly painted with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint.

pantry wall

Here’s my post about painting the cabinets with Benjamin Moore’s Advance paint. I love how this side of the kitchen turned out. Getting rid of the bifold doors really takes the kitchen up a notch! Notice we added doors below the microwave too.

kitchen stripped runner

A new runner from Rugs USA has the perfect colors for the kitchen’s new look.

stove kitchen

The next project might be replacing the tile backsplash with subway tile. Getting rid of the shelves on this end of the island added a lot of extra space to move around. This was the 2nd transformation of the island, remember this one,  from white to dark red?

upper cabinets

Adding tolix stools to the island is on my to-do list.Something like this,

                                             tolix

shelf kitchen

A cute shelf was added above the kitchen window.

sink

In the 16 years we’ve lived in this house there have been a few kitchen makeovers. Back splash sink, granite…..it’s ever evolving!

What’s next, I’m thinking of removing some wallpaperSad smile

I have been on a hiatus because I’ve been sick for the last 3 weeks. What started out as a sinus/allergy problem became a virus with a cough and aches and pains that seem to last forever! I’m sick and tired of coughing my guts out and the throbbing headache that comes with it! I’m sick and tired of feeling lousy and I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired! I’ve been to the Dr twice now and am very slowly starting to feel better. I’m itching to start a new project!

 

Thanks for visiting! Debbie (((xx)))

~How the island was transformed~

It would have been so much easier if I wouldn’t have kept changing my mind. But, sometimes it’s just so darn hard to make up your mind.
I wish I could say that this project went perfectly and smoothly, but does a project ever go that way? NO, especially when you’re learning as you go. The beadboard was not in the original plan. I was going to use trim to create boxes on the side and back….you know like wainscoting…..but just kept thinking ..no….not sure if I like that, so beadboard it was! This was after I had already primed the whole island. Lowe’s cut a sheet of beadboard for me so it was easy to install…..Liquid Nails = a good thing. Next I primed and painted the beadboard.

The trim on this end is plain poplar boards. Bill didn’t like that at ALL. He wanted to use proper mouldings. I won that one and I’m happy with the way it looks.

The back and side look like this all trimmed out.

Remember I said I kept changing my mind? Well, beadboard was added to the shelf end too when I realized there was enough. Should have painted it first, it would’ve been much easier. Learn by doing!

I used an old miter box for this trim…..it’s not bad for a beginner. If you look real close you’ll see the bottom piece is upside down…..oops! In not buying more trim just for that, no one will notice anyway….I hope.

Now onto the corbels…..the white piece in the photo above is a piece that I cut off to make it fit. A handy little Dremel tool did the trick. You can see why I had to cut it in the bottom photo.

The legs were just a hair too high. I tried sanding them but that would have taken too long, so I cut them with Bill’s compound miter saw. Power tools are a gal’s friend! I just need to learn how to use them….. Safely.
There it is, the saga of how the island was “pimped.” In one of the pics you’ll see an old pitcher. I used that to mix the paint to get the color I wanted. I used the paint from the DR but wanted it to be more orange and less purple. I added some yellow, white and orange craft paint to tweak the color.

Here’s the cost breakdown,

  • paint, primer, nails, sandpaper, $0
  • beadboard, $19.00
  • legs, $22.00
  • poplar boards $15.00
  • corbels, $15.00
  • liquid nails, caulk, $9.00
  • trim, $6.00

Total, just $86.00! Not bad for a whole new look.

Nest post will be the yardsale chandelier, and there’s a giveaway coming next week so stay tuned!

~Take a Tour of the new Island~

Oh My Gosh, it’s finally done and I’m lovin it!

Here’s the front view all dressed up with a whole new color and shapely legs. Oh la la!
Corbels were added at this end along with legs, trim and beadboard. The white tureens really pop now against the red. So purdy!


I love this end and can’t stop looking at it!


I’m extremely happy with the end result. It’s so different and makes a bold statement now after the plain white. It looks like a piece of furniture.

Believe it or not…..the trim work was done by me and an old miter box. There’s still some touch up painting to do, maybe a little sanding too, so don’t look too closely…..it’s definitely not perfect, but that’s ok. “It doesn’t need to be perfect to be beautiful.” from the Nester.

Yes, I do paint outlets. A white outlet would stand out so much and every time I saw it I’d cringe, so I just painted it!

I’m going to add these brackets soon, just had to make sure Bill wouldn’t bump his knees when he sat here or I’d never hear the end of it! You know!

My H, Bill cut the trim for the plain end and helped me with some nails, other than that I did it all. Isn’t it amazing what a determined gal can do!?

After I live with it a while I’ll decide if I want to glaze it. What do you think, glaze or not?

The yardsale chandelier is hung in it’s new home and it’s lookin good. That thing was a bear! I had to rewire the whole thing! More about that later and one more post coming about how the island got transformed.
So far I’ve done carpentry and electrical work, just try, you’ll be amazed at what YOU can do! DIY is so much cheaper too and I really like that.


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This post is being added to MET MONDAY at, Betweewn Naps on the Porch. See more makeovers there!

~Almost finished with the island Redo~

Slackin off with my blog postings….

but I’ve been busy, working on the island project along with running errands with Dad, Dr. appts, taxes and car inspection among other things. I thought I’d show you the kitchen as it was when we moved in. This is the original kitchen with laminate counter tops and a white sink that I ABSOLUTELY hated because you could not keep it clean! So much steam came from the dishwasher that the underside of the counter started to break off in tiny pieces. The counter top on the island was Corian, a white color, I think it was called bisque and while I liked the Corian it just felt cold to me…..all that white.

There was a white pull out sprayer- faucet that never did work right and the cabinet knobs were brass which I sprayed with car primer then sprayed black.

In 2007 we got granite counter tops, a new silgranite sink, Price Pfister faucet and a Bosch dishwasher.

I wasn’t sure I would like the configuration of the sink with one side being so small but I love It and the faucet! It’s a really deep sink and you can pile up lots of dishes before it starts to look messy….gotta love that! The disposal is on the smaller side, which works out well. The color is anthracite,(black) and it’s so easy to keep clean with Rock Doctor cleaner and polish which I use on the granite counters.



I wish I could remember the name of the granite, but there are so many different ones that are similar. Mine has a just a tiny bit of gold in it. I tend to like the ones that have more movement in them.


My dream kitchen would have tons more storage but, that’s the kitchen and the changes it’s seen.
I’ll be revealing the island redo soon. It looks so much better now and I’m amazed that I did most of it myself…with a little help from power tools and Bill….just a little. It turned out even better than I dreamed it would!