Sep 2, 2011

Kitchen Makeover - Part One: Kitchen Cork Board

Wow, September; hello!  I see that I was a bit slack in my posting for August - but I'm back in the game again.  Glad to be hearing from many bloggers who have survived the multitude of natural disasters going on around them and being thankful for all I know who are safe and sound and praying for all who are and have been affected by the happenings of late!

About four posts ago, at the beginning of August - 'cause that's how slack I have been! - I had mentioned in this post about how in tradition of most long weekends my hubby and I got busy with a small home reno/make over.  I was hoping to reveal it to you in one glorious post but that's not going to be the case.

For one, the project grew and will take longer to complete then one weekend allowed.  Also, I think it will be fun to break it up a little and focus in on the details that make up the whole!

And what we got busy with was the KITCHEN!

*big grin*

I have always loved my kitchen!  It is bright, big, and the heart of the home.  It is where I have my devotions, where we eat breakfast together on the weekends (and the kids and I during the week), it's where I prepare meals made from love and what's found in the fridge, it is home to good conversation and quiet moments of contemplation.

But it was also the first room we painted, four years ago.  My husband and my dad lovingly and painstakingly restored the once black painted original plank flooring to their glorious state that they are now and hubby built the window seat, but like I said, that was all four years ago and I found the room looking a little.... tired lately.

So as we were out shopping on the long the beginning of August...I said to my sweet hubby, "Hey, I want to paint the kitchen, chocolate brown.  What do you think?" and sweet hubby replied, "Sounds good!"  Hence why I call him sweet hubby! ;)

Well here is the kitchen before:

And the 'before' of my beloved window seat;

And the 'after', I keep saying "Now my kitchen has personality!" 

Oh, I love it!  It's bold and dramatic, yet warm, inviting and still holds it's country(ish) charm! :) 

Other then revealing to you the result of a couple of coats of paint, I'm sharing with you a nice little project.  Easy and a great way to personalize a space.

I realized, after going a couple of weeks without one, that I need a cork board in my kitchen.  It's just a must....that's all there is to it.  I was also kind of tired of having my fridge covered in things - SO that being said we (hubby and me, yay team work!) made this;

Our kitchen cork board, right next to the window seat. It's great, I keep all kinds of stuff there and not on the fridge and I love how it looks like art first, cork board second.

 Here is what we did:

We took an old cork board that we had, if you don't have an extra one lying around you can buy one, either one pre-framed, pre cut at a store like Walmart, or you can find it at a hardware store and I believe it's on a roll so you can select your size.

Ours was purple and just wouldn't do, so it had to be painted! ;)

See, much too purple!  I mixed paint, some from the chocolate brown of the kitchen with a tan colour that is in the lower half of our dining room and viola; it went from purple to this:

Hubby then trimmed it out to make it look like art on the wall. If you don't have a handy hubby, or are not ambitious enough to do it yourself, you could find a picture frame the size of your cork board, remove the glass and frame and hang it that way. Think yard sales, Goodwill, etc. for inexpensive large frames - and don't forget you can spray paint the frame any colour so pick one you like the design of and don't worry about the colour of it! :)

I love cork boards I love how they are useful, decorative and inspiring. Already we have adorned this one with;

Inspiration for us and for a witness to others;;

Coffee and tea themed push pins, to encourage the relaxed café feel of the room and to hold notes from dear sweet neighbours;

And who doesn't like having little reminders of good friends, special times, or other such things posted to see daily?!?

I had known for a while that I wanted to paint the kitchen and the jump from pale yellow to chocolate brown seemed obvious.....okay, well to me at least!  Plus, when I found these pillows I just knew there was no other choice!

Yes, roses from my sweet hubby, just because....yes he's that sweet!  He also knew I'd like that the red went with the new colours of the room....*sigh*  God sure knows how to bless a girl!

Oh did I mention just how much I LOVE these pillows?

I did?  Okay, good, just wanted to make sure....

So there you have it, part one of the kitchen makeover.  This is probably my favourite part, only because I love my window seat so and because something about friendly notes and little things that dress a cork board make me so very happy.

Simple things!

I will post more about; the kitchen shelves, the coffee corner and soon *fingers crossed* the new counter and backsplash.

Until then I have a house that desperately needs cleaning, rooms that need organizing, laundry that should be sorted from summer to fall, oh and we start the first day of Homeschool on Tuesday....

*blank stare*

Good thing it is only Junior Kindergarten.

But I warn you, as I type this I sit at the dawn of another long weekend....and well shouldn't a school room have a face lift too?!?!?



  1. Ohhhh it looks amazing!! Even Loris loves the color! So cozy and inviting and coffee shopp-ish, I think. Can't wait to see the rest!

  2. I love your kitchen with the personality! Looks great. Don't you just love hubbies that are so good at helping us out? He sounds like a keeper. P.S. I will be back to see how you did your shelves...I want to do that in my kitchen too!

  3. I think your kitchen looks GREAT. My husband is handy, too. It's one of the things I LOVE about him. Right now he's patching the roof. :)

  4. Thank you ladies! :) We love the 'new' kitchen too! And yes, handy men are super!!!! :D

    It IS very coffee shop-ish Steph...could be why I've been drinking so much coffee as of late... ;)

    I hope that my shelves will inspire you Valerie when I get to posting about them. ;)

    Ooo happygirl, my hubby's been up to patch our roof before...not because of a hurricane though... :S It freaks me out a little when they do roof work! :P

  5. Love it. It looked even nicer in person! Can't wait to see how your school room morphs! <3

  6. Adorable, adorable, adorable! I just love the warmth and the RED accents. So beautiful.


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