What a crazy last few months it has been. Aside from our regular workload we participated in two show houses, bought a house that wasn’t for sale, sold our house without a realtor, moved, remodeled the kitchen, hosted Thanksgiving for thirteen at the new house, and have actively been updating several rooms. Whew! Time for a deep breath.
I was going to wait to tell this story until we got the kitchen completed, but with our current work load, (thank you Jesus!) I don’t think it’s going to be anytime soon. So, I thought I would go ahead and share a few of the details and projects with you. So, here goes…
Last year, one of my very best friends bought a house on 4 1/2 acres. I visited her often over the last year and every time I was there I would tell her how much I wanted to move to her new neighborhood. I knew every house that was for sale, the square footage, the acreage, the sales price. I had made it my mission to find us a place out there. After many months with no such luck, she suggested that I leave notes in people’s mailboxes to see if they would like to sell their houses. On a whim, one Friday afternoon, I did just that. I rode through the neighborhood and left notes for about 8 people. Secretly, I had one house in my heart.
About two weeks passed and I got a call from a guy who said he had gotten my note and was interested in talking to me. He owned the house next door to my friend. The one I had secretly longed for. He was very skeptical at first. I know he thought I was crazy. Long story short, we reached an agreement on price, I listed my house with a flat fee MLS service and sold it in 30 days.
So, this new house has a great layout, beautiful property and gorgeous floors. It did, however, need some cosmetic updating. Our first project was the kitchen. Here is a before shot.
I hated the soffits hanging from the ceiling.
Since we had a shoestring budget, my vision was to tear out the soffits and build the cabinets up to the ceiling.
Since Brooks paints cabinets for a living, I knew that we could unify the cabinets with a couple of coats of paint. With our crazy hectic schedule, we have only had time to put on one coat of paint, so the paint finish is still a work in progress.
We need to add another coat of paint, and some protective wax. And add some new hardware. This is a custom color we mixed with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It is 50% Pure White and 50% French Linen. We painted the island in Graphite.
We also removed the original wall oven, removed the cook top and the cabinet underneath it and dropped in a double oven range. We built the additional cabinetry around the refrigerator and added storage above.
Now that we had ripped out the soffits we had to deal with the ceilings.
Rather than patching the holes with drywall, removing the popcorn texture and painting the ceiling, we opted for something a little different. I found these (affiliate link) faux tin ceiling tiles that were made out of Styrofoam.
You cut them to size with an exacto knife and glue them right to the popcorn ceiling. It took about a day and a half to install, but I could not be happier with the way it turned out.
I also have to mention the walls.
Brooks applied an aluminum metallic paint with a roller and let it drip and drag in a random pattern. I love it!
While we had the ceiling torn out we also upgraded the lighting. We added 10 can lights in a grid pattern around the room. We removed the original ceiling fan and centered the new chandelier over the table. We also installed these two pendant shades over the island and added a lantern over the sink.
Hope you enjoyed the kitchen makeover preview. The total project cost was about $4000 not including the new refrigerator and oven. I bought those at the Sears Outlet for $2500 total. The ceiling tiles are from Amazon (affiliate link) The pendant lights and the lantern came from Overstock. The Capiz shell chandelier came from West Elm. The bar stools came from Southeastern Salvage. If you would like to makeover your kitchen, we would love to talk to you. You can check out our Cabinet Painting page on our website or you can schedule a consultation by contacting us by filling out the form below or calling us at 615-500-1517.
Next up, I’ll take you on a tour of the new den and the fireplace makeover.