6 months later, I can attest that yes, it was much easier to move into my kitchen. And for about 5 of those 6 months, it was actually easier overall because I never had to open and close doors while I had my cooking adventures. But was it motivation? That I'm still not so sure about.
I AM happy to report, however, that the only motivation I need yet, is for a couple of minor things. Curtain in the window, a couple spots of touch-up paint - that sort of thing. But the kitchen is done enough for me to share the results with you. (it doesn't hurt that my sister brought me some gorgeous tulips in just the right color to help the photoshoot along...)
So many, many brush strokes later, I can now introduce you to...my kitchen. Let's start with the overall look, before & after:
We painted the kitchen cupboards "Simply White" by Benjamin Moore - and the peninsula's color is called "Dark Pewter". I had so many paint chips for the peninsula. I knew I wanted a color as opposed to white, but couldn't find just the right one. One night I decided to just lay out all the paint chips I owned (counter was pretty full!) and the chip strip with the closest color I could find to our living room popped out. So while I wasn't expecting to paint it quite so dark, I absolutely love the way it turned out.
If you'll kindly turn your eyes to our light fixtures and give my dad a round of applause, I'd greatly appreciate it. I'm discovering that it's rather handy having an electrician nearby, on call and free!! And willing to put up with phone calls that go something like this: "Dad, I found two candle holders at Winners - can you figure out how to turn them into light fixtures please?"...and then actually doing it! Aren't they lovely? And the big dandelion light is a splash of fun, a result of fun times at Ikea.
Take a look at the corner bottom cupboard in the 'before' shot below. Tim and I decided that this kitchen must've been a DIY job at some point in its life, because the oddly placed door and mismatching wood was rather unsightly. It was a big deterrant when we were looking at the house, but I kept telling Tim "don't worry - I'll paint it and it'll blend right in". And while it's by no means perfect, it's a whoooole lot better now!!
See the framed iron thingy above the sink? I bought that at a garage sale before we were even married and have now finally found the perfect spot for it! (eventually I will paint the frame around the screen in the window, plus add a curtain, which should make the design on the iron pop out a bit more...)
My all-time favorite blue tinted mason jars are now actually being used - I have all my baking stuff (salt, baking powder, baking soda, etc.) in them. And I found the wire holder at a antique mall nearby.
Awhile back I bought this tray from Ikea and now love having it here to hold some frequently used kitchen items - and to cover a yellow stain in the counter!
A friend of mine recently asked me if it was worth painting your cupboards. Although I often looked up against getting out that paint brush and getting it done, I can absolutely say that yes, it's worth it! Especially since every time I actually made it up to the attic, it really didn't take that long to whip on a coat of paint. So my advice: paint!
I love my kitchen now. And since we put so much work into it, I don't know if I'll ever have the heart to rip it up and install a new one!
Well...at least not yet...