5 SIMPLE STEPS TO MAKEOVER YOUR KITCHEN...ADDING (MANY, MANY) ZEROS TO THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME!
Updated: Apr 19
From Shame To Game - A stunning Kitchen Transformation by NEST+CO that is sure to inspire!
From dark and dated to cozy and charming...this kitchen transformation is a must-see!
(Wait till the end!)
Who else is ready to say 'good-bye' to 80's oak??
This 30 year old house had a beautiful structure and architecture, traditional yet transitional...
Unfortunately, the oak inside had taken over.
#oakkitchenmakeover #chalkpaintkitchen #kitchenmakeoveronabudget
This leads the question..."is too much of a good thing...well, too much"?!
Hey, I love wood as much as the next guy (or gal!)
But, like most things in life...too much of a good thing can simply be...too much! (Except for perhaps Margaritas on a beach, a box full of puppies or winning at the casino...over and over and over and...)
Now...that would be fun!
Anyhoo....the greatest challenge in this project was to separate the 'muddle' from the attractive elements and to create calm and beauty in a visual chaos.
And for the love of all things holy...let's create a focal point...(or two!)
STEP ONE - PLANNING + DESIGN
LET'S START WITH THE OAK...
The kitchen cabinets were oak. The dining furniture was oak. The counter stools were oak. The baseboards were oak. The interior door openings were oak. The exterior door openings were oak. The window frames were oak. The floor in the family room beside was oak. The mantle in the family room was oak. The staircase spindles were oak. The bathroom cabinets downstairs were oak, the bathroom cabinets upstairs were oak...
...See where I am going with this!?
In some areas, there was so much going on...so much 'busy-ness'...you couldn't see the forest from the trees...or in this case the cabinets from the furniture (or the busy backslash from the clutter.)
In other areas....it simply lacked style and charm.
And it dated itself. Sooooo dated.
I decided to stay true to the traditional cabinetry to honour the overall aesthetics and styling of the home, but to try to find a way to simplify the colours...and to create calm...and to bring in charm and personality.
Firstly, I looked at ideas on #Pinterest and started to create a vision, define a style for inspiration and create an inspiration board on my computer, using #InDesign.
I knew that I loved rooms that were bold, yet simple. That used large areas of colour to create drama. That used dark walls to accentuate the beauty and richness of the wood...
But, I had already started to fall in love with the idea of a cottage-feel.
And, I started to love the idea of creating an homage to vintage...
...with a little ##boho mixed in to bring some contemporary vibes in.
My heart said that I just needed to get creative, to get my hands dirty and let the creative juices flow naturally...
I Colour blocked!
I took a deep look at the entire 2-room space and discovered ways to connect the spaces, simplify the look and to control where the eye went.
Then I went shopping...
On-line shopping, that is...
STEP TWO - PAINTING
I selected a deep grey/black for the dining chairs and counter stools, an earthy dark grey for the base cabinets and pantry cabinets, a lighter grey/green for the upper cabinets in one area, and a bright white for the back splash. (Yes! We painted the back splash! Who knew...right?!)
I wanted a classic look, so a mono-chromatic colour scheme seemed like the (timeless) way to go.
With beautiful memories of the simple cottage life in Turkey Point, Ontario as a kid in the 70's, I wanted to create a more 'cottage-y' feel in this space; a nod to a simpler time, vintage and times gone by.
This is the cottage that my Grandfather built back in the mid-late 60's.
Lots of great memories at Crestwood Ave, spending the entire summer here every year...beach, swim and boat and waterski time, kids all playing in neighbourhood together...we would take off on our bikes for the morning to catch frogs and to have 'adventures' in the woods. Picnics, hiking and drinking out of the hose. Picking fresh fruit and vegetables and snapping the ends off of peas. Visits to the local Mushroom Farm, Normandale Fish Culture Station, the Turkey Point Tower and local mini-put. Checking in at the variety store for our mail...or maybe an ice cream or being treated to our favourite chocolate bar (peppermint patty or a chocolate covered cherry for me!) Times sure were different then!
Perhaps, it is the affect of Covid (and the lack of travelling), I am driven to create spaces that make me 'feel' like I am away on vaction...creating a sense of escape and mega-relaxation in the home. Spaces that feel comfy, cozy and create a big siiiigghhh...
A place to slow down, breathe, create, socialize, laugh, relax and enjoy company.
Anyways, I was more than glad for an excuse to chalk paint and play with our palm sander...distressing the cabinetry and adding the feeling of a well-loved, well-warn kitchen!
I love to chalk paint and distress! Since my Art School days at Beal Art School in London, I have loved to paint furniture and bring new life into an old piece.
So now, this 30 year old kitchen looks like it has been used and loved for many, many decades!
I chose a darker earthy grey/black for the dining chairs and counter stools and went to work painting and distressing just about every surface in the room!
DINING CHAIRS + COUNTER STOOLS:
I painted 1/3 of the table in a country white and distressed it as well....just to add some character and uniqueness to the piece.
I then pulled out my hand-dandy palm sander and went to work distressing the chairs...to add that 'well loved and well lived-in' look and feel.
After applying 3 coats and sanding, I finished off each piece with a few coats of a clear wax...
They needed to sit and cure for 2 weeks, so off to the Dominican Republic we went on a lovely holiday! (A great excuse, right?!)
Love how this paint took on a "soft-black" look, with an earthy, warm undertone!
Who wants to watch paint dry, when you can being doing this???
Back from our trip a week later...so I carried on...
I had chosen a medium grey with a green undertone for the pantry and most of the cabinets, as well as for the dining table.
DINING TABLE + PANTRY/MOST LOWER CABINETS
We liked the layout of the kitchen, so it stayed put.
I felt that it didn't need to be ripped apart, just given a bit of a face lift!
The cabinets were custom-made when the home was built, approximately 30 years ago (when oak was in all it's glory!) They are of excellent quality and the floor plan and spacing worked well...so painting seemed to be the best option...functionally and cost-wise.
*Side note: Oak is absolutely gorgeous and is still in style...just with a different look and feel...more modern and clean lines. Here is a little inspiration for you modern-lovers out there!
Now, back to the project...
Here you can see that we have started to paint the walls, the cabinets and the backsplash.
Each area only needed 2 coats...but it was a big of a juggle...while one area was drying, we tackled another area.
Working away...painting the cabinets, back splash, furniture and walls! No surface was safe!