Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Home Goals for 2011: Kitchen

I finally made a list of my home goals for 2011 and boy are there a lot! So many that I will have to break it down by room. Yeah, there's that many. :)
First up, the kitchen.When we bought our home in 2000 it had not been updated since it was built in the 70's. So we're talking green lanoleum , green wallpaper, oak cabinets, oak paneling (yes, paneling in the kitchen!), and gold flake laminate countertops. I'm sure it was gorgeous in 1978 and perhaps it will come around again but I'm not holding my breath. Thankfully we were blessed with white appliances and sink.
Here's a before picture just to give you some perspective of what we were dealing with.
Check out that wallpaper!
Here's another shot from the other side. Notice the plastic grid lighting on the ceiling....awesome!
So here's what it looks like today. You can see we've come a long way but there's still a lot I want to do.First, paint those ugly oak cabinets. They don't look that bad in this picture but they are really orange-y. Gag. I would like the cabinets flanking the sink to have glass doors.
Kinda like this.
(source: unknown)
Next, RIP OUT THAT UGLY WALL RADIO! Yes, it works and yes, I listen to it but it's ugly so it must go!

Let's get a closeup of it's ugliness shall we?
side note: when I was a kid I thought people who had built-in radios in their home were rich! ha ha ha!
So dumb, I know!
Next, install recessed lighting in the breakfast area. I'm thinking this will make the ceiling appear higher, yes??Mess? What mess?
Next paint those walls a darker taupe color to contrast with the soon-to-be-creamy white cabinets. So I'm imagining it will look something like this.....source: Isabella & Max Rooms (I think)
I will be using a scrubbable paint instead of the current flat paint that refuses to let go of dirt when you wipe it! You can't tell from the photo but the walls are covered in tiny bits of food thanks to two little 18 month boys that like to have daily food fights. What was I thinking? Oh yeah, I painted it "pre-kids". Ah grasshopper, you are learing!!!
And lastly, I thought about doing this chalk board design on our pantry door but I'm not sure how to go about it. Any suggestions on how to get that curvy shape up top??

So what do you think of my kitchen goals? Any other suggestion for this room?
Think I can "get 'er" done before 2012 gets here?
Next goal: Living Room


  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Oh my goodness. Your kitchen gets my decorating juices flowing. What a GREAT blank canvas to work from.
    I have an idea for your radio. What if you went to a ReStore or a salvage place and found a beautiful old antique grill or radiator cover (flat).Pick one where the pattern is tight (so you can't see through it well). Then spray paint it white, and attach it to the wall using window hardware (so it is simply hanging, but off of the wall. It will look like funky art, but you can lift it up anytime you want and listen to the music.
    You could do this also with a fabric or tapestry that hangs (keep it light so you can hear music through it), and make sure that the hanging or swinging window hardware keeps the fabric or grill an inch or so off of the wall.
    Oh, my! How I wish I could do a design board for your kitchen!!!

  2. Wow, that was one 1970s kitchen. I used to think the same thing about those wall radios...that the people were rich. Too funny that it still works. My husband would probably want to keep it if it was still working. I love your ideas. I will come back to visit to see what you do.