Kitchen Reveal Somewhat

Kitchen Before and After

This is my kitchen revealed somewhat but it is not a true kitchen reveal. Is it ever really a final reveal?  Because things change and morph and blend and nothing stays the same forever.  I also can't bring myself to the final reveal for a reason that is very obvious to me.  I didn't take enough "before" photos to show you exactly how far along we have brought this kitchen to get it to a place that it can be revealed as a final reveal.  In this context revealing is: Permitting an elucidating glimpse or a perception of something intimate or concealed: a very revealing biography; a revealing gown.  ( When you completely forget the "intimate or concealed" part, i.e., the "before" photos, you are just unable to give that "glimpse" or "perception".  You don't have a true reveal.  There is no way to get back to the decorating errors of the previous owners; the board above my  kitchen sink that was delicately covered with green laminated vine … [Read more...]

Penny Tile Backsplash Examples

tile backsplash

I have been looking around the internet and found some great examples of penny tile backsplashes. In this kitchen they used a white penny round tile. I love the retro look the penny round tile adds to this kitchen. You can see it here.   This kitchen used a "sham-rockin green" penny round tile and has amazing before and after photos.  You can see this penny round transformation here. Look at how pretty this white penny round tile backsplash is.  You can see it here. Here a translucent penny round tile was used in an amazing kitchen transformation.  The before and after photos can be seen here.   We saw this really cool Penny Round mosaic tile at Home Depot the other day.  So we decided on the lighter blue one that is under the green and over the dark blue.  It's called "Marine" blue.   After we get our counter top put in and get this delivered, I will start putting it in.  I can't wait, it's going to be pretty! … [Read more...]

Kitchen Cabinets Progress

Bijou with partially painted kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen Cabinets Progress I got some more painting done on our kitchen cabinets but this is after I already painted almost all of them once!  Then realized that the paint that I thought was sticking, was peeling off if bumped.  So guess what I had to do?  I had to sand off ALLLLLL of the paint that I had already painted.  Some of it was easy to get off but some of it was not!  What a nightmare! Of course, there is still A LOT to do and touch up but I am beginning to see what I imagined and will be happy to move on from these cabinets ASAP!   You can see a huge difference already here in a "Before" photo of our kitchen: Before Photo of Cabinets.  Here is the post I did of my painting and sanding the paint off. You can see the empty space above the stove?    The microwave above the stove look is a little outdated so I took out the cabinets and microwave that were above the stove.  I am going to do a penny tile backsplash and also tile above the stove.  Then I am going to put a … [Read more...]

Bowie Paints Cabinets.

Bowie Painting Kitchen Cabinets 4.

Look at my 4 year old son, Bowie, helping me paint the kitchen cabinet doors.  He is SO sweet!   … [Read more...]

Sanded Cabinets after Painting

Sanding Cabinets.

Sanded Cabinets Disaster! Do you want to see my sanded cabinets AFTER I painted them?  UGH.  What a mess!!!! I really should have known better because I had this happen several years ago when I paid a friend paint the ugly wood panel walls in my daughter's playroom.  (A friend who told me that he had experience painting.)  He got done with the job and I touched the wall and all of the paint started peeling off.  All of the paint had to be sanded off.  The problem was that, it should have been lightly sanded in the first place and then the paint would have stayed on the wall and not peeled off. Here are the cabinets Before painting with the doors removed: This photo is so dark but it is showing you how much painting I got done: So I did do a test on the paint.  I let it dry and it seemed to be sticking really well without sanding so I went ahead and painted a large portion of my kitchen cabinets and realized after it dried, to my horror, that a lot of the paint was peeling … [Read more...]