Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Kitchen Mini Makeover

When Bobby bought the house, the guy who lived here before had decorated it very nicely...to his tastes. Needless to say, there were some projects I knew I would need to tackle when I moved in. It took me a while to get started but I finally have. I painted our little entryway a cheerful buttery yellow (it was an odd mauvey color); took down an old moldy, stinky curtain that hung in our shower and frosted the window so that neighbors won't see us all naked; and now I've been working on the kitchen. The funnest part? I've finally been able to use the sewing machine Bobby got me for my birthday.

This is what it looked like before:

I had no problem with the wall color, but the curtains drove me crazy, and they've started driving Bobby crazy the last few weeks. The fabric wasn't too bad, but there was just too much of it, and it hung to the floor so that when you were sitting next to it, it was always in the way. I made a valance for the window out of a cute, light floral, which softened the room a lot and opened it up quite a bit. I'm really proud of the trim.

The other thing that was driving me wonkers was the pillows we were using as chair cushions. So I decided to upholster the seats with foam and a basic muslin and then make slipcovers for them. That way I can switch them out whenever I want, or easily wash them if they get dirty.

So here's the after:

What do you think? I still need some art or something for the wall next to the window, it needs some color, so that's still in the works. But, I love the change and am very proud of myself for figuring it out all by myself!


Annie said...

Very cute. I love the change. I want to see a picture of the yellow entry.

B&J said...

Great job, it looks great! I love you valance and the little detail at the bottom edge is a great touch! I would love to see you cute yellow entry too.

Daniel and Kate Johnson said...

Hooray! Way to go...I love the valance and the cheery yellow entry.