When I put together my spring home tour a couple weeks back, I found some older photos of the kitchen and couldn't believe the difference. I wanted to share so you can see what a huge difference mostly paint and cosmetic changes can make in a space.
Sooooo...big difference, huh? I do love the spanish and mediterranean accessories I had -- even the hand-painted backsplash. Honestly, I cringe at how horrible the photography is, but the styling is not really that bad -- aside from the medium-toned-wood overload.
After our built-in microwave over the stove caught on fire, I replaced it with a low budget hood and tiled behind the stove.
I had kind of an English cottage look going on.
I took the doors off the cabinet below the sink and made a ruffled sink skirt. I had painted over the backsplash, but never liked it as it just blended into the wood. Not sure what I was thinking when I did that.
Then, I found a paint color from the old house and painted the kitchen blue. I totally changed out the accessories for vintage, farmhouse, and country items I found around the property, which was originally a pheasant farm.
Then we made wood countertops from antique wormy chestnut boards, and replaced one upper cabinet with open shelving.
That made a huge difference and one that was well worth all the work.
From there, I have frequently changed out the sink skirt, window treatments, rugs and accessories.
I went with blue and yellow for a summer look.
After finding the floral fabric at a local fabric shop, I changed out the cafe curtains for longer window treatments and brought back the bamboo shade.
Last Christmas, I added the red back in and loved it with the blue.
After Christmas, I painted over the blue with a light, neutral gray and kept the red for a totally different look.
Then, I brought back in the pink for spring and simplified the colors to mostly cream with pops of hot pink in the rug, towel and flowers.
As summer came, I added even more color in the accessories, and brought back the global feel with an Indian sari made into a sink skirt, brass accessories, blue and white Japanese porcelain and a floral rug.
The island countertop actually got a spray-painted makeover a couple years ago and has held up well.
I traded the sari sink skirt for the plain muslin one and changed the rug to an Afghan kilim.
After Christmas, I changed the rug out to a different Turkish kilim and simply draped a sari across the rod for a more Bohemian look.
I have to say I am really in love with how it looks now. There are things I have collected from all around the world next to family treasures and thrifted items.
Yes, there are things I would love to change, like removing the cabinets by the stove and replacing with open shelving, a new range hood, and totally redoing the island to a rectangular shape with quartz countertop.
...and I'd love to change the chandelier to something gold/brass and more mid-century modern, as well as different bar stools. And on and on.
But in the meantime, it's amazing what simple changes can do to totally change the look of a room.
Textiles, paint, accessories and color can really give a tired space a new look without a lot of commitment or cost. And that's the kind of decorating I like best.
What do you do to freshen up the look in your rooms?
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