As in honey oak EXPLOSION that was happening in our kitchen when we moved in…
Awkward island shape
Wasted empty space + ceiling fan = no bueno
I have a serious problem with ceiling fans…I need to get over it. Believe me now? HONEY OAK in your face.
First step, PAINT. Cabinets. Walls. Trim.
Fresh paint on walls – grey hue
Progress. So. much. better.
Next step, get rid of that island and refinish the hardwoods.
Beautiful dark hardwood floors
I have to sweep my floors almost daily but it is worth it. LOVE them.
Replace old square tile with glass subway tile.
Next remove the awful white square tiles…
Replace with beautiful glass subway tile in a subtle gray hue…obsessed with subway tile.
Then I do what I do best…SHOP…on craigslist of course. I really wish I had a before pic of this puppy. It was an old, honey oak (of course) console that the mister did what he does best…refinish…antique… and slapped some granite on the top. My father in law built a base for it, new hardware, sealed it and put rollers on the drawers to make a trash can slide out of the right side. And voila…custom kitchen island for less than $150!
Redo – buffet turned custom kitchen island.
Next, remove the ceiling fan and add some wonderful pendant lights…
Replace ceiling fan for killer pendant drop lights
Three drop down pendant lights – replace ceiling fan
And some DIY artwork done on a Saturday night with a couple bottles of wine…
Custom subway art
Moral of this story….
Life with a toddler and a baby + new home with honey oak, house fans, bad tile, awkward island and early 90s fixtures = Saturday night house projects.
Maybe I should learn how to cook now?!! Look for Erica’s wonderful posts on cooking – she is the master chef.