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Kitchen Makeover Preveal

17 Sep

Remember when I asked you to vote on kitchen cabinet colors? I didn’t expect the vote to be a tie.

Our cabinets remained orangey-oak, and I kept pondering. Finally, I ruled out dark stained cabinets. Not because I don’t love them, but because i was afraid it would make our small, windowless kitchen too dark, and because our living room and master bedroom floors are a similar oak color to our cabinets.

So that leaves white, which I wasn’t quite settled on. Searching for inspiration, I came across this image:

Grey Kitchen Inspiration www.gustoandgraceblog.com

I sent the photo to the husband, and he loved it. We spent our night removing the hardware we just put on and priming the lower cabinets. Saturday, we grabbed some paint chips from Lowes and Home Depot after deciding the sample we bought Friday night was way too light. We took them home and compared them to the above image and our current countertop.

Paint Chips www.gustoandgraceblog.com

We settled on Valspar’s Mark Twain House Ombra Gray. If it is good enough for Mark Twain…

Valspar Mark Twain House Ombra Gray www.gustoandgraceblog.com

Phase 1 of kitchen renovation includes painting the cabinets and re-tiling the backsplash. Our top choice for tile right now is 1 inch white hexagon tile. Anthony and I are going to a DIY tiling workshop at Home Depot on Thursday and will be borrowing some tools from my handy mother next time we visit Fort Worth.  Stay tuned for the reveal, but for now here’s a sneak peek of step 1, phase 1:

Painted Cabinets www.gustoandgraceblog.com

Depending on how long we stay in this house, a proposed phase two (at least 2-3 years down the line) would include new stone countertops and stainless appliances. I’m loving these marble countertops that wrap down.

I’ll leave you with some obligatory Mark Twain Quotes.

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.”

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”

“Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. And never regret anything that makes you smile.”

“I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”

“There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.”

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Green Striped Archway

6 Sep

Let me start by giving all creative credit to Katrina via Young House Love. I  fell in love with her striped kitchen pass through. A month later, I was sitting on the couch and looked over at this blank archway between our dining and living rooms.

Dining Room Decorating Details www.gustoandgraceblog.com

What I saw weeks earlier came back to my mind. Almost immediately, I grabbed leftover paint from my ombre barstool project, measured and taped off 4 inch stripes and got to work. What a huge impact a little pattern and color makes! I think Greek key pattern would also be awesome.

Green Striped Archway www.gustoandgraceblog.com

In July Anthony and I finally hung curtains of the proper length, purchased the retro looking mint curio that saves us lots of cabinet space, and hung the collection of green plates on the wall.

Green Striped Archway www.gustoandgrace.com

Future visions for the dining room include crown molding, and a Martha Stewart inspired coffee station featuring my espresso machine the currently resides on the top shelf of the pantry, a collection of jadeite mugs I have yet to own, and a french bottle drying rack.

What are some of your sources for pattern and color inspiration? Do you have any copycat designs in your home?

I hope your Friday is going swimmingly!

Playing House: DIY Ombre Barstools

7 Jun

Like just about every nook in our house, our kitchen/dining room is undergoing a slow makeover. The dining set replacement and reupholstery did wonders, but the room was still bare and colorless.

In the market for barstools, our search was not as fruitful as we had hoped. Anthony and I wanted backs on our barstools, but liked the look and style of most backless ones more. I have been swooning over barstool benches but after seeing their hefty price tag, we both agreed if we were going to spend that much dough, we would rather have a  new couch.

While perusing Target, I pitched an off-handed idea to the husband after eyeing these snoring things:

Gusto and Grace Boring Barstool

The pitch: What if we bought three of those cheap-Os and painted each one a different shade of green? He did not even harass me for saying we can paint anything this time! His response: Let’s do it.

Green? Because my absolute favorite piece of our furniture sits in our dining room and it is (partially) green.

Gusto and Grace Alphabet Chest

The alphabet chest is amazing for kitchen organization. D is for Dishcloths, M is for measuring cups, N is for Napkins, T is for Towels. OCD much?

The same night, we loaded up three barstools in our car and within a week, this:

Gusto and Grace Bar Before

Turned into this:

Gusto and Grace Bar Makeover

The pot rack was a wedding present from our registry and we picked up the EAT from Target.

The ombre effect is what I was going for. If you’re going to try this at home, here’s what I learned:

1. Spray paint comes in very limited colors (Lowes, Michaels, and Wal-Mart have the widest selections).

2. Spray painting is the easiest way to achieve a smooth even coat.

I painted two with spray paint in the closest colors I could find to what I wanted (emerald and mint) and hand painted the middle one with Valspar’s Pine Green and a brush.

Now I am on the hunt for some curtains to hang on the swing arm curtain rods we got awhile ago. We also ordered new kitchen cabinet pulls to spruce up the area even more.

I see some jadeite in my future…

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